Category Archive: Painting

May 29

I did focus

A second successful day of painting. It must be some sort of record! While I got in church, the library, and two trips to the dog park, today I focused on a series of small paintings of bird that I hope to sell at the Englewood Forest Festival in August. These are not designed to …

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May 28

I can focus

Ah…. a three-day weekend. It’s warm, it’s sunny, it’s lovely. So, obviously… I’m in my studio. Since my last post made it evident I needed to get busy and do some painting, I decided to beat the heat this weekend by painting. Day 1 has been very productive, though you may have a few doubts …

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May 22

Just do it

This weekend ended up being a smorgasbord of little errands and events that I hoped would help me get ready for “summer season.” I have (probably foolishly) signed up for several events and paint-outs, not to mention “my” big seminar with Ruth Buchanan in coming up in just 8 weeks. Saturday  morning I started out …

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May 08


I had a cold this week. At first I thought it was allergies, then it was a cold, and by the end of the week I called the doctor to ask for antibiotics because it had morphed into a sinus infection. Basically, all this means is I sulked around blowing my nose. I’m NOT a …

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Apr 02


I am (still) working through Vinita Pappas‘ Fall Messy Palette Club classes. The third week assignment was to create a “blue” folder. This has been a surprisingly tough assignment, but it made me notice how often humans use the color blue to convey a “go with the flow” sort of wish: parking signs, flags, garbage …

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Mar 27

Inspired vs. not

I am still working on getting caught up in my Vinita Pappas‘ Fall Messy Palette Club classes. I published a post on yellow this week and I’m working on a blue post next. Also we were supposed to do a still life. I do not like still lives. But I am trying. I have one …

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Mar 24


In the category of better late than never, I am working through Vinita Pappas‘ Fall Messy Palette Club classes. The second week assignment was to create a “yellow” folder. Like my “Red” post in October, I’m doing this as a photo assignment.

Mar 20

A collage of thoughts

Since starting this blog a little over three years ago, one of the challenges has been creating good blog posts. Data has shown that readers like my art posts, but I’ve had good results with well-written essays about a variety of topics. Then there are days like today when I have a bunch of tiny …

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Mar 13

Other opinions are “Out There”

Last week I met a few deadlines. That, in itself, is cause for celebration. That they were art deadlines was even more significant. 2016 was not a great year for my art; I was deadline with a lot and didn’t paint as much as other years, but also I didn’t do shows or submit to …

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Feb 28

How to Paint a Parasol (Key Gotcha-versary edition)

For some reason, the momma said we couldn’t do a video blog. Something about “a voice that pierced the ears.” I don’t understand. I just have a lot to say! Well, it’s been a year since I met the momma. I like her. She can be a little weird about tickling my feet, but everyone …

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