Artistic Talent-Debatable

Deborah Babin

I had a profound conversation recently with someone who expressed a deep life long yearning to BE an ARTIST. This person was convinced she would never attain a level of artistic confidence because she had defined herself as having NO artistic talent or skills.

Without hesitation,my immediate response was: Being an Artist is NOT about

This bold statement flew out of my mouth and hung in the stillness.

This prompted a search on this topic today. I found this article which I am totally aligned with.

Please leave a comment about this debatable topic. What is your take?


When I ask myself: Do I have artistic talent?

Answer: What I have is: Visual awareness

I learn through visual experiences.

It feels natural to express myself visually, thus art forms are my language. Consequently, utilizing my language builds my skills and enriches the quality of my art and production. When I make art I am proud of, it all makes sense. When I make art that is not up to PAR I have learned that this art experience is just as important, if not more so. As, I will learn and realize the depth of the challenge and strengthen my determination OR I may choose take a side step and evolve.


Drawing 1 Ink drawing, watercolor, below PAR

Drawing 2 Ink drawing, watercolor, on PAR

These two examples are rated below PAR an above PAR by myself. The assessment is based on the effectiveness of the shading with fine ink marks.

Pen is unforgiving. No erasing!

Drawing 1

I consider this drawing as under PAR because: 1. The eyes are not positioned properly. The left eye is too close to the nose. 2. The shading under the nose is too dense and sort of looks like a mustache.

Is this a failure? No. I enjoyed drawing it. I remember where I was and how good the travel experience was. What will become of this drawing? It is now an example here and I can always paint over it.

Drawing 2

I consider this drawing (as compared to the previous drawing) to be on PAR. The results are overall pleasingly balanced. The shading has various tones, which effectively describe the contours of the face. The details of the hat and blouse add nice contrast.

I have been told that my verbal descriptions are vivid; I like knowing that. Being able to describe aspects of (art) various things is another way to connect and paint a verbal picture.

Talent is a vague concept. We all have strengths. It depends on the opportunities we have in our lifetime or make happen that give us the time and access to sources where we can develop those strengths. And, the SOURCES…well, the quality of the sources is vital. In addition, timing. WHEN we have this opportunity and with whom. We may encounter a prime opportunity but not at the optimal time in our life.

The timing within our journey is not within our control; unscheduled stops and starts.

Control: Only we can set the goals and then, set out to achieve them. Many times, life gets in the way. But, that is the nature of the uncharted path….it meanders.

Can you relate to this?

The people we meet along our journey are components. Whether they are validating, enriching and positive for our growth. They may be (and many times are) detractors. Depending on where we are on our journey this encounter can be devastating and derailing.

My favorite line:


We are destined to seek. Some of us pursue consistently, others, off and on, and some give up too soon. Some people get side tracked. And, unfortunately, some succumb to the pressure of competition…and end up questioning (doubt) their abilities (talent). They might set the bar too high, with unrealistic expectations; self defeating.

I say: There is ALWAYS time to make an attempt to follow your dream. If your dream is to be an artist….THEN BEGIN. So the question is WHEN?

If you are serious and make a sincere effort all will work out. Remember the movie THE FIELD OF DREAMS? Build it and they will come.

What is the worst that can happen?

Are you willing to take a step forward now? Make a plan to BEGIN.

Make a commitment to yourself:


Commit to 1 hour 1 day per week

Commit to any day, any number of days.

Find a spot that is serene and special pleasantly tucked away from distractions without a clock.


  • A clip board or firm surface that is easy to hold on your lap or table
  • A piece of plain white paper any size (several pieces is best) or a tablet
  • A regular lead pencil
  • Make marks
  • Observe…

Write the date on each page, maybe include the location. Make notes that about what you are thinking, seeing, feeling, realizing.

Don’t expect anything….just observe.

MARKS-Are ANY type of stoke, line, scribble, etc. that leaves a deposit of lead on the paper.

Approach: fill an entire sheet of paper with one mark making tool

  1. Make a random grid and fill the spaces, no ruler.
  2. Randomly fill the page without concern of the space.
  3. Start in various spots not just the center.
  4. Extend the marks out and over the outer edges of the paper.
  5. Experiment with various mark making tools.


