Charter design blogger and gifted writer Courtney Barnes is the editor/creator of Style Court and has been featuring an ongoing series for the past 2 years called "Artists Palette's". It's a very interesting behind-the-scenes look at artists palettes and work spaces including, Lulu de Kwiatkowski, Virginia Johnson, Dana Gibson, Amanda Talley, Patricia van Essche and myself. If you haven't been following it, then take a chance to check it out now here.  As a side note, I had the privilege of creating Courtney's blog header and you can see her post on my palette here.  She also created this colorful photo collage of some of the featured artists.


Brand new release today, "Courtney's Chair II".  This gouache/ink painting was originally commissioned by reknowned Style Court blogger Courtney Barnes and is featured in her new blog banner designed by me. It's available now in my shop in an 8x10 giclee print (11x14 also available by special request - convo me for details).
Have a fabulous week!!


By request, I have now added the Courtney Barnes Chair design to my scalloped note card line.

Also, the Courtney Barnes Chair, is now available in a larger size frame than has been previously available.This is printed on heavyweight quality acid-free watercolor paper (9x12 inches), with an ACID-FREE mat and a black frame measuring 11.75 x 15.75 inches (or 30x40 cm). The quality of the paper makes the print look amazingly like the original! Signed and dated by artist.
Both new additions are available here at my Etsy shop.


Lately, my friend Courtney over at Style Court has been featuring some great gift wrapping ideas, as well as sharing some background on cards and holiday gift-giving. I just love how she lined the red envelopes for her holiday cards that I designed for her (above). You can check out her post and blog here. (photo by Courtney Barnes)


The living design encyclopedia, Style Court blogger Courtney Barnes
(photo by Ingalls Photography via Domino)

My rendering of Courtney's chair "re-upholstered" in Peter Dunham's Kashmir Paisley

Rear view of chair with complementary red Shadow Stripe for the back.

Congratulations to my friend and fellow blogger, Courtney Barnes, who was not only featured in this month's issue of Domino (page 44), but is also guest blogging for them. She asked me to do a couple of illustrations for her post on Peter Dunham textiles that was featured earlier this week on Domino Daily Dose. Congratulations, Courtney and thanks for the mention - it's always a pleasure to collaborate with you! Be sure to read her other posts as well, if you haven't already. Prints of this latest version of Courtney's chair are now available on my Etsy site.


The Aqua Interior, one of my most popular prints, is available as a giclee on canvas as large as 16x20

This popular print, the Courtney Barnes chair is now available in a giclee canvas in an 8x10 and 11x14.

The Ikat Chair is available in giclee on canvas in 8x10 or 11x14

New release, "Courtney's Favorite Things", is available in giclee on canvas in a 12x12. This is from an original commission of Courtney Barnes' bedside table.

To celebrate the addition of new prints on canvas, I am offering a give-away contest this week. The lucky winner will receive their choice of any 2 of my standard size prints on 140 lb. watercolor paper. To enter, just purchase any item off of my Etsy site between now and September 13th and you will be automatically entered. The winner will be randomly drawn from all the entries and I will announce the winner on Monday, September 15th.
My giclee prints on canvas are very high-quality, archival prints on matte canvas that are stretched and mounted with finished edges and require NO frame! As always, contact me for info if you are interested in having a giclee of another of my paintings that may not be shown on my site. Most are available as a custom order.


Photo courtesy of Style Court
Thanks to Courtney Barnes of Style Court for her mention of my new stamps featuring my painting of her chair. As always, she did a lovely job of styling a photo that includes a stack of books and some beautiful peonies with my stamp design on a letter. Courtney does NOT get paid for mentioning my work, nor does she receive royalties off the stamps sold (as the artist, I retain the copyright to my work). She simply does it because she is an exceptionally kind person and a very supportive friend. This chair is her logo for StyleCourt, and is one of my most popular paintings to date. I owe it all to Courtney's eye for design and her superb styling of her chair and books that she commissioned me to paint. It's currently everyone's favorite stamp in my gallery! No doubt she could have a very successful second career as a photo stylist!
If you would like a similar painting done of something you cherish, be it a chair, room, child or pet, I would be delighted to take on the commission and can even provide you with your own custom stamps for correspondence. It's a great idea for a gift as well. Please feel free to contact me for details here.


1st Dibs is the premier online source for high-end antiques, vintage pieces and home furnishings, THE source all of the top designers turn to when looking for unique pieces.

My friend, Courtney Barnes in the 1st Dibs feature "The Blogosphere" that also includes a photo of one of the commissions I've done for her.

The gracious and lovely Courtney Barnes, creator and editor of StyleCourt (photo by Steve Pomberg via 1st Dibs)

The latest painting writer Courtney Barnes commissioned from me of her favorite things on her bedside table.

A special congratulations to my friend, Courtney, of StyleCourt,who was profiled on "The Blogosphere" on 1st Dibs. It was great to learn more about her and see a photo of her beautiful home. I also was thrilled and honored to see that she had included my painting of her bedside table and it ended up beside her photo on 1st Dibs homepage and was also shown in the feature on her (click on page 3 at the bottom of page).

