No Pain, No Gain

  Art and fitness. Those are the two things that I neglected at the end of 2014. My world got overwhelmingly busy and while I do consider those two things to be very important to me, they both suffered. So here I am, two weeks into the new year and I have jumped head first…

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A Lesson Learned

Back in 1991, I was in college in San Diego, CA. My parents picked me up in their motor home one weekend so we could go camping in Ensenada, Mexico. On the last morning we were there, my mother and I were using the RV park’s public showers. There was a small older woman cleaning…

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On The Easel

I get asked all the time about the women I paint. Who are these women? Are they self-portraits? The answers are: I don’t know exactly who these women are and no they are never meant to be self-portraits. I am just compelled to paint women for some reason, women who are dramatic and emotional and…

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Creative Everyday ~ Frida Kahlo Costume

I am a Halloween person. It’s always been my favorite holiday. Ever since I was a kid, my entire family has really been into dressing up in costumes and having Halloween celebrations. This year, I decided to finally dress up in the costume that I have ALWAYS WANTED TO WEAR: my artistic idol, Frida Kahlo.…

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Flying Solo

  “Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?” ~Frida Kahlo This weekend, by a complete and total fluke, I ended up with about 24 hours alone. 24 HOURS ALONE? That might not sound like much but, for a girl from a big family who lived with roommates in college…

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A Working Artist

The other day I was at the eye doctor and had to fill out some paperwork. As I was writing in all the information, I came to that little box marked “occupation”. I paused, pen hovering. I skipped it. It wasn’t until I was finished filling out all the forms that I came back to…

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The Best Green Smoothie

At the beginning of this year, I started making a conscious effort to clean up my family’s diet. We have been limiting processed foods and sugars and eating “real food” as much as possible. To jumpstart that process, I took a wonderful e-course called “Sweet Surrender: 10 Day Sugar Detox” with health coach Lacy Young.…

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Everyday Style ~ Favorite Fall Lipstick

Here in southern California we are still experiencing a bit of a heat wave. I am trying desperately to get in the mood for Fall but the weather is not making it easy. One of my favorite things for Fall is red lipstick. I’m such a sucker for color and something about a pop of…

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Do Something

So there you are, living your life, when it occurs to you that you might just be going through the motions. The days are starting to blend, one into the next. You’re in a rut. Not particularly unhappy but not really experiencing joy either. Been there. Here’s what I’ve learned and what I continue to…

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3 Things I Learned This Week

I have come to the conclusion that life is just a series of lessons. We are all here on this planet together, moving about… willy-nilly, figuring things out as we go along. Every experience has some sort of lesson in it if you look closely. I am always asking myself questions and seeking the deeper…

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