Stick in the Mud

We’ve all been there.  Painting away at a portrait, landscape, abstract, you name it and then it appears on your palette: mud.  You didn’t ask for it to show up but nonetheless there it is AND it’s on your brush.  Does this scenario sound familiar? You mix colors A and B to attempt to make […]

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Inspiration From the Ashes

 Life is a bed of roses! You know what?  The last time I checked, not all of us live and breathe in a Disney movie.  Sometimes things can look pretty bleak.  It is unfortunate how easy it is to slip into a vicious circle of hopelessness and despair.  We’ve all been there at one point or another […]

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If there’s a Will, there’s a Way

You can paint anywhere no matter the space.  If there is a will, there is a way. Recently my husband and I made a big move up north toward Sacramento and let me tell you that moving can be a bear.  During this time I’ve been working on a piece that I need to submit […]

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“Life Gets in the Way”

A polite way of saying, “I don’t have time.”  Sure we all need to go to the store, vacuum the carpet, and handle life when something gets thrown in your face.  Doing what you love usually takes a backseat to “life”.  Let’s break this down… When you think about it, what is life worth living […]

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Art Receptions & The Red Dot

Art receptions are like watching Wild Kingdom.  Once you pick out the lions, the gazelles, the hyenas and the vultures, receptions become an entertaining social comedy.  There is an integral element in this group dynamic…so simple yet so infamous, like the Pink Panther.  It is the sought-after and elusive “Red Dot“.  When you’re walking through […]

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Abstract Choices

So you’re inspired by a realistic image be it a portrait, landscape, flower, bowl of fruit, your grandmothers shitzu, whatever.  How do you go about abstracting something realistic?  Last month I was inspired by a photograph that a friend of mine took of a cactus flower.  I knew immediately that I wanted to “abstract” this […]

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Once Upon a Time…

As 2014 drew to a close I sat in the break room at work doing what I usually do on my afternoon break:  check my e-mail.  I like to think that there is some philanthropic duke somewhere out there just waiting to send me a check for a million dollars “By golly, she’s the one!” […]

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Viola

Every once in a while a commission comes my way and I’ll get really jazzed up about the subject matter.  A gal was flipping through matted prints of my acrylic animals during my last show.  After a while she showed me a photo of her pup, Viola.  I’ve always wanted to paint a French bulldog […]

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Selling Yourself

When you are in the business of producing art eventually the day will come when you make the decision to sell it.  The watershed moment that opens up the alluring door to possibly making a buck along with the floodgates of white-knuckle hard work.  For many years I have participated in various fairs, pop-up galleries, open studios as […]

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Thank Goodness For My Studio!

“Things I am thankful for…”  aaahh yes…the stereotypical “Thanksgiving” homework assignment you get every year until you reach high-school.  To be honest, I kept putting off this blog post because I felt like I was back in 5th grade trying to figure out what to write that would be different from everybody else’s paper.  Oh Jaya, […]

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