Category Archives: making a living

Overworked / Failure

Dan recently blogged about failures: “So many people try to hide failure. Sometimes, they want to hide it out of embarrassment and sometimes they want to hide it out of fear. I don’t want to fail, but when I do, … Continue reading

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Whats on Your Workdesk? Wednesday

I don’t know if I’ll do What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday as a regular thang, but here I am on humpday wanting to post about my new space and I happen upon this weekly challenge….. When not painting *sigh* I … Continue reading

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Software Geeks Who Change Things Just Because They Can

Remember when life was much easier at WP? For instance, remember when all you had to do was click on the little chain-linky-symbol to do it all, above? You’d highlight the link phrase, then hit that chain-linky-symbol, choose your I-want-it-to-open-in-another-page, … Continue reading

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Creativity: Stumbling Blocks + Play

Creatives get blocked. Creatives need play time! It has been a long time since I’ve been involved in a project — I’m not talking about recipes or art challenges but real projects — a couple of years of learning watercolors, … Continue reading

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Doc Youping Qin

Dr. Youping Qin is my acupuncturist.  My images here are part of a larger set, depicting the history of acupuncture and Chinese immigrants to Oregon.  (This post is about the painting, not the story!) Doc Qin has been a Portland … Continue reading

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NW Portland Industrial Sanctuary

Our studio sits in the NW Industrial Sanctuary.  When most think of a sanctuary they think of preserving bird and wildlife habitats, but there are other kinds of sanctuaries. Once this was a gorgeous waterway and lake , used for … Continue reading

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Washington State DAR Flag

The State of Washington DAR Flag (DAR = Daughters of the American Revolution) is my subject today for the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge, drawn from an image taken while assessing the flag for the State of Washington curatorial … Continue reading

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My Secret Journal: Eleven, Shellacking

Note:  I am writing a story/journal that I don’t want to show before it is published in full.  These are some of the illustrated pages in the sketchbook for the story. Shellacking an oak table in the first finish room; … Continue reading

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My Secret Journal: Ten, Sammy on a Sofa

Note:  I am writing a story/journal that I don’t want to show before it is published in full.  These are some of the illustrated pages in the sketchbook for the story. Sammy lounging as he is allowed to do occasionally … Continue reading

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Holiday Memories at Hearst Castle

Our business gets us in the back door to some amazing places. We conserved the Gothic Sofa for the Hearst Castle, near Cambria, California.  We visited just before Christmas to see it installed in William Randolph Hearst’s private library (between … Continue reading

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Sketching Memories of Our Staycation, 2 Work Happens

Small business owners rarely get to really take time off.  You can’t ignore a new client (or they may go elsewhere) and you can’t ignore the absolutely only time for a delivery, in our case.  Crater Lake is one of … Continue reading

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Sketching Memories of Our Staycation, 1

I love sketching in journals because I love making our memories come to life. Mitchell and I are staying in Portland for our vacation; I am told the hip thing to call it is a “staycation.” Mostly we are working … Continue reading

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Inktober, First week

I feel like I am cheating with this challenge in that my drawings usually begin with ink then watercolor is applied — though sometimes more ink is applied — hell, I dunno.  Feels like cheating not to do a separate … Continue reading

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My Secret Journal: One

Well as my brother’s used to say, I AM blonde! (Sssshhh, so are two of my brothers.) I am writing a journal that I don’t want to show before it is published in full. This is why I have not … Continue reading

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Gratitude Journal: Back to Studio Work!

 It is good to be back in my finish studio working on paying conservation projects. I have a NPS project due this month. Historic Mason Monterey paper and iron “chandeliers” for the Chateau need to be reproduced.  The original historic … Continue reading

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Sketchpack Project: Week Four

ABOUT SKETCHPACK: The project began in 2011. The original idea was to get folks to draw daily. The Sketchpack is a small zigzag journal with two usable sides, allowing one to sketch on both sides of 15 ‘pages’ to complete … Continue reading

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Commission: Dan

I was commissioned to create a portrait for a local man, Dan, who has been a great friend to many, going beyond the call of duty, and has a sweet soul. His friend (and mine) wanted it as a retirement … Continue reading

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Sketchpack Project: Week Two

ABOUT SKETCHPACK: The project began in 2011. The original idea was to get folks to draw daily. The Sketchpack is a small zigzag journal with two usable sides, allowing one to sketch on both sides of 15 ‘pages’ to complete … Continue reading

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