Saturday, December 30, 2017

Some Bunny... loves you! Cabin Fever Art Show at Longfellow's Greenhouses

There is a real rabbit named Some Bunny, it lives in Montana. Here is a commissioned rabbit, made to look like the real one. Somebody is about to receive Some Bunny II. Shhh, don't mention a word. It's is surprise.                                                                                   
Well it's hard not to talk about the weather these days. It WAS -26 yesterday... that's BELOW zero!    Knitting little animal sweaters is one way to stay warm and out of trouble.

The Cabin Fever Art Show is coming up. I will be there with my felted animals, fine art prints, mittens (a few) and greeting cards. The show is held at Longfellow's Greenhouses, 81 Puddledock Road, Manchester, ME: February 3rd and 4th. Saturday 10-4, Sunday 10-3.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Christmas with Alpacas

Christmas with Alpacas at Estabrook's in Yarmouth  (link)
I'll be at Christmas with Alpacas tomorrow at Estabrook's, Yarmouth: 10:00 - 4:00. 
I'll have Greeting Cards, Fine Art Prints, Mittens, and Needle Felted Animals. I just found out that Oakhurst Dairy with have a 'Wild Blueberry Milk' sampling from 12:00 - 2:00. That sounds delicious! Come on by!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Holiday Bazaar at Sheepscot General

Here are some rabbits that will be at the Holiday Bazaar this Friday! Come on by to Sheepscot General, 12/1/17, 5:00 - 8:00pm.

I will also have my new line of Greeting Cards - 12 designs, fine art prints, and mittens!

Hope to see you!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Holiday Craft Fairs

 PYC Holiday Sale - Craft Fair
Portland Yacht Club Holiday Gift Sale - a great event!
I'll be at 2 holiday craft fairs in the next 2 weeks. The first one is the Portland Yacht Club Holiday Gift Sale. Great crafts and a fun venue.

5 days later I'll be at Sheepscot General. And it will be Pizza Night!

I hope to see folks at these events. I'm printing my first greeting cards in preparation for these shows - come check them out!
Sheepscot General Holiday Bazaar - and it's Pizza Night!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Snow~Day Artist Needle Felted Rabbits

Snow~Day Artist Needle Felted Rabbits

Here are my latest needle felted animals. These rabbits each have their own little sweater, and come with a mini felted carrot - of course! Each rabbit is uniquely it's own. Wool roving is varied not just in color, but in texture as well. I am having a serious amount of fun with this felting!

yesterday's sunset
It's been a warm fall. Lately I've been cleaning up my gardens, working on new art lessons for school, and felting. I'm also working on a couple of watercolor illustrations. Oh, they do take time!
Our back field, this morning, while walking the dog.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Summer Comes to a Close

This photo summarizes my summer!  I did a lot of painting this summer... mostly of clapboards, doors, and windows. Living in an old house requires a lot of upkeep.
I do have a few new prints in my Etsy shop though, and more are on their way. I've had to upgrade my computer.  My beloved pink Dell laptop being 8 years old - a dinosaur in computer terms, was long overdue for replacement. I'm up and running with my scanner and printer working off the new computer now - which is not pink, unfortunately. The new system is printing lovely giclee prints of my watercolor paintings.

Here is this year's school mural. The photo on the left was taken as I put the piece together on my studio floor. The photo below is the completed mural. This year the mural is not a famous work of art... it's an aerial view of our school building and grounds. Over 300 students, grades K - 8, each painted a square. The students worked from tiny 1" mystery pieces, and replicated what they saw onto a 5.5" square.

This is an annual project for me. I see the murals as a celebration, showing what a learning community can produce when working together!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Day Lilies and Painting

The day lilies are in full bloom. I am painting the house and painting in my studio. It's all about painting this time of year!

Ministers Island, New Brunswick

We took a quick camping trip to St. Andrews, New Brunswick. It was lovely, and no bugs! While there we headed out to Ministers Island  which is only accessible at low tide. What a remarkable place. This was the summer home (estate) of Sir William Van Horne. We walked around the grounds and toured the main house which was filled with art and antiques.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 make me so POPPY!

