A few of you have asked (or even wondered) about my "change" in style since I've posted my latest works with alcohol inks. Let me explain. I stumbled on the inks quite accidently while looking for a medium that would work artistically on white glazed tiles. I was instantly drawn to the ease and fluidity of the inks and they bring me back to my start in art about 15 years ago. When I was a young mom with 4 little toddlers running around, I dabbled in watercolor. While the "daily painting" movement is fairly recent in the past decade, I'm certain many artists were already doing it, myself included, just not calling it such. While my kids were napping, I had a small window of opportunity to paint, and watercolors were easy to pull out, clean up, and had no fumes. I was attracted to a particular style of bright loose painting that is atypical of the light, layered look of many watercolorists, and I developed quite a following in the early years of Ebay selling my work starting at $1. I remember feeling a bit uncomfortable when the bidding exceeded what I would have felt comfortable asking for the piece. I also felt I wasn't a "real" artist since I had no formal training at the time and no degree. Silly me. I gave up painting and my huge following to pursue my art degree, which changed my style and thoughts on art. My experimentation with the inks (and glass) recently are enhancing my understanding of what it is that I want to SAY in art. I have struggled with the idea of how I can find my own voice in my art, and these exercises and diversions are helping me figure it out. I will likely be posting random works of oils, inks, and glass while I continue to find my way. Thanks for looking!