Wednesday, March 25, 2009

David R Daniels Workshop

Oh my goodness! I just spent the afternoon learning David R. Daniels', a.k.a., Mr. Watercolor, process of creating a watercolor painting. I got a late start due to a previous engagement, but was able to pick up where the rest of the group was by the time I arrived.

He has a new book called WaterColor Journey. It is filled with his beautiful work. Hopefully, some of his creativity will rub off on me over the next two days. The workshop is being put on by the Jacksonville Watercolor Society. He was our judge for the Spring show, which opens on Sunday, March 29 at Magnolia Gallery, Arlington Expressway, Jacksonville, FL, from 2- 5.

And yes, yours truly has a piece in the show. Loving the concentrated time with my favorite thing in the world to do—paint!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Affirmations for Artists Positive messages for artists in today's economy

Friday, August 1, 2008

Alone time

Today's Art Biz Blog: Deep Thought Thursday topic is "Going Solo". It referenced a quote from Art Calendar by Jack White who said,

When you made the choice to become an artist, you committed yourself to a life of solitary confinement. That is, if you plan on being successful.

Here is my comment to that:

I wouldn't exactly call it solitude but there is a significant amount of alone time in my mind required to be my creative best. Having worked the past 30 some odd years in the advertising/marketing/graphic design industry, I have learned to be creative in a bustling group situation. It is exhausting, yet exhilarating at the same time.

The little free time I have is divided between time with my understanding husband, my son, our 2 dogs, my friends, my art associations and my artwork, leaving little time for true solitude. Fortunately, I have learned to turn inward for quiet contemplation in small spurts or there would be no painting. Those special times when pure solitude is present are precious and result in all sorts of discoveries whether about my art or myself. And while I would love more time alone, I could never thrive without the interaction of others in my world.

What's more is that a lot of my work is inspired by the things people do or do not do. They make me think, laugh, get angry, among other things. As John Donne said, "No man is an island," we need one another so much more than we let on. Too much solitude would be shear pain, for each of us longs for at least a moment of recognition and the love and touch of another. God did not create us to live in solitude, but does ask that we spend time in quiet to hear the small voice that will guide our spirit to find its purpose.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

My Artist niece, Amy Windland

Creativity runs in my family. My niece, Amy Windland is a very talented young artist. She scored the cover of Natural Awakenings magazine this month (July). You can view it at

You can also see her work online at
If you happen to be in Columbia, SC, you can find her work at Simply Savory, a Fine Wines & Gourmet Foods store on Devine.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Featured Artist At Artwalk Downtown Jacksonville, FL

I have been selected to be the The Art Center Cooperative, Downtown Jacksonville, featured artist during the August ArtWalk on August 6, 2008. If you are in or near Jacksonville, please check out my work. You will find a collection of my work that includes everything from Acrylics, Drawing, Mixed Media Collage, Watercolor and other interesting things I have created along my path as an artist.

My wonderful and dear friends, Angelo and Claudia Gonzales will be there with delightful samples of appetizers they create for their new business, Taste the World Catering! Check out their website at!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Drawing Day 2008

Drawing Day - June 07, 2008
drop everything and draw

Drawing Day is a worldwide drawing event encouraging everyone to drop everything and draw for the sake of art. The internet is an open canvas. Help us create 1 million drawings online this day and boost online art communities.

I will be drawing. How about you?

Go to for more information.