Heavy Equipment

A client asked me to paint a piece of mining equipment that her father invented. It’s a gift for her dad and when she asked me to do it I played right along like I knew what a dragline even was. It seems like something that only people in the industry would know about but […]

Works in Progress

One of my favorite parts of a painting is at the point when the the image first starts to take shape. It might be early on when I’m masking off the white areas with masque pen; (my daughter calls it mas-KWAH pen, and now, so do I.) It might be when I’m dredging color through […]

Good Reads

Sooner or later, the blogs I read every day are going to receive fan art from me. It’s just how I roll. Here’s who’s on my must-read list these days. The Pioneer Woman The Bloggess Sundry Mourning Girls Gone Child Kevin and Amanda Nie Nie Dialogues Yes, there are others, but these are the ones […]

Collections

I’m a collector. When I was a kid, I collected rocks, feathers, shells and stamps, among other things. As an adult I collect nutcrackers and handbags. And Disney pins. Do you know about Disney pins? If you do, then you know they’re addicting. If you don’t, then please don’t click on that link because I […]

The Big Painting

Some time ago, a client came to me with an idea for an anniversary present for her parents. She wanted to incorporate the images of all 21 dogs they’ve had or fostered since she and her siblings were little. In one painting. She sent me hard copies of photos from albums, old Christmas newsletters and […]