Thursday, April 3, 2014


March, playing with paint between volunteer opportunities.  Thinking about a limited palette and studying Kate Stone...

Monday, December 30, 2013


It was a good year.  It was the year I felt brave enough to try painting faces and it was tutorials from 'Kat Can Paint' that explained the idea in simple language that made it possible for me to paint flesh tones.
It was the year I learned that Picasso copied an old master's painting over and over again as a learning exercise and it was the year I realised I could do this too.  It was the year of Andrea De Meng and Tracy Verdugo workshops and painting with Isabelle Bryer.  It was the year I finally felt I had made progress in my painting.  It was a good year.

Friday, December 13, 2013


One of the most reasonably priced ecourses on the internet.  Before the first video had finished I was running out to Michaels for paper clay.  Nicely filmed and well explained.  Jennifer Rizzo will have you forgetting about perfectionism and getting your hands dirty.  Even if you have never used paper clay before Jennifer will help you get beautiful results.

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Saturday, November 2, 2013


‘The [African] masks were not simply sculptures like any other. Not at all. They were magic objects…They were weapons. To help people stop being ruled by spirits, to free themselves. Tools. If we give a form to these spirits, we become free…I understood why I became a painter…Les Demoiselles d’Avignon must have come to me that very day [when I visited the museum and saw the African masks], but not at all because of the forms; because it was my first exorcism painting’

Monday, October 7, 2013

Thursday, September 19, 2013


It was so nice to be painting with Tracy again.  This time we are all at Jenny Doh's Studio Cresendoh in the Artists Village of Santa Ana.

It was great to reconnect with old friends and meet new friends.

I don't find Tracy's process easy but I do think I learn and grow every time I take her class.

Here's our group photo - look at all those lovely gems!

Photo courtesy of Jenny Doh
I'm already looking forward to 2015!