Wednesday, January 28, 2015


SUMMER AT THE BEACH  11x14 acrylic on heavy paper
This was painted on the beach in Maui awhile back where I was taking an abstract plein air workshop. Pulled it out this week and added just a few touches. I'll probably stare at it some and might just add another dab or two. And before it's deemed finished I also look at my paintings in different rooms at different times of the day to see if I need to lighten or highlight any areas. 

My friend Lisa Chin has invited me to participate in an art challenge on Facebook. I'll be posting artwork for 5 days and nominating another artist each day to do the same and fill Facebook with beautiful art. Here's Day 1.

Monday, January 12, 2015



Part of organizing my studio in preparation for my anticipated stellar year, I revisited three unfinished paintings. Added several more layers until the paths were formed and the direction became clear. Very pleased with the "direction" my Plane View Series is taking.

Also revisiting that website that continues to hang over my head. There will be a self-imposed completion date, young lady! I have had such a rough time downloading images..until I switched browsers. Voila. So glad I didn't throw my 2 Macs out the window after all. 

Saturday, January 10, 2015


QUILTED FIELDS 12x16x1.5 acrylic on canvas
Might just be finished with this one. Oh maybe a tweak or two, you know me. Combined my love of patchwork and aerial views to add to my Plane View series. 

First thing I did to ring in the new year was purge and organize my small studio. Added some narrow shelves to hold some of the small pieces that get in the way. 

Then I PAINTED like it was my JOB! Imagine that. When I wasn't painting I was working on the website, which is similar to pulling my eye teeth, but I'll be ever so happy to have that task behind me. 

Monday, December 15, 2014


It's no secret I love Ikea. Okay, maybe I am mildly obsessed. On a recent trip to Ikea I noticed this Norrlida frame and immediately thought of several uses for it and at $9.99 I snatched it up. I thought it would make a cool tray but decided the perfect use would be a chalkboard over my bar cart. I took it apart and painted the backboard with chalkboard paint. When I put it back together I just put the glass behind the backboard so it would have the same thickness. Tim did need to add a wire hanger to the back. I do believe there might have been some inhaled chalk dust in the process, but I am really liking having it above the bar cart. After the holidays I'll use it for drink recipes or menus.


The shelves came from Target and bar cart is from Crate and Barrel. All ready for the holidays!

More Ikea hacks and love coming soon.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014


Awhile back I posted about the making of MR BIG SHOT, a mixed media painting of my father-in-law when he was a young whipper snapper here and here. Well, he got accepted into the Summation 2014 juried show at the Escondido Municipal Gallery and received an Honorable Mention. It was one year ago that I entered my first art exhibit and the director of the gallery purchased New York, New York. I just have to smile a little.



Tuesday, December 2, 2014



Please excuse the metaphor, but we just gave birth to a beautiful, brand spankin new kitchen. And boy are we proud..and exhausted. I was so over the plastic drop cloths on the furniture, layers of construction dust and tripping over tools I was pushing for a finish date of Thanksgiving. It's 95% complete and the last few days we find ourselves just staring in amazement at the results of our many months of DIY hard labor. We've been taking a boatload of photos, grinning ear to ear and rubbing our sore muscles.

There were many times I wondered if this would ever become a reality. I have shared a little along the way about this fixer-upper we purchased three and a half years ago. We spent the first couple years mostly repairing and dealing with the more serious issues. Lots of scrubbing, painting, tearing out and replacing HERE and HERE and much more I haven't shared. But the kitchen was by far the biggest eyesore. The previous owners slapped lots of lipstick on this pig to no avail. And lest you think I exaggerate; here's what happens when the seller slaps latex paint over oil. Looks okay until you wash it and the paint rolls off. 

The wood cabinets and pretty much every other surface was also painted using latex paint with the same results, but with the added touch of dog and human hair mixed in. I'm sparing you those images. You're welcome.

The counters and floors had ugly beige/brown 70's tile with dark, thick grout that looked dirty no matter how much bleach was used: 

tile changes between kitchen and breakfast room
chips in tile
Not grossed out yet? No problem. Take a gander under the drop-in cooktop. We had to take it apart and fix some burners just to use it. 

cooktop grime
Same with all the appliances. The refrigerator melted the ice and froze the fruits and veggies. The oven door was so filthy it didn't even shut. The sink had never been caulked and sealed, so when we turned the disposal on the sink shook violently. Some of the kitchen knobs were stuck onto the drawers only by the paint, no screws, so they came off in your hand. 

inside drawers
The kitchen drawers; I promise that is as clean as I could get them. By now you get the idea. As an interior designer who loves to entertain I dreamt of a remodel. I planned, researched, saved my pennies and collected ideas on my Pinterest Board, just waiting for the day we could pull it off.  


