My Painting Had 5 minutes Of Fame

I was commissioned to do a dog portrait for a Christmas gift.  I sent the painting off to Canada and it was received without a problem.  The problem occurred after the gift was given to its recipient.  It was stolen shortly thereafter!  Here is the news story out of Portland, Oregon about the stolen painting of Gia. I felt terrible when I heard about it.  I painted a new one for Gia's owner as a gift to replace the stolen one.  The new one has been received and all is well in Gia's world.


I was contacted awhile back from someone at the  #besomebody movement through Instagram to see if I was interested in joining them as a Passionary on their platform.  They are about putting people together who want to have an experience and learn from someone who has passion around what they love to do.  In my case, it's painting.  Someone can book time with me to have a painting session.

They came to my home studio and interviewed me on video, filmed me painting and then did a photoshoot.  I haven't seen the video yet but was given my photos yesterday.  Here are a few that show me painting in my studio.


Putting the finishing touches on my octopus painting.

Putting the finishing touches on my octopus painting.

The beginning layers of a new painting.

The beginning layers of a new painting.

Deciding where my next mark will be.

Deciding where my next mark will be.

The Evolution of Happy

I thought I would share with you how my paintings come together.  I start with random marks and getting really messy with the paint which is my favorite part.  I love starting a fresh blank canvas.  The possibilities are endless.

I start looking for imagery within all the marks and then pull them out.


Then I continue to refine the image, add more layers and details until I'm happy with it.  The result was a joyful, playful and happy elephant.

This painting is 24" X 24" and is available for sale in my shop here.

Magic Garden

I've been on a painting tear lately and have several canvases in progress.  I recently finished this one called "Magic Garden".  I seem to find dragonflies in my work a lot.

This is 11" X 14" on Gallery Wrapped Canvas with 1.5" sides painted black.  It's available for sale.

From this:


To this:
Magic Garden

Wild and Free

I haven't posted in forever! I'm sorry about that! I've been busy painting, painting, painting! I've also had a student for the last three weeks coming to my house to learn to paint. She came over three times a week for about 2 hours at a time. I loved having her here and sharing my passion with her. She pretty much finished her painting today except for a few final touches. Her painting is beautiful!

I finished this elephant not too long ago. It's 24" X 24" and is available for sale and is titled "Wild and Free". Here are the evolution photos:



Opening Reception at Austin Artspace

Last night I attended the opening reception at Austin Artspace for the 9th Annual for the Love of Art Show and Sale.  It was a juried exhibition and I submitted one painting.  I was thrilled to get notice that my painting was accepted into the show.  It was even more thrilling to see it hanging on the wall amongst all the other artwork. If you are local, the show runs until March 8, 2014.

Rise, And Shine Brightly

Here's another evolution of a recent painting.  As you can see they start out quite chaotic and then I sit and stare at the canvas.  I keep turning it around and searching for an image to pop out at me.  And when it does, I bring it forward and continue looking for other images.

While the images reflect the title of rise and shine, I see it more as an affirmation to rise and shine brightly. To be stand up and be your colorful, brave self.  Rise, and Shine Brightly!

This 24" X 30" on gallery wrapped canvas.

Word of the Year Mandala

I'm taking Misty Mawn's Full Circle workshop and the first journal lesson was to paint a mandala.  She painted several ones in different styles using acrylic paint.  I didn't feel like messing with acrylics last night so I pulled out my watercolors.  I incorporated my word for the year in the center.  I plan to keep this out in my art space where I can see it every day to remind myself of what I want to try to accomplish this year.  This ended up being more a mixed media piece because I added ink, colored pencils and a bit of acrylic white paint.

I will do an acrylic painted one soon and try to use a more muted palette instead of the brights that I'm used to.  I want to try and stretch and step out of my comfort zone.  Keep an eye out for the next one!


I started this painting earlier this month and love how it evolved.  This warrior has a whole story going on in her chest.  You need to look closely to see everything that is going on there.  I love how these images come through so organically when I paint.  I get surprised and then sit back and wonder why they emerged.  She certainly seems to have an interesting story to tell.

This is the beginning of the painting:

And this is the completed painting.  It's 24" X 30".

Group Art Exhibition

One of my goals this year is to get my art out there locally.  I've joined a group called the Austin Artists Network and participated in a group exhibition that is hanging in the Art Corridor of the 700 Lavaca building in downtown Austin, Texas.  The show runs until March 2, 2014.  If any readers are in the area, please stop by!

Here is a photo of my paintings on display:

First and Last...

The first painting of the new year was started on January 1.  Not only was it the first day of the new year but also a new moon.  The title of this painting is called "Dancing in the Light of the New Moon".  It was one of the quickest paintings I've done at this size of 30" X 30".  It was almost as if she painted herself. It all came together really well.  You can see the evolution here:

From this:

To this:

And I wanted to show you my last painting of 2013 that was completed on December 30, 2013.  This is "One Fish, Two Fish..."  This one is 12" X 12".

The Seahorse

I've been painting up a storm lately and enjoying every minute of it.  I feel like I found my groove.  The following are the progression shots of the painting.  I always enjoy looking at other artist's progression shots so I hope you will enjoy these as well.

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The Dragonfly from Paint Mojo

At the beginning of November I had the pleasure of taking my first live workshop with

Tracy Verdugo

in her Paint Mojo workshop.  It was awesome from beginning to end.  Tracy is a very generous and gracious teacher.  She demonstrated a painting from start to finish and we all got to see her talent in action.  As a group we ate lunch and dinner together and new friendships were formed.  It was nice that a few of my Bloom True online classmates from Flora Bowley's class were at the workshop and we met in person for the first time as well.

