May 27, 2017

My Art Retreat Weekend in Washington!

LisaI'll be teaching watercolors, gouache, and acrylics in  beautiful Enumclaw, Washington this July 13-16, in an overnight retreat setting!

Here's the description of what I'll be teaching.

And here's where you can sign up. Hope to see you there if you want to ... where we will enjoy being pampered by Lisa Kumcur and her team of lovelies who will make us feel so good while we are making art.

496 First Peonies

Peonies496 First Peonies
8x10 inches :; original oil painting on gessobord
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It's so exciting to see the first peonies of the season. I painted this work not by referencing the ones I recently bought but by referencing a lovely photo of them by Country Living. I decided to do two works today cause I'm not gonna be able to paint tomorrow. Getting back into the floral mindset as I'll be teaching flowers flowers flowers in the month of June.

By the way, I'm pretty excited that I'll be reaching my 500th painting mark pretty soon!

495 Korean Rose

Rose495 Korean Rose
6x6 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord
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I referenced a photo of a rose by @korean_landscape for this work.

May 25, 2017

494 Three Little Tulips

Tulips494 Three Little Tulips
10x8 inches :: original watercolor and gouache on ledger paper
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Watercolor is sheer. Gouache is opaque. They both work with water.
And yes, you can combine them in a singular work. Cause there ain't no law that says you can't do so.

#dailypainting #tulips #freenotbrave


May 24, 2017

493 In Those Days

In thos days493 In Those Days
8x8 inches :: original oil painting on gessobord
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This is the demo painting I made while teaching a private painting session today. After finishing the portrait, I brought it home and added the lines from one of Rod McKuen's works from Listen to the Warm. Here's more from the passage ... not the entire passage, but my favorite section:

I found a twenty-dollar bill when I was ten.
I bought a cardboard circus and a fountain pen

and a jackknife because I never had one before.
My mother thought I'd stolen the money.
I brought her perfume from the dime store.
                                She believed me then.

I was rich in those days,
For a week I had everything.

I wish I'd known you then.


May 23, 2017

#resistancelog (Merry Christmas edition)

OyChelsea Handler recently went bowling and hung out with three Trump supporters in an effort to better understand Trump supporters. After they bowled, she asked them to name one thing that had caused them to connect with Trump.

You wanna know what the first person said in response to that? He said, "It's when he [Trump] said he was going to bring Merry Christmas back to the white house ..."

So then I tried to recall whether Obama said "Merry Christmas" during his tenure. I Googled it. And you know what came up? Video after video after video of him saying "Merry Christmas." And Michelle saying "Merry Christmas." They also said "Happy Holidays."

But I guess when a Black president says "Merry Christmas" it's not heard by some.


492 Manchester 22

Manchester492 Manchester 22

This work is dedicated to the 22 killed and many more wounded in Manchester. My heart goes out to the victims, their families, and all of #manchester #manchesterunited #heartbreaking /// ink and gouache on paper

May 22, 2017

491 The Gaze

Dancers491 The Gaze
7x8.5 inches :: ink sketch with gouache on ledger paper
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This work is dedicated to women who dance ... with or without clothes on. Because contrary to conventional sentiment, intellectualism and feminism do not have to don tunics, overalls, and clogs to be authentic.

Men gaze. Women gaze back.

And as an evolved species, I am grateful that we are able to understand and embrace and apply concepts like choice and consent within the context of sexualty. Because no matter how provocatively she dresses or dances, I believe that as long as she chooses freely, the dress and dance can reflect the joy of sexuality. And I believe that neither dress nor dance is ever an invitation for assault.

May 21, 2017

Separation of Church and State



Protect separation of church and state and reproductive freedom.

#resist #misogyny #malesupremacy #bullshit #mikepence #nolitetebastardescarborundorum #istandwithplannedparenthood


490 Almost Over You


490 Almost Over You
18x24 inches :: original acrylic painting on stretched canvas
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I started this work as a demo painting when I was teaching a few days ago and I finished it today. I referenced a photo by @fairies_ for this work. Always a challenge to add color when the reference is in black-and-white. 

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