July 29, 2017

This week I decided to take a break from painting to make monotype prints on a gelli plate.  My idea required that I go bigger than the 3x5 plate that I had. Since gelli plates are a bit expensive, I decided to try my hand at making one from a recipe I found on the internet.  I should mention that I altered the recipe just a bit...I added a little more gelatin than the original r...

July 23, 2017

First in a series of Asian influenced minimalist black and white paintings made with Intent, Restraint and Faith.

"Cartwheel"

Acrylic on Canvas

24x36 wrapped canvas

 "Buoyant"

Acrylic on Canvas

36x40 wrapped canvas

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 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 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 30, 2017

The kiddos are home for the summer and here in Florida, it is steamy hot outside!   Today I am home cooling my heels with a little one that's a bit under the weather. This little guy loves to watch me work, especially when I print cute doggie prints, mostly because he gets to color on the outtakes.  Our project today is a "Doggie Bag" made using the "Woof" Lino cut of my Schnauze...

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...

April 26, 2017

Working on my web site this last week turned out to be much more consuming than I realized it would be. So I took a much needed break from the tech learning curve and worked on cutting a Lino. While I worked on this cut

it occurred to me that carving can be a very "Zen" thing to do.  I have found that the act of carving helps me center my thoughts and focus.  Of course, it mi...

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