"These are so great!" or, how Mike "Gabe" Krahulik tweeted about my paintings

MIKE "GABE" KRAHULIK TWEETED THAT HE LIKED MY WORK, screamed the "inside my head" voice. The tweet came late on New Year's Eve and I replied with thanks right away because I am a dork. A polite dork. (See it all here: "These are so great!")

Working with another artist's style is fascinating. As I paint and lay down lines, I'm also working to stay true to Mike Krahulik's art--his color choices and gestures. I work to honor what he's created and bring my sense of play to these paintings.

I paint in the margins of the day. I wake up most mornings at 5:30 am and head to the studio with a cup of hot tea and the dog, and get to work. In winter the studio is cold. But there is no place I would rather be at the start of every day. If I can paint at the end of the day, I do.

It can be hard in that daily rhythm to have a sense that the outside world notices the work. The tweet from Mike was a little miracle to this emerging artist. I had done justice to his work. It truly is Fine Art Fan Art. And I'm having a blast.