I was contacted by Parkland Ventures, Manufactured Housing Communities to create 31 paintings to commemorate their 10th business anniversary. At first I thought to myself, 2 weeks to make 31 paintings…totally possible. Yikes!!
Staying up until 2am or 3am to finish projects at RISD is very familiar and I since I had been through it before…I was prepared to do it again. In order to stay on course, I made 3 paintings a day, that is after my side hustle as a floral designer.
Week 1: 15 completed Monday-Friday. Went to Silicon Valley for the weekend. Got inspired at the Filoli Gardens and had a great time with a dear friend and her family.
Week 2: Monday afternoon I produced 3 more paintings and kept the pace throughout the week. Saturday -Sunday I picked up each painting and looked at them and asked “Do I like you? Are you inspiring? This was the internal dialogue I had with each piece of art until I got through adjusting all 31 paintings.
Just when I thought I could take a break, my friend saw the project and asked me to paint her trailer….and the following week, the view from her home in Malibu. (See below)
As I look at these paintings, I feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment and self-worth. It fills me with so much happiness to make art every day. Having the opportunity to inspire people through my art is complete bliss.
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One of my favorite things to do is visit my Aunt and Uncle in Oregon. When I was 10 years old, I got on a plane by myself to see them. I remember picking blackberries, digging in their vegetable garden, walking along the river, inhaling fresh air, looking out the window at miles of the open space all around us and the gentle people I continue to meet. Here are some photos of my most recent trip: end of May 2017
Teatime on the terrace
My uncle’s pot
House cat: Shino, named after a glaze my uncle invented
Heavenly shrimp pizza on imported sourdough crust from Crete, Greece
Started a new painting this weekend.
On Abbot Kinny- a favorite after work bar. So many of our friends we used to meet here all moved away. Funny how that works. In memory of the good times we shared together we took this photo and sent it to them.
A gorgeous day for a walk in Santa Monica.
Revisiting this duck painting I made many years ago in the Venice canals. Having had some time away from it I realize the shadows on the ground needed to be a lighter in the distance.
Reading “Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert in Santa Monica overlooking the Pacific ocean.
Installation day! I am so excited to be one of the artists featured in this year’s fundraiser for the Laguna Art Museum. I am exhibiting a selection of new oil paintings inspired by my work as a floral designer.
Dipping into this wonderful book!
I am so excited, three of my skateboard paintings were sent to a film set today. Here is one of them.