You are communicating in YOUR (language) of marks.



Switch mediums:

  • a color pencil
  • a watercolor pencil
  • charcoal
  • pen/ink

Fill page after page. Enjoy this PRIVATE EXPLORATION. Your personal diary of marks.


Keep your tools, paper and drawing surface in a bag, carrying it with you where ever you go.

Art Supply Store Nice, France

When I travel I prepare a bag with various tools. I clip pictures of subjects from magazines for inspiration. I might buy a new tablet or better yet, I love to find an art store (say in Europe) to explore new tools that I aren’t available at home. I have a small back pack that is perfect for this purpose.







Inspirational Design, Rothschild Museum, VilleFranche, France



My established INTENT: to be prepared to record my experiences with drawing is in my conscious mind. My visual “feelers” are on alert. I am more likely to see more than I would otherwise.

Photos as inspiration reference:

This photo was taken at the Rothschild Museum in the lobby of the mansion. The vaulted ceiling was decorated with meticulously hand drawn lines.



Stones, Antibes, Frances, inspiration

This photo was taken on the grounds of the Picasso Museum in Antibes, France. I consider this inspiration.




Reveal (share) your experience with someone ONLY if you are compelled. Listen to the reactions, comments. Realize how others SEE and respond to your MARKS. Take away what you want, dispose of the remaining. Some of the reactions may surprise (delight) you and some may not.

More about marks: As you make mark after mark (accumulation) you MAY notice a cluster (pattern) that resembles something realistic or interesting. How you interpret, respond to your marks is particularly notable. Don’t ignore this observation…instead…go with it!

Our Marks may communicate something completely different to another person. This is natural and to be embraced.

If you want to share your pages here PLEASE feel free to do so! If you want input….let me know.



When we present our art (mark making), we open ourselves to the world (universe); we are at our most vulnerable.

Vulnerability is when we are the MOST OPEN possible; no guard walls for protection, boundary or conditions.  We are bold enough (confident) to take the stand to be viewed (judged) to the core of our NAKED being.

Did I know this when I began to make art? NO!

Being an artist is WHO I am; I am hard wired to make art. Making art makes me happy. It feels natural and healthy.

I do not think about being judged. It is only natural to “hope” to measure up. But, who is doing the measuring? And, in any given situation (juried competition) who are you being compared to?

Listen to Brene Brown, TED talk topic: Vulnerability

The bottom line:






Visions Art Museum-Interpretations/Conversations


has been accepted to:

Exhibit: Interpretations-Conversations

Oct 25, 2017-Jan 2018

What an honor it is to be in this exhibit!


IN CROWD tells a personal story.

What a treat it was to be able to drive to San Diego to attend the opening of this exhibit. Not only did we enjoy the exhibit but also a bit of the town. I grew up in San Diego, got married in Coronado and then was redirected to the EAST Coast for most of my adult life, thanks to the Navy. So, when I do get a chance to visit San Diego, I become very nostalgic. It is still a fabulous town…sans traffic.

IN CROWD tells a personal story:

This story developed over my lifetime. I had no idea all of this was in my head or that this content needed to be extracted and brought to life.

I began the piece with one goal: to see if I could free hand stitch (no preliminary drawing on the fabric) the faces. This endeavor lead to a magnificent unfolding of dynamics between the “faces”. One in which I could not have predicted or halted; the energy that developed was unstoppable.

Telling a story made my work come to life.


Telling a Story wasn’t my focus until I made a piece titled: Diversity in 2013.  Diversity was a theme I came across and mentally connected with. The concept unfolded and was very successful; the piece sold before the gallery opening. However, the theme was NOT my personal story. The story was literally spelled out on the art quilt. It captured people and pulled them in. They were intrigued and this was my first realization of how art can be compelling. I realized that many people cannot relate to art for “art sake” as say purely as a composition. They want to (I think) but they often times are perplexed, confused or just lost. IF they can read text (don’t we all read text these days?) and have a way to connect, then they stop, linger, read and ponder and best of all –“get it”.

