Art & Creativity, Uncategorized, Works in Progress

Painting Process: Lhasa Ladies 2017

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Lhasa Ladies 2017 // Mixed Media on Wood // 18×24 inches

I first received a request for this commission back in October of 2016. Now here we are in February of 2017. Thank goodness my kind neighbor who wanted this done has been so patient and understanding! I’ll admit, I wondered if I would ever be able to push past the creative mental block brought on by keeping up with a toddler while pregnant. Let’s just say that motivation and inspiration have been lacking and, lately, the desire to take a nap usually wins out over painting.

All that to say, I’m so glad I had a goal to work towards. The creation of this painting truly brought me so much joy and a sense of accomplishment. It reminds me to not give up on creative goals and that there will always be an excuse or seem like there’s not enough time. If I want it badly enough, I will make the time. What’s your excuse for not doing that thing you love?

Here are just a few process photos…






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Close up of final painting


Art & Creativity, Travel

Art in Sydney, Australia

Recently, my hubby and I were fortunate enough to take a trip to Australia and New Zealand. The first four days of our trip were primarily spent in the Harbor area of Sydney, where there was plenty of art and entertainment. Our last day in the city was spent wondering around the Royal Botanic Gardens and stumbled upon the Art Gallery of NSW. What a joy that was! We also happened to be visiting during the two Art Walk months…so it was free to the public.




Antony Gormley // Haft // 2007


William Strutt // David’s First Victory // 1868


Paul Maximilien Landowski // David Fighting Goliath // 1900


Edward John Poynter // The Visit of the Queen of Sheba to King Solomon // 1881-90


Frederic, Lord Leighton // An Athlete Wrestling with a Python // 1888-91


Claude Monet // The Chateau D’Antibes // 1888


Pablo Picasso // Nude in a Rocking Chair // 1956


Vincent Van Gogh // Head of a Peasant // 1884


Claude Monet // Port-Goulphar, Belle-lle // 1887


Eugene Von Guerard // Milford Sound, New Zealand // 1877-79 (we went there!!)

One more thing I wanted to share is some Australian Aboriginal Art. There was a whole floor of it in the museum and I snagged a few examples from Pinterest so you could check it out…

All in all, it was a very inspiring trip and we’re so grateful we had the experience!



Activities & Events, Art & Creativity

Fabulous Evening at Linnaea’s

Oh, what a delight! Once I finally got the yummy snack table set up, right around 6:30ish (yes I was running a bit behind, as usual, something I’m trying to change!), there was a steady flow of both familiar and new faces at Linnaea’s up until 9pm. I just loved it.  Hearing people’s stories is one of my favorite things, and I got to hear several last night, as well as answer many excellent questions in regards to the creative process involved in my work. Such good questions, folks! Thanks so much to those who came by, what a blessing you are. And if you didn’t make it by and wanted to (you’re a blessing too), don’t worry, the art will be up for the rest of the month. I’m completely grateful to Marianne for giving me the opportunity to display on the walls of Linnaea’s.

Oh, and there’s a fun little post about the show on the Art After Dark blog, if you’d like to check it out 🙂

Art & Creativity, Works in Progress

Summer Succulent Garden

Hello there! It’s a wet, raining day her in San Luis Obispo, which is so fabulous for many reasons. For one, I can hear the pitter patter of rain on the roof as I work, which I love! For two, the beautiful succulent garden (behind our yard) that inspired my most recent paintings is actually getting some much needed water. Here are just a few “in progress” images I wanted to share…


I added lots of colorful layers underneath the final layer of paint.


I cut out some of the black and white photos I took and figured out an arrangement.


This is my painting palette as it’s being rinsed off.


And here are two recent paintings, side by side, so fun!