Sunday, January 17, 2016

Speaking of blues... a little bird series in blue

I just realized I still have a number of these little bird drawings hanging out in the studio. So I'm putting them up on Etsy for just $25 each. There are so many little pieces that I create each year, and I simply don't have the space for them all!
Just four from the series. 

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Brown your blues away

Is that a thing? I'm making it a thing. Gearing up to teach another class about one of my favorite art mediums: Walnut Drawing Ink. This morning class is happening on Thursday January 28th at Artists' Mediums in Williston, VT. Click here for details. Or call the shop at 800 255 1290

Here are a few images I painted just a few days ago, when the new year was all fresh.

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I have since taken a break from painting to clear out a bunch of unnecessary clutter from the studio. Many bags of old supplies are headed to other studios and classrooms, and a mountain of cardboard went to be recycled today!
There's a pencil drawing that has been waiting to happen (we'll see if it translates from my head to the page) and then I'm also hoping to try some really BIG pieces using the Walnut Drawing Ink. Big being 18 x 24" rather than 5 x 5" of course. Let's hope this is a productive weekend. Happy New Year to you!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Two shows this month ~ November 2015

Right in the heart of Jericho VT, the Jericho Artisan Market is a sweet and intimate event.
I love that it's back at the Community Center, and all vendors are local to the area.
My second year doing this awesome show! Come see over 80 vendors (all women-owned businesses!)

Monday, November 2, 2015

Early sketches from my 2015 Advent Calendar

Taking these in-progress shots with my phone
On the left is what I had last week. Below is a little sneak-peek of what I started with this morning.
Between getting the design nailed down, correcting the perspective and tweaking the drawing style of the reindeer to match the rabbits, this has been a loooooong slow process. Spent most of the day designing the border and background, and then painting it all in. Whew! Last week I got all of the inside images drawn and colored.
Next up: scanning it all and making it work with Photoshop, Then printing, cutting all the doors (24x3 per calendar!), carefully gluing together and packing them up. And posting them on Etsy! That's how we do it, kids. 


Phew! Can't believe I made it this far in one day!

Friday, September 11, 2015


Happy Friday, friends!

I'm wrapping up a few things before I head to my sweet little studio at S.P.A.C.E. in Burlington. Site 41-C in the Soda Plant building and we'll be there Friday, Saturday and even Sunday. Check here for more art listings. It's the biggest art party in the state. Join us!

Society6 Free shipping good thru 9/13/15!
So before I go, here's item number 1: 
Society6 just offered a free shipping promotion for most of my items, it's good through Sunday September 13th at midnight. Click the link to get the promotion!   

Cards and prints!

Secondly, I'm offering 20% off in my ETSYshop to celebrate Art Hop and all of you who support me in this endeavor. Use the code ARTHOP202015 when you make a purchase in my Etsy shop. Lots of cards and prints available right now, and I'll add more listings in the next week or so. Wondering if a painting is available as a print? Contact me and I might be able to make a special listing just for you.
(ARTHOP202015 coupon: min. purchase $25, expires September 30th 2015.)

Hanging the show...many, many ghost rabbits
Thank you so much for all the orders and support, my cat Bernie (almost as talkative as our favorite Senator) is grateful whenever I spend time in the (home) studio. Here I am setting up the studio in Burlington. Bernie is putting up with a short absence if it means I'll be back later to paint!

Bernie and friends.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Art Hop 2015

Polanshek of the Hills (left) and Sweet Enemy Art (right) Art Hop 2014

Wow...look at that, another year has zipped by and it's time for the Art Hop once again!
Jess and myself are teaming up for our third year in our usual spot, right in the heart of Burlington's Arts district.

A roving photographer took this shot right over our shoulders last year, during one of the quieter moments. Expect our walls to be just as full this year, both of us have new things to show. I'm working on several larger pieces, some of which are continuing the Ghost Rabbits series! You'll also get to see original art from the two stories I've been illustrating (an interesting stretch for me.)

If you visited me during Open Studio, you may have seen my (lovely) new printer. It's helping me get stocked up for the Art Hop crowd so I'll have lots of great price points. Many new designs will make an appearance, ranging in size from 5x7 to 11x14 inches.
There will be other fun things, but you'll just have to wait and see!

Three of the "smaller" Ghost Rabbit
painting series I'm currently working on

September 11 (5:00-10:00)
September 12 (10:00-10:00)
September 13 (10:00-3:00)
The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery (Soda Plant Building)
266 Pine St, Suite 105, Burlington, VT 05401
Entrance is located on the corner of Kilburne and Pine (look for the Spaceman mural by the door.)

Here's how the Poppies looked in May.
There have been some changes since!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Sweet Enemy Art is here and there, or: Here are some new venues

There are now THREE VT venues where you'll find my work. All three are women-run, awesome places. Alright, I work for the last one but still, it's a valid comment.

The Miller's Thumb
Greensboro, VT

I just took my first trek up to Greensboro today, and oh what a gorgeous area it is. Definitely worth a drive, especially for those who might want to do some brewery touring (Hill Farm Stead and Lost Nation just to name a few.)
My stepbrother Tyson McGinty has some of his reclaimed barn wood creations there, and Polanshek of the Hills is also well-represented.  Many thanks to Tyson for getting me introduced at this venue!

Birdfolk Collective
Winooski, VT

Nicole Carey has opened this sweet little gift & clothing shop right in the heart of downtown Winooski. I think shopping is best in person (she has amazing soaps & such), but she is building a great web store too. I can't wait to check it out again soon, since I went before the grand opening.

Artists' Mediums
Williston, VT

Hand-picked fine art supplies and custom picture framing since 1987. I've been here since 2000, imagine that.
Come see me with your picture framing needs! And FYI: if you've bought something of mine in a frame that just isn't working for you, I'm promise not to be offended if you want to change it!