It’ Not White


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I am an art instructor at our local Ye Old Art Shoppe , and have been trying to explain to my students that in actuality white is hardly ever pure white. Even thought our eyes perceive it that way. So to demonstrate this I took the below photo and took it into photoshop and pulled touches of color out of it’s surroundings, just so the student could see the true color they were seeing.


Not only is white not always white, it is not necessarily as light as our mind thinks it is either. You will see here how dark some of these “whites” actually are and how they are not really white at all. We have mauves, blues, and beige, warm gray, cool gray and sand colors; but Wait! Where are the whites?

Making a chart like this is so helpful even to an experienced artist as our minds lie to us constantly. It is nice to be able to hold your color pencil right up to the local color and be able to make the correct decision even if it feels like it is totally wrong.

It will be difficult to trust it and actually put that color down, but until you do your paintings, drawings are not going to read as real.

My students give me a hard time because I am always talking about getting the values (Light and darks) right. Values are the most important thing in being an artist, at least as far as I am concerned. This photo shows us that even a dark gray can appear to be white when it is place where it is surrounded with darker values. In fact if you practice at getting the values right, soon enough when your dark values are right, you will start to notice right away that placing the white beside it is way to bright and to great of a contrast!

Another note to shades of white is that white that is facing a light source will be warmer. Yellows, pinks, or beiges may be used. Those whites that are in shadow or even facing the sky will be more Blues, purples or greens. Depending on that colors surround them will decide the value of the “white” Not white areas. You should practice this by painting something that is white. Paint a white flower, or a white cat! Something that will force you to see the other colors that are in the whites.

This is also truth for Black. Black is hardly ever black. In fact, using straight black will also make your painting look flat and boring. Mix some blues or purples, maybe some reds or browns in with your blacks. Just as white has warm and Cool tones, so should your blacks.

Remember that your mind lies to you. We have an amazing brain designed by an amazing God. This brain fills in the gaps of us so that the brain doesn’t have to work so hard. This is why we see “White” or “Black” when there is no white or black present. Our mind makes it consistent and simple for us to understand so our mind can rest and not burn out by being too stressed.

Once you train yourself to see the other colors in whites, and the blues and purples in the shadows… It will blow your mind! I love it! I don’t look at anything the same anymore. If I am sitting looking at a beautiful landscape, I am marveling at the colors. If I am sitting and talking to you, I am wondering what colors I would mix to get that beautiful reflected light that bounces off the underside of your jawbone or the underside of your brow.

Color and value, shadows and light, they are so very beautiful and so necessary to show case one another. If your artwork is looking a little flat, you probably need to punch your not black darks darker and your not white lights a little lighter.


Hope this was helpful! Have Fun Creating!



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Cat Fight


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Wow! I just found out and I am so excited to tell you all that my new Painting “Cat Fight” has won in the Advanced Category on the Facebook CPAL Featured Artist Contest for the month of January. This is such a great honor, as it is an international group of Color Pencil Artists from beginners to experts. The contest is voted on by the members and there is nothing quite like being recognized by a group of your peers. This means that “Cat Fight” will be featured on the facebook banner for a month, plus It will be published in an upcoming issue of the magazine Color Pencil.

Story of creating Cat Fight

My friend Sheilah Forbes Swanson has an awesome job out at Wild Life Safari in Winston Oregon; where she gets to take photos of the animals up close and in person. She has given me the awesome privilege of being able to use her photos for reference for my art. As soon as I saw this photo I knew I needed to paint these girls.


First I prepped my canvas with Art Spectrum fine tooth colourfix primer on the unstretched  canvas which I had taped to a board. Then left this to completely dry.

Then I started By by graphing out the photo so that I could increase the picture in size.Then I can trace that larger image onto any surface I want to paint or use my colored pencil using a large piece of carbon paper.



I had done a tiger face earlier in colored pencil in canvas I really liked how it had turned out.So I decided to try that again to make a series.Then I set forth to trace the Cat Fight onto a piece of canvas.

I love eyes! I always start with the eyes, kinda like eating desert before dinner. I just can’t help myself. My reasoning is that if the eyes are not right nothing else matters. This may not actually be true, but it is true to me!


Here I basically blocked in the face in the color tones and values, then worked them down into the texture of the canvas using odorless mineral spirits on the colored pencil to melt it down into all the diets of the canvas so there wouldn’t be white spots anywhere. This I did through out the first layers of the tigers and background.


