Wednesday, July 30, 2014

New Show @ Lebanon Art Gallery

The August show at the Lebanon Art Gallery (927 Trumbull Hwy, Lebanon CT) will open with a reception Friday, August 1, 5-7 pm. The new art is in the gallery and will be hung tomorrow. Join us for the party Friday with food, wine, music and great art!

This photo is one I used on my photo cards which will be for sale at the gallery.

There will be a variety of art  - oil paintings, jewelry, painting on glass or on wood, metal sculptures, wooden bowls, photography and more.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Posters - Nancy Olivia Designs Photos with Quotes

I love finding quotes to go on my photos. What do you think? Would this make a nice poster?
Creating this felt very rewarding because I believe the quote.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Technology for Buying Art -

Don't you just love technology!? My work is on for sale on Fine Art America and they have a new website - There I can download a pdf sales sheet for each one of my art works. It even has one of those little squares you can scan with your smart phone and then buy online. I'm trying to think how I can print these and use them as a sales tool. Any ideas? has a new iPad app that lets you see each art work on your own wall using the iPad camera. Neat! Now I need an iPad!!

Here is my page on  Check it out and buy something!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Still working on "The Big Cleanout"

When I moved into this house in August 2010, I promised my family to get rid of everything which would not fit into the house. I wrote a post about it - A Rash Promise. Now it is 2014 and I am still trying to fulfill this promise. It is not easy! After several yard sales, a load to the antique auction, many trips to the Salvation Army box and give-aways to family, can you believe there is still a "get rid of pile?"

At least I am past this kind of chaos. This is the way all my craft and art supplies were when we moved in.

I recently added my bathroom scale to the pile. No, I did not stop weighing and hoping to loose weight, but Mr. B had a scale and now we share. My son-in-law and I wanted to switch from plastic food storage containers to glass ones. When we bought the glass I got rid of lots of the plastic. The pile I put away just-in-case is now going out. I am serious about this clean out!

The fact that I have become so interested in exhibiting my photography and digital paintings and started Nancy Olivia Designs has created a storage problem. By reusing frames I try to keep the additional stuff under control.

The hard truth is that it is difficult to sell things which I do not want to give away. It is not easy to sell antiques or used items. I find it is easier to create a pile of it all than to deal with it. The Quest goes on!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Working with Lines & Color

Here is something different.

"Order or Chaos"

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Clocks and Peonies on Pink and Teal

I love to save pictures of leaves, flowers, clouds, etc. and turn them into backgrounds for digital paintings. Here is a close up section of a picture of coleus leaves in which I played with the colors. 

Then this became a background for a creation of clocks (from the clock on Main St. Willimantic, CT) and peonies from a friend's yard. Thanks Carol!
So what do you think? Is my process clear as mud?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Butterfly and Flowers

 When I moved here four years ago there were no gardens and no flowers in the yard. Friends have been so nice to share plants. The Garden Club of Windham, CT plant sale has also helped and of course all the wonderful nurseries in the area. Now my front yard is abloom!  Lots of birds and butterflies are enjoying the flowers as much as I am.

It seemed this butterfly was posing for me!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Meet the Artists Reception in Lebanon CT

Great turnout at the Meet the Artists reception at the Lebanon Art Gallery in Lebanon CT! There is an incredible variety of art from digital paintings to wood turnings. This co-operative art gallery is run by a talented group of artists from Lebanon CT and the surrounding area. Gallery is open Friday, Saturday, Sunday from noon -  6 pm. All the art is for sale.

While you are there, check out a museum and the historic Lebanon town green which is a mile long. There is a paved path which circles the green.