I studied Biomedical Illustration in college, where I felt that everything had to be very precise and perfect. I wanted my drawings to look exactly like the subject. (Good for me – I was a very literal thinker, but also bad for me – I was a very literal thinker!) I never once thought of…

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I believe we are all creative. And every few months, I interview someone I’ve met who is living life with really special creativity. This month, I spoke with my cousin Amy, a photographer and artist who lives and works in beautiful Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. See more of Amy’s work at http://var/web/site/public_html.amymelious.com/ . Tell…

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One thing I’ve learned from my cousin, Amy Melious, is that there is texture (the look or feel of a surface) in even the more common things. For instance, the last time she visited me, I had these ugly cookie sheets “hidden” in my oven. She found them and decided that they were full of…

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I was inspired by Alison Knox’s line: “I love hanging out at a coffee shop or cafe and simply paying close attention to how individuals have put their outfit together, use of color, texture, shape and silhouette can be such a creative catalyst for me.” I think we all people-watch from our own perspective and…

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As I set out to make a painting to go with this new blog, Everyone Is Creative,  I thought of the Bennetts, a husband and wife team, making a bold move, roasting coffee and making jams, together, starting a business… What could I paint? I searched the internet for anything that could spark an idea.…

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Last January, a student in one of my painting classes brought in these lovely persimmons for us to paint, so I arranged them so that my students could do some still life paintings. Aren’t they beautiful? I love that rich, amber yellow color.   Persimmons ready for still life painting. Finally, almost a year later, …

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still life painting

For my 2018 calendar, I invited art friends and colleagues to contribute their favorite FLAVOR combination, along with a recipe and a story. I received 12 great combos and I used the ingredients for my inspiration in my studio. This month I’m featuring the story and recipe for Texas Caesar Dip, submitted by artist Mona Jones…

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