I am getting ready for the next Les Femmes Show on July 13th in the Marina Room at the Hassayampa Inn. So I decided to paint an old favorite, Thumb Butte with a magical twist. I see this butte every day as I gaze out my patio door. Some nights in the winter celestial sky the moon appears to be right over the butte, with a little imagination I can visualize that now in the midst of summer. When the moon would not reach this point until I was snuggly asleep. You know how much I love colors, this bold, high energy painting brings them all together. I invite you to see more of my new works at Les Femmes des Montage.
One of my morning rituals is meditation, prayer and praise. Thanking God for everything. It steadies my life and makes each day flow in a perfect sequence. It does not mean my day is always perfect but it sure is a lot smoother than if I didn’t meditate. As an artist I have combined painting with this.
Each morning when I step into the studio I create a study on Vellum, usually about something that struck me during meditation. I call them praise paintings. This year I am creating a series of 1/2 day Praise and Painting Workshops. These workshops will be for anyone, non-painter as well as artists who want to grow their practice of meditation and praise. All supplies will be provided the only thing to bring is your willingness to learn a new form of praise and thankfulness.
My favorite place to hang out besides my studio is at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Prescott. So they are graciously hosting this event in the Ballard Learning Center.
630 PARK AVE. PRESCOTT, AZ
MAY 18 1PM-4PM
Welcome to 2019 and the winter that we have been waiting for. Those of us who live in the Southwest pray for winter rains and those like myself who have the great fortune to live in the mountains of Arizona are thankful for snow falls.
Any moisture is a blessing…
This year is starting off with plenty of it so I created this praise painting to express my gratitude to God.
Praise paintings are early morning studies on vellum paper that I create after my meditation and journaling when I first step into the studio. Simple heartfelt quick studies of what is on my mind.
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Praising Winter Rain, Original Acrylic Painting
9″ X 12″ acrylic painting on vellum paper, matted in white to 12″ X 16″ and ready to frame.
Some of you can remember when I did nothing but acrylic abstracts, mostly pours and I worked in metallic. It was fun and it dipped my toes into the world of abstraction. They were mostly non-representational. I am glad I went that route in my journey to find my own voice. It helped me loosen up.
Now days I create contemporary acrylic paintings full of movement and energy. Most of them are landscapes, but sometimes I get that yearning to become more abstracted in my work and this is such a painting. I have been doing a lot of floral landscapes this spring season. Heading into the summer months I have gradually moved back toward my monsoon landscapes, but before I transitioned I had to create a pure abstract following in the tradition of the floral. I call it “Go With The Flow” because of the pure exuberance and feeling of freedom I experienced while creating it.
It’s hot off the easel and I hope you enjoy it. If you want to see me do more abstracts like this give me a shout out. You can see more of my work or start your collection with a free download HERE
Have a great weekend and how about those MONSOONS,
Welcome to summer, it has hit our area in full force. Hot and dry, hardly anything can grow in this arid land until the monsoon rolls in. But when it does one of the first flowers that takes hold are Black Eyed Susans. The other day I was researching them and discovered that there are many varieties. I saw this lovely salmon colored variety and just had to paint them. I think they celebrate the joy of summer and all the promises it brings.
Next is to find out if they will grow in my area, which I hope they do. I am already planning a bed for them. Hopefully the Javalina will not have much appetite for them and I will have fresh bouquets every where.
These Susans are the perfect entry for my floral series, and will probably be the last because it is time for a new direction since the monsoons are coming. So I am looking forward to putting out some crazy exciting monsoon inspired paintings.
This week I am in the studio transitioning and focusing on the up and coming Les Femmes des Montage 14th Annual Art Show and Sale. Saturday, July 14, 2018 from 10-4. Hosted at the Hassayampa Inn Marina Room.
Les Femmes artists will partner with the Highlands Center for Natural History in support of the work they do to help educate the public about nature and the environment. A Raffle will be held for an item from each artist with all proceeds being donated to the Highlands Center. Representatives of the Highland Center will be in attendance to answer questions, distribute information and sell raffle tickets.
So if you are into floral paintings I will be exhibiting them at the Les Femme des Montage. Hope to see you there, and have a safe and fun 4th of July.
People ask me all the time. ” What paints create that feel of movement in your paintings?” As most of you know I am an acrylic painter and although I use mainly three professional brands of paint, Golden, Liquitex and Modern Master, my favorite by far are the fluid acrylics and soft body paints.
I especially love the fluid acrylics, the flow rate is like none other. They smoothly handle with the flat brushes, the fan brushes and liners which I use most often. They also drip nicely and adding water to them creates opportunities for glazing. They come in yummy colors my favorite being Teal.
