The Parting: Marketing Art

Personal paintings become a part of the artist by guiding one's creative path. And like good friends, artwork can be difficult to say good-bye to when we decide to release our art into the marketplace.  Sometimes this is because of sentimental reasons. For example, this watercolor my sister and I created reminds us of those …

Underwater Enchantment

When life forces you to swim in the deep, discover God’s underwater enchantment! I took the background photographs while visiting the Long Beach Aquarium with my daughter and granddaughter. The underwater scenes captivated us. The inspiration to create a mermaid came when a diver who was cleaning the aquarium turned and waved at Madelyn, which …

Seasons of the Soul Mixed Media

Seasons invites us to celebrate life's changes with confidence, knowing there truly is ...a time for every purpose under heaven. – Ecclesiastes 3:1 A woman’s face covers each quadrant of the mixed media background I created with my personal photography. Each section resonates with images reflective of a particular season in nature and of the …

The Ebb and Flow of Artistic Ambition

Every creative experiences the ebb and flow of artistic ambition. Whatever your creative expression is, you feel the phenomenon. One day you’ve got it—enthusiasm bubbles over and your art form flows. Then the unexpected happens. The desire, chutzpah, passion, or however you describe artistic ambition, evaporates until the once flowing stream becomes a dry riverbed. …

The Fallow Ground of Creativity

Have you ever noticed that dry times tend to follow a creative project? I know I have. I can be on such an artistic roll painting or writing or songwriting, and then I finish the piece and my creativity comes to a screeching halt. I often experience these odd, unproductive times after a flood of …