Sunday, March 29, 2009

New Art! It's about time right???

Hi all,

Life has been so incredibly crazy for me lately so much so that I haven't been able to create. I did manage to get 2 little pieces finished though. These are both 5 x 5 canvases and both mixed media pieces. The blue one is called "Dream Big" and features a locket that opens and closes. I think it's funny that it's called Dream Big and it's really small! The next one is called "Bloom". I really like this one because I used a bunch of different techniques on it. Including using modeling paste under the paint and over painting it but really blending the paints. It has a lot of texture and also has some fiber on it as well. Make sure to view the other photos below to see the details. Both pieces are listed on Etsy!

I've been so MIA from my blog so far this year but as I've said it's been crazy. I just got back from an unexpected trip to Cape Cod with my daughter Lorelei. One of my best friend's mothers passed away last week from cancer and she needed someone to look after her kids so she could go to the funeral in Alabama. I was able to help and boy was that tiring! Two 2 year olds and a 4.5 year old for a week. Insane. The week before that another close friend's mother died of cancer as well in Germany. Then I found out my sweet 88 year old Nana fell while on vacation in Costa Rica and had a brain hemorrhage and was on life support. She is no longer on life support but is still in a coma and seems to be improving. Prayers for her would be greatly appreciated. She can't be moved until she's stabilized so she's staying in Costa Rica. My mom flew out yesterday to be with her for 10 days. It's been a traumatic month for people around me and my family as well.

One bit of good news is that my brother and his beautiful, new wife Petrie are finally reunited and she's here in the states and no longer in Holland. I can now show your photos from their amazing wedding!! Enjoy!

Till next time!!
Count your blessings.


Friday, March 13, 2009


Hi there!!

I'm doing some Spring cleaning and need to get rid of these pieces! These are some of my earlier works. If you see something that catches your eye please make me an offer!! Seriously! What are you willing to pay for it? Thank you. Trying to simplify my studio and get rid of things that aren't selling on Etsy. Some of these items are still listed on Etsy so you can see more details there. If you have any questions feel free to email me, I just want these gone!!!

View the photos here!

***ALSO THRU SUNDAY NIGHT: $10 OFF any Little Whimsie Original in my Etsy shop with coupon code: Whimsie10 ***

Sold "Love and Dreams" and "Gum Drop Trees".

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

I fell in love with Holland all over again!

Shetland Ponies grazing

I just recently had a wonderful opportunity to go back to one of my favorite places in the world. I was thrilled when I found out my brother was going to marry a Dutch girl in Holland and that I would "have to" travel (oh darn) to Holland. Yes, February/March isn't the most beautiful time of year to go but I would take whatever I could get!! I hadn't been to Europe since 2000 when I went to France with my French class in college. This was my 3rd time going to Holland. The first being when I was only 13 years old and it was in the summer. I LOVED it then too but had only gone to Amsterdam. I fell in love with the canals, the flowers and the people. My second trip was when I was 21 and was with my father on a business trip, he took me to get over my ex and to refocus my mind. The guy was totally wrong for me and was totally leading me on the whole time so Dad stepped in, so glad he did! I treated him horribly though on that trip but did so much more in Holland that time. I went to Utrecht and Amsterdam that visit and got around by myself in both cities while he attended business meetings. That was in the Fall that time. I also got to drive on the Auto Bahn and drive into Germany and Belgium. My poor mom wanted to go but felt like I needed to get away so she gave up a great trip for me. Love my parents! Now back to the reason for this post ... this last trip.

Simple elegance

This was a completely different trip in that I was staying with friends and family of my future Sister in Law. It was a completely different experience because of that. I fell in love even more because we stayed with Dutch people. You get a real feel for how they live. I love the simplicity of everything over there, there is no excess, the food is simple but fresh, (side note: they have the BEST chocolate sprinkles in the world that they put on bread, brought some back!)they bike everywhere and everyone is in shape because of it, they focus on relationships and not the petty every day things. People there are very forward but in a good way, they truly want to know how you are doing. More than once people I didn't know in a crowded room came straight over to me and introduced themselves. There was never an awkward moment in the large group of people because they introduced themselves as soon as they walked in if they didn't know you. I felt more at home in Holland then I normally do here in the US. I LOVED it! It was so freeing. It also helped that I just meshed with everyone over there. I felt like I knew everyone for years because of how open everyone was. I made a lifelong friend/sister in Petra who is a friend of my new sister in law. My husband and I stayed at her condo and she was so warm and welcoming from the instant we met. I MISS her so bad. I don't think I've laughed so hard in quite some time. She was very generous with us and we stayed up and talked nightly! No time for sleep over there! I was soaking everything in and up. We had great conversations about how things are different here and there. She has never been to the US so she had lots of questions. I'm trying to IMPORT her over here!!! LOL She is a cardiac nurse at the hospital in Zwolle her town which was absolutely adorable.

