This is my first time for blogging, so I'm hoping I have something of interest for you. Technology is overwhelming and makes me wish I had followed along with it while my children were so involved in computers, but no! I wanted to set at the paint table and create fun designs. For that, I have had a great career (while trying to learn technology). I have painted a lot of designs for many markets, including painting on many resin pieces for The Artists Club. Early in my career, I wasn't interested in porcelain or resin but I was painting with oils and now I'm painting only in acrylics. I'm enjoying the resin so much more. The "Sugar Plum Angels" evolved for me because of my love of a whimsical style. I also love painting candy canes or some kind of sweets. If you have been painting as long as I have, you'll remember my first book "A Candy Cane Christmas". It's no longer in print, but I keep trying to incorporate those candies in a lot of my designs. You'll see those in my latest book "Good Times". (notice the title-GOOD). When I started the designs for this book, it was meant to be seasonal with all kinds of Good Times throughout the year, but as you can see, I just fell back into that good ole candy theme. With that said, I wish I had some words of wisdom on how I'm inspired, but most everything I do or see becomes a thought for a new design. Mostly what will keep me inspired is to just keep painting and one thing will lead to another. I might change directions in the middle of a book as I just mentioned about "Good Times". I do like to watch trends of colors or designs. That might be a wide range of dishware to fabric, clothing, magazines, or visiting with friends. A conversation can get me inspired. One thing I can share with you is that I have painted all over my house, floors, ceilings, walls, furniture, etc. That is what I do for fun in between publications. Recently I was painting on a canvas for a backdrop for "Good Times", and I dropped a quart of paint on my kitchen carpet. It couldn't be cleaned up so guess I'll just paint a few large flowers, polka dots, or even candy canes on it to cover it up. Painting on carpet will be a first for me, but If I get a chance to blog again, I'll keep you posted on how it turns out. So now talking about that has got me to thinking that I might just get started on it today. You see how inspiration for me begins, just talking to you and looking at that big blob of paint spattered on my kitchen floor. Untill next time, keep painting and painting and painting.