Friday, August 18, 2017

MR. TOTALITY

My painting time has been gobbled up by the new/old camper we bought in May.
When we purchased the used Sprinter it appeared to be in tip top shape.
WELL!!??? We got the Mighty Beast home and all the imperfections started to appear 
one then another one and on and on. I've been sewing, reupholstering , cleaning, really
all the things I didn't see myself doing. If you ever buy an older camper drop me a line
I can tell you what to look for before you take the leap. 
For our first trip we're going to drive 300 miles one-way for 2 minutes and 30 seconds of totality!!
Sounds a bit crazy when you say it. We are heading to Riverton,WY to camp
in The United Presbyterian Church parking lot with a small contingency of totality
seekers. I'll let you know how that pans out. 
If you're outside for the event it doesn't matter where you are grab a colander or straw
hat or stand under a tree and shoot the eclipse on the sidewalk through your chosen
device. No need to look upward the colander or tree will be your pinhole camera. 
You should get hundreds of eclipse images reflected on the ground. It could be fun.
Thanks a bunch if I have internet I'll let you know what full on totality feels like. 
That is if the skies are clear. Happy eclipse hunting.
Later MB
 

Friday, August 11, 2017

ARTSY-FARTSY

I made these Artsy-Fartsy Do-Dads for 3 artist friends.
The best part of this project is I've discovered a US charm supplier in NY.
They produced most of the charms on these Do-Dads right in downtown,NY.
I love finding US suppliers and producers of quality goods. It might cost a bit
more but it's worth it!
Later MB


Thursday, August 10, 2017

IT'S ALL NANCY'S FAULT

OR "SIDETRACKED" OR "PROCRASTINATING ON A GRAND SCALE"
OR "NANCY MADE ME DO IT"
Here's a convoluted story good luck with this post!
Last May on a whim I created my first DO-DAD. I created it for my friend Nancy.
I don't have a picture of it but it was a collection of charms to hang on your purse or
backpack or just hang anywhere really where you'll see it and enjoy it on a daily basis.
My husband calls them Cracker Jack surprises.
I've been a bit obsessed to say the least with this project. Nancy loved her Do-Dad so much she
ordered  8 DO-DADS for Christmas presents. The rest is history.
Here's what a DO-DAD looks like in the construction phase
She sent me a list of recipients, their favorite things, birthday's etc. and 
I start buildinga personalized Do-Dad just for them. 
As you see above this project is finally ready for the finishing phase. 
Remember when I made these for the Tour de Steamboat fundraiser?
A friend of mine donated to the tour de steamboat and bought 5 of these keychains for her grandkids.
I thought that was so great but I also thought I could produce some special key chains for 
her grandkids instead. Again I became a bit obsessed - below you will see the results.
This one is for a college student in Veterinary School. She rides her bike everywhere is involved in her church and the Vet charm is an add-on for when she graduates.
This is for a high-school track team member and all around great kid! 
This one is for their Mom who is a professional graphic artist who is now pursuing
and taking time for herself and fine art.
This one is for the Karate Kid!
Last but not least this one is for my good friend, constant blog companion and incredible Artist.
I call this the Artsy-Fartsy Do-Dad
The soup can is an homage to my favorite artist Andy Warhol! 
That's about it for now. I am painting not sure if they're worth posting.
Edit - Edit - Edit
Thanks for looking. MB

 

Monday, August 7, 2017

MOOSE IN MY YARD

 
I was so excited to see this Mom and her baby in my yard.
I couldn't locate my camera so I missed some incredible shots. Such a treat!
 It's been about a month since they've been in my yard. 
Not sure where they are hanging out but I'm glad they're back.
Later MB
Baby!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

SKINNY-DIPPIN'

8" X 8"
Oil
 Cindy - White Hart Gallery owner gave me an assignment for fall - I asked for the suggestions.
She suggested bear, moose and fox paintings along with fall foliage paintings.
I told her that could be a stretch especially the fall foliage idea but I've decided
to give it all a go. I have 16 ideas ready to go - I'm not sure if the first fox painting
will ever see the light of day but Skinny-dippin' is the 3rd painting finished in the series.
Paint on! 
Thanks a bunch - MB


