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What I Learned From Painting the Same Bird Almost 10 Times

A few years ago, I painted a Sandpiper with pastel and brushed it with water for a soft, calming effect.  It was one of those times where I used art to ease my anxiety-- I painted the bird during a summer thunderstorm.  Thunderstorms in cool weather don't bother me, but the ones we occasionally… read more.

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… read more.

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… read more.

Newsletter from 5/28: Failing with Flying Colors

I write a lot about failure and rejection.  I don't do it to intentionally bring down anybody's mood; instead, I want to share how integral failure and rejection are to the artistic-- and human-- experience as a whole.  "The Bookeeper" 5.5 x 8 inch pastel on drawing paperAvailable on Daily… read more.

How Life Influences Artistic Choices

Whether you appreciate or create art (or both), there are many factors that influence your artistic taste and style. Childhood memories, places you've visited, emotions you feel in response to events are examples of what might influence your taste in art. Growing up in Southern California has… read more.

Harvesting Color and Mood

It's funny how color has such a strong impact on the mood of a painting."Bitter Harvest" 6 x 9 Pastel on paperClick here to view large or see purchase details Fall is normally a happy time for me: the weather is cooler and the local scenery comes to life with blazing complementary colors. … read more.

Determination: More Important than Talent

I once had to swallow a laugh when I heard my mom make the following comment to someone: "It if's not easy, it's not meant to be." This was from a woman who got her commercial license to drive trucks cross-country at age 48.  If she truly believed what she said that day, my childhood (and… read more.