Friday, December 18, 2009

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Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Artish, inspired by the snow....

Because I felt like this was appropriate. Not sure if this is what I'm going to send to the JS for their annual art for Christmas issue or not.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

A stroke of the ol' ego

So I am featured in the Local Business Spotlight at Johnson Bank in Mukwonago. They have had other businesses in the past, but this marks the first time they have had an artist come in as a local business owner. I am super grateful for Lindsey, who has made this possible. My work will be featured inside the bank from November 30 until December 11 this year. Please make an effort to tell your friends & family, and please don't forget to support your local artists this holiday season.

Some featured pieces in this exhibit:

[Sailboats, 2008]

[Chuck it out, 2006]

[7 Months (the artist's silhouette), 2008]

along with many more.



Friday, November 06, 2009


This isn't a visual art piece. More of a verbal dissertation if sorts.

I've recently learned a lesson in success. What is success? Everyone asks. No one really knows. Does it mean a house? Does that house have to be fancy, or can it just be a house? I guess its how you define it. For me, Success [true Success, always has a capital S.] is basic. Really basic. Doing something I really love while getting paid for it. The price of "knowledge" today is really fucking ridiculous. Knowledge should be free. Why are we paying so much money to something that should be shared. Much like music. And prose. And performance. It means so much more when you can give something away for free to someone who really appreciates it than it does when someone you don't really know pays for it. I will say though- they are a very close tie. It feels so good when someone you don't know buys your work- because they actually like it and haven't known you since birth on. [Sorry, Auntie, but I still am super thrilled that you buy and display my art. I have the distinct opportunity to have my work in a Private collection. YEA!!!!]

Back to my thought. What do I really love? I love to paint, I love to cook, I love to have the opportunity to help out at my son's school no matter how much the little beastlings frighten me. Anyone who knows me, really knows me, knows that I hate most peoples kids. There are some exceptions, who I will not name as you know who you are, or at least your parents know who you are. I've learned that I really do not like working in an office. The first one I worked at [which only lasted a month!] I had my very first anxiety/panic attack. Fucking frightening. The second one I worked at 2 years [only for the resume credit. 2 years looks good. Better than one year.] and nearly divorced my husband. 2 years is 2 years too long to work opposite shifts & still attempt effective communication when you NEVER see each other. So glad I'm done with that. I love my husband dearly. And he loves me. I don't know why, but dammit, he does, and I love him all the more for it. I have been able to spend time with him, just being together. Being broke is always a strain on a relationship, but I'm really trying not to let it be. I hate it too. And I'm trying. I want to be happy. I want us to be happy. [for the record, folks: we are. Very happy. :)] I really love to learn new things. Or at least more about my favorite things. I'm a self taught artist. I am learning as I go, what to do, what not to do. How to run a business [sort of], how to paint to get the effect you want. Really do your homework & plan everything out- down to the fucking brushes you will be using. [Sorry, Sara~! I'll fix it!! You'll love it!] I love to cook. I'm an amateur chef in my own kitchen. Anyone who has eaten at my house can attest to that. Ask Fredward; he'll tell you. I'm get to learn all of the things that my girlfriend learned in her 9 years as a cook & chef all over Milwaukee. I'm super excited about that. [bonus: Joann!! I've missed her for 9 years!]

I have all of these really great things happening in my life- the things I've really worked for- and its all so basic. Simple happiness. Not the 'success can't happen until I've achieved x, y & z' bit. I am grateful I didn't have to work for my family. It came to me; disguised as the lesson I so clearly needed. And learned from. Thank you.

You know what? If all that isn't the definition of my Success, I don't know what is.

Thank you for reading.

Monday, October 26, 2009

De-virginalized. Sorta.

So, until Saturday's Art on Murray, I'd yet to have someone ask me what my inspiration was behind a painting; what I was feeling. This painting [below] was the one that prompted the question. The woman who asked was a very soft spoken black woman who had an earthy, and very aware vibe about her. I was a little shocked, at first, because I never thought I'd have to actually explain it in words [the emotions behind a painting]; that has been one of my greatest fears.

