Mi Mancherai Video

I have been doing some figure drawings this morning and listening to music. I picked Josh Groban and specifically “Mi Mancherai”. The song brought tears to my eyes and I had to stop drawing. Yes, the song is beautiful, but what tugs at my heart and mak…

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If The New Trend Is "Generosity", I Agree!

As I read the opening lines of the current Trendwatching brief:

February 2009 | Has there ever been more urgency for corporations to ditch the greed and embrace generosity? It’s something that countless individuals have already started doing, of course: giving is the new taking, and sharing is the new giving…..
| “Captures the growing importance of ‘generosity’ as a leading societal and business mindset. As consumers are disgusted with greed and its current dire consequences for the economy—and while that same upheaval has them longing more than ever for institutions that care—the need for more generosity beautifully coincides with the ongoing (and pre-recession) emergence of an online-fueled culture of individuals who share, give, engage, create and collaborate in large numbers.

I immediately thought of the experiences I’ve had over the past year in my little world of art and business. I am continually amazed at the generosity, encouragement, support, and information I find through my online networks. I have met several artists/business people online who have helped by sharing information and/or providing encouragement and support. Just to name a few: Dave The Painting Guy has answered countless questions and does a free live painting class on Ustream several nights a week; Torrie Smiley spent 45 minutes on the phone with me giving advice about selling art online; Tara Reed, who I found through someone online, happens to live a mile from me and is an expert on art licensing and is always willing to help; Alyson Stanfield’s website and book have been a constant source of help; and you can read any of the comments on my blog entries to see the wonderful encouragement from different artists. Most of whom found me through Karin Jurick’s blog Different Strokes From Different Folks. Karin has given A LOT ( I can’t imagine how much!) of her time to work on this blog which has created a new community for artists. In fact, because I have participated in her challenges, I was fortunate enough to be featured along with her and two other artists in an article in the January edition of Southwest Art!

(my version of “Jack” is the last one on the right)

I could go on and on and this has all happened in just the last few months! I am continually thankful for the generosity and spirit of support and collaboration from my online network!

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Jefferson Memorial At Night

11″x 6″acrylic on canvas boardHere is my latest entry to Karin Jurick’s challenge, Different Strokes From Different Folks. I’m not sure which was the bigger challenge, doing the painting or trying to take a decent picture! It is hard to get the purples…

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"Inspiration From You" Painting : "Getting Ready To Ride"

8″x 8″acrylic on masoniteAt the end of October I asked for “Inspiration From You” and received several wonderful photos and quotes. My hope was to pick a photo or quote and paint or draw one a month and give the gift of a print or note cards of the art…

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Dynamic Figures

I recently came across the art work of two local artists (Portland, Oregon) Mona Jones Cordell and Martin French who do a beautiful job of drawing and painting the dynamic figure. Here is a link to a wonderful video about Mona’s work: http://www.mon…

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The Portrait

5″x7″acrylic on canvasThis is my current entry for Karin Jurick’s weekly challenge. I debated about posting this painting. It was hard for me. I always struggle with wanting to get a painting “right”, whatever that means! And sometimes I have to stop w…

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Looking Back At 2008 & Forward to 2009!

When I went to college, I majored in illustration, but for some reason the course work didn’t include any business or marketing classes. Last January I made a decision to learn about the business of art and marketing. Since then, the learning curve has…

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