Mosaic Exhibit & Purchasing Information

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I’ve had lots of people ask me, “How can I get one of these paintings?!?!” Here you go!

Click here, if you need to know this instant.

This information is for people who can attend the shows.
HOWEVER if you live out of state, please stay tuned as 171 is working on a way for you to also purchase paintings. So you still may want to see and understand how this show is going to work.

img_7019To sum up
The show is up from July 20th – July 23rd only. 4 days. That’s it.
45 days of blood, sweat and tears reduced to 4 days of celebration. 

This is a fundraiser and my paintings will be sold at an unusually low price. All artists will be selling their 6×6 artwork unframed except for the 50th work.
Nights 1 & 2 are open for ticket holders only and only those present may purchase a painting (hold on out-of-state peeps – we are working on a solution for you!) There will be live music and dancing and all sorts of partying at these two showings. Tickets are LIMITED, however! Act now if you want in. See this link to find out how you can get in.

Nights 3 & 4 are open to the public.

The Catch: When a painting is purchased, the buyer takes it home that night. So if you wait until day 3 & 4 you will see a portion of the show. It might look like the gallery was ransacked! (gasp).

Click here to go to 171’s website for all the juicy details, ticket pricing etc.!! 

What day is it, again? { Day 14 }

Oh dear, I’m SO sorry for the stretch of days between blog posts. Weekends may be too busy to blog. And then I was recovering yesterday. Lately my thoughts have been:

Paint, paint, paint. When can I sleep next? Can I clean while I sleep? When am I going to have time to cook and clear the clutter? In July. That’s when.

Okay, let me quickly give you an update.

I have discovered a good system with work and sleep, this new system lasts successfully for 3 days until I crash and is as follows:

• Go to bed early (as much before 9pm as possible.)
• Get up at 4:30a and paint until my little one wakes up around 6:30a.
• Get him ready for school.
• Get him to school.
• Do necessary things like reading for a class, dishes, straightening (yeah, right).
• Then paint some more. Eat if I get lightheaded.
• By 1:30, assess if I can keep painting or if I must go to the store for things like milk, etc.
• Then I clock out as artist, and clock in as Mommy around 2:30p.
• Mommy until 7 or 8.
• Paint until 8:30 or 9.
• Shower and sleep til 4:30 again.

This worked beautifully for 3 days. I wasn’t even tired until 8 in the evening, and by the time normal people were getting out of bed in the morning, I had made significant progress which sent all sorts of positive energy my way, which helped me get through the rest of my day.

But, yesterday I crashed. Thought I was getting sick, killer headache, etc. I blame it on the fact that I didn’t get to bed as early as I was supposed to.

I have taken today off to blog and clean and get refreshed doing different things with my brain because I was simply burnt out on painting. So, this system worked and I now know the effects of not keeping to the self imposed rules of getting enough sleep. I will start another round tomorrow and see how long I last.

Since I blogged last, I painted four paintings. If you NEED daily updates, I am constantly posting to Instagram. Please go there to feed any of your update needs.

Click on an image to see the full caption and explanation. Enjoy!!! And keep following. I can’t tell you what all the comments on Instagram have been for me – huge encouragement! Thank you!

Time Lapse: “Acceptance” {Day10}

I’ve been working on this video during my breaks, and it’s FINALLY here!! Most of my time was spent trying to find the right music to use that I could legally use, was hopefully free, AND that I liked. Super tall order. I found a track I really liked and also got a softer version and was able to put the two together.

Well, here you go – about an hour and a half compressed into 6 minutes. Time flies.

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Healed & Purpose – Paintings 7&8 {Day 9}

Things are clipping along. Tonight, I plan on painting one more and when I do, I will be ON TRACK!!!! That feels so good. But, I’m learning that two very late nights (i.e. early mornings) in a row is counter productive. So we’ll see what the evening holds. The balance of getting as much done as possible without burning out is the tightrope I’m learning to walk.

I have been asked if these paintings will be available for purchase and YES is the answer to that question. I will be sharing the details for how that will work soon. So, keep watching. And if you’re concerned you’ll miss it, subscribe to my newsletter  Look for an respond to the confirmation email after you sign up – super important.

Okay, so here were yesterday’s paintings.


