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Studio in the Woods

  "Maybe our world will grow kinder eventually Maybe the desire to make something beautiful      is the piece of God that is inside each of us" --"Franz Marc's Blue Horses" by Mary Oliver     My first art lesson was in a small second...

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Fail Early and Often

I’m sitting on a row of raised seats in a small hallway looking through a large, glassless window at a group of kids kicking and punching into the air.  “Repeat after me!” a booming voice demands.  “Failure!” it says. A chorus follows: “Failure!” “Is my friend!” and...

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It’s Worth Celebrating

Since I’ve been painting less and less at weddings and events, I’ve changed the model for my at-home painting. This marks the third month in a row that I’ve put out a small series of paintings on my website. It’s a change and sometimes a challenge, but I firmly...

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Celebrate

I used to spend nearly every weekend celebrating someone’s wedding. I’d paint, and they’d dance. I’d mix colors, and they’d clink glasses. I’d watch happy couples dance and relatives tilt their heads to the side as they looked on and smiled.  Most of the weddings I...

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I’m the Bird

I heard some commotion on the screen porch the other day and went out to investigate. Apparently I’d left the door propped open the last time I was photographing my paintings, and a bright red cardinal had gotten inside. What I heard was the sound of him throwing...

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Doggone it.

I have been working hard on a particular batch of paintings-- a triptych for a nursery for a very dear friend. My paintings have been less than inspired lately. The strokes feel labored, my subjects tired (gee, I wonder whose energy they could be reflecting?) so when...

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From Shadows.

"From Shadows" 20x20, oil on canvas I’ve been MIA on my blog. On May 28th, surrounded by family in a small ceremony, I got married to the love of my life on the steps on St. Rose de Lima church in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. The next day, we jumped in the car and...

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Time is small and precious.

Coronavirus time reminds me of when my son was really little and I would sneak in painting sessions when he napped. I never knew exactly how long I would have. I just knew the time was small and precious. I gave little efforts that somehow, miraculously, added up. ...

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Day 61. Not Yet

"Muddy Waters" 10x10, oil on canvas, $300.00 Today’s painting is of the Tchefuncte River-- that special place where cypress trees reach their long trunks into the muddy waters that hold a mirror up to them. Form and reflection touching where land meets water. It is a...

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Day 60. Specific

"Magnolia Melodies" 10x10, oil on canvas, $300.00 I typically like to paint flowers with less specificity-- roses and ranunculus in particular. Flowers whose petals all kind of blend together, and I freely apply the palette knife to the canvas to create bumps...

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Day 59. Footloose and Fancy Free

Today’s painting is the second part of a small commission I shared on day 48. The setting is the Mandeville lakefront, a place I’ve spent my fair share of days.  Looking forward to more of these kind of days-- footloose and fancy free.

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Day 58. Couldn’t Be Happier

"Celebration" 16x16, oil on canvas I used to see a lot of arrangements like these at the weddings I would attend almost every weekend. My weekends now are slower-paced and with fewer flowers.  We got the go ahead yesterday to have our "micro-wedding" (just...

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Day 57. Chickadee

"Rest Here Awhile" 4x4, oil on canvas, $80.00 My mother's day was so good yesterday I decided to give myself the day off from both painting and posting. Now that we're up into the 50s, the little breaks are becoming more and more essential. We spent the day at the...

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Day 654,032

"Uplifted" 6x6, oil on canvas What's that saying? The only things we can be certain of are death and taxes? I'll add one to the list-- children interrupting you.  I can't keep track of the days anymore. Edit: I don't care to keep track anymore. At my house, we are...

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Day 54. Graduates

"Onward" 6x6, oil on canvas    What advice would you give 2020 graduates? I created this little painting for one. The slightly lavender background is a nod to her going to LSU in the fall. These are strange times, and I'm not sure there's anything we could...

