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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Getting The World to Tilt

Getting The World to Tilt

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.

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Getting Curves

Getting Curves

And just like an an awkward teenage girl, when a line grows up it can get curvy.

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A Crit

A Crit

So while in quarantine I have been doing critiques for artists…

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Impact

Impact

Sometimes a light shines in the darkness… or at least into your living room.

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Flowers

Flowers

I am busier then ever… so why do I feel that I am not getting much done?

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Guest Blogger

Guest Blogger

Hi! this week I am taking you to a wonderful blog spot called How to Pastel.

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Arrested Momentum

Arrested Momentum

In the very beginning of designing this painting I asked myself- “What is most important?”

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Light and Air

Light and Air

Hang in there everyone! Glad you could join me again this week from containment. I sincerely hope that

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Purple People

Purple People

“What color should I use for skin?” I get asked this question all of the time.

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