IAPS

IAPS

If you are not familiar, IAPS stands for the International Association of Pastel Societies.

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Carry On

Carry On

The last thing that I find important for painting plein air and that has become my very good friend is my travel bag.

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Studio #10

Studio #10

“Lifes like a road that you travel on, when there’s one day here and the next day gone…”  – Rascal Flatts. 

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“Underwater”

“Underwater”

There are events in life that greatly affect us. They get talked about, analyzed, and then we try to put them on a shelf. But sometimes there are nightmares and the images persist. Then I know it is time to paint my  demons.

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Cobalt Blue

Cobalt Blue

When I think about starting a painting, I don’t necessarily think about the image details, but rather what feeling does the painting need to convey.

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Shifting

Shifting

“Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.” -Raymond Lindquist

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Nihonga

Nihonga

Last week I tried to focus on slowing down every once in a while in my life. This week I want to slow down in my work.

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Recap

Recap

Last week I was honored to be on the faculty of Pastel LIVE.

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Life

Life

Life drawing….like running scales on a piano for a musician, it is crucial.

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Playing Pool

Playing Pool

Pool players become good at the game when they understand one thing- the “angle of incidence.”

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UArt

UArt

So if Sennelier LaCarte is the pretty, delicate princess at the ball, then UArt is the party crasher that just showed up on a Harley in black leather.

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“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

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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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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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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