Asking For It

In selling art (and all sales-based businesses), there is a technique called “asking for the sale.” It’s something I’m terrible at. The principle is that you ask people either in person or through email, social media, a website or online store to buy what you have to sell. Pretty simple, right? I find it to be the single most difficult and anxiety-producing…

The Epic Journey – One Year Report

It’s appropriate that I’m writing this on Sunday, October 1st, seventeen years after beginning the Epic Journey with my soulmate Kevin Johnson. And last year on this day, he and I moved into our new house and life in the Chattanooga, TN area. What a year it’s been! There have been many ups and downs, but in general, the trend…

Feel the Fear or Feel the Love Instead

Yesterday I bought thirteen canvases. Six of them are sized 10″x 10″ or smaller, and the rest are from 36″x 36″  to 48″x 60″. As my husband pulled onto the highway to drive home, I was giddy with excitement. Acquiring the canvases felt like an achievement–an acknowledgment of everything I’ve been doing this year and what I plan to do next….

Small as a Hummingbird

When we optimistically hung two feeders on our porch this Spring, I had no idea we were creating a battle zone. At first, we were enchanted, then amused, and then dismayed as over time, territory and dominance were established. Two feeders with eight holes each yield sixteen feeding stations, yet rarely is there more than one bird at a time on the…

What is the Point?

The landscape of our minds is erratic ground. This past week I walked down the path of joyful, fearless creativity, negotiated a murky swamp of doubt, slipped into despair, climbed up to a zenith of fulfillment only to tumble back down into despair again. What is the point of all this chaos? Why do I paint at all? It’s true…

Confirmation Bias and Eggs

Before my husband and I went grocery shopping this week I thought, “I don’t want to buy eggs at the grocery store. I’d like to get fresh eggs from someone locally.” A couple of days later my friend Lucy surprised me with a dozen eggs from her chickens. (And really adorable eggs, too!) It’s popular these days to say that…

Peace of Money

I worry about what people think of me. I try not to, but I do. If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you probably already know this. At the end of December 2016, I committed to publishing one blog post a week sharing our experience of taking the leap of faith to follow our dreams. I’m proud to say…

Pure Strength

My mom turned 87 yesterday. Yep, 87. And what did she do on her birthday? She spent several hours on her hands and knees weeding gardens! But that’s what she loves to do. She is so full of life! Mom still lives in her home, cares for her many gardens, manages a rental unit and drives to her various events…

Selling Out

Recently, someone was unhappy with the pet portrait I created for them. This is the first time I’ve experienced this and it was really distressing, not because they didn’t like the painting itself, but because they didn’t feel the love. My paintings are about love – connecting with and expressing an animal’s unique personality and soul. In a pet portrait, I…

Freedom

God Bless America! I am so grateful to have the freedom to try to make my own way, to write & paint without censorship and share it with the world! My husband says I’m excitable. I prefer enthusiastic! The Latin root of the word being “entheos” meaning “filled with God” or “in spirit.” Here in the U.S. we have the freedom…