Empty spots on the walls today!

Thank you to all who made California Dreamin' 14 a huge success. I have 4 big empty spots on my walls here. My wonderful friends helped set up and make this a wonderful 2 day open studio event....and lots of visitors, collectors, friends, students came and many left with packages! Quite a few  small "orphans" found good homes ...AND 4 big ones too...and I am very grateful.

Almost forgot, I have a love antique silk christening gown hanging here on loan to photograph for a small commission. That will be fun!



We are California Dreaming' (for warmer weather) next weekend!

Here in MN we are having that blast of early winter ... so we are California Dreamin' for warmer weather next week!

Our annual winter open studio event here in the California Bldg. is Friday, Nov. 21 from 5 to 10 and Saturday, Nov. 22 from noon to 8 pm. Stop in for some holiday cheer!

I'm at 2205 California St NE, Mpls, MN 55418... Studio 406


a commission: dresses, a family tradition

I just delivered this commissioned piece last week. It's 4 white dresses: wedding dress, christening gown, first communion dress and a victorian summer dress. These dresses were all in wonderful condition though they ranged from decades old to more than 100 years. It's great way to preserve "tradition!"

Let me know if you have any vintage garments to preserve on canvas!


Getting three big dresses ready for a party in Park City!

I'm getting these three ready to send away. Look for them at Coda Gallery in the near future!

Each one is 30 X 30.



New ideas perking!

Today I came back to the studio with a giant armload of "fab fifties frocks" borrowed from a theater costume shop storeroom. They are a lovely pile of silk, taffeta, tulle. Cant wait to play.

Here's another small 8 x 8 painting of the cabbage rose summer dress I saw in a neighborhood boutique. It's a current favorite. So much fun to paint! 


New Summer frock just finished

What feels like summer better than a frock with bright flowers!

Summer Rose, 20 x 16


Workshop dates set for Feb 2015 in the Texas Hill Country!

Dena Wenmohs and I have set the dates for a workshop Feb 2015....Thurs - Sat, Feb, 12-14, 2015.

I always have a great time teaching in Texas. The ranch is such a fun place to paint and we always have a great time. Take a look at your calendars and consider painting with me in Texas in Feb!


Final prep for Art-A-Whirl.

I'm going to have to put away the paint but here are some sketches I've been working on today.

start tomorrow at 5. 


Small pieces for sale at Daily Paintworks

Tea Rose 6x6. available at

I create small pieces as a part of my process... the "Orphan Art" and am posting them on Daily Paintworks. In the past I have only sold them in my studio but...they are like rabbits and seem to be multiplying in the studio when I am not looking! Please visit and spread the word. Many thanks



A new outlet for "orphan art"

My painting habits result in more and more small sketches and studies that seem to gather and reproduce like rabbits in my studio. They need good homes...thus "orphan art"

check them out at my

Here's a little sketch that needs a home!