My Journey Into Art

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Magic Garden

I've been on a painting tear lately and have several canvases in progress.  I recently finished this one called "Magic Garden".  I seem to find dragonflies in my work a lot.

This is 11" X 14" on Gallery Wrapped Canvas with 1.5" sides painted black.  It's available for sale.

From this:


To this:
Magic Garden

Monday, March 10, 2014

Wild and Free

I haven't posted in forever! I'm sorry about that! I've been busy painting, painting, painting! I've also had a student for the last three weeks coming to my house to learn to paint. She came over three times a week for about 2 hours at a time. I loved having her here and sharing my passion with her. She pretty much finished her painting today except for a few final touches. Her painting is beautiful!

I finished this elephant not too long ago. It's 24" X 24" and is available for sale and is titled "Wild and Free". Here are the evolution photos:



Sunday, February 9, 2014

Opening Reception at Austin Artspace

Last night I attended the opening reception at Austin Artspace for the 9th Annual for the Love of Art Show and Sale.  It was a juried exhibition and I submitted one painting.  I was thrilled to get notice that my painting was accepted into the show.  It was even more thrilling to see it hanging on the wall amongst all the other artwork. If you are local, the show runs until March 8, 2014.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Rise, And Shine Brightly

Here's another evolution of a recent painting.  As you can see they start out quite chaotic and then I sit and stare at the canvas.  I keep turning it around and searching for an image to pop out at me.  And when it does, I bring it forward and continue looking for other images.

While the images reflect the title of rise and shine, I see it more as an affirmation to rise and shine brightly. To be stand up and be your colorful, brave self.  Rise, and Shine Brightly!

This 24" X 30" on gallery wrapped canvas.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Word of the Year Mandala

I'm taking Misty Mawn's Full Circle workshop and the first journal lesson was to paint a mandala.  She painted several ones in different styles using acrylic paint.  I didn't feel like messing with acrylics last night so I pulled out my watercolors.  I incorporated my word for the year in the center.  I plan to keep this out in my art space where I can see it every day to remind myself of what I want to try to accomplish this year.  This ended up being more a mixed media piece because I added ink, colored pencils and a bit of acrylic white paint.

I will do an acrylic painted one soon and try to use a more muted palette instead of the brights that I'm used to.  I want to try and stretch and step out of my comfort zone.  Keep an eye out for the next one!

Saturday, January 18, 2014


I started this painting earlier this month and love how it evolved.  This warrior has a whole story going on in her chest.  You need to look closely to see everything that is going on there.  I love how these images come through so organically when I paint.  I get surprised and then sit back and wonder why they emerged.  She certainly seems to have an interesting story to tell.

This is the beginning of the painting:

And this is the completed painting.  It's 24" X 30".

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Group Art Exhibition

One of my goals this year is to get my art out there locally.  I've joined a group called the Austin Artists Network and participated in a group exhibition that is hanging in the Art Corridor of the 700 Lavaca building in downtown Austin, Texas.  The show runs until March 2, 2014.  If any readers are in the area, please stop by!

Here is a photo of my paintings on display: