In My Studio: Living a Creative Life

Wherever I Go, There I Paint

It’s so romantic to see artists standing on the beach or in the middle of a flower field painting. And though I’d love to paint in a stunning spot, I tend to have small windows of time in which to paint. I love to paint, though, so I make it work. I’ve painted in a…

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Warm-ups

Creative warm-ups are a part of my daily practice. They don’t take long, and they’re a great way to train myself at getting the details right. Here are some of my recent warm-ups:

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Creative Practice

As a warm-up to a painting session, I often create a random background wash with no subject in mind. I learned this from my mentor, Jean Haines. It’s a way to test out color combinations and get into a flow before starting on a painting. It’s also a way to pay closer attention. I leave…

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The Judge for my Birthday Giveaway

To celebrate my birthday this year, I gifted a 5”x7” painting to one of my Facebook friends. As I am easily charmed, I trusted the judging to one who is not easily swayed—my cat, Ninja. Here’s a glimpse of the selection process. Congratulations to Nancy Glover, who won Remembrance, a painting of abstract red poppies.

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