Wednesday, March 20, 2013

R.I.P. Louisa McEwain

I was stunned to learn that artist Louisa McElwain died suddenly last month.  I have admired her work for years as it was promoted in Southwest Art Magazine.

Sage of Worlds - Oil
Sage Of Worlds, Oil
Louisa McElwain
(clipped from
Please watch this YouTube video to appreciate her bold brushwork and HUGE plein air paintings. I paint outside, using 8"x10" canvas panels.  She uses 3 ft by 5 ft canvases bungee corded to the back of her camper!  Totally different experience.
Here's the link:

Pondering Mortality is a strange place to be.  Louisa's obituary states she lived from 1953-2013.  I was also born in 1953, as were many other Baby Boomers.

I intend to stop living as if I have all the time in the world to paint what I am here to paint.  I have let myself get distracted once again by the endless rehab project in my home instead of taking the time to actually paint.  After completing the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge it seems harder than ever to carve out time to keep painting.

At least I am taking the time this month to learn more about creating better blogs and websites through fascinating online course: with Leslie Saeta.  Feel fee to use the new subscription box to get this blog delivered directly to your email IN box   Also please explore the other blogs I am following... (I just learned how to put those gadgets on this page!)  

You may also want to check out - my "under construction" website.  There are several functioning "Buy Now" features there that would make it easy for you to add my work to your collection.

I am also looking forward to spending two days with Leslie next week in Carmel, IN, learning more about painting with a palette knife.  Stay tuned!

I am grateful for the many blessings of my life as it is today. 

Start where you are
Love what you have
Do what you can

Sunday, March 03, 2013


I am so happy February is over! March came in like a lion with cold blowing snow flurries but so far no accumulation.  Annoying but not life threatening.  March 1 & 2 was the Early Spring Essex Studios Art Walk and Creative Catalyst Studio was open for business!  We had a lovely weekend meeting both old friends and new.  I was really pleased to sell my latest painting to a collector.  This work was still WET because I created it on February 28th!

Poppies!, 12x12 oil on panel
(Private collection)

I was blessed to spend an additional three days with Dreama Tolle Perry last week, learning more about making juicy, colorful paintings. ( I traveled to Carmel, Indiana (not to be confused with Carmel, CA) for this workshop and had a blast. Carmel is a really interesting suburb of Indianapolis with great galleries and shops.  We spent Tuesday - Thursday painting and learning more about marketing our art.  I could easily become a Dreama groupie because her teaching style is so gracious and caring.

Day 1 - Tulips!

Day 2 - Sunny Courtyard

I'm really happy to be slinging paint around again. It seemed like I would never get back to it after completing the "30 Paintings in 30 Days" challenge.

Starting this week I am going to learn more about adding a "BUY NOW" button in the blog to make it easier for YOU to collect my art!  Stay tuned!

I am grateful for the many blessings of my life as it is today. 

Start where you are
Love what you have
Do what you can