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.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Faces of Lola

Here are progression photos of a piece I started yesterday and finished today.
16x20 acrylic and pan pastels on gallery wrapped canvas.
I titled her, "Lola".

She started off as a sketch of a sweet and innocent young lady 
Then she quickly turned into a very scary looking person.
This is a common, known as the scary or ugly stage, to go thru.  It has been known to frighten someone from continuing.
I've been at this long enough to know to keep moving forward.

Added first layers highlights and shadows.

Refining the features.

Continue to refine the features and adding more color.

She went to the hair salon and had hair extensions added.

This is the final piece.
I wanted to knock off some the preciseness about the painting so I sanded the entire piece down.
I really like the affect.

Thursday, July 11, 2019


I am releasing a  new 24" x 36" art, titled, "Unconditionally". 
 I poured my heart and my soul into this piece.  Here's a bit of truth... as I get ready to show you I am both excited and anxious.
Excited because I like how the piece turned out and I overcome obstacles as I created it.  Anxious... well that's just plain ole fear.  Who knows where the fear comes from.  I don't really care.  
What I know is when I step out of a place of comfort and into something new, fear is always there.  Wanting to keep me small. This isn't new to me or to any of us.  I (we) always have a choice for our thoughts.  I've experienced when I choose better thoughts I tend to make better choices.   I chose not to let the anxious/insecure feelings hinder me in any way.  I made a conscious decision to carry on. And you know what... I became more confident.

TRUTH:  The canvas size of 24x36 was a little daunting, tho.   I had said I wanted  to increase the size of my art yet I was planning on doing it in increments.  Then on June 24th  my husband brought home this canvas, saying he wanted me to make something different on it.
Surprise!!!!!         Hmmmm....  OK!
(my initial response) 
Right away I chose some of my favorite paint colors and put them on the canvas.  Not being concerned if the colors went together or where I was placing them, I just wanted to get rid of the intimidating BIG white blank canvas.  
And, you know what?  After I did that I felt ready to begin.

The whole point of me telling you this stuff  is to let you know that when I create art it runs much deeper than simply putting paint on a canvas.  

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Blessed and filled with gratitude.

I have been blessed this past week!
I am filled with gratitude!
 In my heart I want to explode and tell you guys in depth all the details of everything I am feeling and why yet when it comes to the written word I lack in confidence.  I don't seem to find the right words.  So when I made the first two sentences in larger print just know there is a lot of heartfelt-ness that goes along with it.

On Wednesday I posted about being offered a solo art show, which is super cool.  Here's the link.
I SOLD 2 pieces of art.

It feels so good when people connect with my art, after all, you are my motivation and driving force.
Then we my art is purchase it I overflow with gratitude!  Seriously... tears and all!!!
It took me a while but now I realize that selling my art is part of the equation to continue being an artist.

Here are the two pieces that have found a new home.
Rise Up Toward the Light 
STEADFAST (like a tree)

I finished two pieces of new art.
The first one has been added to my website.  The other one will be added when after it's titled.   I am waiting on it to be revealed to me.
"And So It Is"
16" x 20" x 3/4"
gallery wrapped canvas
$260.00 includes US shipping
IF interested, let me know
not titled yet
22" x 28" x 3/4"
gallery wrapped canvas
IF interested, let me know

I have a piece from 2018 that became one of the 9 finalist chosen for the Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazine.  I fused the canvas onto textured wood and added more interest.  She's done and will be heading to my website soon.

12" x 12" x 1/2"
canvas on wood
$180,00 includes US shipping
IF interested, let me know
Thank You for your continued support and encouragement.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

when a door opens

Photo by:  Jan Tinneberg (Unsplash)

Yesterday I was presented with the opportunity to do a solo art show at Gallery 338 and I said... YES!
This solo art show marks another first for me.  I am thrilled!

The show will be June 1- 29
Gallery 338
338 S. Armore Ave.
Villa Park, IL

I will provide more details when I get them.
✔️  Right now... mark your calendar!!!  

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Sedona Trip

I just returned from a solo trip to Sedona, AZ. for 7 days. My intention for this trip was to be still, grounding, understanding, and releasing.  
I chose an Airbnb that was an Eco Retro Art Retreat. The hosts were fabulous! Adam is an abstract artist and author of several books. One of them I read while I was there. It was the perfect place for me to be. There was no TV and no WiFi.  
I rose very early each day excited to see what would unfold. I did many adventures in nature, hiking, and climbing as far as I could go. These stories were posted on FaceBook.  
If you want to see them --> CLICK HERE

Outside of my door was a veranda for my use only.  
It was lovely!  
Each night I would take my art supplies, consisting of pastel pencils, outside spending time drawing in my journal.
Here are the drawings that came from those times.

