6 x 6 = Frustration

My husband and I decided that we would add some color to our new home in Winthrop, WA. We have a large wall in our front room (family, dining, kitchen area combined into one space) that would accommodate a super large painting or two 6’x6′ paintings. We decided to go with the latter.


We set out building our own frames and stretching the canvases. I think that was the easy part. We work great as a team, so it didn’t take long to put them together.


Now it was my turn. We reviewed some of my previous art and settled on a particular one that we both liked. I got started in that direction, but quickly found that the limited palette was too constraining for me. It didn’t take long for me to start throwing lots of color on the canvases (conveniently while my husband was out!).

When he returned, I soon discovered that my new direction was not necessarily the direction he wanted to go. Back to the drawing board.

I wanted to create something different for the space, so we flipped through lots of Pinterest pics of abstract art and discussed what he liked/didn’t like…color, composition, styles.

We narrowed it down…again.

But, as I tried to create something on a grand scale and tried to create something I don’t normally/naturally do proved to be a very frustrating and upsetting experience for me. I am used to moving quickly when I paint. I don’t think a lot. I just put down paint as it flows out of me.


Working on these two monstrosities was slow going. I was second guessing myself. I was being timid and unsure about every brush stoke. I wanted to create something that we would both love. That proved to be so much harder than I thought.


In the end, I abandoned the pieces because of my sheer frustration. I wasn’t in a good place to be creative. Three days of trying yielded very little progress. My husband and I agreed that we would live with them as they are.

Once we got all the paints and supplies put away, plastic off the walls and the tarp removed, we both discovered that we liked them–just the way they were.


But, I can’t say I love them.

And, that’s okay. I believe that art is a living thing that changes as I change. I learned a lot in the process and will grow from my experience. I’m leaving these unvarnished so that when I’m ready, I’ll dive back in.

For now, we are both loving the color and interest it brings to our very white walls.


Thank you for following my art journeys!


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6 x 6 = Frustration

Getting Outside My Head

The Process

When creating art there are several steps that I enter, go through and exit. One quickly merges into the next and into the next and before I know it I’m in the home stretch of completing a painting.

In the Beginning

I love all the steps involved. When I begin a painting, I start with mark making. This allows me to put down lines and circles and squiggly lines. It loosens me up. And, I am no longer staring at a vast area of white (which can be intimidating). Most of those marks are covered up, so it’s a great time to let loose and just go for it.

My next step is paint. I pick out a couple of colors to start with and then add more as I go. I work on a large plastic-covered area on my table so that I can mix my colors.  At this point I’m still working on the under-painting, not the final layer.  This means I can continue to put down paint without thinking too much about the final result. Actually, thinking usually makes it harder to paint, so I try to stay out of my head and in my heart.

betty - first layers

To see my beginning process for the painting above, click on this link for a short video.

After I initially posted that video, a lot of folks wanted to know how the painting was finished. I didn’t continue taping the next day mainly because I find that I’m too aware of the camera and, therefore, I don’t relax and just paint. Here is the completed piece:

living in a dream world - 30x40 on canvas - may 24, 2017“living in a dream world” 30×40 on canvas {sold}

Creativity over Logic

I believe that the most important part of my process is using my right brain (creativity) versus my left brain (logic). There is this constant war that goes on during the painting process and I have to remind myself to not think! (However, the left brain is very handy when I’m putting together newsletters like this one.)

Do you find yourself battling between the right and left side of the brain? How does that show up in your line of work? What do you do to keep them separated and keep the creativity flowing?

Wishing you a creative week,


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Getting Outside My Head

The Interview

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I had the pleasure of being interviewed by a very kind soul, Chrystal Green, who has brought together interviews of 12 artists, in a series called Transformation through Creative Expression.

I don’t know about you, but when someone says they want to interview me, my first response is “cool” and my second (immediately following within seconds) is “yikes, an interview”! It’s true that one of our biggest fears as humans is speaking in front of people. Although I have talked in front of many people in my career as a customer service manager, this was different.

You’ll soon hear that I have only been creating art for the past 5 years. I started a little late in life–actually the timing was perfect–and I am still learning and growing as an artist. Because I’m still a “young” artist, my confidence level is not where it was when I left my career in the corporate world. But, I took on the challenge.

Chrystal did an amazing job of making these interviews available in one place. I have learned to much from the other artists. For one, I am not alone in my insecurities of being a new artist.

You can hear my 9 minute interview using this link. I’m under Day 2. And, you can listen to the other 11 artists tell their amazing stories.

Transformation through Creative Expression

I talk about creating art on a very small scale in the beginning. I was using index cards…yup, that small. First the 3×5″ index cards and then the 4×6″ cards. About two years after that I went to a workshop in Canada and created on a 16×20″ canvas. To me, that was huge. But, I did it and it was a wonderful experience that propelled me into creating on a larger scale.

Here’s an example of the art I was creating in the beginning:

August 2013 - for Alexandra

As you can see, I was using stamps along with acrylics paints. This one is a 4×6″ index card. You can find youtube videos (link at bottom) of tutorials I created using small index cards.

After the cards, I started creating larger, both on paper and canvas. Here’s an example of my art at that time.


This one is an 8×10″ in canvas board. I moved away from stamps and focused more on just using my paints.

After several years of creating, I am where I am today. When I look back, I can see how far I have come in terms of my growth. I love all the steps I have taken to get here. Each one served a purpose of allowing me to experiment and grow. Without that, I could not possibly create the way I do today.

Learn more about Chrystal here:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/worthywomenart/

Thank you for following my art journey.



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The Interview