Passionately and Energetically

Posted by on Jun 5, 2017 in Inspiration, Koi Pond Series, Paintings | No Comments
Passionately and Energetically

Gratitude expressed, passionately and energetically. Mapping out a place for an energetic expression of gratitude as I navigate the spectrum of human emotions and experience. say what?   I am grateful to be here  to sit with, and experience the joy, anxiety, and hope I experience as a woman, a mother, artist, and citizen of this beautiful, complicated, crazy […]

What the Muck?!

What the Muck?!

Muck and lots of it. That’s what we found when we drained our backyard koi pond for some spring cleaning. We also found a family of ducks, a cat, and a turtle (ornamental of course), that have taken a dive over the years. The fish hung out in large tubs for most of the day, […]

Looking Back Ahead

Looking Back Ahead

New Year. Now what? Do you make resolutions? intentions? take it day by day? Here’s one way to approach the New Year. Recently I listened to a TED talk by Laura Vanderkam: How to Gain Control of Your Free Time . Here’s the take away, two things. 1. Prioritize. Busy, happy successful people make time for what they want […]

Brilliant Resilience in My Drawers

Brilliant Resilience in My Drawers

Today’s post from What’s in My Drawers is a post election response to the state of affairs we are facing as a nation, and in the world at large. Koi fish have a powerful and energetic life force, demonstrated by their ability to swim against currents and even travel upstream. In the winter, when the temperature drops, […]

Great Week of Painting Wrapped Up

Great Week of Painting Wrapped Up

What a great week of Painting by the Pond 2016! If you’ve ever taken- or taught an art workshop before you know that you come away renewed and inspired by the others in the group, whether you are an experienced painter or it is your first time working with a new medium. As the instructor, I […]

Painting by the Pond 2016

Painting by the Pond 2016

Day #3 of Painting by the Pond 2016. This week long summer workshop, now in its 3rd year has our largest group to date with returning painters who have worked with me before, as well as new people with varying levels of experience in front of an easel. I enjoy working with such a range of styles and experience. My […]

Poetic Moment

Poetic Moment

She was not sure what idea she wished to express but the thought that a poetic moment had touched upon her took life within her like an infant hope. She stepped onward bravely.   James Joyce. I took a little liberty with Joyce’s quote, making it gender appropriate, but I love the sentiment. Often I don’t […]

Playing Koi

Posted by on May 17, 2016 in Inspiration, Koi Pond Series, Paintings | No Comments
Playing Koi

If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it. Jonathan Winters Often there seems to be a push/ pull in my psyche; Go for it vs. Allow life to happen. After my first cancer diagnosis in 2002, a good friend said that this was an opportunity to take time from my high energy ambitious […]

Commissioning a Work of Art

Commissioning a Work of Art

Reflection Pond is finished, and ready to be packed and shipped to it’s new home in Hawaii! The commissioned diptych will hang in the new home of a longtime friend and collector, Cathalene. Scott and I spent some time in her beautiful piece of paradise last November to get a feel for the space and desired site for […]

Leap,and the Net

Leap,and the Net

“Leap, and the net will appear.”    John Burroughs (author, 1837-1921) I don’t recall where or when I first heard this quote by the american author John Burroughs, but there was something in that declaration of faith that resonated with me. It’s one of my favorites. Perhaps on some level, that is what led me to the imagery […]