Updated: Nov 25, 2019

This is where I see myself when I close my eyes. In front of a sturdy easel pushing paint (here I am in my basement studio). I’m finally doing it. I get so engrossed in my painting that I can almost ignore the noisy furnace and my husband's dusty "Bowflex" that are sharing the space with me.

I have so much to feel thankful for in my life. I know appreciation is a survival skill because things can get pretty nutty. This year has been a doozy with family health challenges, intense pressures from all angles, and loss. If you can't find gratitude for those absolutely perfect moments, even when times are tough and the cynicism wants to take over (I can be sarcastic at times, ya know!), you're just not doing it right.

Right now, I am focusing on gratitude toward myself - for having discovered that I could find both the time and the space to work my artistic passions into my daily life. It wasn’t obvious at first but the vision to do this was always within me. I just had to make the effort to find it and I am thankful that I did.

What are you thankful for these days?

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Earlier this month I traveled to beautiful Bruges, Belgium for a much-anticipated art-travel experience. My trip was led by the talented Glen Kessler of the Compass Atelier and was hosted at the Flemish Classical Atelier. Sounds fancy. I was feeling kind of fancy. :)

So yeah... I ate chocolate in Bruges and painted pretty pictures without any responsibilities to worry about for a week. Life is too beautiful not to soak it up. Here are a few photos from the adventure.

What? No photos of gorgeous hand-made chocolates? I must have eaten them all!

Flemish Classical Atelier, Bruges, Belgium

I found so much inspiration on this trip. I don't know when I'll find the time to paint it all! I'm thankful for the memories and for the one-of-a-kind experience.



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One of my goals as an artist is to become more intentional about the subjects I paint and the way I paint them. I just need to make sure to balance that intention with staying open to what inspires me and curious about technique. I'd be lying if I told you I'm not figuring this all out every minute I paint. It's an exciting process.

"Those Eyes" is a painting that is a little different for me and very much a piece of my journey as an artist. I found this child captivating. I have so many questions about his experience. I wanted my rendering to be expressive, rich in color, and full of texture.

"Those Eyes", 16x20, Oil on Canvas

"Those Eyes" will be on display from 7/30-8/28 at Artists & Makers Studios Gallery in Rockville, MD during the Montgomery Art Association Member Show.

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