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Artist Growing Pains



As an Artist I strive to grow and my paintings and art mark that growth.  Now, as a business, it is time to grow and stretch also.   Over the past month I have really put thought into what direction I want my art to go in.  It has taken much time, but I want to make sure that I lay the foundation down that is necessary  not only to be a successful artist, but also a successful entrepreneur.

Over the next month, new changes will be happening with my website, and my blog – I am excited to be taking the next steps on this path.   I will be creating some new art, and I will be presenting you with an opportunity to participate in this artistic journey with me – so stay tuned. . . . there will be some nice surprises coming soon as I work my way through this process.  You definitely don’t want to miss out, so if you haven’t already done so, sign up now and you will automatically receive updates from me.   It’s really easy to do – just type in your email address and click “Subscribe” and like magic my next update will appear in your inbox .  Hurry, subscribe now.

Good and Bad News

It was a day of mixed news…..lets do the bad news first.  I submitted my painting “Stuck in Neutral” to the American Watercolor Society for acceptance into the art exhibition this year.  In order to be a signature member, I need to be juried into their show twice.  Today, came the unhappy news that my painting was “rejected”.

My Painting Submitted to American Watercolor Society.

My Painting Submitted to the American Watercolor Society.

Surprisingly, I wasn’t as devastated as I thought I would be.  You see, I am taking a workshop with John Salminen, who’s art I greatly admire. http://www.johnsalminen.com/index.jsp   He has actually won the first place award for the American Watercolor Society exhibition twice.  The salve for the wound to my pride was when John announced during the workshop, that he also received his rejection from the American Watercolor Society today.  In that case, I am in good company.

Now for the good news!  In the same afternoon, I also received an email from the Florida Watercolor Society, that my painting “This Little Piggy” was accepted into their online exhibition.  That also helped take the sting our of my American Watercolor Society rejection!  I guess you must take the bitter with the sweet.

Accepted into the Florida Watercolor Society Online Exhbition

Accepted into the Florida Watercolor Society Online Exhbition

Life goes on, paintings will continue to happen, and there is always next year . . . so look out AWS, because I have an entire year to prepare my next art entry.

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It's here .... the Jan. 2014 Artist Newsletter

It’s here …. the Jan. 2014 Artist Newsletter

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The Elements of Art

Whether an art enthusiast or an artist, having a basic understanding of art composition is important and will make the art experience a better one.   Of course, the casual art observer to the most accomplished artist knows if they like a painting, no additional training or information is needed.  It basically becomes a question of taste.  However, to really appreciate what we see when we view a piece of art, a general base of knowledge is helpful.  The basic building blocks for art are known as the Elements of Design.

When an artist skillfully manipulates these building blocks they create a cohesive piece of art work.

An example of the use of line in Art

The first element of design is the line.  It is either a visible or implied pathway connecting  two points.  The line is used in art to move the viewer (you) through the painting.



Next is the design element shape is a representation of a two dimensional object, and it will look flat.

Example of “Shape” being used in composition

Form is another element of design and it is the representation of the look and feel of a three dimensional object on a two dimensional surface.  All objects have either shape or form, with form being three dimensional and shape looking flat.

This is an example of Form

The next element of design is color and is pretty well recognized by the everyday art observer.  However, what is not so well known about color is how strong of an impact it can have on the viewer. 

The color wheel

Value is the next element and it addresses the lightness or darkness of a color.   Many artist consider value to be more important in the composition of a painting then even color.

Use of Value

Use of Value

Texture refers to the qualities of an objects surface, is it smooth, shiny, rough etc….

Use of Texture

Use of Texture






Use of Space. Foreground, Middle ground and Background

Last but not least comes space and this is the area contained between the edges of a painting. It is the space between objects and is all around us.




Not every painting will have all seven elements of design within them, nor should they.  Strong artists, usually will pick 2 or 3 of these design elements to incorporate into their compositions, and if they are handled well the painting will be a strong work of art.

As you can see, being familiar with the elements of design  will help both the artist to compose a strong painting and the viewer to appreciate what they observe in a painting.  In future blogs, I will explore the elements of design more in depth.  You definitely don’t want to miss out on this free educational series that will make your art experience even better.  To receive the next edition simply fill in your email address and subscribe.

30 Day Art Blog Challenge


My forte is art, but to be successful, I also need to make the public aware that my art exists.  “I shall paint, and they shall come” is a misconception embraced by many artists.  Perhaps that is were the terminology “starving artist” came from!

