Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Thank you, Wisconsin!!!!

BIG THANKS to Jaimie and Pete of Hidden Hollow Garden Art for a FUN WEEKEND!!!!  If you are in the New Holstein, WI vicinity, you must check out this wonderland that they have created from the ground up!!!  It's amazing!  I wish I had taken more pics!  But we were so busy with customers, I didn't have time to think about it!  WOW!  Thank you, all who came out to this fun event, and for your continued support.  I appreciate it so much!  

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

I'll see you in Edina in September!

Hello beautiful Minnesota peeps! I'll be back to see ya again in September!  Stop by this FUN event and say hi!!!!  I love this show....Centennial Lakes is so lovely!  XOXO.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

It's July! What?

Good morning!  Happy July!!!  How are you all doing?  It is WARM and humid here in Iowa right now....but we are used to this by now.  Many of us have VOWED not to complain about the weather, as we are remembering the days of a long cold winter not so long ago.  Ha!

Just wanted to post a quick THANK YOU to everyone who came by Artfest Midwest last weekend!!!!  Wow!!!!! Lots of happy faces, and many pieces of art found their new forever homes!  Thanks so much for your enthusiasm and support.  It means the world to me!!!!  We were busy right out of the gate, so I failed to get any really decent pics of the booth.  But here we are on the second day of the show...a tad tired...but happy!  Lovin' Man is a life saver during shows.  He's my driver, pack mule, and snack purveyor.  He's a gem.  

Right now, I'm working to restock my local retail spot at Newbo Shops at 208, and get some new listings in the Etsy shop.  Then, it's time to get cracking again for my next event at the end of July....
if you are in the Wisconsin area....please stop by and say hi....

Have a great day, friends!!!!!  Stay cool!  -Dori

Friday, June 21, 2019

Stop by Artfest Midwest Next Weekend!

Good morning friends!  How is it Friday again?  Eeek!!!  Just popping in to say HELLO and remind you that this FUN shopping event is right around the corner!  Lovin' Man and I will be there, handing out hugs, and showing off a batch of fresh paintings, as well as new card and print designs.  I hope to see you there!!! 
For some more details about this event, click HERE.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Two Pieces going to U of I!

Good morning friends!!!  Is it gloomy where you are?  It's gloomy here....we are ready for some SUNSHINE!!!!  Well, I'll send you a little sunshine with my work today, how's that?

I'm pleased as punch to share that these two pieces from my Miracle and Wonder show at the University of Iowa Hospital are now permanent pieces in their collection!!!!  Yay!!!  My heart is just a burstin'!!!  Thanks to all who helped to make this happen!!!  

I'm working hard in the studio these days to prep for my next show:  Artfest Midwest in Des Moines!
If you are in the area, put this event on your calendar!  Great fun!

"Reflections"  24" x 24"  Mixed media on Canvas

"Deep Breath"   24" x 36"  Mixed Media on Canvas

Friday, May 3, 2019

Etsy Shop Release Saturday, May 4th!

Howdy pals! I'm doing another Etsy shop release! Yay! Tomorrow (Saturday, May 4th) at 4pm central. 
Set your alarms if you want to nab one of the 17 new originals! A variety of price points, some floral, some abstract, all SASSY! Cheers, and happy Friday!

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Art Journal Peek 4/24/19

Good morning pals!!!  How's it going?  Spring is in full swing here in Iowa, and we are doing a happy dance!!!!  I still needed a hat and gloves while walking the dog this morning, but I can deal.  Ha!!!  Here's a throwback to a journal page I created late last year.  I ended up turning the pattern into scarves!  So. Much. Fun.  Had I to do it over again, I would've selected a larger sized scarf...but it was a trial run, and it turned out great.  Might try some more soon!  The hubby and I had the privilege of traveling to Paris earlier this month...I'm hoping to write a brief (where do I even begin?) post about the inspiration and wonderful memories we gathered there.  But for now, I gotta work.  Arts for Africa at Noelridge Christian Church is this Saturday, and I have a lot to do to be ready for it!!!!
Cheers!!!  -Dori

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Art Journal Peek!

Happy Tuesday!  Here's a peek to a recent journal spread.  Sometimes, I swear, the secret to life is simply Standing. Up. One. More. Time.  XOXO

Monday, March 4, 2019

Art Journal Peek

Good morning friends, and happy March!  Although, it feels like the depth of January here, just sayin'.  My phone says is -7.  Ha!!!  BUT!!!  We will not let it dampen our spirits...spring will come!  We will just keep plodding along....until we are skipping again.  Right?

Here's a quick journal peek.  This is a spread I created LAST January...but realized I didn't share.  
Hopefully the colors and patterns will perk up your Monday morning.  I still love making those weird flowers.  And I love how that face turned out....need to work on more of those.  

