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 24, 2017

The image above of Josh was transferred to the carving block by tracing.

Art has the power to move people...and I believe that making art has the power to heal.  But making art has the power to frustrate as well.  

Learning to draw can be a torturous experience for the artist just starting out on their artistic journey.  It is thought by most non-artists, a...

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...

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