And I am not talking about the ones you fly In…
This is the sign on the back of my bathroom door.
Every Thursday night I get to draw the model.
I’ve never been one to hang awards on my walls.
I love new socks….
Broken Vessel #12 / Identity”
And so it ends with me…
“Broken Vessel #11 / Endurance”
“Broken Vessel #10 / Faith”
Life can turn red.
“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.
Broken Vessel #8 / Trust
Trust is at the core of who we are as human beings.
“Broken Vessel #7 / Innocence”
Innocence is perhaps that one element that we can never fully recover.
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…
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.
Broken Vessel #5 Peace
Broken Vessel #4 / Love
Love. It makes ya crazy.
Broken Vessel #3 Security
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.
This is the blog that has taken me 2 and a half years to write.
Like a bad penny or a piece of seaglass that finally washes up on shore… I’m back.
I have been silent the last few weeks.
So for the next few weeks I am sharing an interview I did with the Sewickley Gallery and Frame shop.
I love it when new opportunities come my way…
My birthday is this weekend….
Ever cut a loaf of bread with a spoon?
I recently finished a new pastel…
Being an artist is glamorous….not.
The Princess and the Pea
I have had this book since I was very little…
French to English
Recently a few people had reached out to me to say they loved my recent article in a new Pastel magazine…
A Red Painting
One of my favorite paintings is the “Venetian Interior” by John Singer Sargent.
Blue and Yellow
These are the colors I am thinking about this week.
Lots of good stuff to share this week…
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.
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…
I have to move this year, so I have been keeping an eye out on the houses for sale in my area for a
The Artist Guild
There was a time not long ago when I looked back on the past 20 years and realized that I gotten
Once Upon a Time there was a young illustrator….
And in the magical land of graphic designers, comic book artists
Happy New Year! I have never been much of a “resolution” kind of gal. When everyone speaks of resolutions
It’s time for pie…
Here in the States we celebrate Thanksgiving. And tomorrow I will be eating too much turkey and pie along
And sometimes I can just paint without all the constraints.
Here is a recent commission.
Goldfish Part 6 – Finale
“If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?” – Rumi
It was time for Orange…
Goldfish Development #4
“Go out on a limb – that’s where the fruit is.” – Bob Ross
Now the path gets rockier…
One thought leads to another…
I recently bought some softboxes from Amazon…
Wrestling a painting into submission is tough…
Sometimes with color you can be “all in.”
I interrupt our regularly scheduled blog on color for a recap from “Quest for The West.”
A good painting has a clearness of thought behind it.
Creating a realistic portrait is tough stuff. Creating a realistic portrait from a photo is nearly impossible.
What is more elusive than a ghost during the daytime? The waterline in a photo…
Eyebrows can be tricky.
When are rules not rules?
Lean Into It
Recently I found myself painting a self-portrait.
Sometimes you get to eat your cake and stay in bed too.
House of Havoc
I have a companion in my studio…
I read once that the act of walking is constant falling.
A few weeks ago I was asked to do a portrait demo for the INSPIRE Lecture series…
Dino Nuggets and Smiley Fries
Oh, fine American Cuisine…
Sometimes I get restless.
“I just throw dignity at the wall and think only of the game”
– Suzanne Lenglen- the world’s first female professional tennis player
I found myself recently staring back at an old friend.
“The trouble is, my dear doctor, is that you see, but you do not observe…”
– Sherlock Holmes to Watson
The Yellow Stage
Last Friday I did a zoom lecture.
The Color of Light
All light sources have an inherent color.
“Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers.”
– Josef Albers
Let’s talk color.
Poor little potato.
Back in Black
No, I’m not talking about the AC/DC song.
But sometimes work gets put on hold…
So now it is time to get to work…
“… and we never failed to fail, it was the easiest thing to do.”
– Crosby, Stills and Nash
This is the only thing I have that belonged to my grandfather.
Lessons on Light From a Ladder
The biggest weapon an artist has is observation.
I recently got a splinter.
How things change…
Survival is its own creative act.
I love authentic people.
Last week I was talking about a space feeling “right.” This week is about a painting feeling “right.”
An Unmade Bed
I have a confession to make… I like making my bed.
The Slap and Whisper
Happy New Year! I’m back!
Sushi and a Blanket Fort
Please tell me 2020 is almost over…
Time to chat about composition with Patrick Lee.
Focused as a Red Laser
A focal point in an image is key.
Composition is King I tell Ya!
So the textures in Patrick Lee’s paintings are unsurpassed. Yet it is the composition that makes you look twice…
I love butterflies. How weird and wonderful that they taste flowers with their feet.
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.
My daughter was struck by lightning.
So apparently my cat walked into wet oil paint and walked across my taboret and floor…
“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”
Just as in this tumultuous political climate, in art, there is no such thing as neutral.
In the past few weeks I have moved on to painting other things. And sometimes things get knocked around.
A hardbound book is given to the client at the end of a commission.
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.
So I always get annoyed with taking photos of my finished work…
Step by Step
Portraits are a treasure hunt… searching… searching…
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.
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.
Monster in the Making
I have a new commission…