Nov 10

November 10, 2014

Nice and big.

Sign of the Times

New office, new sign. Friend, client and real estate agent, Carol loves decay, corrosion and patina just as much as I do. This is a NEW sign, painted on NEW wood. American Paint’s ‘Cannonball’ black was applied (Carol did the honors there), I abused the painted boards and then painted on the lettering and edge striping in a soft creamy yellow gold, followed by more abuse. Carol added the final layer of wax to seal the work and hung it…

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Nov 10

November 10, 2014


Kitchen Storage

There’s always that one very useful piece of furniture in every cook’s kitchen. It may not have a lot of monetary value, but it is priceless in it’s function, and it fits just right in it’s assigned place. I was asked by a client to update a simple storage cart she’d had for decades. It was beginning to show it’s years and seemed like it could be an excellent accent piece for her kitchen. Simple lines and a simple idea…

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Nov 9

November 9, 2014

"You Are My Sunshine"

Take a Seat

I had a bit of fun this past summer painting an old chair for a fundraising auction. I really liked this chair, it had some great lines and was good and sturdy. Someone had already stripped most of the old finish/paint/crud off of it, but it still had quite a bit of character. That’s my dog Byrdie lounging on the driveway- isn’t she cute? Anyhoo- I had a few ideas in mind, but all started with several layers of color,…

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Nov 8

November 8, 2014

Infinity Scarves

I’m a Knit Wit

Late last winter the manager of  The Art House gift shop admired a knitted scarf I was wearing and asked if I would be willing to knit a few for their gift shop in the fall. It seemed like a fun thing to do- I like to keep my hands busy while watching TV, or just visiting. So I gathered up several really pretty yarn combinations to work with and spent much of the summer knitting. I even took my…

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Nov 7

November 7, 2014

Dana's Hacienda 16 X 20

Through Another Door

Earlier this summer, I traveled to Grand Rapids to paint this door in a condo high rise there. (read the post HERE)  Unfortunately, the owner was forced to have the door painted over within weeks of completion. I always felt bad for her, she never complained about this waste of her money- after all, she had paid me well for the week’s work I performed only to have it be destroyed. And I felt bad that a work of my…

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Nov 7

November 7, 2014



I have a fascination with the effects of time and the elements on objects. Oxidized metals, layers of decay, erosion, even wrinkles on skin interest me. When Al and I happened across a sales lot filled with decaying classic cars, we had to stop and poke around, taking photos. One automobile in particular really resonated with me- I took several different shots and even painted it once. This painting sold last year: Of course I still have the original photo…

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Aug 11

August 11, 2014

Basketball graphic

Basketball Jones

Here’s a simple little project I picked up through Thumbtack: With a brand new house and a brand new baby boy, this lovely couple wanted a sports themed room that would grow along with their son. Above is the simple giant basketball graphic they wanted for one wall in the room, and I quite happily painted the wall for them. Cool, eh? They posted their needed project on Thumbtack, and I gave them a bid on doing the work. I’ve…

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Jul 14

July 14, 2014

Nope- I'm not short- this door is a full 8 feet tall.

Whew! I’ve been busy!

Long time no blogpost! It’s been a busy spring and summer for me here, lots of different projects from murals to fine art, garden design, drafting, big sewing projects, design and color consults and lots and lots of painting! So much work that I have not had a chance to catch up since March. So today, I got all my photos organized and edited, uploaded and blogged, back dated in blogposts so you can see the most interesting things I…

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Jul 11

July 11, 2014

Cocky guy


I abandoned ship in Grand Rapids for 3 weeks, leaving most of my equipment and tools there in storage while I took care of some personal business and took a planned vacation the first week of July. As soon as we returned and did laundry, I packed up the supplies and research I had packed before vacationing and hit the road for Grand Rapids again for the last of our planned projects. While working on the Beach scene, we brainstormed…

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Jun 14

June 14, 2014


Waking up on the Beach

After completing the Hacienda Door , I moved my tools and equipment up to the second condo and went home for the week-end. The original plan was to paint the front doors for it, but in light of the issues with the first door, plans changed a bit and I scrambled to collect my reference materials and paints to work on the third planned mural instead. I had only made some sketchy mental notes of the colors in the room and…

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Jun 6

June 6, 2014

close-up of window detail

Hacienda Door

I love Grand Rapids! So when I was contacted to discuss travelling there again to visit friends to discuss work on their new condo, I was excited! A few years ago I had done some work at their first condo (you can see the work  HERE and HERE), they loved it, I loved it and the new owner of that condo loved it. So much so, that she wanted additional work done on the exterior of her door and some minor…

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Apr 9

April 9, 2014



I got a call from one of my subscribers asking if I could paint a mural in a bathroom. Not just any bathroom, this one is in a convalescent home specializing in the care of people who have dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. They had installed a special tub for their clients- they are seated in it, a door closes, it fills with water and the jets do a very thorough job of relaxing, massaging and scrubbing them clean. The mural…

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