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How to get selected for a major art show

The secret is to paint. Keep painting. Never stop. Stop questioning yourself and believe you have been given this gift for a reason. Share your talent with the world. Good things will happen if you keep believing they will.

You have to enter to be selected

I am a professional painter and artist and have shown in numerous shows and galleries, but the world is changing and now the internet allows artists to reach a greater artist.




I love writing and continually prattle, chortle, guffaw.

My thoughts.

"visible", "invisible"

hollow space

empty glass

full glass

pour me another McCallan's

November 27, 2017

Today I explored Blue. "I have been asked how do I start a painting. First I breathe deeply, and my spirit prays, and then I let my pencil take a walk guided by my mind and I begin to trace the shapes of space and boundaries in my everyday life. I move with intention as my body feels. Then I sit back and look. Intently look. When various senses appear to be woven together with the impressions of my reality, I stop. Shapes and colors appear that my mind has come to embrace, and with each addition of form and universal shapes that my heart longs for, another day appears on my canvas. I'm attempting to create my everyday. Painting for me is essential. It is my being speaking and living. I am painting atmospheres; emotions and actions that can't be expressed by words; perhaps exuberant and then nothing special, but surely existing." I believe abstract art can carry metaphorical meanings.

To me, something is metaphorical when you use it to stand for or symbolize, another thing. For example, a dark sky in a poem might be a metaphorical representation of sadness. Although this world is filled with blue it does not mean I am able to feel blue - No one actually ever feels like the color blue, although many people say they are "feeling blue" to mean they are feeling sad.

But to me in this blue, I am remembering the sky. Exhaulted and never ending, uplifting.


My heart is overflowing with joy.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

I wake up every morning with a song of joy playing in my mind. I choose to look forward in anticipation of all the wonderful things that lie ahead of me.

Making a choice to be happy is not always easy but I know it is worth doing. It sets the tone for everything that is to follow. I commit myself to seeing the good in life. Even if something appears to be negative, I affirm that there is more to it than meets the eye. What seems to be wrong could be just a blessing in disguise!

The joy I feel is so strong that I feel compelled to share it with others. I remind myself that one simple smile or kind word can turn someone’s day completely around. It fills me with happiness to know I can be an ambassador of divine joy and love.

Whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy.—James 1:2


LOUD Silence

You need to be loved

You need to be recognized

You matter

People value what you are doing

You need to hear public praise twice

I did not listen the first time

Tell me again

Someone to say

You spent your life well.

Easy does it

Not really

Life is hard



Work made

Work made by

Work made by the hand

My hand






I am an Eternal optimist. I keep going. Keep Painting. Flying.

Kaua'i -based artist, photographer and Imagineer. I paint emotions, people, places and things. I am an American Abstract Expressionist Painter and Photographer.

As Ansel Adams says... “When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” And to quote my favorite painter, Joan Mitchell. "Feeling is something more; it’s feeling your existence. It’s not just survival. Painting is a means of feeling ”living”… .Painting is the only art form except still photography which is without time. Music takes time to listen to and ends, writing takes time and ends, movies ends, ideas and even sculpture take time. Painting does not. It never ends, it is the only thing that is both continuous and still, Then I can be very happy. It’s a still place. It’s like one word, one image." I agree...I want my work to exude joy, celebration, measured clarity and a sense of self. Creating art is more about communicating what I’m feeling than what I’m seeing. About me.

SOLD Painting "Study of George Dyer by Francis Bacon.

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Now what

Lost in the Finding

time moves

days are explored

life is lived

memories are erased

feelings are declared

on anxiety's edge i balance precariously between pause and flow...

Musing Reflection -Prattle

amble, stumble,


guffaw, chortle

mindless prattle

cleavor; perhaps dull.

white thoughts,

black days

fear to halt.

sounds of yes


no no no no no

soaring, flying, finding,

unwinding, unyielding

unfolding, unbinding

delighted in resting


tired of trying


longing for

yes yes yes yes yes

whenever, whatever

perhaps today

hopeful tomorrow


Since I was a little girl I’ve anchored in my heart or paired memories with the location and the people who were there, from sisters, Bonnie and Marlene, Auntie Swea or cousin Linda to now my Partner CA. I always subliminally worry about forgetting memories I create with my loved ones, and when I am able to capture some of that I know it will stay with me. Read more.

Art makes $$$$$ for you

Can you really make money from your art? Read more

Why I Paint

"I paint because I must. It is my passion and my joy and my release of emotion."

As I continue to explore and learn more about the process of painting I am finding my preference and primary medium is oil paint on canvas. The richness of the colors and ability to glaze influences my choices and enables me to work more freely. Read More


For thus says the Lord: When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I

will visit you, and I will fulfill to you my promise and bring you back to this place. For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes.-Jeremiah chapter 10. ...I felt it was a word from the Lord just for you. Read More


I came across this article and was thrilled to see it as this Gustav Klimt is one of my favorites. Read all of Artnet News it is one of my favorite sites to keep current

Oprah Winfrey made a pretty penny selling Gustav Klimt‘s Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II (1912) for $150 million in 2016, reports Katya Kazakina for Bloomberg. The buyer is allegedly an unidentified Chinese collector, who pulled the trigger on the purchase over the summer. Read more.

JAN. 26, 2017 Soulage, de Kooning, Kline

I continue to explore the works of many artist and have been drawn to the Abstract Expressionists, Soulage, William de Kooning and Franz Kline. Read about these wonderful artists.