Keep smiling!!!!  -Dori

Saturday, March 2, 2019


You guys!!!  Thank you so much for your enthusiastic purchases of my flower paintings yesterday!!!  I'm tickled to say that they all found loving homes!  THANK YOU, from the bottom of my heart!
I'll be working this weekend to get them packaged up and on their way to you, within the next couple of days!!!  THANKS!  

Friday, March 1, 2019

Flower Paintings Available in the Etsy shop this morning!

Today's the day!  The 28 February Flower paintings will be available in the Etsy shop!  I hope you are able to snag the one you want.  If not, don't worry....I'll keep painting!!!  Cheers!!!

Click HERE for the Etsy shop.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

February Flower #28

And finally.....#28 is here as well. This is an 8" square wood panel, also with lots of texture....and I love how the "staining" turned out.
And this completes the 28 February Flower painting challenge for me. What fun! Selecting a theme and running with it for an entire month really helped me to push myself, using different methods and materials. It got my creative juices flowing. Setting a goal to get 28 done was also great motivation to keep my butt in the chair and keep working, even when I didn't feel like it. Thanks everyone, for following along, and for all of your positive feedback. I appreciate it!
I'll be announcing the Etsy shop sale later will go live tomorrow morning....March 1st!!! XOXO

February Flower #27

Greetings, earthlings!  Flower painting #27 is here!!  This is a highly textured canvas measuring 16x20.  It was FUN to create!  The photo doesn't quite bring across the intensity of the colors.  There's a bit of neon in there.  I love it!!!  Stay tuned for #28!!!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

February Flower #26

Hello and happy hump day!!!  How's it going, friends?  We are hanging in there....glad to be almost all the way through February!  Everything around here has an ice crust covering it.  The sidewalks...the streets, even the back yard, making it challenging for the pup.  But we shall press on!  

Here's flower painting #26!  This is a 16x20 stretch canvas that has lots of wonderful texture.  I painted it with acrylics and accented with pastel mark making.  This one is making me think spring too!!!!  Have a lovely day!!!

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

February Flower #25

Two posts in one day!!  What?!!  Here's #25!!!  This one was a blast. It's a 16x20 canvas, and I created a lot of it with a palette knife, to keep it fresh and loose.  It doesn't really come across in the photo, but those bits of hot pink are actually little touches of neon, which I think play nicely with the neutrals.  It was a productive day in the studio!!!  Now, time to watch some Victoria on PBS!  XOXO!!!

February Flower #24

Hello!!!  Flower painting #24 is here!  This is another skinny canvas, 8" x 24", only this time with a lighter background, which is springy and fun!  I'm really enjoying my oil pastels again for an extra punch of color.  Have a great day, friends!  

Monday, February 25, 2019

February Flower #23

February flower painting #23 is done!  This is a small, chunky canvas measuring 5" x 7".  I used acrylics and pastel, and sealed it in a matte faux beeswax finish.  I'm loving how simple and dreamy this one turned out.  On to the next!  We're almost there, friends!!!!

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Collaboration Sneak Peek

Hi guys!  Whoa...the wind is really howling today.  The hubby had to go out for a couple of hours this afternoon, but otherwise, we've been tucked in like bugs in rugs, waiting out the latest deep freeze.  But!  The good news is I'm staying busy in the studio...lots to do!

I'm interrupting your regularly scheduled flower painting post to give you a little sneak peek at a collaboration project I'm working on with my friend Gae.  I can only show you snippets right now....but the gist of it is I'm applying surface design to the inside of some shadowboxes, and then I pass them on to her, and she responds to my work with her own sculpture/assemblage work.  It's gonna be fun!  We will reveal the whole project in May, where they will be on display in her chocolate shop. Yep, it's cool to have a chocolatier for a friend.  Hee hee!   

I highly recommend trying out a collaboration with an artist you admire.  It's such a fun challenge to play off of each other's strengths, and see what develops.  Give it a try sometime! 

Hope your Sunday evening is a peaceful one.  See you again soon!

Saturday, February 23, 2019

February Flower #22

Good morning friends!  Here's flower painting #22!  Whoot!  I'm almost there!  This is a 16" x 20" stretch canvas.  I was really thinking spring when I made this one.  Ha!  Can you tell?  Hope you all have a lovely weekend!  

Friday, February 22, 2019

February Flowers #19, #20 and #21

Happy Friday, friends!!  I did 3 mini paintings to get myself caught back up!!  Ha!!!!  Here are paintings #19, #20 and #21.  These are thin wood panels that measure approximately 5" x 6". Small and sweet, they make a perfect little pick me up for a friend, and are easy to mail.  Hope you're doing great!  The sun is shining here, and we'll take it!!!

Thursday, February 21, 2019

February Flower #18

Lovely Lily is painting #18!  (Lily is also the name of my daughter!)  This is an 8" x 8" square canvas.  I used pencil, acrylics and pastels to create it.  It was fast and fun!  

