Wednesday, December 18, 2013

New Auction

Yesterday I was sitting and looking out the window and saw a G in the clouds. I thought to myself, well, it could be a C but just as I thought it the tail wrapped around and formed a perfect G.

It felt like it was God's way of saying that He knew I was especially thinking about Gabe during this time of year. Even though our wonderful family has grown to 18 beautiful people this year, I still miss Gabe.

The painting below is being auctioned off in memory of Gabe. 100% of the proceeds will go to St Jude's St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. They do wonderful work there and don't charge families a single penny for the care of their children. The auction starts at just $5.00. Please consider getting the auction started.

Thanks and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to one and all!

Persimmon on Doily

Bid Here

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Something Different

22" X 22"
Oil on Panel

I have been reading the book "Painting the Impressionist Landscape" by Lois Griffel and this is an exercise from the book.  It has been an interesting read and the subject of impressionistic painting is something new for me.  I think I am going to have to go back and read the book more slowly to see if I can really grasp the concept.

Here is how this painting might look framed.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

New Auction

Heavy Jug with Fruit
8 X 10
Oil on Panel

Bid Here


I have been away from painting for a while now and I have to say I have enjoyed the break.  It has been fun to do a little quilting and to get my head up and take a look around at other things in my life.  I have started work on a new still life so hopefully I will have new art to share in the near future.

In the meantime.......

This painting which was completed in 2011 is now up for auction at Daily Paintworks.  100% of the proceeds will go to support a hospice home in Penfield NY called the Shepherd Home.  I met the director of this home by playing Words With Friends on my computer.  We have become somewhat of pen pals and are enjoying getting to know each other.  We both have 3 children and 10 grandchildren.  How cool is that !?

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog and would you please consider getting the bidding started for this painting?  It starts at just $5.00.


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Student Work

Ellen's Painting

I just have to brag on my latest student's work.  This painting was done by Ellen.  Isn't it terrific?  She accomplished this with just nine hours of instruction with me. 

For comparison:  Here is a cute painting Ellen did before she took my class.  What a fast learner!  What a great student!!

Friday, September 27, 2013

big, Big, BIG CHANGES!!!! at Karla Uphoff Fine Art

The Lace Maker after Vermeer

OK folks I have some very exciting news for Karla Uphoff Fine Art.

First of all I want to announce that my painting "Cherries and Pewter", that I posted at auction to raise money for Gavin a young boy in our community who is fighting cancer, went for $500.00!!!  Can you believe it?

The winning bid was from our local "Friends of the Library" group.  What a generous, generous thing they did.  And to top it off, my painting will hang in the library for everyone to see!  Wow!  How great is that?

I am so incredibly encouraged and uplifted by the generosity shown by this group that I am making a DRASTIC change to my art business.

Beginning today...........


of every sale of my art is going to go to charity.

 That's right, 100%  The charities may change with each painting.  Or the winner may get to choose the charity from a list, but all proceeds will go to some type of charity.

I cannot tell you how exciting this is for me.  It is taking ALL of the pressure off of me to run a business - trying to just make money.  Now I feel that any and all money I make from my art is going to a good cause.

And - All new auctions will start with starting bids of just $5.00.  So hopefully that will get things rolling right away in the bids.

My auction above, The Lace Maker after Vermeer will go to support Kiva participants.  Kiva is
a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of micro-finance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world.

Basically how it works, I make a loan to a person (that I choose) in need of money somewhere in the world.  Maybe they need to buy 30 chickens and need $240.00.  I then agree to loan them some money ( a minimum of $25.00) and they agree to pay it back over time.  As the money is paid back to me and accumulates, I can then loan money to other people in need.  Isn't that a terrific system?  Like Kickstarter - but one better.

I hope you will check Kiva out for yourself.

If you would like, I can get you started with a free $25.00 loan by making a referral.  Just shoot me your e-mail address.

I cannot tell you how freeing this new system for my art business is.  This will knit so many parts of my life together in a fabulous way.  My art, my faith, and my social work background.

The sky is the limit.

How motivating is that?

Thank you to all of my readers who helped me get my last auction for Gavin started with your generous bids.  I could not have been happier with the outcome.  Please consider doing the same for the current painting.  Having just a $5.00 bid gets the painting on to multiple pages of Daily Paintworks which means more eyes will see it.

Thank you friends!


Proverbs 3:27 
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Moored Boats and Thoughts on Depression

"Moored Boats"

This painting was done (with permission)  from a reference photo by John Robinson.  I was instantly drawn in by the strong colors and the deep shadows.

This was the first time that I have painted since finishing "Little Women".  First of all I was just plain tired from that extra large painting.  Then I was dealing with depression.  I had a disappointing encounter and even though I tried really hard not to let it get me down - it did.  I tried everything I knew in my anti-depression arsenal to lift myself out of it like avoiding sugar and refined flour, taking my supplements, getting outdoors in the sunshine, and going for walks with the dog.  Everything short of taking medication which I only want to do as a last resort.  Nothing was working.  Finally after being grumpy around some people (sorry Renee), I just prayed and told God that I had tried everything I knew how to relieve my misery and I really needed His help.  Instantly - I mean really - instantly I felt the cloud lifting and I started to feel better.  Yea!!  Thank you God!

I really appreciate all of the artists that say when it is hard to paint to "just get in the studio and do your job" but, that just doesn't work for me when I am dealing with depression.  I remember the advice of one artist.  "Never paint when you are sad".  I think she had good advice.  Trying to paint when I am depressed is just asking for disaster.  So anyway, I am feeling much better and hope to get down to some serious painting.

P.S. - I entered my painting "Melon Slice Cropped" in this month's DPW Contest.  My goal is to be in
the top 15 so my new additions to my gallery on DPW will be shown "above the fold" as they say in newspaper talk for the following month.

Just for fun, what paintings in this month's entries would be your pick for 1st 2nd and 3rd place?  There are some really great paintings there!!  Leave your picks in the comment section.  And no peeking at what others' have posted before you leave your picks!!

Happy (yea!) Painting!


Friday, September 13, 2013

Giving For Gavin

"Cherries and Pewter" 5 x 7

100% of the winning bid amount for this painting "Cherries and Pewter" will be donated to GivingForGavin to help defray the cost of cancer treatments for this young man. He is fighting the same cancer that took our son Gabe from us nine years ago.  Although it has been nine long years and I feel like I am a different person now, I feel that I have never quite figured out how to be this new person that I have become.

 Please consider getting the bidding started. Free shipping to the US.


Saturday, September 7, 2013

The Grand Opening

"Ribbon Cutting"

We had the grand opening of Inside Out: Accessible Art Gallery last night and it was a rousing success!  Hundreds of people came to celebrate our new cooperative art gallery.  Pictured above is the ribbon cutting ceremony.

We also had a very successful night of sales.  Late in the evening I sold my painting. "Opening Night Rose".  How  apropos is that?

Opening Night Rose  SOLD!