Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Yet Another Caribbean Cruise

Truth be told, I'm addicted to cruises. In March I went on my seventh. I know--I sound totally spoiled but it's more doable than you'd think. Did you know you can find cruises for up to 80% off? The whole package, which includes accommodations, all the food you can eat, transportation from one island to the next and entertainment, can often be cheaper than a night at a hotel. And it's so much more relaxing than your typical vacation. Okay, I didn't intend on sounding like an infomercial, I just love cruising!


We tried a Holland America cruise for the first time. Each company has their pluses and minuses. We loved the food but found the entertainment lacking compared to other cruises. 


Our first stop was The Bahamas. We tried to go snorkeling but the weather did not cooperate and the waters weren't clear enough, so we enjoyed a good swim instead. 


We went kayaking in Turks and Caicos, which was one of the highlights of the trip. 


Dominican Republic was beautiful. 


I love exploring new countries! It's on my bucket list to visit 40-plus before I die. 


Puerto Rico turned out to be another highlight.


I loved how colorful it was! 

Would you judge me if I told you I'm already having cruising withdrawals? Like I said, cruises are addicting! 

Jackson Trip

My husband had to deliver a giant sculpture to a gallery in Jackson, Wyoming for work in March, so I got to see Wyoming for the first time. 


The best part about road trips? The scenic views from your car and of course, the tunes. 


We shopped, checked out a few galleries and ate some amazing Thai food. 


I loved all the Native American art. Rumor has it I have a Cherokee ancestor. One of these days I'd like to have my DNA tested and find out if it's true.

Denver Trip

I'm behind on posting here. Three trips/vacations behind! In March my sister and I road tripped to Denver, Colorado to see Lorde in concert. 


It was a MAGICAL show. We got really close to the stage and even held Lorde's hand at the end while she sang Team.


This was our first time in Denver and we thought it was lovely. We shopped, we swam, we ate at lots of delicious vegan restaurants.


Of course, being the giant music nerds that we are, we had to check out a huge local music store. I highly recommend it.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Elephant

They're loyal, they're smart, they're gentle. They come from exotic lands and represent good luck. Elephants have been a long-time favorite animal of mine so I thought it was time I did another elephant painting. (I haven't done one in years.) 

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Dakota

I painted my furry niece, Dakota. What do ya think? Does she seem to like it?


Saturday, December 30, 2017

Amethyst

Another mixed-media experiment for me. One of my favorite parts is the little woman looking down on the main subject and she doesn't even notice. She's too happy and content to give a crap what anyone else thinks of her.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Temperance

My siblings and I decided to do a handmade Christmas this year. I painted my brother's wife's cat for their present. They loved it. 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Best of 2017 Show

Looky! My art is currently hanging at Urban Arts Gallery in Salt Lake City as part of the Best of 2017 show. It will be there for the rest of this month. Check it out! A piece of art makes the perfect Christmas gift--or treat yourself, you deserve it! Your lonely blank walls will thank you for it.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Ada

This time I experimented with collage and color. I drew the figure on the canvas then glued random pieces of paper on before painting. I also wanted to make the colors a little more off than usual. I made her skin lavender and chose complimentary color yellow for her lips and the background. It was nice mixing it up. Artists have to keep trying new things or they'll quickly get bored! I feel the risk paid off. I look forward to doing more collage portraits.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Maggie

Maggie was one of the best things to ever happen to me. She played a role in my emotional healing. She was a Pomapoo. The Poodle in her made her have wavy hypoallergenic hair, the Pomeranian side of her made her want to sit on my lap all the time. While I watched a movie or TV, while I read, she even tried to while I painted. One day I had a stomach bug and stayed in bed all day. She was by my side the whole time. As simple as that was, it meant so much to me. Animals are truly healing. I miss Maggie so much, six or seven years after we had to find her a new home because we were moving. She brought healing and comfort to her next family, who'd just gone through a painful divorce. 

I've been meaning to do her portrait for awhile now. I'm pleased with the outcome. I've had other dogs, but Maggie was unusually special. I look forward to seeing her again in the next life. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Mermaid and the Seahorse

At two by three feet, this is the biggest painting I've done in probably a couple of years. I never thought I'd paint a mermaid, but one day I just felt inspired to. I wanted to make the painting look a little whimsical and off so I chose to make the water purple rather than the obvious blue or aqua. I really enjoyed making this one. To get in the right mood, I listened to Daughter, Apoptygma Berzerk, Sia and Temper Trap. Music is important to my painting process.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Flapper Fascination

Here are some drawings I've done over the past couple of years. I'm not sure why I find the 1920s so fascinating. It's definitely a beautiful time in fashion. I think I'm also drawn to the strong women of that era. And the charm. It was definitely a charming time. I've been drawn to this point in history for years, but admittedly, Downton Abbey only fueled the obsession. I hear they're making a movie. Fingers crossed!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Estelle

After a creative slump I finally finished this and I really like how it turned out. I love flappers so I decided to finally paint one. I enjoyed sticking to a softer color palette. I usually paint with bold colors but this time I stuck to pastels. Also note that this is a mixed media piece. I mostly used acrylics but added some wax metallic finish and some touches of gold oil pastel since I didn't have gold paint.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

I Heart California

Me at the beautiful La Jolla Beach

A couple of weeks ago my family and I went to California. We had a family reunion in Death Valley, then we went to Disneyland, Hollywood, Laguna Beach, and San Diego. It was a wonderful trip. Do you want to know a secret? California has my heart. I've wanted to live there since I was a kid. And maybe someday I will. Hopefully sooner than later. People seem to have a passionate love or hate for California. While I know it's a flawed place (like any other) I love the mild year-round weather, the diversity, the art, the anything goes attitude, the beaches, the celebrities, the vegan restaurants around every corner. Yup, I love California.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Thailand Trip

My sister and I have wanted to go on an exotic trip together for years and I've wanted to see Thailand for even longer so we decided to take a spontaneous trip earlier this month.

We got to stay in a magical beach bungalow with an oceanview balcony for next to nothing.

The Big Buddha was really cool. 

Two monks were kind enough to let a few of us silly tourists pose with them. 

We got up close and personal with several monkeys. They climbed all over our bags, tried to steal my sister's phone and pulled her hair. It was pretty funny!

My sister and I on the boat heading to Khao Phing Kan and other gorgeous islands.

 Khao Phing Kan, aka James Bond island. It was gorgeous! We also got to canoe through some breathtaking caves.

Visiting the elephant sanctuary was hands down the best experience of the whole trip. I've been obsessed with elephants for many years. Getting to feed, bathe, brush and pet them was amazing. Such a dream come true! 

Kata Noi beach was lovely. We planned to snorkel but the waves were too intense so we played in the water instead.

 Trick Eye Museum was a lot of fun. It's filled with dozens of interactive murals. This is a longtime favorite painting of mine by Van Gogh.

Thailand was absolutely magical and easily one of the best trips of my life--and the icing on the cake is that it can be done on a tight budget. I would recommend it to anyone.