Day 10-Book Blog Tour

Well, hard to believe it, but here we are on Day 10 already!! That means I’ve been blogging for 1o days straight! It’s a little hard to keep on task, but I love introducing each new person on the stop, so I’ll continue on until the end!


Today’s blog stop is non other than Lisa Bebi!! This is Lisa working on my portion of the workshops we taught in Paris this past December.

Next week I’m the Alumni Guest Curator for Crescendoh and I’ll be sharing more of what was going on in my life at that time in my Art Saves story. For now I’ll just say that if you have people like Lisa and Renee Richetts around when life is unexpectedly hard, you are in the best shape you can be in. These ladies lifted me up when things were not looking good and when I was helpless to do anything about it. I love them both to pieces!

This is Lisa and her lovely family. I hear the ‘Breast of Chicken’ was really good here! LOL, that is an inside joke that requires a visual-couldn’t resist

Here’s Lisa teaching her Paintover Technique

This is the first time I met Lisa and Renee, when I went to CA to teach a couple of years ago.

The really fun thing? The three of us will be teaching another small group workshop this June!

Blog Tour Schedule

Jenny Doh

Suzi Blu

Seth Apter

Suzan Buckner

Sue Pelletier

All Norah’s Art

Lisa Kettell

Nancy Lefko

Chrysti Hydeck

Lisa Bebi

Jodi Ohl

Laurie Blau-Marshall

Dawn Edmonson

Paulette Insall


Julie Bergman


Gail Schmidt

Monday’s Muse

I was cleaning up in my studio over the weekend and ran across a book of Modigliani’s work. I made the mistake of opening it and before you knew got out my sketch pad inspired by his work. So much for cleaning the rest of my studio!


I’ve been doing my daily sketches for quite awhile now, started off last year in my Moleskine but have switched over to the 9×12 Strathmore Visual Journal-100lb drawing paper. I like the larger size and the paper is wonderful for drawing.

I love the fluid bodies of Modigliani. They are so feminine and graceful. The discipline of sketching every day is just like exercising, flexing and using your muscles helps them to stay in shape. You can sketch anything, anywhere, so there’s really no excuse not to!

This was done a long time ago-I think it was a lesson in a drawing book maybe? I really should be better about dating/labeling. I have some sketches (thanks to my grandma who saved everything) from back in high school.  One of these days I think I might try to gather them all together into one portfolio so I can see the progress from then until now. I wish I’d had the foresight to keep all of them over the years. But, sketches can seem disposable a lot of the time I would sketch onto scraps of paper and not in a journal where it’s easy to keep them. Well there’s no going back to reclaim what’s lost but I can go forward and keep a better account.


Sometimes things happen in life that appear so random. No cause and effect, just a lightening bolt out of a clear blue sky.

It’s what we do in those moments that shows who we are.

Watching lightening strike someone else is hard. Very hard. Seeing how they deal with it is a valuable life lesson. Choices are everywhere, but I choose to follow the example set before me and continue forward, one step at a time just like I’ve been taught my whole life.


These are some of the pages in my sketchbook/journal

This is the one I work in most often (except for my push to paint a page a day last month)

I love using just a few simple tools and have been playing with pencil, pitt pens and conte crayon for awhile now.

It’s relaxing and a great way to record my daily feelings and still be creative

Working in several journals at once allows me to always have a way to express myself. I will often use these sketches to go on to make more art. I usually scan the sketch before I add the words so I can re-use it somewhere else.

Working daily on your art ensures you will see growth in your work as you keep moving forward