Golden Fin Studios

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Grand Opening Sale at My Etsy Shop: 20% Off

Thanks for Reading My Blog!  If you've been eyeing an original art piece at my new Etsy Shop: Golden Fin Studios, head on over there before April 1st and enjoy 20 % off your order. 
Just use coupon code: GRANDOPENING when you checkout. 
Hope you are having a lovely day!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Custom Art Piece Represents a Whole Family

I may have gone a little crazy this time...but I've started doing custom mixed media pieces that represent your whole own version of a coat of arms.  You may recall seeing the one I did for Louie and I ...the Mechanical Goldfish.  The goldfish part represents me and my artistic passion involving goldfish and the mechanical part is Louie's love of cars and he happened to be a mechanic when I met him.  So, a Mechanical Goldfish represents us...a sort of coat of arms and it hangs by our front door. 

I created this particular piece above for a family that loves holistic living, the husband loves music and the kids are all about soccer.  This special art piece is their story.

First, I painted some background colors. Then, stitch by stitch I unraveled a soccer ball and attached the pieces of the ball (representing the kid's passion) to the canvas in a circular pattern reminiscent of the mandalas that she loves so much.  Then I went to my local music store and found some guitar strings (representative of the man of the house) that had some character and I hand sewed these into the piece. I whitewashed to soccer pieces and added some texture with oils and there you have it!

I delivered the piece yesterday and they loved it!  Mission accomplished:)

Friday, January 27, 2017

Golden Fin Studios is Officially Open

Things have been a little crazy around here with the opening of Golden Fin Studios on Etsy.  If you haven't seen it already, please check it out and let me know your thoughts. 
Thanks so much for all of your love and support!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Whimsical Ocean Fish - Poolside Mural

This is by far the biggest mural I've ever painted and I had so much fun doing it!  This happy whale is truly life size:)

Colorful Jelly Fish

 There were tons of fish, all with unique little personalities and even some sea turtles.

A Shark and His Timid Friends

A School of Fish

The Most Precious Thank You Note I Received After Doing the Work...I Will Most Definitely Frame It!

That's The Actual Thermometer Where I Was Painting...Yep, It was toasty!

All in all, this project was incredibly fun. It was the biggest canvas I have ever painted on!  I plan on adding one other thing when I get a free moment... A GIANT OCTOPUS...because he will be amazing:)  Until then...have a lovely day!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

My Pieces at the Cobb Museum of Art

 Just found these cool pictures from a show at the Cobb Museum of Art that I had the pleasure of being a part of a while back and just wanted to share them with you. The photos are courtesy of Hadley's Photography and Spravka Imaging.  The requirements for the show was that each piece must be at least three different mediums, hence the name "Trilogy Art Show" and it was held on three different occasions.  The themes were "Mind", "Body" and "Soul."   I am so thankful to all the friends, family and fans that showed their support, it means so much to me that you were there!   Jenny King did a phenomenal job of organizing everything and if you would like to see more of the pictures from the show, please visit her website:

"Golden Sole" Oils, Paper, Fabric and Gold Leaf
Here I am with my piece at the Cobb Museum of Art
"Golden Strands" at the Cobb Museum of Art
With My Husband Louie at the Show

"Golden Thoughts"  Oils, Clay and Gold Leaf 

I am so impressed by the love and support of my family and friends!

"Golden Strands" Oils, Pastel, String and Gold Leaf

"Golden Thoughts" at the Cobb Museum of Art


Saturday, October 12, 2013

Ferralita - Colored Pencil

This is a colored pencil drawing of my Aunt and Uncle's Cat, Ferralita.  She is the sweetest little thing and she posed for me.  I think she knew that I was drawing her because she was all over my paper and she even drooled on the paper some...ew!  I think that meant she approved of her likeness!:) 

Friday, October 11, 2013

The Beauty of Taos

These are a few pictures that I snapped of the locations where we painted.  How wonderful to enjoy this type of beauty!  This whole experience reset me as an artist. It reminded me how happy I am when I am creating and it got my creative gears going again.  How thankful I am to my sweet aunt and uncle who made this entire experience possible...they absolutely changed my life!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Albert Handell Mentorship Program: Day Five

Day Five of this artistic journey was bittersweet because I knew the painting part of my trip was almost over.  We painted more rocks and the wind and weather didn't really want to cooperate.  But, I wanted to get the most out of every last second, so I worked next to Albert that day too.  It so cool to watch him work, to see the way he surveys the land for something to paint and then he uses creative license to create a masterpiece that pops off the page.

