Dragons' Box

This is a 3 drawer chest that I have handpainted for my daughter....her "handle" is dragynsfyre and this is the first female
dragon I have seen to paint. The design was in a past issue of SDP magazine.

What a learning experience. Many new techiques, new paints, (irridescent) and mediums one of which is texture paste whichis used in several different ways to provide a dimensional look.

I lined the drawers with adhesive felt so the surface will be "glass friendly", added protective gold colored edges on the very bottom so they won't get scuffed up, and am in hopes she will find a use for it in her studio.

Twilight Saga Handpainted Jeans

I have been taking custom orders for handpainted Twilight Saga pieces. These are the jeans that I just finished of the 4 book covers. I have 2 more pairs on their way, one of which will be
"Edward Theme Jeans"... Painting on denim is easier than I expected it to be and much easier
larger....vs the tennis shoes that I did.
I used the Matisse paints and their fabric fixative which is great. It doesn't dry stiff like some of the mediums do..

ARTISTIC LICENSE...........Definition

Today in an artistic forum newsletter that I get the following definition was provided. I found it
quite interesting as about a year ago a "fellow artist" found it in her heart to tear apart one of my published designs on her blog. How did I know it was one of my designs? She very kindly identified me by name, the magazine, month of issue and design/page.

This artistic license pretty much describes how I feel about how I paint and why. Sometimes
people become too wrapped up in "educated learning", history, etc. as is stated below and loose
some of the "fun" that can be had in individuality and freedom rather than structure and photographic art....... or just plain "ARTISTIC LICENSE".

"Quite simply, artistic license is doing whatever you wish in a painting, without regard to artistic conventions, art critics, art theory, art history or what reality looks like. Artistic license is when you, for example, leave out things in a landscape painting if you don't want it there or move a tree to another position. when you use bright greens or purples in a portrait painting rather than skin tones. When you eliminate detail and create abstractions; when you invent, imagine, and elaborate. Artistic license is painting however and whatever you desire, simply because you want it that way". But my thanks go out anyway to Sharon Teal Coray for her critic and delightful emails, and also to her friends....Sue H. Linda O. Robyne R. and several others who identify themselves immediately as "Born Again Christians"...... Their emails have had the opposite of desired effects......

Attached within the newsletter was an Artistic License Diploma which I filled in, printed out and have it hanging on the wall in my studio to remind myself that it is OK to paint my way despite what anyone has to say, or imply.

Large Wooden Clip

I have a good start on projects this New Year which is exciting. This is the large 9" wooden clothes pin which I have painted with roses to hold photographs when I am using them as a reference in my painting.


Freezing fog on a pine tree bough.