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My Artistic Journey

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Rediscovering My Love of Design

Rediscovering My Love of Design  I’ve always loved design–in any form, really. Decidedly, it is one of my first loves. It informs my art and gives me an underlying framework to build upon. It’s a structure, a way of thinking about what I create that defines it. Even at my most expressionistic, I rely on… read more

I’m moving into a new studio space with InterUrban ArtHouse in Overland Park!

        I’m so excited to share that I will be sharing studio space with several other artists and the InterUrban ArtHouse starting in December!  Please visit their Web site and latest blog post using this link:  http://interurbanarthouse.org/were-moving/ .  I can’t wait to see all of the great programming that this creative, energetic, visionary group of… read more

The View From McGee Street

    Let me start by saying that having my drawing of Audrey Hepburn chosen for a group exhibit at the Hilliard Gallery for March has truly been a “pinch me” experience thus far!  As an “emerging” artist, it can be overwhelming at times to see how much great art and how many great artists there are… read more

Reflections on My Artistic Journey in 2011 and Plans for My Art in 2012

  This year in my artistic journey, I’m so grateful for….   · Great art teachers and classes in the KC area · Expansion in my perception of art · Connections with other artists in the area · Acceptance into the KCAI Certificate program · Realization that art is what I want it to be · Opportunities to participate in shows · Motivation… read more

Creative energy + sparks = new work!

My creative energy is really surging right now, and I LOVE this feeling!  I feel as if I can’t work enough to bring all of the ideas into reality.  I have been keeping a sketchbook handy for the many thumbnails sketches for painting ideas when they pop into my head.    As I move through my… read more

Maintaining Motivation and Inspiration in the Face of Rejection

Oh where, oh where has my inspiration gone? These days, my inspiration to create has been laying low.  A variety of circumstances have conspired against me: busy family schedules, other priorities, service opportunities, dance opportunities, and…rejection.  Yes, rejection.  I was turned down by a local gallery, and I tried to tell myself that it wasn’t that big… read more

Forty With a Fabulous Thriving Art Business?

    Okay…so this is the year I hit the big 4-0!  Yes, it is!!  Surprisingly, I am more at ease with this milestone birthday than I was with 30.  Not sure why, really.  I’m looking forward to forty, because I am striving to become more of who I’m meant to be, which includes building… read more

Art with a Capital “A”

  ART WITH A CAPITAL “A” Think Rembrandt   What comes to mind when I write “think Rembrandt?”  Formal, incredible, classical, heavy, deep, and so on.  The technical mastery over his medium and the accuracy of his portraiture and anatomy is astounding.  So if I had to categorize his work, it would fall into the… read more

Transcending the Mundane and Finding a Creative Headspace

Lately, I have been pondering the idea of a “creative headspace.”  I’m not able to consistently access it, but I have had instances when I have attained that particular mode where I lose all sense of physicality, time and space.  I equate the concept of finding this creative headspace with being in close communion with God and His… read more

Saying “Yes” to the Artistic Spirit Within

“Inside you there’s an artist you don’t know about…Say yes quckly, if you know, if you’ve known it from the beginning of the universe.” –Julai Ud-Din Rumi It seems appropriate to start this blog on the eve of the completion of my very first artist’s studio space.  I guess that makes it all real, doesn’t… read more