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.

Ahhhh...nutrients.

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.

Original Painting for Sale #art #abstract #mixedmedia

Original art for sale today! This mixed media painting is on heavy watercolor paper and features an irregular border. The paper measures 9 x 12". Featured on page 111 of the book, "Acrylic Solutions", this painting has been created using archival materials and has been sealed so that it will last a very long time.

Collage, mark making and layers... I love this piece!

One available, $115 USD includes domestic shipping.

Original Painting for Sale #art #abstract #mixedmedia

Mixed media on stretched gallery canvas  18 x 18 x 1.25

Mixed media on stretched gallery canvas  18 x 18 x 1.25

A rare opportunity to own an original painting from my collection! "Solitary" was created during the writing of the book, "Acrylic Solutions" and is featured throughout chapters in the book as steps were completed on it. Hear that? THIS IS THE PAINTING I WORKED ON IN THE BOOK.

This painting is also the COVER of the book "Acrylic Solutions" as it was translated in Dutch.

The painting is made with archival materials and has been sealed in varnish...it will last a good long long time.. "Solitary" is also ready to hang, with 1.25" gallery canvas sides that have been painted as well.

$315 USD includes domestic shipping and insurance. International customers please inquire for shipping charges.

Thank you for stopping by today! 

PS - you can see all of the paintings I have for sale by clicking here.

New Art. Untitled No. 9 of 16 #acrylic #art #mixedmedia #abstract

Mixed Media on Canvas; 36 x 48"

Mixed Media on Canvas; 36 x 48"

For the past 12 weeks or so, I have painstakingly painted 15 large, new paintings for my solo show. I am finished now.. I've got the music on loud ...kind of celebrating my new freedom away from the easel. Painting is awesome... but I feel so much pressure painting for either deadline or gallery.. 

(The date of the show has not been announced.. I will let you know when the gallery gives me the date. All I have known is that I have been awarded a show.. and I know the square footage of the gallery.)

I am really proud of the collection. I am proud of myself too.. But I am really looking forward to letting my hair down for the next couple weeks.. I am dreaming of some new things to get myself in to.... trouble for sure. ;)

(I can't maintain comments on my blog and on Facebook.... you can find me over there everyday though. Stop by for some coffee with me. LINK)

Thank you for your support.

Where have you been? #art

From the archives; 2010 art journal page.

From the archives; 2010 art journal page.

This looks like a case of "grab whatever you can find on your computer and write about something quick".. which is true.  How have you been?

I have this thing that happens.. I get involved in a large project and then only think about anything else that I could be doing other than the project. I can't take a break..I can't break from the mega project because I have anxiety that I won't make it back to the project.. Maybe I can't do more than one thing at once. That's crazy..I know I can...

I am soooo close. I have a backlog of grid pages to photograph, in fact, I wrapped up my first full moleskine lat week.. I have three finished paintings for my show to photograph.. end of your school activities coming up..and then I really want to be playing tennis. That's all.

TWO PAINTINGS to go... my show will feature 15 large paintings..no smaller than 24x24.. for now. Then.. I want to take my break... this "reward" I have promised myself for the summer...and then I will get back into it.. I'm almost there... stay with me.

I'm on instagram pretty regularly.. I'd love to see you there too.

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From the book to the wall. #artjournal #abstract #art #artist

"After Hours" 36 x 48 Mixed Media on Canvas  NFS


"After Hours" 36 x 48 Mixed Media on Canvas  NFS

If only you could see this in person...and if only I could post large, hi-res images of my art online... because I. Love. This. Painting.

There are paintings that come here and there that I can't stop looking at.. this is one of them. There is a lot of texture...a lot of metallic paint...and layers are rich and luscious. It's size commands attention. I can't wait to see this in the gallery.

Inspired by re-interpreting a painting from an old journal (shown below):

High heat and winds continue... we are about 20 miles south of any of the major brush fires that are making the National News. Legoland is under evacuation..which means my alma matter GIA  is probably also being evacuated. Prayers that everyone and the structures nearby  stay safe.

Original Painting for Sale #art #abstract

"Vintage Picnic", original painting on stretched canvas. Approx. 10 x 10 x 0.75

Vintage picnic features soft colors and a super high gloss finish. I love this distressed look and this little beauty is a great accent painting and an affordable way to own your own original.

Vintage Picnic was juried into the Regional Show at the San Diego Art Institute in 2013.

$125 USD

One available; domestic shipping included.

New Art. Untitled No. 8 of 16 #acrylic #art #mixedmedia #abstract

24x24 Mixed media on gallery canvas; second half of a diptych now complete.

24x24 Mixed media on gallery canvas; second half of a diptych now complete.

I'm really in the groove now.. funny how it takes a while to get back into things after a creative break. Many people have been asking me why I am painting my show so early.. Only the reason to get 'er done.. I will not have the time to concentrate on painting so much during the summer while Kate is here...and the guidelines of the gallery require me to make paintings that represent the juried pieces that awarded me the show in the first place.. So without any drastic changes, I want to wrap things up. If between the show and then I make something that compliments the collection, I can make changes as needed.. So..that's the reason.

I want to experiment.. I want to explore... I want to paint for sake of not having to paint..and that time will be soon. Only 5 more paintings to go.

Thank you for stopping by today.