Welcome (me) back to Colorado!

This summer has been a flurry of activity (and stress) to get me and my husband Steve moved back to my native Denver, Colorado. We arrived to a temporary apartment living situation on May 1st and haven’t looked back. Less than a month later we were under contract to buy a great townhome in Denver’s Central Park (formally Stapleton) neighborhood. I can’t believe how blessed and fortunate we were to find a place to buy so quickly in the hot Denver housing market!

Now that we’re mostly settled, we’ve been enjoying the main reason we moved back to Denver – spending time with old friends and extended family here in Colorado. We even took a day off to hike one of my most favorite hikes in the world… the Hagerman Tunnel railroad bed trail near Leadville, Colorado.

Steve and I at the abandoned, narrow-gauge railroad tunnel – Hagerman Tunnel (August, 2021).

I’ve also been getting settled into my basement studio space at our new home. It’s a fine workspace for now, but this winter I’m planning to have the interior finished with drywall, electrical, new lighting, a work sink, a purple-painted concrete floor, etc!

My basement studio… awaiting interior finishing this winter!

My New HorizonLine Paintings Look Great in a Grouping!

If you’re looking for art to fill a larger space, several of my new HorizonLine paintings look great grouped together!

Grouping of Nine HorizonLine paintings in my studio... about 44 x 44 inches.

50 FREE Flapjack Paintings all Ready to Give Away Today on Super First Friday!

Today is Super First Friday to kick off Denver Arts Week!  I’m all ready in my studio to give away 50 FREE Flapjack mini paintings to the first 50 guests in my studio today between 5pm – 9pm!

My studio is located at 800 West 8th Avenue in Denver.  I’m in the building on the southwest corner of 8th Avenue & Inca – entrance is on Inca under the “Creative Studios” awning… hope you can visit!

Flapjacks of all colors to choose from!

50 FREE flapjacks to give away this Super First Friday, November 4th!

Stack ‘o Flapjacks Ready for this First Friday!

I’ve been getting ready for this coming First Friday… SUPER First Friday, that is, since November 4th kicks off Denver Arts Week!  I’ll be in my studio giving away art again this year as my way of helping folks get to know MY art (“Know Your Art” is the theme for Super First Friday).

So, here’s my stack ‘o flapjacks, with backwashes painted in all colors, ready for the first 50 guests to my studio.  If you come by, I’ll invite you to pick out your favorite color and I’ll finish it and mail it off to you in the coming weeks.  All for free!

Can’t come to my studio??  Be sure you “like” my FB art page and watch for me to give some away on FB this week.  Just visit my website and click on the “like” button at the bottom of my homepage and you’ll be set to get my FB updates!

Stack of Flapjacks ready to be given away on Super First Friday, November 4th in my studio!

Special Offer: 2012 Winter Sojourn Paintings on Sale Now!!

I’m excited to announce my upcoming 2012 Winter Painting Sojourn on the Oregon Coast, January 10 – February 7, 2012!

I can’t wait to stay in my usual spot in the tiny town of Oceanside, Oregon and get my fill of inspiration from the mighty Pacific, the lush and rugged coastline, wicked winter storms and the ever-present horizonline.  In fact, let’s make that “HorizonLine”, and use it for the name of my latest series of paintings that I’ll be painting while on the coast.

As in past years, this is where you come in… I’ll be pre-selling a limited number of my new HorizonLine paintings to everyone before I head to the coast.  With a color of your choosing, I’ll then paint your original 12 x 12″ painting during my sojourn, whilst I soak up all that inspires me there.  Comment here or email me to order yours – I can only paint a limited number!  Here are the details:

HorizonLine Paintings (Winter Sojourn, 2012)

Special Sojourn Price: $150 (regularly, $275)

Description: Each painting will be inspired by a color of your choice in my new HorizonLine style.  Original paintings are watercolor on paper, mounted on gallery-wrapped, stretched canvas.  Canvas edges will be finished with acrylic paint and ready to hang with a clean, frameless look.  Each painting will be a finished size of 12 x 12 inches and protected with a final varnish with a UV filter.  Finished paintings will be available for pick-up at a special studio exhibit on First Friday, March 2, 2012 (paintings can also be shipped for $15/each).  I guarantee that you’ll love it, or I’ll return your payment!

Nine of my new "HorizonLine" paintings

Winter Sojourn Study Paintings “gel” in the Midst of Studio Chaos

For the last month, I’ve been working on my ideas for my upcoming Oregon Coast Winter Painting Sojourn that I’m announcing… well, right here and now!  My studio has looked and felt a bit chaotic during this time, but my ideas have really solidified and I’ll be rolling out details here and on my website in the next few weeks.

So, if you missed my special Sojourn painting offer last year, you’ll want to stay tuned for this year’s offer!  Meanwhile, here’s a snapshot of my choatic studio from this morning…

Winter Sojourn Studies in progress in my studio this morning.

