Online Workshop FLASH sale! $49.99 #mixedmedia

Mixed media on yupo.

Mixed media on yupo.

Through the end of the month, pick up my fun, get-your-hands-busy-with-fun-products-and-make-really-cool-art workshop, Mixed Media Vacation for only $49.99! You won't want to miss this sale price if you are interested in this's a steal with no time limits, beautiful video and an amazing downloadable handout! Click here to see what the fuss is about.

Happy weekend!


Mixed Media Melange #summerfun #mixedmedia #ecourse

Only one sample of things you can find in our Mixed Media Melange Ecourse.

Only one sample of things you can find in our Mixed Media Melange Ecourse.

Perfect for summer vacation.. Grab those bits and bobs you have been collecting and some paint, and come with us to our Mixed Media Melange online workshop! You'll find tons of inspiration like these awesome tags pictured above.

Class is open now, and on SALE for only $59.99! Click here to find out more and to register. 

Happy. #mixedmedia #art #blog

Nothing serious. Mixed media 16x20" on illustration board.

Nothing serious. Mixed media 16x20" on illustration board.

I typically paint strong paintings using a very neutral palette. Think tan, white, browns, the know, my usual. This summer, however, I have been reaching over and over for the yellows and golds. Is it the definition of insanity? Repeating something over and over and expecting different results? I ALWAYS have trouble with the yellows.... but why do I always reach for them?

Talking with my friend this morning, she made a good point... she mentioned that she bets we can look at someone's portfolio and a picture of their living room and match them up. Wouldn't you know it? I painted every wall in the house neutral (Sandstone Cove to be exact) and I usually only wear Black, white and navy. I dress and decorate in the same way that I paint! It's true.

Trouble arose yesterday when I had some trouble with fixative on the two paintings pictured below:

Diptych: 2x 30x40 Mixed Media

Diptych: 2x 30x40 Mixed Media

I wanted these paintings to work. What you cannot see in the picture is a bunch of light colored (worn) graffiti. The graffiti was not to be bold...just barely there. Well, the fixative darkened the light pastel I wrote it in and I could not salvage it. So I started over. The diptych shortly became one new, awesome yellow painting (not pictured) plus one green and pink painting that was going south FAST.

Green and Pink???? What the hell happened to me? That painting has since been destroyed... I got the pink and green out of my system.. and understand that how much I want to use those sort of colors sometimes, they are not for me... I'm sticking to what I know.

So what do you think? Happen to you? Let me know on Facebook. I am interested to know what you think. Thanks for stopping in! We are enjoying light rain in San Diego today...a real "howler" in July! Can you believe it?

Feathers #mixedmedia

Feathers, 16x20 Mixedmedia art on Illustration Board

Feathers, 16x20 Mixedmedia art on Illustration Board

Shown above, the progression of a recent mixed media painting I completed. Starting with simple, neutral collage elements and a layer or two of paint, this piece morphed into a new painting I have titled, "Feathers".

A rare, free say this summer while my daughter was away.. we're having so much fun this year with days spent playing tennis and swimming...the best "summer camp" there is.

Thank you for stopping by today. See you soon.

On the grid. 30 #journal #lettering #artjournal

Summer has been off to a great start... The best decision I think I have made as far as summers go is to not have enrolled in any camps this year.. We are enjoying time together and having a lot of fun. I've had to take a couple of weeks off of tennis to try to strengthen one of my knees... that was sad, but I know I will be back strong when it is time to play.. Patience...not my strong suit.

Oh..World Cup... In. To. It.

Rest, relaxation and recreation have pushed my grid book to the back shelf.. I have not picked up one pen yet this summer.. nor a paintbrush be expected.. This happens when I complete a lot of work.. I take some time off and then create again when the time feels right.

Our online mixed media workshops, on the other hand, have a lot of people painting away.. and we are happy to see them- if you've been thinking about building some solid mixed media art time like the present. Click here to take a look at all of the topics we have to offer..there really is something for everyone.


Original Painting for Sale #art #abstract #mixedmedia

Untitled 81; Acrylic on cradled wood panel; 24x18x1.5"

Untitled 81; Acrylic on cradled wood panel; 24x18x1.5"

A rare opportunity to own one of my originals. This handsome, contemplative, abstract will add a soothing feel to your decor. Professional grade (no solvent smell!), archival acrylic paint is ready to hang and serve its purpose- to look beautiful. :)

This painting is featured on page 81 of our best selling book, "Acrylic Solutions".

   SOLD! Thank you!

On the grid. 29 #journal #lettering #artjournal

Captain's log: First official weekday of summer vacation- no camps. Ahhhh... Enjoyed a leisurely morning, tennis tonight. Feels great.

Watched Italy vs. England last Saturday... had a great time! Will pick up some other matches for sure.. Super fun. 