Each evening, Albert gave us a critique.  Since this was our last painting day, we received an in depth critique of all of the week's was really neat to see how much I had grown! When I got there, I had no idea what I was doing...never really painted plein air before and I didn't even know where to begin.  On this last day, I hadn't really finished many paintings, but I had done what I had set out to do...I painted every day and I learned so much I feel like my brain might explode.  I met so many great fellow artists and we shared the experience of a lifetime!  I am so excited to bring all the things I learned home with me and apply them to my art here in adventures lie ahead!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Albert Handell Mentorship Program: Day Four Afternoon

In the afternoon of Day Four, I decided I was just going to put my brushes away and watch the master work.  Its so interesting to watch Albert pick his subject.  He told me never to paint something that doesn't excite me.  Find something you think is beautiful, walk around for 5 minutes and if there is nothing more eye-catching, start painting.  This was very good advice!  I watched as he saw the way the light was hitting a little tree.  He began...and in 20 minutes he was finished with his study of that tree.  Since he was done so quickly, I grabbed my stuff and did one too. This was so freeing and such a great exercise...just paint parts of things to get to know them better, like this tree.  I learned something so valuable that day:  you don't have to be somewhere magical to paint, you can find inspiration all around you...even in the city.  It may be a flower, or a leaf or a cloud...if you look hard enough, you'll find inspiration there!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Albert Handell Mentorship Program: Day Four Morning

 By Day Four of my painting adventure, I was out to the painting site before anyone else just trying to take it all in.  It was still dark when I arrived. I sipped on my coffee while trying to find the section in the rocks that made me the most excited.  Remember, I am supposed to do portraits of rocks.  So while the entire valley, all of the rivers and the bridge were all very interesting (and overwhelming), I chose a small section of the formation and got to work. I am pretty happy with the result.  Plus, the sounds of the rushing river nearby was better than any spa music you'll ever hear:)

Monday, October 7, 2013

Albert Handell Mentorship Program: Day Three

 Both of my paintings kinda flopped on the third day of the mentorship program...not sure what happened.  They were excellent learning tools though!  The sun was super bright and I got a little crazy with my colors. Like I said, everything took on an abstract quality in the New Mexican air.  Plein Air is very interesting because the light shifts very quickly.  If you are used to a model in the studio with fixed lighting, imagine painting by the light of a disco must be quick, very quick.  Regardless, I am so happy to be painting, to be outside in the gorgeous weather and to be learning from a master!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Albert Handell Mentorship Program: Day Two Afternoon

After painting the entire morning, I was really tired and having trouble figuring out what to paint. We went to the John Dunn Bridge in Taos, NM.  If you've ever been there, you know its incredible! Too much stuff to wrap my brain around to paint.  So, I decided to leave for the day. On my way back to the hotel, I found Albert on the side of the road. I pulled over my car, jumped out and asked him what he had decided to paint. He said "Rocks of Course!"  and he welcomed me to come paint by his side. How could I resist?!?  So, I unpacked my easel and painted the rest of the afternoon.  Its hilarious how abstract my paintings became this trip, but I like it!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Albert Handell Mentorship Program: Day Two Morning

On the Second Day we painted on the side of the road in Taos.  I wore capri pants and got the most hilarious sunburn:) Lesson = wear pants.  But this day, I learned a very valuable art lesson too.  I am a portrait artist. So, when I am painting en plein air I need to paint portraits of objects. Ex: part of a barn.  I was getting so overwhelmed by the grand beauty surrounding me from every single angle.  Albert told me to zoom in and paint a tiny portrait of something. Soo helpful!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Albert Handell Mentorship Program: Day One

I just got home from the trip of a lifetime!  A mentorship program in Taos, New Mexico with Master Plein Air Pastel Painter, Albert Handell.  He is world renown for his beautiful paintings of rocks and trees, most of which are done on site, outside face-to-face with his subjects.  Usually I work quite slowly, but not with Albert.  We painted an entire painting each morning and then an entirely new one each afternoon. 

On the first day, I was pretty nervous... I stuck right next to Albert like a lost puppy. After a little while, my nerves calmed down and I started to feel the cool wind on my face, the sun was shining and I was finally painting again. How wonderful to have a brush in my hand...regardless of the outcome:)  Here is a picture of where we were working:

And, here is my painting from the very first day:
To learn more about Albert Handell and his awesome programs go to:

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Marietta Barbell Sign Painting

Hi everyone! Here's a sign that I painted for the new gym: Marietta Barbell. It took me three days to complete which was much longer than I expected, but lettering projects aren't my specialty. I painted the outline in gray, then the black on top of it and added the red last to give it a 3d look. The entire thing had to be done on a ladder...which makes it harder to stand away and get your sizing correct. Anyhow, its complete! It adds a nice feel in the workout space! If you live in the Marietta area, stop in and see for yourself, I'm sure they would love to see you:)

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Oil Painting of a Bride And Her Dad

Hi! You probably wondered where I have been, its been awhile since I posted. The truth is, I was lost. I got a little distracted by life and now I think I'm back. When we moved, I closed my studio thinking that it was too far to drive from our new place. My intention was to find a new space closer to my new home. I haven't done that yet...It was one of the sadest things Ive ever done, moving out of my favorite place. I really miss having my own art space where people could come and see my work, a place truly inspiring...I found it pretty hard to pick up a brush and actually get painting. So, for awhile, I couldn't. There sat my brushes, just waiting for real people terms, I think its called depression:(

Done with that. I hope. Along came a project, an oil painting of a girl on her wedding day and her dad. It was a nice big size, with gallery wrapped edges that I painted to match. They loved it! Now I am working on three more for the same client. Its of three kids, Ill post that later.

Now, my plan is to paint things here at our loft and to host in-home painting parties. Ill bring the party to your house:) We'll try that for a little while and see how things go. Glad to be back on track!