Love. It makes ya crazy.
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.
I have had this book since I was very little…
Recently a few people had reached out to me to say they loved my recent article in a new Pastel magazine…
One of my favorite paintings is the “Venetian Interior” by John Singer Sargent.
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
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.
“If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?” – Rumi
It was time for Orange…
“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?
Recently I found myself painting a self-portrait.
Sometimes you get to eat your cake and stay in bed too.
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…
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
Last Friday I did a zoom lecture.
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.
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.
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.”
I have a confession to make… I like making my bed.
Happy New Year! I’m back!
Please tell me 2020 is almost over…
Time to chat about composition with Patrick Lee.
A focal point in an image is key.
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.
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…
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.
I have a new commission…
A painting is theater.
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.
I see portraits all the time with teeth… oh man, just don’t do it.
A brush is an artist’s friend, so we need to take care of our pals…
“It’s hard to dance with a devil on your back so shake him off…” – Florence and the Machine
The weather has been nice where I am lately so I recently found myself out on the grass looking up at white, fluffy clouds moving quickly past the trees.
I am a bionic woman.
Pastel Is a tactile medium.
I am crabby. Crabby, crabby, crabby…
And just like an an awkward teenage girl, when a line grows up it can get curvy.
A line is the most powerful tool in art.
There is something inherently powerful about welding a brush…
You know you are an artist when…
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