Happy Halloween – and some dog art

Happy Halloween!  I have to admit, I love this holiday.  When else do normally responsible adults get to dress up, act silly and eat candy undetected?  Not to mention how fun it is for the kids…

All that being said, there was very little time to make art this week.  I had hoped to complete four pet portraits as a series, but only finished one… (with three additional backgrounds in the works).

Since I recently agreed to have my art on display at our local Dunn Bros. coffee shop in December, my mind has been consumed with preparing for this show.  However, it’s even more important to me to be there for my family and the people I love, so that’s what I’ve been doing!

It was amazing that even one piece of art was finished this week!  I’ve wanted to do some pet portrait collages for a long time, and had four 9X9in extra deep canvases that I thought would look great as a series.  So here’s the first one…


Trial placement of collage elements


“Daisy” – 9x9x2.37in – mixed media collage on canvas


And…my 15 seconds as Captain Jack Sparrow.  Thanks to my sweet little niece for wanting me to try on her wig!

Happy Halloween!

Thanks for visiting my blog and have a great weekend,



Inspired by Butterflies – Our Turner’s Syndrome Story

In 2009 our youngest daughter was diagnosed with Turner’s Syndrome, a chromosomal abnormality affecting 1 in every 2500 females born.  Amy’s doctor told us she has the “mosaic form” which typically presents with milder symptoms than the “non-mosaic form”, and would account for the late diagnosis.  Aside from being quite small for her age, Amy appeared healthy in every other way.

Subsequent testing of her heart and kidneys showed that she does NOT have the abnormalities that can be complications of this condition.  We’re grateful that Amy doesn’t deal with life-threatening conditions, and her diagnosis has caused us to reevaluate what we previously considered “normal”.  Simply put, there is no such thing!  Amy has her own path to walk and life to live, with its unique joys and challenges.

As we prepare to celebrate Amy’s 13th birthday in a few weeks, I’ve been reflecting on the wonderful blessing she is to our family, and how thankful I am to be her mom.  The emblem for Turner’s Syndrome Awareness is the butterfly.  You can imagine my joy when I stopped in at a local thrift store and found this 1914 edition of “Insect Life” in the FREE section.  I could hardly wait to tear out some pages and get to work!


Someone’s trash, my treasure!


First layer of collage on 18x18in cradled birch panel


Paint layer added and butterfly outline drawn


Final piece, negatively painted and details added

Thanks for visiting and letting me share our Turner’s Syndrome story.

Have a great day!



The Funny Dream…

I recently told my husband that I wanted to visit the Minneapolis Institute of Arts….by myself.  Since we live four hours north of the metro area, it takes a bit of planning to make this happen.  I’ve been to the Institute once, but it was with my daughter’s 6th grade “History Day” group, so it doesn’t count!

Here I am in the Twin Cities.  I’m attending a veterinary seminar on behalf our clinic tomorrow, and get to visit the Art Institute on Friday.

The funny thing is, last night I had a dream.  In it, several of my closest friends and loved ones decided to join me at the Art Institute!  I was so busy taking care of people that I hardly got to see any of the exhibits, and therefore sat on a bench and cried.   When I shared this with my husband earlier today, he totally laughed out loud!

Moral of the story is…if you see a woman sobbing at the Institute of Arts on Friday, it means they have arrived!

Thanks for visiting. Have a great day!