All I want for Christmas…

All I want for Christmas…

All I want for Christmas is to be able to impact other lives in a positive way through The Gratitude Project.  You can get it here. The Gratitude Project is available and the holiday time is a great time to start on it. Unlike other “pre-fab journals,” this is one that you fill with writing prompts that are drawn from your own life experience. To be able to do that, you’ll spend some time up front in a guided brainstorming process. This process...

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The Gratitude Project

The Gratitude Project

It’s so exciting to announce that The Gratitude Project is now officially for sale at amazon.com and at The Artists Gallery. What is this? The Gratitude Project is a 3-month journaling commitment with a focus on gratitude each and every day. Unlike most gratitude exercises and challenges, this one keeps you going for the three months because the gratitude prompts are personal and relevant to YOU. How can a published journal be so personal?...

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A Little Kick in the Pants…

A Little Kick in the Pants…

This morning I was feeling a bit disgruntled about Winter while taking Katie to early morning sports conditioning.  It was 5:54 am, cold and dark.  I was super tired.  Did I mention that it was cold, and so dark out? I was griping to myself about how hard it is to deal with the start of winter.  I had literally thought to myself, “There’s not much about winter to be grateful for at this moment.”  Now that was a mistake. It was...

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There is always a lesson…

There is always a lesson…

At the beginning of the summer, my college friend Jenn handed me a stack of her mother’s sheet music and gave me free license to do what I wanted with it.  Her mom had been the music director at her church well past the age of retirement.  Jenn wanted something special done with the music so that it could be displayed in her room in the nursing home. It took me a long time to get this done.  There were too many possibilities and it took a...

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Is it Art?

Is it Art?

Sometimes I question if what I’m doing is art or craft.  I suppose that with some pieces it may be somewhere in the middle of the two.  I prefer to think of this piece, “Book of Secrets” as pure art, even though it looks like just another DIY project. Here’s why… Last month, I set out thinking about what might make a good piece of art to enter into an exhibition called “Reflections.”  Naturally a mirror...

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This is your brain…on ART

This is your brain…on ART

“I work all day at NASA, then I go home and make art.  And while I’m making art, my brain is solving all of my work problems.” That’s an observation by artist, Karen Friedt, about why she makes art.  I had the pleasure of listening to her “Art Talk” last night at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center. And there is oh-so-much truth to what she is saying.  Artists often get in “The Zone” where a lot of...

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FAQ: Do you do commissions?

FAQ: Do you do commissions?

The answer to this question is absolutely YES! In fact, I just recently created a page on my website that shows the range and possibilities of custom-made art.  Check it out and then come back and finish reading. Working on a commission is both frightening and fun.  It’s the ultimate challenge.  In some cases, the client has a complete vision of their own and sometimes I’m given a very basic idea and total free rein.  What ensues is...

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Other People’s Problems? Easy!

Other People’s Problems?  Easy!

Isn’t it easier to solve someone else’s problem? Another artist and I were groaning about writing an artist’s statement for an upcoming show. We both agreed that it would be easier to write each other’s  than to write our own. I actually do believe I could whip one out for Lynne quicker than I could write one for myself. Have you experienced anything like this? If a friend is going through a problem, you can see all kinds of...

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FAQ: How did you make that?

FAQ: How did you make that?

I was very honored to find out last week that Starry Night Light won the Award of Merit.  It’s a working lamp made from leftover paper from a few different book art projects of the past.  The big question that night, the question I always get, was “How did you make that?” With today’s FAQ, come on in my studio and see the process of this lamp. The idea started in the aisles of a thrift store.  A torn “Japanese...

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Lost and Found, then Lost and Found

Lost and Found, then Lost and Found

Last week I told you the story about how I became fully involved in making art and painting. If you look at my portfolio of paintings though, you can see that my work is all over the map. For years, I’ve been painting landscapes, house portraits, pet portraits, acrylic, pen and ink, abstracts, realism, and on and on. I could not settle on a genre, a medium or even a cohesive color palette. Though I had found my studio, found my passion, I was...

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