Monthly Archives: March 2010


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Celebrate!  have a cupcake with me!  My blog is 1 yrs old.

Thank you lovely readers for the views, sweet comments, encouraging emails, and supporting my etsy shop..

All very much appreciated by little ole me.  Did I say ole? I meant old… a year older today. my birthday  ;)

I plan on pampering myself today.. but I want to invite you along.

Answer one of the questions below and a week from now.. Mon. April 5,

I will draw a name for a winner for $100.00 credit towards anything you choose from my etsy shop {Skippy Designs}

  • Your favorite (happy, fun, clever, witty, or inspirational) saying or quote.
  • Your favorite color combination (at least three descriptive colors)

Thanks everyone!

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{new collection} part 1.

My latest project is primarily an art collection.

Medium:  oil & charcoal.

Inspiration: vintage posters. games. summer adventure

Colors : red. grey. green. aqua. pink.

The first thing I painted was this Flea Market Poster. I love weekend adventures!

shopping in outdoor markets, time spent with friends, .. it’s the best of life. : )

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Personally I favor the look of old posters, signs, & canvas over  traditional framed art. The Farmer’s Market bike image is a favorite of mine.

Look for these images in my etsy shop Skippy Designs!

{new collection} part 3

I love the vintage era of the 20′s & 30′s. The style of glamour & simple sophistication is so appealing to me!

As I was browsing in an antique store recently, I noticed a pile of vintage sheet music. The cover images were beautiful, depicting a romantic era when simply listening to piano music was fine entertainment. As I picked up several pieces of music and old medicine bottles that day, an idea started forming in my mind for a new still life collection.

Shades of red, green & aqua are the colors that I have chosen to decorate with.

These collections were created for my own walls.. maybe yours too!

{red: the color of love}

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I love the word “hope.”  It’s a little word full of so much promise.

It keeps us alive. It involves having goals, along with the desire and plan to achieve them…

It’s a promise that God is in firm control.

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May your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD, even as we put our hope in you.  Psalm 33:22

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“I want to be an artist when I grow up”

Actually my answer was a little different as a child.

When I was asked what I wanted my life occupation to be, I answered “Walmart” yes indeed : ) but I never did end up working there. It only seems like it’s my life occupation to shop there!

try again

I became interested in art at 11 yrs old. I sketched endlessly in a large art pad, then when I was 14 my parents enrolled me in oil painting classes at Painters Corner in Republic, MO.

The first time I sat down in front of a blank canvas I was so intimidated, but the teachers were excellent and I quickly realized what I could do with a little bit of paint.

I was forced to slow down & appreciate fine details.

After high school.. I became a graphic designer,  mural painter, and  photographer.

Once I learned the basics of art, it was easy to transfer one set of skills to another.

In many ways, I feel like my artistic journey is just beginning. It takes time to discover your own voice & style.

The process of creating is gratifying. exciting. exhilarating. frustrating. rewarding. overwhelming. consuming. energizing. & exhausting… ok, you get the picture. : )

I am trying to learn how to  balance my passion for art with the rest of my life and the special people in it.

It’s so good to have the love & support of people around me, and the skills & ability that enable me to live my dream.


I decided to include in this post  a few examples of what I have been doing the last 10 yrs… faux/mural wall treatments & canvas pieces.




One of my favorite projects was for Principe de Paz.. a girls home in Guatemala. I had the privilege to make some very worthy little girls home a bit more cheery!

The girls helped me paint the flowers on their Mary Englebreit mural.