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“love & blood” has a birthday

One year ago this week I released an album, love & blood.

I never actually posted a darned thing about it on this blog. I don’t know why, since I’ve never been prouder of a body of work, but that’s what happened. The album had a very good first year in the world. Continue reading ““love & blood” has a birthday”

Ready to Roar

You’re looking at my first commission, I suppose. Continue reading “Ready to Roar”

One Good Reason to Paint

There are many good reasons to paint each day. Here is one.

 

 

 

When Work Makes the Dark Days Light

The last few days of 2014 may well have been the best of the year. Actually, the were the best, and–with my fingers tightly crossed–I hope they’re the map for 2015. I spent these days laying down the basic tracks for the new album, love & blood.

Continue reading “When Work Makes the Dark Days Light”

Incongruous

Incongruous is the only word to describe this month. As the definition below suggests, things are “not in harmony.” Continue reading “Incongruous”

I Felt Like the One on the Left

Some paintings just jump out of my fingers as if I’m simply the channel through which they’re born. Others take true labor, enormous consideration, and months of adjustment until they are done. Witness I Felt Like the One on the Left. Continue reading “I Felt Like the One on the Left”

When a “Thank You” Just Isn’t Enough

Today is my birthday, a pretty good day to give a great deal of thanks–even though that thanks feels insufficient. Continue reading “When a “Thank You” Just Isn’t Enough”

Lessons Learned From Two Weeks of Crowdfunding

The Kickstarter campaign for my next recording is now officially two weeks old, and it’s going gangbusters (92% funded as of this post)!

So for all creatives and makers and DIY’ers out there, I thought I’d share a few very quick lessons learned in case you’re thinking of finding support for your next project. Continue reading “Lessons Learned From Two Weeks of Crowdfunding”

Night & Day

I just sold this painting to a wonderful couple up in Salt Lake City, I couldn’t be happier about it, either. I learned a lot doing this particular canvas. Continue reading “Night & Day”

Crowdfunding for “love & blood” Has Begun!

It’s a big day for me. Scary, too. 

I just clicked the “launch” button on the crowdfunding campaign for my next project, Love & Blood. Continue reading “Crowdfunding for “love & blood” Has Begun!”

Fizz!

Summer colors, popping. That was the goal. Continue reading “Fizz!”

Surface Tension

I just finished this painting, Surface Tension. It’s watercolor and acrylic, 36″ x 24″.

You know how you can fill a glass to the brim and even add just a little bit more so the water seems to rise above that rim? And then just one drop too much brings on the spill? Continue reading “Surface Tension”

Mercy, Mercy

I’ve been doing some painting that aligns in some way with songs I anticipate recording this fall. This one, “Mercy,” contrasts the overwhelming force of nature against those of us occupying space on the planet. Continue reading “Mercy, Mercy”

That’s the Job

 

We ache for shared vocabulary, linguistic or otherwise, and it’s the job of the artist to find a common language that will make others sit up, take notice, and recognize themselves in the art. The common language is context. It’s community.

It might take a lifetime to learn the language, but that’s the job.

 

Spirograph Series

An early series from June-October 2013, it was the simple re-appropriation of a favorite childhood toy. Continue reading “Spirograph Series”

Specialization Begins At Home

Creativity of one sort or another is in the DNA of my people. Visual arts, performing arts — the bases are covered on both sides of the gene pool. So one might assume that my sister and I have each had wild and lifelong experiences bopping around from discipline to discipline. Continue reading “Specialization Begins At Home”

One Year Ago Today

One year ago today, I woke up and said, “I’m ready to paint.” Continue reading “One Year Ago Today”

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