Change of Pace

Looking Down

A change of pace from all the work on our 2nd Give Me That Dog book..After since a very hot and dry weather, it’s great to just walk in the garden and check out the survivors and the remains of summer. What was at my feet was truly a painting in and of itself. All of life contained between two stepping stones. The beginnings, the small flower survivors and of course, the leaves of fall.

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End of Summer


It was a long hot summer. Our escape was to work diligently on our second book about dog rescue.We did receive many outstanding stories and the project to get a painting and a story And a release form signed was exciting and exhausting too! Now that the painting frenzy is over and the book is printed and available for sale at Bellacompany.com, I’m finding my way back into just painting whatever comes to mind. The difficulty is to get back to painting from my own prompting!

Art History lesson


I have wanted to share some artists who inspired me and set me on this art path…so, here goes!
My grandmother was very creative and the person who raised me when I was very young. She gardened, made her own hats, made movies of her travels to Mexico and Hawaii, and painted dishware. She also worked full time!
When I went to live with my mother I was in the 4th grade. There was a lot of adjusting to do. I was moved from a rural home to an apartment in downtown Seattle. I attended public school for the first time. My mom figured out that butcher paper on the wall was necessary or I was going to draw on the wall paper! So I had a place to create from the start. I also had a great 5th grade art teacher. One day she showed a movie about how to create a watercolor…I was mesmerized!
When I married, I seemed to have lost my art self. We lived in Corvallis Oregon and my husband was going to Graduate School. I worked in a small bank. There was this small book store close to work and I’d go there sometimes on my lunch time. One day I came across this book about Nicolas De Stael. I was mesmerized again! Even though we had little money, I had to go back and buy this small book. Nicolas woke up my buried desire to paint. I’ve never been the same!

in the middle

Sometimes, it’s difficult to pick up the pencil or brush or paper after a long painting project. The Give Me That Dog paintings and stories are at the printer…The paintings are in my studio ready to be auctioned….I designed a Christmas card for MAAL (Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation)…and now I must get back to my own idea(s) …what to paint and why? I’m pretty sure artists (writers, painters, musicians) can get lost in the requests and the commitments as well. Winter is a better time to create new ideas…not so many distractions..so hopefully I’ll get back there!