Summer Mosaic 2018

Coastal-49“Coastal” comes to Summer Mosaic 2018
It’s really crazy that it’s that time of year and also that I said yes to the insanity again! I know, I know… but it was a wonderful sort of panicky busy. Almost all the work is over for the opening and if you missed any of it, you can watch it unfold on my Facebook and Instagram pages.

No flowers, this year. I went to the shore for inspiration. I’m sort of drawn toward blue right now. Okay, that makes me sound sane. It’s more like I’m obsessed with blue and I can’t get enough of the color. That – deep indigo not as deep as navy, a little greenish, but not teal – shade of blue. I also like colors that are hard to describe, apparently.

So, in April I started painting my way through 50 shells, messages in bottles and beach arrangements with the backgrounds of color you’d find from the shore to the midnight zone. I must say that I’m not tired of these colors. Not one little bit.

Summer Mosaic opens THIS WEEK, so I thought you may like to see all the paintings and information about the show. It will work just like last year with one addition. This year the show is open for only viewing for three days before the show begins to be dismantled by sales. Monday thru Wednesday anyone can come in and enjoy over 30 artist’s labor to create 50 succinct artworks. It is quite an experience. Each artist’s set of works is unique yet they beautifully work as one unit.

My unit of paintings is entitled “Coastal” and features shells and other items in various color  palettes that work for any home color scheme.

You can see everything you need to know about Summer Mosaic here. View the paintings, get info on dates, sales, tickets, and links to view the journey to 50 paintings all at this little handy-dandy link! 

How I Soften Edges (Video) {Day 16}

Howdy, folks. I am back in the studio and moving slower than ever. BUT, I have a video for you. A few days ago I was asked to share how I soften my edges. So I was in the middle of a painting at that perfect moment when I could show how I do this, so I decided to put a little video together. Enjoy!

Click the image to go to YouTube….
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Healed & Purpose – Paintings 7&8 {Day 9}

Things are clipping along. Tonight, I plan on painting one more and when I do, I will be ON TRACK!!!! That feels so good. But, I’m learning that two very late nights (i.e. early mornings) in a row is counter productive. So we’ll see what the evening holds. The balance of getting as much done as possible without burning out is the tightrope I’m learning to walk.

I have been asked if these paintings will be available for purchase and YES is the answer to that question. I will be sharing the details for how that will work soon. So, keep watching. And if you’re concerned you’ll miss it, subscribe to my newsletter  Look for an respond to the confirmation email after you sign up – super important.

Okay, so here were yesterday’s paintings.


“Healed” •  6×6 oil




“Purpose” • 6×6 oil

I’m not sure if I can adequately express how much all of the feedback here, on Instagram and Facebook have helped. Thank you for all of the encouragement and kind words and for following along. This is getting exciting and it’s because you’re along for the journey.


So, this was yesterday.. {Day 8}

I got a notification that my Ampersand boards were on the truck out for delivery. So I decided not to go to the store and purchase boards there at double the price, again. I used the day for blogging and other needed things around the house, and then my dog alerted me that the big scary FedEx truck was here. And further alerted me the big scary FedEx man (who, no doubt, had plans to kill us all) was walking up to the door with a box, (which was obviously a bomb). I’m so thankful I have my dog to warn me of all the dangers that are lurking in our neighborhood.

I’m so very happy to be painting on my boards. I have learned, there is no substitute for my Ampersand Gessobords. ❤

I painted, and struggled with the painting of the painting.

I somehow managed to finish Zoe’s little haircut.

And I discovered that the birdhouse I precariously placed on our deck – where I walk, and where Zoe runs by daily was surprisingly hosting baby birds. I’ve been watching some Chickadees go in and out and thought they were building a nest. Turns out they were feeding their already hatched little ones. My son was so excited, and so am I.

Click on the images to see better and get the full experience of my narration.


Potential {Day 8}




Oh, boy, this painting was. a. struggle. I wiped it out and almost wiped it out a second time, but then, finally, it started to show….potential.


These lilies, when they do open up are yuuge! They are getting ready – you can see the colors change and the petals slowly open, but they’re not in full bloom, yet. However, when they are, look out for a grand show! There’s so much potential in these unopened petals. It’s coming but we just have to wait.




Vibrant {Day 7}

Well, last night I decided to paint again and didn’t finish until 1am. HOWEVER I’m so glad I did. I was really feeling these roses that I saw in my garden yesterday. These are the ones that are super bright red, but the underside of all the petals are white. Stunning for sure. I could see them painted already. So, I present to you painting #4, “Vibrant”.


Vibrant • 6×6 oil


Time Lapse Teaser {Day 6}

Good morning! I have something special for you, today. But first, a message from our sponsor…..  me.

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Now, onto my surprise – which has been ruined no doubt by the title. I tried out making a time lapse video while I paint. There are some kinks to work out, but I thought I’d share some of the shots with you anyway. More videos to come this month! Enjoy!
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Success!!! {Day 4}

This is going to be super short, but I wanted to let you know that this happened tonight.


