Category: Painting

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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Feb 26

Why I cannot be left alone with extra paint

Once again I have gotten myself into deadline crunch with painting. There is solid evidence that it is the only way I get things done. However, I cannot show it to you yet (reveal on Monday). Sufficient to say that at the end of today’s endeavors I was left with extra acrylic paint. Obviously, that …

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Feb 15

Scent of Season

Just for a change, I thought I’d do an art post tonight. Quelle surprise! Many moons ago, you may remember that I did a little ice painting. I showed you the start of a piece I called “Elk.” Now it’s title is “Scent of Season” and it might need a couple more tweaks, but it’s …

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Dec 19

Occasionally it’s just a cold way to paint

Last night I got ally my paint and paper ready for another round of ice painting. I was so happy with Friday night’s work that I had some ideas for a few more paintings. What I didn’t realize that was (according to the records) it was only 33 degrees (I thought it felt warmer.) Comp[are …

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