Takoma Park Street Festival, Sunday October 5, 10am-5pm

I will be a participating artist this year at the Takoma Park Street Festival and sharing a space with RAM Jewelry Designs. Please stop by and say hello!
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Gateway Open Studio Tour –  Art DC 16×16 & Washington Glass Studio

Had a great time Saturday at the Gateway Open Studio Tour featuring artists/studios in the Hyattsville, Brentwood and Mount Rainier neighborhoods. “BLIEVE, HON”, my painting of a Takoma Park truck with political, spiritual and humorous bumper stickers, was installed as part of the 16×16 exhibit at the artdc Gallery in Hyattsville, MD.

Michelle Bailey painting exhibit in Hyattsville

Washington Glass Studio Hyattsville

Anna in Hyattsville

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I got a mention on So Takoma Park!

Sunflower Heart Cigar Box PaintingTakoma Treasures: Painter Michelle Bailey Finds Magic in Everyday Life

Posted on April 29, 2014

On Saturday and Sunday, May 3-4, Takoma Park merchants and restaurants will host local artists in the city’s fifth annual Art Hop. It will be the first-ever juried art show for painter Michelle Bailey, who will be stationed at Mark’s Kitchen to meet and greet art lovers and, of course, sell her work. Trained in … Continue reading →

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Moomin Teacup and Swedish Cookbook

Moomin and Swedish Cookbook still life painting progressPainting in Progress
I completed this painting featuring the beloved Moominmamma character and the classic Swedish cookbook, Vár Kokbok. Here are some photos showing the progress of this painting. Prints & note cards are available from my Etsy Shop.
 Moomin and Swedish Cookbook still life painting progressMoomin and Swedish Cookbook still life painting progress
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Cigar Boxes – neat little boxes with a rich history in arts and crafts

Sunflower Heart Cigar Box PaintingI have been collecting cigar boxes since I was a kid, mainly for storing things. I got the idea to use them as a canvas while visiting Asheville, NC a few years ago I saw an exhibit of wonderful handmade cigar box guitars, some were painted, all of them were gorgeous. I recently came across a cache of cigar boxes while thrift storing and bought about 20 of them for $1 ea. I have painted 4 so far. I think the decorative labels add to the finished painting. I also like the idea of using found and recycled materials in creating things.

Visit the Red Dog Guitars website for an example of guitars made from cigar boxes and the Made from boxes web page at the National Cigar History Museum Exhibit for just about everything you ever wanted to know about the history of cigar boxes.
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BLIEVE, HON – Truck with great bumper stickers

This painting is inspired by a colorful truck with great bumper stickers I had seen for many years all around TakoBLIEVE, HON - TKPK Truck in progressma Park. A couple of years ago I saw that it was for sale and I haven’t seen it around since. I wonder where it is now and if the new owner kept all of those bumper stickers. I found a cigar box with wide landscape orientation that was perfect for the truck with it’s various messages: DC VOTE license plate, TKPK, HON, EARTH, Celebrate Diversity, Well-bahaved women rarely make history, Artomatic, Atomic Music, etsy.com, handmade.com, rainbow peace sign, and more.

BLIEVE, HON - TKPK Truck in progress

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Spinach Tofucakes at Mark’s Kitchen

Mark's Spinach Tofucakes

Mark’s Spinach Tofucakes

Mark's Spinach Tofucakes painting in progress

Painting food can make you hungry especially when it’s something you love. These are Mark’s Kitchen Spinach Tofucakes and they’re delicious!
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