Bit by bit I did the same process on the whole canvas surface, blocking in the underpainting. I then sprayed the entire piece with a textured fixative by Brush and Pencil. This is an awesome product and it made it possible for me to put lighter colors on top of the dark ones. You still have to be mindful to leave light spots light to retain the light in the painting, but it makes it easier to lighten things back up a bit.

Remember that when ever you are painting or using pencils to draw an animal with fur that you need to make you r pencil/brush stroke in the direction of the fur. You must constantly refer to your photo because underlying muscle and bone cause the hairs to shift position as they proceed down the body/ face…i-more-t2

Here I start refining the face and adding the detail. I just wanted to stay on the face and not finish the rest. Her eyes kept calling me back to them. I had to stop and step back from this piece for a while at this point because some of my values had gotten off kilter. Some things needed to be punched much deeper, others needed to be lightened up. at this point everything I do on the cats is done with hair strokes in the proper direction.

NOTE: don’t fence post your hairs. Hair can aim in a general direction without everything going in exactly the same direction.


Once the values were corrected, and background filled in with shadows punched just a little darker I was done. I could have gone into more detail on the forelegs but I felt that I wanted the focus to be her eyes anyway so I left the rest less detailed.

To give the canvas I nice protective surface I sprayed it with 4 layers of Golden’s Archival varnish with UVLS protection. This you can get in a Gloss or satin finish. I prefer the Gloss, but us a satin until I get it scanned or photographed so there is no glare.


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Leap Of Faith


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Every artist hits dry spells. Well I had a year full of dry! It seemed every piece I worked on this year was not what I would call a success. I had started to teach an art classes at our local art shop in my home town two years ago. Dealing with students questions, I became convinced that I needed to learn to do everything my students had questions about. So I started trying everything: landscapes, still life, oils, pastels, Color mixing, and learn to paint in blues, yellows and pinks… These are all good things, but I have no passion for them.

I love doing portraits. Whether it’s people or animals, I love portraiture. Even when I paint landscape, it is more a portrait of a tree, not every tree in the forest. My mind wants to single out the subject and make it the complete focus. I was trying to fight myself because I felt that “Real Artists” see the whole picture and should be able to paint anything in any colors, any time, any where. But I have found out during this year of trial and error that all it seamed to do was steal my joy of painting and drawing. I am very stubborn and sometimes not the sharpest knife in the drawer. So it took me a year to get this revelation! LOL!

Once I finally realized what I was doing, I decided to just paint for the joy of it and paint what intrigues and fascinates me. Something amazing happened. I started to enjoy the process again. It took a while to get back in the swing of things again. Paintings didn’t just start coming out perfect all of the sudden, I still had to fight a years worth of what I saw as failures. Each had built upon the others leading me to the conclusion that I was not a “REAL Artist”. It was a epic mental battle that I had to press through with God’s help.

The Revelation and Healing

December 2016 came and with it the realization that it had been a whole year since I had turned out a completed art piece that I loved. One day after failing yet again trying to do something that I SHOULD do. I threw up my hands and asked myself “what I was doing?” and “Why” did I feel I needed to know how to do everything, Why? I was fed up, frustrated and just down right angry with myself for being so arrogant that I thought I could not teach or be an artist until I  knew everything there was to know about it.

So I said “NO MORE!” and I walked over to my reference photos of things I really wanted to paint some day. As I looked through them I found a photo Of my granddaughter doing a Gymnastics leap. I could hear her precious voice in my ear as she had said to me months ago, “I would love it if you would paint a picture of me doing gymnastics, Granny!”


So it was settled. I knew I was not up to getting a perfect likeness of her at this point, so I decided to do a gesture painting. Again not something I have done before, but it is something I have always WANTED to try. So I started laying out a background.


This was so much fun, but again I was fighting my nature. I love to refine, blend and smooth things out, yet with gesture painting you want to leave deliberate brush strokes with minimal detail. When I reached this point I stopped. I wasn’t sure I liked what I saw, though I had done what I set out to do. Needing some feed back I posted this photo On my facebook page and walked away from my studio for a couple of hours.


When I came back with a fresh set of eyes and less critical, I saw that I really did liked her. I saw just a few things I needed to add or fix to complete her; and set forth to complete the work. When I went to post the completed work photo I saw that I had gotten a great supportive response that I was not expecting.

