Thursday, September 27, 2012

HOPE HEALS In The News

This past weekend an article about my HOPE HEALS painting was published in the Minot Daily News Hometown magazine. At the time of publication I hadn't started the business tour so that portion of the story wasn't included. I just wanted to remind everyone that I am still looking for businesses that are interested in showcasing the painting for a month. Each business that agrees to participate is asked to donate a suggested amount of $500 to the Roosevelt Park Zoo to help them recover from the flood damage. Let's bring those animals home!!

September: Sweet & Flour Patisserie, Minot, ND
October: Jost Masonry and Construction, Burlington, ND
November: Kelly Chiropractic, Minot, ND
December: Will it be you???

Friday, September 21, 2012

Ride Cowgirl Ride

I captured this shot of my niece and then digitally manipulated it. I thought it turned out pretty cool. Or maybe it's just because I'm so darn proud of her! Either way, I thought it was worth a share.

please do not copy or reproduce in any way without written consent

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Customized Uppercase Living

Uppercase Living is not only for your home! Check out this recent custom image I designed for a break room at a local business! It makes a great visual and incorporates the modern feel that the interior space already has.

If you would like to customize vinyl lettering for your home or business, simply visit my Uppercase Living website (product page) and click Customize. Play with fonts, sizes and colors...it's fun! And it makes a unique statement to any space.








Monday, September 10, 2012

Latest Painting

 
16"x20" Acrylic on canvas
Currently for sale. $200

Friday, September 7, 2012

Grandma's Dresser With a New Coat of Color!

It only took me a few years, but I finally revamped grandma's dresser. (((dresser or chest of drawers??? I never know the difference))) Here is the before.

 
And here is the after! COLOR!
 
 
Latex yellow paint did the trick

 
Handles spray painted white

 
Ahhhhh, clean lines and color
 

My Latest Upcycle

I picked this up at a garage sale for $15. This is what is looked like before. (sorry, didn't get a picture of the shelving unit on top)

 
And this is what it looks like now after a fresh coat of paint.
 
 
I think I am going to change the back pattern to something either yellow or brown. I simply placed wrapping paper along the backside so it will be easy to change once I find the pattern I love. I like the red, but the color combo seems a little too 'country'. Yes? No?
 
If you are wondering what that piece in the middle is...well, I picked that up a garage sale for ten cents!! I had no idea what it was, but I just knew I loved the shape. So mod! The lady told me it is actually something you can place in your drawer and use as a divider for socks or whatever. I think it's simply adorable and I will probably use it to slide my paint brushes or paints into.
 
 
 
The previous handles were old antique brass. While I was planning on replacing these with a single pull, I had these white ones on hand so I used them instead. Having two instead of one turned out kind of cute, don't you think?
 

 
I was very happy with how the detailing work turned out. I like to 'antique' things a bit and with this particular piece, the result was a nice yellow to contrast the blue. To achieve this look, just take a small hand sander and apply pressure the edges. You can skip areas, leaving some without or run it along the complete edge like I did on top. I applied different pressure to vary the lines a bit.
 
Total cost about $25 after I bought a few cans of spray paint. (knobs and wrapping paper I had on hand) Now I have a cute colorful piece that is fabulous and functional!
 
 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

National 911 Flag Makes Its Way to Minot

 
I had the chance to view and hold the National 911 Flag this afternoon at Minot State University. What an amazing story behind this flag. It has been stated that it is the Star Spangled Banner of our generation and I couldn't help but feel a lot of emotion as we stood on the stairs of Ann Nicole Nelson Hall and sang God Bless America.

If you haven't heard the stories behind this national treasure, I encourage you to visit their website at http://national911flag.org/.

What an honor to have it in Minot today!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Stay Gold: Artwork Donated to Minot's CancerCare Center

My latest creation will be displayed on the walls of the newly renovated CancerCare Center in Minot. I'm donating them in honor of my aunt and uncle and to all of those who have fought the battle against this terrible disease. I also want to thank my good friend Tanya for all that she does, day in and day out, to help her patients fight the good fight.

I'm not a poet but my adaptation in regards to this art piece would be as such:

Nothing gold can stay
So take each day by day
For frolic in the sun bleached clover
Each day's warmth and light shines o'er
Passing time and struggle here
Shalt not be overcome with fear
Enjoy the moments there within
Upon the sunrise gold again





(Original Robert Frost poem)

Nothing Gold Can Stay
Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf,
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day
Nothing gold can stay.

Robert Frost