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  • Free printie for you!
    on Oct 20, 2011
  • Portrait Series #6 ~ The Reveal!I had to wait until Adrienne actually received the finished painting before revealing it here, but here she is in all her vibrant color! The 36" x 48" gallery canvas will be going on the wall above Adrienne's stairs, so knowing...
  • Great news from my studio!
    on Oct 8, 2011
    One of my hand painted handbags has been spotlighted in the newest issue of Haute Handbags published by Stampington & Co.! click to read article I am a great fan of the whole line of Stampington titles, from the original...
  • Little Black Dress!
    on Sep 28, 2011
    I have a cousin's wedding coming up in November and thought I would get a head start on finding the perfect cocktail dress, avoiding the usual last minute shopping frenzy I have put myself through before every other special occasion in the past. I b...
  • Portrait Series Post #5
    on Sep 5, 2011
    There have been many more days working on this painting than posts. It is the most ambitious project I've undertaken so far, but I am happy with my progress thus far. Below are a few peaks into what I am up to now... I don't want to show too much an...
  • An Afternoon With Our Founding Father
    on Aug 23, 2011
    Authors Note: I had prepared the below post about our trip to Virginia this past weekend when we felt the Richmond, VA. earthquake tremor all the way up here in NY this afternoon! Sitting at my desk at work at 1:50 pm this af...
  • What are YOU doing this weekend?
    on Aug 19, 2011
    I am taking a road trip with my son Ignazio's padrina (godmother) to visit our third partner in crime and her family. We are leaving the husbands home and taking just the kids. It should be an "interesting" 6 hour drive from NY to VA. It has be...
  • Is your health affecting your business?
    on Aug 3, 2011
    I’ve been extremely unmotivated lately, and even after a full week off from my 9 to 5 job I managed to not do a single creative thing the entire time, including working on the portrait commission I should have completed months ago! (So sorry Adrien...
  • I'll Be Painting Today!
    on Jul 24, 2011
    Double Portrait Hand Painted Handbag I will be spending most of my day painting today (just as soon as I quite obsessively clicking away here online...) I plan to work on finishing up the portrait from my Portrait Series (check back later this wee...
  • New Sleeping Beauty Artwork!
    on Jul 17, 2011
    I just adore the classic fairy tales! This is my version of Sleeping Beauty. The Prince is just about to awaken Beauty with a gentle kiss...
  • Christmas In July SALE!
    on Jul 15, 2011
    I am taking part in the Etsy Community Christmas In July SALE now thru July 24th! Check out both of my Etsy Shops for great 25% OFF deals on either unique vintage items or my original artwork! Just use Coupon Code CIJ07011 at checkout! ...
  • On the Cover of a Romance Novel!
    on Jul 11, 2011
    I was going thru some old back-up cd's and found this romance novel cover I had made of my husband and I! What a riot! I scanned a romance novel cover I had, then superimposed our faces from a picture in our wedding album, below.
  • Now Offering Custom Pastel Portraits!
    on Jul 2, 2011 in artwork pastel etsy shop portrait
    New in my Etsy Shop! Custom pastel portraitsA one-of-a-kind, custom portrait is the perfect giftfor a loved one and will immediately becomea cherished family heirloom.
  • Peek into the Vintage Shop of VMTEAM Member
    on Jun 23, 2011 in etsy vintage vmteam
    My Vintage Etsy Shop has been featured on the Vintage Market Team blog! Vintage Market Team on Etsy: Let's Peek into the Shops of VMTEAM Members... Cos...: "Looking for vintage supplies and well curated accessories? Look no further than Diane's shop...
  • Melanie...Just because...
    on Jun 22, 2011 in art artwork colored pencil
    The other day, this young lady came from the tip of my pencilfor no other reason than "just because". Have a happy day!
  • Portrait Series ~ Days 2 & 3Continuing in my quest to immortalize Adrienne on canvas, I blocked in the colors of both the background and my subject, Adrienne. I used flat washes of color to indicate the main shapes of the layout. Don't let the scary eyes worry you, the...
  • New Art
    on Jun 16, 2011
  • My Ode to The Pre-RaphaelitesAs you may know, I love the art of the Pre-raphaelite Brotherhood.Here is a piece I did in homage to their genius, particularly Rossetti.
  • Portrait Series ~ Step 1The hardest part of beginning a painting for me personally isgetting the initial layout placed on the canvas. If I am working on a piece that doesn’t require muchforethought or precision, sketching my composition directly onthe canvas is the w...
  • Art Studio Makeover ~ 2While I wait for days when I have the time to begin a largeproject in my studio makeover, such as fixing the walls andpainting the ceiling, I thought I would begin to organize allmy art supplies and tools. Right now, everything has beenthrown togethe...