Thursday, March 31, 2011

Finished. whew!

some of the paintings, packed up in the studio...and my cat, weaseling under the box...

Everything is ready to go for the weekend - Derek and I leave tomorrow morning for Philadelphia to deliver the work for my solo exhibition at The Slingluff Gallery. Click here for a preview of the paintings. So now I have a really messy studio and a car packed with several boxes of work (no cat in the boxes, I checked). Now I just need to get myself packed. So excited! Wish me luck!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Friday, March 25, 2011

Drawing demo

Congrats to Derek for a doing such a great job at West Virginia Wesleyan College last night! The students did well and achieved a lot in one night with a new technique, picking up quickly and working hard. For more pics and info, see Derek's blog!

Thursday, March 24, 2011


Last Sunday, Derek and I went out to enjoy the nice weather (almost 70 degrees!) and I began a few paintings. While I was setting up to work, we were almost attacked by geese and I wished that we had brought snacks to appease them. Those were some very demanding geese! I managed to get a few pictures of them, as they swam away after squawking around at us. Here are some other shots from around a trail that we like to walk, near the creek (which was unusually low). A few of the spring flowers were out, along with little fresh patches of bright grass.

one of the culprits...swimming away...

All in all, a good day.

Good luck to Derek tonight - He is teaching a drawing class at WV Wesleyan College and will be posting about it!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Upcoming Opportunities

Just passing this along for interested artists:

The deadline for Tamarack's 2011 "The Best of West Virginia Juried Exhibition" Fine Craft and Fine Art entries is April 11, 2011. You may obtain an application from under the Gallery link. Ifyou have any questions, please call Christine Humphrey at 1.888.262.7227,ext. 157.

The deadline for the 2011 Beckley Art Group Juried Exhibition is April 4,2011. You may find an application @ Please sende-mail entries to or mail to Cynthia Bickey ArtGroup, 600 Johnstown Road, Beckley, WV 25801, ATT: Karen Lilly

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Etsy update

February 11th - Marion County. oil and acrylic on canvas. 9 x 12"

An update on my Etsy shop - I will be taking down most paintings from my shop on Sunday, March 27th due to my upcoming exhibition (the one I can't stop talking about!) at the Slingluff Gallery. They will be for sale through the gallery from April 2nd - May 1st, 2011. After that, most of the paintings will move on to Redbrick Gallery in Martinsburg, WV.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Etsy Treasury - Finding Fine Art team

As you know, I have my own little shop on Etsy. I am also part of the Finding Fine Art "team" which is the subject of today's post. People may not immediately think of original fine art when they think of Etsy, but it is certainly there! There is so much great work to browse through, favorite, or purchase.

Here is a treasury promoting those team members that I have curated - please check it out. Even my cat likes it. You can see her checking out last week's treasury above. (And yes, I own a computer so old that my cat can sit on top of it and browse the interwebs). You can find FFA team members work also by searching the phrase "findingfineart" too!

'the travel bug' by laurenadamsart

featuring finding find art members only :)

Time Travel - Original ...

Island Storm Painting

Red and Yellow Oyster S...

Sacre Coeur Basilica - ...




Puffin and Caribou Wood...

Kayak taxi, conversatio...

Escape Fine Art Photogr...

Garden104 Original Art ...

Hang On

oil painting of horseba...

Outlaw - original drawi...

sunset with birds

La montee - "climb...

Treasury tool is sponsored by A/B image testing.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Thursday, March 10, 2011


Calais and His Brother

I wanted to let everyone know that the most wonderful Derek Overfield (my husband, for newcomers) has just begun a blog! He is a figure painter with excruciatingly good work, so please check out his brand new baby blog :
For more info you can also see!

I also want to say congrats also, because Derek has had his piece Zetes and His Brother featured in a Crozier Fine Art advertisement that has ran recently in both "Modern Painters" and Art+Auction". It looks fantastic. I'm so proud!


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Postcards and Mailing List

One goal met! My postcards are ordered and delivered as of yesterday for my upcoming solo show at the Slingluff Gallery in April. I hope everyone on my mailing list likes theirs :) If you aren't on my mailing list and would like a postcard, just shoot me an email with your name and address to This also signs you up for my monthly newsletter and other freebies! The sidebar to the right subscribes you to my newsletter only, but if you want snail mail like postcards (like I do), I will need your physical address too.

Anyway, I do love a good postcard - Here are some favorites that are for sale on Etsy:

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

I'm featured!

You can find my work featured on the Best of Etsy blog, here: along with many other fabulous artists of Etsy.

A big thank you to Ryan James for including me on the blog! Thank you!

Monday, March 7, 2011

New Paintings!

February 26th - Prickett's Creek. oil and acrylic on canvas. 17 x 20"

February 26th. oil and acrylic on canvas. 8 1/2 x 10"

Friday, March 4, 2011

Black and White Series

Painting 2. oil, acrylic and gesso on canvas. 17 x 20"

Lately, I've been playing around with a slightly new idea - to create abstract landscape paintings in black and white. I've always loved black and white work, even my husband has fantastic figurative black and white pieces. See here: . But I have decided to explore this idea. Two have been created already and I am working on a third today. The first one was not very good, but I really enjoyed making it. The second was better - much better and I really liked making it even more, it is featured above.

Already they have become more abstract in nature. The process is much longer than I am used to, no part of the painting is done plein air. First I begin with acrylic paint. Then I incorporate thick spills of gesso onto the stretched canvas, and let that dry overnight. The next day I can begin again with acrylic and then finish it with oil, or put down more gesso and start again. It's all very improvisational and intuitive, more so than my regular work. That's when I can make the most progress with these, it seems.

It's been a long time since I made something just to mess around - no real goals for the work in mind. No certainty that I will show it. I'm allowing myself to do this (in part) with the hope that I will learn something to apply to my main body of work. I'm not sure what it will be, but I have a gut feeling it may work out...

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


So far in 2011, I have created 19 new works! Some are good, some are not, but that is expected and I am okay with it. 19 is oh-so-close to meeting my monthly and therefore, yearly, goal of 130 new paintings. To achieve this goal, I aim for about 10 new pieces a month, so I am one short. Grr.

Here is a short, top three list of my favorite recent paintings:

New painting post tomorrow!
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