If you are an artist and have never tried them, give it a go. If you are a collector enjoy what they do on a canvas to enhance the movement, color and energy of each painting.
If you are interested in learning more about artists paints or painting in general I will be launching an on-line course later this summer. It will consist of six modules dealing in mindset, tools, paints, techniques, composition, negative space and many other things that get to the heart of creating art that is creative, intuitive, and full of energy, movement and color.
Let me know if you want to be on my wait list I am looking for a beta group to test it at a very discounted rate before it goes live to the public; share with a friend who may be interested in this great offer.
As always, live a creative life as possible, enjoy every moment and share the happiness.
As you know I love to paint inspiring and up-lifting pieces. I thought these Cone Flowers were just right for that kind of motivation. Stretching themselves to reach to the sun, they are the tallest plants in this garden. Just like these Cone Flowers we should be reaching ever upward, seeking to have a most productive and joyous life. Being the best we can be, and living the life of our dreams. It doesn’t matter what stage of life we are in, we can always look forward to greatness, joy and abundance. Whether that means we volunteer our time to help others, travel to places we have always wanted to go, or seek new talents, we can always reach our highest potential.
Go out this week and find the time to do something wonderful.
We all want to feel like we are thriving, but sometimes that perception is hard to accept. This happens a lot to artists; it is the culture of art, the mystic of art. Actually it is the fault of Vincent van Gogh! After all van Gogh only sold one painting in his entire career, so he was the first and foremost “Starving Artist:.
So I try to thrive, and fortunately have never had to starve. I diversify my assets. What are my assets? I could include my portfolio, but that is between me and my broker, what I really want to talk about is my skill sets.
I paint powerful, energy driven paintings full of color and movement. They come from my faith-based life, the spiritual side of me, the side that finds joy in life, the side that want’s to lift others spirits. My other skill set is actually two-fold, the therapist and teacher side of me. I use these skills in my workshops and individual lessons and soon in my on-line classes. I diversify these skills to create my purpose: “to lift people’s spirits and bring people to wholeness, by finding the beauty in this world.”
It’s not a bad way to live, doing what I love and know best. Thriving in a beautiful art career, and helping people lift their spirits. Let’s take the Starving out of the Artist.
Today is a question and answer session. So I will try to answer the #1 question that people ask about my art and let you ask me some.
People always ask, “Why do I paint what I do?”
Short answer is that it makes me happy, but the long answer is more complicated. My previous career was in Social Work; twenty years working with families, with a Masters in Counseling Psychology .
I saw that people who had broken spirits rarely picked themselves up. A single reflection of hope, in many cases, could be the trigger to make all the difference. Art became my solace after a long day of helping others who were stuck in a mire of self-destruction and hopelessness. It brought normalcy and hope to my life, so why couldn’t it bring this to others? If I were able to help a person move into a positive direction simply by viewing my art or teaching them how to create their own art they could look at life differently and change their lives for the better.
It is little wonder I try to find that spark of hope in all I do. As an artist the themes of hope and positive energy carry through all my work. I choose to paint art that is full of movement, positive-energy, and color to uplift my spirit and the spirits of others. Through my workshops I teach others to find wholeness through art.
So there you have it… I paint to heal grief, disappointment, and failure. I paint to give hope to others. I paint to help people have a joyous life.
So ask away, and then let me ask you how my art can help? When it comes to picking art for your environment, what is your single greatest challenge?
Have a great day and continue enjoying life to its fullest.
I started a practice at the first of the year to force me to hone my skills and bring me into the studio and away from the office. I have found that this art business of mine renders me more time in the office doing marketing than in the actual studio. I must get an assistant, but I digress.
I call this practice my early morning 10 to 15 minute study. I have a pad of Vellum that I use strictly to create quick studies. I work the first 10 minutes of the morning laying down on the paper what ever comes to mind. This practice really is a marker as to how I am thinking that day and the mood I am in. I never finish the study in one sitting but instead put it aside and pick it up again the next morning. The next day my mood may have changed and I may go in another direction with the study. Eventually I finish it and may find I like what I have created so I will mat it and sell it way below what I charge for a normal acrylic painting done on gallery wrap canvas. The customer ends up with a Boutique Art Original at a much lower price. That is how many of my new customers have started their collections of my work.
This practice loosens me up and allows me to experiment with new techniques so I am constantly getting better. It also quickly gets me ready for a day of work in the studio.
So what do you do to start your day?
“Spring Time On The Mesa”
9″ X 12″ original acrylic painting on vellum paper, matted to 12" X 16" and ready to frame.