Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Today I am very thankful and blessed to have such a wonderful Valentine!
Happy Valentine’s Day Fred! 

PS/ Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you too!! Wishing you a day filled with love and friendship. Valentine’s Day isn’t all about flowers, chocolate and dinner at a fancy restaurant. It’s about spending time with the people you love. Maybe even surprising someone who may not expect it. What better Valentine’s Day could there be?

Catch you back here tomorrow!

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Featured Artist: Danny Griego!

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Santa Rita Alley by Danny Griego  10×10″  Oil

There are many things I really enjoy about Danny Griego’s paintings. The way he leaves a little of the toned canvas peeking through adds dimension and interest. It’s quite clear after checking out his website that he can paint anything. There are scenes of everyday scenarios that he breathes new life into. To take everyday and make it WOW is talent!

When you visit Danny’s website, don’t miss the portraits… so realistic!

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Mexico Nocturne by Danny Griego  20×16″  Oil

So cool how Danny blurred the colors from the back of the bus, showing movement… that bus is flying! Cool colors and I like that it’s a nocturne, that adds something special with all those wonderful blues!

Read a blip about Danny, from his website:

“San Diego has been my home for just over 20  years. I am originally from Colorado.  I received my BA in theatrical scene design and scenic art in Colorado, at the University of Northern Colorado.  I worked over 20 years in the world of theater as a scenic artist, ten of those years at The Old Globe Theater.  I helped designers and directors realize their visions for hundreds of productions.  As a scenic artist I painted/sculpted scenery for the stage and I planned and executed large canvas drops as background elements for musicals, comedies and dramas.   Many of them were shows that eventually went on to Broadway.

While working in theater I attended Watts Atelier.  There for some years, off and on, I took classes to better my artistic skills.  It is a true credit to that school and their teachers for what I have learned.  They put me on the road to “seeing” like and artist.  Coupled with attending Watts Atelier, I managed to take some workshops from some painters I really admire.  Artists like Robert Watts, Matt Smith, Brian Blood and Carolyn Anderson helped to shape me as an artist.

I love painting portraits but most of my work is studio landscape and plein air.  Most of my inspiration stems from how landscapes integrate with urban settings.  I find great interest in how sturdy man made structures coexist with organic forms of nature.  Alleys, freeway bridges and subjects that don’t get a lot attention are of particular interest to me.” Read more HERE

All images via DannyGriegoArt.com, used with permission…

Images are not for reproduction, they are property of the artist.

Catch you back here tomorrow!

Botany Bay Beach…

Botany Bay Beach, South Carolina

I loved being on the beach at Botany Bay in Edisto, SC. Like stepping back in time, just stunning. I use this image on my computer as my screensaver quite often.

Sometimes you just need to take a deep breath and think of something positive with all that’s going on in the world.

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📸 Images are my own unless stated otherwise. Please contact me if interested… 

Take a deep breath…

Focus on the little things...

Sometimes we need to take a few minutes during the day to tune out whatever is going on in the world that causes stress and anxiety and think of something a bit happier.

Monhegan butterfly. Take a deep breath…

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📸 Images are my own unless stated otherwise. Please contact me if interested… 

Weekend thought…

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Image is from when Charlie was a puppy… He would go on running spurts through the house and jump up on the chair, caught him mid jump. This was before his hair got longer and fuzzy. Too funny…

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The Bancroft House Plan by Yankee Barn Homes!

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This is the The Bancroft House Plan by Yankee Barn Homes. This plan is 3,055 square feet with 3 bedroom and 3.5 bathrooms. The garage has 1,931 square feet! Whoa!

Makes quite a statement, doesn’t it? While in Maine, I always adore these barn homes. I could see us in one of them, with wide old pine floors, soft antique rugs, a sleek Rais fireplace, pine chests, white slipcovered furniture and a ton of paintings! Oh yeah!

The outside design is gorgeous. All those windows! Love it! Be sure to check out the REAL images on Yankee Barn Home’s website!

