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The Art of the Process:Tools of the Trade

    As a visual artist, there are many tools at my disposal. Part of the appeal of the creative process is choosing what to use when. With regards to choosing materials, it can be both overwhelming and exciting when a beginning a new artwork. Have you ever viewed an artwork and pondered, “How did Read More

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Under Construction: Work in Progress

“You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress simultaneously.”     Sophia Bush   Do you ever feel like you are always working to improve some area of your life?

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The Art of a Collection

I think an art collection is a lot like a diary. Your taste evolves with time. Delphine Arnault   Do you collect anything? If so, what do you think makes for a great collection? I am not really referring to the “stuff” that we tend to gather in our homes over time. 🙂  Think of Read More

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The Enlightened Path to Art Understanding

Have you ever viewed a piece of artwork and just didn’t understand it? You may have wondered, “What is the artist trying to say here?”  “I just don’t get it.” Perhaps  a little direction might help. Come with me down this sunny path as I offer a little insight into this piece.  Any tips you acquire Read More

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Lighting the Way

The richness I achieve comes from nature, the source of my inspiration.      Claude Monet    Ever wonder if you are on the right path?  Is this the way to go? If you are like most folks, at one time or another in your life you’ve had that very question. Difficult decisions to consider? Read More

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Marsh Memories

Have you ever found yourself wanting to make a special experience last? Think about it. If you could find a way to relive that favorite vacation memory everyday, would you want to know more?    

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Coasting Along: Georgia’s Golden Isles

Do you have a favorite vacation place? One that you immediately felt a connection to and still holds such an allure for you even after many years? For me, I have long been drawn to Georgia’s coast, known as the Golden Isles. In this area, halfway between Savannah and Jacksonsville, are the barrier islands of Read More

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Having New Eyes: The Art of Seeing

The real voyage of discovery consists not of seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.    Marcel Proust How’s your vision? Are you seeing as well as you did years ago?  It’s pretty much a given that we will all experience a change in vision as we age, literally and figuratively. But I’m not really Read More

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It’s Easy Liking Green: 5 Benefits

What’s so easy about liking green, and why should you care, you may ask?     There are many benefits to including green in your home decor. But first, a little background. It all begins with the color choices of the year. If you are clueless here….stay with me. Every year,  color selections geered to the Read More

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The Art of the Process: The Inner Workings of an Artist

  Have you ever looked at a work of art and wondered, “How did they do that?” or Perhaps,”Why did they do that?” No doubt everyone has seen a work of art that has left them mystified. Case in point: I can recall as a young teen seeing a Jackson Pollock artwork for the first Read More