Monday, July 1, 2019

Welcoming July with a special FEATURE!!

12X18, acrylic and oil pastel on Canson cotton paper
My piece, EMBERLY'S GARDEN I has been featured in the July issue of ApΓ©ro's fine art publication catalogue.

What an honor to be amongst other talented artists in such a well laid out, beautifully curated fine art catalogue such as this one. It's available to view on line and can also be purchased in a soft cover edition as well as a hard cover edition. I may be ordering both because I mean...what an amazing opportunity this is.

EMBERLY'S GARDEN is a 4 piece collection created on my very favorite Canson L'Aqaurelle Heritage paper. All 12x18s, they fit very easily into a store bought mat and frame sized at 18x24. No custom matting/framing necessary for these fiery beauties. The entire collection is available for purchase in my Artfinder shop.

Not a bad way to start off a new month! Thank you so much, ApΓ©ro!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

May 1st...

my first post of the new month...and my first post in almost THREE months!!
{hangs head in shame}

I've been SO busy lately. The good kinda busy...painting my little heart out, creating whimsical gardens a plenty.

9x12, acrylic and oil pastel on Canson paper
Let me post a few and give a some quick deets about them. Oh my gosh, it's been since FOREVER!!

So, the trio above were inspired by my love for the Himalayan Blue Poppy flower. If you follow me, you know how I feel about those blooms. SO beautiful. SO ethereal. These beauties are done on my favorite Canson paper and painted in acrylic along with my usual oil pastel on top. These are STUNNING up close and I can't wait to share/list them.

16x20, acrylic and oil pastel on canvas
This painting, JENI'S GARDEN was created specially for a fundraiser for a girlfriend from high school who passed away from endocrine cancer a couple of years ago. Purple and green were Jeni's favorite colors, so I had to paint a garden that I know Jeni would love.

24X26, acrylic and oil pastel on canvas
Next painting, and goodness how I had a REAL hard time letting this one go. DIANE'S GARDEN. The event's coordinator from a local organization that provides equestrian therapy for families of cancer victims had contacted me through my Etsy shop. She wanted to know if I would donate a painting for their gala in April. I decided I would create something special in honor my stepmom's cousin, Diane who passed away last June from Stage 4 breast cancer. I LOVED DIANE. SO MUCH. She was salt of the earth, God fearing and just the most beautiful soul. Always made my brother and I feel welcome when my stepmom married my dad 33 years ago. Diane was grace and beauty personified. This painting was created in her honor and is now the image I use in my branding for my business. This painting...makes me cry just typing this.

9X12, acrylic and wax pastel on Canson paper
(Matted to fit a 12x16 frame)
Next in line, this garden based on my sketchbook paintings. I had gotten some questions on Instagram pertaining to whether or not I was selling my sketchbook pages. Well, I wasn't planning on it since they weren't on the most substantial of papers and they just didn't feel "finished" enough for me to list. So, this series was born. This piece found a new forever home rather quickly and more are in the works. A bit of a different, looser feel somewhat than my other gardens, but still me. 

12X24, acrylic and oil pastel on canvas
And now, CHLOE'S GARDEN. I love this 12x24 garden. It's like a perfect Spring day on a canvas. She's available and looking to bloom in her new forever home.

acrylic and oil pastel on canvas and panel
Finally, just released vintage pastel SADIE'S GARDEN Collection. Oh how much I swoon for this collection. While I do love me some bright and cheery colors, there's something so sweet, so peaceful, so retro about a vintage pastel palette...and I must say, even with 5 pieces in this one, I'm not sure it's quite out of my system yet. Expect more vintage pastels in the future.

So, THAT'S A WRAP for this blog post. 3 months of not posting and I'm sure I left some pieces and sneak peeks out, but hopefully it won't be too long before the next post.
{makes a handwritten note to blog more frequently}

PS-I hope you'll come and say HELLO over on my Instagram account and catch all the sneak peeks your little heart can handle both in my feed and in my stories. Let me be your daily dose of COLOR and get your floral fix on at the same time.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Dream Commission

CAROLINE'S GARDEN (commission)
30x40, acrylic and oil pastel on canvas
©the enchanted easel 2019
This painting right here...truly a "dream commission"!