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Day 53. Taking breaks

"Breaks" 6x6, oil on canvas, $125 During homeschool, my son will typically ask for a break after brushing his teeth and before any tasks have been assigned. It’s good to take breaks, but, as I tell him, they feel even better when they are hard earned.  On day 50 I...

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Day 50. Transitions

  I didn’t touch any paint today except that which got on my hands shuffling paintings around in a make-shift garage studio that I haven’t cleared out yet.  I don’t have a finished piece to show for today. What I do have is over 30 paintings, packed and ready to...

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Day 49. Gratitude

"Gratitude" 6x6, oil on canvas, $125.00 I love words, but today I don't have many. I sent a coupon to my mailing list Friday for a mother's day sale, and my inventory is just about all gone.  Thank you for all your love and support. I feel so deeply grateful. 

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Day 48. Keep at it

  I struggle with commissions. It's just a fact. That's why I take them on only sparingly. But this one reminded me of me and my sister and of my nieces, and I loved the landscape aspect to it. The first go at it was all wrong and I'm not sure I could articulate...

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Day 47. Begin (and cheat)

"To Begin, Begin" 36x48, oil on canvas I’m “cheating”. This is an older painting that somehow disappeared from my site. I’m adding it back today and calling it day 47. I’m taking a little break from the daily paintings to get organized (ha!) and work on some shipping....

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Day 46. Are we there yet?

"Is it almost ready? When are we going to be there? This is taking forever! Are we there yet!?" I get these almost daily. About dinner. About the one hour drive from the house we are moving out of to the one we are moving into. About the zoom doctor's visit we had on...

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Day 45. Like a kid in a tree

There have been days in the last few years where I've been able to work to live music-- my fiancé practicing classical guitar in the next room. Today is one of those days.  There is a joy to it that I can't quite describe, but, there's no harm in trying. It's not...

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Day 44. Rules.

Today's painting was a commission I did for a family. It's part one of a three part series that involves an important tree in their lives. I did a painting of each of the children in the tree and one of the tree by itself in all of its glory. I don't usually include...

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Day 43. Blue

"Blue" 16x16, oil on canvas Meet Blue. Chocolate lab and best friend of a pretty special kid who turned 13 yesterday. I never thought I'd have stepkids, but now that I'm just weeks away from it all being official, I'm more grateful than ever. I don't know Blue well,...

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Day 42. Simplify

"Simplicity" 4x4, oil on canvas, $80.00  A couple nights ago I made dinner with only ingredients I already had-- imagine that! Today I painted one flower instead of several. Yesterday, I relished in the joy that is a perfectly full tube of cad yellow paint, even...

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Day 41. In Every Direction

"In Every Direction" 10x10, oil on canvas, $300.00 Just few things.  1. I just realized this cool vase looks like a pineapple. I'm okay with that! 2. I ran out of yellow paint. I use only primary colors and a few neutrals and mix everything else so this was a...

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Day 40. Rhythms.

 "Rhythm of the Waves" 6x6, watercolor on paper, $75.00 Day what!? How can this be my 40th painting? How can life have been upside down this long?  Truth be told I’ve found a rhythm. Not the graceful, dancer kind. More like the rhythm of waves on the open ocean when...

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Day 39. All will be well (even if it isn’t)

"All is Well" 6x6in, watercolor on paper, $125.00 Oh, beautiful, frustrating, delightful, surprising, watercolor. Hey there, how have you been?  This morning I reunited with a very old friend. I had to blow the dust off my supplies, gently coax the dried up paints...

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Day 38. Mistakes

"A New Day" 10x10, oil on canvas  Let’s all channel our inner Bob Ross and talk about happy accidents, shall we? What’s a mistake that turned into a joy?  Last week, I made a mistake with my canvas order. I usually order canvases that are 1.5 inches thick, but I...

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Day 37. Where to go from here?

"Watch Your Back" 4x4, oil on canvas, $80.00 When I started this painting-a-day practice at the start of the coronavirus shut-down, I had no real plan for what I would paint or how many days it would be. All I knew was that in a world with so much beyond my control, I...

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