Saturday, January 23, 2016

"Seasons at Tinkerbell Farm"

"Someones Flocking at the Door"


 "Bohemian Bovine"


 "Summer Lights"


 "Dinner Time"


my screen door series called
 "Seasons at Tinkerbell Farm"
actual old screen door frames used as the frames for my canvas'

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

new works….

i am so excited about my new artwork
 and wanted to share some of it with you….

 "The Breath of Winter"


"Trevor in the Moonlight"

to see more of what I've been up to…
please follow me on Instagram.
i post images there every day.

Happy New Year !!


Thursday, May 21, 2015

chalk painted 1970's stone fireplace

hi there!
 my lil ol seventies fireplace sure gets a lot of attention,
 thanks to Pinterest!!
i wrote a post about this makeover here
if you click on the link you will find photos of the painting process. at the end of this post i will go into more detail and answer some questions….rest assured this is super easy to do.

i painted the old brown stone of my fireplace with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

before i go into detail about how i painted it,

here are some more images of the 





wayyyyy before…i mean like seven years ago…before I even painted the brown mantel.
man oh man, the seventies were dark.
and after….
can you hear the choir of angels singing?

here it is today.
fresh and gray and subtle and oh so neutral.

so, i want to answer some questions that i am often asked about  how to get this effect….

the original 1970's stone and mortar was simply dusted off before i painted.

i did NOT prime.
i did NOT sand.
or even clean the stone.
i just dusted.

i applied a 
of Annie Sloan Paris Gray Chalk Paint

a "wash"
is simply a paint that has been diluted with water.
i used very little, i mean very little paint.
i did not measure but i am guessing it was about

1/4 cup of paint to 3/4 cup of water.

i used an old paint brush to wash this over the stone and the mortar….letting it soak into the stone.

i let this first layer dry…but believe me it did not take long…perhaps 15 minutes…
and then i applied another wash to get rid of more brown tones that were peaking through.

next, I added more dimension and depth to the stones by
using a 
dry brush technique.

i used the same Paris Gray paint mixed with some ordinary white house paint that i had on hand…any latex house paint will work.

"dry brush"
means to work your paint down into the brush
and then wipe off most of the paint onto a newspaper or rag…
so that there is very little paint on the ends of the brush. 
your brush will be rather well, dry.

use the side of this "dry brush" to lightly hit the raised parts of the stone…so as to highlight parts of the stone….i used a rag to wipe and dab off any visible brush strokes as i went.

that's it.

i painted my fireplace over two years ago and it has held up fine even with occasional use of the fireplace. the heat from the fire has not affected the paint at all.

i have no regrets.
regrets are a waste of time.

i sure hope this helps.

be brave.
paint your fireplace !

p.s. i am so much more than just my fireplace make over.  while you are here, won't you please take a gander at my other pages? i have lots of goodies and eye candy to share with you.

thank you,

Sunday, August 17, 2014

City Farmhouse Pop Up Show!!

it's been a while...i know!!  i almost forgot how to post!  it's not because i haven't anything to post about...but more that i have sooooo many things happening...i have been posting an image on Instagram almost every day and LOVE iT!!  it's well...just so instant and simple and i am amazed at the quality of photos that my smart phone please follow me there, if you wish to.....

so, i suppose by now you have heard of the

 City Farmhouse Pop-up Sale

coming this October 17-18??
hosted by my friends

Kim and David Leggett
owners of one of my favorite stores here in Franklin, Tn.
City Farmhouse

this years pop up sale (the second annual) will be held on the grounds of the Buddy Killen Mansion,
in Leipers Fork, TN...
a cool old decrepid, unlived in mansion that feels stuck in time (1960-80)...used to be owned by a big wig music publisher named Buddy Killen...a grand 17,000 square foot home that was uber sheik back in its day....see that picture above .....of me and Kim and David (center back) and other designers ...we are standing in front of the mansion and those magical rainbow beams just appeared above us in the photo!  pretty cool huh?
the grounds surrounding the mansion have been untouched and overgrown for years and have a "Grey Gardens" feel about them which i find magical....

years of wisteria vines have taken over the back pergolas....

here's Kim (big chicken) scared to venture into the overgrown alee of vines and boxwood...a secret three tiered fountain is hidden inside...
she wasn't really scared just cautious....ha ha.
i feel honored that Kim has asked me and my friend Anna Anderson to partake in this super inspiring and creative project called 
Folk and Folly
during the pop up barn sale,
here is a description i lifted off of the site.....
and check out that room above where we will be displaying our art/antique installation!!!!

Folk & Folly
What is Folk & Folly? Folk & Folly, sponsored by Social Marmalade, is a creative and collaborative design showcase presented as part of the “Dream Team” events at the City Farmhouse Pop-Up Show. Folk & Folly will showcase local talent (interior designers, artists, creative directors, photographers, etc.) and the revered qualities that set apart creativity in the Southern milieu: elbow grease, resourcefulness, storytelling, and play.
A group of selected artists and creative industry professionals will team up with the challenge of creating installations that will generate curiosity and connection, using “found objects” — or more aptly, “picked” items — in the creation. Think “Alice in Wonderland”, “Where the Wild Things Are”, “Avant Garde”.
During the two day event, show attendees will be given the liberty to follow their curiosity into the "lost in time" plantation home of Buddy Killen. Inside they will find a space that captures their attention, inspires them to share what they’ve seen, and engages them into looking further at the individual artists who have creatively presented their “outside the box way of creating and presenting design”. This unique showcase is sure to pleasantly surprise all of those who wander through.

so this old mansion.....
has a chandelier in every room...wowza!
and here is just a
of what is to appear in our room....

and another tease....
stay tuned,
because this is going to be so cool and avant-garde
and right up my artsy-fartsy alley!
we are so excited to be included in this
 first of its kind
yep, that is the space we will be decorating!!
(that's Jason Counce, one of the other designers and photo bomber, who will be decorating another room)
did i mention that 
Matthew Mead
Nina Hartmann
will be there!!!
more info
and teasers to come....

stay well, my friends!