A journey from the hospital to the studio


What I’ve been doing this summer

It’s been a difficult summer for me. The summer started with a great deal of dissatisfaction with myself and particularly my art. I felt like an antsy teenager. I felt like all my pieces were at a level and I couldn’t push past it. I felt stuck. The creative process can be like this sometimes. We are all human, we all struggle and none of us are alone in it.
So, being broke, I threw myself back into the hospital. I pick up a lot of shifts and on a few occasions, I really over tiered myself. While doing this I tireless searched the internet attempting to discover what was next for me.
But, as always, it came from the inside. Inside me was bursting with ideas, colors and most of all I wanted to paint. I looked for painting programs and found one north of the city in Sandy Springs. It was difficult, I had to complete over two months of meticulous drawing exercises. This month I completed the last one:


The class is more like a community with local current artist working on commissions to complete beginners. Yesterday I was finally able to paint.  This is my very first attempt at painting and I’m starting with oil painting. The subject is two sunflowers that were growing in my garden. Here’s a selfie and what I completed yesterday along with my initial pencil drawing








They’re so happy and bright! I’m not done with them, but I hope to be soon.

With love,



Silence broken!

It’s been a long time. I have excuses- none very good. So I’m just going to move on.
Lately, I’ve been doing nothing but
boring drawing exercises and when I draw something, I hate it. I have been encouraged by many of my loved ones lately. They tell me this is normal in the creative process. So, I’ve loosened up a bit and with the encouragement of one if my tutors. Here is the making of a new- kinda abstract piece.




This is called “wind swept tree”
It started out from a sketch of a tree at the beach in my sketchbook.

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Prepare for the terrible Georgia ICE storm

Hello Everyone,

I hope every one has bought their milk, bread and butter for the second time this month. This evening Kroger was sold out of milk. I now sit happily with my Almond milk (that’s all that was left). NOT that I mind, I drink it time to time 4 (4)I have returned from Tennessee. I had WAY too much fun playing with my little cousin Carson. I was more than happy to watch him for Tom and Amy. Don’t think that I haven’t been drawing, in fact I have finished “Old Tibetan Man.” For the progression of the piece look at the my easel page

With old man winter making another stand I needed a bright sunshine piece to pick me up. Here is the beginning of “Summer dreams.” Perhaps it’s because I’ve been around a bunch of little kids these past few weeks I really wanted to draw one. This will be a color piece, check out the easel page.


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I have so much in my heart and mind that I can hardly stop myself from starting more and more. Things bouncing in my mind are “doors and windows” an architectural piece that will be the death of me. An oil painting still life, and an oil painting of my great-grandmother. My grandmother really wanted me to paint her mother… but first I have to learn oils. I haven’t painted yet either, I guess I feel like I’m not ready to paint, I feel like my drawing skills need to be better. This is something I will need to ‘get over.’

Lastly, there is something that I did not do before going to Tennessee. Jazz, my lovable but psychotic, dog did NOT get the memo that I was leaving for a few nights. Last time, He made it a point to poop on my brand new white rug. This is really strange. Jazz is a really good buddy who NEVER goes to the bathroom in the house. I was visiting my Mom in Hilton Head, SC at the time. I thought that he must have been really sick or something. But I have learned that it is really separtation anxiety. He pooped like mad again, and since there was no brand new white rug, He hopped up on to my drawing pads stacked neatly in the corner. Thankfully only one of my pieces was ruined. Here she is. Needless to say, I won’t be selling  her up on my etsy account. photo 4 (3)I plan on updating that soon.

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