I love patterns! There are so many applications for them: website backgrounds and headers, books, posters, CD packages, wrapping paper, iPhone cases, fabric, and more. It's fun making them, too. My tool of choice is Adobe Illustrator and here's how I do … [Read more...] about Create a Seamless Pattern in Adobe Illustrator
People ask me all the time, "How long does it take you to do a painting?" It depends. I rarely finish a painting the same day I start it. Usually, it takes 2-3 sittings before I experience that definitive moment of "it's done." Each sitting is … [Read more...] about Why Does It Take So Long to Finish a Painting?
Last year, Peggy wrote the book Lose Your Mind, Open Your Heart, and I painted the art for it (and designed it). We've teamed up again to create new notecards and prints, pairing 3 of my favorite paintings with quotes from her book. Her loving words are … [Read more...] about New Cards and Prints with Quotes
A couple of years ago, I assisted Linda Novick when she taught a program at Kripalu called Unmasking Your Soul. The mixed media piece I created in memory of my mother, shown on the left, was done at the end of that program. I had brought xeroxes of several … [Read more...] about Louise: Boston 1944 (In Memory of My Mother)
I use Photoshop to create watermarks as a way to protect my online art. A watermark is a subtle graphic or text identifier: logo, copyright information, pattern, etc. It helps deter web viewers from downloading that image and using it without your … [Read more...] about How to Create a Watermark in Photoshop
My partner and I just returned from a week's vacation in Asheville, North Carolina. This small city has long intrigued us, because of its art community and its location on a plateau in the Blue Ridge Mountains. We love to hike and we love art. So, we spent … [Read more...] about Surrounded by Art in Asheville
Last week, I sat down in my backyard to begin my first painting of the season. While I experience some level of anxiety when starting a painting, it's mild compared to what I feel when starting a design project. With art, I'm not trying to solve any … [Read more...] about Filling the Blank Canvas
In early July, I assisted Linda Novick in teaching the program "Unmasking Your Soul: Renew Yourself Through Painting and Collage" at Kripalu. I have taken many classes at Kripalu (most of them with Linda!), but this was my first experience assisting in … [Read more...] about Unmasking Your Soul at Kripalu