Mindless Magic

There’s this exercise John asks Escapists to do during the program that consists of making twelve small paintings within an hour. It’s a very freeing exercise as when you paint that fast you can’t think and John says that thinking kills the magic. It’s also a powerful way of getting unstuck and just a goodContinue reading “Mindless Magic”

Gratitude

I was working on a large abstract painting on Facebook Live when my friend texted to say Ruth Bader Ginsburg died. I kind of broke down during the show – which involved reminding everyone to double check their voter registration status and make sure they vote, giving a mini-lecture on the Constitution, and a fewContinue reading “Gratitude”

Blue Remedy

I read some stuff about Mars Retrograde and learned that the color blue is supposed to mitigate the effects it has on us. So today I decided to make a big blue painting. It definitely helped. I think it’s a soothing presence. Editing Glory Days, or rather getting reacquainted with it, is moving way tooContinue reading “Blue Remedy”

Blue and Gold

Aimée is back from the editor and I need to get reacquainted with her. I love this story so much, I’m almost afraid to touch it. Today I only went through the manuscript reading the editor’s comments. I also played around a bit with cover ideas to get myself back into the mood of theContinue reading “Blue and Gold”

Still Abstract

Today I still felt the need to make an abstract painting. I used the same juxtaposition of freedom and geometry, but I used different colors. I also decided it was time to announce something mega exciting I’ve been cooking up: On September 8th, on the anniversary of the Great Storm of 1900, for the officialContinue reading “Still Abstract”

Storm of Emotions

I remember how only two years ago, I had such a hard time with abstract art. Now it’s my go-to for whenever I need to process complicated emotions. It feels good to have that outlet, that way to let myself experience my own moods without trying to control the outcome. And I’m glad I’ve gottenContinue reading “Storm of Emotions”

The Big Stretch

Today I painted this abstract piece that looks like Mardi Gras, trying to send some good energy to Beaumont as it’s about to be hit by a major hurricane. We might have not gotten along, Beaumont and I. Our cohabitation was definitely not meant to last, but I am sending all the good vibes IContinue reading “The Big Stretch”

Pegasus

Today’s painting is inspired by @postmodernequestrian, a sculptor whose work I really admire on Instagram. She makes the most beautiful Pegasus sculptures with an intricate underwire. Meanwhile, here in the Heights, Bartholomew’s Playground dried nicely overnight, and today I auctioned it off on my Facebook Live show. It was exciting, with different people bidding andContinue reading “Pegasus”

Bartholomew’s Playground

John does this thing where he works on large abstract paintings outside in his driveway. Having full access to his driveway I decided I had to give this a try. I brought my own canvas and paints from home, because I’m not a total mooch, but since he insisted that I am indeed a totalContinue reading “Bartholomew’s Playground”