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Announcing NEW Tutorial Published in the International Artist Magazine!

Announcing NEW Tutorial Published in the International Artist Magazine!

It’s been my dream to help other artists achieve their goals and improve their painting skills. I’ve been incredibly honored this last year to have a four-part series on Mastering Still Life Painting. The final installment of the four part series is finally here! This one is a step by step tutorial on painting a rose. I created this specifically to help you avoid the anxiety of painting roses. In it I break down the intimidating complexity of the rose. Painting roses can be a trauma-inducing experience when you’re first starting out. Students tell me all the time about how...Read More
How Having a Painting Practice Can Save Your Life and Others

How Having a Painting Practice Can Save Your Life and Others

Okay, that’s a little dramatic, but I do believe that having a painting practice can bring a stronger sense of peace, purpose, and control in our lives. I don’t often talk about the political dramas that are occurring in our country here in the United States. But that coupled with the Covid pandemic is exhausting. With strife, rage, and fear abounding it’s enough to make anyone go crazy and derail into anxiety and despair. Even the most balanced among us I’m sure has lost their shit at one point or another.  So many of these things are out of our...Read More
Here’s My Personal 3 Step Process for Setting Courageous New Year’s Goals

Here’s My Personal 3 Step Process for Setting Courageous New Year’s Goals

Lately, there’s been talk of how goals don’t work. How you shouldn’t bother setting goals but instead you should focus on habit building. That without habits goals don’t matter. Ummm okay. I don’t agree with that at all. If you set a goal and you don’t work towards it you won’t achieve it. Duh. Yet, habits without a larger reason or a longer-term goal can become drudgery. Without a bigger vision and emotional drive of a goal habits alone depend on will power. The real power lies in the combination of both deep vision and habits to achieve them.  I’m...Read More
Letting GO for a Fresh Start in 2021

Letting GO for a Fresh Start in 2021

Could we say this was the year of things not going according to plan? Definitely! Wow has it been crazy. This year has sure been difficult and has thrown all of us some major curve balls. We could all say this has been the hardest year we've lived through yet.  It's been full of so many failed plans and disappointments.  Oh those best laid plans!   I’m reminded of the quote by Henry David Thoreau, “Be grateful for every hour, and accept what it brings.”  Gosh that’s hard. Some of us have lost loved ones. Some have suffered great illnesses or...Read More
How I Followed My Bliss Foolishly Amid Risk to Achieve My Art Dreams and Avoided the Bliss Detours Along the Way. What’s Your Next Bliss Choice?

How I Followed My Bliss Foolishly Amid Risk to Achieve My Art Dreams and Avoided the Bliss Detours Along the Way. What’s Your Next Bliss Choice?

As the new year is approaching I find myself reflecting on this year and the ones before. I find myself preparing for a new year, another year of following my bliss.  There’s a quote by Epictetus that I’ve always loved. It says: “If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.” I’ve made foolish and stupid decisions (by the opinions of others) for 13 years to follow my bliss and do it my way as Sinatra sang. (One of my favorite songs by the way).  I’m not a rebel by any means. I was an A+...Read More
5 interesting reasons why I boldly sell my art. Beware the starving artist’s myth.

5 interesting reasons why I boldly sell my art. Beware the starving artist’s myth.

Why do I try so hard to sell my own work? Besides the obvious, I need money to pay my bills and not live on ramen noodles. I get this kind of question and criticism often. So today I want to strip it down for you with full transparency. It’s been a bit of a journey myself discovering these truths over the last ten years of my artistic career. Now I’m sharing the inside scoop with you here. I’ve never liked creating in a vacuum.  Recently my mom found an old audiotape of me when I was eleven years old....Read More
No Christmas Spirit? Advice on How to Create Some Christmas Cheer This Year

No Christmas Spirit? Advice on How to Create Some Christmas Cheer This Year

If ever we needed a creative Christmas it’s this year. As Christmas is ramping up so is the pandemic. Many people that I talk to say they’re having a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit. Understandably so! This year is just so weird and freaking hard as hell to be honest. I’m sure the majority of us have a really bad case of Covid fatigue.  It's hard to project forward into the future and realize that these are hard times but this too shall pass. Covid is just temporary. We don’t know how temporary, but it is temporary.  Crimson...Read More
How to Get Through a Covid Christmas with Joy and Hope

How to Get Through a Covid Christmas with Joy and Hope

Plan for a positive future. Right now I can’t go to my beloved Paris or anywhere for that matter. You’d think thinking about Paris would be depressing. But for me, it’s the exact opposite. You see one day I actually want to live in Paris. At least for a year. So I’ve bumped that dream up to as soon as possible after Covid ends. I spend time looking at apartments for rent and saving them in my favorites tab. I even found one with a rooftop terrace with a view of the Eiffel Tower. Ooh, la la! I daydream about...Read More
My Grandma and Modern Art

My Grandma and Modern Art

I’m writing this post today as I’m missing my grandma and family very much. Since I can’t be with them this Thanksgiving due to Covid this is my way of connecting with them again. Also to share with you about the role my grandma played in me becoming an artist and the role you can play.  Don’t underestimate a small choice like having a piece of art on your walls for future generations.  So when I was a little girl I started drawing a lot around age ten. I always loved being creative. Making things, coloring, and doing arts and...Read More
3 Artists that Inspire Me the Most

3 Artists that Inspire Me the Most

Today I’m sharing with you my top three historical artists that both inform and inspire my own still life painting. I’ll be sharing what I’ve learned from each artist.  Here we go! Jean Baptiste Simeon Chardin  Chardin was an 18th-century French artist known for his still-life paintings. He was very influential and successful during his time even though still life painting wasn’t highly regarded.  One of my very first copies was of a Chardin painting. I fell in love with one thick bravura brushstroke on the painting “Still Life with Fowl” and knew I had a lot to learn from...Read More