Courtney is one of those people who is extremely talented, a veritable encyclopedia of art and design knowledge, yet she's as modest, kind and unaffected as can be! She was one of the first people to commission my work and has been a great support and encouragement to me in my career. What I am trying to say, is that Courtney is the GREATEST and I am so happy to see her getting even just a smidgen of the credit she deserves (and thanks so much for letting me ride your coattails onto 1st Dibs!!!)

P.S. This painting is also available now as a print - contact me for details!


StyleCourt blog's Courtney Barnes created this tablescape from objects that hold special meaning for her and then sent me the photo from which I painted the gouache rendering below. Courtney was inspired by a painting Jacqueline Kennedy had commissioned from French artist Pierre-Marie Rudelle of her favorite things. Courtney has a background in art history and is know for her discerning eye and vast knowledge of all things art and design related. This is the second time I've had the pleasure of working with Courtney. The first time was painting her favorite chair and then creating a blog banner that incorporated the painting (top). She never ceases to amaze me with her ability to create stunning compositions that seem to appeal to just about everyone. Her blog, which is one of the top design blogs worldwide, is always a great read, full of beautiful photos and wonderful text to accompany them. Click here to read her post on the commission.

My rendering in gouache (12x12) on aquaboard.

Aquaboard, a new surface for watercolor and gouache paintings with wood sides and a 2 inch profile. This surface, when coated with an archival protective finish, allows for watercolors to be protected and preserved without the need for glass or framing. A great alternative to the traditional framed watercolor painting. Please contact me here to create your own masterpiece!


Frederic Schumacher
The guy who started it all.....

Recently, Andrew at Schumacher and Co. wrote to tell me about their new website. Not being an interior designer, I wasn't as familiar with their extensive fabric, wallcovering and furniture lines as some of my more versed designer blogging colleagues. I knew they were a name synonymous with high quality American textiles, but I quickly became intrigued with their rich history (5th generation family-owned!) and all of the "eye candy" available for perusal on their new site.
Fabrics and patterns are a huge source of inspiration for me, and I came across a very familiar pattern, Kelly Wearstler's "Imperial Trellis". It's the fabric that is featured on my Courtney Barnes Chair and even though I reproduced the pattern in my painting, I hadn't realized that Schumacher made it! The site is nothing short of inspirational for anyone, whether you're a designer, artist or design addict looking to update your surroundings with something hip, classic and of the highest quality. Whatever you're looking for, there's a good chance you'll find it on their brand-new, easy-to-use site. Stay tuned, because they will be adding more features, such as a designer log-in, very soon.


As a follow-up to yesterday's post, I wanted to give credit where credit is due. The chair that inspired my rendering was none other than Chapman Radcliff's "Kelly" wing chair. As many of you know, Ruthie Sommers is the owner of LA based Chapman Radcliff and is definitely one of my favorite decorators. She designed this gorgeous piece that I couldn't resist painting. I also wanted to thank my friend, Courtney Barnes of StyleCourt for posting my painting yesterday as part of a post on chinoiserie chairs. Courtney is like a walking encyclopedia of design knowledge. If she doesn't know the answer to your question or the origins of a piece in a photo (which is almost NEVER) she will not rest until she discovers it!


Washington Post feature

The blog banner I created for StyleCourt

Staff writer Terri Sapienza's feature in the Washington Post (above) and online:

Courtney Barnes of StyleCourt sent me this scan from the Washington Post. The photo features a computer with the StyleCourt home page and the blog banner I created for Courtney with my painting of her chair (featured for sale as a print on my Etsy site). Congratulations to Courtney, Shelteriffic, and This is Glamorous for being featured in Terri's "Blogwatch".
A big thanks also to Alkemie and Newlywed Diaries for their mentions this week! I appreciate it!


A somewhat belated thank-you to the style-savvy Courtney Barnes over at StyleCourt for her post earlier this week. Things have been so busy here that I haven't had a chance until now to mention it. Courtney and I will be collaborating once again in the New Year when I paint one of her favorite new acquistions. Her famous chair (above) has already sort of taken on a life of it's own and is my most popular piece in my Etsy shop.


Patricia's superior version of a thank-you note

Patricia van Essche - President of the "Artists' Support Network"!!

A gift package, van Essche style! What a gift for presentation!

One of the guys in my "break room"

The view at my recharge spot - not bad, eh?

My break lounge

You know, things have been really crazy here lately. I love my work, but it's also beyond amazing to get away for a couple of hours for a break and recharge. Nothing kills creativity like fatigue, and all it takes sometimes is just a short 2 hour break. When I do need a break, I head to one place in particular, a quiet local beach. Sitting there listening to the surf and soaking up a few rays is my way to relax and I feel so blessed to have such an incredible"breakroom"! Some of the guys there are a little pesky, especially when they come over to beg for food, but I just ignore them and they eventually fly off.

