Screens for Commission

I am commissioning these screens. I will paint in colors you choose and base the design ideas on a conversation we would have. More information will be on my website store that will be online in March. The screens start at $850.

Where I’m At…

Jan 15, 2018 – Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

Week 2 of Full-Time at D’s Home Studio. Feel so good about it…
This is on my refrigerator. It makes me laugh. From “Story of an Artist” by Daniel Johnston. The version I like, M. Ward sings.
“Listen up & I’ll tell a story
About an artist growing old
Some would try for fame and glory
Others aren’t so bold

And everyone in friends and family
Sayin’ ‘hey go get a job
Why do you only do that only
Why are you so odd?’

‘And we don’t really like what you do
We don’t think anyone ever will
We think you you have a problem
And this problem’s made you ill’…”

The first day of 2018.


My word for this holiday season has been peace.
“Do not be anxious about anything
But in every situation by thoughts
with Thanksgiving
And Peace of Nature
which transcends all understanding.
These will comfort your hearts and minds.”

Spiritual version of Philippians 4:6-7

Time to Go to Art Full-time!

This last Thursday morning I signed early retirement papers. One more change in a year of changes. I’m so grateful that my friends and family haven’t changed and in some cases we’ve gotten closer.
Leaving the library will give me more time to follow the creative ideas I have for Debbie’s Home Studio. My last working day will be January 6, Epiphany for 2018.
I’ve worked in libraries since 1985. I am proud to work in one of society’s few institutions that allows everybody to use the bathroom. I ‘m glad I came to Grand Rapids over 23 years ago. I so love beautiful Michigan and feel at home here. I survived the renovation to GR’s Ryerson Library that reopened in 2003. They did a a good job before the economy tanked a little bit. I survived the lay-offs and massive restructuring of the downtown library a few years ago. It’s been time for me to go and it’s worked out that now I can.

New Studio

Pictures of the new studio. Finally can post my new environment
I am going to use the drawing table, so I can sit at it and know that I’m dedicating myself to “creating art” time. Most of the time though I prefer drawing on the bed and couch. Busy, busy, busy. Many changes. I’m glad to have the apartment set up. I didn’t like tripping over stuff. It’s nice to have more time to create and draw.

When Are You Procrastinating?

Do you meet your deadlines and obligations?
If no, this article will not help you. You probably do have a problem with procrastination.
If yes, you and I have a problem knowing when to push ourselves to do a task and when to let go and rest.
If something is scheduled or I said I would do something at a certain time, I have to make contact. Make arrangements for another time. For things I’m not sure of, I’m practicing saying “I may be able to do that,” “I’m thinking about it,” or “I’ll get back to you” instead of making a firm commitment.
Sometimes I refuse to do something. If you’re not going to do it. You’re not.
Beating yourself with a belt isn’t going to make you do it.
Last night after I pushed myself to work on my new phone. I wasn’t happy with the progress I made, but that’s all I could do. I was willing to listen to a podcast on organizing, which was on my list. I hadn’t done it yet, so I went for it.
Meditation is a good thing. If you’re not going to do something, meditate. I meditated on the deep, penetrating, glowing blue of twilight. Usually a good night’s sleep returns me to a state I’m more comfortable with.
If you’re in pea soup or anchored to the couch in grayness, you have to ask for help. This is not procrastination; it is mental illness. 10/2/17

Words: Reformation, Renewed, Faith, Grace…

I just got notice that these 2 pieces were accepted in a 6 Church “Reformation Art Show: Renewed in Word, Faith, and Grace” in Grand Rapids, MI. ArtPrize is going on at the same time and will end right after the pieces will start to be exhibited. My art is going to be shown at Faith Lutheran Church, right by my house. I am looking for a church home. I converted to Catholicism in 1996, but stopped going to the Catholic church 2 years ago. I was brought up Presbyterian, so this might be a good “fit” for me. I will go to their service and see what my heart thinks. If you have followed this blog or any of my social media, you will know how much I love words. I’m taking all the words involved in this show to mean something significant.

Action and Trust

The words for this week are “action” and “trust.” ” Action” is being done by making lists of what I want to do in my spiritual life; family and personal; artistic; and business. And then there’re the chores I don’t want to do but they gotta get done if I’m going to be responsible, maybe mature, and not deal with uncomfortable consequences.
“Trust” is a hard one. I sit on a beautiful Michigan day with a perfectly cool breeze, but not too cool, coming in the window. I’m in good health, so I “trust.” What if you are told you’re going to die, what if someone close to you dies or gets murdered, or what if you lose everything due to weather, fire, or other natural disaster. I like to think God is with us through the hard times and we can “trust”…

About Studios

The house is officially up for sale.
What’s my new studio going to look like? It reminds me of when I was pregnant with my son. What color eyes will he have? Will he be tall? What will be his special gifts?
The knowns I’m going to a one bedroom apartment on a lake. I want to make sure wherever I do most of my work I’ll have a view of the lake. There’s a small dining room that flows into the living area. On Pinterest I saw a living room that was basically a studio with bookshelves and filing cabinets around the walls and the couch and nice chairs in the center of the room.

I’ve been here 14 years. I had my drawing table in the family room because I liked to be around people when I work. When we moved here I thought the studio would primarily be in the basement. I kept supplies down there, but the cupboards were too narrow for big paper and the long haired cat used the art cupboards as his bed. Before 2010ish, I worked big and did some pieces down there and airbrushing. The last couple of years I was drawing and coloring primarily on the couch on pieces of heavy cardboard with paper clipped using orange and purple chip clips. I have smaller happy face clips in florescent colors.