Thursday, April 3, 2014


I PAINT every day of the year. I'm a full-time artist creating acrylic and watercolor art. Most of my art is commissioned, and when I can find extra time I paint for myself. This week I finished my dining room chairs. It only took 6 years. I acquired 8 different oak chairs at garage sales, and eventually painted them in all the colors of my house. The butter and lavender walls are newly painted as well. Hmmm...I think it's time for a dinner for 8.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Kor and the Blue Chair

This is Kor. He's a Great Dane puppy. He goes to the studio with me every day; sometimes we walk, sometimes we take the truck. This is Kor's chair and he LOVES his chair. I'll be posting photos of Kor as he grows up (or as he HAS grown up- he is 6 months old already).

Friday, November 29, 2013

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

How To Shoot Great Photos of Artwork in a Minute.

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I'M NOT a photographer. But I need good photos of my artwork to sell it. I've always had problems with reflection and glare. I bought 2 photo lights but it was a lot of trouble to shoot a picture every day. This is what I came up with.  Outside, in full sun, I put the painting on a chair top in front of my studio window. I put a piece of tape on the back so the painting leans toward me. It eliminates the glare, but distorts the shape. Then in Photoshop I reshape it.  Then finally I adjust in Filter, Sharpen, Unsharp Mask to finish. It takes about 2 minutes for each photo.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Do you ship paintings? I discovered this really great way to cut down boxes to ship paintings.
   1. Make sure both ends are taped shut.
   2. Decide how deep you want your box (I want about 1.5 inch to ship canvases), take a box cutter and cut 1.5 down from the top, all the way around. Then do the same with the bottom.
   3. Throw away the middle and you have 2 exact pieces that fit one inside the other, for a perfect, strong flat box. I then mark the size on the box and store for when I need it.

Monday, October 22, 2012

#85 Fox Theater: 3



WORKED all day Saturday (top) and all day Sunday (bottom). I actually finished Monday morning. And by "all day" I mean get to the studio at 11am, break for lunch, go home to let the dogs out, break for a long dinner, back to the studio until 8.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

#85 Fox Theater: 2


I GET TO the studio Friday morning. Redraw AGAIN onto the watercolor board (Crescent Illustration Board) but I can't start painting. To avoid work I go to Facebook, post on my daughter's wall:

Me: Where are you when I need you? I have to finish a large watercolor by Monday- I've thrown 2 tries away and I CAN'T START on the 3rd. (I'm on FB again to procrastinate.)

Kelty: I wish I was there to motivate you instead of at work! Lol believe me. If it helps, I have never seen one of your "tries" that wasn't also exceptional. smileJust go for it you talented lady!

Me: I always remember when I couldn't paint the lion's eyes and you handed me a brush, gave me that "I know best" look of yours, and told me to "just do it". I've used that a hundred times. 

SO QUIT whining and use it now. Back to work. OK. I don't like how the board accepts my watercolor paints, but when I use Nova Color acrylics watered down, it bleeds like a dream. I start with the sky and by the end of the day the tree's first lay-in is finished.

HOME to the dogs and a movie...

Friday, October 19, 2012

#85 Fox Theater

18x24 image for watercolor
I STARTED this on Wednesday- drove to Visalia, about 30 miles away, and took about 250 photos, trying to get the Fox theater and Little Italy restaurant in one image. I thought I was doing an acrylic with the black lines, then found out my client decided on a watercolor.  OK- where's that last sheet of 140 lb. watercolor paper. Here it is. My paints are in pretty good shape, I might need some green. I'll manage.

I ADDED agapanthus flowers in bloom to the photo, along with daylilies and geraniums.

USING A LIGHT TABLE, I traced the picture onto my watercolor paper. I'm always a little nervous when starting a watercolor – I paint in acrylic more often. And I'm a messy artist, so I have to be really careful of dirt on T-squares, drips etc. I don't think of those things when I paint in acrylic.

I'm pretty happy- going home to the dogs and a movie...

DAY 2, Thursday: I paint the sky and tree. NOT HAPPY. I made the tree too dark, so now the top half is way too heavy. Relax – I can fix it... going home to the dogs and a movie...

BUT HOW am I going to fix it...

Feed the dogs, play with the cats, dang – I have to finish this painting by Monday...

It'll wait till morning...

Dang it– no it won't. So I drive back to the studio to assess the situation. Fixable? No, not really. OK, let's start over. I'm out of paper! Wait- I have that large paper I never use- 300 lb, it'll work. So I cut it down, redraw picture, start to paint the sky, and realize why I never use that paper... I HATE it! I Facebook to local artists in town for help on paper, home to the dogs again...

I WAKE UP in the middle of the night remembering I have an extra of that wonderful watercolor board I had ordered for a large painting, and that it accepts my Nova Color acrylic paint like the dreamiest watercolor paint...

I SHOULD go back to sleep- it's only 2:00 am – too early to go back to the studio...