Teddy’s painting

Ali, acrylic on canvas, 18 x 24″, 2009.

I finally finished the painting for Teddy. It has been at least two years in the making. During the making of this painting, I realized that it had been a long time since I had worked in the portrait genre and was a little rusty. In the end, I am just glad it looks like a boxer. The face was painted and repainted many many times. It was a great experience, yet I am glad the painting is complete.

cranky & Seattle


I have been so crabby lately. I even bought a funky rubber crab stamp to use on my students’ work. This was in hopes that I would realize my attitude at school and try to improve it right then and there. It is a source of humor for me and it does help keep things in perspective.

The crab photo is from my summer trip to Seattle. Seattle was an excellent vacation – good to see family and reconnect with them, but also good for reconnecting with art. We went to the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA. The Hot Shop was incredible and I will be teaching this to my students, I look forward to researching this even more.

Outside the Museum of Glass with my cousin. The tall silver cone in the background is the Hot Shop where the artist blow glass in front of an audience seated much like they are watching a play.

A fun piece of glass on the walkway into the Museum of Glass. I am so drawn to the color orange, I wonder why?

sculpture in Key West


I just returned from a relaxing escape in Key West. It was nice to be in sunny warm weather and have no set agenda for each day. I saw some great sights, including this fantastic sculpture show along the beach at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park. Eric and I loved this kinetic sculpture made from bikes and other scrap metal.


There was one sculpture in particular that my dad really liked. It was a large red letter Y standing on the edge of the land so that the ocean was the backdrop. He had my sister, husband, and myself stand next to it and spell out YMCA. Har har. I have not seen the picture yet, but I am sure it was amusing. This is the red Y.

In any case, it was inspiring. I know that working and living in a tourist trap would be difficult to say the least. However, I could not help but find myself wondering how I would fare in Key West as an artist. I know, I know, I have to actually make some artwork first. I have the rest of this week off from work, I may as well start/finish something, right?

Cartwright Design inspires me

I have decided that I need to learn a new skill. Something I have always wanted to do is learn how to weld. Well, I did some research and found that getting all the supplies would not be as expensive as I previously thought. I talked to my hubby about this new interest and he said he would love to learn with me.

I was inspired by this artist Matt Cartwright and his recycled artwork. All of his work is so beautiful and right up my alley.