After a desperate email to 171 staff, they said it was totally fine for me to use my own boards. That’s some major expense I wasn’t planning on, but it will be totally worth it to paint on what I’m used to. 





I realize the photo quality isn’t great, but my photography brain cells went to bed hours ago. 

I aim to paint again tomorrow evening. Check my Instagram for images in real time. {as opposed to the images in fake time that are fraudulently posted here}. 

A Mini Studio Tour {Day 3}

Yesterday, I shot a little video to give you the setup for the first painting and also explain some of my supplies.

I’ve learned a lot since taking this video. As state in last night’s blog, the surface of these boards are really making an unpleasant difference in how the paint responds. So today I will be trying a few new things as I analyze what the differences are and how to get around them. The fact that it’s Day 3 and there are no finished paintings yet is really bothering me, but I know that once I get the hang of it, I should be able to crank them out faster. At least, that is my hope.

Once I get more confident, we’ll be able to really have some fun. I have some ideas planned for you that include time lapse videos during the painting. But I need to get a handle on this surface, first.


See your mini studio tour below:

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Theme Reveal {Day 2}

Today was productive. Just not exactly in the areas I had anticipated. I realized today that I could not let the day go by without addressing our dirty laundry. It also became clear at breakfast time that I could not put off a grocery trip for one more day. So I used every spare minute I had that could not be used painting to take care of those necessary tasks. I did begin my first painting, however near the middle I found that the surface of the board was very different and had quite an affect on how my paint responded. I have learned I cannot paint the same way on these boards as I am used to. This is a bit unsettling.

For instance, I am used to being able to get a certain amount of texture, or when I go to lay paint down, it leaves my brush in a certain way. I think the board is more smooth than what I’m used to. Instead of getting streaks of texture, I get a blur. The way I lay paint down is something I don’t even have to think about. Like knowing the way your own vehicle responds to how you push your bake and gas pedal. Suddenly, I’m in a different vehicle on a very important road with people watching. {introvert nightmare: people can see me possibly totally mess up.}

So my first few hours of painting was a learning experience. I’m going to have to analyze the problems and figure a different way of doing things so that these paintings will look like I might know what I’m doing. I’m already not on target for paintings finished, but all in all, considering the difficulties with the board, household tasks, soccer practice, and general Mom-ing – I’m going to say that I did good and I’m allowed to have some chocolate.

Okay, enough of that. I know why you’re really here: The Theme Reveal.
I present to you:

Let Her Bloom 6x6 RebeccaFinch

This recent 6×6 inspired the theme for my part in the Mosaic show.



A group of floral paintings that will appear to bloom as they are arranged – from buds to full bloom.  In Flourish, as in life, bare branches erupt with fresh growth in the springtime, giving purpose to the harsh season that preceded it.

So, as you can probably tell, all of the paintings will be of flowers. And when they are hung in the show, I will hang them according to how open the flowers are from left to right – giving an illusion of flora opening up before your eyes.

I am uploading a video I shot earlier today that will give you a first look at the set up and my first still life. I will blog the video in the morning because uploading to Youtube takes forevah. Until tomorrow, chow.

Summer Mosaic Announcement: Day 1

In 45 days, I’ll have 50 paintings completed. Why would I choose to do this to myself? It seemed like a good idea at the time. And I think it will still be a great idea when I’m done, but the space in between may prove to be challenging.

I recorded a video for you, today, to help explain what the next 45 days holds and what will be coming afterward.

Click to play the video:

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Today, I listened to a podcast while I sanded outside, and then I played some epic movie soundtracks while I mixed up my little seal concoction. {I find that some dramatic orchestral music from the movies can make any menial task feel like I could be saving the world.}


Ready to sand and seal with my mixture of Gamsol and Galkyd.

I promised myself that I would get to bed early tonight – like 9pm. Well, the video decided to take 2 hours to upload to YouTube, so here I am at 10:30. That was my only plan for getting that “ready to go” feeling in the morning.

When I think about painting tomorrow and starting this journey, I’ll be honest: right now I feel quite empty of creativity, and I’m not sure if I can pull this off. I’ll make a schedule for myself in the morning to be sure I’m on track and that will help relieve some of the uncertainties, but this is not a good emotional level to be starting off with. And as you heard in the video, I’ve done something very similar before. It doesn’t take long before fatigue sets in and you just can’t think about putting one more stroke down. But the pressure of the deadline looms so it’s near impossible to take a needed break. If I don’t pace myself, it could get pretty difficult.




They look much more intimidating all spread out instead of in a tidy stack. I don’t know if I have enough in me to fill them all up.

So, step one for tomorrow is to make a schedule and a plan for breaks.

Stop by tomorrow for Day 2, where I’ll be sharing the theme with you!
Leave a comment to keep me going! Feel free to ask me questions about the process.

See you tomorrow.