Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Casey's car

This was done for our Brass Band director who is having his 1961 Buick Invicta re-done? Is that a word? I don't know car....but they're making it all pretty again. I painted a picture of his car or what it will look like and the band signed around it and we had it framed.

I can do this for you too!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Kelly's window

28 x 22 inches. ($200) My buddy Kelly did this sweet window and is putting it up for sale. It is filled with little pieces of glass. When you put it up to the window and the light shines through, it looks pretty cool. Yet another use for old windows! Let me know if you're interested!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Wedding bells are ringing

These are for three couples getting married in the near future. The top says Est. 2010 or 2009, their new last name and their names below that. It's done in pen and ink and watercolor, then framed. The name can be done on anything and personalized as much or as little as you want. ($25 each, frame included) These can also be done for babies!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Baby Zucchini

I did this for some friends who just had a baby boy. Their last name is Zuccharelli and needless to say, their nicknames have always had something to do with a zucchini. So when I found out that they were having a baby, I was super excited to get to draw and paint a baby zucchini. Weird..I know. So here is the baby zucchini.....pretty cute huh? Did I mention how much I love pen and ink and watercolor? I think I might focus on that for a's a lot smaller!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Two loves

I found this cool vintage music and have been wanting to paint on it for a while. I had a few friends ask for music and wine related works. I tried this today, being stuck inside during a blizzard. The photo isn't very clear, as it was hard to find a bright spot and I had to use my flash. 11x17 framed ($45)

Monday, December 7, 2009

Clear Poppies

Up against my wood floor. The background is clear so you can put it on the wall or up against something with color!
It's got these cool little "feet" on the bottom.
Up against a yellow happy yellow kitchen wall.
Clear Poppies ($100)

Friday, December 4, 2009

Special Order

" Like branches in a tree, our lives grow in different ways but our roots remain the same."

A mighty fine lookin family tree!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Open House numero DOS

Holiday Open House
by local Mt.Vernon and Lisbon Artists

Thursdays 10th and 17th
At Massage by Katie's
106 First Ave NE
Mount Vernon, IA

Handmade scarves and hats
Christmas decorations
Antique window paintings (on sale!)
Wood Felt table runners and wall hangings
Team blankets
Sweet Loretta's English Toffee
and more!

Let me know if you need directions!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Montana Landscape and Arbor Day

This is for my little bro and his lovely wife. She is from Montana and he was stationed there and that's where they met and married. It's a beautiful state and I would love to live there someday. I tried my hardest to do a landscape, it was mighty hard. It's more abstract than anything, but it turned out okay.
This is called "Arbor Day," and behind the trees is a poem about nature and trees. You can't see it in the picture but it's pretty cool. It's on a 125 year old window. ($100)

OPEN HOUSE...again! I got the opportunity to showcase more of my windows in Mount Vernon on December 10th and 17th (two Thursdays) in the evenings. It will be at the Mindful Massage in downtown Mt.Vernon. More details coming soon!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Christmas Cards!

Here are two cards I designed this year. I know what a hassle it is and how it stinks that everyone else has the exact same card as you. Let me design your photo card (printed on photo paper 4x6 or 5x7) Send me your photo or photos, I'll design and you print them where you love to print photos. They can be as simple or complex as you'd like. Easy as pie. $15

Sunday, November 22, 2009


Ta Da! Here is the finished three windows! I had to fix a name (oops!) and finished the rest this morning.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

A family tree

This is one of three windows I'm doing for a family of 11....yes, 11! They tore the old windows out of their marvelous Victorian farm house and gave a few to me (thank you!) and I'm in the process of doing three so they can hang them back in their house. This is the first one, finished this morning. I love it. Those are old hymns in the background and the tree is an old oak tree that resides on their farm. I love being able to take a little of their life and put it into art. I hope they like it! The other two are of a windmill and their huge red barn. Hopefully they will turn out as nicely as this one.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Commissioned works

These two windows are done for a lady in Mount Vernon who wanted her wall color to be seen through them. This one is done on a big black storm window. The other window I spotted picking up Baylor from preschool, got a few odd looks from the other preschool parents while I was filling my trunk with windows! Hey, they wanted to get rid of them!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Make it personal

So I have had a few requests for mugs or paintings for weddings and new babies or Christmas presents. So if you're trying to think of the perfect gift for the new mom or the new couple. let me know! Here are a few ideas:

1. Welcome sign with their new last name
2. Initials mugs and/or plate with wedding date
3. Baby watercolor/pen and ink with date/lbs/name
4. Ceramic coaster set with favorites/children's names/initials
5. New Address ceramic tiles (i.e 202)
6. New baby Christmas ornaments

I'd love to make something personal for you!

