Thursday, September 14, 2017

Celebration of Life with an Artful Earth Loom

Three weeks ago I was finally ready to do an art show at a beautiful garden venue called Heavenly Scent Herb Farm in Fenton, Michigan.  As I was loading up the truck with all of my arts and crafts for the weekend, I began getting frantic texts from family members.  My niece Melissa suffered years of Type 1 Diabetes since she was a 8yrs old.  The messages were that she wasn't responding and paramedics where on the way.  This didn't surprise me much because it happened often.  Too often.  However this felt different.  I waited a bit to hear back.  Prayed hard.  
Then other out of state family started messaging me that they saw something on social media.  My heart sunk.  I called my sister and it was true.  She could barely speak.  Devistated.  Melissa was gone.  Our beautiful 32 year old had left us all to wonder why?  How can this be?  So young.

My sister and 2 other nieces in all of their devistation had to make plans.  The kind of plans nobody ever wants to make.  We all gathered. Shocked. Cried. Prayed.  The funeral home was ready to do what they do.  Then something amazing happened.  My sister had started working at Heavenly Scent Herb Farm.  Her boss and co workers were so kind and caring that they offered the venue for Melissa.  It was perfect.  A stunning garden setting instead of a stuffy funeral parlor.  The co-workers and many friends took over and made this very sad day so lovely and uplifting as can be, that one will never forget.  
Of course our hearts were breaking and tears flowing while memories and stories were shared, I would have to say that it was the most beautiful send off anyone could ever hope for.  

Pictured below is of an Earth Loom that Heavenly Scent Herb Farm set up. It was made of tree branches for the frame, about 4"x4".  Heavy twine for the vertical threads.  Pieces of leather that people could write heartfelt messages to Melissa and weave them into the loom.  Everyone brought flowers from their own gardens or personal trinkets.   When completed it was absolutely breathtaking.  Melissa would have loved it. 

Forever young you will be.  Rest in Peace sweet Melissa.
Love, Aunt Nay Nay

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

New Shop!

"Booth #402"
Something new!!
I have a little corner booth at The Red Door, located in Allendale, MI.

Not as much painting time as I'd hoped in my husbands retirement haha, but still being creative and trying new things such as, making stools and cutting boards with my dad, painting farm animals on reclaimed wood and fabric collage onto embroidery hoops like this:

 NEW  Instagram page. Follow me for artsy inspiration!

A few goodies can also be found here in my Etsy Shop.

Renee ;)

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Moving Away and Letting Go

I used to think of myself as adventurous, now I'm not as sure. 
With my husband coming up on his 2nd retirement we find ourselves in a great location that we have grown to love here on the Chesapeake Bay.  
So we have sold the house, sold the sailboat, daughter graduated and son is taking on new career.
We are moving to Michigan where pretty much most of my family lives.  
It WILL be an new adventure just a bit scarier...(maybe because I keep thinking of longer Winters)!
While recently at a family reunion,  ALL the cousins were very excited and welcoming that we are coming "HOME".  I was happy when they warmly included my husband in on all the exciting stuff we will get to do.... and just being around family. Yay!!

Now for the letting go part.

I would like to sell some of my favorite Chesapeake Bay inspired art!  Some of the pieces are large and am willing to LET GO at a VERY, VERY good deal.  If you are interested please send me a message at

Here are a few more details, sizes & info.

1.  "Osprey Nest at Marker #6-  24"x36"Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas.

2.  "Osprey Family"  16"x20" Acrylic on panel
not framed.  SOLD

3.  "Three Osprey" - 20"x16" Archival print on canvas, 
framed and ready to hang 

4.  "Blue Heron" - 16"x20" acrylic on panel,
 framed & ready to hang 

5.  "Bird on a Buoy" -16"x15" archival print, mat, framed, 
archival glass, ready to hang 

6.  "Colorful Buoy" - 10"x18" archival print, mat, framed, 
archival glass, ready to hang 

7.  "Osprey at #1" 24x24, mixed medium on 
Gallery wrap canvas, ready to hang 

8.  "Osprey Nest" - 16x20", acrylic on panel 
not framed.  SOLD

Friday, May 13, 2016

"Milk" & "Brownie"

These two fur babies are California cats.  
I envy them living the life in sunny San Diego.  Mostly because 1. I miss living there and 2. we on the East coast have had rain for weeks on end and it's getting old!  The only positive about this weather is that I am making a blog post instead of mowing the lawn and planting flowers which alway's makes me itchy.  
Moving on.... 
I did enjoy painting each one.  The owner sent several pics of both.  Milk has so much white in his fur that it had to be simplified with subtle shadows which is tricky. I really, really liked his blue eyes and so I thought the blue background would make them stand out even more.

