Hummingbird and Trail Hazards

Hummingbird and Trail Hazards

Posted on Jul 6, 2017 in Blog | No Comments

Anyone who knows me, or those kind enough to follow my social media posts, knows that I am an avid trail runner, and am so happy when I am out in nature. I find it inspiring, rejuvenating, exhilarating, and peaceful. I am pretty much always in awe, even when it is the same route I have done many times.

Small Discoveries

Small Discoveries

Posted on Jun 20, 2017 in Blog | No Comments

I’ve done a few small paintings recently and have made a few discoveries. The most important one being that even if you have no idea what you want to do in the studio, the best thing is just to actually do something, anything. I have some bigger ideas brewing, but sometimes just working small and more quickly is exactly what I need, either because of time constraints, or not wanting to commit to a bigger piece quite yet.

Love Is…

Love Is…

Posted on Jun 9, 2017 in Blog | No Comments

I was very pleased to be asked to be a part of a book project, LOVE IS | Das Buch. From the authors: LOVE IS is an extraordinary book! An almanac of love. On more than 450 pages you will find social media postings, photographs, images and text of over 200 artists and writers from all over the world.

Don’t Plan The Ending

Don’t Plan The Ending

Posted on Jun 4, 2017 in Blog | No Comments

I like to think I’m a good planner. In fact, my excellent planning, research, and organization skills come quite handy in my everyday life. Figuring out my next travel plans (stay tuned), organizing my daughter’s schedule (when she lets me), staying on top of my To-Do Lists (did I mention I’m the Queen of post-it notes?) and overall having a pretty good sense of the big picture plan of my life (except, thankfully, the very end.)

Crocker Art Auction

Crocker Art Auction

Posted on May 24, 2017 in Blog | No Comments

Snow Dance is part of the Crocker Art Museum’s 2017 Art Auction. It is currently on view in the Crocker galleries from May 18 to June 3rd. If you are interested in my piece or other available pieces, but are unable to attend, you can place an absentee bid.

The Wind in the Trees

The Wind in the Trees

Posted on May 12, 2017 in Blog | No Comments

Another creative outlet that I enjoy is writing poetry which I started last year. I had taken a creative writing poetry class in college over 25 years ago but hadn’t written anything since then. My topics are varied but frequently are inspired by nature or an idea may start to percolate while I’m running in nature.

Somewhere in the Jungle

Somewhere in the Jungle

Posted on May 5, 2017 in Blog | No Comments

My jungle painting that I wrote about last week is now finished. As my daughter said on numerous occasions: “Mom, you keep working on that painting and it doesn’t look any different.” Well it looks different in the details, I tried to tell her. I found that every time I added a line it then required another line in response, either a whole new line or a change of color of an existing line. It was becoming a meditative cycle with no end in sight.

Verticals

Verticals

Posted on Apr 25, 2017 in Blog | No Comments

I’ve been painting a lot of horizontal compositions lately. Not intentionally but “landscape” orientations often come naturally when painting landscapes. I decided my next painting would be vertical, that is, a “portrait” orientation. Well at least that was how it was going to start. Here is the latest on my easel, it’s still a work in progress.

The Edges of Things

The Edges of Things

Posted on Apr 15, 2017 in Blog | No Comments

I’m finding that I’ve been really interested in edges lately in my painting. I’m not talking about the outer edges of the piece, although those can be interesting too, I’m talking about where shapes, colors, and lines meet.

Skinny Dipping

Skinny Dipping

Posted on Apr 1, 2017 in Blog | No Comments

As the painting neared completion the foreground cliffs were still mostly intact
I hesitated at first
But I knew what I needed to do…