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Hurricane Relief

The 2017 hurricane season has been unprecedented, and the need for help is unprecedented. Harvey, Irma, and Maria have wrought devastation over a large section of the United States and its territories, and I want to do something to help.   What I'll Do I announced in...

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Jumping the Hurdle

You are your own worst enemy. If you can learn to stop expecting impossible perfection, in yourself and others, you may find the happiness that has always eluded you. -Lisa Kleypas Since I've been an adult, living on my own, I've always dreamed of having the time and...

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Patronage

Without patrons of the arts, the world may have never heard of William Shakespeare or Michelangelo.  Imagine that. No Romeo and Juliet. No Hamlet.  The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel covered with that odd, bumpy cottage cheese stuff with glitter sprinkled in. Gross.   ...

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Digital Madness, Indeed

My iPad has saved me, lately. Actually, being able to create digital art has saved me. Things have been rather chaotic at home due to some projects going on. If I say, "I'm so excited", about what's on the horizon in my world, that bleepin' song will get stuck in my...

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Stepping Outside the Comfort Zone

We all do it. Get comfortable doing something a certain way and viewing change as the enemy.  "Why fix it if it ain't broke?" I can't speak for all artists, but in my view, that attitude is deadly for creativity. At least, it is for mine. Master of... I will never...

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It’s a New Dawn

I try to avoid making New Year's resolutions. They are so easy to break. In truth, the work I've done recently is months in the making, and it just so happens I'm revealing it close to 2017. It is also a coincidence that I'm about as excited as one gets just before...

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Art History – An Introduction

I’ve been engaging in self-education, reading, shall we say, less traditional art history books. I’m learning tidbits about Picasso, Seurat, Matisse, Rodin, Leonardo (don’t call him da Vinci), and many more, but my education hasn’t been limited to the visual arts. I’ve also learned some things about Clara Bow, Maria Callas, Johnny Cash, and Arthur Miller, to name a few.

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I Love Jamie Cullum

I've seen Jamie Cullum in concert three times now. The first, in San Diego, at a multi-act concert put on by a local radio station. That's when we first heard of him. He was a last minute replacement act for someone. He blew us away, and we went out and bought his...

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I have issues…

...like 14 of them. Canvases in play, that is. And only one I consider finished. Now, all but two are in oil, so the medium lends itself to slower, more thoughtful work.  That's great, but I'm thinking I need to focus on completing a few, if for no other reason than...

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It’s Called “Hot Mess”

I’ve been painting every day for weeks now, seeking out techniques when necessary (HINT: it’s ALWAYS necessary), and learning as I go. How to paint eyes, scumbling, thick over thin, etc.

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Generation gap

One of the (very) few drawbacks to having a long term care plan younger husband is that he doesn’t always get your cultural references.

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Work in Progress

I started this canvas in California, over a year ago. I *think* I have a picture of it on my other computer, but here’s what it’s looking like now.

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Aw, yeah….

Über productive day today. Cleaned and reorganized the studio, yet still had time to paint for an hour or so.

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Dirty Oil

At some point in the last twelve months some unknown black substance has stained the oil painting I’ve been working on. I have no idea what it is so I have absolutely no idea what would get rid of it

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