Monday, July 22, 2019

St. Hedwig Of Mammilla (Retired Pole Dancer)

8x8" | acrylic, collage, graphite on canvas | $195 available here

From my new series, "Saints And Sinners. The Dirty Little Secrets."

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Harvey, Unholy Angel Of Hissy Fits And Petulance

8x8" | acrylic, collage, graphite on canvas | $195 available here

From my new series, "Saints And Sinners. The Dirty Little Secrets."

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Ralph, Archangel Of Promises You Didn't Keep

8x8" | acrylic, collage, graphite on canvas | $195 free shipping

Yep, it’s definitely been a while since you’ve heard from me…life just gets in the way sometimes! But, ta-da! Here I am. And I have a new series of small paintings that I’m excited to introduce here, on my blog, first. 

And, believe me, I understand if you don’t want yet another email in your inbox—I get it! So if you prefer, you can follow along on Instagram (@brendayorkart) where you will see the same paintings (maybe a couple of days later) and more photos about my process. 

So if you need to unsubscribe you won’t hurt my feelings (really) but I do hope you’ll come hang out with me on Instagram!

My new series is called “Saints & Sinners. The Dirty Little Secrets.” If you have followed along on my blog, you know that I spent many (tortured) years in Catholic school as a kid. And one of the most fascinating parts of my Catholic education was learning about all the saints and angels. And the saints and angels that took a wrong turn and became sinners (my favorites). So I thought it might be a fun and informative project to propose a few of my own Saints. And a bunch of those crafty Sinners!

Feel free to submit your favorite Saints & Sinners ideas. Who knows? They might all end up in a fine coffee table book at the end of the project. Oh wait, there was already a book written about all those S&S, right? Well, that one doesn’t have the pretty pictures!

Friday, February 2, 2018

Marvelous Max And His Rescued Human

6x6x2" | acrylic, collage and graphite on wood | sold

In honor of all dogs, big and small, that have saved us. 
Available in my online gallery.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy S. A. D.

Fool For Love Songs

 Fool For Love Songs

6x6x2" | acrylic, collage and graphite on wood | SOLD

In celebration of "Singles Awareness Day" I've posted three new paintings...I hope they tickle your fancy on this Valentine's Day. They are all available in my online gallery. Enjoy!

Prickly Heart Bones, His And Hers

 PrickltyHeart Bones, His And Hers

6x12x2" | acrylic, collage and graphite on wood | $300 + shipping

 Terra Firma

 Terra Firma

6x6x2" | acrylic, collage and graphite on wood | $150 + shipping

Wednesday, May 11, 2016


6x6x2" | acrylic, collage and graphite on wood | SOLD

"Thumb sucking is a behavior found in humans, chimpanzees, captive ring-tailed lemurs, and other primates. It usually involves placing the thumb into the mouth and rhythmically repeating sucking contact for a prolonged duration. It can also be accomplished with any piece of skin within reach (such as the big toe) and is considered to be soothing and therapeutic for the person." 

So for those of us that are just a wee bit unnerved by all the lunacy surrounding this year's presidential election, I would like to propose that we all take up thumbsucking (or toesucking) as a means of soothing ourselves until this circus is over. If it works for the chimpanzees maybe it will work for us. And if not, well, we can always run away and join that circus. I think the apes will be waiting for us. Those thumbs are going to come in handy over the next four years.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Cloud Zeppelin

6x6x2" | acrylic, collage and graphite on wood panel | SOLD

I've looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down, and still somehow
It's cloud illusions I recall
I really don't know clouds at all.
-Joni Mitchell

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Neville's Squandered Inklings

6x6x2" | acrylic, collage and graphite on wood panel | sold

This painting is a little homage to all the magnificent thoughts and ideas that float through an artist's brain during the act of creation. And promptly fly out the window the second a new snippet of a notion flutters by. Sticky inklings are rare birds.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Jeffrey Spilled His Beans

6x6x2" | acrylic, collage and graphite on wood panel | sold

Thinking I should've named this guy "Donald". Just sayin'....

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Flutter Buzz

6x6x2" | acrylic, collage and graphite on wood panel | SOLD

Vern L. anxiously awaits the first day of spring. Hibernation can be so tedious.

Check out my online gallery to see more paintings like this. Enjoy!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Hello. Goodbye. I'm Late.

6x6x2" | acrylic, collage and graphite on wood panel | sold

"The hurrier I go, the behinder I get!" -White Rabbit of Wonderland

Tuesday, February 16, 2016


6x6x2" | acrylic, collage and graphite on wood panel | SOLD

Definition of "Tagalong": person who follows or goes somewhere with another person often in an annoying way.

Or: best Girl Scout Cookie. Ever.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Turbulent Heart

6x6x2" | acrylic, collage and graphite on wood panel | SOLD

Valentines Day? Singles Awareness Day? How about...Eat Way Too Much Chocolate Day.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Another Toad. Another Kiss.

6x6x2" | acrylic, collage and graphite on wood panel | sold

A little Valentines Day tongue-in-cheek painting (for the toads). 