I really like idea of using the more abstract style to give the feeling of movement. It also gives me the feeling that the dancer herself is leaping in a focused, trusting strength(which is great that you call it “Leap of Faith). I love the colors for the background and that whatever the dancer is leaping into is not clear to see, which gives me the feeling that the dancer is unconcerned about what is around her. Very beautiful.” Katie M

I was so encouraged and blessed by so many of my friends. Finishing up I had such a sense of relief, joy and excitement. The thought came to my mind “I am Back! I haven’t lost it after all! Thank You God!”


I was still a little reluctant to show it to my granddaughter. For fear that she wouldn’t like it because it was abstract, and partly because I was afraid she would like it and want it, and I would have to part with it. I know, crazy maker stuff. Am I the only one that does this to my self? I think not! When I made the big reveal, she was just giddy! She loved it and gave me a hug enthusiastic hug! If that doesn’t boost ones confidence nothing would.

 Food For Thought

I guess what I wanted to share with you is that whether you are an artist or not, sometimes you go through a time of doubting your abilities and gifts. You may go through a time of really stinking at everything you try to do.

Let me encourage you that in trying you are learning. In failing, you are learning what not to do. You can’t fail if you don’t try, and not trying really stinks too. I have learned that I am human and fallible. Not a huge revelation! I had feared that failing in front of my student would cause them to doubt my ability to instruct them, but in fact they told me that it was actually an encouragement to them. Because if their instructor could try new things and fail then it was alright for them to try and fail in front of others.

I also learned something that simply amazed me. As I was struggling with the nagging thought that I was not a “REAL ARTIST” I kept hearing other artist say the same thing. Even artists that I look up to as my mentors were saying things like, “Well, so and so is a Real Artist” or “If I was a Real Artist.”…


We all feel inadequate. All feel like posers. We are all comparing ourselves to others and thinking if only I could be like, paint like, cook like, write like… that person, then I would be a REAL artist, Chef, Author… Insert what ever it is you are trying to be REAL at here.

It’s REALLY quite ridiculous if you step back from it and look at it for what it is! I love art, I love to paint and draw. I do it all the time. I can’t NOT be an artist. Even when I am no good at it, my heart struggles and is compelled to keep doing it. It’s like trying not to breath. Eventually you have to do it even if you are under water. I am an artist! Inside out or upside-down it is who I am, not what I am.

If you are going through a dry spell, take courage that it is a learning process and this too shall pass. Do not doubt that you are REAL. God knows who you are!

Psalm 139 (

13 For you (God) created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
    they would outnumber the grains of sand—
    when I awake, I am still with you.


I hope this encourages you to go on trying new things, stretching yourself and even failing. But also remember that God has made you to be one of a kind. You don’t have to be another Michelangelo or Monet. Just be the best you that you can be. Paint what God has placed in your heart to paint. Don’t do it for fame or fortune, do it for the love of it.

WE The People Responce


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In response to my post entitled We The People, I have been asked the question:

So who would Ben Carson have you vote for…?”


My response would be respectfully: I really don’t care whom Ben Carson would want me to vote for. I have to be able to stand before God and give account for my actions. I have prayed up a storm on this one and my convictions get stronger each time I pray. So I have to do what I have to do. This is how I see it.

I am impressed with Ben Carson’s convictions, morals, stance on Life and that he never played the political down and dirty game. I also admire that he always thinks before he talks and doesn’t play mental manipulative games. The only thing I ever heard him say that I didn’t respect was when he endorsed Trump.

I have heard so many people say that they know Trump is bad but that he is the lesser of two evils. I have to admit that I have voted in the past based on that same premise. Yet I believe that that very thing is what has lead up to where we are today. We the People should have stood up long ago and made our voices heard. I am guilty as charged and I ask God to forgive me for it.

In this case though, I have to disagree with that statement. Evil is evil and I don’t think Clinton is worse the Trump I think that they are very much the same person. Both liars, haughty, proud, arrogant… and they are both just saying what they think people want to hear, and then each will do what ever he or she wishes to do once they are in power.


Proverbs 6:16-19

16 There are six things the Lord hates,
  seven that are detestable to him:
17   haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
     hands that shed innocent blood,
18   a heart that devises wicked schemes,
     feet that are quick to rush into evil,
19   a false witness who pours out lies
     and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.



