Tuesday, August 16, 2016

I'M BACK IN THE STUDIO

I haven't painted anything in over a year.  Just got burned out.  Then recently, our community started a "Terrebonne Parish Rocks" Facebook page.  It's an activity where we paint slogans and inspirational sayings on rocks and place them for others to find.  Then photos are taken and placed on the Facebook page.  It's really a lot of fun.

Here are some of the rocks I have painted.  Just completed my first batch of 36 rocks.  Will start putting some of them out in a few days.  I'll be saving some to take with me on my camping trip to Texas in November.  I like to place one at each campsite I stay at.







I'm keeping this one.

I'm keeping this one, too.












Wednesday, June 3, 2015

HOW BEST TO DISPLAY MY DRAGONFLY YARD ART

At my recent sale, I was asked several times about how to properly display my yard art.   Some folks wanted to just stick them in the ground in their garden.  Well, I wouldn't recommend that.  They are much too pretty to set in the mud and out in the rain and sun.  Others wanted to put them in a child's bedroom.  Good idea.  They will last a very long time indoors.

Here are some suggestions for hanging the dragonflies.

This one is hanging on my front courtyard fence under my carport in the shade. 

Another place in my front courtyard.

My front door gets shade from my top deck.

My backyard palm tree which provides shade.




These 2 white ground stakes are perfect for placement of the art and prevents it from touching the ground.


All of these places are in the shade which will preserve the wood for a long time.  However, if you do place it in the ground, please coat it first with lacquer to help prevent rot.  

Then sit back and enjoy your colorful dragonfly.




Monday, January 5, 2015

JUST FINISHED ANOTHER LARGE CANVAS PAINTING OF JEAN LAFITTE

Extra, Extra Large 3 1/2 feet X 4 1/2 feet
Lafitte's Buried Treasure - done on a stretched linen canvas
Number:  140
PRICE:  $1000.00

Mardi Gras Garden Totem
$10.00

Painted Oyster Shells with Designer Soaps
$5.00 each


Sunday, December 7, 2014

CHECK OUT MY UPDATED INVENTORY

Just completed several projects for my next sale.  I love making the oyster candle holders and wooden paddles.  It's a nice change from all of the canvas paintings I have done.

I place potpourri inside then gift wrap the shells.
 
 
 
 
My first fish paddle.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Most of these paddles are made from cedar that I cut from fence boards. 
 
 
 

Monday, July 14, 2014

COQ ROUGE GALLERY IN NEW ORLEANS

Took the RV to New Orleans today to deliver some canvas paintings to the Coq Rouge Gallery on Magazine and Cadiz.  Met the owner Patricia and had a nice visit.  Took a couple of photos of us and one of my paintings she hung up for a photo op.

Delivered 7 paintings to be placed on consignment for 6 months.  What a thrill to have my work in a gallery in New Orleans.



On September 14, delivered a painted wooden fence slat to the Coq Rouge Gallery in New Orleans which will be part of an auction for a charity event on the 27th. 

Here I am sitting in the gallery under my canvas paintings and to my right is the painted fence slat.  Good luck to Patricia.  I hope everything sells.




Saturday, May 31, 2014

MY FOLK ART SALE WAS A SUCCESS!

On May 24th I woke up at 6:00 and ate a quick breakfast then started to unload all of my boxes for the Grand Isle Island Wide Garage Sale.  Around 7:30 a customer drove up but I had to tell her to return at 8:00 when the sale was to begin.

I had canvas paintings, fine art prints, pillows, DVD movies, clothes, and books I have written.



I don't know how many DVDs were in that box but they all sold for 2 for a dollar.

My canvas paintings included the Alligator Series and the Childhood Memories Series.  They were a hit!



Right at 8:00, just when I finished placing all items and putting up my signs, the first customer showed up. 

I couldn't believe that my Rou Garou of Mandalay Swamp was my first sale of the day.  The lady is from Baton Rouge and just loved it.  I had almost decided not to sell it because it is one of my favorites but I will have to paint another one for me.

I sold 17 canvas paintings, 14 books, all the pillows and all the DVDs.

There was always a customer in my booth from 8:00 to 2:00 when it usually slows down. 

The sale ended at 3:00.... and I was exhausted.  

I counted my cash box and it came out to $700.00.  The best I've ever done at this yearly garage sale.  I'll be back again next year.


Friday, February 28, 2014

MY STUDIO GETS A FACE LIFT



Just finished arranging my Back Porch Studio where it has now become a wonderful work space for my craft work.  I had been working at my small table in the kitchen where it was really crowded and hard to have my paints nearby.   Now I have lots of room to spread out and my tools are near at hand.

I purchased a 6 foot folding table, a 5 foot folding table and used my 4 foot camper table to make a "U" shaped work station.  I have room for my sewing machine and paint supplies on top and storage under the tables for my inventory.  The other side of the room will be for framed canvas paintings that I display on easels.



I attached a light fixture under the shelf over my work station and also have overhead lighting and a table lamp in the corner.  I brought my office chair into the studio and it is perfect for moving about while working.


I really love this arrangement and am excited to begin painting once again.  Just finished my Alligator Series and plan to do a Childhood Memories, Rocking Chair, and Front Porch Series next.