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It’s been awhile…

…Since I wrote about my daughters. This blog started out as a pregnancy blog with Skyler way back in 2007. It made the obvious transition to mom blog but I eventually got out of habit of updating it. Life got busy and crazy and then Layla came along and I just quit writing about this …

So many paths forward

That quarantine life is upon most of us now, and everyone is living and feeling a new reality. Disruptions in daily life are far reaching, whether as minor as not being able to go to your favorite restaurant or as major as not being able to work at your restaurant job. Lives have been paused, …

The same, but different

The air outside Mild and humid with Spring rain Sunlight diffused by the overcast sky Sidewalks wet with recent rainfall The neighbors walking their dogs, Entire families outside to enjoy the fresh air Kids shooting hoops in the driveway, but only in their own. Everyone keeping their safe distance, but everyone outside It looks so …

Swimming in anxiety with COVID-19

Anxiety comes naturally to me. I know I’m blessed and unique in that way (said no one ever). Big news events like this COVID-19 stuff and the stuff with Iran back in January can really do a number in my brain. I’ve come along way with managing my daily anxiety through exercise, sleep, nutrition, meditation, …

Helping the community through art, COVID-19 edition

I probably don’t need to explain what’s going on with COVID-19 or the novel coronavirus that’s been spreading across the globe for the last few months. I have no intention of spreading hysteria with this post, but rather to do what I can to spread positivity while helping some of those most impacted by the …

How to take good photos of your pet

One thing I’ve learned from doing pet portrait paintings from photos and having pets that I like to take photos of, is that taking good photos of your pet is not an easy task! Whether you want to learn to take great photos of your pet for Instagram or print, or to use as a …

Embracing the ugly

There’s a space in between the start of a portrait painting and the finished piece that is filled with discomfort, frustration, impatience, and skepticism. While the initial concept and sketch is all optimistic energy and possibility, the next stages of the painting are the start of the ugly part: the base paint layers, the strokes …

Pet portraits for charity

When I started doing commissioned artwork some 6 months ago, I felt a little bit guilty. Why should I take money for doing something that comes easy to me and I thoroughly enjoy doing? I have a healthy salary at my day job and don’t need more money (said no one ever, haha!). Not that …

Labors of love

This weekend I spent a lot of time on the administrative aspects of this little art biz. Making tweaks and adding functionality to this website, setting up an email newsletter and automating as much of that as possible, starting a Facebook page, converting my Pinterest account to a business account so I could get some …

The Gift

Inside so drab and tedious The air is thick with illness and boredom Winter’s chill weighs heavy But the sun shines So in warm layers I find the water Rolling softly in the steady breeze Tiny waves ripple and sparkle Forwards and backwards Swirling among themselves As if never really moving I am mesmerized Inhale …

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