Hello From the Other Side

Happy Halloween! Hi there! In the spirit of knocking on the doors of strangers and looking like a fool for candy, I wanted to say a couple things. 1. If you signed up to get emails from me and haven’t been getting them, it’s not you, it’s me. A couple people even told me they […]

Easy Popsicle Stick Art

Three things I love about Summer: Margaritas, caftans, and outdoor crafts. I’m proud to say this project involved all three! Did I mention this one involves food coloring? And you can assemble in under an hour. Get the complete directions over on I Love to Create! They made a handy little video for their Facebook […]

Correlations and Coincidence

Here is the thing: Have you ever noticed that cars with overly aggressive political bumper stickers are always occupied with the worst drivers? It’s true. And it’s not restricted any particular party or cause. This thing runs across the board. Why is that? Look, I’m not saying it’s the bumper sticker that *makes* you a […]


Some twenty years ago I sold a painting of a fountain to a total stranger in a Denver Broncos hat, and to this day, that was the best $18 I have ever made. The best. And it was a horrible painting, but ever since then I have been chasing the thrill that came from selling my art to someone […]

Flowers for 30 Days

Welp. I’ll be a donkey. I just realized it’s been a week since my last post, which isn’t a huge deal but it’s probably the longest break I have ever taken since starting this site in 2010. Hee-haw. I would love to say it was because I’m too busy, but honestly it’s because I’m selfishly […]

On Hairless Cats and the Art of the Purge

Oh friends, what a week this has been! This week has been a parade of tiny delights, not least of which is this incredible painting my friend Laura sent me. Look! Most of you don’t know, I have an obsession with hairless cats. They are my thing. It started years ago when I worked in an office […]

Ice Painting with Liquitex Paint

As much as I have been grooving on painting flowers lately, there is something really satisfying about a totally random abstract. No meaning or purpose – just color, color, COLOR. Michael’s asked me to show a new way to use one of their favorite brands – Liquitex paints. Lucky for me, they are one of […]

Adventures in Chain Link

I have a strange affection for chain link fences. Cyclone fences, as some folks call them. Some of my west-coast friends think they are horribly outdated, but they are still a mainstay here in the backyards of middle America. They are old. They are charming. They are sturdy-as-all-get-out. They are are also an interesting canvas for […]

Art vs. Pretty: Anne Ten Donkelaar

Gut is a weird concept. It’s a biological location, but it’s also an abstract word for something nobody knows how to describe, we just know that it’s important. We are supposed to follow our guts. Listen to our guts. I get annoyed when people use phrases like “I love your guts out” or “I’m going to […]