This painting features a magnificent moose seen in the meadow near Geneva Basin during a road trip to Colorado for cross country skiing. Thankfully the young driver was going very slow and managed to miss the moose as it casually walked across the road.
It’s been an amazing experience completing 30 paintings in 30 days. At times, I was thrilled with the painting for the day. But there also times, I was frustrated that the colors weren’t right, or the perspective was totally off or I was really not at my best. Scrapping off several hours work on several paintings kept me humble and even more determined to keep going. However, I have learned so much as an artist, especially working with my Rosemary brushes and water soluble oils from Winsor and Newton.
When I started this challenge, January 25, to create 30 paintings in 30 days, I was so energized to work in the studio everyday. After the first few paintings, I decided to research images from the collection of St. Louis Photos and make selections that focused on a St. Louis theme. Landscapes featuring some of our beautiful parks seemed very fitting for this project and wouldn't take much time to do each day. Easy, peasy, right?
I'm so excited to introduce a line of merchandise at St. Louis Photos and Fine Art Gallery featuring some of my original paintings. Now you can choose from reproductions on paper, metal, acrylic, wood, mugs, totes, phone cases and even puzzles!
As a fine artist, I've explored painting landscapes, botanicals, architecture and portraits. During the past year, I created nearly 42 impressionistic paintings. At times, it was difficult to stay focused on being creative and optimistic. So, I decided to invest in new brushes and try new techniques. It was fun discovering that I could push beyond my comfort level and be happy with the results.
Just wanted to reach out and let you know I'm doing a Live Facebook Stocking Stuffer Art Show and Sale, Wednesday, December 16, at 7pm (CST). This show will feature a number of small paintings with a Colorado theme. This painting, "Heaven on Earth", was inspired by a photo taken by Kari@anchorandkeyphoto from one of her many hikes around Breckenridge, Colorado.
This Sunday, November 29, I will be giving an Artist Talk, at 1pm (CST) via Zoom, as part of the 2020 Greater St. Louis Holiday Arts Expo.
Check out my virtual expo booth featuring 7 original works of art for sale including Forest Park, Tower Grove Park and the Missouri Botanical Garden. I will be available to answer any questions about these pieces during my Artist Talk this Sunday. Stop by the booth today and register so you won't miss all the fun.
Artists Sunday will be celebrated for the first time this year on November 29, the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Falling between Black Friday,Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, it is a day dedicated to encouraging consumers to shop with artists and give something personal and meaningful this holiday season.
I am grateful for Trailnet's endeavors in the restoration as it was a breathtaking experience walking across the Chain of Rocks Bridge on Route 66. At the midway point, I stopped to read the informational signs about the ecology of the Mississippi River and the environment. I leaned over the railing and watched the rushing water swirl around the intake towers, 60 feet below. I also watched cyclists and families enjoy a pleasant afternoon crossing the bridge from Missouri to Illinois.
As I worked on Balloon Glow Magic, an 8" x 10" oil painting on linen board, I thought about that night back in 2012 when this image was taken. I can still recall the excitement with air horns blaring across the baseball field in Forest Park as nearly 70 pilots lit up the night with their colorful hot air balloons.
Wearing masks in public has now become an integral part of our daily lives. As a fine artist, I'm focusing on being positive and committed to providing images of beauty and peace in the midst of this strange chaos and "social-distancing".
I'm excited to offer a collection of Face Masks from VIDA featuring some of my original paintings. These masks feature 2 layers of 100% Organic Cotton which easily adapts to different sizes with adjustable straps and includes a hidden, integrated metal nose-piece to ensure a snug fit. I wear glasses and this feature really works well.
In this newsletter, I thought it would be nice to give you some of the highlights of the Facebook Live Charity Art and Sale Show to benefit Bike MS: Inside Out. All seven paintings have been SOLD. I will be donating 50% of the sales to MS, as a member of the United by Design Team.Thank you so much for your support
Just finished "Purple Mountain Majesty", inspired by my photo of Pikes Peak. Bob and I were traveling through Colorado Springs several years ago to attend my family reunion at The Nature Place near Florissant, Colorado.
My journey with this painting began early last November quite by accident. I was prepping a very large canvas, 3 feet by 4 feet with bright magenta and orange and listening to Mozart. Without realizing it, I had pressed my hand on the canvas and left a white print.
