love, sweet love original oil painting

love, sweet love original oil painting

This morning I was doing a live painting demo on Instagram of this painting and I was listening to this song (listen here) and it was just so appropriate and beautiful. What the world needs now is love, sweet love… This original oil painting is available in my...
Eibhilin Crossan #artcrushxo

Eibhilin Crossan #artcrushxo

The dreamy, fluid artwork of Eibhilin Crossan is calming and oh, so gorgeous. I love her colors, her brush strokes…the dance of the brush across the canvas. I think it will delight your eye and your heart, just like it does mine… Who are and where are you...
Lisa Daria Kennedy #artcrushxo

Lisa Daria Kennedy #artcrushxo

Lisa Daria Kennedy was one of my original #artcrushxo’s as I’ve been following her work for years. I love how she sets up a floral still life and then paints it from different angles. I aspire to paint from life more often, and I think her system is a...
Andrea Lavery #artcrushxo

Andrea Lavery #artcrushxo

Andrea Lavery’s work catches my eye every single time I see one of her beautiful paintings. I discovered her on Instagram and was immediately hooked because of her loose, whimsical, free-spirited style. It just makes me smile. Ear to ear. And we have so much in...
gold foil demonstration

gold foil demonstration

I saw a painting in a gallery window and it caught my eye from across the street. It looked magical. When I checked it out up close I saw that it was painted on top of gold foil giving it a warm beautiful glow. So, of course, I needed to try this myself and...
Punxsutawney Phil

Punxsutawney Phil

Meet Punxsutawney Phil, or just Phil for short is probably the most famous ground hog ever. And I had the honor of painting his portrait just before his big day. It’s officially ground hog day 2018. I asked him if he has stage fright before his big day, or if he...
Beth Bathe #artcrushxo

Beth Bathe #artcrushxo

Beth Bathe is a local artist that I was very fortunate to meet on the internet and realized that she lived nearby. She began a life drawing group that I love to attend whenever I can fit it in (which isn’t often enough!). Anyway, we became friends. We both started...
Sarah Sedwick #artcrushxo

Sarah Sedwick #artcrushxo

Sarah Sedwick’s mix of great compositions, simple and clean color palettes and wonderful knack for making a very realistic painting look loose and fresh make her work simply gorgeous and so very enviable. I plan to take her online mentorship program sometime in...
Catherine Hiller #artcrushxo

Catherine Hiller #artcrushxo

Meet Catherine Hiller, my latest #artcrushxo. I just love her style, loose, abstract, colorful and so inviting! I want to climb into her paintings and get lost in that beautiful world (does that sound crazy? but don’t you agree!?!) I hope you like learning more...
Toni Santos #artcrushxo

Toni Santos #artcrushxo

Toni Santos is a big #artcrushxo of mine with her tiny little whimsical illustrations. She captures the most ordinary of items and makes them extraordinary. I would love to have a wash line, with cute little clips, filled end-to-end with her sweet paintings. I hope it...
Looking forward to the new year!

Looking forward to the new year!

Looking forward to an exciting new year ahead. 2017 was a great year. I exceeded all of my goals. This year I am going to do my very best to create art every single day. Even if it’s just a quick sketch on a day when there’s just no time. I will share my...
Irene Mc Cabe #artcrushxo

Irene Mc Cabe #artcrushxo

Irene Mc Cabe is my #artcrushxo this week. Irene’s work has a whimsical freshness that is very distinctive. And her color palette is inspiring! I think you will enjoy her work as much as I do… I’m Irene McCabe (@McCabe.Creative). I live in...
Heather Kirtland #artcrushxo

Heather Kirtland #artcrushxo

I’ve been following my #artcrushxo, Heather Kirtland, on instagram for a long time, and I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to take over her “Carve out time for art” Instagram page that she shares with Marissa Huber, on October 6th of this...
Lori Walters #artcrushxo

Lori Walters #artcrushxo

Lori Walters’ whimsical work always stops me in my tracks and makes me smile, ear to ear. I’ve been following her on IG for as long as I can remember (aka as long as I’ve had an IG account/same thing!), and I love her work. It’s happy and...
Santa’s helper

Santa’s helper

After painting santa bluebird yesterday I just had to give some credit to the workers behind all the magic. And this sweet flicker/elf told me something I never knew… Santa employs six elves (plus a few assistants). Elves are the children of Gryla and Leppaludi...
Cathleen Rehfeld #artcrushxo