Recently, I have been trying to do a better job with social networking; face book, twitter, news letter etc.  Unfortunately, blogging is one of those areas that definitely could stand much improvement.  And as luck would have it,  I received an email the other day from Hubspot http://blog.hubspot.com/ offering a 30 day blogging challenge.  I was intrigued….not because I love to blog, but, because maybe with a “goal” in view, I will rise to the challenge.  It is the carrot and the donkey scenario; guess which I am.  Of course, a nice prize is also a little bit of an incentive!  Okay, it’s a big incentive.

As an artist who very much wants people to be aware of my art, and who wants my art to add “sparkle” to their world, I am accepting the challenge to blog each day for thirty days beginning January 2, 2014.  Isn’t the old saying, “if you do anything for 30 days it becomes a habit?” Well, watch out world of Blog, HERE I COME!

Once the commitment to blog was established the next challenge was what in the world would I write about.  Then the light bulb flickered on – my blog will be all about art – duh, it didn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that one out!  But, then remember, I am an Artist, not a Rocket Scientist.

The intention is to let people see my creative process, and get to know me  better, to understand my art a bit better.  But, not only that, because it that is all I write about, then this would be a blog all about me, and as I said earlier, it is all about art.

Each week, I plan on including a post about art that I appreciate, an interesting art technique, to show things that surround me in a different more interesting way that spark my creativity, to ponder questions about what is art and so much more.  In fact, there will be a little something for everyone who might be interested in art.   Hope to see you each day for your daily dose of Art.


New Artists Art Exhibition at the Quayside Gallery

With the Holidays on us, I have been lazy in painting and producing art.  Don’t get me wrong, I have been painting, but it has been commissioned work, and my Christmas card, everything except, the paintings I need to complete for the new members show coming in January.

Where does the time go?  I thought, mistakenly, that I had plenty of time to get one painting completed and three paintings matted and framed.  Then, by chance, I happened to look at the calendar.  Yikes…to my horror, I realized I only have 10 measly days left in which to complete everything.  Painting . . . . matting . . . . ordering frames and glass . . . . framing, the “to-do” list seems to grow bigger and bigger.  But, never fear – this Artist works best under tremendous amounts of pressure and stress.  In fact, I work best under less than calming circumstances, and after all, I created this mini-crisis, did I not?

New in the Q 2014 New Members Art Show

Lots of hard work has gone into creating what is going to be a wonderful art show at the Quayside Gallery.  The Artists’ exhibition is to showcase the work of the 12 new artists that were accepted into the Quayside in 2013.  Our opening reception will be January 10, 2014 from 5:00 – 8:00 and everyone is invited to come out.  There will be wine, white sangrias, yummy food, and yes – of course, Fantastic Art.    I will be giving away a token of my appreciation, so don’t miss out.  Come out and join me and the other new artists on January 10 at the Quayside Gallery, Pensacola FL and drink in some beautiful art.

Artists and Creatives – Pen Women of Pensacola Christmas Luncheon

This Artist made her way, to Dharma Blue Cafe, on a windy, blustery day for PEN Women  Pensacola Chapter Christmas Luncheon.  I had never been to the Dharma Blue Cafe, which I must say was a lovely venue for the lunch.  For inquiring minds, I had the quiche which was excellent, but all the food looked delish.

The presentation was on creating Poetry, which I must confess is not my forte – I am a visual Artist and sadly not an Artist of words.  But, it was interesting none-the-less.  I think you can always learn something.  The afternoon was filled was laughter, good food and sharing.  However, the sharing went a little too far, when the lady across from me ordered a yummy looking mimosa and decided to share it with me when she knocked over the glass and it promptly ran across the table into my lap. . . . not so pleasant.

Christmas Luncheon at Dharma Blue for Artists of PEN Women of Pensacola

Christmas Luncheon at Dharma Blue for Artists of PEN Women of Pensacola

Unfortunately, I had my brand spanking new hand painted silk scarf on which got several splashes of Mimosa also and as we all know Mimosa and silk don’t mix.  Any suggestions on how to get the spots out?

All-in-all it was a wonderfully delightful afternoon spent with fellow Artists and Creatives.

Christmas Celebration at the Quayside Gallery

It’s definitely that time of the season  . . . . the smell of pine is in the air, the sparkle of Christmas lights light up the night, and the sound of merry making can be heard at various holiday celebrations.  Tonight, in honor of Christmas, the Quayside Gallery had it’s Holiday Party.

Three artists celebrating Christmas at the Quayside Gallery

Three artists celebrating Christmas at the Quayside Gallery

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!