Month: July 2021

Ursula the Upright

Exhibit A gallery in Peoria Heights Illinois is having an exhibit starting Monday August 2 entitled “Sit up Straight”. Ursula is my entry for this exhibit. She will be on display proudly seated on her chair from August 2 – 27.

I started this endeavor by creating the chair from a square cardboard Box and an additional piece of cardboard I shaped for the back of the chair. I like painting chairs as you can tell by the you can tell by the chairs you would find in my art studio. So I thought it would be fun to paint a miniature chair which I’m sure they would have room for at the gallery.

Once I made the chair I knew immediately that I needed a bird that I needed a bird with long legs to sit in the chair. Thinking I had plenty of time I planned on waiting on waiting until Sunday to make the bird… However I found out on Friday that we needed to turn in our entries Today, Saturday. Needless to say last night was a very long night. I created 3 different patterns of birds before I was happy with one. Is that pattern became Ursula!

I hope you enjoy her as much as I enjoyed making her. In fact I plan on making a mate for her Soon.

Enjoy! And as always, Thanks for visiting.


A day of fun and preparation

Today was a pretty fun day.. I had 2 classes of art journalers… For both classes I asked them to look through magazines and find things that reminded them of summer. Then we cut them out and arranged a 2 page spread with them. Here are a couple of them One did not finish her gluing so I wasn’t able to take a picture.


The remainder of my day was spent taking artwork down to the spraying room and making sure everything had enough coats of varnish. I need to be sure these will dry by by Saturday so I can pack them up for the wine and art festival on Sunday. Apparently I will also be putting new wires on them Saturday as I had to order wire from Amazon.

Those are just a few I think I have eight or nine pieces in all to take with me. Ciao for now!

Art and Wine Festival coming up

This week is a very hectic week. It’s my teaching week, and it is the week I am trying to get all of my artwork ready for a show I’m going to be in on Sunday, July 18th. It is the Art and Wine Festival at Mackinaw Vineyard. I love this show, I love the vineyard, the atmosphere. It’s just a really fun place to be. If you get a chance you should come out… there is a pond and I think there’s a fountain and a gazebo that goes out into the pond. There is a pavilion to get out of the direct sun where artists are displaying and hopefully selling their Wares. I love seeing all of the different things on display. There is also typically been music. One year there was a guy who reminded me of James Taylor sitting and strumming on his guitar playing very pleasant music. Another year was a trio of musicians who are equally as pleasant just a little bit louder. All in all it’s a very good show and makes for a wonderful Sunday afternoon. Look it up! Mackinaw Valley Vineyard in Illinois. The show is from noon till 6 p.m. Maybe I’ll see you there!

This is one of the pieces I’ve been working on for the show, the texture in it is great! I have several others at the studio that I am putting wires on the back of this week. Maybe I will sneak a couple Peeks in tomorrow.