Musings from a cross country road trip

My first art show of the season is this coming weekend. Up until now I’ve stayed within 1000 miles from home. This year, however, I was accepted to Art on the Square in Belleville IL. So 2060 miles later here I am sitting in my hotel room half way across the country waiting to set up this afternoon and thinking about what I learned.


Every time I travel, I’m struck by how beautiful, varied and how empty this country is. How different the lives of many of this country’s citizens are from mine. How people can make a living in the most challenging terrain.

I choose to live in a medium size city. The citizen’s concerns are the rising homeless population and the skyrocketing cost of rent. Through much of the country people’s lives are dictated by the weather and the price of corn (or cattle, or soybeans…). I listened to the weather and farm report channel while driving through Nebraska. Severe storms were headed north from Kansas. To me it was quaint that they were reporting the price of soybeans. But to the farmers it is dead serious. It’s their livelyhood. To me, severe thunderstorms and high winds means I miss one show out of several or I pull off the road and stop early for the day, as I did outside Lincoln. For them, damaging hail could mean a crop destroyed. I will never know what that is like, but I can appreciate the diversity of this great land of ours.




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Artichoke Gallery

48×36 inches, oil on canvas, “Artichoke Gallery”. I recently finished this baby. It seemed to take forever! This picture prints decently but I’m having problems getting a good image for online. The colors are more vibrant in real life and some of the greens really should have more yellow in them, but I’m done for today. This should give you an idea…

This one will be traveling with me this summer… speaking of traveling, I’m almost done applying for my summer shows. Now it’s wait and see time.

By the way ;)…

This painting has been complete for some time but I finally had it photographed. So here it is “The Asparagus Seller”, 50×30 inches, oil on canvas, coming to an art fair near you :). Otherwise I’ve been working on a new large painting and preparing art fair applications for the 2017 summer season. Busy, busy!


The Asparagus Seller


A number of customers at shows over the years have mentioned that they thought my work would look great on fabric. So I decided to upload some of my images to redbubble. And you know what? They do look cool! So now you can get my paintings printed on things like scarves, dresses, t-shirts, mugs, books, clocks, bags… The possibilities are almost endless!

New print series added to etsy

I have just added a new series of reproduction prints to my etsy shop. These are from my “cottage” series based on my time at my cottage in Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario Canada. They are available in 7×7 (matted to 10×10) and 12×12 (matted to 16×16). I print these images using high quality, archival materials.

I made it to 100 items on Etsy!

I never thought I’d say this but I just uploaded my 100th listing on etsy! WooHoo!! To celebrate, I’m offering 16% (16%, 2016… get it ;)) off all orders over $40 through Jan 1st 2017. That includes original art, something I almost never do. So if you’ve been eyeing a painting and want to save a bit, now’s your chance. Also Etsy is offering $10 off for new customers on their 2nd purchase after making a qualifying purchase of $50 or more.

Finally some updates to my etsy shop

Just in time for Christmas shopping I’ve added my available¬†art a day paintings to my etsy shop. They can be purchased in the small original paintings section. I still need to add the two 8×16 inch paintings. Those should be up tomorrow. I’ve also added my two most recent card packs which are based on these paintings. Just look in the notecard¬†section. I have a couple small landscapes to photograph and list that should show up in the next couple of days. I think I will finally get up to 100 items in my shop. I never thought I would do that!

Here’s a few of the new items in my etsy store.