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The Annual Art Check-Up

The Annual Art Check-Up

The holiday season is upon us! I love this time of year and one of my favorite things to do between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is to perform an annual art check-up where I re-examine my painting goals and set new ones for the upcoming year. I begin by taking an exploratory look at […]

What Makes a Painting Come Alive?

What Makes a Painting Come Alive?

I’ve just returned from teaching my last workshop for 2010, held in Ann Arbor, Michigan. What a fabulous group of students I had! During the week, I presented a number of “abstract pictorial ideas” for them to play with  – and I loved having that huge blackboard to write them down on! Thank you Diane, for […]

Workshop Gems

I’ve had a lot of requests for my 2011 workshop schedule. So, it’s now posted on this blog – just scroll down the Blog Topics box on the right.   Speaking of workshops, recently I got an email from Peggy B., who took my workshop in Kanuga, North Carolina. Here’s what she wrote: “I attended your fabulous workshop at Kanuga last […]

Out and About Opening Reception

Out and About Opening Reception

      Sunday’s opening reception was quite exciting! We “guesstimated” that over a hundred people attended. Good food, great conversations, and four sold paintings – it doesn’t get much better!     In spite of a few technical difficulties, I did my first digital talk and all went well. I talked about ten pictorial ideas I’m passionate about and use in my […]

Out and About

Out and About

  As I sit in my studio writing today’s post I am surrounded by messes. These messes can be seen in the rest of the house as well – the dining room, kitchen, and family room (no messes in the bathroom, though). Oh – but this time the messes are GOOD MESSES! They are evidence and confirmation of goals achieved and a dream come true. I sit […]