Prior to this time, I made art that had pure ART forms: A good composition, color, values, design. I was not comfortable to reveal personal things YET. I kept my life experiences to myself.

What I realized about IN CROWD was that MY story is EVERYONE’S story.

I now realize (even more) that this reveal was me being VULNERABLE. Wow!

This suddenly became obvious to me at the exhibit. When the microphone was handed to me to speak about my piece…I froze! (Thank you to the person who whispered…”take a deep breath”!)

I had no idea that I had stripped myself in public! And, it was all OK! Many people related and congratulated me. I had emotions I didn’t realize were brewing. So what does this mean for my future work?

Well now I have new found confidence and I intend to make another version of DIVERSITY. Only this version will have a personal story. I have more stories to tell! Once I crossed over the caution line…I can now be free and open.

If you want to listen to THEE best TED talk on Vulnerablity by Brene Brown, follow this link.

The faces of the people “came through me”.

While traveling, I always bring drawing materials, watercolor pencils and a water brush. I hope to capture my observations and record the views personally (rather than relying on a camera). Occasionally, there is little to see or nothing catches my attention. If this is the case, I challenge myself to conceptualize. Usually I default to random designs like a logo, a sign, a motif on a stair rail, etc.


Travel-Drawing Preparation

I began to collect photos in magazines of faces. I keep a packet of these in my drawing tools bag. My tendency is to draw very exact and detailed, requiring a lot of time and attention; using a pencil, defining with fine shading lines.

To switch it up and relax I decided to challenge myself to conceptualize faces. I used black pen and white paper; which lead to a completely different result. Once I began one face lead to another until I had several pages filled with multiple faces with various scales.



The faces that emerged were intriguing…they had a unique gaze; avoiding eye contact. They multiplied; gather They marched right  onto my paper, direct from my imagination; I was fascinated. I did not know the m and they seemed to be lost and searching, yearning; I had to make sense of this presence.


 What were they thinking? Where were they headed? Are they aware of the each other? Are  they trying to communicate? If so, to whom? If so, what was the message?
I love black pen on white paper- pure and clean LINES.

I love the immediacy of pen/ink….no erasing. What if a line or mark is not so good? Well, after a brief hesitation… it must be made to work. This leads to unplanned new lines, evolving, meandering. This is similar to free motion stitching.


Drawing is about seeing. How we see and what we see and how we interpret our world. A drawing is developed with a series of LINES. The graphite is deposited on the paper according to the application:

  • How dark or light
  • How close or far apart
  • How delicate or heavy
This can be attributed to stitching as well.
  • The spacing in between the rows of stitches-How close or far apart?
  • The weight of the thread-How heavy or fine?
  • The stitch length-How short or long?

Pencil Drawing- Graphite is spread onto the paper from the point of the pencil. The amount of graphite that is deposited is relative to the amount of pressure applied.

  1. How sharp or dull the point is.
  2. How hard or soft the lead is
  3. How the pencil is held-Straight up or on the side

Line techniques


Pen Drawing-The amount of ink that is applied is limited by the size of the pen point. Shading is accomplished by clustering lines closer and overlapping lines. Building up an area with more ink to create a darker value.


I have been sewing and quilting my art for many years. This is done with continuous lines of stitching; a starting point and ending point uninterrupted. I prefer to have the stitching uninterrupted and continuous for as long as possible. This helps with strengthening the work and having less loose ends to deal with. I always hand tie every loose end;  thus, the fewer the better.

Consequently, this (habit) tendency spills over into my drawing. I tend to draw with ink with a continuous line. It is also relaxing, flowing and leads to unexpected lines which I like; I enjoy the discovery.

Back to the initial personal challenge I had: To see if I could stitch the faces free hand.

First attempt to stitch faces free hand. Black thread/white fabric


IN CROWD: A bit of color was added to define certain spaces.










Who is the (self appointed arrogant) one who dictates and selects WHO is IN and WHO is out?

Why are we concerned with this? Why do we feel left out? Why do we gloat when we think we are IN?

Why are we bothered by those that feel left out? Why do we NEED to be accepted?

Those questions are the basis for my story.

My conclusion

TRUTH- There IS no such status, group, association! This is conjured up in our minds. This is based on How we value ourselves.

