Green purple dark blue

The works in "What 3 Colors Bring You Joy?" are inspired by suggestions from people in my life and those who follow me on social media. I ask for inspiration and in return I paint images designed to refresh and restore. The works are small and prices for collecting multiples. Comment below and let me know what three colors bring you joy!

What 3 colors bring #joy? One person said green purple dark blue.

This 5"x7" piece is 95.00 (includes mat and shipping). PayPal accepted. Comment "WANT" to purchase or comment "MORE" to commission your own 3-color work and I'll message you.

"We must risk delight. We can do without pleasure, but not delight. Not enjoyment. We must have the stubbornness to accept our gladness in the ruthless furnace of this world. To make injustice the only measure of our attention is to praise the Devil."--Jack Gilbert, Refusing Heaven

Green purple dark blue. Acrylic on paper 5"x7" 95.00 (matted and shipped) 

Green purple dark blue. Acrylic on paper 5"x7" 95.00 (matted and shipped) 

April Challenge!

I'm getting ready for a solo show in May. I have 25 paintings but I need to paint at least 75 What 3 Colors Bring You Joy paintings to get to an even 100! And I NEED YOUR HELP WITH INSPIRATION!! Please post what 3 colors bring you joy in the comments below. Share with your friends and ask them to post too. Thank you!! #aprilchallenge #75paintings #💯

Yellow pink red 5" x 7" Acrylic on paper (c) 2017. 95.00 USD matted and shipped in US. 

Yellow pink red 5" x 7" Acrylic on paper (c) 2017. 95.00 USD matted and shipped in US. 

"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.

 

Why a love story to Seattle?

 

Seattle: A Love Story is series of memoir paintings telling the story of my journey to Seattle and all the factors--freedom to marry and remarry, choose the timing of my children, own property, move cross-country, earn graduate degrees, earn income--that until recently I took for granted. So few women in this world have that kind of opportunity and privilege. I am grateful for these liberties and want to share that story through this series of post-abstract landscapes.