Chicago Flower & Garden Show

Eeeee!!! What a show. I was honored to be invited and included in this event at Navy Pier, March 20-24 2019. I had never been, and had no idea what to expect! The show theme was Flowertales and the tablescapes and decorations were to die for! Jack and the Beanstalk themed tablescape. And Relics Themed…

“Staining” wood with acrylics

I’m mixing a gloss varnish that is water based, with tiny bits of my indigo acrylic, to create a wash or a stain for my wood. I want the final result to be a light blue, almost as light as the blue on the plate next to it. So it may seem odd that I’m…

Keep your reference images close

Tip: Keep your reference images close! You see where I’m going with it? Reference photos are so important to my art. My imagination and memory only go so far. Since I want this image to be noticeably Princess Jasmine, and noticeably Amelia Earhart, without having to explain, these little images are my buddies. I look…

Tacos & Tamales Recap

The Tacos & Tamales Festivale in Pilsen did better than I expected. There were 10 Taco vendors, and 10 Tamale vendors, live music, and LOCAL Artists. We set up on 16th street, in front of many of Pilsen’s fantastic murals. The weather was hot and not too humid, very sunny, and not too windy. People…

Jane Austen, La Catrina

I love Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). I appreciate celebration of the dead, versus remembering the dead in sad ways. Jane Austen is a self portrait, of my future self. When I am gone, I will be sipping tea in nature, with a diva skeleton butterfly (wearing gold lipstick), and reading Pride…

Snow White as Rosie the Riveter

All of my paintings have a story. Nothing comes from thin air. “Snow White as Rosie the Riveter” came about in Sep 2014 when I was in Disney world with my sisters. We visited the dreamland of our childhoods, as adults, and saw everything in a whole new light. For starters, we discovered #HiddenMickey !…