Transcendently Trite

This post is dedicated to Kim Youdan and Danielle Krysa I’ve received plenty of criticism of my work. It’s a part of learning. But I can only recall three times in my life when it’s been cruel. The first time wasn’t exactly cruel; it was delivered in a hurtful way, but was accurate in its content, so I was able…

An Open Door

“It sounds crazy and odd to make ‘connections’ with complete strangers! Doesn’t it though? I mean we give them our story but they don’t give theirs in return. Kinda lopsided. But hopefully they do give us some dough for our efforts! LOL.”  ~  Anonymous I was stunned when I recently read this post in an online artist community. What is…

Advice to New or Wanna-be Artists

Many new artists worry about creating their own “style.” Trust me, it will come. And it will change over time. Instead, concern yourself with the world – look at life, look at art, experiment with materials and techniques and get your art out into the world as much as possible. It simply comes down to experience. Observation will inform your art….

Lesson Learned

I saw this old painting of mine during a recent visit to my mother’s house. It’s an important piece because of everything I learned creating it. It was made in my beginner painting class – ten years after graduating from art school. In high school, my parents told me that if I wanted to go to college I would have to…

Dreaming of Iceland

Right now I’m in Massachusetts where I lived before moving to Georgia.  I jokingly refer to Massachusetts as “The Great White North” because the winters are so cold here. I’ve never actually been to The Great White North, but I did travel to Iceland in 2014. I had been aching to see Iceland for a long time, so I joined…

Habit of Being

I drew the above sketch a few days ago while I was journaling.  After writing a bit more, I looked at the sketch again and realized some people might interpret it’s meaning as trying to hold onto something, perhaps a little too tightly. In actuality, it represents the reverse – I am the balloon trying to do what balloons do, which is to…

Think Analogous by Tracy Meola

I invited artist & blogger Tracy Meola to write a guest post about how she uses color.  Tracy’s work is very different from mine and I love it!  Check out more of her work and her blog at the links below.  Also, if you’re local to Plaistow, NH, visit her gallery and take a class!  ……Take it awaaayyy, Tracy! Think Analogous…

Have You Ever Heard of Flyball?

In February I met Trey Corum, a Realtor, at a Business Networking International breakfast.  When I told him that I’m an artist and paint pet portraits, he lit up and told me that he has several dogs who compete in Flyball.  I’ve heard of Dock Dogs (canine aquatics competitions) and Disc Dogs (canine flying disc competitions), but what the heck…

Pursuing Dreams – The 6 month Report

On social media we see so many pictures and stories of people living dreamy perfect lives and we wonder, “Can that really be true?  Can life really be that easy and perfect?  And if so, what’s wrong with me?  Why don’t I have that?”  The answers are that yes, sometimes it is true and sometimes it’s strategic positioning.   Sometimes…

A Color Relationship

I was recently asked why I often use bright, warm colors in the backgrounds of my paintings.  Being caught off-guard, I answered that they bring out the warmth of the flesh underneath the fur of the animal.  While that is true, there is more to it.  I enjoy working with complementary colors (colors that are opposite each other on the color…