The Arts and Blogher '10

Wow, Blogher conference tickets are nearly sold out (  I can't believe it and I'm getting really really excited to attend my first one. One thing I've noticed is people are starting to make lists, picking places to meet up, talk about what's going to be at the conference, etc.  But what I haven't seen a lot of, and please lead the way if I've missed something, is all the arts, crafts, photography, knitting, design etc related bloggers heading to NYC in August. ...more

Making a living is like making a painting

Even though I write a lot about the business of art on my blog, marketing has never been my favorite part of being an artist. But, whether I love it or not, it's a necessity. I need to keep making money in order to keep making paintings. To that end, early on in my career, I reframed my view of marketing. I began to think of making a living like making a painting: ...more

It was a pleasure to write: it helped me solidify these ideas and understand more what I was ...more

Calling Loudly, “J.D. Salinger”

In 1941, J.D. Salinger had seven stories rejected by The New Yorker. Apparently undaunted, he submitted an eighth the same year, "Slight Rebellion off Madison," which was accepted. BUT, it was about a disaffected teenager (can you guess his name?) nervous about the war, and in the wake of Pearl Harbor was deemed unpublishable - so did not see print for another five years....more

Art, beauty, inspiration, life

  I spent four months in Italy during my third semester of college, studying painting, printmaking, sculpture and baroque art history. It was was an eye opening and mind expanding experience to say the least. I grew up mostly in Arizona, where the attention to detail in architecture and quality of life, seems quick and sloppy. The time I spent in Italy was profoundly heartwarming and the people I encountered there taught me that details are the essence of a meaningful life....more

Mommy and Daddy's wedding weekend

Wedding weekendDecember 16th 2009 7:49 am ...more

DIY: Cherry tree in bloom

“Do it yourself (or DIY) is a term used to describe building, modifying, or repairing of something without the aid of experts or professionals.” (Wikipedia)...more

Artist Carmen Herrera: The Beauty of the Late Bloomer

Carmen Herrera is a hot up-and-coming abstract painter. The art world is abuzz over her art. Consider this description from a review of a recent showing of Herrera's work: Upstairs, a vibrating gallery was so loaded with energy that, as you walked around, the room seemed to stand up and hum. Who is this bright young thing who has made such an electric impression? ...more

Thank you Gaea for your comment and an introduction to your blog. I love your celebration of ...more

New Year's Resolutions and Using Art Journals to Achieve Them

A few months ago, I wrote about my methods for art journaling here on BlogHer.  I started journaling summer of 2009, and have remained an avid journaler; during this time, I've been really pleased at how productive I've become, both in my day-to-day life and in therefore making strides toward achieving my long term goals.   And so this week, I thought I'd share some of my tips, particularly for those of you who might not yet journal (or are just starting out), that may help you stay focused on your New Year's resolutions for 2010....more


  I always have a hard time with this description and am not crazy about blatant self promotion.I am a painter and have been one all my life which is to say from the positive point of view that I never had to run around looking for what it all means...on the other hand being completely creative has enormous drawbacks.  I am very content to paint.  Not a social person at all. The job market is such that basic  business knowledge is essencial and some of life's basics are missing from my profile....more