I am an author, illustrator and creative consultant for anyone who desires a push in that direction. I have always had a love for teaching and an unstoppable passion for art and writing. I have written, illustrated, and published 3 children's picture books, a YA Novel, and created illustrations for Alice in Wonderland 150th Anniversary Edition in Norway. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns on the art world. I will do the best I can to guide you in your search for creativity. If you are interested in a commissioned artwork or lessons please contact me at 401-318-4456
To all those who were patient enough to wait … thank you! My life has been very busy but I am happy to say it just got significantly simpler! I will be teaching full time (well creating full time anyway). With that said, here is the September calendar and I will also post October to help you plan ahead 😉
I have been asked to hurry it up with the new calendar however I am finding so many choices to choose from for the new assortment of pieces to teach! But I assure you… the calendar will be up and ready for sign ups by days end.
Until then, email me with any painting ideas you would like to try or just to chat me up!
The Calendar is up. All Drink and Painting will happen at 110 Main Street in Suite 304. Located in East Greenwich! Classes are every weekday evening from 6:30-9pm. (Only 7 per class allowed so be sure to sign your entire group up at once)
If you would prefer to hold a Drink and Paint evening at your home I am available to make house calls on the weekends.
Here is my ‘practice’ piece. Ugly I know … but this piece was created only to learn to blend acrylics. I am VERY happy with the level of control I have over the paint now. I really thought I would never get along with Acrylics. I am a long time lover of Oil paint and the smooth blending ability it has.
I have not finished this piece yet… i still have to do his hair, eyes, coffee cup, and shading. I will post the finished piece later on today. I am posting my progress so far to show where I am at in my painting world. I have really tried to do landscapes, and although I can, I still prefer to create wonderfully strange characters. I don’t know, it is probably the Author and Illustrator in me. I do think people and creatures are so much more interesting than the landscape they inhabit. After all, my writing is more character driven than anything else so it would only make sense my art would be too.
Thanks for following and I will see you later on today with my finished creature…
Okay… the newest thing seems to be to drink and paint. I am on board with it now that so many of you requested I host this type of gathering. I have secured two places for us to meet and paint so far.
One is a bar for you drinkers out there 😉 and the other is a coffee house for those of us that love a good caffeine buzz.
I am working diligently today on the workshop details and will create a page on this blog for you to sign up and pay through paypal. I have to say I am looking forward to teaching all of you some paint techniques and hanging out with you.
I would like to personally thank Angela Chiperas for the final push into doing this although I do appreciate everyone who suggested we do this.
I will be posting details as soon as I iron them out today. In the meantime could you please go to Paint and Drink page to answer my poll and give me a heads up that you plan to attend. This will be extremely helpful for me to plan. THANKS BUNCHES!
So many things to complain about lately. The weather, not enough money, the ex-husband … you know this story as well as I do. We all do it. Every one of us gets wrapped up in the minor speed bumps in life however, if we are not careful, we could be consumed by it. I have found that not only me but some very close family and friends are being consumed at this very moment. It’s important for everyone in New England to realize that before we know it, new growth will be rearing it’s head from the cold dead ground. All we need is a tiny bit more patience … hold on for a little bit longer because one morning in the very near future we are going to wake up to singing birds and blooming flowers. We are so close to shaking off the winter blues and for just that alone… I am truly thankful. Hang in there everyone and I will wink and nod as I pass by you on the street when we get out to walk and wake from our sloppy slumber we call hibernation.
Here it is, a few days before spring, and the wind is howling like a wild animal through the cracks of my windows. Maybe it’s because of the pond. All I know is that I have never had such a case of cabin fever in my entire life until now. This winter has afforded me many opportunities though so I am thankful for that. I created my new home studio filled with all my favorite things and added another bedroom onto my home. My daughter has come back to live with me and all is well.
Although my studio name has changed to THE RUSTY PALLETTE my artwork remains the same. Unique, twisted, and strange.
After closing the final chapter in my YA Novel, synopsis written and three chapters sent out to Agents, I begin a new story. We could all use a new story right?
So with that said, keep your eyes peeled for pix of my new studio. I’m still perfecting it however I will leave you with the images below to help you imagine where my next project is taking me.