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.  This month I’m featuring the story and recipe of artist Gretha Linwood. I told her that I wanted to…

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Learn about the 2018 FLavors calendar and one of its recipe contributors

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. This month I’m featuring the story and recipe of artist Sarah Peroutka. Here is the still life I painted…

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Learn about portrait commissions

I had the privilege of making a painting of this adorable dog, Louie, for a Mother’s Day gift this spring. People often ask me the process I use when I am commissioned to paint a pet. Here’s how it works: After we talk about the pet and what makes him or her so special, I ask…

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Cucumber Salad by Annie Salness

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. This month I’m featuring a story and recipe (Cucumber Salad) from artist Carol Marine. It’s a perfect dish for July…

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We find still life props at the farmers market

This past Saturday was the first Farmers Market class of the summer at the wonderful Cedar Mill Farmers Market. We met at a local Starbucks for coffee and then walked over to the market. There we enjoyed the morning sun, music, and people, and each participant chose a colorful vegetable, fruit, or flower to paint.…

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Check out the podcast where I'm interviewed

I was so honored to be a guest on Alyson Stanfield’s podcast. Alyson is an art business consultant and author of I’d Rather Be in the Studio: The Artist’s No-Excuse Guide to Self-Promotion. She helps artists gain more recognition, organize and systematize their businesses, and sell more art at ArtBizCoach.com. I’ve followed her for years.  She was…

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A recipe inspired still life

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. This month I am featuring…..me! Here’s the still life I set up to work with: the rosemary sprig and…

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Tools, techniques and art all in one room

Recently I went to Art Extravaganza, the annual art tools and technique trade show in Oregon City that’s put on by the Clackamas County Arts Alliance. And I was glad I did! I spend a lot of time alone in my studio and attending events like this both gets me out of my comfort zone and…

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Another recipe-inspired 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. This month was Steve and David’s Mushroom Risotto. Here’s the original still life I set up. I thought this…

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Painting workshops are enriching – for artists too!

I spent two days in March at Ruth Armitage’s cold wax and oil workshop. I take workshops for many reasons—to meet new people, to learn new techniques and to see how other artists work and teach. I have known Ruth for a few years and heard what an incredible teacher she was, so I was…

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