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How I Use My iPhone To Market and Manage My Art Business

I love my iPhone. You probably hear many other people say this, but probably not for the reason I am about to give you. I love my iPhone for marketing and managing my online art business. Before I got my iPhone, I never had a smart phone.  My phone--which I reluctantly carried once…(continue reading)

Original Art: Modern Floral Painting On Canvas Wisps

After several months of working with my abstract flower paintings series on paper, I was able to design the first of my modern floral series on canvas.  Titled Wisps, it is a still life portrait of four flowers in shades of yellow, white, and brown presenting on a gray background with a hint of...(continue reading)

St. Louis Springtime Flower Tour Via iPhone

Spring has arrived in St. Louis in glorious scented color.  As it's quite simply too beautiful to be cooped up in my studio, I've decided to try an experiment and tour my neighborhood with my iPhone, snapping photos of spring as I go.  Here is a snippet of my discoveries...   Star...(continue reading)

How To Make A Simple Copper Band Ring

 Hammered Copper Wide Band Ring By now you may know that copper is my favorite metal to work with.  As a base metal, it's less expensive than silver, it's rustic, warm in tone, and allows for a rainbow of patinas.  With some basic tools, you can make a simple copper band ring that...(continue reading)

Modern Floral Art: Indigo Flower Painting Series

 Flowers. The loose brush strokes and fluid style in my abstract flower painting series captures the energy that resonates through Mother Nature as winter recedes and the earth begins to burst with new growth. For the Indigo Blue Flower Series, I wanted something modern yet classic--and...(continue reading)

Archival Cotton Ragg Paper: Why It's A Staple In My Studio

  As an artist I utilize a variety of mediums in my craft.  Any material that works with both photography and painting is invaluable, simply because what would normally be scrap in one area can be used or re-purposed as functioning material in another.  Archival cotton ragg paper...(continue reading)

Spring Is Coming! New Home Decor Florals To Brighten Your Space

 Ahhh...spring is in the air.  And with it, the urge to redecorate is strong.  As the days get longer and spring gets seductively closer, I find myself drawn to fresh color combinations to bring a new look and pop of color to my home decor.  It's true you don't need to spend a lot...(continue reading)

Copper Jewelry Rustic Element Design

 Giving customers a peek at what I envision when designing jewelry forced me to articulate what I am drawn to as an artisan and why.  In other words, how do I describe my designs? Commercial store-bought jewelry rarely appeals to me. I want that rustic, handmade feel to my jewelry--unique...(continue reading)

Think Before You Cut Down That Tree

I have an affinity for trees.They set the stage for mood.  Ever walk into a grove of old trees?  They command respect simply by presence.  Lean against the trunk.  Soak up the warmth from the sun.  Feel the braille-like texture of bark beneath your hands.  Breathe deeply...(continue reading)

Art In Progress: Mixed Media Painting on Claybord

My current art studio project is an 18" x 36" mixed media painting on cradled claybord.  The initial intention was to create a large floral painting, experimenting with the techniques I use on paper and applying them on a larger scale to a harder surface with a smoother finish and more absorbancy...(continue reading)