I created this painting based on another floral garden I had worked on this past Fall. It is still my favorite garden to date...although this commission right here...vying for top spot in my heart for sure.

Baby Caroline, I'm so humbled that your mommy and daddy come me to create your first piece of original art. I hope you look up from your crib and see a wonderland of whimsical blooms to enchant you for many years to come.

PS-Babies deserve fine art too.

If there is something special I can create for your precious little girl, don't hesitate to reach out. I'd love to custom create something just for her...or you.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

First Post of 2019!!

Okay, today being the 24th day of January....I'm a little late.  But I've been super productive {insert clapping hands emoji πŸ‘}. 

First, I have a new Instagram BUSINESS profile. I hope you'll come follow my updates, paint palettes and all kinds of pretty floral happenings. Sure would love to see ya there.😊

Speaking of "floral happenings", here are a few lovelies in various stages I've been working on....

And check out my Etsy shop to see what lovelies are already available and waiting to find a new home. Not that I don't enjoy looking at them in my studio, but I'm willing to share the love.πŸ’—

As always, if there's a floral I can custom create for you for any room in your home, contact me and we can surely get that going. Lots of sizes available.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

New site, new logo, NEW LOOK.....

Well, in case you haven't seen the NEW LOOK of my brand, "the enchanted easel", here it is!!
I was going to wait until year, new start, new opportunities and all that good stuff, but me being the go getter, always ahead of my own goals kinda we are 4 days until the end of 2018 and I'm proud to introduce the new look for my brand.
Why the change from whimsical, big eyed girls and animals to dreamy, magical floral gardens? It just felt right. It just feels right. The beginning of 2018 was spent doing back to back commissions of the "older works" as I like to refer to them as now. All the time while painting those (which I still adore), I had these florals, these visions of these gardens in my head that just wouldn't. leave. me. alone. I mean, sleeping was not happening. I was dreaming them and would have to get out of bed and attempt something to get it out my head and onto the canvas. But, to no avail. I felt like I couldn't give those "visions" the attention they so rightfully deserved while painting the "older works".
If you know me personally, you know I am not a multitasker. I just don't do it well. I like to really dive in to one thing and do it so well that I can't do anything else. And, I like it that way. I am 110% full of fire and full of passion. Hey, I am a Leo after all.♌ We breathe fire. And right now, my passion and fire lies within these gardens. Full of abstract blooms and beautiful blossoms. I spent the latter half of this year painting nothing but them and I fell madly in love along the way.

I am so excited for the new opportunities that await me in 2019, Lord willing. I believe nothing comes for free and hard work will eventually pay off. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow, but it will. 
I sure hope you love these gardens as much as I do and that you'll welcome the new brand as kindly as you did the "older works". Thank you to all of my friends and supporters over the last ten years of building this brand. There really are no words to convey my gratefulness.
Now it's time to truly "bloom" were I have been planted.



Wednesday, December 5, 2018

HOLLY'S GARDENS...and my grand-pop

HOLLY'S GARDENS~a four piece collection inspired by my infinite love for the month of December, winter and my grand-pop. 

He was my world and we used to love watching the cardinals in the snow as well as always marveling at the beauty of snow covered holly berries. The contrast of the rich crimsons so striking against the pure white snow.
He loved red, winter, cardinals and so much more. A sculptor, a painter, a baker...a true artist in every sense of the word. My inspiration each and every day.

This collection is for him.

Gardens I and II are AVAILABLE in my Etsy shop, with III to come tonight and IV tomorrow.

These gardens are near and dear to my heart. I sure hope they bring you as much joy as they have bought for me.


Monday, November 26, 2018


8X16, acrylic and oil pastel on canvas
©the enchanted easel 2018
A lovely palette of emerald and jade greens, soft and bright blues, happy pinks and cheery yellows. This is ELOISE'S GARDEN.🌼

AVAILABLE in my Etsy shop. And, be sure to check out all of my other "whimsical gardens". I seriously can. not. stop. painting these. I sure hope they bring you as much joy as they are bringing me.🌷