LESSON: IF you are presently in a group that makes you feel special, accepted and like you have arrived….I have NEWS! You are missing out! You are NOT aware of the wall preventing you from growing, learning and exploring on your own. TEAR DOWN THAT WALL! Some of us build the wall to protect ourselves; I have done that too.


It is so simple when you strip it down to the essence.

If you can relate…leave a comment. And, leave one no matter what your position is. I would love to hear your take on this topic.



News: Moving On With New Inspiration


I now live in Arizona…which compared to Washington, is like another planet!

Wow! There is so much to learn about Arizona. I have met the most delightful people everywhere I go. And…the people LOVE and respect the arts and artists here! There are numerous festivals, galleries and art events year round.

My new home is amazing!A true Spanish/Mediterranean hacienda complete with a a studio space…of course! That was a requirement. Yes, life is good!

New Inspiration

Prior to the move I was actively making art with new inspiration and enthusiasm.

I went on a fabulous trip to Amsterdam last Autumn. Among the numerous experiences the MOST  outstanding was my visit to the Van Gogh museum. I returned home exhilarated! I promptly ordered painting supplies and proceeded to paint.  It had been over 30 years since I had painted (a proper painting). How fun it was to get my hands messy and explore…just to see what might develop. To my surprise I saw a style presenting and I quite liked it.

Subject: Women with an exaggerated format.

10″ x 12″ Acrylic

Not every attempt was successful but each canvas presented a new learning experience.


Dream Girl 12″ x 12″ Acrylic


Kristina 10 ” x 12″ Acrylic

I am currently setting up a new gallery page for my paintings. I will be offering them for sale as canvas prints. The best part about a print is the ability to select the size.

Often after I finish a piece I think “Wow! wouldn’t this look great if it were LARGE!”  That is exactly what I did with Carmel. I ordered a print size 30″ x 30″ and Wow!


Here she is size 30″ x 30″ in the foyer of my previous house in Washington…a show stopper! Everyone stopped to stare at her when they entered the house. And now, she has established her presence in my current house.

The canvas is deep which looks very nice and doesn’t require a frame. The sides of this painting are painted a soft olive green.


Price for a canvas print this size is $260 + $15 shipping within the US. Allow 3 weeks for delivery.

Contact me to order.

Let me know what you think about these paintings.


2016 About Face

Greetings and Happy New Year! 2017 is here and I am very happy and optimistic about this year.

January of 2016 I decided to offer drawing lessons. This went very well. I revisited my main love: drawing from life. Consequently, I didn’t get much textile art made in 2016.

In November 2016, after returning from a wonderful trip to Europe; visiting Amsterdam and Vienna….I was inspired to paint! I have been slowly gearing up for this for quite some time. This time I made a decision that was huge. I decided to step back from my textile and mixed media art practices and redefine my goals to set a new and clear focus.

The initial decision was quick; however, the process of realization was gradual.

First I cleared a space to paint in my studio away from everything else. My studio is fairly large. While I was sitting in the far off corner working away, I noticed all the remaining room lined with filled storage bins of various art things; mostly fabric. Even though I have trimmed down my stash over the years quite a lot, I still have plenty. Now I realize I will gradually become aware of what to keep and what to pass along.

Now, this is not to say I have stopped sewing! That just isn’t possible…is it?

Hopefully my new adventures with painting will appeal to my readers. The adventures are happening now and I am happy to be learning new things.

Carmel, 11 x 14"

Actually, I am learning a lot more about what was happening in my artist life schedule because now I have another reference point.

I now realize that while I was making art…textile art and mixed media, I was extremely distracted. I called it being spontaneous, inspired, diverse, curious, multidimensional. Yes, I was in all of those modes and that results in one thing: NOT HAVING A FOCUS.

Teaching was a huge distraction, especially writing for online teaching! The amount of thought, energy, planning that I put into it was tremendous! I loved it and I did receive validation; however, I was distracted from the main point of: MAKING MY ART.

Once I began to paint, I could realize all of these distractions.

For me, painting is completely different from making textile art and mixed media; it is instant. My brain embraces and processes the results immediately; I am gratified and challenged quickly. Sewing is not fast; it is tedious, labor intensive and time can spread out endlessly.

