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Hummingbird and Flowers - ACEO original painting

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2.5" x 3.5" ACEO original painting acrylic on acid free crescent matboard $10.00 free shipping click here

Staying with the hummingbird theme, I created this little guy. It's hard not to love hummingbirds - they are such amazing creatures!

Set of Hummingbird and Hibiscus Flower Coasters

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I finally was able to complete the commissioned set of 4 hummingbird coasters. Going into the project, I wasn't sure what I was doing. It always amazes me that it works out every time - even when feelings of ??? arise.  They were delivered yesterday and the lady was thrilled - one of the most rewarding aspects of doing art, especially commission work, is getting to see the reaction when they first set eyes on it. It makes it SO worth it in that moment... So these coasters are becoming a hit! I am considering starting a listing on Etsy for commissioned coasters. Selling in sets or individually. They are a lot of work but very enjoyable to do:)) Here are some more coasters available in my Etsy shop - click here



"Joy" - 20" x 20" mandala painting

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"Joy" 20" x 20" acrylic on canvas
includes custom frame

This painting has a lot of meaning for me. A year and half ago, my brother was in a bad car accident - it was serious and he is lucky to be alive. He suffered TBI (traumatic brain injury) and was in ICU for 2 weeks and rehab for 2 more. We remained with him the entire time and we had an amazing outpouring of energy from friends and family that I believe really floated us through the experience.  Today he is miraculously fine - the changes in his personality were minor, considering all the horror stories the doctors told us, and his fractured neck healed with no problems. At the time this accident happened, I had just started this painting and it took me many months to find the energy to return to it but when I did, a lot of my feelings of joy and being so blessed that this life changing experience had a happy ending. The experience really opened my eyes and heart and this inevitably influenced the painting. I fel…

San Pedro in Bloom

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"San Pedro in Bloom" 18" x 24" acrylic on canvas board custom made Redwood frame $395 + Shippingclick here

Portrait Sketch

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I have for some time now, had the desire to do portrait work. Lately I have had so many projects going at once that it has been difficult to pursue this, however, I recently ran across this book published by LIFE magazine called "LEGENDS - The Century's Most Unforgettable Faces". It has the greatest black and white photos of famous people ( sadly, a lot of which I don't even know ) and makes for a great study reference for portrait sketching.  Here is a face that really captured and inspired me to draw it - anyone care to venture a guess on who this is?...

Desert Treasure

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The desert often has a reputation for being sparse or barren and when I first moved here nearly 20 years ago, I found that I carried a lot of assumptions about how the desert is and was pleasantly surprised to find the desert was full of magic and beauty and not at all what I assumed it to be.
One of the biggest surprises was when spring came and the cactus suddenly bloomed with the most beautiful flowers I have ever witnessed. I call them the desert's secret treasure.
This spring, after all the much needed rains from this winter, the cactus have been producing quite the show of blossoms.  I am happy to be able to share a little of this desert treasure with you.  All the photos were taken at our property here in Southeast Arizona...
















Chain Cholla Blossoms
















Prickley Pear Blossoms

















Bird of Paradise ( not a cactus )





















 Hedge Hog Cactus
















More Prickley Pear flowers

Blessings of beauty and wonder to you all!

New Mandala Paintings...

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"Cosmic Flower" 15" x 15" acrylic on board
available here
Just finished two new mandala paintings to add to the show at the"Art with Heart"gallery in Tempe. Although these kind of paintings always manage to have a mind of their own and I find myself going along for the ride, I am happy with how they turned out.






"Interwoven" 5" x 7" acrylic on canvas
available here

Time out in Bisbee

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Here is a watercolor sketch I did over morning coffee at theHigh Desert Marketin Bisbee, Arizona.  I got the opportunity to unplug for a few days, and I really loveBisbeefor that. I took a lot of reference photos while I was there for future paintings. It was quite the inspiring trip!
Here are a few shots I took during our stay...
TheJonquilMotel where we stayed...


Luke playing guitar in the park...


Main Street in Bisbee...
Good times!