“Broken Vessel #9 / Hope”

“Broken Vessel #9 / Hope”

I think Hope is like waiting for a meal when we are hungry. We expect something good to come our way. But our expectations can be shattered like a china plate.

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The Exhibition

The Exhibition

They say that weddings and funerals are the only time when people from all walks of life truly come together. I suggest that art shows do as well…

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Broken Vessel #6 Beauty

Broken Vessel #6 Beauty

How we see ourselves can change. Either radically through trauma or through time and aging. The hope is that we can come to realize that we are beautiful at every stage. And at every age. 

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Broken Vessel #2 Physicality

Broken Vessel #2 Physicality

The opposite of spirituality is the physical body.  And no matter how fit you are, how young, or how invincible you think you are your body can break.  

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Kintsugi

Kintsugi

This is the blog that has taken me 2 and a half years to write.

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Seaglass

Seaglass

Like a bad penny or a piece of seaglass that finally washes up on shore… I’m back.

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The Interview

The Interview

So for the next few weeks I am sharing an interview I did with the Sewickley Gallery and Frame shop.  

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French to English

French to English

Recently a few people had reached out to me to say they loved my recent article in a new Pastel magazine…

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A Red Painting

A Red Painting

One of my favorite paintings is the “Venetian Interior” by John Singer Sargent.

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Validation

Validation

My brain can get tangled….
A brilliant artist friend of mine recently sent me an article about composition and asked me what I thought about it.

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Scrunchie

Scrunchie

Putting my hair up means one thing…. I am painting.
When it is time to get serious about working I have to take off any jewelry, wear simple, comfy clothes…

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Insipid

Insipid

I have to move this year, so I have been keeping an eye out on the houses for sale in my area for a

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The Artist Guild

The Artist Guild

There was a time not long ago when I looked back on the past 20 years and realized that I gotten

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Zing

Zing

Once Upon a Time there was a young illustrator….
And in the magical land of graphic designers, comic book artists

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Affirmations

Affirmations

I’m Back…
Happy New Year! I have never been much of a “resolution” kind of gal. When everyone speaks of resolutions

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Gratitude

Gratitude

It’s time for pie…
Here in the States we celebrate Thanksgiving. And tomorrow I will be eating too much turkey and pie along

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Guppy

Guppy

And sometimes I can just paint without all the constraints.
Here is a recent commission.

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All In

All In

Sometimes with color you can be “all in.”

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Quest

Quest

I interrupt our regularly scheduled blog on color for a recap from “Quest for The West.”

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Reality

Reality

Creating a realistic portrait is tough stuff. Creating a realistic portrait from a photo is nearly impossible.

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The Waterline

The Waterline

What is more elusive than a ghost during the daytime? The waterline in a photo…

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Bed Cake

Bed Cake

Sometimes you get to eat your cake and stay in bed too.

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Demo

Demo

A few weeks ago I was asked to do a portrait demo for the INSPIRE Lecture series…

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Tennis

Tennis

“I just throw dignity at the wall and think only of the game”
– Suzanne Lenglen- the world’s first female professional tennis player

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Nuance

Nuance

“The trouble is, my dear doctor, is that you see, but you do not observe…”
– Sherlock Holmes to Watson

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Composition

Composition

“Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers.”
– Josef Albers

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Fortune

Fortune

“… and we never failed to fail, it was the easiest thing to do.”
– Crosby, Stills and Nash

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Grace

Grace

Last week I was talking about a space feeling “right.” This week is about a painting feeling “right.”

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Blue Butterflies

Blue Butterflies

I love butterflies. How weird and wonderful that they taste flowers with their feet.

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Rattled

Rattled

Someone asked me recently what was the most difficult commission I have ever done. And without hesitation I thought of one of the very first ones I ever did.

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Cat Prints

Cat Prints

So apparently my cat walked into wet oil paint and walked across my taboret and floor…

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Already Gone

Already Gone

“So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains and we never even know we have the key.”
-Eagles song, “Already Gone”

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Neutrality

Neutrality

Just as in this tumultuous political climate, in art, there is no such thing as neutral.

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Spilled Rice

Spilled Rice

In the past few weeks I have moved on to painting other things. And sometimes things get knocked around.

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Book It

Book It

A hardbound book is given to the client at the end of a commission.

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To Make an Omelette

To Make an Omelette

You know the saying “To make an omelette, you have to break a few eggs?” Well, to make a pastel painting you have to break a few sticks.

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The Reveal

The Reveal

So I always get annoyed with taking photos of my finished work…

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Blank Canvas

Blank Canvas

Once the client is satisfied with the overall design and I know what their goals are in the commission, it is time to get to work.

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Study

Study

I have worked with artists creating commissions thoroughout the years and one of the biggest pieces of advice I can give to them is to do your homework.

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Abstraction

Abstraction

So I am not an expert on abstract paintings. In fact, when I go to a museum or show, they don’t tend to capture my attention. The only clear exception for me has been Frances Kline.

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Teeth

Teeth

I see portraits all the time with teeth… oh man, just don’t do it.

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Brushing Up

Brushing Up

A brush is an artist’s friend, so we need to take care of our pals…

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The Devil

The Devil

“It’s hard to dance with a devil on your back so shake him off…”   – Florence and the Machine

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