It may sound as if I am criticizing sewing…the making of textile art. On the contrary, I love sewing, I love working with fabric the tactile satisfaction, the handling of the fabric, the beauty as it develops.

When I am sewing my brain is on task but also I am thinking of a zillion other things I could make …once I finished the current project or stopped.

Conversations with fellow painters enlightened me. They revealed that they would never consider working with textiles….why? Because they did not have the patience. Hmmm….patience was not something I had considered. I had to think more about that.

Making textile art does require an investment of time. But, I did not think of it as having patience. I merely KNEW the pace and accepted it. In contrast, a painting is just as complex yet I have been able to execute much faster. But, is speed the primary element and desire? No! Rather, satisfaction.

The elements I use to paint are the same. It is the process that is faster. Pure and simple: I am enjoying the freedom and the faster pace of painting. It is refreshing and fits my brain (mind).

One observation I received about a painting of mine was how I captured “texture”. Really? That is interesting and makes sense. I guess my experience with fabric and textiles will reveal in new ways.

The main point of this is to have a FOCUS.

My focus has freed me. My thoughts are simplified as well as my routine. It goes like this:

Set up:

  1. A big drafting table with painting supplies on it.
  2. An easel and chair is next to the table.
  3. I have several sets of painting clothes to wear.
  4. I have references from magazines, and other sources for inspiration.


  1. Paint in the morning for about 2 hours
  2. Lunch
  3. Paint for a few more hours.
  4. Exercise
  5. Shower
  6. Dinner
  7. Rest
  8. Reflect for the next day

Now, some days I have appointments and other things like housekeeping. And, then there is travel.


Yes, travel now has become such a pleasure. Now that my life is simplified I can calmly prepare and look forward to traveling. I can actually pack ahead of time. In the past invariably I would have tremendous pressure with art to finish, prepare another lesson, finish a binding, write a new chapter in a course. I have been sewing down to the wire on (too) many occasions. I wasn’t able to predict how much time to allow, how much time to add on to “get it right”.

I love all the art I made though!

I am much happier with my new life style. Simplifying isn’t SIMPLE! You must STOP and assess.

I was ready. I am glad I finally found my FOCUS.

Here are two of my recent paintings

Kristina, 9 x 12" Isabella, 12 x 12"

As you can see, I like women’s faces.

I would love to hear your feedback on this topic: Having a Focus

Can you relate? Please leave comments.




My Progress-Painting with Acrylics on Canvas

I am making good progress with painting with acrylics on canvas. What a new adventure this is! So far I have finished 2, 2 in progress and 1 almost done…that challenged me a bit.

The first two finished paintings are:


Carmel” 11″ x 14″


Kristina 9″ x 12″









The two paintings that are in progress are not ready to be revealed yet; one is a landscape and one is of a little girl in a white hat and dress with red shoes.

The reason for holding off on these is because I want to explore my (developing) style and techniques. Painting is totally different from fiber art; I am blown away with this in a good way. Even though I give a good bit of thought to the subject and the effect I hope to achieve….the results are like nothing that I can predict. The experience is as if the paint is talking to me instead of my being in charge. Its a bit difficult to explain but that is how I feel now. Maybe this will evolve as well.

I am in a reactionary mode, I am learning. As I apply the paint I observe the results and act accordingly; responding to the effects.

The fifth canvas was the most challenging so far.

Nicole and Papillon 18 x 24", in progress

Nicole and Papillon
18 x 24″

The photo I used for inspiration lacked good contrast. I struggled with the hand the most because in the photo the woman was holding a cigarette that I didn’t want to include.  Thus, the position of the hand became problematic.

I am trained (strongly) to draw from life. Conceptualizing is not my forte; however, I want to explore that as well.

Some areas need more refinement primarily the jacket, center and down to the bottom right.

I used a palette knife to lay in the background. The remaining areas are brushed in. I like the contrast of the smooth areas and the rough (palette knife). I like to make the two inter-play; as if the background is enveloping the foreground– “ground play”.

I am not as enthusiastic about this painting and have decided to take a break from it. I think it will only need one more painting session to be finished.

