Currently, I am finishing off my metal series. I began with 3 paintings of nuts and bolts and called it the Handy Manny Series (at one time). It started as a way to show students how to scale up a drawing and how to paint it, in a step by step manner. As I was teaching this great bunch of high school students at Mennonite Collegiate Institute, I tried to break down my process into comprehensive lessons. I spent a lot of time teaching my son Manny so I was used to thinking in this way. I started off taking photographs of my boyfriend’s metal shop; close up of motorcycles, parts, screws, nuts and engines. I had this vision of all these metal-like paintings filling the walls of his house [since he had just moved and his walls were bare]. I completed 3 but I did not sign the third because I did not think it looked finished.

This one shows the third painting in the middle, which I consider undone so I have no photographs of it. You will need to wait for those.
This is the 2nd painting in the metal series and I tend to mix the names up and I know I ought to be specific. I will need to look up this title. I think it is nuts and bolts but it also has a hook in it, so I think I also liked the name hooked.
This is the first painting which I finished and I gave it to Bill, so it hangs permanently in his house. All of them are the same size which is about 36″ x 44 ” . I made them so you can hang them either vertically or horizontally depending on your space.
This is my 4th painting in process. I tend to rough it up a bit (add texture) before I smooth it out with layers of glaze.
This is the inside of my studio which I just recently cleaned up. That means all the summer mural paint got put away and organized. Now I can see my floor. This space is used for various things but since I call it my studio, then it allows for change. I like the light from my Victorian “Painted Lady” house window.
Here is a good photo to show you the process of scaling up a drawing. I cut my space up into a grid and transferred the grid to my original photo (best done with a photocopy so you can draw on it). Basically I measured the length and cut it in half and kept doing that to every space. Its much easier than doing it mathematically. Basically I find simple, fast ways that work for me.
Making my space feel romantic.
This is my logo which I designed for Collard Creations when I was in high school. This year I finally made a digital version of it.