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“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.”  -Pericles


What a busy week!

New brushstrokes, new art lessons, LOTS going on!

Let’s begin with my own art practice this past week.  I continue to contemplate Monuments and how I want to represent them, how I feel about them.

It’s tricky because I don’t want to JUST paint what I see.  I’m striving to share the soul of the place with you, the viewer.  These Monuments are beautifully warm and energetic landscapes…the dance between them, my brush, and your eyes captures my heart and attention.

We’ll see what happens as this series progresses…  I am grateful to have this time at my easel.    

So many AWESOME Artists the past week allowed me to be their Art Guide!

  • We painted our fur family members at Paw-Casso (hosted by Dee-O-Gee) on Wednesday!  At each class, I have adults come to paint despite what their nerves might be telling them.  They are uncomfortable…and they show up anyways.  There is so much to be learned on the other side of fear.  Cheers to everyone who took the risk and created with me!
  • Mini-Artist’s created landscapes with layers of color, pattern, and repetition at Great Beginnings Montessori on Tuesday!  These kids will try anything, and they are immersed in the present.  I love teaching them and seeing their creativity explode and grow!
  • Collaborative Art Projects are one of my favorite processes!  Watching, and helping, a group work toward a singular artwork is absolutly inspiring.  We are better together!  They learn and grow so much from one another. This week, we painted a vibrant landscape full of jumping trout and blue waters…on a saw!

Another amazing week filled with my own art and sharing art with some amazing people!

This week!

Join me at Dry Hills Distillery for Sip and Paint night this coming Thursday night (May 4th).  
More cool collaborative art projects coming up at Hawthorne Elementary School before the end of the year!

Whatever you can do to create this week…cook, dance, paint…just get out and do it.  You’ll thank yourself afterwards.

Until next week!

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Perception and Layers.

I am drawn to atmosphere and layers…in artwork, and in life.  

Layers of questions, layers of color…overlapping and flowing together to create space.

I am drawn to improvement of myself, my art, my everything.  At times, it’s exhausting.

On this Monday, I feel like I’m circling around a few messages and themes that the universe keeps bringing to my attention.









As with all learning and growth, seeking deeper understanding whenever I can is damn uncomfortable.  It’s a dance of sorts, two steps forward and one step back.  Slow down to move fast.

I believe in the “impossible.”  I believe that the universe has our back and that limits are BS.  But I crave these beautiful words by Tony Robbins to support that theory.

“Create a vision and never let the limits of what has been done in the past shape your decisions. Ignore conventional wisdom.”  Tony Robbins

Feed your Fear or Feed your Faith

I believe we all have a choice continuously throughout our day.  Faith or  Fear.  I also believe that this work, is hard freaking work.

“If trust is a garden of paradise, then doubt is the weed. So how do you water your Faith when doubt-creep is inevitable? With a lot of really hard work. Unceasing, daily doubt-whacking. Faith works up a sweat. She is anything but passive.”  Danielle LaPorte

In the end, it is a choice we (I) need to make again and again.  Strengthening the pathways that lead to connection, faith, love, belief.

Feed the good.

My heart is drawn to paint.

Painting has always been akin to ice water on a hot summers day.

Soothing, satisfying and absolutly fulfilling.

So today, I will follow my bliss and head toward the paint.



Layers of Atmosphere in oil paint on display at the Holter Museum of Art now through the end of February.  

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If something is important enough…


Wise words, and somewhat of a conundrum too.  Why?  Because I want to do it all, NOW.  My patience could use a little growth.

Inside my brain:  Imagine a crowd of at least 100, waiting, somewhat unorganized, energized, excited, driven,  determined…all planning to get through one single door for a free trip to Hawaii, you just have to be first.  The crowd is anxious and very VERY motivated.  The countdown goes off, 3…2…1…GO!


People get trampled, the door gets jammed, the door frame starts to break…and calmly on the other side is a tropical drink (with umbrella), luau music,  and a nice gentleman smiling brightly while holding the grand prize ticket to HAWAII in one hand, a fresh coconut in the other.  But NO ONE can get through the craziness to be the one and only through the door.

Ahh, patience.  One thing at a time, or so they say…

If something is important enough…

Even if the odds are against you…

My goal today, one thing at a time.

The odds, well, maybe I like being an underdog, so they can remain against me if that needs to happen for a bit longer (or until I change said odds) :).

The only thing I do know, is that I CAN do it all, I just have to choose which thing to focus on first.  I guess I’ll focus on a slower paced marathon and just keep moving.  Flowing effortlessly from one thing to the next.  Zen dreams and aspirations from my innate brute methodologies.  Isn’t there a joke about a bull in a china shop I could insert here??


Cheers all- Have an amazing motivation-filled Monday.