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Weeks 11 & 12: Tea for Two

I'm excited to share the first fruits of my Painting-A-Week challenge! The Kaffeehaus, owned by my handsome friend, Val, is my hands-down the best coffee shop on the Peninsula! Val chooses the best ingredients for his sandwiches and the finest food artisans he can find for an offering of sandwiches, pastries, and desserts that are the best I've ever tasted. He also sells an exquisite collection of loose leaf teas that are divine... but the jars he uses for them are, well... BORING! So when he asked me to paint them for him- free reign, any design I wanted that would show off his gorgeous collection- I was thrilled. Being commissioned to do a custom piece of art for a...

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The Art of Imperfection- week 4's painting challenge

    This picture inspired this week's painting (thank you for this beautiful little desk calendar by Tushita, Debbie!) Japanese block prints are full of symbols and allegories- I love the colors and exquisite execution. For my own work, I prefer imperfection and the layering of color and texture with unusual tools and mediums to create unexpected surfaces and playful patterns. Even imperfection takes time to execute though and I'm finding that to keep up with the other areas of my life, these paintings have to be more like sketches, ideas, quickies of the images I see in my mind and would like to create. I'm also finding that texture and pattern are re-emerging in my work as I consider...

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Apparently Emerald goes Beautifully with 2013

Because people have predicted that emerald green is 2013's Color of the Year, images like these are popping up all over the internet. This room, I saw in The Interior Revolution blog, reminded me of a room I painted a few years ago for Designer, LouAnn Bauer, and her client in San Francisco...   The walls of this Victorian home were pale and non-descript... [caption id="attachment_7481" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="The homeowner wanted green walls, the Designer wanted to contrast this bold choice with black and white accessories..."][/caption] So I started by rough rolling several layers of royal blue and lime green on paint... [caption id="attachment_7482" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="I always painted the switch and outlet plates to minimize those modern-day distraction."] Then...

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