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Abstract Faces


As most of you know from watching my blog, Bob Burridge is one of my favorite artists!  He is loose, and fun to take a class from.  But, most of all his method really works.  I have taken many classes from Bob, and have never been disappointed…not even once.  I have however, left his class dragging, unable to do much else for the remainder of the day.  If the class is a week long class, be prepared to take a week to recuperate.  He has that much energy, and isn’t afraid to share it with all the students!

For me, it isn’t as easy as it looks, or maybe I’m trying too hard, regardless of the reason, I keep trying.  While I finish up the last two abstracts, I thought you might like to watch this video.  Even Bob doesn’t get it right the first time!  By the way, he had a great website with all kinds of information.  Check it out, and sign up for his newsletters…it’s free!



Ending of July!


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Can you believe we are starting a new month? I’ve been creating like crazy, and here is my latest abstract. I’ve tried to name my pieces prior to starting them, however they never turn out as I had planned. Lately I’ve been picking my colors, my canvas, and maybe a few pieces of paper or foil that I think might go into the new piece nicely, and more frequently than not……they never make it in.

Bob Burridge always says to name them first, know where you are going, have your colors all ready, and know the design.  I know he is intuitive, abstract, and is in his right brain while painting, but what I don’t know is how he plans all that out.  I can never know where my painting is going, and when I think I do…..It tells me,  “I don’t want to go that way!”  Just like a spoiled child.

 Yes I consider my paintings children. There hasn’t ever been a painting that I’ve worked on that has gone as planned.  I don’t like knowing where they will end up, but what I do like is being as surprised as anyone when it turns out completely and unexpectedly different!

The best feeling in my opinion, is when I start to work in my studio, something starts to look good, and all of a sudden it’s late in the day, and I’ve been working all day without interruptions.  That’s when I realize I’ve been playing with my inner child, and totally in my right brain!  What a joyous feeling.

I hope you like my last painting in July of 2016.  August brings a finished watercolor painting that one of my friends asked me to do. It’s just about dry, and one more last look at the balance.  I soon will be posting both paintings prior to sending them off to their new home.

Let’s start August with a big burst of creative energy!  Meanwhile, I’m going to check in with Zebra Designs & Destinations to see what Z is up to.  I hope you’ll check them out also.   By for now……

Loose and Easy!


I love Bob Burridge, and have taken many classes with him.  The thing he does best is to be loose.   He is as loose as I think you can get, I love it.  Bob puts the 3-year-old back into you when you take one of his classes.

This video helps do that, and I for one, need to pay more attention to him!

Thursday Time Out For Art


IMG_3510After an exciting week last summer in Sante Fe, New Mexico with

Cathy Carey, my inspiration, and creative energy has taken off.  There is nothing like saturating oneself in creative energy!

My studio has been filled with talking paintings.  Some are not just whispering a few words, some are screaming to me.  So I’ve been trying out various and unintended styles just to see what will happen.

This painting was started in very neutral tones, and stenciled in two corners. I didn’t have any idea what would be next until I decided to do a little abstract.  After roughly sketching out a person, and throwing in some color, this is what I have…..

Maybe I’ll do something larger next time, or push the limits even farther.  Bob Burridge always says, “If you find yourself not knowing where to go next, make a sharp left turn, and keep going!”  Wise words to an artist, don’t you think?