Pushing through on Stay the Course, my newest painting!

wow, it’s been so long since i have blogged that i literally forgot how. thinking that i really need to re dedicate myself to at least one post every two weeks…sound reasonable?

ok so i just wanted to post photos from the beginning to the finished piece of,  “Stay the Course.” It was for a good friend that uses that expression often

this is the closest to the beginning that i have


hating the dark blue above

almost there



thanks for taking a look, i appreciate it :)


Almost time for some Paint Mojo!

Three weeks away! We’re going to have some serious fun.  Painting, relaxing, good food, good music and even drinks!  I just want to thank Tracy Verdugo for making the journey to come out here and share her gifts

I would also like  to thank GOLDEN,  for supplying us with these beautiful, colorful samples for the students to experiment with


If you were hoping to take this workshop but didn’t make it in, Tracy,  is teaching at many other locations around the country. Check out her website for more info.  I also have a cancellation list going. If you would like to be added, just email me :)


Finish YOUr Painting, 2

Hi everyone! Well this has taken a bit longer than I had originally intended. Actually, I finished the first piece and mailed it off to the winner a while ago.  But getting started on the second one has been, well….. a slower start. So, anyway, below is a picture of the beginning and finished piece.  The sweet,  Leanne Wargowsky won for her vision of seeing a Red Cardinal within the painting, reflecting memories of her and her father. I did leave some of the original markings, but it pretty much transformed! 

Larger Than Life


Okay, so you remember how this goes?

I will start a painting, not much, just a few marks, some paint splashed around..

I will post a picture after a week asking for direction from YOU in how I should finish. The one person who’s answer inspires me to finish the most wins! When I finish, it’s in the mail :)  Super easy, all you need to do is leave a comment on my blog

Here it is, I can’t wait to hear your vision

Good Luck!!



I’ve been working on many paintings lately. Some from workshops, some that have been laying around that I can’t seem to finish and this cute little red Cardinal bird for my, “Finish your painting” giveaway.  I guess I’ll show a picture of the little guy,….he’s pretty cute, but I need to finish the background and can’t seem to get it right. But,  I did promise progress shots, so here ya go.   Still working on the background.  It’s coming Leanne, I promise :)

Red Cardinal

This next one below is 24 x 24 and I’m definitely liking this direction! Oh, and it’s FINISHED! yay, that’s the best part for me. I’m one of the one’s that fights myself on when to throw in the towel and be DONE already…. It seems like their is always more that I can add, but then I don’t want it to look overdone either, ya know?  I have completely overdone more paintings then I care to admit.  Then what happens you ask,  well it either ends up with a big huge red X splashed on it, or it gets covered in gesso…ugh  Both, no bueno.


These two above are start and midway through.

Oh, and I’m learning to NOT cover yucky  work with gesso and instead just be patient!

I hope you have a fantastic weekend!


The Winner Is…


Wow, what a fantastic response to my new giveaway! I just loved reading all of your visions.  This was much harder to pick than I thought because I could really see and feel what each of you were thinking for the direction.  In the end I have to pick just one, and this person is… Leanne Wargowsky!! Congratulations

Leanne, your story about your father really touched me. I lost my father not long ago too. It’s so comforting to have such great memories as you do. That is definitely a sweet one!

I have never painted a red cardinal before, so this should be fun..and interesting.

Thank you so much for commenting and participating.

*remember, this is happening monthly, so their will be tons of opportunity next time




Beginning of  Red Cardinal Bird


I will post a few progress shots as I move along

Find Leanne and her  blog here


Finish Your Painting

Introducing my newest project, Finish YOUr painting!

I’m starting a fun & HUGE regular giveaway on my blog.

So here’s the deal. I will start a new painting about once a month or so. Nothing big, just splashing some paint and maybe some marks and text.

Then I will post a picture and ask YOU for direction and how YOU think that I should finish the piece.

The person who’s answer inspires me the most, will GET the painting!  Super simple, all you need to do is leave a comment on my blog

Here is the first canvas

This can go anywhere…just give me some direction and it’s YOURS!

