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Back in a Nice, Warm Black

My new website is up and running.  It is still under construction, but more photos, videos and good stuff will be showing up soon.  I've been on hiatus these past few years, taking care of ...
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Summer Breeze…

With coffee in hand, I am sitting outside waiting for rain. Just a sprinkle to cool down the scorching heat of summer. Still in my night clothes at 3 p.m. And trying to get motivated, ...
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Summer Season of Change

Summer feels like it is here...hot, hot and more hot days.  Tomatoes are nestling in the Topsy Turvey, herbs are abundant, jasmine is in full bloom.  Last year's sunflowers are poking up towards the sun ...
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New Work

I am back in cyber-circulation, folks.  It has been many, many months and my thoughts have been a whirlwind of chaos over my head.  Last year went out and the new year came in quietly, ...
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Week of reflection

Well, it has been a couple of weeks since I last posted, so I must take a few minutes to type and update my blog on my time of rest and reflection.  The ukulele gig ...
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Tiki, tiki, tiki

I finished painting the third ukulele case today - unfortunately, I did not get to the fourth, as planned.  Time was crunched over the weekend due to, well, life.  My tiki dude adorned with exotic ...
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Uke 2

This is the second ukulele bag, complete.  Again, I will say that the image is not of great quality and does not show the colors properly, but the idea is there.  I have begun the ...
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NAMM

Finished working on the second uke bag for Augustino LoPrinzi Guitars to take to the NAMM show with them.  I will finish painting another this weekend.  My hopes to complete four before Monday are dwindling, ...
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Studio time

I am working on a new ukulele bag ... should be completed tomorrow.  I will have another one done this weekend- hopefully two, ready to go to the NAMM show with Augustino LoPrinzi Guitars.  My ...
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Ukuleles, popsicles and google

[slideshow]I finished the ukulele case I was working on this Memorial Day weekend.  I am pleased with the results - I think it's pretty.  A little different than my last work and refreshing.   Spring has ...
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Memorial day

I have been in my studio this weekend working on a ukulele case - yes, that is what I said.  Who plays ukuleles, you ask - well apparently a whole lot of talented folks, giving ...
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New work

"Bob" is complete and I have posted an image.  The image is not of high quality, but nonetheless representational of the piece.  I will contact a photographer friend soon to take some decent photos for ...
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Bob

"Bob" is finally finished and I'm very pleased with the final results.  I will post an image tomorrow of this latest piece.  It is complete a little later than I was hoping, as life seems ...
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Spring Celebration

Beltane, May Day - whatever you want to call it...  motivated a planting last week of sunflowers, poppies, marigolds and lavender.  Unfortunately, "Bob" was delayed a couple of days for the spring planting.  I have ...
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Good Day

I planted my sunflowers today and I must say, gardening is hard work... Seems as though everywhere I dug, there was a giant root trying to prevent my beautification plans.  The rewards will be great ...
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losing it…

I'm finally back in the studio working on "Bob".  I've missed the smells here - the paint, specifically, and mineral spirits... I must remember to open the window, though -  I don't think I can ...
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The Southern Atelier

Today I took a drive down to Sarasota to visit the Southern Atelier studios.  It was an inspirational visit, as I was really blown away by the art the students were producing under the instruction ...
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Sisyphus in the Studio…

Sometimes something completely unexpected and out of your control occurs that makes you realize how quickly life can get really out of control.  You then realize how very unimportant some things are which were so ...
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Espresso it is!

