Wow, season is here in beautiful Puerto Vallarta. Beginning to feel the crispness in the air. Hoping to see some of you in the gallery this season. Oh, by the way I have a new location. I am at 314 Basilio Badillo in the Romantic Zone. I will be participating on the Southside Shuffle and will have evening hours for those of you who will be browsing the streets after or before dinner. I am also going to be having open studio sessions every Tuesday. This year I am offering the famous Monkeyssee Monkey do approach and you will be able to finish a painting in one session. Imagine taking a painting home after spend the day with me! Be sure to get on my mailing list for my newsletter "Snippets, Stories, learn, live and love". I look forward to sharing with you.
I have been working on the new paintings for the Artexpo New York. Here are a couple of examples of the Architectural France, Mexico, Italy Still in progress but getting close! I am offering a week long workshop this season that will introduce you to the whimsy style. Check out the dates and subjects on the Mexico workshop page. Hope you decide to give yourself the gift of the creative spirit and begin Celebrating the Colorful Magic of Life! Have a great winter.
The rainy season is coming to a close soon and the flurry of the season will begin. I am preparing the Mexico Retreat center for the October workshop. It will be a week of painting, eating, relaxing and exploring our beautiful canyon location along with possible zip lining and horse back riding for those who would like to indulge. Our painting subjects will be Large expressive Tropical Flowers. We will be completing two paintings while you are here for the week. We paint each morning till around 2:30pm and then sit down to a wonderful lunch! For sign ups go to the home page and click on the October workshop. If you have additional questions just go to the contact page and drop me a line. Look forward to your joining us.
The weather here in Puerto Vallarta has been exceptionally wonderful this summer and is already cooling off in the evenings, so much so, that we need blankets to sleep. Imagine in the tropics with no air conditioning, summertime, and needing a blanket. I am not complaining!
I have begun work on the new paintings for New York Artexpo. Will be hanging more of my new Architectural Whimsy paintings. Have also begun working with an agent that is helping me put together my new Branding Book. If you budding artists need to know how to move forward in a big way in your career, it would be a great idea to look into getting an agent to help you with your career. There are so many important aspects to being a successful artist. Being a great painter is only the beginning.
Here is the beginnings of the latest work for the show, "CHINATOWN, SAN FRANCISCO"
I often find myself questioning my decisions about life and my creative process. This has prompted me to create a room for playing and, if you will, getting out of the funk! This room has been dubbed the SOUL JOURNEY ROOM. I call it the little womb room.
It is a place to go where you can doodle, scribble, play, contemplate, and recreate ways of thinking and being in the world and on your canvas.
The room should be filled with creative tools to play with. They need to be right at your fingertips at all times so that when the moment comes you can go in, close the door and just let it GO! Cry, laugh, ponder, yell, and doodle all of your feelings on paper or on wood, whatever strikes you.
Because this has been such a wonderful experience for me, I have decided to create a 10 week session for people to move into their truth through this wonderful process I call it "Soul Journey's" If you are interested, go to the Soul Journey Classes page and click. You won't regret it.
I am fascinated by the sounds and energy of my jungle paradise. My mom, who is 88 years old and has memory disorder, will sit on the veranda, and look out at the jungle and tell me magical thoughts. She has shared with me, that the jungle is full of jungle spirits. As she looks across at the wall of green velvet, speckled wth red bark trees, she also told me that she was a tree before she was my mother. I get goose bumps when she talks to me of these magical thoughts. I have also come to believe them. I am now doing a series of works that reflect these thoughts. They are my Jungle Spirits! They talk to the fish and listen to the fish philosophy. The birds share their secrets with them. Now, they are travel companions with these magical animals in the newest works. I am reminded of one of my very favorite books "The Life of Pi". I am sure that the newest painting is influenced by that literature. As an artist, you can't help being influnced by the things that you find most interesting and inspirational. The painting is called "Traveling Companions" and is still in progress. The ravens are always with her, and in mythology, are considered the oracles between the human and the divine energies. I love the fact that as an artist, I have permission to play make believe and that I can turn that make believe into my own reality, manifesting them with paint!
TELLING THEIR SECRETS TO HER
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