Studio Space

I have read before that white walls are ideal for creating in your studio space in nailing down true color effects in paintings.  I prefer my red walls to create in though. This color is vibrant and energizes me. There is something cha cha, happy, and passionate that I find in this color. It inspires […]

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Wedding Bouquet Painting – A Unique Gift Idea

This bouquet was a table centerpiece for my daughter’s wedding.  Days after the wedding she had set this down on my dining room table one evening.  I had not yet drawn the blinds, and the blue dusk of the night was still visible.  Sitting directly under chandelier’s light, I was  moved by its illumination with […]

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A “December” Painting

I recently finished this painting of “fresh cut roses” from my yard. It was done in acrylics on canvas.  These flowers actually bloomed last August.  I took a reference photo of them at the time, and finally began painting them in early December. No winter wonderland scenes here. Mostly because it doesn’t snow where live. […]

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Portion Control and the Holidays

      I have loosely followed the principles of the South Beach diet for the last few years, and it has helped me to lose 30 lbs.  I had 10 more pounds to lose, but I hit a plateau over the last year.  And then I gained ten pounds back too.  I admit that […]

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A Fall Bridal Shower

As a recent mother-of-the-bride that I am, I reflect on the joy it was to help plan and decorate a party for my oldest daughter.  It was not of the usual autumn theme that surrounds this type of  year.  It was actually like a transition from the movie, “A Nightmare Before Christmas” meets spring. After […]

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October – Beyond the Falling Leaves

For me, October has always been of month of drama, intrigue, turbulence and change.  It seems that it was the month where I had my first dance, had a first date, fallen in love, out of love, in some kind of twist because of it, or betrayed.  October is where things just happen.  October was […]

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Fairy Garden Creation

In the random piece of my backyard that is elevated and lacks grass between two palms, my daughter and I decided to make a fairy garden.  My husband and her bought and put together a solar windmill. It was added first. I then added my pink 1.00 elf from Target. Then we created a path […]

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Yard Sale Score

We typically like to go “yard sailing” on Saturday mornings.  This year I’ll admit, we have been a little lazy by preferring to sleep in unless we spotted neon pink signs the day before in our neighborhood. Nevertheless, I found a this faded wooden-framed mirror a year ago for five dollars. I thought, if anything […]

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Meow Wolf

While we were in Santa Fe, one of the places we toured was “Meow Wolf.”  If you ever go to New Mexico, it is a place not to be missed especially if you like “funky.”  This gallery, which is staged like a home, is a front to a variety of other mini-worlds so it seems like […]

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Warding Off the Fright of Student Loan Debt

As you may have read in my blog, I recently graduated from California State University East Bay.  Recently, I received the dreaded email from my student loan servicer with the bolded words “Grace period ends soon.  Your first payment is due…..”  AAAAAAAAAAHHHHH! To cope with this threat of impending doom, I must evaluate my perspective […]

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