Getting in the holiday spirit

It was the perfect rainy morning to do some art. I wanted to do something that got me in a holiday state of mind. This is a small (8×10) acrylic painting.

We are going to have an open studio on December 3rd to coincide with the Downtown Livermore festivities. I’ll be selling my paintings, prints and cards. If you are in town, please check it out. My talented studio mates will also be there with their beautiful art too!

Safety pin

I did a quick sketch this morning. Using a safety pin was on my “to do list” as part of my sewing theme. But this is different. This is necessary for me to communicate – I am a person who is in solidarity with those who have less privilege in our society. I am also someone who understands my own sense of privilege. Please know that I am a safe person who will stand up to injustice to the best of my ability.




Here’s my most recent painting. It is a continuation on my song and lyrics theme. I was inspired by Elvis Costello’s “Shipbuilding.” It’s one of my favorite songs – beautiful lyrics and music. The Chet Baker trumpet part gets me every time.

The song is about the contradiction of war – that it brings “prosperity” and loss to the communities dependent on war income.  It’s a diabolical relationship.

“With all the will in the world
Diving for dear life
When we could be diving for pearls”

-Elvis Costello, Shipbuilding