Wednesday, April 24, 2013


Does the weather effect your creative inspiration?
No... I'm serious, does it? 

Yesterday was a cold and rainy day. 
Luckily I had plans for a few of my friends to come by and paint with me! 


We painted from 10-12, and then had lunch together. 
After everyone had left, I did not return to the studio... I returned TO BED! 
It may be that my painting partner had LOTS more energy than me,
 but honestly I think it was the rain that made me want to sleep instead of paint!

This morning I woke up before the sun! I found myself in the studio at 5:00AM!
I had this grand idea to start a new 30x30 canvas... But first I had to just finish up a few things on the two paintings I have been working on.

So I added a little more color to this painting and then signed it. Now it was time to start my 3 day long finishing process! Step one, add a layer of acrylic medium. 

Now I took out the second painting. I decided that the "sunflowers" were making me hungry... I couldn't decide if they looked like bagels or donuts, either way, they had to go! (see image below)
 I then decided to add some wild flowers on the far hill. 

FOUR HOURS LATER... I still haven't started my 30x30 canvas!
This second painting is definitely coming along S-L-O-W-L-Y!!!
It has already evolved 3 times too. I do love a good mystery,
 but I hope this doesn't turn out to be one of those paintings that torment me!
 ( you know what I'm talking about!)

Well... I'm taking a short break, but that's it for my blogging adventures for the day!
Have FUN today whatever you decide to do!


Monday, April 22, 2013


Today was a good day. With the exception of a doctors appointment and a quick stop at the grocery store, Me and Ben spent the day in my studio. 
(Actually, Ben spent the day chasing balls and playing with rocks)

I'm in the process of focusing on two paintings.
I immediately chose the painting that has been waiting the longest for some attention. You can see it patiently waiting for me to paint it, see it hanging there all crooked?...
Anyway, I like the way the painting started... 
but nothing had been calling me to put it on the easel. 
So, today was the day.

I started off by texturing and painting some watercolor paper. I then sat and cut the paper into small leaves, and then applied the leaves onto the canvas with gel medium. The medium will take a good 12 hours to dry. So, I started working on the ground beneath the tree.

I decided to make random marks using complimentary colors. Then it was time to add some grass.


Lastly, I decided the background was looking a bit boring, so I spilled, dripped, and splattered some paint. 

Why was this the last paint to hit this canvas? It was because my Stone was calling to me! Such a beautiful day to carve some stone!

After my wrist started getting tired from chiseling away, I decided it was time to go and write my blog! What a great day! 
I love it when I'm in the ZONE!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Day 6 - Community and PAINT!

After yesterdays events in Boston, I woke up so thankful that I would be spending the day finishing a community project I had been working on since December. I absolutely LOVE being part of a community! I have my church community (where I spent the day today), my artist community, I am blessed to have two groups of friends who my husband and I "Do Life With", then of course there's my family!...and then there's always the neighborhood community! Life is just plain better doing it with people you love and care about!

I've always loved being a part of a community, but I hadn't really started thinking about community until I joined this new church. ( ) 
What excited me about this church was their strong desire to build community and love on everyone! Fit me like a glove! 
SO.... naturally I started a community project with the two pastors encouraging me all the way. 
( I love you Jordan and Tanner!)

The idea was to build a huge tree that would be our "Family" tree. I started off by purchasing 3 hollow doors from Home Depot... Did you know how AWESOME these doors are to paint on?! AND they are only $24! ( ) 

I gessoed each door. Then everyone got in on the fun of painting the trees! 

Next step was to make the leaves for the trees. I gessoed brown grocery bags, painted them, and cut out about 300 leaves! By the way, my favorite brand of Gesso for preparing surfaces is Utretch. 
( ) My favorite brand of Gesso for using as white paint is Holbein's smooth white. 
( )

Everyone in the church was given a leaf to write on, then they were applied to the trees with gel medium. Today my BFFL came along and helped me with the finishing touches! We did a little square dancing in between getting yelled at by our neighbors for playing our music too loud and going out for lunch with everyone! 

Here's the finished painting!

The last part of the day was really fun too! I got to splatter paint all over my friend JD! I guess I just like painting everything... Even if it moves! LOL!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Playing with Shapes

Today I only had a few hours of painting play time. I decided to tackle a painting that had the "Uglies". Instead of my usual decision to gesso over an ugly and hopeless painting, I decided to just start painting shapes. I was inspired by these oval/ sunflower type shapes against what was a blueish background.  (now painted in greens)

I really took my time shading these little guys, layering 3 different shades of orange and white. Sometimes I really enjoy these simple shapes and shading that don't require much thought. When I was done, I looked at the painting to see where it would take me next. I kept turning the canvas until I realized these shapes would make great sunflowers. 

I created the two hills and of course... a tree! I'm looking forward to my next day in the studio... I can't wait to see where this painting will take me next! I'm sensing leaves and shapes in the bark of the tree... We'll see!