A friend gave me information on a studio in Sarasota that looks incredible - a bit of a drive for me here in Largo, but worth the travel.   The Southern Atelier has workshops, sessions, classes ...
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Creating the Not-So-Pretty

If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain: If I can ease one life the aching, Or cool the pain, Or help one fainting robin Unto his nest again, ...
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Out with the old…

This week I have been going through boxes and bins of old treasures, only to find that we have way too many things that aren't really treasures anymore.  Too much clutter just jams up my ...
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Me and Joe

The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body. The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results. (Anthony Robbins) One question ...
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Saturday studio

It is Friday night and I'm worn out from the week.  I have not been to the open drawing studio at the Morean Art Center in a couple weeks, unfortunately... but, I am definitely going ...
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Wood…

I have a new project to begin...  My hubby has been carving wood caricatures - very cool.  My job is to paint them.  I have three completed and waiting for me, but I am hesitant ...
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Luminosity

I love the work of Stephen Hannock, an incredible luminist painter out of New York.  I was trying to find a copy of his book, Luminosity: the Paintings of Stephen Hannock online tonight for a ...
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Jacques Ousson

There is a French artist I met several years ago when I worked at 531 Central Fine Art in downtown St. Petersburg.  This artist inspired me - his paintings made an incredible impact on  the ...
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New painting 🙂

I finally have a shot of The Entertainers the diptych I just completed...  It is titled "The Entertainers" and is part of my For Your Entertain ment series.  I completed the first panel (rt) at ...
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Studio time

I am just about done with the diptych I've been working on from my "For Your Entertainment" series - it's been a long time coming, unfortunately!  I'm really enjoying my studio more than ever because ...
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Living Dead Dolls

I am selling a lot of my Living Dead Dolls if anyone is interested...  This artist lifestyle can be expensive!  I have several double sets and minis and several of the early series.  Anyone interested ...
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Strings attached

I am continuing a 3 dimensional project which uses used, whole guitar/bass strings.  It is an ongoing  process that is in need of materials...  I only have a limited supply of strings, as I only ...
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beeswax

I have been playing around with an encaustic project since over the summer - dawdling happily toward what looks kind of cool.  It is so different than what I've been working with (oils, mostly) and ...
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moneymoneymoney

When bankers get together for dinner, they discuss Art. When artists get together for dinner, they discuss money. (Oscar Wilde) Enough said ...
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Crybaby Dork

I have an excuse for not doing pretty much anything that deals directly with performing in front of, near, around the general vicinity, or with other people.  When I say "performing," I mean drawing, painting, ...
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Still Life

Artists buy their fruits and vegetables in the Still Life section at the market. (Stella Violano) This is so tragically funny and true!  I seem to spend an exorbitant amount of time just eyeballing the ...
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Social neglect

I've been hibernating in my studio more in the past couple of weeks than I've been able to for months, now, and am cherishing every moment.  Whether I am at the easel, drawing or just ...
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Stuff in the works

Thought I would blog quickly before I really dug too deeply in my studio.  I have put aside several unfinished projects over the summer, as I was moving my studio location and trying to make ...
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Paul Gardner’s bit of wisdom

In a previous entry I expressed that I was deliberating over paintings and reworking them all in my head.  I have to stop that because I need to keep producing and progressing instead of over-thinking ...
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Quiller stealer…

Sometimes I can rework the paint on my palette over and over, trying to find the exact color that is in my head.  It isn't that it is necessary to the integrity of the subject ...
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the path

Pinellas Park, Fl, I have found have found, has a farmers/art market on Tuesday mornings.  Nice to find one that is not on the weekend and overcrowded...   I will go and check out the wares ...
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force finish

I am up in the wee hours of the morning, examining the painting I've been working on.  I am nearing the finish, or so I feel right now... a finish will be forced, as usual.  ...
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Saturdays

I have found an open art studio at the Art Center in downtown St. Pete.    I went today, a bit nervous since I haven't drawn a live model in quite some time, but was happy ...
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Wednesday

I worked today, so I am physically drained.  Even so, my mind has not shut down for the night.  There will be no studio time for me tonight, unfortunately.  I will be thinking, though, of ...
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acquiring liberty

Today, Monday, was a somewhat productive day for me.  I worked on my upcoming website, which I am very excited about.   I, myself am not building it, so unfortunately I don't have control over when ...
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Hello world!

This is my first blog on wordpress - so here goes.  I am an artist/painter living in Largo, Florida after several years of traveling.  We are settled here for a while, so I hope to ...
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