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Muchas Fridas, and a Sale

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I’ve been on a bit of a Frida Kahlo kick lately (Still? Again?) and have had the luxury of being able to paint some stuff just for myself. I’ve only got a few commissions on the books, which I  plan to work on this weekend. And I’m feeling really prolific, so I’m offering a Buy One, Get One Free...

Tax Woes / The Joys of Being Self-Employed

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Two years ago I quit my “day job” to be a full-time creative. I homeschooled. I set my own schedule. I gladly drove carpool, had dinner ready every night, kept the house *cough* orderly, ran errands and embraced the roles of haus frau and independent artist.

It’s not working out.

Here’s where...

Killian

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With clients on all continents except Antarctica (penguins are apparently not big fans of my work) I rarely, RARELY meet my clients. Not knowing what someone “really” looks like can be a blessing and a curse. Ninety-nine percent of the time, I only have a 2-dimensional photograph for reference. So on the few occasions where someone says, “that eyebrow...

Public Hanging

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I was recently asked to join a group show in Lake Oswego, Oregon featuring pet portrait artists. I said, “Sure!” I don’t do a lot of shows because I never have “inventory” in the way some artists do. Ninety-nine percent of my work is commissioned, custom work which I don’t reproduce as prints so once it’s sold, it’s sold.

However,...

Totem Pole

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This painting was inspired by my love of totem poles and also a photo I took the other day.

The final product has received a lot of love on instagram so I might have another animal series on my hands. I’m really digging it so if YOU want a custom totem pole featuring...

I’m Painting Spirit Animals Over Here!

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Spirit animal. Power animal. Totem. By any name, it is a physical representation of the traits and skills that you are supposed to learn or nurture in your life’s journey.

My power animal (PA for short) is Tiger and I know this because I have a friend who is a shaman. (Yeah, I...

The One You Feed

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An old man is teaching his grandson about life.

“A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority,...

Be-Zazzled!

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Art orders are painfully slow right now. Like molasses. In fact, I have no new orders on the books – at all. So I’m using the down time to work on some personal art projects and try to figure out a way to keep a little income coming in when things...

WIP

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I often post progress photos on Instagram and Facebook, if you’re interested in that sort of thing. Sometimes it’s fun to see how the paintings progress from blank sheet to finished product.

Art Class

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I’ve started something a little new – art class for kids. Every week, I’ve been gathering a tiny group of middle-schoolers (largely my kids and my niece and nephew with the occasional buddy) and teaching them art fundamentals in my studio. It’s an idea that I’ve toyed with for awhile but...

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