Exploring The Same Color Palette

Most of the time I like to explore different color combinations and moods in my paintings. Color is meant to be mixed in different combinations at the whim of the artist or as the scene dictates. However, I decided to keep the same palette as the last abstract piece I posted here and explore a different composition.

It makes me think of pasta; same ingredients different shapes.

Here is the outcome:

Bright color palette; different composition

Bright color palette; different composition

I may decide I like this one better.

What do you think?

Color Quiz

I have found a compelling combination of my fascination with color and my psychology degree in this fun little color quiz.

Both times that I have taken it, the results were eerily accurate. Have fun finding out what your color choices say about you. We won’t judge! Color quiz here

Lack of Restraint

This is what I did today when I should have been doing something else.  I needed to loosen up, exercise lack of restraint, blow off some steam, let go of the expectations, parameters, and requirements. I could go on. I’m sure it has nothing to do with the fact that my massage therapist broke his hand and has been rehabilitating for the last six weeks. Hi, Robert!  Hope you’re getting better!

Wild Thang

Unrestrained acrylic on canvas

There are some moments in this painting that make me positively giddy!

Giddy Moment

giddy moment

What do you do to blow off steam creatively?

Commissioned Art

I’ve painted on many different surfaces this year with many different kinds of paint.  I’ve recently had the opportunity to do a commissioned 4’x6′ acrylic on canvas abstract painting. Talk about exciting!


Allegory Falls

I love my job. Comments are welcome because I find myself without words. That is why I paint.

What is Art?

What is art? That’s the million dollar question, isn’t it?  Let’s rephrase it and ask “what is art to you?”.  I rarely hang anything on my wall unless it has some significance to me.  Sometimes my walls are bare for awhile until I find the right piece to live there.

I currently have this picture hanging in my house.


Polish chicken

The significance to me is that I think they are quirky and mesmerizing.  Also the thought of having a Polish chicken hanging on the wall makes me giggle.  And I lived in Poland for a few years.  Plenty of meaning there.

I’m thinking about adding this one.  Or maybe I will change them out periodically.

Another Polish chicken

Another Polish chicken

Absolutely stunning in my opinion!

I also have this image hanging on my wall.



This is a picture I got off the internet.  I don’t know who it is.  It grabbed me because for some reason I can feel what she is feeling.  It’s how I feel on the inside.

I bought this painting at an antique mall.

Belly dancer

Belly dancer

I do not happen to feel like this on the inside but I do love the movement and the colors.

Here are some pieces that I do NOT have hanging on my walls but I really wish I did.

"Dancing in the Rain I" by Kathryn Trotter Art

“Dancing in the Rain I” by Kathryn Trotter Art

"Solitude" by Loui Jover

“Solitude” by Loui Jover

"Ovum Rex" by Zachary Brown

“Ovum Rex” by Zachary Brown

Do you love the pictures you have hanging on your walls?

What is art to you?




What will be your canvas?

I love Street Art Utopia.

I especially love their motto “We declare the world as our canvas”.

What an awesome medium!  The creativity and talents of many artists make up this site.  Their work is inspiring, thought provoking and challenging.

Sometimes it just makes me giggle.

Street Art Utopia

Street Art Utopia

I started to think about the coming year and what it would bring and what might my canvas be?

blank canvas

blank canvas

A blank canvas of this kind is both thrilling and terrifying to me.  The possibilities are endless, the completion immensely gratifying but it’s the process that thrills me.

There are so many blank canvases to choose from.

blank canvas

blank canvas

blank canvas

blank canvas

blank canvas

blank canvas

Do they thrill you?  Terrify you? Challenge you?

Madeleine L’Engle said it best:

Obedience is an unpopular word nowadays, but the artist must be obedient to the work, whether it be a symphony, a painting, or a story for a small child. I believe that each work of art, whether it is a work of great genius, or something very small, comes to the artist and says, “Here I am. Enflesh me. Give birth to me.” And the artist either says, “My soul doth magnify the Lord,” and willingly becomes the bearer of the work, or refuses; but the obedient response is not necessarily a conscious one, and not everyone has the humble, courageous obedience of Mary.

May 2013 be a rewarding, challenging and awe inspiring canvas for you.




I recently painted this desk.


Colorful desk

Yes, I did this on purpose you may want to ask and it was fun!

It was inspired by a piece I saw at a client’s house pictured here.

