Monday, June 24, 2013

Art Show at Washington Technology Park

Peek-A-Boo View, 11x14 oil on canvas

As part of the Northern Virginia Artists League (NOVAL), our group puts up shows in various businesses through the area, and I'm excited to say that we are now going to be showing for the next six months at Washington Technology Park in Chantilly!  Located on Conference Center Drive, Washington Technology Park is a large corporate office building and its large lobby will now be fully decorated with works that range from photography to oils to watercolors.  I will have several pieces up, including my newest Cayman scene, Peek-A-Boo View.  Most all of the pieces are available for sale, so make sure to check it out if you are ever in the Chantilly area!

In other news, don't forget!  This Sunday is the Oatlands Preview Party from 6-8 p.m. in Leesburg, VA.  Be sure to check out www.oatlands.org for more information!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Fifteenth Annual Four Seasons of Oatlands Art Show & Sale

Photo Courtesy of Oatlands.org

It’s that time of year again, time for the Four Seasons of Oatlands Art Show & Sale in the Carriage House at Oatlands Plantation in Leesburg, July 1st-31st. This year marks the fifteenth anniversary of this annual show which displays works of art by local and regional artists in any two dimensional medium.

I have been participating in this show for the past couple years and am honored to be a part of it again. To open the show, there is a wonderful preview party with hors d’oeuvres and drinks on June 30th from 6-8 p.m. The party is free and open to art lovers of all ages. I will be attending and hope to see you there as well! To find out how to get to Oatlands Plantation and to learn more, click here.

Monday, June 10, 2013


Okay so I've been a little quiet recently when it comes to blogging, but for good reason as I just got back from a trip to Europe! This trip was a combination of something my husband has always wanted to do in addition to a photo safari for painting. Over ten days we hit four different cities, starting in Northern Italy and trekking across the southern coast of France, ending in Barcelona. Fifteen hundred photos later, I am still trying to sift through to find the truly photo worthy ones, but in the meantime, here are a couple personal highlights.

We started in Lake Como, in the lake region of Northern Italy.  It was raining when we got there, but this rainbow over Villa Melzi was definitely worth the clouds!  Maybe it was raining because George Clooney and Matt Damon had just left from a weekend visit to Clooney's villa..:-P

The streets of Bellagio in Lake Como.  I love the rainbow umbrella going up the steps!

Villa Balbianello...I love the gardens, and my husband liked it for the fact that this is where Princess Amidala got married in Star Wars.

Hiking in Cinque Terre, five coastal towns on the West Coast of Italy.  The hike takes all day and is absolutely gorgeous.  We stopped for lunch in Monterosso al Mare for a bite on the beach.  

Nice, France...look at that water!!!!  I think this one will become a painting.

Monaco...we were able to see the Formula One practice session while we were there.  Beyond cool!

Barcelona...amazing architecture (and tapas!)

The whole trip was a total whirlwind, and I'm still processing it to be totally honest.  It was so tiring but so much fun and such a unique experience.  I can't wait to turn some of these images into paintings and will be sure to put up pictures of the paintings as I go along!

Coming up in future blogs I will be talking about a cool volunteer opportunity I had at ArtSpace Herndon to help select artwork for the Art in the Windows project, and information about the Four Seasons of Oatlands show and sale!!!  Stay tuned and until then, ciao! (and adios & adieu!)