• Art Tip

    10 Tips for Taking on Big Projects

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    The month of drawing challenges is upon us.  Whether you follow the official Inktober list, participate in one of the hundreds of other lists out there, or come up with your own thing, artists all over the world come together in the month of October to have fun and grow…

  • Artwork,  Painting Series

    Little Pumpkins

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    Last year I painted this series of little pumpkins.  I still love them so much that I decided they deserved another blog post showing the collection.  Right now I have them displayed in my studio so I can enjoy them, but the originals are all available for sale in my…

  • Art Event,  Artwork,  Local History

    Clemens and the Pen

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    This year was the fifth year I participated in the Clemens and the Pen artist retreat at Quarry Farm hosted by Community Arts of Elmira and the Center for Mark Twain Studies.  The event was the beginning of August and the weeks have gotten away from me, but I still…

  • About Artist,  Life

    Inspiring Spring Flowers

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    Each spring I love to watch the different flowers take their turns blooming.  It’s always a fun and slightly magical to see what comes up from the year before and how well the new seeds will do.   I always find myself inspired to create when the first flowers emerge.  I…

  • About Artist,  Artwork

    My Favorite Pieces

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    I was asked this past week what I thought was my best piece of art or my favorite that I’ve done.  At first I joked that it was like being asked to pick my favorite children.  I spend so much time with each piece that it really is hard to…

  • About Artist,  Artwork

    Art Update

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    It’s been a little while since I’ve showed what I’ve been working on, so I thought this week (since I couldn’t find any birthdays) it’d be a perfect time to share some of the art I’ve finished lately. Here’s a picture of my studio assistant Precious helping with one of…

  • Art History

    Grace Cossington Smith

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    Happy (belated) Birthday Grace Cossington Smith, born April 20, 1892!  Smith was an Australian painter who brought Post-Impressionism to Australia.   Early Life Grace Smith was born on April 20, 1892 in Neutral Bay, Sydney, Australia.  Her London-born father was a Crown Solicitor in New South Wales and her mother was…

  • Art History

    Elisabeth Le Brun

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    Happy Birthday Elisabeth Le Brun, born April 16, 1755!  Elisabeth Le Brun, also known as Madame Le Brun, was a French Rococo Neoclassical painter at the turn of the the 19th century.  She painted the portraits of several members of nobility (mostly women) from around the world and lived through…

  • Art History

    Happy Birthday Leonora Carrington

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    Happy (belated) Birthday Leonora Carrington, born April 6, 1917!  Leonora Carrington was a British-born Mexican surrealist painter and novelist.  She lived a long and interesting life and just passed away just in the last decade.  I hope you enjoy discovering and learning about her as much as I did. Early…

  • Art History

    Happy Birthday Vincent van Gogh

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    Happy Birthday Vincent van Gogh, born on March 30 back in 1853.  Van Gogh was a Post-Impressionist painter and one of my favorite artists.  Most people have heard his name and have seen some of his work (even as they don’t know it was his by name).  The most difficult…