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Making art my second career

I've had a successful career in another field for over 20 years. When things got stressful or discouraging I sought solace in the same place again and again - my art studio. Painting, drawing, and designing have carried me through some of the worst times in my life and have also given me some of… Continue reading Making art my second career

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Why there is so much orange in my portfolio

I've been going through a revamping of the Sand & Chi brand since this past summer. I've really been trying to focus on a cohesive style instead of just producing a rather random mix of patterns and prints in various forms. One of the things I did in the process was to look at my… Continue reading Why there is so much orange in my portfolio

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My biggest summer project: the studio/office redo!

For many years now, my entire house has been used as my art studio. I would paint watercolor florals at my kitchen table because the light was good. I would set my easel up in the living room and paint with the front door open so I had the light streaming in and no glare… Continue reading My biggest summer project: the studio/office redo!

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Narrowing the focus of my art & design business

It's been one whole year since I started designing patterns in an organized way - in other words, actually running my hobby as a business. I've been designing for years now, but I made a shift last year to exclusively designing patterns (instead of producing paintings and illustrations as canvas works). Truthfully, it has become… Continue reading Narrowing the focus of my art & design business

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I’m starting a new collection of eclectic and organic themed textiles.

I'm starting to build a new collection of textiles for a bedroom. The feel should be soft, organic, and very restful - but the bedding is going to stay completely white (there's an ultra soft microfiber duvet cover and pillow shams that must remain). In order to design something that will fit the space seamlessly,… Continue reading I’m starting a new collection of eclectic and organic themed textiles.

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Changing it up by choosing new colors

I typically design with rich, saturated colors. I like bright and deep colors that really pop, but there are some design elements that seem to lend themselves to a more neutral color palette - and honestly, I think most people shy away from lots of color in their homes. As an artist, I am drawn… Continue reading Changing it up by choosing new colors

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And now for something completely different…

 I aim for a consistent look in my portfolio - I even hope to one day have a style that is instantly recognizable as my own, but clearly I am not there yet.  As I look at the screen shot above from my artist website, I think my vibe is similar.  I aim to have… Continue reading And now for something completely different…

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It all starts with a little paint.

I love working on a digital platform, but sometimes I really need to feel a brush against canvas or paper.  Lately, I've been working in watercolor because I love the look of illustrated florals.  Taking a watercolor into a digital environment isn't exactly complicated. Step 1: Paint a watercolor Step 2:  Scan your watercolor Step… Continue reading It all starts with a little paint.