Artist Challenge 2018- Making us Stronger together


Artist Challenge 2018- Making us Stronger together


Quiet Spring Dream

I would like to devises a weekly art challenge, or as I like to think of them, a humble encouragements. We’ll call it a challenge as that’s language that many of us are used to, since they are everywhere these days. But think of it as an invitation if that feels less arduous and wearing! This is for everyone!

Making us Stronger together

These challenges are aimed at making it easier to connect with other artists and kindred spirits.

The added bonus is that it’s designed to build your ‘story’ as an artist. It’ll help you clarify aspects of your own process, what works and what doesn’t, and hopefully make it easier to talk about your work and motivations. People love to know more about the person behind the art – this will give them a glimpse behind the curtain and help us connect with each other as humans and creative beings.

I will give you a description of the Challenge. You get to create with any medium of art and its techniques. (Photography, watercolor, oils, pencil, metal, written word…)
As artist post their work, we can gently and constructively comment what we think. Remember, not all people like harsh critiques and may not participate again. On the other hand, you will not improve if you don’t listen to some creative direction and encouragements. These weekly challenges are to get us back in the roll of creating, expressing and relaxing in the moment.

Who would like to do this?

pass it on and let see how many people we can encourage to play along.

First Challenge : FINDING A WHISPER!


A Painting for Christmas in Memory of a dear friend

Yes, It’s finally here!  Christmas time is everywhere, whether you like it or not.  I have a wonderful family to share this time with, along with great friends who have become our second family.  I don’t take for granted the blessing I have. I do try to nurture those relationships and make them as precious, as I do, myself.  Merry Christmas!

Last February, we were fortunate to have my cousins and their dog over for “a long winters nap”.  We enjoyed each others company, we laughed a lot and I was able to un-train their Dog IZZY. Isabella, was one of the best trained and well behaved dogs we’ve ever had to our house. My two dogs were not!  Every time the dogs would go outside, on their way back in, they would get a treat.  Izzy caught on to that really fast and wanted to go out a lot!  When she was outside, she didn’t have to work any job, obey any commands, or even chase a rabbit to get her treat.  She just got one. Treat after treat after treat!!! All the dogs put on weight that month. So did I! But, by the end of their stay. I had caught on to some of the good training rules and commands, that were suppose to be enforced.  I grew to love this sweet dog very much.  Last month, our hearts were saddened. While my cousins  were down at their Tennessee homestead. Izzy got into mouse poison.  It didn’t take long for her to die, just a matter of hours.  I tell you this, only because we need to realize the dangers of these kinds of poisons. They will kill mice and anything else that eats it:  Like your best friend (dog/cat) or a young child.  Please be careful this Christmas season and May your home be filled with happy, healthy faces.

I’m getting off my soap box now.

I painted this for Dee And Jeff

Merry Christmas You Two

from the Dotson’s

Izzy all in Pink- a practice painting

Izzy all in Pink- a practice painting

In Memories of Isabella

In Memories of Isabella

Beautiful Bird – Wonderful Dreams

Last week, a girlfriend came over for our monthly painting session.  We have grown to love these times together and the creative calibration. I cherish these times with her.  Here is what I painted with her:)


A couple years ago, I wanted to start a monthly artist challenge group. The Group would consistent of artist in all ages, passions and mediums: paintings, photography, sculpting, glass, metel, etc…    The Group would gather for wine and cheese, the new challenge of the month, brainstorming, and a show, tell and critique time.  I’m one of those artist who love to absorb the creative vibe from other creative minds. It helps me to see the world differently and stretch my love of story telling and art.   Maybe this will come to pass one day:)  I can dream a dream

Dogs are in full color today!

Today I’m painting for the Art walk in Canal Winchester on May 12, 2013!  I will be in Fantasy Cupcake bakery.  My Daughter-in-law is the owner and she is hosting me for the show.  There are many artist and businesses working together to promote our love of art and of our businesses.

Here are a few Dogs I’v painted in the last few months.

This is our dog, Rowdy! He is very regal!  We found Rowdy in the hills of southern Ohio.

This is our dog, Rowdy! He is very regal! We found Rowdy in the hills of southern Ohio.

This is Onyx, Our son's dog!  She is a miniature poodle and cocker spaniel mix.

This is Onyx, Our son’s dog!
She is a miniature poodle and cocker spaniel mix.

Uncle Mark's Dogs

This is Turnip, my Mother and father-in-law's Dog.  She grew up with my kids. She was a beautiful Rhodesian Ridgeback.

This is Turnip, my Mother and father-in-law’s Dog. She grew up with my kids. She was a beautiful Rhodesian Ridgeback.