Archive for August, 2011

artist Declaration of Independance

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011


I claim independence from negative thoughts and self-criticism and the need to compare myself to others instead of focusing on how to be the best at what I do.

I claim independence from the judgments of others. I will not be diminished by those who seek to make me feel small or limit my ability to truly shine.

I claim independence from the unyielding desire for the approval of others at a cost to my personal well-being and sense of purpose..

I claim independence from the fear and doubt that keeps me from creating my most beautiful and most powerful work.

I claim independence from a life of struggle and difficulty. Instead, I choose optimism, success, and possibility.

House hunting

Monday, August 29th, 2011

A little over a week ago, the hub and I went house hunting (as we have been doing for many months now) and just as soon as we were going to make a decision about a property that we liked a house popped up that is really just the cutest property I have seen during the entire duration of looking (since about March of this year).

Just from the outside I knew I would love it.

I like the layout of the property, the size of the lot, the color of the house and the little art studio in front with a carport attached.

Long porch in the very front.

Behind the art studio in the the back

Great potting shed in the back

I love every loved inch of this property. The garden is so inspiring. And, that is only the outside! the inside has a special charm too, very artsy, vintage, shabby chic. Unique and very special.


Monday, August 29th, 2011

I should have propagated this amaryllis plant two years ago!

Its much more difficult separating the bulbs!!

Coffee Table

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

‘m spastastically happy that J has finally finished putting together the coffee table. You might remember I posted about it a couple of months ago. I love the tables that restoration hardware makes but they are soooo costly that I wanted to come up with something using recycled wood. I have had the boxes for about 15 years. I still have four more that I can do something matchy matchy with! Happy 😀

I will need to find two more iron wheels to finish off one end.

Making art is difficult

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

“Life is short, art long, opportunity fleeting, experience treacherous, judgement difficult.”~~Hippocrates

“Making art is difficult.”

In the preamble, a favorite quote: “Writing is easy: all you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until the drops of blood form on your forehead.” ~~Gene Fowler

From the book “Art and Fear”, observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of ARTMAKING by David Bayles & Ted Orland


Monday, August 22nd, 2011

My hoya is in bloom, love its waxy bloom!

Dead Head

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Dead head

Day of the dead Head

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

dead head

Photo retouching

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

I adore photo retouching and I recently had an opportunity to put the skill to use. Here is my before and after:

Branching Out

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

oil on canvas 18 x 24

SeLf ExPlAnaToRy!

In the studio