Sunday, December 4, 2016

Olde Time Christmas in Jim Thorpe


With five minutes to spare, we made it to the gingerbread display and contest yesterday at Dimmick Memorial Library in Jim Thorpe to vote for our favorite gingerbread display.


 All gingerbread houses were unique, but this one really stood out.Using the Bible as a base, the manger was our favorite.






 Look closely in the center attic window.


Santa overlooks Broadway. He was here in August too.


 ~ A doorway on Race Street ~








 The lights start to come alive at dusk.




~ Asa Packer Mansion ~


 ~ Clock on the Carbon County Courthouse ~


~ Merry Christmas! ~

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Snowman Garland Design Featured on Toland Home Garden Products



A big thank you to Toland Home Garden for licensing my snowman design on their products, which are out in the stores now. I received the samples in September. As always, I'm very happy with the product quality. Toland Home Garden always does a fabulous job!

These pictures show my original watercolor alongside the garden art flag.




The standard mat above measures 30" x 18", and it's a bit thinner than the larger comfort mat pictured below.


The comfort mat above measures 38" x 20".

To purchase these products, visit your nearest gift store or big box store that sells Toland Home Garden products. To purchase these products online, click on the following links. This pattern is called "Snowman Garland" in Toland's catalog, so you can also search on the Internet as well.

Amazon
Mad About Gardening 
Mad About Gardening - Standard Mat
Better Homes & Gardens - Decorative House Flag
Better Homes & Gardens - Garden Flag
Better Homes & Gardens - Standard Mat
Better Homes & Gardens - All products

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Trolls Invade The Anthracite!


What a fantastic weekend to paint windows at the Anthracite Newstand in Wilkes-Barre! This year's theme is Trolls. 


Thanks to all the folks at the Anthracite for keeping me entertained throughout the day. I heard a little bit of Dwight Yoakam and Wynonna Judd on the jukebox in the morning. Then I was listening to a few SEC football games throughout the day.


I knew I did my job when a little girl asked her grandmother to take a picture of her in front of this window. So cute!


On another note, if you want good brownies, stop by the Anthracite. They're delicious!


Have a Troll-filled Christmas!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Chance Meeting Today With A True Hero



 Thank you for your service, Colonel West!


What an honor it was today to meet Lt. Colonel Allen West as I was leaving work today. I couldn't believe my eyes as I saw Colonel West walking as I was waiting for the light to turn green. A gracious man, he encouraged me to park my car so that we could snap a few pictures. He was kind enough to also speak with my boyfriend on the phone.

Wow! What are the chances of meeting a true hero?

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Painted Fire Hydrant


The city of Pittston, PA is enlisting the help of artists to paint all of the fire hydrants in the city.  Since they were looking for an artist who specializes in patriotic artwork, I was invited to paint a fire hydrant next to the Pittston, PA Post Office.


~ Mr. Zip ~


When I was a kid, I always loved (no pun intended) The LOVE stamp, which was designed by pop artist Robert Indiana. Here's my own take on that iconic postage stamp.


I love this color orange. It's very Volunteer orange. Go VOLS!



~ The official logo of the National Association of Letter Carriers ~


~ Stars and Stripes ~


~ Pony Express ~



Saturday, December 12, 2015

69th Annual Berwick Lights - And a Little Bit of Art History


Saturday, December fifth marked the opening of the 69th Annual Berwick Christmas Boulevard (aka Berwick Lights). The traffic was heavy, but it was worth the wait.


There were plenty of great displays this year.


~ Scrooge ~




And here we have a modern, graphic depiction of a Medieval painting of Christ in the manger. How neat to see this artwork in the Berwick Lights.



Artist:  Giovanni Cimabue
Title: Madonna and Child in Majesty Surrounded By Angels
Date:  1270
Owner:  Louvre Museum


I love how the Medieval artists, such as Italian painter Ciambue, tried to create lifelike figures in their paintings. Cimabue's work was done mostly in the Byzantine tradition; however, he was also a founder of the movement toward more realistic work that culminated in the Renaissance.  

In Medieval artwork, the proportions were never spot on. Notice how Jesus looks like a mini-man vs. a boy. Scroll down, and you'll see some mini-boys in the Berwick Lights display.

The paintings above and directly below, of course, were not featured in the Berwick Lights this year. If they could pull that off, what a joy that would be.



 Artist:  Sandro Botticelli
Angel from “Madonna of the Magnificat”
Date:  1481
Uffizi Gallery, Florence

And then along came the Renaissance artists, who just blew the doors off the stiff and rigid artwork created by Medieval artists. Through the use of linear perspective and masterful techniques of using shadows and highlights, the Renaissance artists created more lifelike and realistic artwork. Amen!



Back to the Berwick Lights and the glorious artwork of the 21st century, created in China of course.Who doesn't like Yoda?




Johnny couldn't get enough of these child figures with infant heads. They're so insane! These are two great examples of how proportions in artwork and/or displays are so important. When the proportion of the body doesn't match the proportion of the head, it's just not going to work. The Medieval artists would have loved these two figures.















 ~ Had a ball at the Berwick Lights! ~



Sunday, November 8, 2015

Painting Windows



It was another beautiful weekend for painting the windows at the Anthracite Newsstand as all the businesses in downtown Wilkes-Barre get ready for the Santa Day Parade. The owners of the Anthracite Newsstand wanted a Minions theme this year.



As always, I had a fun time painting the windows for the owners of the Anthracite Newsstand.