I most certainly don’t want Hillary to win, but at least we know where she is leading us. Hillary will persecute the church, but the church will grow under persecution and it will vanish with compromise. That being said let me focus onTrump.

Trump is a WILD card. I don’t believe a word he says. SO how can I trust that he will follow through with what he is promising? I really can’t get my mind around how many Christians are clinging to this immoral man, who claims to be a Christian. as is he is our countries only hope. The Bible says

Matthew 7:16-20

You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.


Sadly I also think that Christians are confusing patriotism with Christianity! I love America, But not as much as I love God. I am confident that God will exist even if America “goes to Hell in a hand basket” as my dad used to say. In fact it would do better then exist it would flourish.

I think Trump has played on our fears and has manipulated the church into the biggest compromise in our history and we have fallen to this lie like sheep to the slaughter. I believe he will destroy the church from within through compromise.

That being said, God is in control and I know that the leader that God wants in office for such a time as this Will be elected, and nothing I can do will mess up the will of God!



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Everywhere I look I see that WE the People are settling. I look at the News and see two very corrupt power hungry people running for the once most honorable leadership position of our nation. I read comments on Facebook and see that neither party is truly happy with their party’s candidates, but we all seem to limit ourselves to sitting back on our laurels and complaining on social media about our lack of choices. Chanting on and on about how we have to vote for our platform, or worse, the lesser of two evils. Everyone is making up excuses and reasoning away why to make it morally right to vote for one of these horribly unethical candidates.


The thing that is the most amazing to me is that we are totally missing the power of we the people in this day and age. We live in a very unique time. We see things happen in real time as videos go viral overnight. Why? Because one person shares it with his friends on Facebook or Twitter, who in turn, shares it with their friends and on and on. We all use this amazing tool to complain, while we are missing the opportunity to use it to bypass this terrible mess we are in. Why are we settling for one of these candidates? Why are we feeling powerless as if we are forced to choose between the two?


We the People have the power, but we have misplaced it or forgotten it!  We have the right to vote. That is totally awesome! It is a privilege, yet we have succumbed to the lie that our lone vote doesn’t count and we forget that we are not alone or isolated anymore.


If people can organize a flash mob event, or protest, rally on the capital…

Why can’t we start a movement to write in a candidate that we could stand behind? I know there were many candidates running this year. I understand that it would be difficult for us all to agree on one, but why not try. Any one candidate has to be better then the two candidates we have now. Right?


I know that many of you are going to say that this will divide our votes and that the other party will win by default. However, isn’t that the old way of thinking? Lets face it–things have changed. We do not live in the days and times of our grandfathers. We live in the computer age a time of social media,Facebook, Youtube, twitter,  where people become famous over night because of the way they laugh, or because their cat did something so darn cute we just have to see it. Right? We the People use social media for everything. Every one of us has a phone in our hand or pocket most of the time. Come on; let’s start a movement!


I know it’s late in the game, but like I said, these things can happen overnight if we will all share a vision and the idea to do it.


I don’t know about you, but my faith will not allow me to vote for either of these totally corrupt, arrogant evil people that are running for president.


I can’t and I won’t!


If you are feeling trapped into a choice you don’t want to make, but still believe in the American democracy we live in, join me and try to make our voices heard.


I will wright in the name Ben Carson



Birch Bark Wall Art Sculpture


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So A while back my husband and I came across some birch logs that someone was just going to get rid of. I wanted them immediately to use for pedestals for putting Art pieces on. Well as they started to dry out one of them started to have it’s bark peel. It was just a little at first so I didn’t think anything of it. But then the other day I noticed that it was coming lose big time. So I decided to help it a little. My first thought was that maybe if I socked it in water I could slowly flatten it out and then paint on it. But when it came free it was so beautiful just the way it was.CAM00376So I decided that I was going to make a wall sculpture piece with it. First I let it dry a little in the sun and cleaned it up a bit with a big brush. Making sure to get any decay off of it. Then after it was dry I put a coat of clear none yellowing varnish over it, front and back.

Then I had to think about how I was going to mount this thing on the wall. I tend to do my best creative thinking at night right before I fall asleep. So true to form just as I was ready to dose off the answer came to me. I would cut out wooden shelf like shapes that would be the perfect couture of the bark so that it would hold it’s shape and give me something to nail a backing board to.CAM00382

This was a little tricky but with some cardboard to make templates I eventually got the shapes I needed. Then I just traced those shapes on a piece of wood and cut them out with a jig saw. I then nailed them in place with a nail gun that was powered by an air compressor.

