Interesting times

Lately, life has felt like that old Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times.” I don’t think I’m alone! Interesting is part of the reason I haven’t updated my blog in a couple of weeks, so I’ll try to plow through and get you all up to date. The Reception! Finally, after months of


I’ve been thinking a lot about chapters. According to the Mirriam Webster dictionary, chapter has at least three definitions, including this one: period of time that is very different from the period of time before it. The problem is that many times, chapters aren’t easy to define. 2019 was absolutely influenced (read dominated) by the

Flirting with the finish line

This weekend is essentially “the end” of the painting push. I will devote next weekend to sealing and preparing the paintings for hanging. So, where did I end up? I’m so glad you asked. I have 11 of my 12 done. I’ve marked them finished and they are signed. I’m not precluding adjustments, but I

The best (and the worst)

Sometimes (most times) I feel like Facebook doesn’t give a very even picture of an actual event. For example, this weekend… Friday, Key and I loaded up in the car to head up to Camano Island, Washington (north of Seattle) to do a nosework (NW3) trial. This is our second trial in the last three

When is enough, Enough?

Two weeks ago when I posted, I was feeling nervous. My show was in just over a month and it felt like there was a ton to do. The promo (provided by Salem Art Association) wasn’t finished and they wanted more paintings than we originally talked about. Salem Reads was coming up as well as

Will they have art therapy in the funny farm?

I was just messaging an artist friend and I was assuring her that I was TOTALLY sane after a weekend of painting. The dog project continues, and I feel like I’m getting my stride. Sketch Image Painting Focus Spring: Yellow Flowered Collar portrait / face Fast Friends relationship Dribble (or Play Maker) object Summer: Red

The Panic Zone

I think I have officially entered the panic stage of this experiment. Several things have happened in the last week. I took half the paintings to my critique group. They made some goods suggestions, among which was that the paintings needed a unifying force… such as similar backgrounds. Or at least styles (Portrait of Young


Thank you to Ruth Armitage who used this as a blog post title. I’ve had it written down ever since! meraki meraki [may-rah-kee] Meraki is a Greek word that describes doing something with love, creativity and pure soul. It means leaving a little piece of yourself in your creative work, whatever your work may be.


rhopography, n.: “Chiefly in painting: a depiction of subject matter considered insignificant or trivial, as still life, the domestic interior, animals, etc.” I have been wanting to use that word-of-the-day for a long time. Finally! Work on my Minto Brown series goes apace. I have been surprisingly focused. I currently only have two more subjects