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Here is a new project framing that I just completed. Its a big one---and a nice project! A little Southern Rock history. The client came to me and said her brother played in a band, and could I do this-- it measures 4 ft by 4 ft! Her brother was one of the survivors of the plane crash in 1977. Amazing and incredible story.

This is an Adirondack chair for my sister, a portrait of her cottage, one of her very favorite places in the world. The video shows the progression of how I go from a blank wood to finished product.

 

So murals are a big thing here in Florida! In the past, I have done a few of them, mostly for family and friends. When the nieces and nephews were very young, I would paint their dreams on their bedroom walls. One wall was an entire underwater scene with clown fish, mermaids, a chest of sunken treasure, and a castle way in the distance. For my niece, a painting of her favorite horse overlooking a garden gate. My sister still has a portrait of her golden retriever , a very small (6 x 8) portrait in the hallway.

In college, the cafeteria wall needed attention---some color, some themes. My best friend was enlisted to create galloping horses on one wall. Amazingly it is still there today!!! That was about 36 years ago!!. I painted a giant poem about horses in calligraphy. I'm not sure that it exists now. 36 years ago, there was no YouTube, internet, cell phones....so documentation was scarce. I sure would love to see that again though!

I was commissioned to paint a Florida palm tree scene for a vacation rental cottage on the Withlacoochee River near me. Here is a tour of the final piece.

Original paintings on vintage Horse racing programs

I came across some old racing programs and added a little original painting to them. Something new I am offering for sale from my collection of creations. Cigar (larger and small program) In the Woodward Stakes, AP Indy 118th Kentucky Derby (I know I know the story---but he is so dang pretty), And Winning Colors. Large Cigar is $65, smaller ones are $45. $10 to pack and ship. Coming soon--Barbaro, Alysheba, and some generic ones too.

Custom Artwork on Handcrafted Furniture

Pair our beautiful handcrafted furniture with customized artwork and you have the most unique and beautiful treasure that is sure to turn heads!! Our furniture beautifully customized by the talented Bridget Hanley of Bridget Hanley Studio turns your hand crafted furniture into a one of a kind masterpiece. Artwork can be done on just about every piece of furniture that we make.

Commissioned Pet Portraits

I have been fortunate enough to create dozens of portraits of people’s pets. For years I worked mostly in pen and ink. Then I added a little watercolor to give the portrait some depth. Lately I have been enjoying doing these treasures in acrylic paint on canvas. I also teach classes in painting your pets portrait. There is something special about capturing your fur baby in any art form. Regardless of the venue, here are some tips to creating something you will enjoy for a long time.

Bridget Wins First Place for Her Calligraphy

Bridget is a member of the Ocala Calligraphy Guild, a group of outstandingly talented artists who create their craft lettering with ink and pen. Their annual Envelope Contest was held at their Christmas Luncheon December 17. Entries were submitted and judged by two outside professionals in the art industry. Bridget received the first place honors with her envelope!

Paint Your Pet Graduates!

Another class of Paint Your Pet graduates from the Rainbow Springs Art, held on Dec 17. Several students have never painted before, and they learn to create their portrait with instruction from Bridget. It was a very fun class, lots of laughs, and some very nice work! Good job ladies

Festival Season is Here - Part 3

I have been writing about some observations with the Favorite Florida Pastime- Festivals, from the view of a vendor. Here is Part 3:

Being in a Festival has to mean that you are serious about your art, and you want to sell it and make money! Then you have to bite the bullet and promote yourself. This seems to be one thing that most artists hate to do. It is so scary to put your art out there, proudly stand by it, and then have to ask a price for it!!! Why can’t people just come up to you and say “OMG I have been looking for this all my life! Here is my money!”

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