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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Mar 28

March 28, 2014

Sandy's Flowers $150.00

Poppies for Sale

Below are a couple of smaller paintings inspired by a larger commissioned work I did previously. sized at 11 x 14, eah has a finished edge, ready to hang on your wall. If you would be interested in these or any other works I have available, or wish to commission an original work of art, please contact me, my email address is in my contact information on the ‘HOME’ page.

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Mar 10

March 10, 2014

Bicycle in the garden

Fine Art Tiles

A few weeks ago a woman called me with a challenge, and I love a challenge! She had a seriously boring floor of 12 by 12 inch ceramic tiles and wondered if I could paint them. I have painted tile before, it can work well depending on the tiles and where they are, so I said “Maybe”. After taking a look and discussing exactly what she had in mind, I took on the challenge- and it sure was just that!…

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Feb 21

February 21, 2014

road construction mural

Construction Zone

I love when parents have great ideas for their kid’s play spaces! I was called recently to discuss a small back-ground mural for a lower level playroom (I’ll blog about that next week, after it’s done). After we decided what to paint for that area, we went up to the second floor to discuss another and much larger wall that they wanted done first, in Xander’s play area up there. Nice big loft area with one bright red wall, one…

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Feb 4

February 4, 2014

The window valance coordinates with the light cornice and softens the look

Master Bath Magic

Al had this really nice condo when we met, complete with an enormous master bathroom- I love the size of it, we are spoiled. It was in need of a bit of an update- the wallpaper installed by one of the several previous owners was beginning to peel in spots, the faucets had some corrosion and even the light fixtures and towel bars had seen better days, rust was beginning to show up here and there. The wallpaper had to…

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Feb 3

February 3, 2014


Northville Art House: Member’s Show

One of last year’s paintings is taking a ride over to Northville’s Art house for their Member’s Show. We were allowed to enter two paintings, but they had so many artists enter their work that they asked us all to just bring one. I chose the above work: “Barn”, one of my pointillism works from last summer. The exhibit opens this Friday with a reception from 6-9 pm, so that’s where you know Al and I will be! I hope…

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Feb 3

February 3, 2014

Rowan House

House Portraits

Back in November, I was asked to paint a small house portrait for a lovely couple. They had moved out of the home they had lived in for many, many years, and it had been his boyhood home as well, originally built by his father. A simple house,  well loved by the couple, but time marches on and it was time to move on to the simpler life of condo living. Fortunately, there were a few decent photos to work…

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