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Leap of Faith IV

I'm really not sure how to start this story. In April I saw an ad in Southwest Art advertising a special
section for their August issue titled "Women in Art". 
I didn't have any paintings that I thought were worthy but on a whim I committed 
to a half page spread for the August issue. I've never felt so WRONG in my life.
I knew I needed 2 images that worked well together - you may remember 
when I posted these paintings I said they were for something BIG! Well
here it is. I even hired the local photographer Tim Murphy so the images would be perfect
and magazine ready. If I'm going to spend I'm going all the way. You have no idea how 
hard it's been to not spill the beans and jinx myself. 
The magazine came out last week and both paintings were sold today.
Their new home - Santa Fe! 
WOW! I'm a lucky girl. 
I also had an inquiry from a gallery owner but I have nothing to report on that front. 
I bought a bottle of bubbly - I'll be celebrating tonight.
Thanks for all the support over the years. I owe it all to everyone out there pushing me along.
Thanks a bunch MB

Monday, July 31, 2017

MOVING FORWARD

"One Step at a Time" or "One Foot in Front of the Other"
8" X 8"
Oil
Change is in the air - not sure where this will lead.
Thanks for looking! MB

Thursday, July 20, 2017

REFLECTING ON EXPERIENCE

8" X 8"
Oil
This is my new favorite size panel for painting. Richeson makes an affordable, high 
quality gessoed panel. I buy them from Blick and I've been pleasantly surprised by the 
consistent quality. If you're looking for an Ampersand panel alternative this is a good choice.
This larger size is difficult to finish in one sitting so my posts might be spread out a bit.
We'll see how it goes. It's been great so far!
Thanks a bunch MB

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Monet's Trio

Or "Manet's Girls" or "The Fascinators" kind of like The Supremes 
Or "Fascinators View" 
8" X 8"
Oil
I can't tell you how scary it's been to NOT paint. 
It was so difficult to get out my paints and commit.
My new goal for painting is to just paint what I want. No agenda!
I have a "Lost Wages" series rolling around in my head along with a number of other odd ideas.
I'm call it my poo-pourri series. It's going to be a mish mosh of images for awhile.
We'll see how it goes and what transpires. 
Thanks for waiting - all the best MB
 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Photos - Easily distracted by shiny objects

 
By SHINY OBJECTS
This is a long story - might be impossible to describe. 
In March I promised the Tour De Steamboat organizers I would attempt to raise $1000.00
for the Tour de Steamboat bike ride on July 22nd. This event raises over $70,000.00 - it's all volunteer 
therefore all the money goes to 4 local nonprofit organizations. The event organizer - my neighbor and 
world class bicyclist - Katie Lindquist wants to up the anti this year and try to raise $100,000.00.
I thought my $1000.00 keychain donation could help the event in some small way. 

In hindsight it might have been easier to give her the $1000 bucks!!???

I've redone my part twice. I started this project in March and finished yesterday. Go figure.
My first thought was to create 20 necklaces - which I did - how dumb was that?
Then I bought a new inkjet printer and started over. My new goal was 50 key chains at 20 bucks a piece.
As you can see above they are fun and finished. Are they perfect? Well no but it's the thought that counts.
I've been teaching myself the art of metal stamping since March. My first thought was how hard could it be?
Well it's not as easy as I originally thought, in fact it's damn hard. I've ruined about every metal blank I 
purchased and the rest is history. It's been more frustrating than painting if you can believe it! 
The upside - I learned something new. 

Thanks for waiting an eternity - it's been one weird trip MB

Monday, June 12, 2017

CONTEMPLATING MY NEXT MOVE

10"h X 16"w
Oil
Something a little different for your viewing pleasure.
 This was so much fun to paint. Let me know what you think.
Thanks a bunch - MB

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

THIRD TIME' S A CHARM*"?!.#!!!