I then cut out a backing panel that I would nail (with nail gun) to the shelf like support boards. Once this was done I needed to drill wholes in the backing board to be able to hang it on the wall.


Here is where it got a little trickier. Since this piece is a little heavy I wanted to make sure I was nailing into the studs instead of just the sheet rock. So, because I wanted to hang it over the guest bed,  I found the center of my head board with a tape measure and marked my wall. Then I took my stud finder and located the two nearest studs.  I found that they were 15 1/2″ apart.

Next I  measured the sculpture to find it’s center. Then I measured from each center to each stud and found the placement of where I should drill my hanging holes.

Once the nails were in the wall, The piece went up. I looks even more fabulous that I thought it would! Our guest room is painted in a grayed moss green with white trim, so this was the perfect accent pice for the room.


What do you think?


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Published ~ Cow Tagging

12512315_10153292609467548_5967448448657354210_nI am so excited to announce that my Colored Pencil Piece “Cow Tagging” is Featured in Jan 2016’s  Color Magazine!  2015 was an amazing year for me and my art. In January like many of you I set 3 goals for myself.

#1. Was to Be in at least two art shows.

#2. Was to teach art classes

#3. Was to become more business minded

The year started out with me planning my son’s wedding and I was so wrapped up in it that I didn’t have much time for my art. Then one day my sister came over to visit and told me that “I have just been down to the local art shop and I asked them if they needed teachers. To which they said they did, so I told them that my sister  I would love to teach for them. I gave them your card!”

Well I was shocked, I told her no! I couldn’t possibly. I had a wedding to plan and so much going on. Pretty much came up with every excuse possible. I agreed to pray about it, and told her I would go down and meet them in a week. Well that interview went so well. I just fell in love with the ladies that run the shop. SO in February after my son’s wedding I started teaching. I have been teaching and loving ever since.

Of course now that I was teaching at Ye Olde Art Shoppe, they wanted some of my art hanging in their gallery. I was also able to hang one of my works as a member of the Umpqua Valley Arts Member Show. I was also contacted by Mind Power Gallery in late summer, who were interested in hanging my Tree series acrylic paintings.

I Love My Life! Boys Gymnastics


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I got good news last night! I was promoted to lead coach of the little boys gymnastics team.

I was so proud of my boys as they gathered around the pool before their big competition. As I was looking around for something (can’t remember what) I accidentally bumped into the soccer referee and nearly knocked him into the pool. He was very upset with me, but not for bumping him, NO, it was because I was wearing my pajamas to the gymnastics meet. I though to myself, how can this be? I know I spent time picking out my cloths for my first big day! It was so tragic. So I told my boys was going to run home and change quick and be right back. I felt so bad leaving them by themselves when they must be nervous about competing.

So I rushed out into the parking lot to look for my car. The parking lot was more then full as the collage across the street was having a graduation today day as well. I walked quickly through the lot looking up and down the isles to try and see my car. I walked through buildings and tunnels and even a few tents looking for my car when I finally found my little white diaper wipes box that had a few of my purse items in it. What is this doing here, I wondered? Well at least now I had my keys. ( You see I had lost my purse earlier and had to make due with the diaper wipes container.) A few tunnels latter I found my purse as well, but still No car. Then just across the way I thought I spotted my daughters red pick up truck. Just as I turn to head for the truck someone touches my head and wakes me up.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATotally confused I jump and say “WHAT?”

My husband just replies with “I Love You!”

I ask him if I was talking in my sleep or if he needed something?

he said “NOPE! I was just thinking about how much I love you and wanted to tell you.”

So my dreams might be a total chaotic mess, but thank God My real life is wonderfully put together.

I smiled as he said “I’m sorry I woke you.” I told him that I loved him too and turned back over and went back to sleep.

When I woke for the day I rolled over to get out of bed and ran face first into the guest room mattress that is being stored beside our bed during the remodel. LOL! So maybe real life isn’t as pulled together as I would like! ~~~ I Love My Life!