 "Milk" 6x8 oil by 
Renee Brennan

And then here is Brownie.  
He sure was a challenge because his fur is so dark I could hardly see his sweet face or any shape of his body, I finally got a profile photo of him looking out the window.  
He is probably staring at a little humming bird with those big green least that is what I'm imagining :)

 "Brownie" 6x8 oil by
Renee Brennan

Sunday, January 31, 2016

30/30 Challenge Collage 2016

30/30 Challenge 2016
by Renee Brennan

Yay!  Third year in a row for this get off your butt and paint challenge.

Thank you to Leslie Saeta who hosts this on her blog 
and is an amazing palette knife painter.
To see the over 1000 other artist's collages that participated, go here.
Leslie also hosts a podcast called Artists' Helping Artists' with great information 
 on all kinds of art biz topics.   

My take on this years challenge:

1.  I set a lower goal of 15 and did a happy medium. I had to do this mainly because hubby is recovering from back surgery and I got to be taxi wife....all is good though :) and yes he is doing fine!

2.  I got to paint a pig!! his name is Vance and you may see him again :)

3. Dogs with tongues hanging out are pretty funny to paint.  

4.  With a good photo reference, getting the eyes right is important to me. 
I think it either makes the painting work or not.

5. Cat's rarely look happy, they are just too cool for that! (loved the cats) will be doing more of those soon.

6.  First time painting a chicken and two horses and a pony...probably the last time painting a chicken two horses and a pony.

7. Thank YOU for sending me pics of your fur babies and also thank you to those purchased them on my Etsy Shop!!  

8. Thank you also for your interest in my art!!  

9. Now you can relax and not wait for my next post haha...I take long breaks.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Day 30 - Dixie

"Dixie"  6x6 oil
by Renee Brennan

Day 30!!  I said Day 30! of the 30 paintings in 30 day's challenge.
If you are following close you know that I would have been happy with 15
but I got to 20 something...tomorrow will post a collage as a final whoopty doo, AND I will continue to paint a few others that I have some pics of....not daily but at least I am back with a little momentum:)

About Dixie.  She was a sweet girl who's owner misses her dearly.  
It is hard saying goodbye to our furry friends and they can sure
dig a spot deep in our hearts forever.  RIP Dixie.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Day 29 - Bucky the Pony

"Bucky the Pony" 6x8 oil
by Renee Brennan

Day 29 of the 30/30 Challenge is Bucky.
He belongs to my great nephew and is a feisty little guy...
actually both the pony AND my nephew are feisty
and equally adorable.  I loved the reference photo my niece took 
of Bucky slyly peeking over the rail of the stall door.
He has this crazy shaggy mane and forelock that falls
into his eyes.  Cute huh?

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Day 27 - Sycamore

"Sycamore" 6x6 oil
by Renee Brennan

Day 27 of the 30/30 Challenge 
is sweet boy Sycamore who my 
dear friend rescued years ago.
It's wonderful how rescue animals can 
be the best pets ever.

About the painting.  I had to use a couple different
photo references for Sycamore, and need to tweek just
a couple little things on him.  His owner said 
"There's my boy"!  So at least I captured his personality..yay!

About this challenge.  My very first post said that I would be happy 
to do at least 15 of the 30 day's....This one will be 22 and I have
more than enough to finish.  SO, the others I haven't finished will 
eventually get done, it will just be into Feb...or even March.

Thanks for hanging in there!


Monday, January 25, 2016

Day 25 Itty Bitty Kitty

"Itty Bitty Kitty"
by Renee Brennan

Day 25 of the 30/30 Challenge is Itty Bitty Kitty
yup  another green eyed critter!  
If you would like to adopt this painting, go here Etsy 

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Day 23 - Bluebird at Bath

"Bluebird at Bath"  8x6 oil
by Renee Brennan
Available on my Etsy Shop

Day 23 of the 30/30 Challenge is Bluebird at Bath.  
I painting one similar last year from a photo my good 
friend Melissa took at her heated birdbath.  She is a 
wonderful photographer!