Animal Magnetism

  Animals have always been a part of my life ever since I was a small child.  Growing up I had dogs, a cat, an assortment of mice, zebra finches, parakeets, cockatiels, a rat named Sneakers, and two newts if I remember correctly.  My Cockatoo, Angel, is still with me today and will surely outlive […]

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“Big Sky” Acrylic Workshop (December)

One of the most beautiful subjects to paint in nature is the ever-changing sky. Sunsets, starry nights, lazy summer days, and storm fronts provide a lifetime of inspiration. Who can argue that one of the most dynamic natural elements of the sky above are the clouds? These are the personality of the landscape and are […]

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Hot Mess to Success: Unlocking the Encaustic Abstract

Aahhhh abstract art…Easy, huh? If you cringe a little on the inside when you hear this, then you hold the key to unlocking the abstract. Similar to a foreign language, abstract art can be elusive, beautiful, inspiring, or possibly jarring, frustrating and confusing.  Would you like to learn French or just walk around speaking in a French accent? […]

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The “Holy Grail”

I would like to think of myself bravely standing on top of a carved stone lion’s head.  The updraft emanating from below causes my hat to flutter.  I dust off my jacket and extend my leg into the air.  As I lean forward into the limitless abyss I think to myself, “There’s no turning back now…” Well […]

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“Big Sky” Acrylic Workshop

“Big Sky” 1-DAY ACRYLIC WORKSHOP One of the most beautiful subjects to paint in nature is the ever-changing sky. Sunsets, starry nights, lazy summer days, and storm fronts provide a lifetime of inspiration. Who can argue that one of the most dynamic natural elements of the sky above are the clouds? These are the personality […]

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“Acrylic Abstracts & Landscapes” 10-week Acrylic Class at the Triton

The focus of this class will be composition, color relationships and mixing using a limited palette. Students will learn glazing and layering techniques, brush basics, and how to create a variety of color formulas. These painting elements will be practiced in exercises using abstract and landscape as the subject matter. Demonstrations will be given at […]

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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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Face to Face With My Comfort Zone (part 2)

Now that I’ve got the itch to get back in the classroom I signed up for another workshop: “Making Faces with Charlie Levin”. The months passed and boy was I excited!  As the weekend drew nearer I began researching Charlie’s work and chatted anyone’s ear off who’d listen about my upcoming adventure.  I had prepared extra […]

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Class Act

In every class there is a dynamic. You see, I am usually the loud funny one. This is my natural group role – I am funny, hence people will like me and I will fit in. I am loud so people will pay attention to me and I can dominate the conversation. I am a […]

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So you think you want to start a painting?

Part 1 My cousin is getting married later this month and smart me thought, “I’ll make her a painting!” Nothing like a personal from-the-heart gift to celebrate that once in a lifetime union to your soul mate. It’s either that or a gravy boat. So I asked her what their favorite colors are. I got […]

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