Monday, June 18, 2018

Time Flies

Time certainly does fly - when you're having fun!
It's hard to believe it's been over one month since I posted on my blog.
I know it's been busy.  Alot of family stuff going on, watching GRANDkids, artshows, exhibits, and I have been busy creating art.
Let me show you what I've created since my last entry on May 4th.

Tea Bag Art



Custom Art
This was SOLD immediately. 
I surprised Carrie with this drawing of her.
She cried!

Charcoal Art


Smile Project
Jessica is #40 to my Smile Project.
Only 12 more spots available.

You will be able to find me more frequently on:
or on by FaceBook Page

Friday, May 4, 2018

I'm doing cartwheels!

I am so frickin' excited over here!!!!   I'm doing cartwheels!!!! (in my mind, of course)  

I just learned the portrait I entered into the Cloth-Paper-Scissors Mixed Media Portrait challenge was accepted as one of the finalists. 
Wanna do a "hApPy DaNcE" with me?

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Voyage Chicago Magazine

I was recently asked to share about myself, as an artist, and my art for the Voyage Chicago magazine.  
It sure is an honor to see myself grouped with other creative souls.
Click this link to read the article:

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

the story behind the art

I use to think that I could withstand most storms that came my way, literally or emotionally, by rationalizing it.   I'd focus on looking for a silver lining, a lesson to be learned, knowing the sun will come out after the rain, or finding a pony underneath all the horse shit.  
Thru one of my toughest times like my divorce in 1997 after 22 years of marriage I feel one of my strongest assets can be attributed to creating a POL (pissed off list).  
All those things that made me mad or made me scared I would write them down on this list.
I believe there is a place for rationalizing

I, also, have come to understand that feeling the emotion then releasing it 
is extremely cleansing and healing.   
Sometimes thru tears.

I recently feel like I lost a friendship and it has silently troubled me.  I know you are probably thinking, "So what.... friendships come and go!"   Quite honestly I felt the same way... So What... yet the feeling remained.
I turned to my journal to write about it.  I asked myself why it bothered me so much.
It eventually dawned on me that is was...
ABANDONMENT:   a subjective emotional state in which people feel undesired, left behind, insecure, or discarded.  
I started to weep.  Most of my childhood I felt this way and it was here again, in this moment.  Instead of brushing it off and rationalizing it I chose to sit with it. 
Thank You, God/Universe for bringing this person and the situation into my life.

The next morning as I entered my studio, this piece was readily available for me to create.
Titled, "Releasing Can Do Wonders"

Because this piece is resonating with many people.
I have prints available.
Let me know if you are interested and I will give you more details.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Sharing the Creative Process

Last week I boldly said I was going to start recording myself creating Tea Bag Art. The next day after I declared such a statement I jumped right in and did it. It was uncomfortable but I was proud of myself for following thru.
Then it came time for the reviewing/editing of the tape. OMGoodness...that's when the real fear shit began! I was so judgmental of myself. I didn't like the way my hands looked. I thought I seemed unsure about drawing. My voice was uninteresting. I didn't like the way I blabbered during the recording. The list goes on and on and on. I almost reverted to doing a shot of whiskey just to finish. (just kidding about the whiskey!!) It has taken me almost 8 days to muster up the courage to share the link. 
Soon I will press the "Publish" button. I will have faced that fear head on. And you know what...POOF... it will be gone! On to the next one. There are many blessings from stepping out of your comfort zones.

Monday, March 26, 2018


I have been going thru all sorts of magazines clipping out images and words that speak to me.
Not questioning why, just kept collecting.  
(On a side note:  I even involved my GRANDchildren, if you want to get to know a little person better this is a great way.)
After I had accumulated quite the collection I went thru them to look deeper as to why I was drawn to them originally.  
It is an interesting discovery!
There was this one photo in particular of a dwelling in India that grabbed my full attention.  It touched me to the very core of my being.  
The colors, the textures, even the layout with the slant.   
Since I like to challenge myself, as an artist,  I decided to try and re-create this.  
I've been periodically working on it for over a week now with plenty more to do.  
There is a lot of drying time required between the stages.  
Here is my work in progress. 
for the final piece.

4/4/18  Addendum to the previous post:
I finished it!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Down Memory Lane...

This morning, after my meditation, I came across this speech given by Steve Jobs in 2005.
It has always been one of my favorites especially about "connecting the dots".

When I fist began my art journey in 2011 I had absolutely no idea what I was suppose to be doing.
I trusted I was on the right path and I set forth putting one step in front of the other.   Believing it was all going to work out just the way it's suppose to.  To this day I still have the same belief.  Even in those times I may seem lost and confused my core belief remains the same.
In 2011 I created this piece to serve as a reminder and inspiration.
Here's a walk down memory lane to share some of my earlier art that I created when I began my art journey in 2011.

Thanks for sharing this journey with me.

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