I started my day with two of my friends having coffee. Great way to start any day! I came home and couldn't wait to get into the studio. It wasn't until my husband came home around 5:30 that I came out of the studio. It was only then that I saw the news covering today's horrific events. I would like to say how sorry I am to anyone who was effected by these senseless bombings. My heart just breaks by these acts of terror. My prayers are for peace and healing tonight.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Follow YOUR path!

Day 4 - Changing the Challenge and Following My Own Path

Today is actually day 6 of my 30 day blog writing challenge. For the past two days I was racking my head trying to think of something interesting to write about. I thought about doing a blog on color theory. I thought about simply writing about the things I love....

Then I realized something... I have the ability to change my own challenge! We all have the ability to make changes in our lives... after all, ultimately we all have the right to choose our own destinies. SO... I've decided instead of writing everyday in my blog, I am going to follow my intuition and simply write when there is something to write about! My new challenge: Write 30 posts regarding art... without time restrictions.

I generally paint anywhere from 3-5 times a week. I will try and post each time I paint. I will post images of what is on the easel and what I have learned for the day. I believe this will make a much more interesting blog to read, and then I won't beat myself up or feel like a failure when I am not posting daily!

My challenge to you.... Follow your own intuition! In the meantime, please feel free to post any questions or ideas for my challenge! I've had several people asking me about my use of color... I will tackle this question this week.

So, I leave you with this little giggle:

Hugs and Happiness!

Thursday, April 11, 2013


I am about to do something that makes me nervous! I am literally sitting here typing with butterflies in my belly! I'm about to show you images of a painting in progress, from start to finish. There are MANY ugly stages in my paintings before I find the beauty. You will see also that the beginning layers of paint are only minutely visible in the end result. So... Here goes....

So now you see the process. The next part is naming the painting. This was at first I thought should be called "Impressions". I thought this because of it's impressionistic feel to it. However, the name and the painting changed shortly after taking a photograph of it. ( See yesterdays post)

I usually paint birds and trees. The bird is either a self portrait or simply portraying us, all of God's children. The tree always represents God. The fact that the bird was in the painting almost right from the beginning ( see above images) is pretty cool, right! If I hadn't taken a photograph, I might never have seen him! Hence the name: "I Was There The Whole Time!"

The irony of the name is that the tree, being God, was really the one that was there the whole time!

I hope you enjoyed todays post, as I feel I have made myself vulnerable for the sake of being real. Isn't it funny how much easier it is putting on our daily "mask" than it is "Being Real"

Maybe I went a bit too deep today. Tomorrow, I will try to be funny instead! :)

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Day 2 "I Was There the Whole Time"

I had a BLAST painting yesterday in my newly cleaned and organized space. I had three paintings started, and all I had to do is pick which one I wanted to work on first.

The painting just flowed! I painted from 9:30 am - 2:15pm.

I never know I am finished painting until a few days after. I like to look at the painting prior to finishing the piece with varnish. The first thing I do when I finish a piece is I take a picture of it and usually post it on my Facebook page to see what comments and  critiques I get from my Facebook friends. Here's the first picture I took:

I wasn't planning on adding a bird to this painting... but look who was waiting for me to notice him at the bottom left of the painting... HA! I LOVE intuitive painting! So, I immediately followed his calling and finished pulling out /painting the little guy! (See image below)

"I was there the whole time!"

I don't think I'm done with this piece yet... but I love the process and evolution of being an artist!

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Hope everyone has a happy day!

Monday, April 8, 2013


New  Beginnings!

So, one of my mentors Flora Bowley ( , challenged herself to write a blog everyday for 30 days. I decided to follow her lead and challenge myself to do the same thing. I’m not sure how interesting this is going to be, but I guess we are about to find out!

I just finished Coordinating the Fine Arts area of the RIBA Home Show. Although this is loads of fun, and I get to meet some amazing artists...This takes me about three months to prepare, getting all my artists in place, getting contracts signed and making sure everyone is prepared. Then, it’s six 12 hour days setting up and exhibiting the show. … Needless to say this takes me completely out of the studio for an entire month!

   I’ve decided that this will be my last year coordinating this event because I really would rather be painting! Also, while the galleries are selling my work, I am not producing new work during this time. So it is no longer possible for me to be both Coordinator AND Artist... So, I decided that I would think of today as NEW BEGINNINGS! Naturally what follows this idea must be a clean and organized studio! RIGHT!

I did get a chance to splash a little paint around… but I am so filled with joy to begin painting tomorrow! So, until then, I took some images of paintings I was painting a month ago… Hello old friends! Are you ready to finish our journey together!

To all my artists friends out there reading my blog, THANKS for taking the time to read this! Let me know if you begin the same 30 day Blog Challenge!

Happy Creating!