Out of the Dust

A Cure for the Mid-Summer Blues (Newsletter 7/30/16)

Well, we've hit the sticky middle of summer with a vengeance this year in Southern California!  Ordinarily the early sunrises would inspire me to wake up and get some painting done in the mornings, but I have children who seem to pop out of bed the minute the sun is out.  So, painting time…(continue reading)

Another Month, Another Creative Mess!

Newsletter 5/14/16 What are your creative rituals?  Do you exercise, or put on music before you work?  What about when the work is finished?  How do you process what you've completed? Back when I painted on more of a schedule, my artwork piled up quickly in the kitchen.  I...(continue reading)

Rattlesnakes and Late-Night Potato Pancakes

Newsletter 3/31What do rattlesnakes and potato pancakes have in common?  Well, according to some people, both are edible—but I’ve been vegetarian for 25 years now, so I won’t be eating rattlesnake any time soon!I’ve had a couple of hard life lessons in the last week. ...(continue reading)

Peaceful Inspiration

Newsletter 10/8/15 Even on a crowded day at the beach, I find the ocean peaceful. "Peace and Quiet" 9 x 12 Pastel on Paper  At a popular hotel, the koi pond is another source of inspiration.  "Kabuki Koi Pond" 14 x 18 Pastel on Flat Canvas  Do you find yourself...(continue reading)

Is it bad for your art to match the couch?

Newsletter 7/18/15  About that whole "art matching the couch" thing: I don't think it's bad if people buy art to match the couch.   "Sprig" 9 x 12 Pastel on paper    I once was introduced by a friend-of-a-friend at a festival, who happened to enjoy painting in his spare time...(continue reading)