Client's furniture

Client’s furniture

Side view

Side view

If this style of furniture has a name, I don’t know what it is.  Inadvertent design?  Accidental decor? Regardless of its origin, I happen to love it!

The desk I painted was not painstakingly planned and thought out.  Shocking, I know but I used what I had on hand.

Speaking of accidental art, I snapped this picture of the leg of my work pants because I liked the composition.  It inspired me because it was not deliberate. Laugh if you must but I do not discriminate on where I find inspiration!

Tresa's masterpiece

Tresa’s masterpiece

I saw this piece at a store and determined this may be a growing trend.

Trendy furniture

Trendy furniture

In my world, I like to believe that these pieces were either put together from leftover materials or have some interesting and harrowing history instead of being manufactured in a factory.

So that is what I choose to believe about this picture currently being circulated on Pinterest and tumblr.  Its colors are vibrant and captivating and could tell an adventurous story.

Captivating colors

Captivating colors

What do you think? Beguiling or garish?

Repeating Patterns

I’m taking a break from “before and after” shots and “see what I did?” stuff to talk about what my eye is drawn to.

I recently took a photography class (I know, right?) to see if I could even begin to develop my photography skills before investing in a grown up camera (Nikon D90, hint, hint).  We walked around downtown Nashville and snapped away at whatever caught our interest.  I realized after reviewing my shots from the day that I was drawn to repeating patterns.  This is nothing new in the world of design but I wanted to share what I saw that day.

Row of Lights

Row of Awnings

Row of Musical Notes

These were not the only photos I took that day but there were so many of repeating patterns that I realized they struck a chord with me.  They create an interesting, mesmerizing, visual composition.

Row of Barstools

Rows of Balconies

Another Row of Lights

Row of Posters

In the world of decorating, I believe this is the allure of stencils, wallpaper, tile and all repeating elements that create visual interest.

Speaking of visual interest.

Visual Interest

Just had to throw this one in.  It is Nashville after all.

Thank you for indulging me.







Upholstery painting

You may get tired of me saying that I will paint anything but this project falls into that category.

I originally bought this oversize chair to put in a teenage hangout space.  I got it for $25 on craigslist.  It wasn’t very pretty but made up for that in comfort and price.

kind of ugly

Plans changed and I no longer needed it for the teen hangout but didn’t want to get rid of it either.  However, it seriously did not fit into my current decor in any way and I cringed every time I looked at it next to my Benjamin Moore “Agave” colored walls.  The chair was only $25 so I didn’t really want to have it reupholstered and I liked the fringe and didn’t know if it could be saved through the reupholstery process.

I asked my friend, the internet, about it and you can imagine how thrilled I was to learn of the product “Simply Spray”  for changing the color of upholstery.  The fringe on the chair included a nice burgundy color that was available in the spray so I took the plunge and ordered some.

Here is the result:


Now this is a chair I can live with.

Here are the lessons I learned through this process that might help you decide if this is something you want to try.

  • This chair is corduroy which probably required more paint than a flat fabric would.
  • The paint cost more than the chair.
  • The fabric is still soft if you run your hand with the nap.  It feels stiff against the nap but that might be another corduroy issue.
  • It required 3 applications.  Probably another corduroy issue.
  • The color is staying fast and has held up to moderate use.
  • This would be great for stenciling.

I’m glad I was able to find a solution to keep the chair and I think Simply Spray is a good product if not a little pricey.  This is not a paid endorsement.  Just passing on my experience!

Maybe it will help you save a piece of furniture you love that needs a new color.

Ready to paint?

Welcome to Atmospheres! We will be having a lot of fun here with all the things that are possible to do with paint. I’ll be showing before and after transformations that will change the world! Ok, maybe not but they will show the potential for improvement that exists in outdated and uncooperative home decor.

I am so excited to have a place to share all of the fun projects I’ve been involved in and the things that inspire me!  Where to start?

Above everything else, my children inspire me. They make me want to dream beyond everyday events and responsibilities. They remind me to find the fun in every moment and not take life so seriously. And they are teenagers!  So I enlisted their help in the painting of this composition entitled “Rain”.
It is one of my favorites and I love the way I can see their personalities come through in different places.
I’ve often said I’ll paint anything so let the journey begin! (Hopefully it will include better photography!).  I welcome anyone interested in traveling with me.