“Healed” •  6×6 oil




“Purpose” • 6×6 oil

I’m not sure if I can adequately express how much all of the feedback here, on Instagram and Facebook have helped. Thank you for all of the encouragement and kind words and for following along. This is getting exciting and it’s because you’re along for the journey.


So, this was yesterday.. {Day 8}

I got a notification that my Ampersand boards were on the truck out for delivery. So I decided not to go to the store and purchase boards there at double the price, again. I used the day for blogging and other needed things around the house, and then my dog alerted me that the big scary FedEx truck was here. And further alerted me the big scary FedEx man (who, no doubt, had plans to kill us all) was walking up to the door with a box, (which was obviously a bomb). I’m so thankful I have my dog to warn me of all the dangers that are lurking in our neighborhood.

I’m so very happy to be painting on my boards. I have learned, there is no substitute for my Ampersand Gessobords. ❤

I painted, and struggled with the painting of the painting.

I somehow managed to finish Zoe’s little haircut.

And I discovered that the birdhouse I precariously placed on our deck – where I walk, and where Zoe runs by daily was surprisingly hosting baby birds. I’ve been watching some Chickadees go in and out and thought they were building a nest. Turns out they were feeding their already hatched little ones. My son was so excited, and so am I.

Click on the images to see better and get the full experience of my narration.


Potential {Day 8}




Oh, boy, this painting was. a. struggle. I wiped it out and almost wiped it out a second time, but then, finally, it started to show….potential.


These lilies, when they do open up are yuuge! They are getting ready – you can see the colors change and the petals slowly open, but they’re not in full bloom, yet. However, when they are, look out for a grand show! There’s so much potential in these unopened petals. It’s coming but we just have to wait.




Vibrant {Day 7}

Well, last night I decided to paint again and didn’t finish until 1am. HOWEVER I’m so glad I did. I was really feeling these roses that I saw in my garden yesterday. These are the ones that are super bright red, but the underside of all the petals are white. Stunning for sure. I could see them painted already. So, I present to you painting #4, “Vibrant”.


Vibrant • 6×6 oil


Acceptance {Day 7}


“Acceptance” 6×6 oil

I haven’t said much about the theme since I started this, but I have been thinking about it a lot. The theme for the show will have everything to do with what is involved in flourishing. And a lot of the struggle happens in the beginning. I was reminded of what that feels like while I struggled for the first three days of this project. So much struggle to get going. And then at the end of this project I will have opened up the petals and everything will be on display, but people might not realize or may forget that there were tears and doubts, and many nights of very little sleep to get to that point of flourishing.

The end result of getting through a difficult situation is acceptance. We can’t flourish until we accept what has happened. We can grieve and we can wrestle with it but finally there just has to be this rest with what is. “It is what it is”, as I say to a few of my friends. It just plain is.

So when I looked at this painting it just seemed like a soft resting of what reality is. Therefore, “Acceptance”.


During the painting of “Acceptance” I took a complete video – filled my camera card 1 1/2 times. I’m sure I’ll pay for that soon with a slow computer. Me need more hard drive space. So, I’m working on a time lapse for this painting at the moment. The current struggle? Finding a long enough and pretty enough royalty free and $free music track to put with it. A tall order. About as tall as these delphiniums.

More blogging is coming your way today. The boards are on the truck for delivery today, so I decided not to buy any more boards at double the price at the store. I’ll make a schedule, blog and get the house back under control until they arrive. Maybe I’ll take a nap – 2nd night in a row of 5 hours of sleep and going non-stop during the day. I’m sure people live on less, but I’m a zombie.

Thank you for stopping  by!!!


Observations {Day 7}

Some astute observations I have made recently:

I need a maid. I could post pictures of my house so you’ll feel better about yours.

I need to clone myself. I guess I can fold laundry while I sleep? Or let Zoe, our dog take care of the dishes – yeah, that might actually work. She’d LOVE that!

My dog is mis-shapen. I started cutting my dogs hair in stages so I could cut and observe (Yorkie/Schnauzer mix) , then cut some more and let her cute perky little haircut take shape. But I got busy and had to stop the other day. Yesterday I noticed that I trimmed all but one leg. Ugh. I guess I got distracted or gave her a break intending on getting back to it. I can’t seem to justify spending an hour more on cutting hair when this massive project looms. Poor, poor Zoe. And yet we proudly walk the neighborhood, and I just wonder how she feels about it all.