Lighting isn't the best and I took these with my cell phone. I'll be sharing much more in upcoming posts, as I share what materials I selected and some DIY's. But I was just so excited to finally show you what McGyver and I have been up to. We were literally putting finishing touches Thanksgiving Day and had guests for dinner. A huge accomplishment and it felt so good and rewarding.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Okay, first of all, I FINALLY changed the blog header. I haven't done that in so long the rules for size changed and after trying like a dozen times it finally worked but is, um, huge. Too bad. I'm so over it.

Windsor & Newton Cotman Watercolours

Lately, I don't stop long enough to post what I'm doing. With the kitchen remodel I forget and lately have been painting walls and trim. But I MUST show you this adorable itsy bitsy watercolor set I gifted myself. I shared it on Facebook and Instagram already but I love it so much I'm posting it here. It fits in a small purse and travels with me. Just need a little water and a napkin. Okay, kinda sounds like a substitute for a cute little puppy. BY GOLLY, I think it is. 

Look at the cute brush. I did buy that wonderful hot pink separately, just cuz I love the brilliance. Sure beats that Prang set I've had most of my life.

I recently painted this bouquet while on a flight and during delays at the airport. It was a bumpy ride and I had to keep grabbing my water so it didn't spill, but boy did the time pass quickly. I can take a pic on my phone then paint it. Stop the madness!

I took a pic of my daughter's shoes during a visit, came back home and painted them as a gift for her hospitality (and amazing style).

My friend's bird, Bella
I'm liking this watercolor stuff, a lot! After years of thinking it would be hard, I am looking forward to learning what else I can do. I'm thinking of offering some commissions after the kitchen is complete. Any interest?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


ALMOST HOME 24X30 acrylic on canvas
Another larger painting based on my Plane View series has experienced a great deal of transformation, evolution and is at last possibly complete. I tried taking a few photos with my cell phone this evening. Don't know why but each one I took is lacking in clarity and color so I took a couple close-ups to show better color, texture and detail. I must admit I am loving the close-ups which got my creative wheels spinning. 

For those that know me, as much as I love, love, love abstract art my brain revolts each and every time I make an attempt. Experimenting, permission to play and trying new things is a rewarding process. It reminds me of our kids repeating over and over as we barely left the driveway, "Are we there yet?" We tried to point out the beauty and new experiences along the way, but they only had the end in mind. Wisdom and experience says enjoy each step along the journey. 

I am on a journey of sorts with my Plane View studies. While others choose to read or snooze on flights I prefer to sketch little studies from my window seat. I recently made 4 of my Plane View pieces available as prints in my Etsy Shop

PLANE VIEW #4, 11, 12

Monday, October 13, 2014


We have been working so hard on our endless kitchen remodel that we barely ever come up for air. We do show up for scheduled meetings and commitments, but that's about it. However, Saturday we were invited to take a break, and while we were buried in kitchen chaos we are so very glad we said yes. Spent an amazingly perfect day and evening on The Great Escape, a beautiful carver boat owned by the generous Adams family. We spent the afternoon enjoying the Coronado sights, dinner at Peohe's and incredible waterscape reflections once the night set in. Just what the doctor ordered. I took plenty of photo's for my visual fix and future paintings. I posted several fun photos on my Facebook page. But here I'm posting a few inspirational ones that got my creative juices flowing.

FAVE!!! must experiment with blurred lights on water with paint.HELLO!!
Another potential; I envision a semi-abstract? This one is very grainy from zooming in to get the shot I wanted, but that shouldn't stop me, right? Right.

Now, back to reality. We made tremendous strides on the kitchen this weekend, despite our much needed Escape. I think we are now far enough along now to not snooze you to death with info and images. Promises to share valuable tips for those who love DIY or learn enough to hire an expert. Hold on another day or two; as my Photoshop crashes every time I try to do a reveal. War on!!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014


COMING UP ROSES 2  6x6 acrylic on board


Between gutting the kitchen and working on some paintings I keep forgetting to post on my blog. Oops. I manage to do much better with Facebook, Instagram, Etsy and occasionally Twitter. Those venues take little effort but result in comments and human interaction which is so critical for someone who works alone. Now-a-days the only comments I get on my blog are spam. So I forget. Everyone wants quick results; including me. 

So my goal was to go mixed media abstract florals here. Okay, so once again my hand does not cooperate with my mind, or is it the other way around? But, I am still good. I learn and grow with every stroke.

I have been adding these smaller pieces as prints onto my Etsy shop. I am accumulating the originals for now, but if you are interested in an original just email me or leave a comment. xo


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