Sunday, January 19, 2020

From Here to There

I originally stared this art piece because I do not know much about making 
abstract art yet I know I have what it take to figure it out.  
I, also, know that practice makes better.

Then I realized it was much more.
I wanted it to be a conduit for anyone out there watching 
who may want to paint yet are a little intimated.
Most times what seems like the scariest part is beginning.
Many artists experience hesitation because of the blank white canvas.
Often times they will scribble, splatter paint or do whatever to put something, anything on the canvas.

Painting/creating art has changed my life, for the better.  The way I see things.  My emotional well being.  It's given me an opportunity to grow.  I do not het hung up on petty shit that happens around me.  I could go on and on about all the benefits.

I would not consider myself to be an abstract artist, yet.  I'm OK with that.  I am simply enjoying the process, using a limited color palette, following my instincts, and loving every minute of it.

These are the different phases my art went thru.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Memories Triggered

It amazes me how memories are triggered and can flood back into your thoughts.
I am in the process of doing a major organization/clean-up/throw away process of my art studio. I intend to start teaching small groups (I'll tell you more about this later) in my studio so I need to make room.

Thru the clearing process I came across this painting I hadn't looked at in quite awhile. It was my very first painting ever from 3/21/96. My husband at that time, Greg, and I had moved to Flagstaff, AZ. and I didn't know anybody. One day I happened upon a Ben Franklin store. Back then Ben Franklin was equivalent to Michaels and Hobby Lobby but on a smaller scale. There was a notice of a painting class to meet once a week for 4 weeks. I was intrigued so... I signed up. I can recall that I loved going there and learning how to paint. The instructor guided the group step by step and to paint the exact same thing. Or so we thought! :-)

After 4 weeks, the end of the class, I brought my 11x14 painting home. I purchased a frame before I left the store and put my "masterpiece" in the frame. I found a prominent place to hang it. AHHH! My first painting. I was so excited!!!
It was long after this painting had been proudly on display that someone pointed out to me the pathway leading to the house didn't go where it was suppose to go. WHAT?!? OMGoodness!! They were right! And... the path to the double door building was too narrow. And... the apple barrel was in the center of the path leading to the double door building.

I don't recall how I felt yet I will assume that my joy was probably squashed!
Here it is 24 years later, I cross paths with this painting and all those memories return.  I sit with them for awhile and am filled with gratitude for the lessons learned.

Yesterday I put the art in a the pile to discard or paint over it. John sees it, I tell him the story then he asks what I was going to do with it. When I tell him what my intention is he said, "Don't do that. Keep it. It was your first painting. I'll hang it in my TV room if you don't want it."
His statement made me think. I am following his suggestion to keep it. I will find a prominent place to hang it in my studio and feel very proud to know it was my first painting. I will embrace the mistakes and all.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019


I just finished painting a 16x 20 portrait of my friend's (Alix) daughter, Jessica.
Jessie is such a loving and beautiful soul from the inside out.  
When I saw the photo Alix had taken of her I felt it deep within to paint her.
I wanted to capture her beauty and emit emotions as well.
Intimidating - HELL YES!!!
Yet I am learning to trust and follow the inner urgings.
So that is exactly what I did... I began.

Little did I know how cathartic it would actually end of being. 

I am so grateful, everyday, for the gift given to me to create art.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Temporary Art Studio on the Beach in Mexico

John and I just returned from  Mexico where we enjoyed the beach, sand, sunshine, and fantastic oceans sounds.  
The serenity was beyond words.
I made it my intention to draw on the beach everyday.  I believe I only missed one day and that was because we were in transition from one place to another.

I set up my temporary art studio on the beach.
Sitting on a lawn chair with a folded towel as my table top.  

 Here's are the drawings I did while I was there.  
My intention was to practice adding hands to my art to elevate the story within the art.    


Thursday, October 10, 2019

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

"Don't Be Afraid of the Dark"

This mystifying piece is ready for someone to take home with them.

I feel confident in saying...we've all had at least one of those times when we felt like the rug was pulled out from under us and were tossed into what seemed like an abyss. I know I have! My first and natural tendency was to be scared sh**less, creating in my mind all sorts of WHAT IF scenarios.

Now when I look back at those times, I am fully aware of how valuable they were in shaping me into the person I am today. I would not trade those experiences. I learned from those times. I'm still learning...

"Maybe you have to know the darkness before you can appreciate the light."   Madeleine L'Engle

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Being An Artist

Being an artist artist can sometimes be a challenge.  Oh wait... I should clarify and say at least for me.

My intention is to be the best I can be. I know I have it in me yet I have times of doubt. In one way or another I work at it on a daily basis. 

I am filled with gratitude when I go within and ask for guidance and a message appears. That’s what happened when I started this piece. Here are the words that served as my inspiration, “Do not question things too much. You are on the right track. You are facing the right way. Stop overthinking it. It’s happening. And you are closer than you think.” Whew... uplifting words!

I’m happy to say she is off my easel and into a frame. I patiently wait for a title. When that happens she will be added to my website.

IF you are interested before she goes there send me a message.
12”x15” Acrylic /charcoal.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Framing Her Story

"Framing Her Story"

I've sat looking at this finished piece, into her eyes, waiting for her message to unveil itself. It became apparent she's in a contemplative state. Her head gently resting on her folded hand as she attempts to frame her story to fit into whatever she thinks the listener(s) wants/needs to hear. When the truth is... it's not necessary to be concerned about what others think as long as she remains true to herself. After all it's HER story.

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