Monday, April 13, 2015


As I have mentioned before, I am a painter, writer, owner of greeting card company and accidental creative entrepreneur. My hopscotch into owning Carpe Diem Papers was out of necessity when life through me an unexpected unemployment curveball. I was, however, passionate about making art, writing, helping others (and myself) find their voice, and surrounding myself with people whose life philosophy was that the pie was big enough for all of us. The rest, I thought, I'll figure out as I go along. I was also, and continue to be, a seat of my pants kind of dreamer and do-er. When I started my line, I used images from the blog I had been keeping on my 100 paintings. They were paintings of…well, weird and sometimes wonderful things I wanted to capture in the spirit of doing 100 paintings, 100 times. I did not create with a plan. I did not think that they would be cards. Or for sale. Or…anything. Some of them are huge on quality thick canvas, some are small primitive gouache rendering in a well loved sketchbook. At best, they were created willy nilly with a lot of heart. At worst, they were exposing myself to criticism and judgement. And that was kind of the point. Not to welcome judgment but to not be afraid of being seen as an artist. Work simply can not improve if you don't keep practicing it. Which leads me to a series of birthday cards I am working on. These aforementioned 100 paintings, and the 40 paintings that have since been added to card collection, rarely had a theme. It has been gently kindly and not kindly brought to my attention that my line, in order to SELL SELL SELL, needs categories. Ugh. And no, those don't include subtitles like My Cats. With these well-meaning suggestions, I have dipped my toe into the birthday/thank you/you're swell categorization of greeting cards and I have not melted. I can paint over them! It's not difficult. Like most things, it's only a perception shift. Do this!! Makes me want to do the opposite. Have you thought about doing this? makes me think, huh, that's a good idea, maybe I'll do that. This past week birthday messages have been popping left and right. Will they be for sale? Probably not. Are they fun for me to produce? Absolutely. Some I am painting over, some I am keeping the message and will gift the painting but all remind me that you don't need to see the whole creative highway ahead, just as far as your lights shine will usually get you home.

"Laduree and Brushes" 12x18" (no birthday message on finished piece) available at ElizabethW Carmel

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Sometimes you feel like a nut...

Sometimes you don't. Tell me I'm not the only child of the 80's that remembers that Almond Joy/Mounds commercial. No secret around these parts that fancy mixed nuts are one of my favorite food groups and made even cuter represented by all time fancy nut winner, See's. These remind me of Christmas, special occasions, and the Corte Madera mall where I went into my first pristine white washed old-fashioned See's Candy to be greeted with a smile and a free sample. Did that work? You bet. The rest is loyalty history.

"Fancy Mixed Nuts" 8x10" available at ElizabethW Carmel

Friday, April 10, 2015

Come Fly With Me

Trophies, globes, vintage glass apothecary bottles, favorite yacht club mug…it continues. The still life obsession of the month. I'm not going to argue or cross examine creative joy and FUN. I think I'm in this one for the long haul. xoxo

"Come Fly with Me" 8x10" available at ElizabethW, SFO, terminal 3

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Tea and Cookies

I am deeply at home painting tea and cookies and snapshots of a life collecting vintage treasures. Painting these moments reminds me why I have cupboards full of "you're keeping this?" knick knacks that are so much more. They are flea markets and old friends and international airports and cobble stone streets and farewell gifts. They fill my house and makes me feel good ( which is a juxtaposition to my other side that loves to purge--catch me on the day I go through my clothes and books!!!!)

That's it. Just working and painting sweet moments and enjoying the process immensely. And that's a pretty awesome place to be--enjoying the creative process is the magic we want. Even in baby bites. xo

Wednesday, April 1, 2015


It's April 1st. Spring is here. It feels fresh and yellow even though today it poured, hailed, was hot, cold, windy and rainbowy. I'm under a little deadline right now (see yesterday's "Go Deadline!" post) and it's encouraged me to paint what I know, paint what I see, what's right in front of me. And guess what? I love hand picking my still life scenes! So much fun to revisit my cupboards with eclectic tea canisters that I can't part with, cookies and candy with great packaging, vintage trinkets, tea cups and more. It's been a trip down memory lane today, pulling fun things, putting them together, photographing and…painting. Today is "Limoncello". Inspired by the most amazing turmeric colored tea service my parents gave me years ago, a jar of Queen's Guard tea that has, possibly best package design I've ever seen, and an unopened jar of Italian sweets, Limoncello lemon drops. The abundance of the unexamined cupboard!

"Limoncello" 8x10" Available at ElizabethW SFO location.