Mural Painting in Honduras

Mural Painting in Honduras

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to give back though artwork to an orphanage in Honduras High in the mountains north of Tegucigalpa, I undertook painting a huge cement-block wall; my ‘sombrero’ to block the heat of the hot Central American Sun I had to use found or donated paint, the assistance of many, and most important, had the help of my young daughter to cover the many sections of wall with the bright murals Simple designs held multiple meanings for the children living within the safety of the walls (yes, gunshots were heard outside multiple times) It was a beautiful, creative and inspiring time and I was the one that left with the gift. I am so excited to embark on another journey in just a few months to paint again on foreign soil with my daughter & I know that I will be the lucky one...

Chalk Paint Sign Party

Several friends gathered at the studio the other night to try their hands at this fun new paint I had been raving about! To inspire a little Fourth of July Fun, I used my Chevron monogram Sign for a little inspiration and the set them free! Out came stencils galore, tape, sandpaper, and of course, lots of yummy Decoart Chalky finish paint! They stenciled and painted and munched on tasty chips and dip, all while putting their own original spin on the design. Sandpaper was flying, friends were cheering & each design was coming together. Laughter was heard all around, as well as lots of encouragement, as they painted into the evening! Circles, chevrons, stripes, polkadots, Oh my! All too soon, the brushes were washed, the paint lids tightened, and the sanding dust settled. As we all cheered each other for each fun finished design, we loved how each personality shone through. Off they all went, inspired and happy, sign tucked under an arm, into the night. They left not just with a sign, but loving the new paint, excited about their new creation & ready to ring in another great Fourth of July! God Bless...

The Red, White & Blue Monogram

There it was, the box waiting for me.  New paint. Not just new paint, but a new type of paint, filled with the promise of new colors, chalky finish, and oh-so-many possibilities! Freshness, possibilities, makeovers, new looks. All this awaits in the box of new paint! The box is open, new designs are forming and the Fourth of July is calling! I was inspired to create a patriotic sign that would be fun for the fourth, but could also decorate year-round. Pulling from my studio stash of boards, I found an MDF board in a 20″ x 12″ size just perfect for a rectangular sign. I base coated in the wonderful new Chalky Finish Paint from Decoart, then selected the beautiful Legacy blue and Romance red for the next steps in the project. I laid out the center circle and banding, then traced out the chevron stripes from my stencil. Painting the chevron stripes in the Rouge was a snap, since the paint was so creamy. After taping and painting the bottom three inch band with blue, I pulled out some simple alphabet stencils to do the bottom lettering. I laid the wording out with a pencil for spacing, then stenciled American Made in Primitive Chalky finish paint. While I had that color on my brush, I also painted the center of the circle.   When completely dry, I grabbed my 100 grit sandpaper and distressed away. My hand lettering finished off the sign with a little fun personalization.  I was so excited about this project, I invited a few friends to the studio to share the paint fun. I...

Preparing the Studio

I have been sorting through the studio since Christmas, filling December orders, tidying crammed bookcases and closing the opened paint containers. There is something about a new year that fills you with promise, with the hope of days to come, adventures to take, memories to make. In clearing the dust from the shelves and from my envisioned projects in my mind,  I came upon this quote by Albert Einstein: “True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.” That is it! That is how I feel! DO you ever just HAVE to do something, really, truly HAVE to do it? In the way that you cannot stop yourself from crying out “This is what I am made to do?” I am made to paint. simply that. Be it beautiful, be it sloppy and ungainly, be it burlap, be it canvas, be it the back of a lunch receipt I pull out to sketch a painting idea, be it a project I have researched and loved and wept and dreamt of. I am made to hold a paint brush and love it. To draw. To sketch. To create. I am made with a desire to worship with visual strokes and thoughts and lines. and it is good....