My new friend/sister Petra while touring Zwolle.

Zwolle with J.

I never realized how beautiful the countryside of Holland was, never really paid attention before. We only saw the sun when we landed in Amsterdam the first day, the rest of the trip was gray and had misty rain but it was still beautiful. Because of that fine mist the grass was green. It was foggy a lot of the time but you could still appreciate the beauty. You drive down a typical road and see very old thatched roof houses, open fields with dug out moats as I call them not sure what the name is but these moats keep the animals in their own fields. I didn't see any fences. Everyday we would see HUGE swans in these fields eating from the grass, small Shetland ponies, cows, and storks!! There are HUGE stork nests over there and these birds are everywhere! I never knew storks were from Holland. Every now and then we would see an old windmill which I found out from Petra usually have pancake houses in them. The other wild but cool thing was that everyone biked over there, there were cars, small cars, but in the rain, fog, mist people were biking everywhere, together as families, with their laptops, their groceries, you name it, any reason we would use to go out in our cars they were doing on their bikes. It was amazing. I even saw a couple with a newborn car seat attached to the back of the mother's bike, so wild!!


An old windmill in the middle of the village.

I loved the way the houses were over there they all had such LARGE windows!!! These super large windows let in so much light even when it was gray out. I would yell, BIG WINDOWS to Petra and Jason as we drove by some big ones. I loved them! They usually had a simple orchid in the window or tulips in a clear vase, simplicity at it's best. The furniture was usually a bit modern but the rooms were still very cozy. I felt like redecorating when I came back. I still loved the Dutch architecture of the narrow but tall buildings, especially along the canals in Amsterdam. Places still had the ornate facades from decades past and the towns still felt medieval in parts. You're in another world in Europe and I love it's rich history.

Tulips in a BIG window, Zwolle.


One of the Queen's Palaces in Amsterdam

7 bridges on the canal in Amsterdam.

View from Madame Tussaud's big window.

J and JLo LOL!!

Of course the reason we went was spectacular but I can't post much about that now so I'm telling you about the rest of the trip. The last day we were in Holland we went to Amsterdam and got a hotel room near the airport then took the train in to Grand Central Station, from there we went on our adventures for the day. We got there and immediately rented bikes to bike around Amsterdam from Mac Bikes. The bikes took a lot of getting used to because we got the cheaper ones with the foot brakes and they were much heavier then the bikes we were used to riding. So we biked around Amsterdam with the locals on the designated bike paths and found our way to the Van Gogh museum (which I found out is pronounced Van Hoe). This was a dream come true for me as an artist! We saw the Colors of the Night exhibit and saw "Starry Night"! I started tearing up when I was standing in front of it (true artist, right?) It was amazing! I could have spent all day in there but we had to get going because we were only there for one day. From there we biked back to Central Station and returned the bikes since we rented them for 3 hours. We then hopped on a Canal Tour Boat and went for an hour ride around Amsterdam and learned about the canals and life in Amsterdam. It was a nice break from riding around all day. After that was done we wanted to try and sneak in a visit to Madame Tussaud's wax museum. We had to get there in about 7 minutes before they closed and there was no way we could make it so Jason pulled over one of those funny guys on a bike that takes 2 people in a covered part on the back. We paid 6 Euros to get there in 3 minutes and we were the last people to make it in. We took some funny shots in there and it was freaky in parts!! Great for photos. From there we walked around the museum and found a local restaurant that wasn't for tourists and it was Indonesian food. OMG! If you've never tried Indonesian food you totally should. It was delicious! After that we walked around Amsterdam buying souvenirs. We then hopped back on a train at Central Station to go back to Schiphol Airport to catch our shuttle back to the hotel. It was about 10:30 at night and I was soooo tired. We had a very full day and full trip and were now going home the next day. I was sad and happy at the same time. I missed Lorelei really bad (my MIL flew up from FL to stay with her). The good thing is we Skyped with her almost daily and it was easier on her and us. I totally miss my new friends in Holland and the country itself, I can't wait to go back again someday! It was mooi (beautiful)! If you ever get a chance to go, DO IT you won't regret it at all!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

APW Gallery - World of Imagination Vol. 2 Exhibit! I'm in it!!

Hi all!