On my last night there Adam commissioned me to draw his sister.

It was one of the best gifts I could give myself.
I will, indeed, be doing it again!

Returning to the fundamentals

photo by: Frank Busch on Unsplash
I started this blog in 2011 it was a means to document my creative journey, later in life and not being sure of what to do.  I simply put one foot in front of the other and trusted it would be revealed to me.   The truth is, most times I was bombarded by self-doubt.  I had never painted or drawn before so I was venturing out into the unknown.  I would use these writings/photos as a reference point to look back in time.  I could see where I was in comparison to where I am at the  present time.   I could see there was improvement, even on a small scale, that gave me the encouragement to keep going.  Today, I still feel those moments of self doubt yet along the way I have gained more confidence then when I started and more tools to help me overcome any of those negative thoughts.

This site, also, was intended to be an encouragement for anyone else who was interested in doing something out of their comfort.  You can begin by reading some of my earlier posts.

You see.. one of the things that frightened me the most was I would compare myself to others.  The really good artists.  Duh!!!  Now I know not to do that.   It would stop me dead in my tracks until one day it dawned on me that they had to begin at the beginning, too.

I remembered a song from a long time ago that inspired me and I started listening to it again.  HERE'S THE LINK TO WATCH

Here are some of the lyrics that I like:
It's not where you start, it's where you finish.
It's not how you go, it's how you land.
A hundred to one shot, they call him a klutz 
Can out-run the favorite, all he needs is the guts.
Your final return will not diminish
And you can be the cream of the crop;
It's not where you start, it's where you finish,
And you're gonna finish on top.

I have gotten more involved in creating art, selling my art, art shows/galleries, teaching, and learning that I have been remiss with this site.  That is going to change.  I am returning to the fundamentals of this blog,  Sharing my creative journey as I let my creative spirit out to play.

You can follow me via email or sign on as a follower.  These choices and others are on the sidebar of my homepage.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The Beach Ladies 2019

I just returned from the Dominican Republic where I was on vacation with my husband John.
I try to do this every year as a little get-a-way from the winter.

It had become tradition that I set up what I refer to as my temporary seaside/ocean front art studio.
I have limited art supplies which encourages me to look for found items I can use for mark making.
I stop frequently while walking to pick up this or that.
My intention is to draw a face every day.  
I posted each art along with their story on my FaceBook page.
Here's the link if you like to read about them.
   Here are the "beach ladies" from this trip.  

Sunday, January 20, 2019

It is gratifying when...

I added this piece as my latest abstract art, "There's More to the Story.
"There's More to the Story"
24" x 30"
acrylic on canvas

As I begin the process of creating abstract art I go with a feeling.  Starting with what colors to choose, how to apply it, do this, then do that.  As I progress, by adding more layers, the meaning of the piece starts to reveal itself to me.  I struggle with the right words to describe what the piece is telling me.  I know in non-words, in my heart.   
Then I remember... that's the beauty of abstract art.  It is subjective.  It can mean something different to each person and I don't have to try and explain it.   
Yet... when someone "gets it" my heart is filled!  
That is what happened when Sarah posted this comment on my FaceBook Page.
If I may say my interpretation, I feel like this is my heart. Lots of things are scattered and misplaced, but there are stable, permanent, fixtures that will always remain (represented by the red squares)
Thank You, Sarah!

Friday, January 18, 2019

Painting Like a Crazy Lady

I love creating portraits, particularly women faces.  I feel we have such expression that I like to explore.  My main mediums are loose graphite or charcoal, or PanPastels.    My rendering of my portraits are contrived, I naturally lean toward being precise.  Sometime I can be quite obsessed with getting proportions just tight.  I've had this burning desire to become more loose and creative.  Plus I've been wanting  to be more comfortable other mediums such as acrylic paint and oil paints.  I have been journaling about this wanting so I surrendered this desire to the Universe,  believing that a resolve would come.  

And... it did in the form of abstract art!

I now know that I do not want to put myself in a box and limit my creativity to only one style.
I have been making abstract art and painting like a crazy lady!  Making a mess and cleaning it up, making a mess and cleaning it up, over and over again.  
Frickin' lovin it!!!
Here's my first 7 pieces that are for sale on my website, IF one speaks to you.

A Seemingly Inexplicable Time
24 x 24
24 x 30
Rise Up Toward the Light
18 x 14
Along the Path
12 x2 4
In An Instant
24 x 8
20 x 20
Uncharted Territory
20 x 16

This is so much fun!  I can't stop.  I don't want to stop.  I am having the time of my life.
If you are local and want to come create with me-let me know.

Thank You for your continues support and encouragement!

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