For Shari

Art, Encaustic Wax, Inspiration, Painting

I have an accountability partner. Shari Sherman. We’ve been checking in with each other for the last six years. This week I committed to making an encaustic piece a day. Today I worked on a small piece today. I love those lone trees in the middle of a vast field. I call them witness trees. Who knows what they have seen as they’ve grown over the years. Imagine a 200 year old lifespan.

A lone tree guy was here cutting down the rest of the poplar leftover from the crew. This guy cut down this giant tree by himself. A matter of physics, spatial relations and just plain genius. Lots of chain sawing.

I have a plan for this witness tree piece. More to come…

31 Paintings in 31 Days – Day 29

Art, Painting, Pastel

Double portions. I either heard it or I made it up, but I like to say, “Momma always said don’t eat anything bigger than your head.” I was caught over exaggerating my eating on Skype while Husband and I were chatting in the two years we were living apart. One year we watched the Super Bowl together. I would turn down the sound of the game and he would turn down the sound of the ads. Win/win.  #HTP31in31 #double #doingthework #successhabits #discipline #ineeddeadlines


31 Paintings in 31 Days – Day 9

Art, Pastel

I thought I would stay with Jude for the description of Precious today. I always put a little red dot in his eyes whenever I draw him. Jude is the subject of a lot of stories that always have some kind of twist. This was before the groomer. The first thing I thought of was Silence of the Lambs and he just happens to be the same kind of dog that “starred” in that movie.

I was working on a commissioned piece and had a challenge with it. As I let a layer dry on it, I painted Jude. I was having performance anxiety on this pup because of what I was working through on the other piece and doubts crept in. Creating art is being brave. No matter what the voices in my head say. Scribbling away got me calm. I can go back to the first work now…..

Back to the Strathmore 400 series, blue today. I used ten different pastels.



Jude needs a hair cut.