Friday, June 30, 2017

Bringing Home the Goods: The Ink Pad New York City

As always, I had a great time teaching at The Ink Pad in New York City. I also had a grand time picking up some new goodies. I took this photo today and realized that I had already put several of my new tapes in my class stash. The Ink Pad stocked up big time for my classes and had a great selection of my favorite toys. It is always a must stop shop even if I'm not teaching there.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Van Gogh Across the U.S.

National Gallery of Art Washington DC (7)

Boston MFA (2)


 Boston Fogg Museum (2)

Cleveland Art Museum OH (3)

Art Institute of Chicago IL (9)

I haven't disappeared nor have I forgotten about my blog. I'm in between, "I can't believe that I drove more than 7,000 miles (I did all of the driving), taught ten classes in five states, saw hundreds of pieces of amazing art, spent lots of time with artists, friends and family across the U.S. and now I'm home wondering how to process all of it.

Twenty five paintings by Vincent Van Gogh in six museums in three weeks. That's what I was able to see with the support of my family and friends. Thank you doesn't even begin to describe my gratitude and happiness about the experience.

Now I'm wondering how I can go about seeing more Van Gogh paintings in person. Maybe that will be my goal in 2018...

Monday, June 19, 2017

In the Mail: Art Pilgrimage 2017

Waving hi from Massachusetts. I'm actually in the car (my sister is driving before you yell at me) on the way to see Van Gogh at The Fogg Museum in Cambridge. 

Next stop (for today, at least), pahkingh the cah in Hahvahd Yahd (I can say this, I'm originally from Quincy, MA.)

Monday, June 12, 2017

Bringing Home the Goods: Queens Ink in Savage, MD

I had a great time teaching at The Queen's Ink in Savage, Maryland! Patti and the Gang always make me feel at home. Patti always finds cool goodies for the shop. She ordered a bunch of things for my classes but not everything had arrived on time so, check back. We played with some of the above goodies during the classes (well, not the drink holder. That would have been weird. I'm always looking for a good cozy and the money for this goes to a good cause.)

My favorite thing from above are the Artgraf, water soluble graphite. I've used graphite over the years but have never used anything as intense as these. I have the tins, the sticks, the pencils and the bars. I love them and what they do on top of acrylics.

I'm in Massachusetts now at my sister's house hanging out with my little niece and nephew. On Thursday, I'll trek to The Ink Pad in NYC for classes there Thursday and Friday night. Saturday, I'll be back in Massachusetts to teach in Easton. On the 20th, Mom and I will start to trek West. On the way, I'll be teaching in Wisconsin and Illinois for the first time ever. I am always looking for new venues (and thankful to return to old favorites.)

If you ordered a handwritten postcard, I dropped the first batch in the mail from Maryland this weekend. I'm going to head to the MFA Boston this week and will be picking more up from there. I'm also going to work on my Art journal pages over the next couple of days to mail those out.

Off to play with the little ones today! I love road trips but it is very nice to be out of the car.

Friday, June 09, 2017

Artist Signatures from the National Gallery of Art

A gif that I made last night of signatures collected from the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. These are all from photos that I took.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Hi from Savage, MD

I'm all settled in at The Queen's Ink in Savage, MD. Eagerly awaiting the morning.

Mom and I are tired of being in a car. We drove 2,700 miles in three days, stopping to sleep for a few hours, eat or get gas. It was so nice to just walk around the National Gallery of Art in D.C. today. I picked up the above postcards to mail some of these out to those  of you who gave me your support to get here. 

I'll be posting over on Instagram the next few days. 

As soon as I can, I will share some of my favorite paintings from the National Gallery with you. I am so grateful that I was finally able to get there.


Monday, June 05, 2017

On the Road: Art Pilgrimage 2017

Picking up the rental car and headed out. First stop, LAX to pick up Mom. Next stop, Grand Junction, Colorado. 

Here are the books that I'm bringing with me. I can't leave home without something to read.

See you in Colorado (at least for a quick stop!)

Friday, June 02, 2017

Paint Comparison: Holbein Luminous Opera vs Winsor & Newton Galeria Opera Rose

I had to trek to Blick yesterday in West L.A. to restock my supply bag of paints for my classes (yes, even after the post from Instagram, I still needed to stock up as I like to be prepared.) I am almost out of Holbein's Luminous Opera and was very disappointed to find out that the store was also out of stock of that one color (the whole reason why I trekked there in the first place as my local Blick doesn't carry Holbein.) In desperation, I picked up Winsor & Newton's Galeria Acrylic Opera Rose. You can see test swatches of each above (Holbein is the pink that pops off the page. The Winsor Newton is near the top right corner of the book and you can barely see it.) Guess what's going back to the store today? Hopefully, I'll be able to find another tube (or two) of my favorite Holbein Acrylic while on the road...

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Online Classes Buy One, Get TWO Sale

From now until June 30th, all of my online classes are buy one get two free (of equal or lesser value.) The classes are all listed along the right hand side of my blog. You can check out via paypal and either add a note to the paypal order or send me a separate email of the name of the two additional classes that you'd like. Or, what about giving classes to your friends and taking them together? 

Many people slow down with their art making during the summer. Let's rev things up a bit. Take three classes and stay engaged or take a class with friends to support one another.

Questions? Drop me an email at

Thanks for your support and interest!