Monday, November 16, 2009

A few photos from this weekend

These were set up in Diane's mudroom (all are still available by the way!) and need a good home!
Here is a shot of some of my hand painted mugs and the pear paintings that currently resides in my kitchen.
Some of Diane's artwork along with my windows (two sold!) in the back!

Thanks so everyone who came and made it a great success! I am blessed.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Tomorrow baby...

Diane and I (and three little helpers) just finished putting up most of the artwork at her house for the art open house! We're open tomorrow from 10-5, stop by and say hello, enjoy some cider and you might find something special!

DIRECTIONS HERE:,+Mt+Vernon,+IA+52314&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=42.581364,67.060547&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=318+3rd+St+NW,+Mt+Vernon,+Linn,+Iowa+52314&z=16&iwloc=A>

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Mug shot!

My mom and I were trying to think of creative Christmas gifts to give friends and family that were inexpensive but fun. I came up with personalized hand painted mugs! The ones with initials or names are for people at her work (Shhhh, act surprised!) and the ones with illustrations are for sale! ($10 each)

Don't forget to mark your calendar for Saturday....THIS SATURDAY! Reduced windows....they've got to go....really, I want to see them go home to someone special!

Monday, November 9, 2009

More open house stufffffffffffffff

Wine-o collage, complete with wine glass stains! Watercolor pencil, vintage music and matted. ($45)
Okay, for some strange reason the computer is uploading this photo the wrong direction. I've tried three times and just turn your head a little to the right. Two 8x8 canvases $50
Wooden wall hangings. 5" x 5" ($10 each) They are a little more pink than the photo shows.
Ugh. A mess I suppose......not a fan at all....I keep trying to fix it and it gets worse and worse....
Half a pear on 8x8 canvas. ($35)

GO HERE to see some more amazing artwork by Diane (this open house is in her home) These will be available too!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Copy and Paste

So these are a special order for a lady who just gave birth to twin girls. What a cute idea! I just used fabric pen and free handed them.
This little piece of work....on wood...not sure how I feel. It wasn't what I wanted to do, I just did it. I'm on the hunt for some cheap canvases so I can get a few done before the open house! Eeek, it's coming up isn't it?

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

A little sampling....

Here is just a sampling of the gift tags I have been working on.....
I'm a little behind on art making because of a sick Brody and a sick mommy so I need to get my butt in gear this coming week. We're hoping for a good showing!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Witty gift tags and more

A sneak peek at some of the things I'm working on for the open house ! Mini canvases (5x7) and some ornaments.
As well as some witty gift tags.....because well, I'm never witty...ever.

...and my very favorite.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Mark your calendars!

Sorry it's so small....just click on it and it shall become BIG!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

You're very welcome...

I've become a little obsessed with the welcome signs lately. I think it's because I always like to create things that can be used or hung in the house. This one measures a shade under two feet and six inches. Those are little black birds if you can't tell from the photo. ($30) I'm trying to get ready for the art open house (Nov. 14th) and need some smaller things!

Got any ideas? Christmas cards or ornaments?

Friday, October 23, 2009

You name it....round two.

This could actually hang without a name in the middle, I just left a space there, open for possibilities. I also left some of the wood grain showing because I liked the way it looked, kind of like the evening sky. It's done on wood and can be hung or set or name it. It would make a marvelous Christmas gift (sorry, had to do a shameless plug!) ($30 and it's a hair under two feet by six inches)

You name it....

This is blank for a reason. The reason being I'm waiting to put a name on "The Does" The name would run down the side and you could hang this in your house....just in case you forgot what your last name was. You name it, I paint it. (personalized name sign $30)


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