Friday, October 16, 2020

Grand Re-Opening of PainterlyGifts

Finally, I've re-opened my printed gift shop Painterly Gifts. It's stocked with calendars, new tote bag designs, journals, and more. Read on...

Hi friends,

Welcome to the new and improved Painterly Gifts! I've had the shop closed for much of this year because of Covid production delays at the printer and shipping disruptions. Now things have settled down enough to re-open.

If you were not acquainted with Painterly Gifts before, let me introduce you. This is my Etsy shop that is 100% printed gifts that ship directly from the printer. This includes colorful grocery totes, coffee mugs, glass cutting boards, fanny packs, calendars, and lovely hardback journals. Yes, you may use my coupon codes in both shops. (My original paintings, collages, and monoprints are in the other shop.) 

For Christmas delivery, I suggest that you get orders in by December 1st, which seems early I know, but US shipping is a bit unpredictable this year. 



Clockwise from upper left: hardcover journal with my abstract painting on the cover, tote bag featuring "Rosy-Fingered Dawn," Bob Ross quote coffee mug, another abstract painting on a fanny pack, glass cutting board featuring "Muck or Nettles," and the 2021 wall calendar of trees.

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Saturday, October 10, 2020

October 2020 Newsletter

2021 Trees Calendar

Hi friends,

The new calendar is here, and it's trees, trees, trees!

My 2021 calendar features 12 of your favorite tree paintings (plus a bonus month!). The wall calendar is printed on sturdy 120lb white paper. The pages have a matte finish. It has a hole for easy hanging & display and chic black spiral binding. And if you spill something (on your wall?), you can wipe the calendar clean with a dry cloth--at least that's what they tell me.

Shameless praise of last year's calendar:

Robb says, "Oooh, this has a nice weight to it!"

Liz says, "I cut out September and put it in a frame."

Tamara says, “I like that my office is filled with your artwork."


* 9.5 x 17.25 inches

* 14 pages

* $27 + tax

* Free US shipping


If you need this to arrive by Christmas, please place your order by December 1st, which seems early, but US shipping is a bit unpredictable this year.


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Friday, September 11, 2020

Framing Tips - How to Display a Painting on a Wood or Canvas Panel

So you purchased a painting on a wood panel or canvas panel--now what? Here are some options. Throughout this example, I'm using a hypothetical 6 x 6 inches painting on a wooden panel. *

Option 1:

Don’t frame it. I get sawtooth hangers at the hardware store. Measure to find the center of the panel. Glue the bracket on. (I use a hot glue gun.) Drive a small nail into the wall. Hang it up. The painting hovers on the wall, very modern looking. If you decide to frame it later, you can easily remove the sawtooth hanger.

Option 2: 

Frame it in a traditional frame. Ready-made traditional frames are widely available, in a variety of finishes and styles. Acrylic and oil paintings should not be framed behind glass. Collages, watercolors, and drawings should be protected behind glass or plexi.

The only drawback to a traditional frame is illustrated above. The red line shows how much of this 12 x 12 inches painting was obscured behind the frame's edge. The larger the painting, the less of a big deal this is. But if your painting is small and has details near the panel's edge, this might be a problem.

Option 3:

Frame it in a floater frame. A floater frame leaves at least a 1/8" gap between the frame face and the painting's edge, so no details are lost behind the frame's front edge. You will not usually see ready-made floater frames in retail stores, but they can be found easily enough online. (I have some links below.) 

Keep a close eye on the depth (or rabbet height), though, when you are shopping. Ideally you want a 3/8" depth (rabbet height), but that is difficult to find in a ready-made frame. A wood or canvas panel will work fine in any frame with a 7/8” depth (rabbet height) or less. Know that with a deeper rabbet, your image will take on some shadow.

The main drawback to using a floater frame is the level of difficulty involved in mounting the panel in the frame. Ampersand, an art materials manufacturer, has put together an instruction sheet for framing with floaters. --

Floater frames around the web:

Affordable black floater frame --,6

Unfinished 3-pack of 6 x 6 inches floater frames on Etsy --

Variety of brands and finishes available from Blick --

Available in many different finishes on Amazon --

My personal favorite online frame source is Franken Frames. A note about ordering a custom-built frame, though. You will need to add 1/4" to the dimensions of the artwork to make the float space.  --

Option 4:

Take your artwork to a professional framer. And if you're going this route, I urge you to find a small, local custom frame shop to support, rather than a large corporate chain. I always have a much better experience, on a human level, when I work with an independent craftspeople. (Lynn Atkins Custom Framing is my cousin's shop in Manteo, North Carolina. She's amazing!!!)

*All of the links are suggestions, not endorsements. (Except Lynn--she is the best!) This blog post is not sponsored or a paid advertisement or anything like that. Just some helpful tips for my collectors. 

Monday, July 27, 2020

July 2020 newsletter

A dozen new paintings of flowers are in the shop, and the Bloom & Grow exhibition at Annmarie Garden is up through August.  Read on…

Hi there,
I started a series of flower paintings when my mom asked for a painting of lilies for her birthday back in June. I made her painting and just kept on going. A dozen new paintings are in the shop now priced $100 each, which includes US shipping.


The Bloom & Grow exhibition at .Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center is up through August, and the main gallery is open to masked, socially-distanced visitors. I have a small painting of trees in the show.


I’m taking a printmaking class in August though the Art Students League of New York. I’ll be posting pictures of my experiments to Instagram and Facebook. The pandemic is truly awful, but I am grateful for the sudden proliferation of online learning opportunities.

As usual, I ship on Fridays. Stay safe!




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Monday, June 1, 2020

Etsy Shop is Now Open

I re-opened my shop today. I am still in the process of adding new work, but right now there are 177 pieces listed, so there are more than a few to choose from. Be sure to check out the folder of tree paintings and the new master studies. US shipping is included, and I ship Fridays.