Latest Tree Commission Painting… Finished!

Here’s one of my summer commission projects… finished and delivered!  My clients love it, so it was a success.  Now that I’m done with my summer projects, I’m on to experimenting for my fall Open Studios and working on ideas for my Winter Sojourn!

"Five Vermont Trees", watercolor on paper (canvas-mounted), 50 x 38 inches.

Downtown Denver Arts Festival… This Weekend!

"Trio - Key West", watercolor, 18 x 42 inches.

This weekend marks my seventh year exhibiting at the Downtown Denver Arts Festival!  Come by to visit and to see my latest series, “Solo, Duo, Trio”… I’ll be in my usual location at the intersection of Glenarm and the pedestrian walkway.  Here’s the schedule:

Friday: 4pm – 8pm
Saturday: 11am – 8pm
Sunday: 11am – 5pm
Monday: 11am – 4pm

Hope to see you there!

Special Studio Exhibit: Oregon Coast Flapjacks

My painting sojourn to the Oregon Coast is over and I’m back in my studio!  For the past week I’ve been working hard to get 62 of  my Oregon Coast flapjacks ready for a special studio exhibit this First Friday, March 4th.  This special exhibit will only be intact at the beginning of First Friday, so come by early.  If you are a sojourn Shareholder and would like to pick up your share(s), please come by anytime Friday, March 4th, 4 – 8 pm.

62 framed flapjacks ready for my Studio Exhibit this First Friday!

Blank Shares Stacking Up…

I’ve been getting myself ready to leave for the Oregon Coast these past few days… including a big session with my paper cutter to create blank flapjacks for all of my Shareholders.  It’s not too late to become one and add your flapjacks to the stack!  Just email me or leave a comment here!

Blank stack of about 75 flapjacks that I'll paint on the coast for my Shareholders.

Less Than 50% of My Winter Sojourn Shares Left!!

View from the Oceanside Beach, just a 5 minute walk from my painting "perch"!

Two weeks from today I’ll be on my way to the Oregon Coast!  I thought I’d provide an update on my Shareholder event, especially for those folks who haven’t reserved your own shares yet.

As of today, I’ve sold 56 shares out of 100!  Thank you to everyone who has participated so far – you’ll have fun sharing in my inspiration and anticipating receiving your exclusive framed flapjack that I’ll paint on the coast.

If you haven’t yet contacted me to reserve your shares, email me now, or leave a comment on this post and I’ll get in touch with you!  For just $40/share, I guarantee you’ll have some fun sharing in my inspirational sojourn and anticipating getting your own painting from my trip.

If you’re reading about my Shareholder program for the first time, here’s a complete description:

I’m busy planning my sixth annual Winter Painting Sojourn to the stormy Oregon Coast and would like to invite you to be part of it!

This year I’m offering 100 “shares” in my inspirational sojourn at $40/share.  As a Shareholder, you’ll receive one of my exclusive, oversized flapjack paintings that I’ll create for you while I’m on the coast (a $75 value).  I’ll be painting on the coast from January 19th – February 16th, 2011 and will work with a color of your choice.  I’ll then frame your flapjack in a 6 by 6 inch Nielson frame and include it in my special open studio exhibit on First Friday, March 4th, 2011.  You’re welcome to pick up your flapjack at that time, or for $5 extra, I’ll ship it to you after March 4th.

If you’re looking for a gift – this is an excellent idea, and I’d be happy to provide you with a special gift certificate for the recipient.  Of course I’ll be blogging about my sojourn this winter, so you and your gift recipient can follow along and share in my experiences and inspirations and anticipate receiving your flapjack in March!

So, buy your share now!  Email me or comment here with your number of shares and your color(s) and I’ll be in touch with more details.

My Winter Painting Sojourn: Want to Become a Inspiration Shareholder?

I’m busy planning my sixth annual Winter Painting Sojourn to the stormy Oregon Coast and would like to invite you to be part of it!

This year I’m offering 100 “shares” in my inspirational sojourn at $40/share.  As a Shareholder, you’ll receive one of my exclusive, oversized flapjack paintings that I’ll create for you while I’m on the coast (a $75 value).  I’ll be painting on the coast from January 19th – February 16th, 2011 and will work with a color of your choice.  I’ll then frame your flapjack in a 6 by 6 inch Nielson frame and include it in my special open studio exhibit on First Friday, March 4th, 2011.  You’re welcome to pick up your flapjack at that time, or for $5 extra, I’ll ship it to you after March 4th.

If you’re looking for a holiday gift – this is an excellent idea, and I’d be happy to provide you with a special gift certificate for the recipient.  Of course I’ll be blogging about my sojourn this winter, so you and your gift recipient can follow along and share in my experiences and inspirations and anticipate receiving your flapjack in March!

So, buy your share now!  Email me or comment here with your number of shares and your color(s) and I’ll be in touch with more details.