Over the years, I have both loved and at times cursed the tenacious orange daylilies growing in my garden. From the early morning sun lighting up each bloom to their fiery glow at sunset, the daylilies charm everyone who sees them.
Adventurous road trips, however well planned, can provide delightful challenges. Last year, I enjoyed a road trip with two of my sisters through colorful Colorado to New Mexico, the land of enchantment.
This email has been especially difficult to write. The past few weeks has seen the struggles of African Americans against racism and injustice surface in most profound ways. The Black Lives Matter movement has brought together people of all races and across the globe to demand changes, to demand equality, to demand freedom from oppression and to demand the right to live and raise their families in peace.
It's been an incredible journey learning to adjust to this new world we are living in and still be creative. Some days, the urge to stay in bed a bit longer is quite strong. Other days, I'm up with the sunrise ready to take over the world. Ha, just kidding.
I announced a print giveaway, May 18, 2020, so today I wanted to share the story behind the photo...
Ten years ago while on assignment for STL Front Page, Bob and I drove to Old North St. Louis for a very special celebration at the intersection of North 14th Street and St. Louis Avenue and the rebirth of Crown Square in front of Crown Candy Kitchen.
The Paint Webster Art Festival was virtual this year due to COVID-19. Always a regional event, nearly 100 painters stayed at home, on Saturday, May 9, and painted from their porches and yards from all over St. Louis City and County, and Metro East!
It was also my birthday, so I decided to paint something really special. The "Garden Birthday Party” features white Peonies in my garden next to my 124 year-old Victorian storefront home/studio. The plant came from the Dielmann farm in Creve Coeur nearly 100 years ago. They are still very fragrant. The straw hat and costume necklace is from my Grandma Elizabeth Salmon.
Several months ago, I received an email with a request from a mom (my niece) to memorialize a favorite photo of her young kids into a painting. It touched my heart when I learned why this photo was one to cherish now that her kids are college aged.
Putting art inspired by nature on your walls can dramatically enhance your environment. Imagine how the bright greens of spring growth and early morning sunshine can lend a sense of peacefulness and hope for a better life. Imagine taking in a deep breath of fresh air - virtually - and feeling the calmness and renewed energy.
As we get closer to Mother’s Day this year, it’s looking more and more likely we won’t be able to take mom out for that traditional breakfast or have the usual gatherings. Given the circumstances, I’m more convinced than ever that artwork makes for the best possible Mother’s Day gift. Imagine how the "Deer Lake Savanna", an original oil painting featuring water lilies in the 24-acre restored natural community near Deer Lake in Forest Park, would look in her home.
While searching through my library for calming photos to send you, I found this image of a snowy white Egret. Several years ago, Bob and I were in Forest Park shooting images for a commissioned book on the attractions of St. Louis. Unfortunately, the book was canceled, but I now have a wonderful collection of photos and great memories to share.
How are you doing? As a non-essential worker (my biggest thanks to all of you that are out there keeping the country going ❤️), I'm fortunate to be safely here in the studio working on new artwork and generally just resisting the temptation to go a little bit stir-crazy.
I'm current working on an oil painting, "A Pleasant Afternoon Among the Nymphs", from my reference photo of the incredibly beautiful waterlilies that fill the ponds every summer in front of the Jewel Box in Forest Park.
It's been an interesting few weeks, being stuck at home and isolated from family and friends. In addition to cleaning and reading about some of my favorite impressionists, I've spent time happily working on new paintings for my series, "Nature Overcomes Chaos", including "Pondering By The Willow Pond","Into the Woods" and "Aspens - Social Distancing".
The walking paths in Tower Grove Park, a municipal park in the City of St. Louis, are wonderful places to enjoy taking in nature. It was a favorite place to walk when my husband and I lived in the adjacent Shaw neighborhood.
It's been four days since I saw Nektar in concert at the Widley Theatre in Edwardsville, IL. Their music is now an integral part of my life. The lyrics from the title song, "finding our way from the past, knowing how music became the ride, with memories of songs that will last", are now helping to guide my artistic journey as I work on new paintings. Read how my journey began ...
