Tuesday, March 29, 2011

More Delicious

© Nancy Laliberte
4" x 4" x 1-3/8" acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas
Another in the Petite Peinture Apple series. These paintings often start out as a "study" but soon take on a life of their own. Time stands still and that is what I love about painting. BTW-Did you have your apple today? Delicious!  

Thursday, March 24, 2011


© Nancy Laliberte
4" x 4" x 1-3/8" acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas
We had a big snowstorm yesterday so it was a good day for painting a still life. Apples are great subjects--they sit still, don't talk back, actually, their simple shape allows for some good color and light exploration. Yummy!

This piece is from my Petite Peinture (French for little painting) series. The painting wraps around all four sides and looks great hanging on the wall or resting on a shelf. 

Thursday, March 17, 2011


Amaryllis Bloom
© Nancy Laliberte
4 x4" acrylic on gallery-wrapped canvas
$36 + $6 s/h

From my Petite Peinture (French for little painting) series, an amaryllis bloom. I love these plants--they are easy to grow and their flowers are beautiful. I have had some success getting these to bloom year after year, but just recently planted a pink and white variety and am (im)patiently waiting for it to bloom. 

Every painting in my Petite Peinture series is painted on all four sides and looks great sitting on a shelf (as shown) or hanging on a wall. It also makes for a wonderful and unique gift.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Artists Helping Artists Thursday

Need help with your art marketing? Then tune in tomorrow morning at 11 am CST to, "Artists Helping Artists," a blogtalk radio show hosted by artists Leslie Saeta and Dreama Tolle Perry. Each week Leslie and Dreama discuss a specific topic that addresses how to sell more art on-line, along with guest artists, gallerists, and others sharing their knowledge of the business side of art. Each show is archived so it can be listened to anytime after the live show is broadcast and shows are also available via itunes (love that feature).   

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Back from Vacation, Back to the Real World

Hibiscus Study
watercolor on paper
 I just recently returned from a Mexican vacation in Mazatlan. In the past I have brought my acrylics with me and plein air painted, but for the last couple of years I have brought my watercolors and travel sketchbook. It is small and light and easily fits into my carry-on or small backpack. I've sketched sights around the city, and our resort has beautifully landscaped grounds and interesting architecture so there is never a shortage of scenes for painting. This year on the flight down, I met another artist, Sharon D. from St. Paul, MN, and we were able to get together and paint at the resort. We had a great time, and I now have a new artist friend! Thanks Sharon! 

Travel journal setup
Included in my travel setup is a compact set of Winsor Newton watercolors, a Hand•Book artist journal sketchbook in the 5-1/2" x 8-1/4" landscape size (available from Dick Blick), a Niji brush (also from Blick), a retractable pencil, part of a kneaded earaser and a paper towel square. Everything except the sketchbook fits into a soft pencil case I picked up for $1 at Walgreens.

Edible color mixing
A couple days after I returned from my trip, I taught at the Center for the Visual Arts Expressions Art Day for children. My afternoon class was all about color theory and was geared for students in kindergarten through third grade. After we made color wheels and talked about color theory the kids were able to put to practice color mixing with frosting and food dye in the primary colors. I had a delightful group and they really got into it. I think more frosting went on the fingers and in the mouth than on the cookies! A big THANK YOU goes out to Val Berkely of the CVA for coordinating this event and to all of the students, parents and volunteers for making it an awesome day filled with a lot of excitement, art and creativity!