Thursday, May 27, 2010

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Making Room for the New

I've just created a CLEARANCE section in my Etsy store and stocked it with 22 items!
It's time to clear some space in my studio and make some room for new work.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Monday, May 24, 2010

Mexican Inspiration: New Direction

I didn't get much of a chance to work on my "Mexican Tiles" until yesterday afternoon.
I began adding detail to one in particular (lower left). There was a lot of painting and "erasing". Nothing I did seemed right and then it dawned on me that what I might really be wanting to achieve is inject the Mexican pottery details that inspire me into my regular style of painting.
So for now, rather than dig myself deeper into a rut, I might set these aside and move on with that in mind.

Do you ever start a project then halfway into it realize that it's not at all what you are meant to be doing?

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Mexican Inspiration

There's always been Mexican influences in my work, but at the moment I'm fixated on all the pottery I wish I'd been able to bring home with me from our recent trip. As a result I've begun a series of Mexican "tile" paintings on wood.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


During our Mexican vacation we spent a day at Xel-Ha. An amazing eco-aquarium. Everything is natural, the fish are not in tanks (nor are they afraid of you ). SOOO cool.

We swam in a cave.

I dove (jumped, actually) off a cliff a few times.

We tubed down a mangrove path and swam down a "lazy" river.
The water was amazing.

Xel-Ha is an all inclusive park. $105 per person (through our tour company at the hotel) covered transportation to and from, rental of all snorkel equipment (bring $20 deposit for snorkel equipment, you'll get it back), towels, lockers and all you can eat and drink (including beer and cocktails). The only added expense (besides the shopping I did on my way out) was purchasing their bio-degradable sunscreen. Being an ecological preserve, standard sunscreens are, understandably, not allowed.

For extra fees you can do things like swim with dolphins, manatees or go on an underwater "sea-trek". While they all seem fun, these activities will take up part of your day. We were perfectly happy to simply explore the park on our own on our first visit. Even with this approach there were a few things we didn't get to do. I guess we'll just have to visit again.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

I Left My Liver in Mexico

I'm baaaack!
Tony Bennett may have left his heart in San Francisco, but we all left our livers in the Maya Riviera. We arrived home on Sunday morning from a wonderful family (Ron, my aunt and I) vacation to the Maya Riviera (just 20 minutes outside Cancun). We stayed at the wonderful all-inclusive Secrets Silversands Riviera. We loved it there and would return in a heartbeat.

Cocktails NON-STOP!!!

The room and resort grounds were beautiful.

The beach out front was lovely.

The restaurants and nightly shows were great.

I even won a Bocce Ball tournament and got pulled up on stage.

Hair courtesy of Mother Nature and Jose Cuervo:

Did I mention how much we drank???

I am now tanned, relaxed and most importantly recharged with colorful inspiration.
I am ready and eager to get back into the studio!