Thursday, November 30, 2017

Day 301: Ann Osgood

These paintings are part of a series focused on streets and freeways. The subject of this series is the streets and freeways around Phoenix.   Much like an artist who lives in the mountains or by the beach is nurtured by the surroundings,  I look at the urban setting where I live for inspiration. I notice the shapes of light and shadow as I drive through the interchange of the 101 and I-17 freeways. The red brake lights, green traffic signals and the sunlit gray pavement all combine to create exciting visual designs for me.  I see in these every day scenes the opportunity to paint the beauty around us every day.

 Ann Osgood grew up in California received her BFA in drawing and painting at the University of Hawaii. She moved to the base of the Superstition mountains where the colors of the desert persuaded her to stay in Arizona. Ann enjoys working plein air in the desert and regularly paints live models. She works in her north Phoenix studio as well as at her studio in the Artery building in downtown Phoenix. She has had several successful one woman shows as well as exhibiting in many group shows in the area.

Shadow Overpass

Last Light

Golden Hour

Final Destination

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Day 300: Dana Hammack

I do graphic design, I play with epoxy resin clay, I paint with acrylics, I live to wood burn old furniture. I think "
artist" is all the encompassing. I have been drawing since I was little and can not image not creating. I was lucky
enough to have a painting hang in the Arizona House of Representatives, I won the Renaissance People's Choice Award-
Westgate in 2013
My husband and I also own Gargoyles Canvas. We do wide format printing and dye sublimation after our day jobs.
We print for many local artists and put their creations in canvas, aluminum, paper, bottle openers and more. We have met
some wonderful people

Facebook page. Gargoyles Canvas
Email is gargoylescanvas@

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Day 299 Yuko Yabuki

Yuko is a Phoenix Arizona Artist who moved from Japan in 1995.
Her unique and very distinguished art style is self-taught. 
Her aim is to create seamless hybrid art combining a feel of modern to classic, east to west, museum to street.
instagram: yukoyabuki666





White Dragon

Monday, November 27, 2017

Day 298:Janet Farwell

I didn’t discover mosaics until I was in my 50’s and now it’s what I love to do as much as I can.  I encourage anyone who has an interest in art to give it a try!  There’s nothing like creating something to give you a feeling of satisfaction.  Even if it takes some practice and some courage!

I’ve always been fascinated by children and my pieces reflect that.  My folk art style just is what comes out of me.  I sell my work at the Jerome Artist Co-operative and my website is  I can also be found on Etsy under Wicked Town Mosaics.

                                                  Out on a limb

Love you forever

Blue Garden 2

Bird Bath

Catching Fireflies

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Day 297: Karen Budan

I have had a lifelong desire to express myself through art beginning with paint by number kits at a very early age which quickly moved outside the lines established by others to create my own compositions.  Although circumstances led me to pursue a very successful first career in education, I always held alive my art interest through classes and workshops.  These opportunities were treats to be savored.  After retiring, my husband and I relocated to Scottsdale, AZ.  A major decision point for choosing Scottsdale was the art opportunities available of which I have taken full advantage resulting in my growth as an artist.

Inspiration for a painting often comes from unexpected places.  For me it might be the bright colors of a grouping of marbles or the beautiful green of a Granny Smith apple nestled in the folds of matching green and white striped material.  Painting still lifes allows me to create arrangements, adjust the lighting, and set the stage to transform everyday objects to extraordinary.  In considering a still live setup for a painting I strive for bold yet warm colors and lighting that creates strong contrast.  I am especially drawn to compositions that include translucency and reflections.  My painting style is realistic…..I thrive on the challenge of transferring the complex subtleties of the color, texture and light patterns of the composition before me onto a two dimensional surface resulting in a painting that looks as real as the setup itself.

 National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society
Oil Painters of America – Associate Member
International Guild of Realism – Juried Member
International Association of Pastel Societies – Master Circle Member
Pastel Society of America – Signature Member
Arizona Pastel Artists Association – Signature Member
Pastel Society of the West Coast – Signature Member


Marbles for 11 Points

Marbles VII

Gumball Fiesta

Stripes and Solid

Pool Shots

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Day 296: Lia Littlewood

 I work in acrylic paint for its flexibility, layering properties, and fast drying time.
Creating a piece and finding its potential is exciting to me. A piece may start off as a

landscape with a great sunset; then, it’ll transform into a woman smiling in the sun. My goal is to always give a piece life, give it soul. A majority of my work’s soul is represented by color and lots of it! Art can be healing, sentimental, and loving, but most of all, it should be available. I have been told again and again that my prices are too low, but in all reality, I just want my art out there. I want my art in people’s homes to be enjoyed and shared.

Instagram: Lialittlewood
Twitter: littlewoodCoOp

Lia Littlewood
Littlewood Fine Art & Community Co-Op

Universe Glasses

Sea Creature

Wind Up


Arizona Mural


Friday, November 24, 2017

Day 295: Christine Debrosky

Christine Debrosky

American Impressionist

"If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden." F. H. Burnett, The Secret Garden 

Encouraged by her parents at a young age with oil painting lessons and a professional water color set while growing up in NY's Hudson Valley, Christine Debrosky always knew that she would be involved in art. Besides the access to world class museums and galleries for study and inspiration, living in the Northeast meant that she learned much about color. The blank canvas of snow over the winter landscape was a way to learn about the hues of light as it changes during the course of the day.  In deep summer, surrounded by every shade of green imaginable, she learned how to work with this "difficult " hue.
In her early painting years, with limited means and a small child at home, and concerns about toxicity, she turned to watercolor as a primary medium, and the outdoors as her studio. The transparency meant that she could render the dazzling effects of sunlight, and started to enter juried national and gallery shows. Working en plein air , with nature as a motif was an invaluable  learning experience.

