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Artist’s Way – 16 years later

In 1999 I worked my way through the book "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron.  I can say that it changed my life, because before I worked my way through it, I was an insurance agent.  After I finished it, I was a full time artist.  A few other changes in my life happened as [...]

By | 2015-05-16T09:38:12+00:00 May 16th, 2015|I'm an artist! How lucky can a girl get?|4 Comments

Sea Turtle Tuesday: Little Turtle Bambinos. Awwwwww

One morning I was up early walking the beach on Hutchison Island and saw a commotion near the water.  Birds were swooping in making a big racket. As I got closer, I saw the tail end of the mass exodus of baby turtles from their under the sand nest into the ocean.  There were a few [...]

By | 2015-05-13T09:51:56+00:00 April 28th, 2015|Sea Turtle Tuesday|0 Comments

Sea Turtle Tuesday: Kris’ Turtle

 Sometimes when I finish a turtle painting, I send out the image in a newsletter and say "name that turtle", which can be done by simply purchasing the turtle! As did Kris in this situation!  Or make that Kris' husband. Anyway, more about the painting. She's 36X36 acrylic on canvas.  I used a photo I [...]

By | 2015-04-22T10:02:35+00:00 April 21st, 2015|Life in the Studio|0 Comments

Sea Turtle Tuesday: Bling

OK, everybody loves Bling.  So, let me tell you her story. Back when I was living in Dallas as a State Farm agent, they were pretty strict with what business I could write, so anything I couldn't I would toss over to Jay Freeman, an "excess lines" agent. (Things like DWI's, motorcycles, etc). I had [...]

By | 2015-04-13T10:15:27+00:00 April 11th, 2015|Sea Turtle Tuesday|0 Comments

(First weekly) Sea Turtle Tuesday – Free Style Turtle

I painted this turtle in our little efficiency on the beach in White Sound about 3 years ago (2012?)  Unlike most of my pieces, I started out with some water soluble crayons (GREAT fun!) and just scribbled big circles and ovals on a 36X36 canvas.  Then I poured water on the marks, making them look [...]

By | 2015-04-07T16:07:08+00:00 April 6th, 2015|Sea Turtle Tuesday|0 Comments

Humongous painting Part 3: Wrap Up

NOTE:   This is Part 3.... catch up by reading parts 1 and 2 below! It's been a while, but thought I would wrap up the journey of the painting....   After composing and creating the painting in my mind, building the bars, laying it out on canvas (see parts 1 and 2), the rest was [...]

By | 2015-04-08T16:04:47+00:00 April 5th, 2015|Life in the Studio, New Paintings|0 Comments

Humongous painting Part 2: just add paint.

A large canvas like this can be pretty overwhelming, especially when you can't ever see the whole thing at once.  Working from my sketches, I started with the top of the reef, adding sections at a time. Working my way down. Now, I get to add my favoritos: fish. Plus Fish [...]

By | 2015-04-05T09:34:57+00:00 July 14th, 2013|Life in the Studio|0 Comments

Journey of the humoungous reef painting PART 1 (read all 3!)

How does one paint a commission… that is to be ten feet by four and a half feet wide?First of all, you have to give it a lot of thought.  Figure out what you want the painting to be.Then, go find reference material toward that end, sketch it out.So, a giant reef, from the ocean [...]

By | 2015-06-24T15:08:46+00:00 June 12th, 2013|Life in the Studio|0 Comments