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More Plein Air painting at the Asheville Botanical Gardens

An acrylic piece done on Strathmore Mixed Media paper with the Asheville Urban Landscape painting group. IMG_4417


Mark your calendar for this great opportunity to view all kinds of art work and the studios where it was created.  

This is my  second time to participate in this great neighborhood event in Asheville, North Carolina. I join 14 other artists who will be opening up their homes or studios to display, sell and talk about their art. We are all part of the Kenilworth Artists Association.

Come and support your local artisans!


This year at my address – 17 Buckingham Court, two neighbors will join me.  There will be a yard full of art- jewelry, pottery and my own mixedmedia and paintings!

For more information on each artist check out  this link: Kenilworth Artist Associaton.

KAA LayoutKAA map

In the next few days I will be participating in an Art Retreat lead by Alena Hennessy in beautiful North Carolina. I am looking forward to spending some dedicated time to painting…thought I’d do a little warm-up this weekend …starting to feel it!


Saturday & Sunday ~ May 23 & 24 ~ Memorial Weekend

This year is the first time I am joining in the annual Studio Tour at our Asheville Home. It will be a fun way to display my art and get to know the Asheville Art Community. I will have a varitey of work on display with many for sale. Mostly acrylic and mix media work. There are a lot of fabulous artists joining in the fun please click on the link to see a complete site of the details.




Below is a great piece describing the event:

Kenilworth’s Art Studio Tour returns on Memorial Weekend


Across May 23 and 24, the eclectic and beautiful neighborhood of Kenilworth will again welcome folks in search of inspiration and wondrous finds to the studios of artists and craftspeople who live along the streets and cul-de-sacs of this historic residential area near central Asheville.

In this off-square, hill-and-gully neighborhood, where most roads head up or down, the fresh works of 24 artists showing in 15 locations mirror the same kind of curvilinear eccentricity, intrigue and sheer fun.


Traveling from studio to studio, you will be able to admire highly original works of art, including paintings, sketches, ceramics, wood craft, hand shaped tiles, whimsical sculptures, casual wear, quirky dolls and artful jewelry, among other treasures.


And the stories are as compelling as the pieces—just ask Suzanne and Argenis Spaziani who met in the Andes and now develop stunning silver jewelry; Mike Wurman who sketched his way up the Appalachian Trail; or Ursula Gullow, imaginative painter and assembler of fabulous landscapes.


It will be an adventure in visual delight, running from 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with an “Art Café” on the lawn of Kenilworth Presbyterian Church, where you can drop by for a van Gogh lunch box from Green Sage Cafe between the studio stops.


A Kenilworth Art Studio Tour brochure containing a listing of each artist and a map of studio locations will be available throughout May at the Chamber of Commerce and in stores and inns across Asheville.  You can also access and/or download this year’s tour map and helpful information at


Just finished up a portrait painting class with the very talented  Karen Daneburger, it was another challenge to continue on the path to do more painting. I chose to do portraits of models from magazines, taking away the pressure to do someone I know and have to make it really resemble someone! Here are “my girls” from the past two months:IMG_2833




all are done with a neutral underpainting then color added to finishIMG_2919 IMG_3034

this next one I did not add the color – I was happy with the expression I had captured and didn’t want to loose it by painting in the color on topIMG_2955 IMG_2956

IMG_2958and last but not least and my favorite (shh dont tell the others!)IMG_2959


There you have it the fall line up!
IMG_2985~Good Bye Summer – Hello  Autumn~


This spring I took an art class with a wonderful teacher Karen Danenberger at our local community center…it was termed an artists bootcamp …it took as back through the basics of painting and evolved into doing a finished piece, which you see here. I loved the class because it go me to focus on basic paint mixing and  laying out the steps for working on painting. I have set a mental goal for myself to try and work bigger and this was a great step towards that, giving me confidence in the steps … if baby steps at that!

neutral tones - laying in the shapes and shadows

neutral tones – laying in the shapes and shadows

Adding a bit of color - playing with the background values

Adding a bit of color – playing with the background values

bringing in lots of colors and working a bit on the details

bringing in lots of colors and working a bit on the details

starting to fine tune with details and highlights note see the photo we were working form on the left of easel

starting to fine tune with details and highlights note see the photo we were working form on the left of easel

final highlights in place and stepping back to say -done!

final highlights in place and stepping back to say -done!

I would like to experiment on cropping in on the painting to give it a more dramatic look …what do you think?

different cropping (?)

different cropping (?)

Another painting class and here is another mini completed piece, 8″ x 8″ canvas…keeping in mind the objective of the class is to complete a painting in one 3hour session….

my pallet:

“my pear”:

I am taking a class for the next 8 weeks with the  challenge of completing an acrylic painting in the 3 hour session. The canvas’s are small, usually ranging below 8×8. Last night was the first class and below is the result. The instructor handed out photos went over some basic instructions and away we went! The instructors inspiration for the class is based on the painting style of Carol Marine.

I have not painted like this is many, many years so it was interesting to feel the process again…more to come in the weeks that follow!