August 15, 2017
August 1, 2017
July 3, 2017
It was truly amazing to see the remains of volcanic eruption. That a force from under the Earth’s crust shot up sprouting red hot lava 1600℉ is mystifying. The Hawaiians attribute this activity to Pele, the spiritual force of the volcano, and her various moods. Whether it is science or gods, it is truly amazing. We live on an amazing planet that somehow has the right combination of elements to create this geological and ecological beauty.
June 17, 2017
This past Saturday was the kick-off event for Snowywinds Studios’ Summer 2017 event season. I was all set up at Sonnewald Natural Foods and magnets were the hot item. Currently, there are three events scheduled with the possibility of two more to be added.
May 13, 2017
The perfectionist in me always strives for realism in my art, but yet I can not avoid modern impressionism. Following after my grandfather, Frank Winter, I use photographs to draw and paint from. After conceptualizing the design in my head and sketching my idea, I turn to photographs to get the detail, color, and proportion. Even when using ‘unrealistic’ colors, for example pink mushrooms, I still seek to get my proportion and shading correct.
“I paint flowers so they will not die” ~Frida Kahlo
April 14, 2017
In fact, I still collect seashells when I'm on the beach. Back then, I would show off my collection while the young entrepreneur in me was trying to think of a way to sell them; oyster shells with a natural hole were strung on yarn to be worn as a 'necklace.' In more recent years, I have brainstormed ways that I can turn shells into home decor.
After researching and testing, I narrowed in on three ways to feature seashells; ornaments, magnets, and now garden decor. I found that due to their light weight, seashells make ideal canvases for hand painted Christmas ornaments. With the aid of gorillatough Gorilla Glue®, I turned smaller seashells into magnets; seashell beach magnets Etsy listing. And most recently, I am using larger shells to make garden decor.
In this week's blog, I am providing a tutorial on how to make hand painted seashell garden decor. For this DIY, you will need:
- seashells - I prefer clam shells for their round shape.
- small paint brushes - size 2 and smaller
- medium flat paint brush
- acrylic craft paint
- Mod Podge
- paper towels
April 2, 2017
Fast forward to 2017, I have finally created my blog. Though I still plan to write about books and hiking, I will also be sharing:
- my art
- art & craft show adventures
- and inspiration.
- Yosemite National Park, CA
- Minnewaska State Park, NY
- C & O Canal Towpath, MD
- Camp Echo Trail, PA
- Anything overlooking or along the Susquehanna River