Cardinal Original Fine Art Acrylic Gouache Wood Slab Painting

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I’m excited to show you my newest, and maybe my new favorite wood slab painting. Hello, Mr. Cardinal! So many people have very strong feelings about cardinals and why they like them. It seems like whenever someone tells you they like them, there’s always a story that comes with it. I love that!

I live in Michigan and I’m not a winter loving gal. It’s not that I can’t appreciate a sparkly snowfall, it’s more about the lack of sunshine for me. If we had more sunny days, I know I could embrace winter just a bit more. I love how they stand out against the sea of snow and gray days. To me, they are the sunshine even when we haven’t seen it in awhile.

Thanks for stopping by! Cheryl :)


Wood: Maple • Size: 14" L x 6 1/2" W • Sawtooth hanger is attached for easy wall hanging. • Paintings are signed on the front and back.

This painting is available to purchase in my Etsy shop! This painting is SOLD!
I do accept commissions, please inquire if you’re interested.

Cardinal Original Fine Art Acrylic Gouache Wood Slab Painting by Cheryl Oz

Cardinal Original Fine Art Acrylic Gouache Wood Slab Painting by Cheryl Oz

Cardinal Original Fine Art Acrylic Gouache Wood Slab Painting by Cheryl Oz

Cardinal Original Fine Art Acrylic Gouache Wood Slab Painting by Cheryl Oz

Pileated Woodpeckers Original Fine Art Acrylic Gouache Wood Slab Painting : Wood Slab Series

Good Morning! I finished this painting the other day, and I could hardly wait to post it to show you. I absolutely love the shape of this wood. I decided to do a young Pileated Woodpecker and a female Pileated Woodpecker because I felt like the top area of the wood felt like the baby was peeking out of a tree hole, looking for his Momma. The reds from the woodpeckers heads really pop right off the wood! I love this paint!

My Pileated Woodpeckers original painting was done in Holbein Acryla Gouache on a gorgeous, Maple wood slab. The Pileated Woodpeckers are part of a series of several wood slab paintings that I've been working on for the past few weeks. The wood slab has been hand-selected to ensure the most unique and beautiful outcome for the painting. The paints are a dream to work with: creamy, opaque and so brilliant. The slabs give the paintings a modern, yet rustic appeal, but also suited for any contemporary home for any nature or bird lover.

I do not offer my original paintings that often, so if you're interested in my work, this is a great opportunity to purchase an original piece. No archival prints will ever be made from this painting.

Wood: Maple • Size: 17" L x 5 1/2" W • Sawtooth hanger is attached for easy wall hanging. • Paintings are signed on the front and back.

This painting is available to purchase in my Etsy shop!

Great Blue Heron Original Fine Art Acrylic Gouache Wood Slab Painting : Wood Slab Series

Hi. This is my newest personal project, that I’m really excited about. I posted the Snowy Owl first, because I was exciting about sharing it after I finished it, but this painting the, Great Blue Heron was actually the first of my series. Thank you for taking a look! :)

My Great Blue Heron original painting was done in Holbein Acryla Gouache on a gorgeous, maple wood slab. This was the first painting I did on my wood slabs, and I'm not sure why, but I knew that I would do a Great Blue Heron on this piece of wood long before I started working on it. We see the Great Blues at our family cottage on Drummond Island, MI in the Upper Peninsula. I just love watching them hunt for fish, or watching them soar across the lake with their giant wingspan from the cottage window. The Great Blue Heron is part of a series of several wood slab paintings that I've been working on. The wood slab has been hand-selected to ensure the most unique and beautiful outcome for the painting. The paints are a dream to work with: creamy, opaque and so brilliant. The slabs give the paintings a modern, yet rustic appeal, but also suited for any contemporary home for any nature or bird lover.

I do not offer my original paintings that often, so if you're interested in my work, this is a great opportunity to purchase an original piece. No archival prints will ever be made from this painting.

Wood: Maple • Size: 13" L x 6" W • Sawtooth hanger is attached for easy wall hanging. • Paintings are signed on the front and back.

This painting is available to purchase in my Etsy shop!

Snowy Owl Original Fine Art Acrylic Gouache Wood Slab Painting

For the past few weeks, I’ve been working on a series of wood slab paintings. My husband Jeff purchased a few slabs for me before the holidays. I loved them, but I wasn’t sure exactly what I was going to paint on them at the time. After the holidays, I knew I wanted to dive into something new. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I have enjoyed working on them!

My Snowy Owl original painting was done in Holbein Acryla Gouache on a gorgeous, walnut wood slab. I chose a Snowy Owl for this piece because I knew the whites would look amazing on the darker wood. The wood slab has been hand-selected to ensure the most unique and beautiful outcome for the painting. The paints are a dream to work with: creamy, opaque and so brilliant. The slabs give the paintings a modern, yet rustic appeal, but also suited for any contemporary home for any nature or bird lover. I love the bark on this piece.

