Tuesday, December 17, 2013

..just little bits

Perceiving Percy
I love small paintings...
They allow me an artist to practice technique.  I like to think of it as perfecting the power of a punch.
Don't get me wrong, I know without doubt that my paintings are not perfect, and that they are far from it. It is just a process of moving forward that keeps me creating, finding another wonder that takes me to another step.  Maybe someday I will get there, but then again, I am not sure that I care to when it is the process that I love.

For now I will just share.... both are 6 inch oil on gallery wrap canvas, sides are 1.5 inches deep painted deep umber and arrive ready to hang.

To zoom view just click on the images, or to view each auction, click on the pink highlighted title names seen under each picture.

Perfectly Pink

Thursday, December 12, 2013

A Flower In Her Hair

This original oil painting is  24 inches square on gallery wrapped canvas, sides are painted burnt umber, 1.5 inches deep.  Will be ready to ship towards the end of January/ beginning of February as dry time is needed.  This piece will be on auction, if you would like to view follow this link.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

'Shades Of Blue'

color comparison of 'Shades Of Blue' and 'Draped', both now on auction.

 'Shades Of Blue' is an original oil painting derived from a live model setting (photos) taken during the workshop I attended with Milt Kobayashi at the Scottsdale School of Arts in Arizona.

Original oil on gallery wrap canvas, 22 by 30 inches.  Sides are 3/4th inch deep and painted black, ready to hang complete with professional varnish and wire system on backside- or frame as you like.

If you would like to view the auction, just follow the link here... Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Friday, August 9, 2013


'Insight' 6 inch original oil on linen mounted to panel
click on any image to view fullscreen

To view the auction for 'Insight' feel free to follow this link.  Thanks for looking :)


'Draped'  16x20 inch oil on gallery wrapped
canvas, 3/4th inch sides painted black.

Previously on auction at a higher start point as the piece was needed for an art fair. 'Draped'  is an original oil painting on gallery wrapped canvas, 16 x 20 inch with 3/4th inch deep sides painted black.  Varnished with gamvar, ready to hang with wire on back.    Feel free to check out the auction here.

p.s.  I will be doing an update on my recent show in Minneapolis but am quite under the weather at the moment as well as set back with pain killers. (no need for alarm, just recurring TMJ  (jaw pain) symptoms)

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

... Not on the lips, Again! (and a link to the low bid start auction )

I was feeling a bit cranky yesterday so I decided to go work on a pile of paintings.. and I did.  Closer to finishing some commissions, and a few for fun. 

I am not quite sure why I like repainting certain scenes... I am guessing as just a exercise of technique etc.   If you are very familiar with my work.. you would know this wouldn't be the first time that I have painted 'Not On The Lips', and likely will not be the last either.

This original oil painting is on a 6 inch linen mounted to panel.  It is VERY wet and will have to wait a bit before shipping.  When it is dry enough I will coat with gamvar varnish so the winning bidder can display their new painting on a small easel or hang in a frame.  If you want to check out the auction just follow the link,... thanks for looking...btw.. if you want to view the images full screen, just give a click on your choice. 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Table For Two

 I love when oil paint gets that creamy feel and falls off the brush in a way that feels natural and meant to be.   That is how I would wish all of my paintings to happen.   The truth is, it isn't always that way.

 'Table For Two', a 12 x 16 inch oil on gallery wrap canvas, was created with no set intention or design in the initial stage. I love not knowing what the outcome of or subject matter of a painting prior to working the canvas. The process is enjoyable as it holds no restriction and is totally freeing. I only hope the viewer can enjoy the end result as much as I have the process.

Feel free to click on any of the images for a full screen view.  

For more detail information follow this link.  

Friday, May 24, 2013

Sisu much?

To zoom click on image

Prop pieces in progress for a new product line debuting at the FinnFest Tori Market
Student Development Complex
MTU 101
MacInnes Dr Houghton,

Wednesday June 19th 1:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.
Thursday Friday and Saturday
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

(my paintings will be at the Rosza gallery MTU)

The older I get the more I know, ... or think I know???
 Though it hasn't come without experience, I do know how to make a mess!   

