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A Lesson Learned

We all know that entering artwork into a show or competition for judging by a complete stranger can be a very emotional experience. After all, artwork is extremely personal and you are opening … [Read More...]

Pastel Fix

The other day I learned something new - how to fix a rain ruined pastel painting! I donated a painting, Ruffles, to a local art organization fund raiser. Ruffles was a painting done of a female … [Read More...]

Personalities & Plentiful Pastels

2015 International Association of Pastel Societies’ Convention Yes, I finally got myself and almost all my pastels out to Albuquerque, NM for the 2015 pastel convention and what an experience it … [Read More...]

Plein Air Pleasantries

Plein air painting seems to be all the craze lately.  “You can only truly paint the light and shadows on location” plein air painters would say.  “You just can’t paint well from a reference photo” was … [Read More...]

Volunteering vs Painting

Time has a habit of sifting through my fingers and before I know it my day, week, month and year has disappeared and I am left wondering "what have I accomplished?"  These last few months I have not … [Read More...]

Only the Noses Nose

It’s been quite a while since I painted a portrait, years actually, so I approached this commission with a bit of caution and a lot of worry.  I picked the best photo out of the pictures that were … [Read More...]

Workshops Can Be Motivators

 "All Things are Difficult Before They are Easy" ~ Thomas Fuller Workshops can be wonderful motivators as afterward they inevitably leave you feeling invigorated and inspired.  This past weekend … [Read More...]

Christmas in the Heart

“It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.” ~ W.T. Ellis Well, it's that time of the year again and my how time does fly!  I have meant to blog a bit more but life does manage to … [Read More...]

The Beauty of Pastel

"Bright colours or dark ones, sparkling clarity or misty atmosphere, landscape, still life, portrait - I haven't met a subject, style or mood yet that can't be portrayed beautifully in pastel".  ~ … [Read More...]


Many artists have found their "fit' and become well known for a particular type of painting - portraits, animals, landscapes etc.  Me, I paint what appeals to me at the moment.  I try to challenge … [Read More...]

Vacationing with the Birds

My husband and I love to drive to our vacation spots and when we do we bring along many of the comforts we enjoy at home  - like nice wine, sharp knives and my own personal pillow.  Preferring … [Read More...]

Hallet’s Peak in Estes Park, CO

"Hiking is like Sex.  You think you can do a lot until you get into it." ~ unknown I enjoy a good hike - well, that is, when it's over and I'm safely ensconced in a hot tub with a glass of wine in … [Read More...]

Townend Road

“We’re Used to a Drizzle in Northumberland” ~ Yellow Fields Rapeseed Oil, Selby House Farm, Northumberland, England I remember the first Spring I saw a rape field in full glory.  The stunningly … [Read More...]

Buttermere Beauty

"It's better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life" ~ Elizabeth Kenny Visiting my English friends and tromping through the English countryside are two of my very favorite things to do.  … [Read More...]

Painting a Clown in Pastel

These are progress photos of a pastel painting I did using pastel mat for the first time.  I must admit it took a long time to get out of the "ugly" phase but pastel mat does hold a tremendous amount … [Read More...]


"There are two types of people in this world.  People who hate clowns...and clowns."  from The Pendragon Adventure How many of you think that clowns are creepy?  Most people I know think that, … [Read More...]

Front Page News

WOW! I was front page news in Fort Bend County this week.  Seventeen artist members of The Art League of Fort Bend joined with AccessHealth to put together an art exhibit in the newly and beautifully … [Read More...]

Pets Are People Too…..

"Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea." ~ Robert A. Heinlein What would life be without the love of a pet, the feel of warm breath and … [Read More...]

A Self-Portrait With Character

"You will regret that cell-phone self-portrait in the bathroom mirror one day" ~ unknown quote Every so often I need to break out of the routine and do something different and a self-portrait was … [Read More...]


"When I work alone, it can be like dabbling with a canvas.  Maybe you paint over bits, and it starts to form its own life and lead you off in a direction. It becomes an intuitive, subconscious … [Read More...]

Keep an Eye on the Others

 “Keep your eyes on the prize and don’t turn back” ~ Bill Clinton Okay, so we all are aware of the big deal artists - you know, the "famous" ones - but some of us have been lucky enough to find a few … [Read More...]