I know it's been awhile life has been super crazy. I just got back from Holland and will blog about the trip soon. I just wanted to post this press release about the exhibition I just created art for. I created 5 pieces of art for this cool exhibit called World of Imagination - Vol. 2 at the APW Gallery in NYC. The opening is tomorrow night. I wish I could be there to see it but you can be if you're in the area!!! If you do go please take some photos and share them with me! I'll be blogging again soon about my trip to Holland, had a wonderful time!

Thanks for your patience!


For Immediate Release

APW Gallery
Gallery II
Group exhibition
48-18 Van Dam St Long Island City, NY 11101 March 6, 2009- March 29, 2009

Open Reception- March 6, 2009 from 6-9pm
World of Imagination Vol.2

APW Gallery is pleased to present World of Imagination Vol.2, a group exhibition of square foot paintings by over 400 artists worldwide.

Information for collectors and visitors:
There will be thousands of original, fresh artworks on show from living artists worldwide. All the painting on view will be 12” x 12”, it will fit in any room. The Square Foot Show is designed to be a community event to bring together art collector and artist.

Participating Artist:
1. -)|(-
2. A.S. Roman
3. Aaron Wittkamper
4. Aaron Schraeter
5. Adams
6. Addy B.
7. Ahmad Matta
8. Aimée Wheaton ME!!!!!!
9. Al Benkin
10. Aldo caredda
11. Aleksander Leppä
12. Alex Ariza
13. Alexandre Menard
14. Alexandrescu
15. Alexis Trice
17. Amanda Wells
18. Amy Faldet
19. Ana Alexandre
20. Ana Krstic
21. André Lindo
22. Andrea Musina-Caldwell
23. Andres Dominguez
24. Andrew Leonard
25. Andy Petrilla
26. Angelia Lane
27. Angie Everett
28. Ani Tashjian
29. Anïs
30. Anna Drastik
31. Anna Rich
32. Anne Dal Pozzo
33. Anne Torry-Ballou
34. Annette Jaret
35. Annie Fraser
38. Artisalma
39. Artur Zurawik
40. Arvold
41. Asger Sell
42. Ashley D. Rummel
43. Aubrey Carroll
44. Aubrey Jangraw
45. Audria
46. B. Robinson
47. Bara
48. Barbara paanakker
49. Basia Toczydlowska
50. Bayer
51. Betina Brandi
52. Betsy Bohrer
53. Beverley Cheng
54. Bill Edmonds
55. Bonita Bielski
56. Brandi Strickland
57. Bren Bataclan
58. Brendan Davis
59. Bret Delaire
60. Brian Bantog
61. brian kelly
62. bridget eileen grady
63. C-MOR
64. Carla Catalina
65. Carlos Pena
66. Carol Roque
67. Carole Stein
68. Catherine Hart
69. Catherine Lachance
70. Chandana Paravastu
71. Charles A. Read IV
72. Charles Stephan
73. Charmaine Panares
74. Chauncey J. Secrist
75. Chiara Keeling
76. Chinitas Yon
77. Chintia Kirana
78. Chitra Revathy Arunasalam
79. Chizuco Sophia Yw
80. cho
81. Cho Chin Lu
82. Chris Golden
83. Christian Castro
84. Christine cianci
85. Christopher kerry Tullis
86. Christopher M. Carrigy
87. Christy Griswold
88. Chu Feng
89. Cindy Jane
90. Clare Nesdall
91. Claudia Verciani
92. Clement Cheng
93. Cliona Fox
94. Connie Noyes
95. Cordula Luttmann
96. Cournoyer
97. Courtney Nelson
98. Crystal Isabel Fischetti
99. Cyndy Carstens
100. Dalya Bersano
101. Dan Lisowski
102. daniel chavez
103. Daniel Marino
104. Darius Quarles
105. Dave Derwin
106. Dave Estes
107. Dave McCutcheon
108. David J. Mngodo
109. David Trawin
110. Dawn Rudd
111. Deanna Dee McLaughlin
112. Deborah Lacativa
113. Deborahart
114. Diana Aristizabal
115. Diana Ogaard
116. Doreen Dunham
117. Dufo
118. E.M.
119. Eimi
120. Elaina Wagner
121. Eleanor Day