Friday, February 5, 2016

Chin Scratcher

6x6x2" | acrylic, collage and graphite on wood panel | sold

New paintings...finally! Feels good to be painting again. Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

2016 calendar: hot off the press!

 cover | 2016 calendar

My 2016 calendar features 12 of my favorite paintings and stories from my book, "Big Little Paintings | Short Little Stories."
  • pages are 8.5 x 10.75", 8.5 x 17" open
  • printed on high quality, heavy, white cardstock
  • wire binding
  • comes sealed in a clear protective bag
  • limited edition of 100 (when they're gone-they're gone...)
  • $32 + shipping

Seriously, I hate to be the one to tell you this...but the Holiday Frenzy is just about 12 weeks away. And these calendars make great little gifts. Just tryin' to be helpful...

Check out the whole calendar on my website (that's also where you can buy one. Or two. Or....) 

Thanks. And enjoy!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Tooting My Own Horn...

Yep, that's me!  Third place in The Artist's magazine's Annual Art Competition! Such an honor to be recognized by one of my favorite art magazines. December issue--full of good stuff. Pretty dang proud of this one. Thanks Artist's Magazine!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Secret Garden

6x6x2" | acrylic, collage and ink on wood panel | sold

No, I haven't fallen off the face of the earth...and yes, I've been crazy-busy! Starting with my Studio Sale both online and in San Diego. Then I participated in the always eventful ArtWalk-- again in San Diego. Followed up with graduations, visitors and just a tad of travel. Sheesh! It feels good to be back in the studio, cleaning up all the mad-clutter and getting ready for a summer of slinging paint. Can't wait!

In the meantime, I painted these little gems right before ArtWalk. They are a bit different for me and they sure got a lot of love at ArtWalk! They are collage on wood with paint and ink on top. Each one is a 2" deep cradled wood panel.

Here's the whole gang. They look really fun all together hanging in my studio!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Hurricane Eye

8x8" | acrylic, collage and graphite on canvas | sold

When I was a kid I spent hours drawing just eyes. I think you can tell the whole story through the eyes—the window to the soul. 

I know the people in my paintings are a bit….ahem, quirky, but I strive to make the eyes relate-able and very human. The eyes tell the story.

Check out my newly updated website to see more of my paintings. And lots of googly eyes!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Tiny Dancer

8x8" | acrylic, collage and graphite on canvas | sold

So a few weeks ago when I posted a page from my sketchbook (below) and asked for input on which sketch to paint, this one got the most votes. 

I ended up painting five out of the six sketches but this one was certainly the big winner. It’s pretty different from the others; I rarely paint legs and feet—maybe that’s it? Or perhaps it’s the interaction between these two odd little people. Or maybe the ears? Who knows! 

For those of you who cast your vote for this painting, I hope it is everything you imagined it might be. Funny feet and all!
my sketchbook

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Poetry In Motion

8x8" | acrylic, collage and graphite on canvas | sold

You had the power all along my dear. –Glinda, the Good Witch
Would you like to see all my available Daily Paintings? Hop on over to my DPW Gallery. And enjoy! 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Mothership

8x8" | acrylic, collage and graphite on canvas | sold

Feeling a bit like The Floating Mothership lately…Offspring #1 is off on his latest adventure in China and Myanmar. Never one to stay put for too long, Zac’s new business card says “Student + Educator in Training. Global Citizen.” 

Child #2 just spent spring break in Portland and says she’ll probably live there one day. In a pink house with a dog and a garden. 

Sigh…here’s what I’ve learned: they always spin back in my direction eventually. In the meantime, Zac and Cam, spread those wings. But don’t forget to orbit back to the Mothership now and again.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Barnyard Thug

8x8" | acrylic, collage and graphite on canvas | sold

I've had a busy couple of months and, although you haven't seen much of me or my work on this blog lately, I have been working on some new and exciting projects. 
Fun products with my art on them; like throw pillows, tote bags and wall clocks. Plus I am going to make the paintings from the Big Little Paintings | Short Little Stories series available as individual art prints with the stories included on the print--so excited to share these! Stay tuned...

In the meantime, my book, Big Little Paintings | Short Little Stories is available as an e-book. Pretty cool!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Big Little Paintings | Short Little Stories. The Book! The Movie!

Big Little Paintings | Short Little Stories by Brenda York book is  finished! I think it took longer to put the book together than it took to paint all 60+ Big Little Paintings. 

The book is now available on Blurb. (Yay!) And the movie--that's right, the movie of yours truly talking (and giggling just a little too much) about the paintings and their stories is now showing on You Tube. 

So go get your popcorn. It's sure to be a blockbuster. Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Fine-Feathered Love

 6 5/8 x 4 5/8" | acrylic on paper | 8x10" white archival mat 
$125 | free shipping

Can't believe that Friday is Valentine's Day. Or, as my son calls it, Singles Awareness Day...

Check out my online gallery for more paintings like this. Enjoy!