“Under the falls” oil on gallery wrap one inch canvas. 24 by 24 inches

I have been in a bit of a quandary lately over what to paint next, no not these little paintings, but bigger paintings 1/2 sheets to full size sheets or bigger.

I just finished a series. I decided I wanted to start another series or so I thought. The problem is: I cannot for the life of me get the fourth painting started. I also have been reworking the second in the series even while others tell me to leave it alone, its great. This tells me maybe I really don’t want to make it into a series.  Then again…I have to admit I struggle thru this foggy quagmire of first attempts every time I start a series. It only seems after I’ve painted four or five paintings that I have a sense of what it is that I’m trying to say. It almost like I have to take the idea of a painting from a concept into a breathing living thing. Right now I feel like these paintings need CPR and I can’t remember how to administer mouth to mouth. Until then Until I can breath life into these paintings its just paint, paper and brushes.

As you become a better painter with more skills and techniques, you start to search for your style, you crave uniqueness. Why do painters constantly advocate breaking from the traditional school of thought? Is it the case of attempting to create paintings that will owe nothing to any other piece of work or artist–something unique and original in the world of art?” It’s a wonderful philosophy, but unfortunately an unrealistic delusion, simply because no one has ever been able to demonstrate a work of art that is entirely different. Every painting I ever gazed upon, including those in any gallery and those of the great masters all echo some previous painter’s accomplishments. Painters are by nature trying to achieve something new by using parts of something old. Every work of art, consciously or unconsciously has been subjected to traditional values in one form or another. The truth is that there is nothing original and if it appears as original there are most likely some less known artist doing the same thing but not getting any credit for it.
There may be new mediums, new colors or pigments but the basic way we take paint and create has not changed.


slow week in paradise or Top ten worst domain names

Top 10 Worst Domain Names (these links don’t actually work)
1. A site called ‘Who Represents‘ where you can find the name of the agent that represents a celebrity. Their domain name… wait for it… is
2. Experts Exchange, a knowledge base site where programmers can exchange advice and views at
3. Looking for a pen? Look no further than Pen Island at
4. Need a therapist? Try Therapist Finder at
5. Then of course, there’s the Italian Power Generator company…
6. And now, we have the Mole Station Native Nursery, based in New South Wales:
7. If you’re looking for computer software, there’s always
8. Welcome to the First Cumming Methodist Church. Their website is
9. Then, of course, there’s these brainless art designers, and their whacky website:
10. Want to holiday in Lake Tahoe? Try their brochure website at

Something to remember folks..
Words that sound good SEPARATED dont always sound good together.

Blue Fairy , watercolor on paper

“Money can extinguish intrinsic motivation, diminish performance, crush creativity, encourage unethical behavior, foster short-term thinking, and become addictive.” (Daniel H. Pink)

I got this from robert glenn’s weekly letters and knew it was so right but of course also know we all have to pay the bills. Sugar bear, my 100 lb lab is eating me out of house and home… This painting is$200.00 watercolor on paper. it’s slightly larger than 12 by 15 inches.

Sunflowers and lady bugs” watercolor 15 by 20 inch

The price on this piece is only… $200.00 a 15 by 20 inch archival watercolor ready to be shipped to your home.
shantmarie@aol.com for inquiries pay pal accepted
If i said I struggled with this painting it would be an understatement. It isn’t my genre and illustrative works can get the best of me. I don’t use line as often as some artists and I paint mostly using value and color. This can be tricky for me as this little fairy was a little animated and I liked that but I needed it to be fun and didn’t want it to be realistic… so I had to find a happy medium. Sorta realistic sorta animated.

Sorta? is that a word?

cool water cleaning device

This is a short video demo on TED.com showing a great invention — a water filter that allows each person to make drinkable water right in the drinking bottle they carry. Just wanted to get this video out for those of you that might not know what you can do to help the people in Haiti.

Alternately, if you use Facebook you can donate using the link to their Facebook Cause page.