Peony Painting Frenzy

PEONY PAINTING FRENZY

Each summer for the entire month of June, I drop everything to create paintings of my favorite flower, the peony. I'm not sure how...

A Weekend Away - Portrait Society of America 2019

A WEEKEND AWAY - PORTRAIT SOCIETY OF AMERICA 2019

A week ago, I returned home from my tenth Portrait Society of America conference. Each one has been unique and wonderful in its own...

 
 
 

TEN YEAR GLOW UP

At the start of the year, you may have seen lots of "ten year challenge" posts all over social media, where people post photos of themselves...

New Color Monday: MH Cobalt Violet Light and Brilliant Pink

NEW COLOR MONDAY: MH COBALT VIOLET LIGHT AND BRILLIANT PINK

With the craziness of the holidays, I took a few weeks off from "New Color Monday", but I'm excited to share the latest in my adventures...

 
 
 
Reach for the Stars

REACH FOR THE STARS

Merry Christmas and happy New Year! This Christmas we stayed home (normally we make the 1000-mile trek to our home state of Wisconsin),...

Between Fences and Freedom - New Self Portrait

BETWEEN FENCES AND FREEDOM - NEW SELF PORTRAIT

This summer was one of dramatic highs and lows. It was a summer of scrapping entire projects after hours of time invested, and of learning...

 
 
 
On Interruptions and Motion

ON INTERRUPTIONS AND MOTION

Recently I began a new series exploring dance and the illusion of motion in my paintings, thanks to a fantastic new model who was willing...

Print or Original?

PRINT OR ORIGINAL?

We all want to own original art, but sometimes prints are more affordable, and perhaps more readily available if the original has already...

 
 
 
Let the Dead Paintings Die

LET THE DEAD PAINTINGS DIE

There is great power in the spoken word. As a lover of words - especially beautiful words - I've always known this. But the older I...

New Color Monday: Warm Light Yellow

NEW COLOR MONDAY: WARM LIGHT YELLOW

Today's color for "New Color Monday" is Michael Harding's Warm Light Yellow Series 2. I first discovered this amazing color this past...

 
 
 
Goals for 2017

GOALS FOR 2017

Happy New Year! 2017 is well under way, and it already looks promising. There's something about New Year's that gives me a renewed...

"CONFERENCE INSIDER" FOR THE PORTRAIT SOCIETY OF AMERICA

As promised, here is the article I've been working on for the Portrait Society. I think it's worth sharing beyond the audience of the...

 
 
 
Recent Happenings

RECENT HAPPENINGS

Where has the year gone already? My goal was to live this year with intention and yet somehow, blogging ended up getting cut from the...

News so Good it Made Me Cry

NEWS SO GOOD IT MADE ME CRY

This week I found out that "A Fleeting Moment" was selected as a finalist in the Portrait Society's international competition! This...

 
 
 
The "Art of the Portrait" 2017

THE "ART OF THE PORTRAIT" 2017

I returned home from Atlanta late Sunday night, April 23... and I'm still recovering. Actually, I just haven't had much time to write,...

I SEE YOU: The Art of Capturing a Likeness

I SEE YOU: THE ART OF CAPTURING A LIKENESS

I've been thinking a lot over the past month about a comment I received more than once while painting my Face Off demo at the Portrait...

 
 
 
Epiphany: On Music and Breaking the "Rules"

EPIPHANY: ON MUSIC AND BREAKING THE "RULES"

This post was recently published on the OPA blog , but I thought I'd also share it here. :-) I am a professional artist, but what some...

A Healthy Summer: Painting and. Crossfit

A HEALTHY SUMMER: PAINTING AND. CROSSFIT

August already... it has flown by, but this summer has been a good one. I kicked the season off with a trip to Dallas in June to teach...

 
 
 
Rest from the Noise

REST FROM THE NOISE

Okay, it's been a while since I've posted and I'm going to be vulnerable with you. I've had a lot of noise in my life lately. There...

