Friday, February 15, 2013

Painting Giveaway!

A few weeks ago, I hinted at a giveaway on my Facebook page, and I'm finally ready to announce it. Because I'm so grateful for all the support I got during my "30 Paintings in 30 Days" challenge, I wanted to thank you, my fans, by giving you a chance to win one of my 30 Daily Paintings of your choosing (unless it's already been sold).

The rules are pretty simple; all you need to do is Like my Page on Facebook, then Join my Newsletter! That's it :) The newsletter is something I send out very rarely (maybe 3-4 times per year), and usually includes new paintings I've created, art exhibits I'm participating in, or anything else worth announcing. I promise not to bug you too often ;-)

So here's what you do:

1) "Like" my page on Facebook, if you haven't already:

 - AND -

2) Join my Newsletter:

...and for additional entries:
3) you can also Share this contest with your friends! You can do that on Facebook using the "share" link from any of my contest posts, or on your own blogs (if you do, make sure to leave a comment here letting me know).

The contest starts right now and ends on Friday, February 22, 2013 at 10pm (Eastern Time).

At closing, I will gather all the names and pick one at random, which will later be announced on my Facebook page. You'll then get to choose which painting you want (each one is 6x6"), which will be shipped to you at no cost (please note that the awarded painting will not be framed). Only one winner will be announced.

Thank you, and good luck!! :-)

Friday, February 8, 2013

"Sleeping on the Job"

"Sleeping on the Job"
18" x 24" Oil on canvas

(I'm preparing for an upcoming exhibit, so this won't be available for purchase just yet)

After a month of painting tiny 6x6" paintings, I was itching to work on a larger piece. I loved the way the cast shadows here enhanced the composition (which would otherwise be a bit bland). I also really like complimentary colors. I would love to see this in someone's kitchen! 

Friday, February 1, 2013

"30 Days of Paintings" - So what have I learned?

"30 Days of Paintings"

So what have I learned during this "30 Paintings in 30 Days" challenge? For starters, I didn't think I'd have enough ideas to fill up an entire month! But even now that the challenge is over, my head is spinning with thoughts of what to paint next.

It's true what they say: "Every day you don't practice, you're one day further from being good." I wish I remembered where I got this quote because it's an excellent one, but it's become my mantra this past month. I look at my earlier paintings from the beginning of the month and compare them with my newer ones, and am amazed at the improvements I've made already (in just a MONTH!!). From brush technique, to composition, to color mixing… it's baffling how much a person can learn just by painting one small painting a day.

I've already thanked Leslie Saeta profusely for creating this challenge, and the letters she's received from other artists have made it into the latest Artists Helping Artists podcast (including mine!).

And although I'm really loving this small, square format, I'm looking forward to working on some of my other larger pieces that are already in the works! I hope you'll continue to follow me here on my Blog, or on my Facebook Page. I'm also a new member of, and I hope that you'll come visit me there too!

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