Ten years ago, I attended "Art in Bloom", the Saint Louis Art Museum's annual celebration of flowers and fine art. It was also a defining moment in my career as a photographer and fine artist. Motivated by that exhibit, I launched the "Artist in Bloom" web site and began working on paintings from photos of flowers from my garden, the Missouri Botanical Garden, Tower Grove Park and Forest Park.
After spending the past few weeks doing very detailed, commissioned pencil drawings of cats (Lady Rohan and Magnet) and dogs (Zamira and Ollie), I decided take a break and do something different to 'loosen up', a phrase often used by artists looking for inspiration. It seemed like a good time to work on the kitchen and install the backsplash... read more to find learn about that serendipity moment.
This energetic, fun-loving pet was a joy to draw as part of my daily sketching routine. As I added highlights over several sessions to the portrait of "Ollie", I recalled the many times he has greeted me at the door after barking loudly to let the family know I had arrived. He would wag his tail and jump up to try and lick my face. Then, with equal enthusiasm, he would pick up the nearest shoe and run. It was all a game to him with the advantage that he could hide under the table.
I've often heard the expression - "just like riding a bike" - casually applied to seemingly hopeless situations. The phrase could be interpreted as a skill that, once learned, is never forgotten. That phrase couldn’t be farther from the truth when it comes to drawing horses.
Last summer, during a road trip to a family reunion in Colorado, I had a fleeting opportunity to photograph a cluster of giant granite boulders hovering above Hwy 24, near Florissant, Colorado.We decided to take an unplanned excursion off the main road to explore the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, located near Pikes Peak, one of Colorado's 53 fourteeners.
One year ago today, I lost my best friend, husband and fellow photographer. Bob Moore was a familiar face at special events, parades, festivals and news conferences, which he photographed for the St. Louis Front Page.
While sketching this portrait of Bob over the past few days, I have spent time reminiscing about the lifetime we spent together.
As 2019 draws to a close and a new decade begins, I thought I would share a few of my favorite paintings/photos from this past year: Reaching for Heaven, Prancer, Ghosts in the Rocks, Splash Fountain and Heavenly Serenade.
Bob and I designed and built this beautiful Victorian Village Christmas display for the window of our storefront. It features two On30 trains traversing through tunnels and over several bridges, an animated skating rink and waterfall, along with a church, hotel, Globe newspaper building (Bob was a staff photographer for the Globe-Democrat, a major daily that shut down in 1980), pharmacy, post office, restaurant, department store, toy store, men and women's dress shop, general hardware store, music shop, police station, people and animals.
It's that time of the year, when families and friends gather to celebrate Thanksgiving and share stories, commentary, jokes and lots of good food. It's also a time to remember those who have past and cherish the time spent with them.
My oil painting, 'Serenity' is a reflection of what I read recently. "The muddy waters represent the struggles of life, the bud of the flower represents a person that has not yet reached their full potential."
One day, about halfway through a painting session on Snow Canyon, I began seeing faces in the rocks. My imagination was in full mode. Perhaps the slumbering giant with his hand coming over the edge had been rudely awakened by the piercing scream of a Copper's Hawk.
I learned to paint during a long and very hot summer trip with my grandmother to help her run the concession stands at the rodeos in Colorado and in Gallup and Albuquerque, New Mexico. I was a young, impressionable kid, fascinated with incredible rock formations and the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde.
I often visit Tower Grove Park to explore its foliage, pavilions and architecture for inspiration to paint. Here are some of my fall paintings inspired by this historic city park, designed by Henry Shaw.
Bob and I were there for the ribbon-cutting at Citygarden to capture the magical moment for the culmination of 15 months of construction and an estimated $25 - $30 million in funding from the St. Louis-based Gateway Foundation. We visited the construction site many times for the St. Louis Front Page, shooting through the chainlink fence that surrounded two blocks between Eighth and Tenth and Chestnut and Market Streets. After it opened officially to the public, July 1, 2009, we returned often to photograph the sculptures, foliage and people enjoying the amenities.
Autumn is here. It's a new season, a new beginning. I'm so excited to introduce St. Louis Photos and Fine Art, a collection of photographs and original oil paintings featuring St. Louis architecture, attractions, parks and botanicals.
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