As it turned out, I didn't need to say too much. The thought- or emotion- behind this piece is craving a sense of direction. She then explained to me, what she got out of the painting; what she felt that it was about. She had said that it does feel like the figure represents me; the sky is green in my not wanting to conform to society. By my arms swinging, it shows that I am on a journey, going in some direction. With whatever is on my head [headphones], it shows that I don't care what society thinks of me. She felt that it was a very powerful piece. I'd never been so emotionally humbled before. I really wanted to hug her. When she inquired about its cost, I told her she could pay whatever she would like for it. Since she didn't bring money, I gave her my card, and told her to call when she would like it. I would gladly drive it out to Milwaukee for her.

I hope she calls.

Some interesting Quotes of the day:

'Somehow I ended up being 2 poles short of a tent, so we scrapped that idea.'

'You have to be a private camera whore before you can be a public camera whore.'

practicing my camera whore-ishness.

Friday, October 23, 2009


Be there, or be square, folks. I'll be at Art on Murray, the Art & Harvest festival in Milwaukee, WI. Starting at 1pm, you'll be able to browse through various & talented artists and participate in different activities! After dark, there will be an Oktoberfest Party, so stick around! Buy me a beer, while you are at it!

**If you need directions, know that I'm on Murray Ave between North Ave & Thomas. Its a block. You really can't get that lost. Well, I suppose you could, but really. Google or Mapquest Murray Ave Milwaukee WI. You'll find it. I promise. See you tomorrow!

Thursday, October 22, 2009


Nature, in the rain, as seen from my balcony. Completely Untouched.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 Arts & Entertainment: Art on Murray is Saturday Arts & Entertainment: Art on Murray is Saturday

My FIRST EVER TIME SHOWING ART IN MILWAUKEE!!!!! Come out & say hi! Tell your friends, & come out to celebrate harvest fest, Oktoberfest style!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Fall Photos/ Ceramic Mugs Available

Hello!! Upon the suggestion of my dear friend Katie [over @ Espresso Love], I put up some of my photos for prints on the DeviantArt website. Some are solely on ceramic mugs, and others are magnets. I will have to mess with the dpi & the pixels to get them as 'fine art' prints, but in the meantime, here you are.

click here -->DeviantArt Print Shop<-- to purchase. Thank you!!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


I love this time of year in Wisconsin. The colors of fall are so vivid. Enjoy some of the photos I've taken, won't you?

top 3 taken in Mukwonago 10-13-09; bottom 4 taken @ Price Park, East Troy

Monday, October 05, 2009


Art on Murray Confirmation

the first ever Art on Murray, an art and harvest festival.

This outdoor event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 24 from 1 p.m. until 10 p.m., with artists vending until dusk (or later if they choose to do so -- they must provide their own light source -- no electricity is available).

We hope to host around 30 artists for this event, which will have a harvest-themed flair including candy apples, music, pumpkins, games, contests and more. The businesses of Murray Avenue will also be involved that day, vending both food and drink indoors as well as out.

In the evening, the festival will shift from a more family-friendly atmosphere to an Oktoberfest-style celebration with drink, games and music.

A 10x10 booth space is $45. Please e-mail by Oct. 10 for more information.

--->I will be there!! Come out & see me- my FIRST EVER time showing art in Milwaukee.. & they DO still need artists!! Be sure to contact Jenn [email above] to get a space!<---

Monday, September 21, 2009

*updated* WIP- Emerald City

Its coming along... I've been working on this during my art shows in Mukwonago & Whitewater. I'll let you know when its finished!!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Work in Progress: Emerald City

I'll be working on this bad boy [70" x 30"] at Fall Fest!! Stop out & say hi!


I'll be out in Mukwonago during Fall Fest!! I'm setting up shop at Goblin's Glen [aka- Johnson Bank, over by the old Sentry], displaying my artwork & painting on site!! Come out & say hi! See the large canvas I'm working on [70" x 30"] & have the opportunity to pick up some fresh new artwork!!

Saturday, September 12, 2009


Taste of Whitewater, in Whitewater!!! Cravath Lakefront park.. I'll be there 1030 - 5ish.. Come out & say HI!

Monday, September 07, 2009

Reading is for the open minded.

