Every year, I try to help art parents or those who desire to give gifts to the artists in their life. The following are my recommendations (with links!) to help you fill those stockings with art supplies this year. What do all artists want, no matter the age?? Art supplies!! I’ve also include my top gift-able items from my shop. Enjoy!Continue reading Annie’s 22 for 2022 Gift Recommendations!
I spent the first week of September up in the air! 30 ft up to be exact! I was hired to repaint a weathered Totem Pole in Mt. Pleasant, IA. It was a crazy experience for me, full of literal ups and downs on a boom lift. I was delighted to learn that i’m not particularly afraid of heights, though when it was windy up there it was a little scary. Luckily I was blessed with a few wind free days and lots of family support to put in some long painting hours and get it done.
For materials, I used Chroma Mural Paints which are UV stable. I lightly sanded off old paint (customer did not want me to prime the surface) and coated every inch with bright new color. I then applied a generous coat of Helmsman Outdoor Polyurethene coating. (These are the same materials i’ve used on my Peace Poles and Garden Poles)
Overall, I found the experience exhilarating and empowering. I’m feeling inspired to take on mural work and can’t wait to continue to paint on a large scale more in my community and beyond!
Enjoy this video of the process, as well as some of my favorite images.
I’ve always loved Bob Ross, I mean, who doesn’t love him? I loved watching The Joy of Painting as a kid, and even now. Bob was and is so encouraging and inspiring- he made everyone feel as if they could paint- and I believe in that philosophy too. When I began my journey into oil painting, I loved his philosophy but I didn’t want to paint in that particular style. My brother had one of his instructional kits at the time- so although I didn’t follow his techniques, I definitely used the paints and supplies that came with the kit.Continue reading Bob Ross Inspired Mini Art
Please enjoy this preview of the 15 new original oil paintings that will be debuted at Plum Bottom Gallery this spring.Continue reading 2022 Plum Bottom Collection
I’ve been tinkering around with birch trees and working my way up to a larger piece. Enjoy this piece that is inspired by my favorite painter of all time- Van Gogh.Continue reading Painting Birches with a Starry Night
These are called the “Dance of the Sunflowers” numbers 1 and 2. Named because I can really just feel the joy coming out of these happy flowers, and really feel and see the movement as they dance in the breeze from high uptop their stems. Sunflowers are so fun and interesting to grow- every stage is exciting. I love planting them in my yard if I can keep the squirrels from digging them up and the deer from munching them down- they are very entertaining to watch grow and bloom.Continue reading Dance of the Sunflowers
Weekly painting for February 5th, 2022Continue reading Painting Birch Trees
Weekly Painting for January 29, 2022Continue reading Inspired by Cave Point
Weekly painting January 22, 2022
This painting came pouring out- the waves of color in the sky and the water just flowed straight out of my heart. This painting is inspired by the extravagant show the sun puts on as it says goodnight.Continue reading Radiating color