Category Archives for "Good Art – Pay It Forward"

Jun 23

Inspiration: Lorraine Loots’ #ANTSinNYC

Lorraine Loots Art for Ants 1I want to share some link love today because I am so inspired by Lorraine Loots! My husband showed me the video below of her upcoming exhibit “#ANTS in NYC”, a part of her “Paintings for Ants” project.  The show is taking place in NYC next month (Three Kings Studio – 754 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn / July 8-15, 2015).  You can follow her on instagram too! I love her detail and varied subject matter, and you can’t help but be drawn to the spirit and energy she exudes through her detailed masterpieces. If you are lucky enough to live in the Brooklyn/NYC area please try and check it out!

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Happy Inspiration Day!



Apr 17

Inspiration: The Journey of a Dress ~ Diane von Furstenberg


DVF-1Last weekend I hit the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to see the Alexander Calder exhibit (on until 7/27/14). It was a really great sampling of Calder’s amazing art, but even better to my museum experience was the Diane von Furstenberg show “Journey of a Dress”, now extended through May 1! The show is fantastic! If you live in the Los Angeles area I highly recommend you try and go before it closes. The second you walk through the doors it is a sea of color, pattern, shape, flow, and, let’s face it … girl power. My husband and son were troopers and went through it all with me (with a promise of hitting the food trucks that line the museum’s periphery), and I left the gallery feeling utterly inspired to create some fun patterns, as well as buy myself a wrap dress.

Here are just a few images that inspired me:




Mar 06

A Shout Out to the AMAZING Sharon Steuer!

I have a love/hate relationship with vector paths.  I’ve adopted a snobbish view of their ‘vector-y-ness’ that over the years has given me permission to not advance in my skill of working with them.  But NO MORE!  2014 is the year of the path for me and I’ve been diving deep into ways I can create the painterly look I’m striving for in my art, but with all the benefits of easy editability and scale adjustments that working in paths allows.  I have a long journey ahead of me but I’m making great strides already and the person I found to lead me on my quest is Sharon Steuer.  

Her latest book, The Adobe Illustrator WOW, is opening my eyes to all that is possible in working in Adobe Ilustrator. She also has a fantastic way of taking out the fear and insecurity many of us pixel lovers have when it comes to those pesky path behaviors. Her style and approach is unassuming and I can’t say enough about the quality of her instruction and how this book is really teaching me to push through my fear barrier and embrace this technology. In addition, Sharon has some amazing courses on – both for illustrator and photoshop. She is a triple threat because she also is an established traditional artist as well and she approaches her instruction from that perspective.  It’s a win/win all the way around and I wanted to be sure to not only give her a shout out (I want to encourage her to keep writing her fantastic books), but also to encourage those of you who are like me and prefer pencils, brushes, pens, and pixels over paths, to go and seek out Sharon’s book and courses.  


Feb 21

Need something to do this weekend? How about a little Wayne Thiebaud!


If you’ve followed my blog for awhile you know that Wayne Thiebaud is my favorite artist. I realize that is a bit daring to say, especially since I like a lot of artists for a variety of reasons. BUT- seriously, Wayne Thiebaud is right there at the top of my list of favorite artists and whenever there is any showing of his work I try to go see it, which is what happened this past weekend.

If you happen to live in the Los Angeles area you’ve got to go see this collection of Wayne Thiebaud’s ‘Works on Paper’ at the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art on the Pepperdine University Campus in Malibu. It is a spectacular collection of his print studies and works; from wood block, to etching, lithographs, and serigraphs.  This is a collection I’ve not seen before and it was a real treat.

Oh, and it is FREE!  That is a rare thing these days! 

In case all these sweet images above are making you hungry, this exhibit isn’t all about food art (though that is my favorite part). You can see works from his San Francisco series, Yosemite prints, as well as his Sacramento Valley landscapes. Also, I particularly loved seeing his everyday series – like his bow ties, toys, paint cans, and lipsticks.  The thing I love about Wayne Thiebaud’s work, no matter what the subject matter, is his magical use of shape, perspective, and most of all COLOR. He is a master at using crazy-amazing and inspirationally delicious color in is artwork, and it is a supreme treat to the eye to witness it.


OH – and since you will be hungry for sure after seeing all the artwork in this show, I highly recommend a trip to the Malibu Yogurt & Ice Cream Shoppe afterwards for some tangible treats. Malibu-Ice-Cream-4



Oct 16

Inspiration: The Amazing Sculpture of Jon Anderson – Fimo Creations


My friend Julia just brought this artist to my attention:  Jon Anderson – Fimo Creations. He is, by far, the most amazing polymer clay sculpturist I have EVER run across! Please take a minute to check out this video below showing a brief demonstration of how he creates his complicated patterns! I am utterly humbled by his art and process! WOW!

(To see these images above and more of his remarkable art please go to the Jon Anderson – Fimo Creations website)

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I also have to share with you the Jon Anderson inspired snake sculpture created by Julia’s daughter (and my honorary niece), Kirra (age 8)! I love seeing inspiration take hold and blossom in kids! Way to go Kirra – I LOVE your snakes!


Wishing you an inspired day!




Apr 23

Good Art ~ Matej Peljhan

“Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he sometimes thinks he senses it.  But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people.”  –  Albert Einstein

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My niece sent me a link to THIS STORY about photographer and psychologist, Matej Peljhan, and the amazing gift he gave using his artistic talent to help a young boy named Luka.  With Matej’s help, Luka, who is stricken with muscular dystrophy and bound to a wheelchair, was able to realize his dreams of adventure and freedom. The grace of this story reminds me how, in the midst of trying to make a career from the gifts and talents we all have been granted, it is important to remember that our ultimate job is to use our talents to better the world. What fun Matej must have had on this photo shoot with young Luka, and I can’t imagine how excited Luka was when he first saw the final images created!  Brilliant! What an excellent example of how to ‘pay it forward’.

Wishing you an Art filled day!


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