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Ah, Fresh Perspective

So much has changed these past few months. Besides signing on with Kelly-Moore to create some videos (can't wait to share more about that), launching my new linen napkin sets and three new pillows designs, I also moved my art studio from my house and garage... a big new space in San Francisco. I still have many many things to organize, but now I really look forward to being here as much as possible to paint... ...touch up my furniture pieces as people buy them on Etsy... and take photos before they ship out... I'm also taking photos of these exciting new pieces as they come in too! I'm especially enjoying stepping away from my house and business to...

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Small Steps and Big Leaps; the working artist's life

For me, Inspiration is a moment or message that gives you a glimpse of yourself and your world at its highest potential. It's a surge of energy that makes you want to take immediate action towards something bigger than your daily tasks. But it's the little steps that make the ultimate change in your life. What Inspires you? Music? Literature? Beautiful rooms? Our great earth? Photography? Who Inspires you? A family member? Leader? Artist? Friend? Poet? Seek out inspiration, gather it around you, move towards it, do one small thing about it- and then another... At the very  beginning of my painting career, I saw a beautiful photo in a book that inspired me to paint this wall. It's what...

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Navajo Geometric - design and repeat

[caption id="attachment_9034" align="alignleft" width="351" caption="I painted this piece earlier this year during my self-imposed 'painting-a-week' challenge. It's a combination of the Native American prints I grew to love as a child when my father would come home with gifts from his work visits to Indian reservations."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_9033" align="alignleft" width="480" caption="I added this black row of  a stencil I designed called 'love birds' because the colors felt like a celebration of history and present life woven together"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_9041" align="alignleft" width="500" caption="Then I found this cool table at the flea market. The dimensions on top are almost exactly that of my painting. Seemed like destiny stepped in front of me."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_9040" align="alignleft" width="500" caption="So I stripped off the old...

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Paisley Floral Painting re-visited

[caption id="attachment_9022" align="alignleft" width="500" caption="I painted this floral about three years ago- it was the first in what has become a series of floral paintings"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_9020" align="alignleft" width="500" caption="I had the painting printed on linen and create this pillow in the same dimensions, 20x16", with a custom organic kapok insert. This piece is printed and made in San Francisco, the insert is made in North Carolina"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_9021" align="alignleft" width="500" caption="It fits beautifully with other paintings I've recreated as pillows"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_9019" align="alignleft" width="500" caption="Recently I found a vintage artist's palette and decoupaged a linen print of my painting onto the back side. The back still shows the wear marks of the thumb hole and scraped paints from the...

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Landscape Desk- painting old motifs in a modern way

My latest project. I found this wonderful old secretary desk at a flea market and knew right away that I'd be A. buying it and B. painting it with my 'torn' landscape motif. This piece fascinates me because it seems to be a made from a combination of store bought and handmade pieces. I think the inside shelves and back panel we re-built, but it's hard to say. I usually paint the inside of the pieces I re-finish because it adds a unexpected element to the piece and also usually helps eliminate that old musty smell that usually accompanies old wooden pieces.

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