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Powering through when Mercury Retrograde is slapping you around

Last year my friend Kelly and I packed a lot of life into a two week trip to Japan, a place we both adore. One of my favorite Unesco world heritage sites, Himeji Castle was a highlight of the trip. As we approached the castle I got to see my dear friend weep tears of joy as we took in the view. She had been dreaming of visiting for many years and once you see the place you can understand being overcome with emotion. As we started the long walk through town to Himeji Castle my thoughts were we would be able to explore the grounds outside and take some breath-taking photos, but I was not prepared to be allowed to go inside, and not just go inside, but explore every floor, all the way to the top. The history here is a bit overwhelming and inspiring at the same time. The castle is frequently known as Hakuro-jō or Shirasagi-jō (“White Egret Castle” or “White Heron Castle”) because of its brilliant white exterior and supposed resemblance to a bird taking flight. 

I based this painting on one of my photos of the castle and added the Egret because of the name. 

This piece took me ages, but I poured a lot of love into it as I hold the place in such high regard. It is on 5×7 canvas board and has an ornate, vintage gold wooden frame. It is for sale now, but will also be featured in my upcoming show in Philadelphia on May 5th. (More on that later)

HEMEJI castle

I have been bouncing back and forth between paintings,  painted earrings and Jewelry trying to get more out there, restocking stores and preparing for art shows and charity events. It has felt overwhelming at times and as though my Work load is more than I can manage, but that is when I am my most creative. One of this week’s creations is a Star Wars favorite (of mine) SABINE WREN!!!

SABINE WREN hand-painted earrings

Below is one of my entries for Little Art Big Cause, URANUS and NEPTUNE. The charity art sale takes place at Scandals in downtown Portland and will be up May 4th through Pride month. HALF of every sale will benefit various charity organizations. 


“Space Cowboys” is one of five original pieces that I have at the Sci-fi Show opening May 4th at Afru Gallery in SE Portland. 

I have a mega-crush on Beast Boy from the Teen Titans which was really the primary reason behind painting the beauties below. Of course, I can’t wear them, so perhaps a cuff is in order.

Beast Boy hand-painted earrings

And finally we come to my last entry, this glorious copper and agate necklace. The perfect orange Oregon beach agate was found on a walk near Seal Rock with my boyfriend. It pairs nicely with the vintage copper chains and is sure to get you bombarded with compliments!

That’s all for now – just a snap shot of me, trying to power through a rather difficult month. MAY is here and big things are just around the corner. I will speak on that tomorrow!

Copper and raw Oregon Coast agate statement necklace


Dog days of summer creations 

The Angel’s Embrace – vintage silver, aqua aura quartz and gorgeous crystal heart links – only $32 – Purchase

Looks like it’s gonna be “another Marie Callender night” you crazy cat lady – pale sapphire with shimmering discs and cat charms – $40 – Purchase 

Dual Banker’s Lamps: green hydro quartz and vintage gold components. This number is named after the classic lamps adorning the desks in the main library in NYC – only $36! – Purchase

One Piece has quickly become my favourite thing in life. These earrings depict some of my favourite things in the show – Boa Hancock’s obsession with Luffy and his obliviousness and Sanji’s obsession and devotion to Nami and her utter frustration with him. They are hand-painted on dense board with a light glossy coating and silver plated hardware and hooks. They are quite light and measure about 3 inches long. – only $39 – Purchase 

Future Fic time!!!! So Stormer was killed in a plane crash rushing to a Misfits show in Denver. The group was never quite the same and became an emo punk band. Jetta wanted more light in her life and defected to join the Holograms. Kimber, tired of fighting with her sister for the spotlight switched to the Misfits and broke off her secret affair with Rio. Aja got a bob hairdo and with her new-found confidence tried out to be the band’s lead vocalist.

These are hand-painted on dense board with a light non-toxic protective coating. Finished off with grommets, jump rings and your choice of gold or silver hooks – these earrings hang about 4” long and are very lightweight.

The first earring has the new Jem & the Holograms line-up (now Aja & the Holograms) with Shana, Jem, Aja and Jetta. The second earring has the Misifts with Kimber, Roxy and Pizzazz. Be sure to choose gold or silver hooks when purchasing.

Only $38! – Purchase 

Dreaming of Thunder: gold, brass, rhinestones, charms and rubies $40 – Purchase

LOVE WINS! – In the name of love, my tip of the hat to gay pride and marriage equality. Sterling, with precious and semi-precious gemstones – only $45 – Purchase

Thanks for taking a look and keep on enjoying/enduring your summer! Xo