For a switch I decided to paint a conceptualized subject: a “simple” teapot.

Sunny Teapot 12" x 12"

Sunny Teapot
12″ x 12″

Emphasis  on “simple”! That is a joke…I am prone to make things complex and yet…I love simplicity. So, I kept my restraint and I think it paid off.

Learning to listen to the painting, learning to realize that not all the areas must be refined in fact having a combination of refinement and less refined is much more interesting to me.

This teapot is bathed in bright sunlight. The left side has pale colors while the right side (in shadow) has richer colors and a deep cast shadow.

I am using deep (1.5″) wrapped canvases and the sides are painted as well. This eliminates the need for a frame.

This painting is available!


to purchase this colorful and cheerful painting!


Small Works-BIG Talent

Kristina, 9 x 12"

Kristina, 9 x 12″

My piece titled: Kristina has been accepted into an exhibit at Las Laguna Gallery in Laguna Beach, CA.


Artist Reception Thursday December 1

6:30-9:30 pm

Exhibition runs December 1 through December 30, 2016

577 S. Coast Highway A-1

Laguna Beach, CA

I must exclaim how exciting this acceptance is! I returned from a month of travel to Europe in September and October of this year; primarily, Amsterdam and Vienna and small towns in between. The art that I saw definitely inspired me. When I returned I immediately began to paint.

Read my blog post about that trip here

If you live within the vicinity of Laguna Beach….take time to visit this gallery. I understand that the openings are quite a fun with live music included.

Silk Prints with Textile Paints

Printed Silk #1

Printed Silk #1

I had a play day recently. A very good friend of mine paid me a visit. We have very similar interests in textile art. She had taken a five day workshop and learned how to apply interesting designs with procion dyes and various tools and applications. She invited me to take out some fabrics and play! I used textile paints instead of dye. The results were fast, fun and turned out fabulous!


The application is very basic:

  1. Spread the paint onto a smooth surface; I used a sheet of plexiglass.
  2. Use tools to scratch and draw designs into the paint. I used soft plastic texture tools.
  3. Place the fabric face down onto the surface.
  4. Gently press the fabric with a sponge roller.


The consistency of the paint is important. The paint will soak through the fabric and show through to the back. The weight of the fabric is relevant. If it is thin the paint will soak up fast and the opposite if it is heavier. This is an experimental activity. I did spray some water on the back of one of the pieces of cotton as the fabric was lying on the plexiglass to encourage the paint to attach. This made a blurry effect, which I like too. I was able to get two prints with thin Habotai silk.


White cotton fabric

White cotton fabric

I decided to stick with black paint.

I used plain white cotton to begin with. This example is actually 3 pieces of printed fabric that I have pinned together. About 24″ x 12″.




Eco dyed silk

Eco dyed silk

I switched to eco dyed silk. I had several beautiful eco dyed pieces that I loved but I knew they needed to develop further. Wow! This fabric performed the best of all. It is very old Japanese silk that I eco dyed last year. This picture is of 3 printed pieces that are pinned together for consideration.

I think the best way to go forward with this one is to machine quilt it with black thread so that the lines are not noticeable. I think it will be stunning!

Eco dyed silk #2

Eco dyed silk #2

This combination is two pieces of eco dyed silk. The top piece has been printed and is lying on top of another (un-printed) eco dyed piece. The top fabric has some beautiful subtle greens.



Eco dyed silk #3 is the flip side of the previous eco dyed silk #2.  It is lying on the same solid eco dyed piece for constrast, comparison and consideration.

Eco dyed silk #3

Eco dyed silk #3

So now I am staring at this wonderful new fabric from my paint easel as I am still painting on canvases. Read my previous blog post for details about that new adventure.

So, what do you think? Would you try this? It’s so easy! Let me know if you do. I would like to see pictures too.

Painting with Acrylics on Canvas

I have taken on a new adventure…painting acrylics on canvas! I did paint with oils many years ago in art school. I truly had blocked it out of my memory…almost. I honestly don’t know why. And, I don’t know why I haven’t painted before now. Only that I truly love working with textiles.

deb-amsterdam-9-2016-600Recently I traveled with my husband to Amsterdam and sailed on a river cruise to Vienna. Wow, I had so much fun! And, the scenery is AMAZING!