It is an 11×14 canvas panel. *Oh and I forgot to mention that I will leave it up for a week before I choose which direction to take it. I will notify the person selected and post pictures regularly.

Good luck!!


Georgia the Duck

Just wanted to give you a look at this latest finished piece.  She started in Jennifer Mercede’s class a couple of weeks ago.

This was the exercise where we had to do a “blind contour sketch” of something either around the class, or a photograph we brought in. I forgot mine, so my friend Cynthia, gave me a picture of this duck that she had.  So cute, I thought. Plus I love ducks anyway.  Off sketching I went.

Isn’t this little guy cute?

Not sure why I gave him such a high hump on his back….I guess because I couldn’t see what I was sketching, hence “blind sketch”

More details coming in and it looks like he is becoming a she…

I’m really liking it as it is, but I know that it’s not quite finished, so knowing me, I would lose hours of sleep if I don’t give it some more love

Georgia the Duck

Well, she started as a he, but what can I say?  I love these pinks and magentas. She is finished!  

When I first walked in the door with it, my husband loved it so much. So I was going to name it George, after him.  But now that he is a she, I think Georgia is more fitting!

More ducks to come in this same blind contour style because I’m loving it.


Morning Pictures Around My Yard

Its such a beautiful Sunday morning, I couldn’t resist getting out my camera. New buds are just starting to pop up and really making it feel like spring.

Gracie came out to play too. She loves to go investigate all of the happenings around the yard

This is an old bell that we have on the property. The photo is a bit blurry, but I was trying to get those berries into focus.

Have a beautiful Sunday!


Paint Mojo with Tracy Verdugo

Registration Open!

I’m so excited to announce the opening of the Paint Mojo Artist Workshop with international artist Tracy Verdugo September 29-30, 2012 here in sunny Orange County, CA.

Please click here to register for the Paint Mojo Artist Workshop or visit for more information.

There are only 16 spots available, so register today!

Please e-mail me at with questions.

Painting & Learning with Jennifer Mercede

Wow, where do I start!?  I knew it would be good, even great. But, I wasn’t prepared for it to totally sweep me off my feet!

Taking place at one of my favorite spots, Studio Crescendoh.  The weather was perfect, nice breeze, great company and an amazing teacher! This was Jennifer’s first two-day teaching retreat, but you would never know. She was knowledgeable, open, honest and very accessible. I felt like she really wanted to know about each of us personally and what we hoped to take away from the class. She spent quality time with each of us, ensuring that she could help us with our needs.

This was the start on Saturday morning…

There were lots of community paints and supplies on hand.

Below is my canvas with the beginning doodles.

Going through lots of changes; doodling, painting and writing, which was terribly hard for me.  We had writing exercises all throughout, which is a big part of Jennifer’s process.  Since I’m not a journal-er, I found this to be the most challenging. So, after my breakdown during one of our exercises, something kinda clicked. The words flowed and I no longer felt controlled by my blocked thoughts about writing…does this make any sense?  I should point out that it took the better part of the weekend for this to happen.  Anyhow, I’m going to start a journal and get writing.

For this exercise, we were instructed to cover 90% of our paintings to this point. I really wasn’t liking mine anyway, so it didn’t bother me. I chose ochre. This was the last time that I worked on this piece though.  Jennifer works on multiple pieces at once including birch panels, paper and canvas. So that’s what we did.

This was a blindfold exercise:

One of our surprises was to finish a painting. We could pick any one we wanted, but we had to finish…..oh and she only gave us about an hour…ugh.  This was what I came up with. I did a blind sketch of a little table in the studio. I kind of like it, but it might change.

This was another blind contour sketch that I did from a photograph of a duck.  I had to keep my pen on the board at all times while never taking my eyes off the photo. I love him! He is not finished though.

This is the gorgeous Jennifer Mercede, doing her thing & doing it well!  Totally easy to develop a crush on this beautiful soul as I have done!

This cute little seed packet was gifted to us by Jennifer. Her art looks so perfect on it. I can’t wait to plant my seeds.

If you ever have an opportunity to take on of her classes, run and sign up!

To visit Jennifer, you can find her at