• I have awesome friends. See evidence photo below. On Sunday one of my friends gave me a bag and she said it was to “get me through”. And you’d better believe that I am digging into that back on all of my breaks! But I’m not so sure about that “Sharing Size” label on the peanut M&M’s. I mean, who needs that kind of pressure?


I am incredibly visual. This is how I HAD to make a schedule of paintings. I couldn’t just make a list, or put tic marks on the calendar. I had to cut 50 little squares that I could move around so I knew how many paintings I had to complete each day or week. Now, after it was settled, I did draw the corresponding number of circles on each day so I could…. color them in as I completed the paintings. I know. You don’t have to surprise me with an intervention. I just need the help. 



I’m committed: I took a shelf out of my refrigerator {and removed all science experiments} to make room for the flowers. img_6778


Time Lapse Teaser {Day 6}

Good morning! I have something special for you, today. But first, a message from our sponsor…..  me.

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Now, onto my surprise – which has been ruined no doubt by the title. I tried out making a time lapse video while I paint. There are some kinks to work out, but I thought I’d share some of the shots with you anyway. More videos to come this month! Enjoy!
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An Evening with Marvin {Day 5}

I got some painting in tonight.

A gray background felt like a good idea.

I’ve been eyeing a certain peony in my backyard knowing that tonight I would probably cut it and paint it. When I brought it inside, there was a little ant crawling around on the larger bud. He stayed for quite some time and I enjoyed seeing the movement as I painted. But then must have strolled somewhere else halfway through my painting and I haven’t seen him since. I named him Marvin.

My company for the evening, Marvin the ant.

The setup. I placed a finished painting from last week on the board for reference and inspiration. I want my florals to have a spontaneity about them. And I feel that painting from last week captured that spirit.

About 45 minutes in.

Success!!! {Day 4}

This is going to be super short, but I wanted to let you know that this happened tonight.


After a desperate email to 171 staff, they said it was totally fine for me to use my own boards. That’s some major expense I wasn’t planning on, but it will be totally worth it to paint on what I’m used to. 





I realize the photo quality isn’t great, but my photography brain cells went to bed hours ago. 

I aim to paint again tomorrow evening. Check my Instagram for images in real time. {as opposed to the images in fake time that are fraudulently posted here}. 

Painting with Ugly Sauce {Day 3}

….. that’s what the last two painting attempts look like I’ve been doing. 

I’d like to be sharing some different news but believe it or not, now I’m having the opposite problem with the painting surface. Now the paint doesn’t want to stay on the board. I go to put paint on and the paint that’s already there lifts off instead. 

I have one last idea. 

Thank you for your patience and feedback. And I hope you’re enjoying the suspense because someone needs to be enjoying this. 

Gesso, Save Me

…from this skill-squashing wooden surface. 

As you may have already seen on Instagram, I have decided to roll Gesso onto these cute little boards. This will hopefully give me a surface that I’m used to painting on.

Sadly, I have to wait 24 hours before being able to paint on the boards now. But I believe it will be worth the time setback.

And, who knows, now that I have learned how to prepare my own boards, I may have just found a cheaper way to paint. I’ll find out in a few days.














Normally I feel awful about painting over wood, but I think it’s justified.


This looks pretty promising. 









So what do you do when you can’t paint? You get all the things done that you were stressed over not being able to get done while you were busy painting.

I mowed the lawn. I finished the laundry. I’m going to tackle the kitchen, and I might even give my dog a haircut.

So, followers, we have to wait one more day before seeing actual painting, but I promise you’ll see some soon.

A Mini Studio Tour {Day 3}

Yesterday, I shot a little video to give you the setup for the first painting and also explain some of my supplies.

I’ve learned a lot since taking this video. As state in last night’s blog, the surface of these boards are really making an unpleasant difference in how the paint responds. So today I will be trying a few new things as I analyze what the differences are and how to get around them. The fact that it’s Day 3 and there are no finished paintings yet is really bothering me, but I know that once I get the hang of it, I should be able to crank them out faster. At least, that is my hope.

Once I get more confident, we’ll be able to really have some fun. I have some ideas planned for you that include time lapse videos during the painting. But I need to get a handle on this surface, first.


See your mini studio tour below:

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