This time of year I can't help wandering around taking pictures of all the flowers. Ahh, the elixir of seeing flowers. These lovely poppies have reseeded themselves and come back for over 10 years. I love them for being so faithful. The seed pods become a lovely shape when they are dried.

Today I put two new fine art prints in my Etsy shop. I hope you enjoy them! 

Sweet peas and a silver spotted skipper butterfly.

Maine mussel shells and a favorite heart-shaped beach stone.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Camping in New Hamphire


Former 'Old Man In The Mountain'
8 days of camping in New Hampshire. We started out up at the Connecticut Lakes just below the Canadian border. This offered very nice canoeing without bugs! We saw several herons and eagles while on the water. The dog mostly noticed the bubbles and swirls that canoe paddles make, and he sat fairly still in the middle of the canoe - good dog.
Mid week we headed south to the Kancamagus Trail. 'The Kanc'. This time we camped for 4 nights along the Swift River. I love to camp. With lots of family and many dogs we played  Rummikub, went swimming, panned for gold, and ate great food. Everything tastes so good while camping.
Niko investigating the Swift River

Back in the studio now and working on a Luna Moth painting. So many projects to juggle theses days!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

When Every Day is a Snow Day

I got the brown fleece at Fiber Frolic from Moon Crazy Fiber Arts
Loving summertime in the new studio. Listening to Adele while needle felting and painting with watercolors. My Shell Mandala painting is just about complete. This painting is the first of three paintings inspired by the color theory lessons I do with my 6th Graders.
Complementary color sets are: blue and orange, red and green, yellow and violet. I thought it would be fun to do a painting for each set of colors using natural subjects. For blue and orange I used mussel shells and little orange shells.

And the dog, this guy is our joy (look under the table). My days are scheduled around our walks in the woods along the Sheepscot River. 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Welcome, Summer!

Ooops! 4 months and no contact, sorry folks! I've discovered Instagram, I've been hanging out there as 'snowdayartist'. And then there's been full-time teaching - yeah, a major time-eating profession, but so worth it!  I had great students this year! They made some amazing projects; many humbling moments when I just stood back and let the students roll with their ideas. It's amazing how skillful elementary/middle school students can be - watching them will give you faith and hope for our collective future. I'm serious. They can solve problems and stay on an assignment until it's fully complete. My 2nd day of summer vacation and I miss them! Hopeless!

My new studio has a nice view of the dilly-bean garden. This garden is mostly about dilly bean production: garlic, beans, and dill. There's also spinach and beets, but it's mostly about the dilly beans... they keep the summer going in the middle of the winter. Yum!
Several paintings are waiting for my attention. Summer is all about painting and gardening. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

6th Snow-Day! Uploading Etsy Mittens

Snow-Day Artist

Today is Snow-Day #6 for this winter. I'm uploading mittens to my Etsy shop. The photography always takes longer than I wish it would. I need to create a photo booth.
Snow-Day Artist
Here is the first geranium to bloom in my new studio. A little funky, but GREAT color!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Double Snow-Day. Finally all moved in!

I am celebrating this double snow-day by moving the last of my art supplies into my new studio. All done. I'm in!

I love the new views and the deep window sills. These sills will become a rotating display of my 'loot'.

The Cabin Fever Art Show at Longfellow's was fun. I was glad to have an upright display for my prints - much easier to see my artwork this way. I guess my 'booth' is an evolving process.
Cabin Fever Art Show 

Niko prefers the driveway to being indoors while I vacuum! Seriously! Good thing I don't vacuum that often!
Niko in the driveway
Here's my new painting corner.

This is my 'fiber' area.

I am feeling very grateful for this new space. 

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Cabin Fever Art Show, Longfellow's Greenhouses

I am getting  my work ready for the Cabin Fever Art Show. This is an annual event at Longfellow's Greenhouses in Manchester. Saturday Feb. 4th 10 - 4, and Sunday Feb. 5th 10 - 3. This is a great show. I love being in the Longfellow's greenhouses with other area artists. If you are looking to see wonderful art, maybe buy a plant, have a cup of coffee, come on by!