Monday, August 11, 2014


Hello All,
I hope you are all enjoying your summers, wherever you are! Jon and I are up in Pinetop, and keeping cool, for the most part!
Thunder and lightning and summer storms are a regular occurrence, and it is fun to enjoy the change in the weather...
Great painting weather, too! Here is my most recent piece, titled "Drama", named by one of my students, Bonnie Bernhard.
I am working diligently to get 12 months painted for my annual wall calendar...This is tough work!
More later,

Friday, June 27, 2014

Yahoo! Second Place in AAWM Juried Show

Hello All,

My newest "woodland scene" won me another ribbon, a certificate and a check :), at the Art Alliance of the White Mountains 7th Bi-Annual Juried Art Show!

We are up in Pinetop for the summer now, and are settling in. It is a nice change from the desert...wind blowing through the pine trees, sunny days in the 80s and cold at night!

I have begun teaching up here, and will exhibit in some outdoor art shows, beginning with the 4th of July show in the Orchard behind Charlie Clark's Restaurant in downtown Pinetop. Should be fun.

More later,

Monday, May 26, 2014

Experimenting with Novacolor Paint!

Hello All,
I have been painting in acrylics for decades, and usually prefer Golden or Liquitex paints. In the past few years I have been introduced to Novacolor paint by other artists. Most of them painted abstracts, using techniques that adapted better, I thought, to the consistency of this paint. It is a thinner paint, which only comes in jars, not tubes. Encouraged to try it, for its "pigment load" (means it is a very rich, condensed color, albeit thinner consistency), and its economy (only sold directly from the manufacturer), I thought I would finally give it a try!

I must say,  that, so far,  I LOVE this paint. The application and coverage is great. You can get watercolor-like effects because of its translucency. Because of the fluidity, you can paint more "loosely", too! Here is my first painting, entitled "My Three Girls."

I am working on the second one right now...
More later,

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Cactus Painting in Traditional Illinois Home!

Hello All,
I just had to share this photo that one of my collectors sent to me. She thought that "Ice Queen" would look lovely over the fireplace in her very traditional home back in Illinois....
I think she was right! She was thinking eclectic, and wanted to change out the art in the room for a fresh, new look.
I guess cactus don't have to stay in the Southwest!
More later,

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Painting in the Pines

Hello All,

I am happy to report that I have launched a  new website,, which tells about my summer plans to teach painting and workshops up in Pinetop, AZ!

Check it out, if you like! We are excited to be heading up to the Mountain (as the locals call it) in a week or so, for the summer.

More later!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

30 Minute Painting!

Hello All!

In the effort of "loosening up", (and just to see if I could do it), I challenged myself to creating a painting in 30 minutes! It is a great exercise, forcing you to see only basic shapes, lights and shadows.

Try it some time...Use just a small canvas to start. This one was 12x12, and maybe a bit more complicated subject than I would have chosen, but my student Ed selected the image. Thanks, Ed!:)

It was fun. I am going to lots more of them. They are quite impressionistic!

More later,

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Studio Open House This Weekend!

Hello All,

Wow, you know it has been busy when I haven't blogged in over TWO months! Now that Celebration of Fine Art 2014 is behind us, we are getting back to "normal"…

One last Spring Show, however!

My Studio is open today and tomorrow, April 12-13, from 10am-5pm….a good excuse to clean it up and inventory paintings and products.

We will be going up to Pinetop, AZ, in May, spending the summer painting, exhibiting and teaching up there in the woods.

Hope to see you soon, and thank you for your interest in my work!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Guest Artist at Celebration of Fine Art

Hello All,

Celebration of Fine Art 2014 has gotten off to a great start!

Yesterday we had a "guest artist" in our Studio #254….Lily Zink, 2 1/2 years old, abstract artist!!

Come see us at the Show…We are there until March 23rd. Now that the Waste Management Phoenix Open Golf Tournament is over, it is a lot easier to get to us.

More Later,

Monday, January 13, 2014

Happy New Year!! New Work, New Season, and Celebration of Fine Art Open!!

Hello All,

Seems like we were just getting ready for the Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour in November, and here we have had Christmas, New Year's and now Celebration has already opened!

Don't you just hate it when your mother is right, and says, when you are young, "Time flies, the older you get…"  Anyway, I am happy to say that dear Dorothy, now 91, is still with us, so I can mock her a little bit, but, she is right!

Time does fly by. Especially when you are having fun!!

Jon and I sure are… We have some new products  that are pretty spectacular. We will get photos and post very soon! You can see them at Celebration!!

In the meantime, here are some pics…one of me and Sophie during the Holidays, and some of our Studio #254, at Celebration of Fine Art, which opened on Saturday, January 11th. We had a GREAT opening weekend, and hope to see you all before closing on March 23rd!

More later,
Beth and Jon

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Holiday Greetings!!

Hello All,

We spent 10 days in chilly Pinetop, AZ, where we had enough snow to go sledding, build a snowman, and enjoy the holidays with family. It really felt like Christmas!!

Wishing you and yours a very happy and healthy 2014!
Thank you for your continued support, patronage, and interest in my work!

Beth and Jon Zink

Monday, December 16, 2013

Painting Tips and Tricks

Hello All,

I always like to share painting tips and tricks that save time and keep painting fun!

This one is a great shortcut that I discovered for shading spines, (or any detailed areas of a painting.)

Below, you will see a painting that I am currently working on. In the first picture, I have painted "millions and millions" of spines on a hedgehog cactus. They have been painted with a liner brush, one by one, in a fluid mixture of raw sienna and white.

When it came time to shade the dark side of the cacti, I mixed some burnt umber in with acrylic medium to create a diluted, transparent glaze. I brushed it thinly over all the spines on the side of the cacti that were to be in shadow. It is a great shortcut, and saves mixing another color for the darker spines.

You can use this technique anywhere in a painting where you want to lightly darken an area without losing the detail that you have already created.

More later,

Friday, December 13, 2013

Holiday Classes at the Studio

Hello All,
Thanks to my McDowell Mt. Ranch Class for coming to our Cave Creek Studio!
What a great group we had on Tuesday, and what a HUGE surprise, when they gifted me with these beautiful Italian ceramic serving pieces!
The watercolor images of oak branches and berries are exquisite! Tonight, Jon and I had pasta in the smaller bowls. Over the Holidays, in Pinetop, I plan to use them all!!
Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year to you all!