New Color Monday: Sennelier Neutral Tint

NEW COLOR MONDAY: SENNELIER NEUTRAL TINT

I am starting a new feature on my blog and Instagram called "New Color Monday." My goal is to share my experiences with oil paints...

 
 
 



Emma Elliott presents new marble sculptures at on form 18

Emma Elliott presents new marble sculptures at on form 18

Emma Elliott is one of forty sculptors selected for on form 18, a biennial exhibition of sculpture in stone at Asthall Manor in the Cotswolds. She joins world renowned and... Read more ...

Colorful Contemporary Landscape Painting, Trees, Pathway, Abstract...

Colorful Contemporary Landscape Painting, Trees, Pathway, Abstract Landscape, Tree, “Open to Possibilities“ by Passionate Purposeful Painter Holly Hunter Berry

Road trip! Although I am not at all interested in driving on the freeways here in Houston, I occasionally entertain the idea of leaving the city and exploring the country by... Read more ...

House F34 / Bottega + Ehrhardt Architekten + Hartl Planungsgesellschaft

House F34 / Bottega + Ehrhardt Architekten + Hartl Planungsgesellschaft

© David Franck Architects: Bottega + Ehrhardt Architekten , Hartl Planungsgesellschaft Location: Ulm, Germany Category: Houses Area: 1280.0 m2 Project Year: 2013 Photographs... Read more ...

César Pelli Dies Aged 92

César Pelli Dies Aged 92

© Pelli Clarke Pelli Argentine-American architect César Pelli, known for designing some of the tallest buildings in the world, such as the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, the... Read more ...

Mark Webster - Gray Matter 7 - Abstract Grayscale Oil Painting

Mark Webster - Gray Matter 7 - Abstract Grayscale Oil Painting

Mark Webster - Gray Matter 7 - Abstract Grayscale Oil Painting. 10x8" Oil on Canvas. Read more ...

Abstract Art, Contemporary Painting, Collage,“WESTERN BROWNS AND A MESSAGE”...

Abstract Art, Contemporary Painting, Collage,“WESTERN BROWNS AND A MESSAGE” by Florida Contemporary Artist Mary Ann Ziegler

While there is definitely an outdoors southwest feel to this mixed media abstract, there are also words and letters that tame the piece and bring us back to the literary... Read more ...

XieXie Tea Shop / APPROACH ARCHITECTURE STUDIO

XieXie Tea Shop / APPROACH ARCHITECTURE STUDIO

Courtesy of APPROACH ARCHITECTURE STUDIO Interiors Designers: APPROACH ARCHITECTURE STUDIO Location: Taikooli South Area, Sanlitun, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China Category... Read more ...

Colorful Jazz Art Music Art Painting “Ornette Coleman“ by Texas Artist Debra...

Colorful Jazz Art Music Art Painting “Ornette Coleman“ by Texas Artist Debra Hurd

This is available as a quality print and the original painting was commissioned by Pappadeaux restaurant here in Austin. Prints of this painting are available HERE Visit to Read more ...

Abstract Landscape, Contemporary Impressionist Landscape Painting,Colorado...

Abstract Landscape, Contemporary Impressionist Landscape Painting,Colorado Landscape, Fine Art Oil Painting,“William's Pond

Abstract trees, surreal color and a focus on negative space all contribute to the contemporary look of this powerful little piece. 16"x24" Oil on Panel/ Available Read more ...

Abstract Art, Nature Art, Contemporary Painting, “Fluid” by Texas...

Abstract Art, Nature Art, Contemporary Painting, “Fluid” by Texas Contemporary Artist Sharon Whisnand

8"x10"x1" Fluid Acrylic on Canvas/Framed $275 Read more ...

Colorful Jazz Art Music Art Painting “Ornette Coleman“ by Texas Artist Debra...

Colorful Jazz Art Music Art Painting “Ornette Coleman“ by Texas Artist Debra Hurd

This is available as a quality print and the original painting was commissioned by Pappadeaux restaurant here in Austin. Prints of this painting are available HERE Visit to Read more ...