Warrior Princess, New Mask Painting in Process

I’ve been working on a new acrylic painting, Warrior Princess, inspired by a mask my daughter, Elya, made and a poem and post I wrote. Far from finished, this painting has truly been a delight, as I explored contrasts of black and white and the use of bold colors, such as orange and red. Here’s a few …

How to Paint a Masquerade Mask

Here’s 5 helpful hints on how to paint a masquerade mask. I'm finally finished with an acrylic painting I've been working on for weeks and thought I'd pass on some tips on how to paint a masquerade mask. My daughter, Andrea, recently delighted me with the news that she's taken up acrylic painting. She asked …

The Pretender, Masquerade Mask Painting in Process

The Pretender is an acrylic painting that honors when hiding who you are feels right. I started by painting the top parts of the mask and thoroughly enjoyed the challenge. Today I realized how far the project has come. Here’s a photo of the painting in the early stages. I find acrylic painting a fun and fascinating …

Technology-assisted Art

My husband calls my technology-assisted art “cheater art.” When I showed him my latest oil painting in process, he chuckled and teased, “So is this the real thing or your cheater art?” His comments rolled right off my back like water off a duck’s feathers because my method helps me to grow as an artist. …

Oil Portrait in Process: Mixing Colors and Painting Upside Down

Recently, I returned from a very stressful day and escaped into my art room to continue to paint an oil portrait of my daughter. I’m an amateur artist who finds it difficult to follow instructions, so I usually go with my impulse. I decided to erase the charcoal lines for the nose that I’d sketched by …