Getting the Edge on Painting

•April 12, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Simple shot here: I want to share this article with you! Getting those great detailed or faded edges on a painting can be the key to progressing from amateur to inspiring. I will be coming back to this post often. Take 5 minutes to read it.

Muddy Colors: 10 Things… About Edges


I’m Here, in This Quiet Power

•March 28, 2015 • Leave a Comment

An artist is always dreaming, and often acting on that dream. Lately, I’ve been spending more time in the quiet space that reveals the heart, instead of in the mind that is always pushing and struggling. I like it better here. I hear better. I listen better. I think the world needs more listeners. And I am painting because I want to paint, not to generate money.

Last week I heard a poem that was so revealing of my space that it touched my heart; it encompassed years of longing to connect. It’s here for you, too.

The Quiet Power

I walked backwards, against time
and that’s where I caught the moon,
singing at me.
I steeped downwards, into my seat
and that’s where I caught freedom,
waiting for me, like a lilac.
I ended thought, and I ended story.
I stopped designing, and arguing, and
sculpting a happy life.
I didn’t die. I didn’t turn to dust.
Instead I chopped vegetables,
and made a calm lake in me
where the water was clear and sourced and still.
And when the ones I loved came to it,
I had something to give them, and
it offered them a soft road out of pain.
I became beloved.
And I came to know that this was it.
The quiet power.
I could give something mighty, lasting,
that stopped the wheel of chaos,
by tending to the river inside,
keeping the water rich and deep,
keeping a bench for you to visit.

~I don’t know the author. Do you?


    “Sweet Memories” 6×6″ $60.00 on

Is Art a “Lifestyle?”

•January 22, 2015 • Leave a Comment

A reblog, because it is still true, especially after retiring from teaching art. Now more time is available for the creating.

Chez Christine

Bird of Paradise Silk Painting

To tell you the truth, I don’t think I’m happy without some kind of creative project.  The thoughts and ideas are the energy that keep me going, moving forward…sometimes obsessively…through a life that could otherwise become dull and repetitive.

In October I fell victim to the usual illnesses of a teacher.  I pushed on, overtaxed my body and ran my immune system down.  Still pushed on…after all life is for living, right?  More health issues smashed my world until the doctor “ordered” me to slow down.  Fine!  Thanksgiving and Christmas were kept simple and I skipped many activities with friends.  Fine!  Decided not to participate in any of the art shows.  Fine!  Did a lot of reading, spent time with my family.  Fine!

January:  felt great, the creative ideas were overwhelming and jumped back in.  Looked into blogging, traveling, but staying “rested.”

February:  Rats!  Sick again!  The “bad one,” with…

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An Artist’s Challenge? Bring it!

•January 20, 2015 • Leave a Comment


“Pansies” an oil painting by Christine Owens, 32×32″ $475.00

Well, this was a surprise! Have you heard? There is an artists’ challenge flooding Facebook called the 3/5 Artists’ Challenge.  My dear friend, Laurie Schafer of Laurie Schafer Designs, nominated me, so bring it on!

What’s the deal? Okay, for five days in a row you must post three pieces of work a day. Each day you must also nominate another artist whom you admire to take the challenge.   This a great way to flood the internet with beautiful artwork, introduce more artists and let the world know that “We are Here!”


I Live to Travel…ANY Reason will Do

•November 17, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Do you know people like me? We are the people who save our money so that we can get on a plane to see another part of our World.  Yes, I think we are born to travel, to wander, to admire, to be inspired.

In a couple of days I will be climbing on board another airplane, accepting the fact that air travel is not what it used to be, and hoping that nothing goes wrong with the weather or the maintenance of the plane.  It’s worth it.  My flights to Italy in the summer of 2013 went all wrong, but I got there through sheer determination and an unwillingness to be ignored.  The morning sun was rising over Venice as I arrived on a cramped old train, but the streets were empty, a rare site in Venice.  Never mind that I was supposed to be there twelve hours earlier.  It’s all part of the adventure.

This trip is a single flight to spend a week with a dear friend who has moved to Southern California.  We will be sharing expenses to then get to San Diego for an in home sale of beautiful designer clothes and artwork by friends.  I haven’t seen San Diego since my son was small. Time to get another look! I am being called by the beautiful San Diego Art Museum in Balboa Park. Of course, the beach calls, too; but we are more interested in the art this time.

Current paintings for sale at The Frame of Mind in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

I will have a few pieces to share there, while here at home I am showing three large pieces and hoping they sell so that I can add to my travel savings. All proceeds now go for a trip to Paris/ParisDisneyland/Central France/Cote d’Azure in 2016 with my granddaughter.  Oh, yes, she is only 9 years old right now…but she already has the travel bug.

You can purchase my smaller pieces through my site via my website:  I am having a Garden Sale right now, ending on November 30, 2014. Shipping is FREE! Take a peek and contribute to helping get my granddaughter on her grand adventure to France!

Six Reasons Some “Might” Think I am a “Braggart”

•December 31, 2013 • Leave a Comment

BreAnna Howe Pink YinYang FINAL8x8“Brianna’s China Roses” $350 (24″x24″)

Sure, I see those eyes rolling when I talk about my art.  I know that “some people” don’t like to listen and “some people” might think I am a “braggart.”  But, I do have my reasons.

#1 My mother died.  Someone needs to do it.

#2 I can’t afford a publicist.

#3 Every art adviser says: “No one’s going to just discover you and make you famous.  YOU have to sell yourself.  You are in charge.”

#4 I enjoy what I do! It makes me happy; so, I “bubble over” with enthusiasm.

#5 Well, quite honestly, I’m good at what I do.

#6. I’m Irish. Nuf said

Create Yourself

•August 15, 2012 • Leave a Comment

As an artist, one of our finest qualities is our imagination.  Sometimes we soar too high and sometimes we only make a small trouble into something too big to handle.  Still, I’d prefer to be known for my imagination than to be…boring.

For instance, I just read Alyson B. Stanfield’s ArtBiz Blog entitled “How to Act Like the CEO of Your Art Business.”  Now there is a title that my imagination wants to work on.  Add THAT to the “files in my head!”  Alyson has been an amazing help to many artists and continues to grow rather than relax into her success.  Now that I have taken an early retirement from my art education position, I will be concentrating on my childhood dream of standing before an easel painting the beautiful images of the world that I would like others to see.  But it is not just about painting…I am going to have to get serious about the business side of art.

And, as every artist knows, focused creativity is not as easy as it sounds.  Becoming the CEO of my art business sounds good, but it will take some work to reshape this otherwise random personality into a Helen Gurley Brown [RIP].