I Love My Life ~ Keys


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I went into town today to see the chiropractor, then I thought I would look for a valentines gift for my sweet heart. I found a large bulky object, to be disclosed later, then had to carry it to the front of the store and though the cattle lines to the cashier. Yeah, probably not the smartest thing to do after a back adjustment, right?
So then I go to meet a friend for coffee. My back is hurting, of course, so I decide to just take my wallet and my phone into the coffee shop and leave my large purse buried in the van under stuff because it’s just to heavy for me today. We had a great visit, then I went to reach for my keys…
There were no keys. Guess what I locked in the van with my purse? Genius! Thankfully my friend hadn’t left yet and I was able to get a ride over to where My husband works, instead of having to walk a 1/2 mile in the cold and rain, without the coat, that I had left at home today! I know, smart-right?OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I am clearly on a roll today!
I walked into the store and said to my husband “Please tell me you have the extra van key on you today!” To which he said, “YEP!” with a bewildered look on his face. I tell him “Story later, got to run!”
Happiest day of my life!!! Well close anyway! God is good! Yep,
~I love My Life!

Chutzpah for 2016


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At the beginning of 2015 I set three goals for myself and decided to act on those goals with determination!

I had really never done this before, instead I have always given myself room to fail, as secretly that is what I expected I would do anyway. I am not sure when exactly in my life I had adopted this stupid attitude, but I was tired of it and I had decided that 2015 was going to be different! This time I was going to write my goals down and hang it where I would see it everyday, and be motivated into action. AND IT WORKED!

Goal List

#1 Teach art classes. This one the Lord had to give me a little nudge on, because though I wanted to teach, I still lacked the confidence in my work to feel that I had anything to teach to others. But through a series of strange and miraculous events, by mid February I was committed to teaching art classes at Ye Olde Art Shoppe in Myrtle Creek Oregon.

I have learned so much about how others see my talent and have learned to value what I know and have to share with others! I have also grown to love my students and all the precious people I have met through my time there.

#2 get my art in at least TWO shows. My art has been on display at our local Art Shop/ Gallery where I now teach art classes since  I started there. I also had opportunity through them to show my work in local summer festival booth. I finished out the year with a reception and showing of over 30 of my pieces as their Featured Artist there as well. On top of all that, as more showing opportunities came up I was able to get all of my art work framed in less then one years time.

I also became a member of the Umpqua Valley Arts Association and was able to hang my Colored pencil painting entitled Emerald Eyes in a members show in July and August.emerals eyes

In May I was contacted through my online Etsy shop by Mind Power Gallery in Reedsport Oregon and was invited to hang my 5 piece Tree Series acrylic paintings with them. One painting has already sold and the rest will be remain till I am able to switch them out for other pieces of mine soon.

Starting 2016 with a BANG

Starting Jan 2016 my coffee paintings will be featured at My Coffee in Roseburg Oregon . Then after they are done hanging there they will move to the MindPower Gallery.

I also started entering my art in contests. In November my piece “Cow Tagging” won in the beginner level in a national colored pencil group. This prize came with the honor of my painting being published in “COLOR” magazine which is for color pencil artists. I my piece just arrived in the January Addition. 😀 Starting off my New Year with a Bang!

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#3 Become More Business Wise. This journey was complicated and tough, but well worth it. I learned to value my own work and the time it takes me to complete a piece. It taught me to put a dollar value on it as well, without feeling guilty about charging people for something that I enjoy doing.

I also had businesses opportunities come up that were both exciting and terrifying at the same time, causing me to spend serious time counting the costs and much time spent on my knees asking for guidance and wisdom. This process awakened an excitement and vision concerning the business side of my art that had not been there before.

I also purchased and set up my own website Here I have set up an online portfolio with added links to where you can view and purchase my work.

This year I have set new goals; along with each goal I have set a list of ways actions I plan on taking to achieving those goals. While I have been embolden by what I’ve learned this last year, I still have a long way to go. It seems silly that at 53 year I would still be dealing with such insecurities, but that is just the truth of the matter my friends.

This year I have been asked to describe my goals in just one word. The first word that came to mind was brave, but it isn’t enough. It’s just not the right word. Maybe courage? NO! Still not what I need. Then the perfect word came to me, Chutzpah!


Shameless audacity, Impudence.

Synonyms: audacity, cheek, guts, nerve, boldness, temerity

I’m tired of being timid and reserved. I want to stand firm, bold in who God has created me to be, and the talents that the Lord has given me. My word for 2016 is chutzpah. So if you hear me being timid and doubting myself, and my abilities. Please make me stop it, and remind me of my word for the year!