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…

Dreaming of Tamarindo

My husband and I have visited the surf town of Tamarindo, Costa Rica, twice. It is a paradise of hot sunshine, warm ocean waves, colorful shells lining the beach, diverse restaurants, funky shops, cool people and sunsets that literally receive a standing ovation and applause every evening. When we lived in eastern Massachusetts we used to dream of Tamarindo during…

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…