The creative force has a will of its own.

February 2020

It's February and season is getting into full swing in Naples, as is my creative process. Finally!

Left: Lola

I don’t think artists are on a constant arc of productivity. Life happens and we have other commitments.

The holidays were a whirlwind with festivities and family in town. And on the heels of all the celebrations, Guadalupe Center hosted its annual gala on January 16, and I was the chair this year. Our theme was “Be Flamazing” and as you may know, I’m fond of flamingos.

Remember Lola?

Through it all, my studio beckoned, but I was short on time. The holiday months passed, and I didn’t paint. I decorated (for Halloween, Thanksgiving, AND Christmas!), hosted kids and in-laws, went to meetings, and as importantly, dedicated my energy to organizing the Guadalupe gala.

One detail of the event was the decoration of a 12-foot high flamingo as one of the gala’s showpieces. Happily, my creative spirit rose to the challenge and my artistic endeavor was decorating the flamingo with shades of pinks, coral, and fuchsia. With gallons of hot glue, I applied feathers, boas, and multitudes of flowers from small to huge. I finished with long twigs to make him gain some personality. I wanted him to look ruffly and messy and help him develop some attitude.

Above: The Guadalupe flamingo

Above: "Pillow Talk" fresh from the studio

The event was a success with almost 500 in attendance and $1.2 million raised to support Guadalupe Center’s mission “to break the cycle of poverty through education for the children of Immokalee.” Learn more here.

After clearing my mind of mistletoe and flamingos, I answered the whispers of my studio and welcomed Pillow Talk.

It appears my creative spirit must emerge whether it’s painting on canvas or blinging a bird.

Above: "Seafoam"

Other news…

From February 8 to 16, one of my paintings, Seafoam, will be an auction item in Art Aid Naples’s second online auction.

Art Aid Naples is a humanitarian group of more than 45 professional artists who have joined together to support the Legal Aid Service of Collier County, a nonprofit law firm that provides services to every low-income person in Collier County who cannot afford an attorney. 

I hope that 2020 is off to a great start for you and that you’re enjoying time doing what you love.

Back to the easel …

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