Over the years I have found that there are 2 kinds of artists. Those who can draw and those that can’t. I realize you are scratching your head right now trying to figure this out, and saying to yourself, “I thought if you were an artist you could draw?!” That isn’t always true.

During my lifetime as an artist I have found that many artist either trace the drawing, if it is small enough, or project it onto the surface they are using and trace it from there because they are unable to draw it. Do not get me wrong! There is nothing wrong with doing this if you are capable of drawing it out. Many famous artist and renaissance artist used some form of tracing or a grid to transfer a painting onto a canvas, and it is totally acceptable. The main thing is they are capable of drawing it. When transferring a work onto canvas I use a grid system, but after I have made studies of my design. The final design may be from a drawing or one designed on Pixelmator if I need to make sure that the proportions are correct.

Drawing is the basis of all art, and without it you can never find the joy and meditative feeling of art. Everyone can draw! Yes that is true! The comment of “I can’t draw a straight line.” is an excuse. Most of the time I don’t draw in straight lines, and if help is needed, I can utilize a ruler. Drawing teaches you the fundamentals of seeing, and it teaches you how to interpret what you see. Drawing makes you look below the surface in a way that tracing will never allow you to do. It makes you see the movement of things and it teaches you how to use them to make a better drawing.

It is ok to work with photos, and things like Photoshop and Pixelmator are wonderful tools to have to help you with your designs. But that is all they are. They can let you see things in a different way, but without knowing what you are really looking at you will have trouble finding the essence of the painting or drawing or sculpture or whatever you are working on.

The main thing drawing will do is to make you a better and stronger artist. Drawing helps give you the ability to put what is in your head out to share with the world, and more importantly it will give you a foundation to build your work on.

Drawing also helps you as a person. It is a form of meditation, and is a wonderful way to simply relax. It is a great way to record memories, and it is a tool for finding you inner being. It will make you look into yourself and to question where you want to go as an artist. Drawing is not just an art; it is a way of life that allows us to see, to search, and to create.

“I shall become a master in this art only after a great deal of practice.”

Erich Fromm


While walking Reba, my Potcake dog from the Bahamas, this morning I began pondering relationships, and no I don’t know why I just did, and realized that I have a wonderful number of friends and acquaintances. What dawned on me was the wide range of relationships that I have of people in different places, ages and interests. What really stunned me though was the number of artist friends I have. You may be thinking why is that surprising, after all you are an artist, and while that is true I have found at times that hasn’t always been true.

In years past I have had a large number of non artist friends and just a few artist friends. At times it seemed artist were competing with each other and did not want to let anyone close to them that might find out their “secrets” of how they created their work or where they might show work. But the revelation I had today was that every one of the artist friends I know at this time in my life are all giving and caring people who do not try to hide behind their work. They embrace the art community whole heartedly and are willing to help each other by passing on information regarding shows, collectors, galleries, techniques and different mediums.

My other revelation was that I have artist friends who are as young as 10 years old and on into the age where many are what many would call seniors, but what I refer to as people who have found where they belong in life. It doesn’t matter what your age is or where you are from or what your life has been. Art is there for anyone who chooses to pursue it. Art has no boundaries or expectations. Art allows you to be who you are, you just have to want to accept it and not fight it.

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off of our souls.”

Pablo Picasso

Musings of a Baby Boomer

Once upon a time there was an artist born, along with many others, during the Baby Boomer era. She grew up during the era of full gallery representation to a time when there were fewer galleries representing artists. Thus an entire generation of artists were left with limited ways of selling their work, and of course artists weren’t supposed to want monetary gain from their work during that time. What were they to do!!!!!

Enter the internet. Things moved quickly, to quickly for many of us, and a constant game of marketing catch up began. Trying to move between what had worked for generations to what might work to what is working. For many this has been frustrating, vexing and tiresome.

Next we had the Generation X, Millennials, and now the iGen or GenZ. All of these groups have grown up computer savvy, internet savvy, conversant in the ways of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.. They have learned of vastly different worlds and way of looking at life at their fingertips.

One of the items learned has been how to market on the internet and make a living at it. They have changed the art world in many ways for the better. Other ways, I am not so sure.

