Sunday, December 26, 2010

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Merry Christmas!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Studio 151 Fine Arts Gallery Announcement

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French Quarter Art Walk, Charleston SC

December 3, 2009 5-8 pm
Free and Open to the public.

Announcing my affiliation with Studio 151 Fine Arts Gallery, 151 East Bay St, Charleston, SC and the French Quarter Art Walk in historic downtown Charleston.

On Friday evening, December 3, 2010,
enjoy the cool evening air, beautiful art, wine and snacks as you stroll through the French Quarter, which is one of the most picturesque and charming neighborhoods on the peninsula. With cobbled streets and gas-lit alleyways, flowers hanging from window boxes, The French Quarter is a work of art in itself. Located within the original walled city and founded by the French Huguenots, you will stroll the streets to discover the works of well over 500 artists representing a diverse variety of styles and mediums from traditional to contemporary.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Tuesday paint group to be on TV!

Pin It Occasionally, I would post something about our Tuesday Painting Group. Since I have moved to Charleston, I really, really miss these outings and these wonderful friends! As you can see, we always had fun. On this day, we were deep in a plein air lesson from Carol Jessen. Aaron Mermelstein spotted us in Kirkwood and decided to hang around a bit. See video and his message below!

Here is the message from the photographer, Aaron Mermelstein.

I shot the story of you and your class painting the Kirkwood depot in May, I think, and it's been "on the shelf" for so long we had to chop the dust off of it with a pick axe. But it's finally online and will start to air on HEC-TV (channel 989 on Charter, 98 on U-Verse), next week.
I not only have to apologize for the delay (the place works at an absolutely glacial pace), but also for my photography...this was the first one of these I shot with that teeny-tiny camera and it taught me that you CAN'T hold it in your hand without it looking like the New Madrid Fault was going crazy. It taught me to use a tripod for later stories.
Anyway, I think it turned out pretty well and I hope you enjoy it.
Aaron Mermelstein

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Sprouted Onion

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What do you do with an onion that has sprouted?
This onion never made it to the chopping table for dinner!

First of all, it was an awesome sprout and looked beautiful but also
it was a bit soft...... yuk!

So, out went the knives and in came the camera!
I decided to paint it on Yupo paper and to just let the paint do all great things that watercolor does!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Now on ETSY.COM, an online art shop

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I have finally opened up my online art store at!
I have only uploaded a couple of items but more to come later! This is a snippet of what the site looks like and the web link to my store is included above.
You say.... "What is Etsy?" See statement below from the Etsy website.
If you are new to, you will find a plethora of wonderful shopping!

What is Etsy?

Our mission is to enable people to make a living making things, and to reconnect makers with buyers.

Our vision is to build a new economy and present a better choice:

Buy, Sell, and Live Handmade


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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

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This is the Toogoodoo Creek!
It is a fabulous view from our new property. Everyday, the view is different. The clouds change. The distant tree colors change. The water color changes with the clouds and sun. The birds change! The first two photos here are my reference photos, my inspiration for my first Toogoodoo Creek painting! Look for many, many other views and versions of this scene to come!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Carolina Girl!

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Our move to Charleston, South Carolina has finally happened! Sorry for not posting in the last 2 months but I have been a bit preoccupied! We are settled into a lovely small 2 bedroom apartment (I am lying about the lovely part but it sounds better) and most of our furniture is in 2 huge storage rooms. It will require a puzzle master to unlock the careful pieces of everything in storage! Think what happens when you open the Tupperware cabinet! So, no updating on the web site, no blogging, no painting but definitely lots of moving, lifting, organizing, and as you can see from the photos, lots of yard work, fishing and boating to do! There is grass on the property but it has pretty much gone to seed and poison ivy so that has been a continuous battle which has included taking Bruce to emergency care for cortisone shots and me having a terrible eye allergic reaction to the beautiful Spanish moss hanging on the live oak trees! Yep, never a dull moment! Speaking of live oak trees, we have 23 grand live oaks on the property which is causing quite a challenge for the us and the architect on designing the house. We are now making progress though. The dock construction has begun this week which will make going out on the boat easier. The beach is about 30 minutes away and we try to go weekly. Not that it is an effort to go, it is just that we have so much work to do there that we purposely schedule beach times, to give us a break from the work but also to enjoy the reason why we moved here! The latest rash of hurricanes have got us a bit "puckered" but since we have both lived in the Gulf coast most of our lives, we are bit used to that and we purposely chose Charleston's location and our property is 10 miles (as the crow flies) from the ocean, we should be in good shape unless..... well, let's hope that the one they say is due does not come.
In the mean while, as we get settled into our new life, we will get our house built, make new friends, keep our old cherished friends, and start painting again.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

In loving memory of Scooby

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Scooby Doo, we love you!