Today amongst several other errands I had to haul a load of donations over to Sebeka and then managed to hit a jackpot on the way home. I think the other half may finally agree that those yard sales are not half bad. 

I almost cruised on by but did a quick change of  mind and pulled in the long drive... didn't find any thing else that suited my need... but the goldy was begging me to take her home.  Well, I hope the old owner doesn't cry, and I am thinking goldy won't (she will get lots of lovin from now on) ..  I grabbed a titch of sisu (it really was a perfect frame) and carved the back end off  of one side first with a kitchen knife and then a bit more with an exacto... which is, I might add, proof that I do know how to make a mess.   

for the non Finish type...sisu is translated as guts.   

Friday, May 3, 2013

Point Of View

                          I love creating work using a limited palette of color, and painting subjects that makes a view wonder, and sometimes even me,... what is she thinking?  This painting again was created with similar methods as posted on my painting demo.      
                        'Point Of View' is an 8x10 inch oil on a cotton canvas panel. 
                         I will be soon be painting again full time and am doing a bit of
                         experimenting with a limitied color pallete and technique. 
                       Click on any of the images to see a full screen view, or follow
                          this link to check out the auction.
               Proceeds donated straight to the peanut butter fund, and maybe a tube of paint.
                                          (The kiddos say thanks, and so do I.)

Monday, April 22, 2013

Finn Fest 2013

Happy to announce that I have been invited to show my work, along with 4 other Finnish artists (I assume) during Finn Fest 2013 which will be hosted in the Copper Country this June at the Rosza Gallery on Michigan Technical University campus.   Looking forward to creating new paintings with a bit of that Finnish flair :)

The other artists are: Chris Koivisto, John Lundeen, Marlene Wisuri, and Marlene Ekola Gerberick.

Use this link for more information on Finn Fest 2013. 

Rosza Gallery

Thin Ribbed

Up for auction is another fun painting created in a similar manner to the speed demo video I have previously shared. I love this method because what ever painting 'happens to show' was an unknown to me... love the unknown... it lets me wonder... what is 'she' really thinking? too. another little prize titled 'Thin Ribbed', an 8 inch gallery wrap canvas with 3/4th inch deep sides, ready to hang or display on a deep easel.     View the auction here.
'Thin Ribbed' 8 inch oil on gallery wrap

Saturday, April 20, 2013


For roughly the past 9 months or so I decided to try an experiment.  I had wondered what would happen to my artwork if I wasn't pressured to sell.  Would I find new enjoyment or a new style of passion in painting?  Don't get me wrong, painting has always been relaxing for me... I love every bit of the process.  The part that was getting to me is sharing every part of me.   To make that a bit clearer, it isn't that I share every detail of my life... but, in a part that truly I don't well understand, my art work defines who I am.  Somehow I feel they become an open book for all, which sometimes can be difficult for a somewhat private person.

I took a part time job working at a home with elderly residents.  I really enjoy the people.  I love knowing that I can add a happy moment to a someones long day just by being myself.  It is the schedule that is getting to me though.  I only work at 'the home' roughly 3 days a week, but still, being mom, secretary, taxi driver, cook etc... gets to be just a tad too much with trying to paint  and blog etc...on top.  Plus, I am anxiously wanting to get some painting projects finished so I can move on to the next.

The results are in, I am thinking it is time to move on, and take the best parts with.  I need to focus on what needs to be done, prioritize without drowning.  As part of my Minnesota Initiative Arts Grant this year I need to work on roughly 20 new paintings for a solo show as well as prepare for the Powderhorn Art Fair in August..

I am currently working on some commission pieces. I thought I would put a few of pieces up for auction to reassure myself that life will be ok without a 'regular' paycheck.    Repose tells my story

'Repose'  9x12 inch oil on linen panel  (click image to zoom)

Sunday, March 3, 2013

catching up..

Since yesterday was a good day for shooting photos outside I decided to do some catch up... these ones are all 6 inch square or 5 by 7 inch.