My exclusive, oversized flapjacks... over 75% larger than my regular flapjacks!

Grrr… Yellow is SO Hard!

Well, I’m down to one flapjack left to paint from my big free flapjack event that I held during Denver Arts Week.  And, it’s the only one with a yellow backwash.  As I contemplate how to finish it, I’m reminded of one of my favorite lines from the sitcom, Will and Grace, where Jack says “Grrrr…. psychology is so hard!”.  Well, often for me yellow is so hard!

Not that I don’t like yellow – my home office where I’m at now is painted a nice, soft golden yellow and the yellow backwash on this last flapjack is a nice golden-yellow-ochre.  I just seem to have a block when it comes to creating and painting with yellow.

So, I’m going to let it rest over the weekend and tackle it on Monday.  I’m sure I’ll think of something even though “Grrrr… yellow is SO hard!”

The last free flapjack to paint...

Can’t Come to my Studio Tonight? 5 Free Flapjacks Right Here!

That’s right… especially for those not able to come by my studio event tonight, I have 5 free flapjacks to give to the first 5 folks leaving me a comment here on my blog!  I’ll then email you to get your mailing info and send one out to you as my way of introducing you to my art!

Various Flapjacks from my studio event during Denver Arts Week last year...

50 Free Flapjacks – Coming this First Friday!

This First Friday kicks off Denver Arts Week and Friday’s theme is once again “Know Your Arts”.  So, as my way of helping folk get to know MY art, I’ll be in my studio giving away 50 FREE flapjack mini-paintings to the first 50 takers!

Not in Denver?  Don’t worry – I’ll have you covered, too, with a few free flapjacks on my blog and facebook…. so stay tuned!

Partially-painted flapjacks getting ready to go home with you for FREE!

Daily Special: ten/nine/ten

As many of you know by now, my birthday falls on a particularly cool day this year: 10/10/10.  To celebrate, I’m having all kinds of art savings specials, including daily specials right here on my blog from 10/1 – 10/10.  Here’s the next special:  

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Here’s one of my favorite, colorful originals… and one that folks comment often on in my studio.  “Tulip Stand”, watercolor (canvas-mounted diptych), 12 x 24″. Regular price = $400; ten-ten-ten price = $200.

"Tulip Stand", watercolor (canvas-mounted diptych), 12 x 24".

Daily Special: ten/eight/ten

As many of you know by now, my birthday falls on a particularly cool day this year: 10/10/10.  To celebrate, I’m having all kinds of art savings specials, including daily specials right here on my blog from 10/1 – 10/10.  Here’s the next special:  

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Let’s try something a bit more interactive today.  Kinda like a radio station.  So, since I’m stuck on all 10’s this month, I’m going to GIVE AWAY one of my fine art reproduction prints of my “Helium Autumn Trees” to the tenth person to give me a call on my studio/cell number.  That’s right – my studio/cell number is easy to find, so give me a call (please, only one call-in try per person).  Starting right now… GO!

“Helium Autumn Trees”, fine art giclee on paper, about 14 x 20″.  Regular price = $95, ten-ten-ten price = FREE to the 10th caller.

"Helium Autumn Trees", fine art giclee, 14 x 20", free to the 10th caller.

Daily Special: ten/seven/ten

As many of you know by now, my birthday falls on a particularly cool day this year: 10/10/10.  To celebrate, I’m having all kinds of art savings specials, including daily specials right here on my blog from 10/1 – 10/10.  Prices for my daily specials are all good through my birthday on 10/10/10.  All you have to do to buy it is leave me a comment here (or on Facebook) and I’ll be in touch!  Here’s the next special:  

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Here’s one of my extra-large originals mounted on canvas.  Titled “Elementals – Root Two No. 1”, the shapes in this painting are based on principles of dynamic symmetry.  Fabulous, rich copper, red and purples!  44 x 44 inches.  Regular price = $2,600, ten-ten-ten price = $950.

"Elementals - Root Two No. 1", watercolor mounted on canvas, 44 x 44". Regular price = $2,600, ten-ten-ten price = $950!

Daily Special: ten/six/ten

As many of you know by now, my birthday falls on a particularly cool day this year: 10/10/10.  To celebrate, I’m having all kinds of art savings specials, including daily specials right here on my blog from 10/1 – 10/10.  Prices for my daily specials are all good through my birthday on 10/10/10.  All you have to do to buy it is leave me a comment here (or on Facebook) and I’ll be in touch!  Here’s the next special:  

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Here are three of my flapjacks.  Each is framed individually in modern frames… about 6 x 6″.  Regular price = $75/each, ten-ten-ten price = $35/each.  The pink/red one is actually framed in brushed silver and the other two in matte black.

Three framed Flapjacks, each about 6 x 6". Regular prie = $75/each, ten-ten-ten price = $35/each.