It was by taking a workshop with Albert Handell that she was introduced to the rich jewel tones of pastel. Her work in this medium has garnered rainbows of ribbons in shows from coast to coast in the US, and in Italy, France, and Russia. Coming full circle, and today also working in oil, her career has steadily progressed, showing with such prestigious groups as Oil Painters of America, the Pastel Society of America, and the American Impressionist Society. She has earned signature status with AWA, the Pastel Society of America, the Pastel Society of the West Coast, "Distinguished Pastellist", the American Impressionist Society, and has been named to Who's Who in American Art, and Who's Who of American Women.

Her work has been featured in several magazine articles,such as American Artist, the Pastel Journal, Plein Air Magazine, and Pratique des Artes,  a French publication, as well as on a television and a movie set. Her work is published by Winn Devon, and is available world-wide. Wanting to share her accumulated experience, she has taught extensively in the US, as well as workshops in Tuscany, Venice, and Burgundy, France.
Currently she lives in North Arizona, with her husband Wayne, in a completely renovated home , complete with a custom designed dream studio. There, overlooking the red rock glow of Sedona, the abundance of sunlight , richly hued shadows, and nuanced greys of the high desert allows for continued learning and inspiration.

You can observe a lot by watching. - Yogi Berra

Harvest Moon Memory, oil

Monsoon Pool, pastel

West Fork Emerald, pastel

Tea with Lemon, oil on panel

Six Bridges, pastel

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Day 294: Bela Fidel

Bela Fidel

 A Short Biography

I was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. I lived in Israel for eight and a half years (between 1965 and 1973) and moved to the U.S. in 1984. Living in different countries and experienc ing a variety of cultures has greatly enriched me both as a person and as an artist. My paintings are abstract in oils and encaustic (hot wax ). Before turning to abstraction I painted in the classic represe ntational and surrealist styles, including portraits in the Rembrandt manner. For the past 15 years I’ve had my own studio in Scottsdale, where I paint and teach Oils and E ncaustics. There is a constant interplay between my work with these two mediums, as they “feed” me and complete me in very different ways. My other passion is working on behalf of animals, both domestic and wild. I live with my husband (poet, lyricist and mar keting consultant), one dog and one cat.

Artist Statement

In my work in both oils and encaustics I seek the elegance of simplicity, the richness of experience, the depth of feelings and the allure of uncompromising aesthetics. In my “Zen Series” (both in oils and encaustics) I wish to convey a rich personal artistic experience in a minimalist, Zen-like style. My most current “Transition Series” (Oils), a move to Abstract Expressionism, brings to the fore my “other self”. It’s as if the Zen Series took me to deep, quiet wells and once I drank from them and was sated, my creative energy bubbled to the surface in an explosion of colors and shapes, expressive lines and subtle marks. The “Zen” approach is inverted in the sense that my creativity is reflected outwardly while, at the same time, trusting my inner resources and artistic intuition. I am in constant search for my truest expression. Each painting strives for new discoveries, struggles with doubts and teaches me about myself. Each painting is, therefore, my pursuit of errands of truth. 


Dawn X, oil

Galaxy 4X6, oil

Cityscape II, encaustic

Evolution II, encaustic

Sunset, mixed media

White I, mixed media

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Day 293:Monica Wapaha

Monica Wapaha Multi-Media Artist
White Mountain Apache/Tohono O’odham 

Monica Wapaha is a multimedia artist, mother of three, and is from the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. Her art often addresses current issues that Indigenous women face in today's world. The art embraces these issues and also reflects her life experiences. Monica is a graduate of The Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM earning her AFA and BFA. She is currently attending Arizona State University and is in the MFA Printmaking Program.  

Artist Statement
My art explores topics about social issues, identity of Indigenous women and my heritage. This is done by overlaying and combining western films, pop culture, social media and true reservation life into my art to disrupt stereotypes.

IG: MonicaWapaha
Twitter: @MonicaTheSavage
Facebook: Monica Wapaha
The Revenge 2016 photogravure 10”x10”
Reclaiming old photographs of Apache women from Edward S. Curtis series of the North American Indian.

The Covered Story of Pocahontas, 2017 sandcasting paper 11”x13
The story of Pocahontas is one of the most misinterpreted stories with in American history and has drawn plenty of stereotypes of Indigenous women in the United States. With Walt Disney’s Princess Pocahontas, the main source of a false story told to children.

Don’t Trend On Me 2017 silkscreen various sizes:
Cultural appropriation and stereotypes on Indigenous culture through artist performance, Fashion, costumes, and films. I am not a trend, I’m a real person.

He Left 2016 mixed media 24”x24”
Social media breakups and Passive Aggressive behaviors can take its toll on women but there is also humor through it as well as entertainment.

Rez Life 2016 inkjet print 11”x14”

 Twist on the Life magazine and making it Rez Life. Rez is the abbreviation/slang for reservation. Today the media will cover every outlet except reservation life especially when it comes to hard topics such as: DAPL, Native mascots, stereotype films. . 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Day 292:Megan Jonas

Megan Jonas is a Phoenix-born artist who delves into the richly creative spaces that exist where humans and nature intersect. Her Phoenix cityscapes are colorful expressions of the places where power lines meet saguaros, where palm trees meet alleyways. Her en plein air work is typified by her distinctly fluid sketching style, along with a limited color palette for an added starkness and vivacity.