My bookshelves were featured on book lovers never go to bed alone. Originally, I used them for a flyer I designed for a Pink Apostles Event, "Lit & Latte's" as a black & white photo:

My shelves, in full color, can be viewed by clicking here.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

I really can't believe I forgot to add this:

I'm on display! Well, not yet, but very soon!!!

Yours truly will be out & about, showing art at the Taste of Whitewater event [September 11-12].

Also, I will be at Johnson Bank / Goblin's Glen in Mukwonago during Mukwonago's Fall Fest [September 19]... In addition to displaying art in Mukwonago, I WILL BE PAINTING ON SITE!!!! Very exciting stuff.. Can't wait to see you all out there, supporting your local artists!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Accomplished, indeed. *updated*

Ah..... yea. In my excitement, I didn't add the picture. Sorry, 'bout that.


Accomplished, indeed.

I finished the logo for the East Troy Area Country Campers [pics to come shortly], and much to my surprise, my computer didn't end up in the burn pit. I attacked photoshop & I won!!!

Hells Yea!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Artish over the weekend

I started these with good intentions and finished them with hesitation. I really like the quotes, but I am unsure how I feel about them plastered on canvas.

"Life is a Tragedy for those who feel, and a Comedy for those who Think." - la Bruyere

"You cannot dream yourself into a character, you must hammer and forge yourself into one." -Henry D. Thoreau

Penny for your thoughts?

Friday, August 14, 2009


I'll be out at Taste of Whitewater [September 11-12] displaying & selling my art. You should stop out! Tell your family... tell your friends... Come out & support your local artists!!!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

A Lunchtime Experiment.

The youngest boy, @ lunchtime. An experiment in patience. And arm length.

The aftermath of 5!!!!! sneezes. BTW, he had mixed cereal & peas for lunch.

Jack- 'Here Mom, let me show you how a photoshoot is directed!'

Nom nom nom.... fingers are tasty!!!

Look innocent....
...and smile!!!

2 & 10 second timers

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Monday, August 10, 2009

Belly Numero Uno

Let me start by saying "Thank you, Sara!!!" for multiple reasons:

She let me paint her belly. HER ACTUAL BELLY!!!

I called her this afternoon to see if she had any ideas for the baby painting, because I hadn't decided if I was going to draw it, paint it or which direction I wanted her to face. She called me back minutes later & suggested that I paint on her belly & take pictures!! Genius! It was a thought I'd had a while ago, but I dismissed it!!! Can you believe that?!?!?!

For taking the time to let me assail you with paint. As you said, it was the first time you'd let another woman touch your belly... and I believe there were some compromising positions, but I digress. :)

For being there, all these years! I think I've known you forever, now.

Your kids were so nice & polite- they asked all kinds of questions and watched in earnest! I was so flattered!!

Oh yea; the BIG ONE: your camera. OMG, can you believe this? Got everything ready- plugged the camera battery in earlier today, grabbed my suitcase, brushes, camera, paints, rags, put everything in, travel to Sara's, start painting and go to take the first shot......

Nothing. The camera won't turn on.


UN-FREAKING-BELIEVABLE!!! How embarrassing! Thankfully, our memory cards were interchangeable, so she let me take some pics on her camera with my memory card. I was so mad at myself. I really wanted to take some cool shots- some black & whites, different angles.. but her camera would only let me take 14 [!!!] pics on my 32MB card and 7 [!!!!!] on my 16 MB card. I was so irritated, but shit happens, right? I got some pics, so I'm happy with that. It turned out good for the first one. It dried pretty quick too, which I was happy about. This paint comes off really easily in a hot shower- so to the ladies whom I'll be painting next: no worries!

Her kiddos got in on the action, and painted their names after I was finished.

Thanks again!! This is the first of many bellies to come!! Cristina, Tracey, Amy, Nicole- YOU are next!! Whether its an actual painting-on-the-belly or a silhouette [like 7 months], I'm very excited. And you should be too.

On tap for this evening:

Belly Painting!!!!!!!

I'm sooo excited!!! Pics to follow!

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Friday night: 4 boys, two beers and three paintings later....

Some things incoherent might come out. *MIGHT* Here's some sneak peeks at some things I'm working on... Everything is mid-way through, & No, I won't tell you what direction I'm going with these. You'll just have to wait & see when they are done.

Drying paintings on the dryer. Awesome.