Illustrated Breath: An Artist's Blog

This artist's blog is a view into the wandering mind of a diagonal person in a linear world. Here you will find a variety of thoughts, insights, adventures, inspiration, and creative instruction.

My father always said that there were two kinds of people in the world, horizontal and vertical, however, I was diagonal. My sister would then speak up and say, "She's askew and not even on the same plane." It took me years to realize that this slant was actually a good thing and just like a slide, a whole lot of FUN.

Welcome to an artist's blog; a deep dive into an artist's world.


The Art of Disappointment

Ahhhhhh.  Disappointment, the gum on the shoe of every artist.  Difficult to remove and a constant reminder of a step once taken.

The tearing apart of the USA and the attempts to keep it tied together before it unravels completely.

American Triage

Offensiveness seems to be the new normal and I do not want to be “normal.” 


False Truth

When long held beliefs turn out to be false there is a foundational shift that occurs. An earthquake of the conscience that makes one re-examine everything that they have been taught.

Multi-colored abstract painting of colors swirled together .

The Curse of Being Nice

In today’s world in order for a woman to achieve success the label “Too Nice” is the hemlock in her cup of caffeine each morning.


A Few Minutes More

Star Light, Star Bright


Seeing Things Differently

“…the truly wise person is color-blind.” ~ Albert Schweitzer


Speak No Evil, Draw No Evil

When does being considerate of others become censorship of self?

All by Myself-

Of Course Photography is Art

If it inspires, then it is art.

Multi-colored abstract painting of colors swirled together on a horizontal field of white.

Yes. I have another job.

I have often felt that the art world does not consider artists who must work a second, third, or fourth job as a serious, professional artist.  I have been a REALTOR since 2002 and an artist all my life, but I still have bills that must be paid and a family to feed, so yes, I have another job. 

Multi-colored abstract painting of colors swirled together .

Addressing the Fear

“It’s so fine and yet so terrible to stand in front of a blank canvas.” ~ Paul Cezanne Fear is the one thing that can stop any progress from being made. Fear of failure. Fear of success. Fear of change. Fear of the unknown. As an artist I struggle with fear constantly, however fear is […]

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