Here's the 3rd version of "Meet Tiffany".
12" X 12"
Believe it or not I've been painting daily - wiping away - starting over again and again and again. 
I have one version half finished another version totally finished - but didn't think it was good enough
and this version. I'm on a deadline(more on that later) so this is the one I'm choosing. 
It feels like I've never painted anything in my life. These are some weird times for sure.
I think 2017 is going to go down as the oddest painting year in my life. 
I just hope it all becomes clear soon. 
Thanks for waiting. MB

Thursday, May 25, 2017

SILENCE OF THE LAMBS

Life can be a little scary at times!
I started painting yesterday - will have a painting post soon.
Hope you've enjoyed the little side trip.
Tiffany up next. Later MB
 
 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

OMG

OMG!....is someone really throwing that out??!!
I can paint that and make it beautiful again.
 

Friday, May 5, 2017

Tour de Steamboat

Here's a fun new bike painting. 
It's been hard to get going and get something worthwhile.
I thought the work was going to shift in some way so I've been struggling 
but maybe it's not going to happen. I have some ideas floating in my head 
evidently they're not very good ideas!?
Thanks for waiting. MB

Monday, May 1, 2017

RELAXING

Best buddies
Georgi & Roger sharing a chair. 
Thanks for waiting. 
I have some paintings ready just need some prodding.
Time will tell.

Friday, April 28, 2017

CORGI HOTEL REVIEW!

Lulu's pillow review - not too soft - high count cotton pillow case
Just right for getting cozy!
A perfect nights sleep I'm ready to go
Georgi's review - Spacious - comfy mattress with luxurious cotton sheets!
A definite 5 ***** experience 
Yavapai Lodge - South Rim Grand Canyon
Thanks a bunch

Saturday, April 22, 2017

BILL & HILLARY SIGHTING

Hillary & Bill enjoying a special moment in the shade!
We were so fortunate to be able to stop and talk to Bill and Hillary. 
This was the highlight of our visit to Los Alivos, CA. 
I feel another portrait in the works.
Thanks a bunch MB

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

WILDLIFE SIGHTING!

Roger finds a new home, he's so happy.
I found Roger the Rhino in a recycling bin on my bike ride. I knew I had to save him from a sad fate.
I gingerly set him near the bushes so he'd feel right at home till I could get back to rescue him in my car.
He was cooperative and friendly. He quietly grazed on fresh grass till my return.
He's our new best buddy.
Thanks for listening. MB

Thursday, March 30, 2017

MOOSE & MR. FOX

MR. Fox
The light in my studio has not been optimal for photography and the fox is too
wet to move. Anyway this gives some idea of what he looks like finished. 
He's going to live in Vermont with his buddy Mr. Moose. 
I'm hoping to get you a final photo in May when he's dry but this is as good as it gets for now.
Thanks for waiting. MB

Saturday, March 25, 2017

MOOSE & FOX PROCESS

This is not the best photo but you get the idea. 
The fox is finished but I couldn't get a decent photo. 
Maybe I'll get lucky tomorrow with the light in the studio so I can get a good shot.
The fox is sitting on what I call a stump-rock! The shape changed radically for three days.
Wipe it away and start again. I'm happy with the end result but it wasn't easy getting there.
Thanks for waiting MB.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Fox

Here's the start to a red fox commission painting.
30" X 30" 
This handsome fellow will live with his buddy the moose in Vermont.
It took me a while to get this far I'm hoping to finish the fox today. 
We'll see how that goes. Thanks a bunch. MB

Monday, March 20, 2017

LINE DANCING

Here's what the 3" X 3" paintings look like all lined up.
It's kind of fun to see them all together.
Gordy
Here's a new 3" X 3" - he's a different rendition of the same cow. 
I love to paint his expression. 
Thanks a bunch MB!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

MY LUCKY SHIRT

Happy St. Patty's Day!
Sorry I couldn't resist. This should be a painting maybe next year!
Later MB