The weather was good, mild and dry.

This photo of me is taken in front of the oldest art supply store in Europe…I was told.

The paper that the Constitution of the United States was made by this shop! I could have stayed inside for hours.


We visited a number of art galleries and museums. The Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam was the best one. I was so absorbed in the art I saw and listening to the stories and evolution of art movements that…I came home totally compelled to paint!



Carmel, 11 x 14″

And, to my surprise I have painted five canvases so far and I like most of what I have done. I love feed back so please take a moment and leave a comment. I appreciate open “frank” comments too.

My style is slightly whimsical. I like to draw faces and so I am staying with that subject for now. I like big eyes with unique colors. I hope to improve in a number of ways. Mainly with expressions.

The first painting: Carmel



Kristina, 9 x 12"

Kristina, 9 x 12″


The second painting: Kristina

I have 3 more in progress.

Fresh with enthusiasm…I decided to enter these finished two into a competition. Low and behold…Kristina was accepted!

The show is at the Las Laguna Gallery in Laguna Beach Ca.



The exhibit is : Small Works-BIG TALENT

Opens December 1-30th 2016

I am so happy about this acceptance!

My goal is to paint on larger the canvases. I love the dynamic power of a large painting.



Pen and Ink-Black and White

I love to draw! Typically though I focus on drawing while on travel. I always take my “kit”. Paper, pencils, pens and watercolors. If I have a subject that is straight forward with high contrast I prefer to use pen/ink. If the subject requires more pondering, shading and sensitivity I use pencil. Depending on the results of the pen drawings, sometimes I add a bit of watercolor.

Straight forward>>



Dick Blick contest





Artists-The Path To Success

Subscribing to art blogs of artists that you respect is highly recommended. One of my favorites is Nicholas Wilton. It doesn’t matter what medium(s) you prefer….most artists have the same hopes and goals. His recent article: The Path to Success is extremely relevant.

Subscribe to his blog and I think you will learn a lot.

My artistic PATH has been life long. 

Deborah Babin, 2008. Houston International Quilt Show.

Deborah Babin, 2008. Houston International Quilt Show.

Here I am in 2008 posing in front of my art quilt: Swan Party of Ten.

I had two quilts accepted into that show; I was very proud! I thought I truly “arrived”. That quilt went on to be juried into multiple National and International exhibitions; it has been retired for quite some time. Validation? Yes. Validation is important; however, I gradually discovered that this was merely a stepping stone. Eventually, this type of venue did not fulfill my dreams. I have redirected my energy to fine art and mixed media; It is all part of the journey.

The journey is the destiny.

Have you changed your course? Are you ready to reexamine your path? Let me know if you can relate to this. I love to receive comments.

Face Book

Deb in Santorini, 9-2016

Deb in Santorini, Greece 9-2016 Face Book Image

I have a love/hate relationship with Face Book. On the one hand I love to watch the videos of animals! I also love to see what artists are up to. I do not LOVE the political rhetoric. Believe me….I DO have political opinions….but, I desperately avoid commenting and posting about political topics. Once in a while…IF it is “safe” I will….

What I do LOVE the most are poems, sayings, quotes or messages that are inline with my beliefs; such as this one I read today:

Your art is NOT about how many people like your work

your art is about

if your heart likes your work

if your soul likes your work

It’s about how honest you are with yourself

and you must NEVER trade honesty for relate-ability.

This statement is PURE and SIMPLE; one that I aspire to FOR SURE. Once we get this into our minds (head), we will be free to create like we are designed to; how we are wired to. Once we align ourselves with this freedom we will achieve levels of creativity like never before.

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Now on another level….I am quite feisty! The following sums me up as well…


  1. easily bored
  2. risk takers
  3. color outside the lines
  4. think with their hearts
  5. make lots of mistakes
  6. hate rules
  7. work independently
  8. change their mind a lot
  9. have a reputation for eccentricity
  10. dream BIG!

Do you dream BIG?

Let me know if you relate to any of this….leave your comments below; I’d love to hear from you.