soft as a lamb & tough as a rhino


I have been nesting in my studio which for me always means making room for new possibilities—always very exciting. I rediscovered this bird, he was hidden away all dusty. This painting is actually titled “Possibilities”. I brought him out into the light, cleaned him up and have let him be my creative guide while I clean, sort and categorize. He reminds me that as artists, too often we make these beautiful things and then never show them to anyone for risk of failure or perhaps even risk of success.

I just had a lengthy discussion with a friend today—a remarkable jeweler Jane Frank. We are both artists and we discussed how challenging it is to be creatively authentic and develop the skills needed to sell our work. I was once told that you have to soft as a lamb to create and tough as a rhinoceros to sell. These are two very different skills and one area generally suffers if you are working hard in the other.

How do we solve this conflict as artists? We need to seek as much counsel as we can—feedback about work, conferences, search out expertise in areas that challenge us— advertising, social media, follow up with clients on and on. But, good golly even typing this list makes me want to quietly create something and never show it to anyone. However, the duality of this is that we also want it out there. We do want people talking about and buying our work. OK, so here I go…

To see more of my work go to:
Now I put myself out there today. SO, what steps can you take to up your game?

P.S. Oh, and by the way lots of these works are for sale and I welcome commission work. I sure wish I had an agent.

seek different ways…

Lillibridge, Dakota 1966, unknown flora

Lillibridge, Unknown FLora Pattern

I have been cleaning my studio and sorting my work and I took a new look at this piece. I call it “Unknown Flora”, but I think it most closely resembles Queen Anne’s Lace. I am so interested in the way things look from another point of view…upside down, another perspective, in repetition etc.

This applies to both how we communicate and how we see things. I get stuck in the same thinking patterns and need to change it up or I get intellectually/emotionally bored (and this thinking type of thinking is exhausting). When we seek different ways of seeing we are opening ourselves up for a shift, a possibility or some grace…depending on what your life needs at the time. So, today turn (whatever needs a shift) upside down, or sideways and see what happens.

I don’t like to rush the holiday season, but…


From Scoutmob
“Turn a negative into a positive with this Birds In Love holiday ornament. Inside the glass ornament is a print of one of the maker’s designs, which was created from cut-up vintage film negatives. The positioning of the print gives off the illusion of a 3D object. A bit of diamond dust sits at the inside bottom of the ornament for a snow-like feel. Includes a ribbon attachment for easy hanging.”
Glak Love
Trade: film cutter
Locale: Grant Park, ATL

Here is the website to SCOUTMOB. A great online makers site. Beautiful work.

Interesting to look around, but I always encourage seeking out local makers at holiday fairs and markets in your area. Basically every artist has some kind of a web presence that makes it pretty easy to at least e-mail and try to set up a studio visit or ask about where they sell their goods. The times complete strangers have found me to purchase or commission work have been some of the most rewarding experiences of my creative life. Go forth and seek a “maker” out this holiday season in your town.

What does it mean to be well-educated?


This is one of my favorite articles about intelligence. As the philosopher Alfred North Whitehead observed long ago, “A merely well-informed man is the most useless bore on God’s earth. . . . Scraps of information” are only worth something if they are put to use, or at least “thrown into fresh combinations.”

The achitecture of emotion.

Quick information.

Full article.

Pretty interesting information. Perhaps this is why a room just never feels “quite right” in your home.

Husband and Wife London Illustrators…way cool work!

The Red Dress presents
21 October 2013– 1 November 2013
Opening Night: 22 October 6pm-9pm

BAT BITCH, Lillibridge, Olivia Chancellor, Ollie Bland

The long awaited first ever exhibition from the B-Movie poster, Film Noir and Horror illustration specialists. Expect Bearded Beasties, Toxic Waste men and other B-Movie Terrors.

Violently grab the opportunity to run away screaming with affordable signed limited edition prints.

The Red Dress is a London based Illustration duo, Olivia Chancellor and Ollie Bland. This husband and wife team met while studying Graphic Design and Illustration at Central St. Martins in 1996. The Red Dress love all types of Vintage posters especially B-Movies, Film Noir and Pulp Fiction illustration.

Directions if you happen to be in London or are traveling this week: