Conversions and the Year In Review

Posted by on Dec 30, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

  Art is made to be shared I am constantly trying to reach people of all walks of life, and convince them that they need to own at least one piece of original art.   I have converted lots of people who are now regular customers.  Mission accomplished! As for the rest of you – I’m still trying When most people hear the words “original art”, the next thought they probably have is, “I can’t afford original art”.  In my effort to reach and convert everyone, I am making sure I can create custom art for EVERY budget. Also know that 20% of MY net...

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Highs and Lows

Posted by on Sep 23, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

The highs of yesterday, including my birthday and another successful art project campaign, were sucked away by the tragic news of a former student’s death. Not just his death – the news that he was murdered, shot in the street, and left to die.  I don’t know what path he was on at this stage in his life, but I remember his kind heart, quiet demeanor.  He did not deserve to die in the middle of a busy road at 8 PM before he was even 18.  RIP Raheem.  This breaks my heart. As some of you know, I taught elementary school in one of the roughest areas of Norfolk, VA for 8...

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Rollercoaster

Posted by on Sep 19, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

This is my 3rd big art project, and I feel like an expert at times and a complete novice at others. Pretty much what I go through constantly about my art, my projects, my books…everything.  At times you feel like you have it totally together and are the best of the best.  Other times you feel like a total failure, that everything sucks –  your work sucks, marketing skills suck… You just have to push through the pity parties (which I had the other night when I ran out of wine)… and get back to work! For those of you who don’t know, I am coming to the end of my...

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Ambition – A Blessing and A Curse: Part II

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

THE DEFINITION OF AMBITION – a strong desire to do or to achieve something, typically requiring determination and hard work.  However… Let me go ahead and preface this blog with a THANK YOU TO ALL MY SUPPORTERS!  Whether you interact on my page, share my work, commission my art, have backed this project (and/or one of the last) – I AM GRATEFUL FOR ALL OF YOU.  Without you, I wouldn’t be painting at all.    That being said, I am a tad competitive (especially with myself) when it comes to…..well, everything.   My last two Kickstarter projects had 57 and...

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Disappearances, Broken Legs, Teeth, and Blue Moons

Posted by on Aug 1, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Disappearances, Broken Legs, Teeth, and Blue Moons

This has been the week from hell….just gonna get right to it.  But, to set your mind at ease right away, if you backed my Second Chances project, your book will still be to you very soon.  If it isn’t, it will be no fault of mine. So, let’s get to it. My week:   It started with all saved copies of the completed 42 page book disappearing from my computer.  Then yesterday, my mom fell and broke her leg, and my LO lost a tooth but apparently swallowed it. Thankfully, my family is on “vacation” during all of this (by vacation, I mean back in our old city trying to clean up and rent out our...

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Book Preview, Latest Finals, and Miscalculations (in your favor)

Posted by on Jul 12, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

More project updates for all my fabulous Kickstarter backers, or anyone else who is following along with Second Chances. I had another jam packed week with my LO’s b-day party and lots of guests, but I will be back to work in full swing tomorrow to finish up the last 2 paintings on my table (would be one, but I miscounted, as explained below), and complete the book! Here is the final count of portraits.  I would like to apologize for apparently not being about to count.  I thought I had 58 total portraits to paint for the project.  A few late add-ins after the project ended must have tripped...

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Today Was A Good Day

Posted by on Jun 5, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Today was a good day!  Last night… not so much. This is the face my paintings were seeing because NOTHING was going the way I wanted it to.  I had to walk away as the words of Scarlett ran through my head,  “Tomorrow is another day…”.     Today, it got loud.  It was colorful, spontaneous, and IT WAS FUN!   Here is what I accomplished today!  These are paintings #34-39 for the project, Second Chances, all in progress.     So in love with ALL THE COLORS!  I can’t wait to finish them all up.  Since I am a bit of a binge painter, it may not...

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In The Zone

Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

In The Zone

In the last 5 days: – FIVE paintings completed – FOUR new orders, one of which is 2/3 of my average monthly income – FOUR new sketches started – the ink part complete (did those all today) ON A ROLL! Hoping it keeps going!  (and knocking on wood, now) Besides the rush order, I am having to let people know that their paintings may take a tad longer than usual because I am in the middle of this amazing rescued pet project, which has a deadline.  Speaking of, I am HALFWAY done with the painting part!  I will be taking two short vacations this month, which may put me a...

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When Paintings Talk

Posted by on Apr 29, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

  Sometimes, a pet’s personality just pours through a painting.   Recently I had three pups to paint, which are part of ‘Second Chances’,  and they were all “speaking” to me.   Loudly.   I really had a hard time turning off the voices while I was painting.  See if you have the same problem when you look at them. So expressive!   Carly – happy go-lucky, fun and playful “AWESOME!  I love the cheery color, and pink is my FAVORITE!  Are you done yet?  I want to go play!!!”   Lizette – proper, a tad high...

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A Lot Going On!

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

 I know I am probably confusing you guys with all these themes, but sometimes my ideas just take off and I gotta go with it!   This is what was on my brain while I had a little time before starting all these awesome rescued pet portraits. TRAVEL!!!! LONDON, PARIS, ITALY, SICILY, ANTARCTICA, MEXICO, PERU, ISRAEL, and 3 states in the US!!!! Wow!  You guys are amazing and sent some fabulous travel photos!  I wish I could paint them all!!! If I did paint one of yours, you can have the original for 50% OFF.  They are all 5 x 7 or 4 x 7, so $30 or less! THANK YOU for helping me expand my portfolio...

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