The following is the transition for my completed painting.  I can't begin to express how much I loved the process and the end result.  I've had a few inquiries about selling this piece but for now I'm keeping it.  It's special to me because of the memories of the workshop that are attached to it.  Prints will be available.

The wet beginning.

For ordering prints click here:  Dreamy Dragonfly

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This is how it was left at the end of Day 1.

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I found the image of the dragonfly within the painting.

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 This is Tracy and I at the end of the workshop and you can see where I left the painting at that point.


Here is the completed painting.  I changed the head color because I felt that it was getting lost with all that pink and reddish orange on either side of its head.


For ordering prints click here:  Dreamy Dragonfly


I'm still painting up a storm every chance I get.  Over the last couple of weeks I've been working on a commission painting for a friend.  I've really embraced what I've learned in the Paint Mojo class with Tracy Verdugo and promise to write about that experience soon.

Here is how this painting started:


And it looks like this completed:


It's 24" X 24" and will be going to its new home on Monday.  I'm very pleased with the way it turned out. This photo doesn't do it justice.

To Market

I finished this painting last night and I have to say it was a very enjoyable process.  I started out looking for 'something' in the very abstractedly marked canvas.  I thought I saw some large flowers and started to mark them in and put a vase under them.  At the last minute, I decided to turn my canvas and look at it from a different view and then I saw her!  I saw the profile of her face, the bun in her hair and the bowl on her head.  I brought her out from the background and put her forward.  It was like this painting magically came together.  The markings for the buildings were there too.  It was so unbelievable to me how perfectly everything came together and wasn't forced at all.  I finally 'get' what an intuitive painting is.  If you look carefully it will reveal itself.  Magic!

This is a 12" X 12" canvas and is available in my Etsy shop.  Link in the sidebar.


Wow!  I haven't blogged since September.  That's the longest break I've taken yet.  I have been busy with life in general but have still been painting here and there.  My break has more to do with time management than anything else.  I seem to have over-scheduled myself and haven't allowed enough down time during the day to get a regular blogging schedule.  During the week, I try to get as many things as I can in before I have to pick up my boys from school.  I took a day off last week because I wasn't feeling well and I have to say that it felt great to just completely slow down and stay home with having no where I needed to be until 2:30 pm.  I need to take scheduled breaks like that from time to time.

I took a painting workshop with Tracy Verdugo last weekend and I have to say the experience was so awesome and inspiring.  I will write a separate post about that soon.  I mention it because I'm currently in a painting frenzy as a result with 4 canvases going.  It has completely renewed my passion to paint and I try to squeeze in painting time whenever I can get it.

I just completed this commission for a friend.  I will be meeting her at Jerry's Artarama tomorrow afternoon to give it to her. You know what that means, right?!  The price of the painting is going to be spent there.  :)


Page of Faces

I started these faces while I was still working on the ICAD girls.  I continue to work on it by filling in details in their clothing as time and interest permits.  I like having this watercolor handy to pick up when I feel like doing something creative but don't want to get into the acrylics which are messier and more of a job to clean up.  I work on this a few minutes here and there and can put it away quickly if I need to.

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The Offering

I'm back!  I didn't intend to take the whole month of August off from blogging but one day ran into the next and before I knew it, it was September!  My kids are back in school so that frees up my schedule and I'm back into a semi normal routine.  I have paintings to share that I've been working on during the last month and I will post those in the coming days.

Below is a painting I finished the other night.  My family had gone to bed early.  Everyone is under the weather.  Both boys got colds less than a week into school.  While everyone slept, I painted.  I call this painting "The Offering".  I don't really know what kind of animal that is, I just drew him and didn't have anything specific in mind.  I really like him.

I will be listing this one in my Etsy shop.

8" X 8" acrylics on canvas

The Offering

The End of ICAD 2013

I made it!  I can't explain the feeling of accomplishment that I feel.  This is the longest challenge that I've participated in and completed.  That is HUGE for me.  I really have to thank Tammy Garcia of Daisy Yellow for not only putting together the challenge but for creating and moderating a great group on Facebook for ICAD. It was the daily inspiration and the positive feedback that really kept me going.

#48 Olivia

ICAD #48 Olivia

#49 Sara

ICAD #49 Sara

#50 Brittany

ICAD #50 Brittany

#51 Shelby

ICAD #51 Shelby

#52 Geraldine

ICADS #52 Geraldine

#53 Carole

ICAD #53 Carole
#54 Liza

ICAD #54 Liza
#55 Beth

ICAD #55 Beth

#56 Libby

ICAD #56 Libby

#57 Maya

ICAD #57 Maya
#58 Mindy

ICAD #58 Mindy
#59 Heather

ICAD #59 Heather

#60 Sandra

ICAD #60 Sandra
#61 Tammy
ICAD #61 Tammy

ICAD #40 to #47

Whew...major catching up to do!

ICAD #40 Joy

ICAD #40 Joy
ICAD #41 Mary Ann

ICAD #41 Mary Ann

ICAD #42 Louisa

ICAD #42 Louisa

ICAD #43 Farrah (Can you guess why?)

ICAD #44 Farrah

ICAD #44 Ruth

ICAD #44 Ruth
ICAD #45 Suki

ICAD #45 Suki
ICAD #46 Cassie

ICAD #46 Cassie

ICAD #47 Diana

ICAD #37 Diana