Cathleen Rehfeld #artcrushxo

Cathleen Rehfeld has been an #artcrushxo of mine ever since I started following current artists on the internet, wishing secretly to join the ranks of these wonderful daily painters. Her paintings capture a beautiful light and energy that I admire and am always...
holiday glow

holiday glow

A little bit of holiday magic has been inspiring me to be a busy little elf. I have been working on a series of oil paintings of vintage Christmas ornaments for a gallery opening that will be held at The Studio Art Gallery in New Hope in early December. You can see...
Eclectic Collective at Building Character

Eclectic Collective at Building Character

Eclectic Collective is a brick and mortar space inside Building Character in downtown Lancaster, PA. It’s a super fun shopping complex featuring vendors selling artwork, crafts and collectibles. I share a booth with four other great artisans. (You can follow us on...
Tara Axford #artcrushxo

Tara Axford #artcrushxo

Tara Axford is a long-time Instagram #artcrushxo of mine. As I read her story I realized that we have so many parallels in our lives and she lives half-way across the world. Her work is undeniably distinguishable and unique. It’s whimsical and fun with...
Sherri Cassell #artcrushxo

Sherri Cassell #artcrushxo

I have been following Sherri Cassell on Instagram longer that I can remember, probably since the beginning (of IG, not time, of course). Her gorgeous pastels, oil paintings and watercolor landscapes make me yearn for a California vacation. Read all about very cheap...
Carrie Waller #artcrushxo

Carrie Waller #artcrushxo

My current #artcrushxo is Carrie Waller. I have been a longtime fan of her super detailed watercolor painting glass and her very distinctive style. Who are and where are you from? I was born in Indianapolis, IN but only lived there for a year or two. I have lived all...
my fav colors

my fav colors

My favorite colors … I have so many oil paints that I have collected since I started painting. I love the rich buttery color. It is endlessly fun and inspiring! And I must admit that I have some that are my favorites… You really only need a warm and a cool of...
Angela Moulton #artcrushxo

Angela Moulton #artcrushxo

I have been following Angela Moulton I think pretty much since I can first remember finding artists online (could it have been 10 years ago?!?) when I was wishing to create my own paintings someday. Her style is loose and free which I find so inspiring. She makes it...
Dorothy Collier #artcrushxo

Dorothy Collier #artcrushxo

I started listening to Positively Creative, a podcast for creative entrepreneurs, with Dorothy Collier, a few months ago. And fell in love instantly. It’s a podcast where she interviews creatives from the fashion industry to cookbook writers to interior designers to...
Fall is in the air!

Fall is in the air!

It’s that time of year for sweaters, pumpkin laté and gourds! Every fall I buy dried gourds and pumpkins at a local Amish farm (ever wonder what’s the difference between pumpkins and gourds?). It’s my favorite place to buy pumpkins and mums in the fall. They dry out...
Sweet Bluebird original oil painting

Sweet Bluebird original oil painting

This sweet bluebird is a commissioned piece I did for a friend to go along with a flower that I painted for her a few weeks ago. They will look great together! This handsome guy is a favorite of mine, as I have painted him many times before, but I never tire of his...
I need your help!

I need your help!

I am thinking of making another calendar this year since I got so much wonderful feedback on my bird calendars from last year. This time I am featuring some favorite flower paintings. And since there are so many I’ve narrowed them down to 15, but I need your...
Amy Crews #artcrushxo

Amy Crews #artcrushxo

The work of Amy Crews has been a crush of mine, I think since I first started on Instagram. She paints a lot of the same subjects that I do, and her paintings have a soft dreamy feel. I adore her florals and her bird nests, and I think you will love them too! How fun...
Trish Jones #artcrushxo

Trish Jones #artcrushxo

I have been a longtime fan (serious #artcrushxo) of The Old Post Road on Instagram. The whimsical and fun paintings are always a treat in my feed. A great part of social media is that I could reach out to Trish and find out that our lives have paralleled in many ways...
Megan Zettlemoyer #artcrushxo

Megan Zettlemoyer #artcrushxo

I absolutely love letterpress printing and Megan from Typothecary Letterpress in Lancaster, PA, is a master at it! Megan has been a friend of mine ever since she printed the business cards for my business TCG Advertising & Design (see above). In times of things...