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Sparking and Savoring the Artful Life


Multitasking, or is that my paint brush in my coffee cup?

Whoops! I just put my paint brush in my fresh hot coffee! Dagnabit!!!
Nothing starts your day better than getting right into the creative process while still wearing your Jammies and enjoying your morning coffee. It was so lovely out, I set up my easel and began painting the light on the lake, this is perfect I thought, I can paint and drink coffee at the same time, multitasking!!
Of course here comes the dogs and the ever present tennis balls, no biggie, surely I can play fetch and paint and drink coffee… the same time, easy peasy! This could be my new morning routine! All good! Actually it was working pretty well, except for one little snag, I need to separate the coffee cup from the cup of solvent….. or get used to the taste of oil paint in my coffee……
As long as you are making stuff, I think that’s all that matters!
Enjoy your creativity today!





I just found this this post on my phone! It was lost in the ether and it’s old, but I was so excited about expanding my studio so let’s see if it will post!

Does it count as a blog post if I am sitting at my fav coffee spot on Park Ave sipping iced coffee with my feet up? I’m in a pool of sun, just like a cat. Mice! That’s cat talk for nice.

We, intern and I, have been putting in long hours lately, totally organizing my studio. I would say reorganizing, but that would mean it had some organization to begin with.

It’s been ridiculously fun, mainly because intern is hysterical, and somehow it turned into a total expansion, which is super exciting. We are making space for the larger, gushy new paintings in my future.
On a food note, we were fuled by frozen yogurt, iced latte’s and Ikea’s delicious balls of meat.

So today, I am putting me feets up. Handyman Kevin and my sweet John are moving the biggest wall back 4 feet, creating our new snazzy and functional storage space and giving me a huge painting wall, with a bonus new and improved music corner.


Chicago Art Institute’s new modern wing is lovely.

Hi! We just got back from being on the road. We were off to a show in Chicago, which was a lot of fun. A little wet, but good times. Perhaps this might be the moment to mention, that I believe that the folks at the weather channel are just Forest Gumping their way through their predictions. I am pretty sure they took all the money for that Doppler 9000 and secretly split it up amongst themselves, saving a coffee can of loose $20.oo’s for the beer and peanut fund. I think they have a dart, and take turns throwing it at a paper plate. The plate is up on the wall and they have divided up into pie sections, with a sharpie. Hot, cold, cloudy, wet, damp, snow, hurricane and ? They take turns blindfolding each other and tossing that dart. Then they have a hearty laugh as they broadcast  to us their “expert” weather advice. How much cute summer stuff can one girl pack, and not get to wear any of it??? Apparently a ton. So much for sunny and mid 70’s. It was more like freezing and wet, mushy and soggy, at least the first day. The good news is, that is finally cleared up, and when the sun came out, everyone popped up like new tulips. Midwesterners are the nicest people, even wet ones. I think this every time we visit there. Friendly and not stuffy at all. They seem to enjoy a beer and a nice dog. Everyone has a dog, or two, and nothing could make me happier. All shows should allow dogs. Meeting dogs only adds to the experience. Who doesn’t enjoy the “that dog really looks like his owner game??” So, the show was good, sales not bad, fun factor rather high, some guitar playing, a visit to a really cool bar where the Second City folks hang out, that is covered with really bad paintings of marginally famous people, a party at Liza’s most adorable, colorful apartment, and some good neighborhood pizza, and soup and a patty melt at Noogies.

i love a bad painting!

i love a bad painting!


lucky find outside the museum


just a nice space

just a nice space

such a poser

such a poser


city dancing, several of these are available for stop action movie.

city dancing, several of these are available for stop action movie.

we had to eat here, cause we are artists

aka Johnny Cashola

aka Johnny Cashola


he looks better than he sounds. NOt!

he looks better than he sounds. NOt!


paint that looks like icing!

paint that looks like icing!

















After the show, on Monday, we went to check out the Chicago Art Institutes’s new Modern Wing. I have one word. Lovely. Nice, simple, open space that felt good. We have all seen these artists, but it’s always nice to take a fresh look. As much as I love the more contemporary stuff, this trip I was crazy in love with the old master painters. Every brush stroke was a delight. AAAHHHHHHH. The Monet’s, the Sargent’s, the Sorolla’s, the Manet’s the Van Gogh’s. All these canvas’s were just a yummy visual treat. Back in the day, when there were no televisions, or digital camera’s, painting’s refreshing way of translating the world, was revolutionary. Me likey!! Also, the book store was a treat. I can just stand and smell the pages and be happy. Oh, and there was giant Lucian Freud painting that knocked my socks off. I wanted to buy his book, but just pawed over it for a while instead. It was a satisfying day. Breakfast, coffee and the crossword puzzle at the little “Artist’s Snack Shop” across the street. John ordered the Vegetarian Omelet, but with meat.  funny. Then a walk around Millennium Park with the beautiful water sculpture and the “Sky Garden” the giant reflecting kidney bean shaped, chrome thingy, that makes for a great photo opp. The drive through the middle of downtown at 9:00 am, was such a invigorating reminder of the way city folk live, and walk, and move in a teeming, flowing crowds. I loved being in that soup of cars, people, tall buildings, noise, signage, exhaust fumes, buses, bridges and elevated trains. nutty good. It made me hungry.


Hello world!



thanks for visiting my blog

thanks for visiting my blog

Greetings and salutations.



Howdy and hiya.

And, as my old phone message used say, hello, hello, hello!!

Here’s the deal: I like stuff. and by stuff, I mean just about everything. Really. So many things to notice, celebrate, react to and appreciate.  Today’s thing has something to do with tenacity.  As many new bloggers might tell you, getting a new blog up can be a bit of a stretch. Lots of choices, themes, templates, images, fonts and formats. But here it is. I started hours ago, and even with header number 23, which is just ok, I am off. It will get better, and smoother and creamier.  Since I am an artist…. I like brownies!!! haaa, my husband just walked in with a HUGE brownie and dagnabit, that puppy is GOOD! I have no willpower, but we do enjoy. That may be a bigger theme. Enjoying! Now we are talking. What did I enjoy today?

1. several good, loud, round, full laughs with my friend (and today, slightly hormonal) Jamie 

2. smiling at 2 orange dogs. Tally for ball throwing: 125,364. Tally for tall wagging: 18,297,473,930,234.  

3. smelling chicken cooking with spices and ghee.

4. reading with small, white and grey striped, one eyed, purring cat on lap

5. iced coffee with my friend Larry aka Fred    

6. learning about a cool collaboration coming up with artist Anna Tomczak                                    

7. making a bank deposit (the more of these the merrier)

8. getting this blog up, finally!!

9. planning a trip to do a workshop in Kansas City.

10. and all the people, traffic, chit chat and Dancing with the Stars in between

sending lOve!

xoxo Lynn

p.s. and remember, as my friend Dale Jarrett sez: Bacon is the candy of meat.