122. Elena Feliciano
123. Elena Stroganova
124. Elizabeth Velazquez
125. Elsa Kettinger
"126. Enrico ""Rico"" Morales"
127. Eric Inkala
128. eric watson
129. Erin Crane
130. Erin Fili & Marc Mannheimer
131. Erin Kroll
132. Estelle Rocca-Serra
133. Ethan Boisvert
134. Fabrice Deloor
135. Farhana Ahad
136. Faruk Sile
137. Fenton-Spaid
138. Florence McLean
139. French
140. Gary Koenitzer
141. Gazizova
142. géraldine c.
143. Gerri Davis
144. Gillustrator
145. Ginny Sykes
146. Gosent
147. Grant Wm Thye
148. greg duBois
149. Grzegorz Rekas
150. gj lee
151. H. Marie Murphy
152. H.E. Jangraw
154. Haze McElhenny
155. Heather
156. Heather Jean Skalwold
157. Heike Baptist
158. Helene deroubaix
159. Hellfire Graffix
160. Hendrik Arie Baartman
161. Henry Caserotti
162. herman james
163. heurebleue crations
164. Hid:E
165. HUNTaustralia
166. HY Lee
167. Hyein Lee
168. ilyse sara
169. india richer
170. Irina Moldovan
171. Irvin Rodriguez
172. Ivana Rezek
173. Ivanka Dukic
174. Iwona Demko
175. J. Bertram White
176. J. P. Dickash
177. James Vanderberg
178. Jamie Pesotine
179. Jan Jippe van Herrikhuijzen
181. Jason Barre
182. Jason Kappus
183. Jason Lincoln Jeffers
184. Javier Arjona
185. Jean Shepard
186. Jeanette Vieira
187. Jen Miller
188. Jen Rassi
189. Jenna Rose Mayle
190. Jennifer Ackerman
191. Jennifer Ball
192. Jennifer Lewis
193. jennifer malvern
194. Jennifer Prevatt
195. Jenny Dayton
196. jess marie walker
197. Jessica Quinones
198. Jessica Torrant
199. Jill Heupel
200. Jill Ziccardi
201. JMWalford
202. Jo Farnell
203. Joanna Bailey
204. JOBST Josef
205. jocelyn chemel
206. Jodi Carpenter
207. Joe Inamura
208. joe keinberger
209. Joe Ryan
210. John Airo
211. Jon Kyley
212. Jorge Arcos
213. Joseph Lauer
214. Joseph Morzuch
215. Joseph ostraff
216. Juan David Gonzalez
217. Julia Wadsworth
218. Julie Behn
219. Julie mueller
220. Julie peck
221. Julita Malinowska
222. Junko
223. Junnosuke Nozaki
224. Justin Luis Diaz
225. Justyna Gajda
226. Karina Lapierre-Douglas
227. Kaitlin Brittingham
228. Kao Lee Thao
229. Kara Williams
230. Karen Higgins
231. Karen Taylor
232. Karen Willis
233. Karin Uusikorpi
234. Karlee Mariel
235. Kat Brunnegraff
236. Kate Daly
237. Kate McCarthy
238. Katherine Frey
239. Katherine Weston
240. Kathleen Ralph
241. Kathy Lumsden
242. Kati Kirke
243. Katya Ulitina
245. Kelly Gorman
246. Kendall E Doub
247. Kenneth Jackson
248. kgb
249. Kieu Giang
250. KiKa
251. Kimberly
252. koe
253. Kraig Thayer Rasmussen
254. krishni
255. Kristen Evans
256. Kristen Terrana
257. Kunstrxns
258. Kurt Merkel
259. Kwon
260. Lahli
261. Lark Isadora Davis
262. Larry Thompson
263. laura warburton
264. Lauren Matsumoto
265. Lauren Scott
266. Layal Annan
267. Lesley J. Anderson
268. LEX Covato
269. lil Né
271. Linda Powell Fine Art
272. Linda Wulkan
273. Lindsay Carpenter
274. Lindsay Langsdale
275. Lindsay Manolakos
276. Lindsy Kiely
277. Lis Gundlach-Sell
278. Lisa Black
279. Lisa Dean
280. Liz Adams-Jones
281. Liz Pignataro
282. Lloyd Burchill
283. Lorie H. McCown
284. Lucie Abdalian
285. Ludyen Yi
286. luke jackson
287. LV
288. M.R.Madrid
289. makalibuland
290. Makeupandmayhem
291. Maneli Jodat
292. MAp
293. Marcella Sanchez
294. Margaret Watts
295. Maria Rumyantseva
296. Marie Tomeoki
297. Mario Vikko
298. Mark Chadwick
299. Mark Harris
300. Marlo McKillop
301. Marshall Tripp
302. Marvilla
303. mary ann thomas
