Category Archive: painting

The opposition

I took a bit of a detour from all the little wooden silhouettes I’ve been working with and made some minor changes to a bunch of oil paintings this week, some pretty old and some from the past year or two. I had pulled out some pieces for a studio visit last week and afterwards… read more

Things hold

First, let me start by saying that everyone in my family is currently perfectly healthy. However, last week I had a mammogram that came up with some suspicious findings. I have a serious family history of breast cancer, so it’s a little extra interesting when that happens. Then my husband’s grandfather died and he suddenly… read more

The group

I felt like I was moving very slowly this week, struggling with the thread for the panels. It went something like this. How about just pink? (This is actually a neon color.) Not enough…maybe with orange? Better. Maybe add more colors? Green? Red? Too much. It’s getting distracting. Back to just pink and orange, with… read more

Not perfect

Last week I didn’t post because I finally remembered it was Friday…on Saturday. So, yes, I’d say I was a little jet-lagged thanks to a long flight delay and then landing back in SF in the wee hours of the morning. I was also a little nervous about getting back in the studio; not about… read more


I am sad and tired. And I admit it, it’s my own fault. It’s because I decided I deserved to get into an exhibition I entered, with hundreds of artists vying for just a few spots, and then of course I didn’t happen to get in. I try my best to never fall into this… read more

It ain’t broke

This was one of those weeks where I had to drag myself through my routine. Everything felt harder than usual. And after a few days, it wasn’t getting better; it was actually getting harder. Once I got over the initial, “What’s wrong with me?” brand of negativity, I redirected that energy into trying to divine… read more

The last splinter

Phew, there was a lot of moving little wooden people around this week. First peeling these tapes with paint on them off the canvas and matching them to their wooden silhouettes. Then bringing them over to the table so I can glue them on. And then lining them up on the canvas and gluing them… read more

The calm stranger

Having had very little studio time over the previous two weeks, I was prepared for it to be a bit tough getting back in there this week. But it was actually easy. This is for two reasons: I knew exactly what I would be doing and I knew why. What a luxury it is when… read more


This week I saw the light at the end of the guesswork. I completed the first two pieces from my new canvas series, and now I know how to finish all the rest. Here’s a little preview. The series will be called Commence. I went back to see when this started, and I was shocked… read more


I have been doing a lot of work this week. This time by work I mean typing, transcribing medical reports, which is a job I started doing on the side in my 20s that grew into a full-fledged business in my 30s (to my joy and consternation, and not necessarily in that order). Now, in… read more