But it Doesn’t Match My Sofa!

But it Doesn’t Match My Sofa!

Does this match my sofa? Well, no, but you will have the artwork a lot longer than you have the sofa, so is that really important? And contrast is good, which in designer speak is called ‘accent colors’, so go ahead, buy that painting, pottery, art glass...
Memorial Day Memories

Memorial Day Memories

We all have lost a loved one or we all will some day, and Memorial Day is dedicated to the remembrance of those who have passed. It has been many years since I lost my grandmother – I was only 9 – yet she had a huge impact on my as yet short life. She...
11 Open Studio Tips

11 Open Studio Tips

I have an open studio 3-4 times a year. Two of them are in conjunction with the Saint Paul Art Crawl and I invite guest artists to show their work with me. It has become a fun collaborative event! Here are 11 things you must do to promote your open studio event:...
Artwork Inventory Software

Artwork Inventory Software

Artwork Archive is FANTASTIC. I signed up in December 2012 after looking for a couple of years for software that both did the job AND looked good (Seriously, this is the ONLY artwork database software that actually has a nice looking interface. Hello! When the target...
Failure is the Best Start

Failure is the Best Start

My very good friend Lauri Flaquer just wrote a fantastic blog post about “Anything worth doing well is worth doing poorly at first.” She is so right on! The best life and business lessons learned are from failures. But I think the key is to LEARN and GROW from those...
Inquiries & Referrals Welcome

Inquiries & Referrals Welcome

This last November someone contacted me with an unusual request. He needed the sensibilities of a stained glass artist to design a graphic to be used on signs promoting environmentalism, but it didn’t involve building a window, just creating a bright and...
2012 SMASH! & Grateful for ALL it Entailed

2012 SMASH! & Grateful for ALL it Entailed

When I finally made the decision to smash my older work, it really was about allowing myself to grow and letting go of the work I am no longer making. It was an artistic decision and a personal one; one that took me 3-4 years to actually make and implement. And the...
We have 2 winners!

We have 2 winners!

Mary M. & Mary H. each won a pair of tickets to the ACC show!!! I used a very scientific method to determine the winner:   I wrote each name on a small piece of paper and put them in a bowl Then I had Piper check them out The winners were chosen with drool...