One of the drawbacks of being an artist is that you generally work alone, although that's also how I work best. It's imperative that you make time for social interaction and have a support base to keep you balanced and inspired. That is why it's been so wonderful, since I've been blogging, to meet some incredible people who share many of the same interests and challenges. One person in particular is Patricia van Essche. I am sure many of you have seen her work before and read about her on my blog, as well as many others. She is an amazing artist and one of the nicest, most genuine people I have ever met. I am excited that she is going to start her own blog very soon. Although we've never met yet in person, she has already been such a great friend to me. She has offered me some wonderful advice, sources, support and feedback. The other day, I got a wonderful package in the mail from her. The best part was that she took the time to send me the best thank-you card I've ever received, a hand rendered illustration that's not only adorable, but incredibly clever as well. There was also a charming little painting on wood of a crab. Very apropos for my location! Knowing I love anchovies, she was also thoughtful enough to include some Dutch fish spread her husband loves (she recently returned from a trip to Europe with her family, her in-laws live in Monaco). Her instructions made me laugh - "Eat this on toast with parsley, LOTS of parsley". I am guessing the parsley is to counteract the deathly toxic breath the fish spread probably gives you! LOL. It definitely put a big smile on my face. Thank you, Patricia! I will let you know how it goes when I open the can.....

My point is that, as the year begins to draw to a close, I am so thankful for all the friends I have met here. There's an endless list of people I could thank that includes many fellow bloggers, readers, and clients. Especially, Patricia van Essche, Courtney Barnes, Joni Webb, Ronda Carman and Holly Becker. Thanks for serving as such an inspiration and support network. There is a real "sisterhood" (and brotherhood, too) that's very real, despite the fact that there are many miles between all of us.


The brilliant design writer, Courtney Barnes and her chair that I painted - the centerpiece of her blog banner I designed.

LA decorator and Style Queen Ruthie Sommers

A pair of delightful chairs Ruthie re-habbed with a delightful Palm Beach look to them

Thanks to Courtney Barnes of StyleCourt for the mention as guest blogger this week on Design*Sponge. DesignSponge* is a top design blog with pioneer design blogger Grace Bonney at the helm. A daily must-read for me, chock-full of everything a design buff like me thrives on! Stylecourt is also, as you may already know, one of my faves. As usual, the ever-knowledgeable Courtney is going above and beyond with her contributions this week. Today's post featured the great LA decorator Ruthie Sommers and her penchant for rehabbing furniture in her trademark amazing way. Remember that cheesy makeover show, "The Swan" from a couple of years ago? Ruthie's work is to furniture what those plastic surgeons' work was to patients. Similarly jaw-dropping. You will be amazed at what can be done with these "diamond in the rough" pieces she picks up and transforms. She should be dubbed "The Princess of Potential"! Ok, it's obvious I'm a big fan. So, I was doubly pleased to be mentioned on the same page with one of my style heroes. Thank you Courtney and Grace! Be sure to check out both Design*Sponge and Design*Sponge Guest Blog if you haven't already!

All images courtesy of Design*Sponge


I just wanted to thank Courtney Barnes of StyleCourt for her post today on my work appearing on Domino online. The actual chair in the painting is Courtney's own. She commissioned me to paint it last Summer and it also serves as the icon on her blog banner that I designed. It's been one of my most popular paintings and is now featured on note cards and greeting cards as well as a print. Thank you, Courtney, for all your support.


Ikat/Courtney Barnes Chair Notecards (set includes 4 Ikat chair cards and 4 Courtney Barnes Chair cards and 8 envelopes)

Gouache and acrylic on paper

New design now available as a print or notecards

Last week, while I was reading StyleCourt, I noticed a post Courtney Barnes did on a vintage chair that designer Jen West had rehabilitated. Knowing I have a thing for chairs, Courtney suggested that I needed to paint it. I thought it was a great idea and didn't need my arm twisted, so here it is! It's now available as an 8x10 print or in a set of notecards along with the Cortney Barnes Chair on my Etsy site. As you can see, Jen painted it a crisp white and then reupholstered it in a beautiful Ikat fabric. You can read the post from Monday on StyleCourt. Thanks for the post, Courtney! Wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving, and for those around the world who don't celebrate Thanksgiving, a great day! I am thankful for so much, not least of which my readers and fellow bloggers who have added so much to my life. Thank you!


Top image: Anne Harwell
Bottom photo: Courtney Barnes
Gouache/ink painting on Arches cold press paper (5x7)
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This is a commission I just finished this week for blogger Courtney Barnes. This was painted from the photo Courtney took of a beautiful chair she owns and a few favorite books (see bottom image). This was also used as part of her blog banner re-design that I did as well.

Her blog, Style Court, is one of my absolute favorites! It was recently mentioned in Elle Decor as one of editor Margaret Russell's top favorites also. Chock-full of beautiful photos and informative text, Courtney has a real gift for writing and design coupled with a very discerning eye. Thank you, Courtney, for giving me the opportunity to work with you!! This is also now available as a print on my Etsy site:

I welcome commissions for both paintings and blog banner design. I offer some very affordable options, so don't hesitate to contact me with inquiries at: