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Grandpa Donn's Roses
I started this oil painting in the summer after getting an idea to transform a painting I had stored away for a long time. It was an unfinished painting by my fiance's grandfather that I wanted to preserve. It was off the stretchers and slowly falling apart. He loved roses and I'm grateful to have beautiful flowers from one of his rose bushes every year. The background is of his painting that I weaved together and stretched over 3 boards. It formed a trellis-like texture for me to paint the roses and pollinating bees on. The frame loudly repeats the nature inspired theme with real tree bark assembled like a puzzle. Again, I was experimenting with texture and color.

I really enjoyed working on this piece, especially while remembering summer as I was finishing it up in December. :P

Grandpa Donn's Roses is on display (as well as my students' and colleague's artwork) at the Rochester-Finger Lakes Regional Exhibition at RIT's Bevier Gallery from January 30 - February 25, 2009. Reception is Friday January 30 from 5-7pm.
Topic(s): oil painting 2008 exhibit
By Heather on January 28, 2009 at 9:20am EST Add/View Comments (3)

I did this small oil painting (about 16x12 I think :P) of Alicia, my fiance's cousin's cute little girl, over my 2008 winter break. I experimented with the canvas by painting on an antique looking floral fabric that I thought suited her sweetness. I loved playing with color and tried not to over think anything. My goal is to start doing more experimental studies like this.

For fun, I used this for a family Santa Swap and remarkably her parents went first and picked this gift. No stealing needed!
Topic(s): oil painting 2008 portrait
By Heather on January 25, 2009 at 4:08pm EST Add/View Comments (2)

Drake and Rascal
This was a wedding gift to some good friends. It is of their rambunctious dogs that they love very much. I had a lot of fun painting their unique features, especially Drakes droopy eyes and flops of skin (foreground). I made the time of year in the painting early fall, just like their wedding. My only complaint is that I wish I would have pushed the fall colors a little more, especially after the beautiful drive through Pennsylvania on the way there. I think I was in denial of fall.

But what a perfect fall day for a wedding, no denying that!

Oil on 48x24 canvas
October 2008
Topic(s): oil painting 2008
By Heather on November 5, 2008 at 11:38am EST Add/View Comments (3)

Birdhouse Gourd
Well with refreshing spring on my mind and Mother's Day almost here, I thought I would share with you a little crafty project I did over the weekend.

My studio is filled with all this fantastic but overwhelming "junk". It is time I use the things I've collected or get rid of them. This birdhouse gourd I dried two years ago and decided to make it a Mother's Day gift. She adores nature and the hand made. I love the natural markings the mold made as it dried. Call me crazy but nature is beautiful, mold and all. I decided to personalize it by wood burning dogwood blooms into the surface. Dogwood trees remind me of my Poppa, which adds a nice family connection. My Poppa is the greatest nature teacher ever.

I think that I might try to grow the seeds that I retrieved from the guts. They may or may not grow because they've been around a while, so keep you fingers crossed!

Happy Mother's Day everyone and don't forget to do something sweet for Mom!
Topic(s): craft gift woodburning 2008
By Heather on May 9, 2008 at 11:47am EDT Add/View Comments (2)
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