Friday, March 28, 2008


I think I may put those wings back into it though.
I liked them.
I'm sure you've never put yourself through this,
have you?????

Wednesday, March 26, 2008


OMG, this painting is officially stalking me.
It started out like this............

I actually liked the windows with the washed out words.
I had a lot of fun working on the wings, painting on the acrylic and
glazing and working on the details.......yes, I really did like those wings.

But then when I stood back and looked at it, I was horrified !

What is that big blob of glazed white in the middle?
What? You're asking me?
How in world do I answer a question like that !
Even I don't know .....

I'm still not sure where this is going,
I guess I'll have to wait,
just like all of you.

Stay tuned !

Sunday, March 23, 2008


Ground Zero. Santa Fe ~ the "big kids" art world.

Amazing how I can walk out my little suburban house, get in my car and in less than one hour be at Ground Zero for the art world.

Yesterday my husband and I did just that.

A day spent on Canyon Road in Santa Fe can be simply amazing.

Some of the pieces are not particularly my cup of tea but one has to admit that the technical expertise, the feeling, the light, the sheer awesome beauty of truly wonderful art is an experience that rivals many others.

Artists like Ed Mell, Betsy Bauer, Melinda Hall, Robert Daughters.

In the end I come home over stimulated. Unable to sleep. Images swimming through my brain.
If I could rub the magic lantern and ask the genie for three wishes, I think that "being able to paint like the big kids" would be one of the three.

I'm sure they all started out somewhere just like me.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008


Lately, feeling in a bit of a rut. Looking at the work of other painters, acrylic, encaustic, collage. It is easy to see other's work as "creative" and then look at my own and see "less than".

My husband is such a champion for me. He's my lover, my mentor, my coach, my best friend and business partner. He said things that truly hit my heart and reminded me that painting is what I do, I am unique, I have a passion for painting and there is nothing wrong with digressing down the encaustic road.

And to Annie who commented yesterday, you are absolutely right! I do always paint straight from my heart.

I'm going to go ahead and take the encaustic workshop. What a great opportunity to meet some new people, try some new moves out on my brain and get a breath of fresh air.

"Breath of fresh air" ~ ha !! Reminds me of a man I once worked for who called it "blowing off the stink" !!!!!!!!!!!!

So what does all this have to do with a haircut? Yesterday by the time I got off work at 4pm , I was desperate to get rid of what felt like my dowdy haircut. I took a leap of faith (every haircut is, really) and stopped at one of those $10 clip joints at the shopping center. Wow, I got a really cut haircut! Layers, whispy and light. Like a burst of new energy and creativity.

Feels wonderful and I'm ready to get back in the studio and paint !!!!!!!

I hope your day is great and, Annie thanks for the reality check. Smooch

Oh and I hate making posts without an image, so here is a little eye candy !!!!

Paula's Photo
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Cuba, New Mexico

Tuesday, March 18, 2008


How many of you artists out there stick to just one style. Say for instance, all birds, all abstract, portraits only, landscapes only?

I struggle with wanting to visit around with different techniques and styles. But if I do this, is it at the expense of professional branding? The majority of my art revolves around mixed media on canvas. Recently I've become aware of an encaustic workshop and would love to learn this technique.

From a business standpoint I understand how important it is to focus on the product, the branding, the marketing. Staying clear in the eye of your audience. What does that do to creativity though? Being someone who is always curious about the creative process yet needing to stay marketable, where is the balance achieved? Is there ever a balance?

Ideas? Suggestions? Thoughts on the matter? hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm?????

Friday, March 14, 2008


I was thrilled to learn that I was the lucky winner in the drawing over at Cest Andrea !

So running home every day to check my mail box and finally it arrived ! I received the most wonderful earrings (an image that holds much significance for me) and a Miss Doodle painting which now graces my desk !!!!

Thank you so much for such a lovely gift. This means so very much to me!

Thanks again.

Thursday, March 13, 2008


Plaza Dog Turns 55
12 x 12 x 2 gallery wrap canvas
mixed media

Does your art reflect your life? Do you employ stream of conscience technique in your creative lineup?

This piece was a fascinating process for me. I started out just laying down paper, paint, ink, and once finished I stepped back and thought, oh my gosh, this says so much.

I have never thought of my work as self illuminating.

Lately I've been just sitting down and letting myself wander. The results are interesting and quite unpredictable.

What is your process like? I'd really like to know how you go about your work, your art, your life ~ what drives creativity? What motivates us to do what we do? Whether it is painting, writing, or cooking..................

Wednesday, March 12, 2008


Jack and Friends
4 x 6 postcard
Mixed Media

I made this postcard to my daughter-in-law a year or so ago. I really loved the mood that "jack" gave off. Kind of a "make my day" attitude!

I especially like making art on top of layers of old paper, pages from books, whatever strikes my fancy. For me those faint words in the background are like the unheard, inside voice we all have. The things we are thinking but wouldn't dare say, for fear of hurting, insulting, building false hope or whatever.

Throughout life I've usually abandoned the idea of the "inside voice" but as I age I find myself reserving those inside thoughts more and more.

At the first of the year I quickly abandoned the notion of a New Year's Resolution for something more like "My 2008 Motto". My motto for this year is:

Keep It Simple and Be Nice.

So I guess that is what's going on with Jack here. He's being nice and keeping things simple by not allowing the others to hear his inside voice.

Do you have an inside voice? One that you keep to yourself? Why? When? What happens with you have the overwhelming urge to just say what you think? "Oh that art really sucks!" or "Gee I sure hope that hair color isn't permanent"............or..................."I love you".

Please comment, I'd love to hear your inside voice on this topic.

Enough for today.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

So check out this one !

You all seem to like these trucks as much as I do!

If I remember correctly we got this photo
in a small village near Penasco, New Mexico.

I imagine the little old guy who loved this truck.
He probably took it out rabbit hunting.
Or maybe he used it to haul hay
for the horses.
Or maybe,
he took his sweetie pie out for a ride
where they had a sweet kiss or two????

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Pickup trucks with character abound here in New Mexico.

Recently I was at a local gallery dropping off some of my work
and there was a fabulous painting, quite large, lots
of wonderful color. It was a painting of a
pickup truck. And it was SOLD.
I'm always fascinated when I see paintings like this,
made by someone who really sees
their world.

Spring is getting closer every minute and the world
is out there banging away on your door to

Will you see pickup trucks and turn to your canvas today?

I'm thinking it could be fun !!!

Go out and see some fun stuff today. Be inspired.

Monday, March 03, 2008

Elements of Love
16 x 20 x 1 gallery wrap canvas
mixed media

Passion, pain, tenderness.
Whether it is friend, family or lover,
the elements of love run true and deep.
Layer upon layer of passion, pain and yes,
mostly tenderness.