Friday, June 16, 2017

Five Small Trompe L'Oeil Candy Bar Paintings

Here's a little group of recent candy bar commissions. Thanks for looking!

"Snickers," acrylic on panel, 7" x 5". Sold.

"Dreaming of the Tropics," acrylic on panel, 5" x 7". Sold.

"It's raining M's (Hallelujah!)," acrylic on panel, 5" x 7". Sold.

"Headed toward Mars," acrylic on panel, 7" x 5". Sold.

"Waiting for Payday," acrylic on panel, 5" x 7". Sold.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Daily Trompe L'Oeil Painting - Strawberry Pretzel Salad Recipe with Pretzels

"Strawberry Pretzel Salad," acrylic on panel, 8" x 8".

When I got married many years ago, my grandmother gave me a book of recipe cards she wrote out, featuring many of our family's holiday favorites. This recipe, Strawberry Pretzel Salad, is a really amazing summertime dessert we enjoyed from Memorial Day to Labor Day, although to be fair I'm not really sure why that was the only time we could have it!

Although I usually just include the recipe cards themselves in my Well-Loved Recipe card paintings, I thought I'd throw in a few pretzels, just for a little something extra.

If you've never tried this recipe, I encourage you to try it out at your next summer gathering!

Thanks for looking!
Friday, May 19, 2017

Painting of Wonder Woman Comic and a Monopoly Board

"Poised for Victory," acrylic on panel, 16" x 20".

This commission was one of my favorite pieces ever to paint. It also gave me an excuse to purchase a slightly beat-up issue of Wonder Woman #72 with the amazing Brian Bolland cover to add to my own meager vintage comic book collection. 

I'll be incorporating more of my collection in some future paintings this summer. Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Falling for Chicago Trompe L'Oeil Painting Commission

"Falling for Chicago," acrylic on panel, 10" x 8".

A client sent me a handful of materials from 19th century Chicago for this little painting. I do so enjoy when everything comes together like this. Thanks for looking!

Friday, April 7, 2017

How Being a Disney World Caricature Artist Changed My Art Outlook

I shared this post initially to my email list, but wanted to make sure others got a chance to read it, too. You can sign up for my email list and get previews of my artworks before they go up for sale to the public by signing up here.

"Dots," acrylic on cradled panel in a handcrafted floater frame, 6" x 12". SOLD

 Art is, and should be, a very personal thing, both for the artist and for the viewer. While a mysterious landscape or exceptional portrait can momentarily move me, I am most frequently drawn to the paintings that make me smile, laugh or reminisce about a pleasant memory, which is why I paint what I paint - toys, candy, bright colors and quirky trompe l'oeil. For this, I owe a great deal of inspiration to my time as a caricature artist at Walt Disney World.

When I first began painting in college, I had no idea what to paint - and I was a pretty terrible artist then, too! I painted the usual painting exercises - vases, plastic skulls, copies of master works, but I didn't have any vision, and so I gradually lost interest in my work. Not long after graduating, a very gracious lady decided to give me an opportunity to work as a caricature artist at Animal Kingdom, one of the four Walt Disney World theme parks. She did this, despite the fact that I had no colorful or funny works in my portfolio - just dark, brooding, 20-something tortured artist works. This was, I suppose, a moment that changed my whole outlook on making art.

All day, I'd shout and point to the children and families walking by - as I was trained to do - "You'd make a great cartoon! YOU'D make a great cartoon." Doing dozens and dozens of drawings of people every day, making them look cute or funny, my goal was always to make the person sitting and their families laugh at just how adorable they were. It fed my creativity and enthusiasm, and I wanted to get better and better, and make better work, get more creative, and produce things faster.

While I had a long hiatus from making art not long after that job until just a couple of years ago, I often think back on how much I learned there about making fun art that makes people smile. Life can be a bit too serious sometimes, so if I can make art that momentarily removes viewers from our super-serious world and feel what it's like to be an imaginative kid again, full of wonder and fun and color, then I'm a happy camper.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Behind the Scenes - Painting a Quick Two Dollar Bill Trompe L'Oeil

"Long Term Investment Account," acrylic on panel, 6" x 6".

I used the wrinkliest two dollar bill I could find for this piece. The original subject is pretty much my long term investment plan!
Here are a few behind-the-scenes pictures of this painting as I worked on it. The painting took between 8 and 10 hours, with most of that work falling between photos three and four. Enjoy!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Up on Etsy - Framed Photorealist Painting of Vintage Toy Cars

photorealist painting of vintage toy cars in a custom handmade frame
"Vintage Toy Cars," 8" x 8", acrylic on cradled panel in a 2" deep handcrafted floater frame.
$230+$20 shipping/Available on Etsy

I used my husband's old toy cars as the models for this piece. At more than 35 years old, they were all pretty beat up and rusty, which I loved.

I painted this quite a while ago, on a cradled panel, but I could never get the sides of the panel to my liking, and after putting it away for several months, I decided to custom frame it - a great decision because I love the finished look! Thanks to O&M for the lovely handmade frame, which blends a bit of a rustic quality with a contemporary look. At 2 inches deep, the frame is quite substantial and gives the piece a clean gallery-quality look.

The piece has a soft matte finish.

* You can see step-by-step photos of this piece as I painted it here: .

Thanks for looking!