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Home Decor Art: The Versatility of Diptych Paintings

If you are anything like me, you are constantly on the lookout for ways to update your surroundings that not only reflects your personal sense of self and style, but also lends itself to a certain "whimsical versatility." When it comes to home decor, multi-panel art such as diptych paintings (two…(continue reading)

Wildlife Management: Why Short-Sightedness Is Simply Irresponsible

Let me start by saying today's post has nothing to do with art. Before becoming a professional artist, my career was in wildlife management, so after seeing this article, "US Army Corps of Engineers announces it will move forward with plan to slaughter 11,000 cormorants", I was ticked off. ...(continue reading)

Mounting Photographs on Claybord: An Alternative To Canvas Prints

 About a year ago a client wanted to purchase some of my seashell photography as canvas prints.  As the cost pushed the limits of her budget, I suggested a less expensive alternative that would fit with her modern decor design--mounting the photographs on artist's claybord.  This is a...(continue reading)

Modern Floral Art: The Abstract Flower

Here in the Midwest, spring has sprung...and with it my artistic obsession for everything floral.  I am hard-pressed to remain in a blah mood when around flowers.  It is simply not possible.   As I await the magnolias, daffodils, dogwoods and hyacinths to shake off the last bits of...(continue reading)

Selling Art Online: Some Basics To Consider

 When I began selling art online over seven years ago, online art galleries were in their infancy (in fact, handmade market giant Etsy was only two years old.)  There were few online artist veterans, many of which had been testing the waters on online platforms such as Ebay.  At the time,...(continue reading)

Healthy Living: Easy Herb and Feta Salsa

 If you are anything like me, you eat healthier when the recipe is fast, simple, and allows for a lot of variation.Here is my favorite base mix:  a non-spicy fresh salsa recipe made with herbs and feta cheese.  This salsa is great on crackers, with tuna, on toasted bread drizzled with...(continue reading)

Etsy And Me: How Do I Shorten My Shop Links?

Have you ever been browsing through Etsy and notice that some sellers have cute, short, clickable links in their item descriptions instead of cumbersome links that go on for two lines?  They look something like this:  http://etsy.me/1LNPfJ5 My first thought was "I LIKE those."My next was...(continue reading)

Modern Home Art Decor: Flower Photography Prints Orchid Art

Ahh...life in the Midwest can be quite a meteorological adventure, particularly as late winter transitions to early spring.  Personally, I adore my four seasons AND I love snow, but I would be untruthful if I said the occasional 70 degree winter day did not make me long for the warm, sunny, and...(continue reading)

Art Studio Bits: Mixed Media Painting In Progress

My current painting in progress is a 24 x 36 mixed media painting on gallery wrap canvas, a fusion of botanical forms and textures enveloped in a tranquil palette of blues, yellows, oranges, and deep warm brown.  Here are some close-ups of the painting's textures:      As I tend...(continue reading)

Design Studio Workbench: Metal Shapes and Patina

Currently on my workbench in my jewelry studio:  shapes of patinated metals (mainly copper) in various stages of design. The two flowers and long metal strips are copper sheet metal that has been cut, filed, textured with a hammer, and heated with a butane torch to apply a heat patina. ...(continue reading)