Scooby was the beloved dog of my daughter and family.
I painted this with a heavy heart on her last day.
She will always be in our hearts and memory!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Juried Acceptance into Saint Louis Watercolor Society 11th Annual Juried Exhibit

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"USS Constitution"

watercolor painting has been accepted into
The Saint Louis Watercolor Society 11th Annual Juried Exhibition
currently on display through June 1, 2010
at Creative Art Gallery, 3232 Ivanhoe, St Louis MO
This show was juried by Judy Morris, internationally known watercolor artist and instructor.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

SOIA Annual Awards Show

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"My Just Desserts" floral still life, which won a 2nd place award in 2009 in one of the Society of Independent Artists" show was eligible, along with my "Hallway" painting to be entered into the Annual Awards show AND has won a 4th place award overall!
This painting started out to be as a challenge painting for my painting group and I liked the results enough to enter it into shows and have been rewarded with several awards now.
The floral arrangement was on a table while we had lunch and we moved it to the window so that we could all see each other. And voila! The light through the window on the flowers and jar and water..... just called out "paint me"!

Friday, February 12, 2010

"Sandy Creek Covered Bridge" Oil Painting

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Sandy Creek covered bridge in the snow! This is my 3rd oil painting (I have now taken 3 classes!).
I had actually visited this place with my garden club last summer on the hottest day of the year and took photos to hopefully one day paint it... in watercolor. It is 1 of 6 bridges built in 1872 to allow passage from Hillsboro to St Louis. Of the 6, only 4 are still standing today.

When I saw that this was the subject for the oil painting group was going to paint this, I said, "I have to paint it!" I will eventually, hopefully soon, paint it in watercolor with a summer background. It will be interesting to have the 2 versions and a great remembrance of a historical place in Missouri!

If you click on the title name above, it will link you over to the park's website for the bridges.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Paintings at The Foundry in St Charles

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The Foundry in St Charles, MO
Saint Louis Watercolor Society "Showboat" kiosk.

The newly installed paintings are on display on the watercolor society's own kiosk!
It is movable and does change its location depending on what events are going on so be sure to look for it or ask in the gift shop.

Currently on display are ME!, Linda Green Metzler and Judy Grewe.
There is much to see at The Foundry so come and enjoy the great art on the walls and our own fellow artists! Free.

The Foundry Art Center, 520 N Main, St Charles, MO 63301

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10 – 5 PM, Sunday 12 - 4

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Tuesday Painting Ladies!

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Tuesday Painting Group. Winter is still keeping us indoors though we can't wait to get outside to paint. We had a full group yesterday though I managed to not get us all in the pictures. We all worked on different masterpieces. Judy, though is having so much fun with a collage class she is taking that she had us mesmerized with her ease and skill of collaging one together quickly!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

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Finally, after a couple of days updating my website and online art gallery, it is up and running.
Still doing some tweaking but good enough to go!
Check it out!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Andes Mountain view from Santiago Chile

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This is a painting I did yesterday attempting to complete an challenge, a landscape painting in analogous colors. I used Cerulean Blue and WN Yellow to create my greens.
The scene is from a photo I took several years ago while on a trip to Santiago Chile, it was summer (December) so the wild flowers were abundant and the view with the snow capped mountains in the distance was awesome! Best remembrance of this scene is the world's best empanada I had for lunch while at this spot! Yum!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

CJ Muggs and Saint Louis Watercolor Society "Squares" Exhibit

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Squares! Since when are coneflowers square? Well they are when you paint the background with squares and put it in a square mat!

I was so inspired last summer with all the beautiful coneflowers that I had to paint one BUT in my quest to make it a bit different, I decided to paint the background with abstract shapes (squares) instead of sky and other stuff!

Come see this and many more beautiful paintings from fellow artists from the Saint Louis Watercolor Society. "Squares" exhibit on display now at CJ Muggs restaurant in Webster Groves.

Norton's Fine Art and Framing show through January 23!

Pin It Something Small for the Holidays" Art Show closing soon!
Come by and see some wonderful art and vote for your favorite!
Exhibit ends on Saturday, January 23, 2010!