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

February Flower #17

Hi again!!!!  (hand waving frantically at you from under a big pile of snow)  And it's still snowing!  We are beginning to wonder where to put all of it...the driveway is getting harder to maneuver every day!

 Flower #17 is here.  This is mostly acrylics, graphite and oil pastel on a stretch canvas.  This size is 10" x 20", I believe.  I don't always reach for oil pastels...but in this instance, I enjoyed it!  I'm going to seal this one with a beeswax-like finish for some depth, and more softness.  

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

February Flower #16

Hello from the winter wonderland!!!  We are expecting another 7 to 9 inches of snow tonight.  Oh boy!  It's times like this I'm happy to have my pile of art supplies to keep me sane.  (and a bottle of wine)  I present to you....flower painting #16!  This is a 20" square canvas with lots of layers of collage and paint.  I'm kind of digging the unusual color combo on this one.  Hope you're doing great, friends!  Keep creating!!!

Monday, February 18, 2019

February Flower #15

Happy Monday!!!!  Flower painting #15 is done!  I remain three days behind in my challenge.  I'm hoping to gain some ground this week and finish a couple extra to get caught up.  This is a smaller's an 8" x 8" wooden plaque with an edge around it.  It's mostly scribbles with pastels, and a touch here and there with acrylics.  I'm going to give the frame a glossy finish, and seal the body of the piece with heavy beeswax for depth. 

Sunday, February 17, 2019

February Flower #14

Hi guys!  I've completed February flower painting #14!  This is a skinny stretched canvas that measures 8" x 24".  I originally thought I would use a vertical orientation for the canvas...but then settled on the challenge of painting on it horizontally, which turned out to be a lot of fun.  This would be a cute piece to have over a doorway or window....and is just a fun size to fill in a quirky wall space.  I'm loving that navy background too.  

Saturday, February 16, 2019

February Flower #13

February Flower painting #13 is done! I'm making friends with the color violet. It's creeping into several things I'm working on these days. And I love it! This is a 9"x12"-ish thin wood panel, with an attached narrow frame around the outside. Baby, it's cold outside, but the sun is shining, so we will carry on another day!!! Cheers and happy Saturday!

Friday, February 15, 2019

February Flower #12

Hi friends!  Happy Friday!  This week flew by!!!  We had a little burst of warm air for a couple of days...but it's dipped back into the single digits again.  So I'm hunkered down in the studio, painting away.  February flower painting #12 is complete!  This one was fun!  I love the corals and pinks!  Makes me happy!  It's a 12" square canvas panel tucked into a painted wooden frame.  Hope you are all doing great!  More to come!  XOXO!!!!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

February Flower #11

I told you it was a busy day in the studio....Ha!  This is February flower #11!!  A 12" square canvas panel tucked into a painted wooden frame.  I've been looking at a lot of fun folk art images...and this colorful tulip emerged from that influence.  Mostly acrylics and pastels were used.    

February Flower #10

Happy Tuesday, guys!!!  It was a busy day in the studio today, and I completed February flower painting #10!  This is another old project that never was I painted over it and created something new.  It's a 20" square canvas, and the white blooms popping off of that orange background just make me smile.  Hope you are staying warm and cozy, friends.  It's another blustery day here in Iowa.  

Monday, February 11, 2019

February Flower #9

Howdy pals!!!  Happy Monday!!!  Here's February Flower #9!  It's a 12" square canvas panel inside a painted wooden frame.  I wish you could see it up close.  There are layers of collage/old book pages peeking through the acrylics and pastel.  I had fun with these little posies.

I am a little behind in my challenge....but it looks like Mother Nature has some more snow and ice in store for us.  I'll be hunkered down in the studio for the next couple of I hope to have more to share with you shortly!  Cheers!!!!

Saturday, February 9, 2019

February Flower #8

February flower #8 is here!!!  This is a 12"x12" stretch canvas.  It was an ugly painting that I decided to cover up with a new design. (that's the beauty of this can just keep layering)

I love me a pop of blue and yellow!!  Can you tell I'm thinking spring?  

Friday, February 8, 2019

February Flower #7

Hello and happy Friday, guys!!!!  Here's #7!  Another mini canvas...only this one is "chunky", with a 1.5" profile.  I'm digging this color palette, and GREEN is on my mind these days.  I'm thinking of greener and sunnier days on the horizon.  SIGH.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

February Flower #6

Hi gang!!!  Flower painting number 6 ended up being teeny tiny and makes me so happy!  This is a 4" square canvas.  I love how the design ended up spilling over the sides.  We got some more "ice beads" in the weather last night.  SIGH.  I'm told a little more is to fall today, and then the winds will pick up.  Oh February, you are a cruel mistress....but we shall overcome!

XOXO.  -Dori