However, this baby boomer has had to confront this or allow herself to become obsolete. So I opened a Facebook account (personal and business) and did what I had read to do. Nothing happened. So next was instagram, Same thing. Luckily, I have had the pleasure of meeting artists who are smart in this and have met a young man who is helping artists market themselves and their work. So here was the next step.

I began going to the seminars being given and trying to learn. I have hired him to help me learn how to market. He has taught me many things and I have tried to do them, although I often can’t figure out what I am to post that would interest people. But the most dreaded of all moments arrived at the last seminar. I was told I must Vlog!!!

Other artists have been advised to blog,vlog, youtube, online teaching, etc., and they are doing very well. And so will I.

My internet abilities may be limited, but I have a whole life of art behind me that I can share with a new generation, and hopefully, I will also be a role model for those of my generation.

Tolstoy wrote “True life is lived when tiny changes occurs.” This is so true.


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Last weekend I had the opportunity to do an artist tour with the Artists of the Superstitions and had a wonderful time.  Not only did I get to meet new friends but I also learned a great deal about paying it forward.  All of the artists I was with were so helpful and giving of themselves and their time to help me learn more about presenting my art and ways to earn money as an artist.
I have been extremely blessed with friends and family who have been there to help and guide me in my life and my career.  I can only hope that I can pay it forward to others who might need  help.
One of the things I learned this weekend is that people enjoy greeting cards.  So I am now beginning a line a greeting cards that will incorporate my paintings and drawings on them.  This is going to be a new and exciting experience for me, and one I am looking forward to.

Spring has come to Arizona, and with it new beginnings.  Not only for nature, but for me as well.

'I am going to notice the lights of the earth, the sun and the moon and the stars, the lights of our candles as we march, the lights with which spring teases us, the light that is already present.'   Anne Lamot

Women Artists Rising


On Friday and Saturday I and my friends held an art show at a wonderful venue in Gilbert, Arizona.  The show was held at Thrive Coworking for Women, which is located in downtown Gilbert.  If you are a business woman or a woman just looking for a place for women please check them out.

The title of the show was Women Artist Rising and comprised of 10 women artists.  Happily, I had been invited to be one of the artists showing.

We had a great turnout and great art showing the power and love of women through their art.  Other artists that were at the show with me were Roxanne Bryan, Barbara Swanson, Miranda Gamel, TaLIsa Lopez-Garcia and others.

The image on this post was purchased and part of the proceeds from that sale went to a group called Winged Hope.  They are a group that assists women and children in need.  Please check them out.

If you happen to be in the area of Surprise, Arizona please drop in at the WHAM Gallery at 16560 N. Dysart Road.  The current show there is Interpretations III, and there is some really beautiful art there by Arizona artist.  Of course I have 2 works there, Best Friends and Simple Pleasures.  The show will run until March 28, 2018.

Last, I would like to post a loving goodby to a dear friend who taught me much in a short time.  Angel Elquest was a much love and respected artist who past much to soon.  Her art and her beauty as a person will be greatly missed.  She loved all people and especially children.  One foundation close to her heart was Angel Heart Foundation, please feel free to check it out at angelheartfoundation.org.

"Angels go through so much to be with us, guide us and protect us.  Take time to pay attention to the many blessings we are given.  Be blessed today and always."  Angel Elquest

My 1st Blog!


Friday, March 02, 2018

Welcome to my blog!  My name is PJ and I have been painting and drawing about 60 years.  I've always loved painting or drawing animals and people, however it has just been in the last couple of years that I have found my happy place in my work.  My journey is continuous and, as you can tell, life long.

I will be writing about art and my life long pursuit of it.  The main goal of my work is to capture moments in time and to hopefully give the viewer a memory from life.  Some works will be shown in process so you can see how paintings are developed, and so there will be times when you will see the "ugly" of a painting, as there can not be beauty without the "ugly".

Other times you will learn about the shows I am in and where I will be showing.  Most of the time fully finished paintings will be posted.  There will be times I will just talk about the life of an artist and the joys of being an artist. 

Please join me on my journey.