July 31, 2018

It took a while, but I'm back at it again.  Getting back to the routine of creating art after a life disruption has not been easy for me.  Thankfully, I had a couple of pending projects and a push from my friends to put me back on track.  

So here it is...my first project since the big move into the new house.  Granted, I had quite a time finding some of my sup...

August 13, 2017

 A watercolor portrait of my father's friend Randy.

Beginners luck is something I experience often when I'm learning a new method.  In my efforts to loosen up and paint in broad strokes, I had the happy accident of creating this painting of my father's friend Randy.  He was a great subject to start with because he has such an expressive face...and that beard!

In this Arti...

July 15, 2017

The one constant in my work space, be it in my studio or my kitchen table, are my two most loyal side kicks, my cat Huey and pup Cooper. They are an endless source of inspiration with their amusing antics and graceful postures.  

These two clowns help to keep things light.  They are my "go to" muses when I'm feeling stymied in my work.  

The picture above i...

July 8, 2017

I dream about painting in broad confident strokes.  I mean that literally...I dream about it in my sleep. But in my dreams the painting always turns out better than it does in real life.  

When I sit down to work, I get caught up in the details, failing to trust myself to make those large bold strokes I imagine myself doing.  But I persist in my effort to learn new...

July 4, 2017

The road to creativity can be a bumpy one...there will be times of great improvement and other times of plateaus and even some setbacks.  It's unrealistic to think that everything you make will be great all the time...that's a lot of pressure to put on yourself.  Where's the fun in that?

As an artist, my mentality is that I am a perpetual student.  This mindset helps me to no...

July 1, 2017

"Girl in Pink Bow" is my most recent work.  I started this painting months ago, but had to stop working on it when life got in the way... 

Summer was just beginning when my 2 year old grandson came to stay with us for a while.  It's taken some time, but we are finally settling into a routine that has, by necessity, caused me to re-think how I use my time and energy.  Sub...

June 17, 2017

On a lazy Friday afternoon, at our art groups' open studio day, the question of when your work is considered "derivative work" came up.  The short answer is that all artwork is "derived" from some source, at some level.  All art "derives" from something else, and has evolved from a source or inspiration.  

Did the "Impressionist" artist movement not derive from...

June 10, 2017

A while back, I competed in an art show along side an artist whose work was an absolute inspiration for me to try harder...  

Her work was in both color pencil and graphite, mediums that I had just began to renew my interest in at the time.  Her work was photo realistic, and at first glance, I thought they were photos.  I had entered some pencil drawings into the same sh...

May 20, 2017

Tonight I had the privilege of participating in the juried show Opus Tampa 17.  Participating in shows like this one has many advantages above the obvious opportunity to sell your art.  Tonight's event was a great time to connect with other awesome artists.  I met one person that makes amazing fairy houses.  check her out on my instagram page. It's also a great way to expan your...

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