10 Things I am happy with:
July 4, 2011, 2:38 am
Filed under: Art, Inspiration

1. My neighbor is having a party and I can hear the happy voices and laughter drifting around our yard.

2. I am sooooo inspired and have soooo many ideas for new paintings.

3. I am getting at least 30 views on my etsy site for most of my paintings.

4. I love the colors of my newest painting-will be on etsy tomorrow.

5. So far we haven’t had too hot of weather-not a fan of hot weather.

6. We had a clean house when we came home from vacation (courtesy the partying neighbor).

7. My daughter is feeling better, she wasn’t feeling well earlier today.

8. I got a great workout in today.

9. My mala beads are ready to be restrung and I just have to find time to do it.

10. Starting this blog again.  Love thinking up topics to address.

Another tree for sale in the etsy shop.


I am sooooo excited!
July 2, 2011, 6:21 pm
Filed under: Art, Family Life, Inspiration

I finally did it. I opened an etsy shop. My. Own. Shop. A place to sell my art. Scary stuff putting one’s heart out there.  I love what I have created, but I have no idea if anyone else will feel the love enough to actually spend money on any of my lovelies.

But I will never know unless I try.  Even if no one buys anything of mine at least I tried, I put it out in the world, I finally took a leap towards a life that I am making the decisions about. So go me!!!

Gorgeous weather today here in the Pacific Northwest. We haven’t had any “good” weather for about 9 months, it is warm and sunny, which most people consider good weather.  Personally I like a bit of rain-it makes everything green!!! Also I love grey skies and clouds they are so inspiring to me especially with spring green.  Other inspiring things/people on my list:

Kelly Rae Roberts

Flora Bowley

and pinterest.

If you need an invitation to pinterest I have a few left and invite you to be a part of this inspiring community of people.  Check out the steampunk stuff. This can be created in any colors that you wish-this one isn’t for sale as it was a birthday gift for my daughter’s 16th birthday yesterday.





I am doing what everyone says not to do.
July 2, 2011, 5:28 am
Filed under: Art







I am constantly  checking to see how many people viewed my two new paintings on And I keep hoping someone will buy one of them. So far 20-30 views but no purchases.  Everything I have read about selling on says post your work and then walk away.  I haven’t been able to do it. I think I need to leave the house so I can’t do any checking.  There is always tomorrow. 

What is art?
June 23, 2011, 1:29 pm
Filed under: Art

My doodlings in a class by Jill Bliss.

I love this question-I have really thought about it over the four years since it was posed to me.  My daughters went and go to a high school that requires four years of art, which I think is a big reason for their success and one of the reasons we chose and choose to send them there-on their first day of art their first year the teacher asks the question: What is art?  They then have to ponder that and ask people at home what their definition of art is.

One reason this crops up in my mind right now is that Ai Weiwei has been released from Chinese custody to house arrest-will he ever be allowed to create again?  I love his visions and what he has created, but there is a nagging question if a person has the vision but contracts with others to create the art are they the artist?  I am not talking when someone licenses their work and it is clear that the piece isn’t an original. There is a very famous artist that I really love his work until I saw a documentary on him and found out he doesn’t really do the work he supervises others doing the work.  Needless to say I was disappointed.

Someone asked me if they could help me with some leaves that I am making by painting green dots and then white dots on cut out leaves. I graciously thanked them, but hesitated to accept help because then I didn’t do the work on the original so then am I the artist or the designer?  Is there a difference between an artist and a designer?  I know that Ai Weiwei doesn’t do all of his work himself he has the overall vision and then implements the vision-this is one of those big questions that I mull over frequently.


This blog has some great photos of Ai Weiwei’s work.