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The main floor has the master bedroom, with bathroom, closet, craft closet and it’s own screened porch. I LOVE THIS!

There is an open great room/dining room, and in most plan an open floor plan means loss of walls which also means there is nowhere left to hang paintings! That is important to us. THIS PLAN gives you many windows, an open floor plan and plenty of walls for paintings! There is great storage in the kitchen, a nice laundry, mudroom, etc. that connects you to the garage that also has storage.

I love storage!

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The Bancroft House Plan by Yankee Barn Homes

The upstairs of this plan has a bedroom, bathroom, closet and deck on the far end, as well as a guest room with private bath and closet. Then there is that dream space… An office (or studio!!) over the garage, complete with storage! Can you imagine?

All images via YankeeBarnHomes.com, used with permission…

Images are not for construction or reproduction, they are property of the design firm.

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Featured Artist: Karen Silve!

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Love Affair by Karen Silve  42×46″  Acrylic on Canvas

Karen Silve. FABULOUS abstract paintings. Wonderful movement, depth and interest. I’m loving the white areas in this paintings as well as the pinks… OH! The pinks are fabulous! This painting is soft and romantic while being tumultuous at the same time. Very cool!

Read a bit about Karen, from her website:

“Silve was born in Springfield IL. Her mother, who is the daughter of an artist and a French chef, exposed Silve and her three siblings to art through visits to museums and classes. Silve’s family moved a number of times during her childhood, finally settling in Tuscaloosa AL. She was involved with art through high school and went on to receive a BFA from the University of Alabama, whose painting faculty, including the Italian artist Alvin Sella, had a strong abstract orientation. A formative experience, especially for her color sense, was the summer Silve spent painting the landscape in France at the Leo Marchutz School in Aix-in-Provence. She currently maintains studios both in Portland and in the south of France.

As an undergraduate, Silve developed an interest in Post-Impressionist and Fauvist painting, and they informed her early figurative abstractions. She studied in the graduate painting and design programs at the University of Denver, creating abstract work that was inspired by the landscape, and by the color lessons she learned in France. Later, the Abstract Expressionist painters Willem de Kooning and Joan Mitchell, and the German artist Gerhard Richter became important influences on her work.

In 1993, Silve moved to Portland, Oregon, worked in graphic design and began to explore painterly process in a series of meditative paintings. In the late 1990s, she created two extended groups of paintings, first the Musician Series, and then the Cellist Series. Both series focused on players with their instrument, and on a feeling for music expressed through abstracting the human figure, gestural brush strokes and vibrant color.

Silve has acknowledged the role of personal experience in shaping her work. In 2006, the death of a pet and the illness of a friend both moved her to find a new mode to express her own inner reality through painting. The work that emerged involved rhythmic, calligraphic brush strokes and drips of paint. Evolving from this period is the ongoing series of abstract paintings that Silve continues to create. Crucial to these paintings is their physical immediacy and their connection with the natural world. Silve expresses this as being “within nature”, and includes the sights, smells and memories that an encounter in the world can generate. The artist’s involvement with nature extends to her activities as a gardener, hiker and biker. Some of her current paintings draw upon the markets she encountered during a recent trip to Mexico.

In 2008, while working on a series of green paintings inspired by the forests of Oregon, Silve found a way to “create the dynamism of the moment” by turning to the computer to aid her in restructuring a painting in progress. She has also used Photoshop to create digital collages, using element of existing paintings, to serve as a studies for a new canvases.

Silve has exhibited her work extensively in solo exhibitions including at the Portland Performing Arts Center, the Forsyth Center Gallery at Texas A&M University, the Visual Art Center of Northwest Florida, the Tuscaloosa Performing Arts Center and the West Linn Public Library in Oregon. Group exhibitions include those at The Institute for American Universities, Aix-in-Provence, France, the Jemison-Carnegie Heritage Hall, Talledega AL, and the Art in Embassies Program, Doha, Qatar.”

All images via KarenSilve.com, used with permission…

Images are not for reproduction, they are property of the artist.

Catch you back here tomorrow!