Celebrating Kate this week by buying her first official set of bedroom furniture.. She's never had anything matching.. I always told her that I would get her a dresser and desk before she got into 3rd grade. So excited.. Packing up old toys and "stuff" for donation..and getting ready for the new pieces to come in. She is growing up very fast...

Been noticing a lot of articles on "advice" on how to write an "attractive" blog to garner readership, of course.... "I can help you with this...realize that... blah blah." I say write what you want to write, write when you want to write..and don't care what anyone else thinks. Write for you. It's better that way.

That is all. See you again soon.

New Art. Untitled No. 12 of 16 #acrylic #art #mixedmedia #abstract

Acrylic on cavas; 24x30", Gallery Canvas

Acrylic on cavas; 24x30", Gallery Canvas

Your walls are painted dark, your furniture is light with accents of high polished silver. The textures in the room reflect those in this painting... Perfectly neutral, with layers to get lost inside.

So proud of my girl...wrapped up 2nd grade with a perfect report card, perfect attendance, runner-up in the Spelling Bee and she is doing awesome in tennis.... She doesn't like me to post her picture online, but take my word for it....I'm one happy mom. :) Happy summer!

Teacher's Gifts #sewn

Hand made cosmetic pouches with L'Occitane gifts for the teachers this year..

Hand made cosmetic pouches with L'Occitane gifts for the teachers this year..

I whipped up these simple pouches to hold some small gifts for the teachers this year. They measure about 7x5" and feature a quick embroidered monogram. I enjoy making things like this rather than paper gift bags.. I think the size is perfect to carry in a purse or tote bag.

On the grid. 28 #journal #lettering #artjournal

I am so ready for summer vacation.. We do not have any traveling plans this summer, but I am looking forward to staying up a little late, sleeping in a little longer and tennis! I've declared summer 2014 to be "The Summer of Tennis".. I can't get enough of the sport..

The paintings for my show are finished.. I need to apply varnish to all of them and then find somewhere to store them until the event.. It's a sizable collection, I can say that I love every painting, which is really hard for me usually.. I feel like the collection is my second child. I can't wait to see it hanging.

Have fun wherever you are..see you soon.

Up Close and Personal..

Close-ups... details often too difficult to post online, shown here for your viewing pleasure. My favorite way to paint is very slowly...over the course of several days per painting... relishing in every layer and applied detail one by one.

I've been painstakingly lifting tacky paint for a long time.... and eager to explore some new mixed media options this summer.

Don't forget our mixed media workshops are always open.. no matter when you sign up..they never expire and we are always happy to help you. Come on over and paint with us this summer!

New Art. Untitled No. 11 of 16 #acrylic #art #mixedmedia #abstract

Untitled, Mixed media on canvas 30x40 NFS

Untitled, Mixed media on canvas 30x40 NFS

Why untitled? I can't commit. I don't like naming my art.. never have. I name a painting and then refer back to it and call it a different name.. I kind of feel like you should name the paintings.. you interpret the art...hang it in your home...and a name will come to you.. What I see in this painting may not be what you see...this way we can all be happy.

How do you feel about this? Imagine you think about art... you're passionate about it. You love to paint.. you paint all the time.. you earn a living painting... is it work? You know that if you don't paint, you won't generate income.... so what about it? Join the conversation on Facebook.

On the grid. 27 #journal #lettering #artjournal

Election day in San Diego... did you vote?

For the last few days, I have been feeling like my head has not been clear.. not my sinus... my thinking. Instead of fighting with myself, I have come to recognize what is happening (this "fog" effects my painting greatly), I bulk up on green smoothies, rest a little and then come back to art the next day. I am happy to report that I feel like I am on the "up swing" now...much better than yesterday.


Instead of working on one painting today, I am wrapping up 2. Each much stronger than they were last night.. that makes me feel good..

Count down to summer vacation... I'm looking so forward to slow mornings.. and later hours in the evening... can't wait.

New Art. Untitled No. 10 of 16 #acrylic #art #mixedmedia #abstract

Untitled No. 10  30x40" Mixed Media on gallery canvas.

Untitled No. 10  30x40" Mixed Media on gallery canvas.

I have a love / hate relationship with yellow. All yellows. Yellow calls to me.. all the time.. but I find it really difficult to work with. No matter which yellow I have on hand, I can never mix the yellow I have in my brain. Maybe I need to color-calibrate myself.

I remember when I was a small child, my mother told me that yellow was my favorite color. I always thought that was her way of having me accept what color she was going to be painting my room. Oh and the wallpaper too... it was yellow. Vinyl even.

There is a problem at Casa Prichard.. paintings all over the place. None of them are quite ready for storage yet, so the only solution was to hang them up.. on every square inch of the house. House of Paintings.. Since I am short on space, there are paintings hung all over the place without any consideration of surrounding decor. Jeff Lewis would have a panic attack in here for sure... I'm borderline.. It's hard to get a grasp on the individuality of each painting when they are hung on top of each other...

... but I love looking at them here on the website though...hope you do too.