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Hiking Frog – now I’m getting somewhere!

Yes, I'm still on my creature adventure, and this time I think I really see some improvement.  I started with a nice photo of a lightning struck tree and looked around the image for a place to situate my creature.  I decided this looks like a place where a little frog might pause in his… Continue reading Hiking Frog – now I’m getting somewhere!

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My first creature!

I completed my first creature and I'm not mad at the result - but the point was/is to improve my skills - so I can't expect my first attempt to be completely brilliant because I'm working on new subject matter, and actually MULTIPLE new areas are involved in this process. Not only am I doing… Continue reading My first creature!

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My new obsession – forest creatures

Inspired by my new art class - Aaron Blaise's Hidden Creatures of the Forest - I have become obsessed with creating little creatures and putting them into forest environments I photographed.  It's bad...like wakes me up at 4:00 a.m. bad.  Like gave me an art-related arm injury bad.  No kidding, I had to sleep with… Continue reading My new obsession – forest creatures

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My Summer Art Class

Every summer I try to take an art class that is different from what I do every day as a pattern designer.  Recently, I've been looking a lot at illustration, and I have a few illustrators whose work I adore - but I am so not an illustrator.  I am a painter - and I… Continue reading My Summer Art Class

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Filling your artistic bag of tricks

I've spent years nailing down my "signature style" - most intensely this past summer which ultimately led to months of not being able to produce anything.  Obsessing over my "style" and trying to be consistent with it sucked all the joy out of creating.  It took me a long time to get back to working… Continue reading Filling your artistic bag of tricks

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The first time I heard the words “Textile Designer”

It's strange how life sometimes throws you a hint.  Even stranger is the way that a certain memory is stored with perfect clarity while the rest of the same day fades away.  It was summertime, right before I went away to college and I was visiting a friend of mine.  We were standing in his… Continue reading The first time I heard the words “Textile Designer”

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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