I do not offer my original paintings that often, so if you're interested in my work, this is a great opportunity to purchase an original piece. No archival prints will ever be made from this painting.

Wood: Walnut • Size: 13 3/4" L x 6" W • Sawtooth hanger is attached for easy wall hanging. • Paintings are signed on the front and back.

This painting is available to purchase in my Etsy shop!

New Year. New Watercolor Set. New Illustration.

Band-Aid Plastic Strips Vintage Tin - Watercolor Illustration by Cheryl Oz

Band-Aid Plastic Strips Vintage Tin - Watercolor Illustration by Cheryl Oz

I received a Sennelier half-pan set of watercolors for Christmas. From an artist’s perspective, it’s so beautiful! I love how the tin is designed and structured. Sennier has an acetate printed over sheet that slips over the paints to not only protect them, but so you know what the name/number of each color is too. On each half pan you can find the number of each color as well, in case you discard the sheet. Anyway, normally I use Winsor & Newton tubes of watercolor, but I’ve been dying to try a pan set. It would be a different way of working with paints for me. The beginning of the year is a good time for exploring new things I always think. For as far back as I can remember, I’ve used Winsor & Newton watercolors, and so I’ve always been curious how other brands would compare. I love the assortment of colors in the set, as well as how they blend with water. I felt like quality-wise they definitely were as great as the W&N that are my golden-standard. As my first pan set, I’d give this set an A+. I can’t wait to dive into more of the colors and get started on something new!

Since we’re talking about wonderfully designed tins, I’ve figured out, that I have a thing for products that come in tins. I remember my parents buying chips, crackers and popcorn in tins. I also remember getting a watch in a tin when I was young. I saved that tin for the longest time — in fact, it might still be in my desk drawer full of paper clips and other random small things. Anything, that has a tin, immediately grabs my attention. Hello, Altoids! Although, I prefer the small Altoids over the large ones. As you can see from looking at my portfolio, I work on a lot of vintage items, especially those from the Mid-Century period. So, why not a tin of Band-Aids to add to the collection, right?!

The Band-Aid tin will soon be available for get well cards and art prints in my shop, as well as in the shops that carry my work. Please always call ahead to see if this available before making a trek to any shops/galleries that carry my work. They do not all carry the same products. Alternatively, you can always contact me! I’m always happy to answer a question or comment about my artwork. Thank you!

Thinking about snow

As I was fumbling around the kitchen this morning, eyes not fully open, and trying to make the coffee, I was thinking about snow. Last night my family and I went for a ride to see some Christmas lights. It was so much fun! Something I have wanted to do for years, and we never make the time to do it. Near the end of our ride, I saw a few small snowflakes hit the windshield. I’m not a huge snow lover. It’s not that I don’t like snow per say, I just know that with snow comes ice on the sidewalks, which makes for icy dog walks. I don’t really care too much for that, since we walk our dogs almost every single day. Conversely, a fresh blanket of snow could be one of the most magical happenings of nature. This morning I was hoping for a fresh dusting to make everything a bit more Christmasey. There wasn’t any, sadly, but meanwhile I was thinking about when we do have a fresh, snowy morning and this cozy bear sipping his coffee popped into my head. December is so busy with so many things, that I often don’t sit down to draw solely for myself, but this morning I did.

Morning digital sketch by Cheryl Oz

Morning digital sketch by Cheryl Oz

Welcome to my new site!

HOORAY! I’m excited to finally launch my new portfolio website! When I finally decided to have my online portfolio, I knew I wanted the design to be simple, clean and lot of white space. I use a lot of white space in my work, so I wanted something that would make the vivid colors in my work, standout and sparkle. It was also important for me to have a site with easy navigation, and to be honest for me to quickly update with new artwork. I’ve had personal websites before, I used to design wedding stationery. I’ll tell you more about that another time. I’ll try to update new work as often as I create it, to keep the material fresh. I’ll also try to announce when I’m having something exciting happening in the studio, events, sales in my Etsy shop too, any other random creative thoughts I might have, and of course new recipes that I may love and like to share. I love to cook as much as I love creating art! I hope you love the site as much as I do, this little puppy is long over-due!

Thank you so much to my husband who puts up with all of my artist craziness! Coincidentally, I’m making my first blog post on our 16th anniversary. YAY! I can’t imagine what my life would have ever been without you. Thank you for all you do and your endless amount of support! I love our journey together. XO XO

Thank you to my friends and family, especially you Mom, (and if Dad were here I know he would be so proud too)!

Last but never least, thank you, thank you to all of the clients who have hired me to do work for them. My customers from brick and mortar shops, the shop owners (Theresa, Melissa, Holly, Nicole and Kat) who carry my work and their employees (Janine!) that work so hard to sell my work, my customers at art fairs and my online Etsy customers too!

You’re all a part of making my artist dreams come true! THANK YOU!