304. Mary Ann Wakeley
306. Maryse Charette
307. Matthew Friese
308. Maya Green
309. Maz
310. MEFEE
311. Megan Alaine Miller
312. Megan Blaine
313. Mel Smothers
314. Merrideth Buckbee
315. Meta Tribe
316. Michael Brindley
317. Michael Shapcott
318. Gerard Waskievitz
319. Michelle Daddino
320. Mick Skinner
321. Mieke van Ingen
322. Mieke Vanmechelen
323. Mihaela Cosovanu
324. Mike Bell
325. Mikki Mikyung Kim-Lee
326. Milan Rubio
327. Mira Alibek
328. Mireille Sillander
329. Mishel Valenton
330. Mister Tengu
332. Molly Kiely
333. Mr Teophilus Tuhatkauno
334. Mystical Artist
335. Nadine Kenific
336. Nany Tendjoukian
337. Natalie Souza
338. Natalie Taylor
339. Natalya Salnikova
340. Nathalie Gonzalez
341. nicola bevilacqua
342. Nicole Dohrenwend
343. Nicole Koenitzer
344. Nine2
345. Norma Alvarado
346. Olive Barrett
347. Olivia Peach
348. Optikmass
349. Orla Barry
350. OsirisOrion
351. P. Woods
352. Pablo Ojeda
353. Paridee K
354. Pat Butler
355. Patricia Blake
356. Patrick Blakemore
357. Patrick Toohey
358. Patrick Wilson
359. Paulo Canilhas
360. Paula Jaramillo
361. Peter Gordon
362. Peter Madzelan
363. Peter Rea
365. Philip towers
366. Polaf
367. Scott Albrecht
368. PWME
369. Rachel Hornaday
370. Rae
371. Ralph Mindicino
372. Ralph Werner
373. Random
374. Ratty
375. Ray Becoskie
376. Raymie Iadevaia
377. Raymond difley
378. Realeoni
379. Rebecca Carney
380. Rebecca Gunderman
381. Rebecca Schweiger
382. Reyne treve
383. Rina Miriam Drescher
384. Rita Boehmer
385. Rita Da Costa
386. Robert Louie
387. Roberta
388. Roma Pilitsidis
389. Ronan
390. Ronit Mitchell
391. Ronnie Casson
392. Rose Deniz
393. Rupert Davis
394. Rutuja Padwal
395. Ryder
396. S.3
397. Saji No Kami
398. SAMAJ
399. Sara K Edwards
400. Sara Kahn
401. saracos
402. Sarah Bahr
403. Sarah kinn
404. Sashalyn
406. scandium(21th)
407. Scott Barnes
408. Scott Bullock
409. Scott Garant
410. Sela
411. Shante Bullock
412. Shanye Huang
413. Sharleene P. Hurst
414. Shigeo Satoh
415. SIKIZ
416. Silja Erg
417. Silvana LaCreta Ravena
418. sima schloss
419. Simona Abruzzini
420. sonja arroyo
421. Sonja de Boer
422. Sophia Choi
423. Soul Whisperess
424. Stacy Freeman
425. Stephen P. Loya
426. Steve Seevers
427. Steven A. Scroggins
428. studio O
429. suckingfish
430. Sunking
431. Susan Gosevitz
432. Susan Krhin
433. Suzy Mitchell
434. sylvia ortiz
435. taeko**
436. Tara de la Garza
437. Tara Mathison
438. Tassos Pasalis
439. Tate Foley
440. Telemach Pilitsidis
443. Teri Levine
444. Tessa
445. Tetiana Zakharova
446. The Cat
447. Thomas schorn
448. Tina Polo
449. Tom Richard
450. Tonttu
451. Tony G Conrad
452. Toyohisa Kanno
453. Tracy Lévesque
454. Tracy Taylor
455. Trent Altman
456. Trina Ernst
457. Tschabalala Self
458. Vickie Martin
459. Victor 'Bong' Espinosa
460. Victoria Huckins
461. Virginia Giordano
462. vishalandra dakur
463. Vivian Bonder
464. Viviana Florea
465. Vladimir Bydin
467. Wendy Ding
468. Wendy Hermelin
469. William Bukowski
470. Windi rosson
472. Ybonesy
473. YounHee Yang
475. Yuko Nakajima
476. Yvonne Tong
477. Daniele Pierangeli
478. brainstrikers ARTDENKA
479. KEM
480. Isaac Arvold
481. Michelle Oravitz
482. Ji Hyun Yoon
483. Pellorca Ida
484. Jessica Frances Chee
485. Sylvia Gillespie
486. Lin Rivers
487. Tsukimi Tsukimura
488. Christina Mazurowski
489. MAG
490. Reiko Asai
491. Hui Ling Lee
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