Personal Art Blog

Sharing the lessons I teach at the Artist Guild and the personal discoveries in my art.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Favorite Nest of 2018

Wishing you all a terrific and creative 2019.

Artist Note
This is my favorite nest of last year
I painted it three times.
The one above
 It is 8"x10" oil on canvas.

Lots of layering went on...
and on... and somehow 
I feel as if I built this nest -
instead of painting it!

It is a Bluejay nest.
Friends from Santa Fe gave it to me a couple
of years ago when they were having an addition
put on their house and found it. 

It is on a beautiful sycamore branch in my studio.

The one below was 24"x24"
HUGE for me. 
I LOVED painting it.
 Ladybugs, grasses, feathers, leaves, 
are all in there -  part of nest making!
Sunrise colors are behind the large one but 
I became creative with blue twigs
in the top one. I found I enjoyed playing
around with colors and glad I stuck to it.

So, as you see, the same nest provided me
with hours of pleasure
How many of you thought I meant the 
PAINTING at top was my favorite
and not the nest itself?
Interesting how we read things. 
Though I better put it right!

Both of them sold and I hope the owners 
enjoy finding little areas of interest 
that have my heart and soul
embedded in them.

Again....happiest of years ahead 
and thank you for following my blog.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Poinsettia Celebration

Poinsettia Celebration
8x6" oil on canvas panel SOLD

Artist Note
This painting was one of a little series
of holiday-themed paintings.
the gallery had asked for.
They all sold fast so I just 
finished another one I have given them.
It is a 6"x6" gallery-wrap canvas
so it stands or can be hung.
 Sides are painted red.

If interested, please call the 
M Phillips Gallery

This is my last post before Christmas.
My hubby and I are off to visit my daughter
who has a husband in Afganistan.
I am looking forward to seeing her 
and all my grand-pets.

I wish you all a very 
Peaceful and Blessed Christmas.
Be safe.

Saturday, December 8, 2018


6"x 6" oil on Raymar panel SOLD.

Artist Note
This was a demo done during the workshop
last week. 
My last workshop from my own studio. 
I had a great group of talented artists
who did some wonderful
fracturing work.
It is not easy to break up 
a perfectly nice piece of work and 
I know that, but, with some 
encouragement, it was very rewarding to see
them beam with pleasure when they finally
got it!
They all traveled many miles to attend
and I am grateful and honored
they chose to learn from me.

A personal chat.
I have mixed feelings about not hosting
any more workshops because
I really enjoy teaching and have met some 
amazing artists from Hawaii, Canada, 
South America, Mexico and all areas of the US,
but I selfishly want to have more time for 
my own development. 

When I started fracturing 9 years ago,
very few oil painters were into 
any form of the 
"create, destroy, rebuild"
school and it took time for me to find 
my own way of doing it.
 It took me even longer to 
show the public, and that was 8 years ago,
but, it became noticed
and I was asked to make a video 
for Daily Paintworks!!
I still am gobsmacked at how successful
it has been.

Fast forward to the present time.
I see many, many more 
"messy" paintings 
- as my husband calls them - 
and I am excited to be mainstream
where people are not asking me 
why my lines are not smooth!!
I want to push myself further
and see what develops.