Wildlife Art by: Laura Curtin

Christmas Past

Christmas time is full of nostalgia. Seven years ago when we moved into our house I bought new Christmas decorations, pretty flowers, butterflies, color coordinated bulbs all sized to fit a 8 foot tree. It’s a beautiful tree when it’s all decked out, I wanted it to look like a fancy one at the mall or Pottery Barn. I decorated …

Wildlife Art by: Laura Curtin

Press Release 12-21-12

Contact: Laura Curtin Tel: 714-654-7293 Email: info@lcurtin.com Website: www.lcurtin.com Laura Curtin… Wildlife Artist! Tax Expert! Critics Say – ” Laura’s paintings are not your average wildlife paintings. The wildlife subjects in her paintings look real and the settings are natural yet the scene seems magical. Watch one of her paintings closely and you’ll be sure you saw something move or when …

Wildlife Art & Photography by: Laura Curtin

Tax Lady

I don’t think I’m going to get my Eagle painting done before tax season gets started in January. I have two paintings going and I’m pretty darn sure I’m not going to get either one of them done. This year went by so fast. The whole summer and fall devoted to making, selling and promoting art. Time really got away …

Wildlife Art & Photography by: Laura Curtin

How to Oil paint

How to Oil Paint? Practice. I know that’s not what you wanted to read but you know it’s true. While practice is important and the best way to get better at anything, specific instruction is also very helpful. I’ve been painting a long time and the lessons I’ve taken from other artists were very important. I learned what I like …

Wildlife Art & Photography by: Laura Curtin

Taxes and Holidays

Hello! No Painting Today… I’ve been busy with my “other job,” income taxes. Today was the last day to file if you had an extension of time to get your taxes completed. I like tax season and the extension deadlines because I get to be busy with work and see people I haven’t seen in a year. I think it’s …

Wildlife Art & Photography by: Laura Curtin

Going on

The most important painting tip I’ve learned over the years is “Keep Going.” I am telling myself to keep going a lot with this new painting I’ve started. I wanted to paint something different, something I’ve never painted before. I decided on a desert tortoise. I found wonderful reference material. I can see the finished painting in my head and …

Wildlife Art by: Laura Curtin

Obsessions

I love my yard. We moved into our house in January 2005. The previous owner John, was a true gardner, he loved his yard. He planted plumeria and roses, perennials and annuals. He cultivated orchids of all colors. Our neighbor, Oscar was a good friend of Johns and together they cross bred different plumeria for unusual colors and fragrance. I …

Wildlife Art by: Laura Curtin

Let’s Splurge

It’s Thursday painting class again. Yay! Today was treat day. Joan brought homemade chocolate chip cookies, she loves to bake. The next door neighbor to the art gallery is a caterer and she brought us angel food cake and oatmeal cranberry cookies that were still warm from the oven. I’ve been on a strict diet since February and for the …

Wildlife Art by: Laura Curtin

Losing Friends

My ADP rep Linda Pomier stopped by the office today with a trainee to give me a new stylus for my ipad, (very cool), and some information about new programs the company is promoting. The trainee, sorry I don’t remember her name, asked me why I started painting wildlife. I said, “I don’t know?” Those were the first words out …

Wildlife Art by: Laura Curtin

Still excited

I’m still excited about Monday’s radio blog show where I hope to keep my foot out of my mouth. But today I must do tax returns. Monday is the tax deadline for many entities like Corporations and Partnership business. So it’s off to work I go. Yesterday was Thursday painting class and I started a new painting. I love blocking …

Wildlife Art by: Laura Curtin

Perfect Christmas Lunch

Today was our once a year painting class Christmas Lunch. What a day! We went to the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach and spent 2 wonderful hours eating designer food and talking. A bit expensive for lunch but what a nice view and it’s only once a year. Most of us in class have been together for 20 years. …

Wildlife Art by: Laura Curtin

Keeping my chin up.

I made a decision a couple of weeks ago to not give away my power to anyone anymore. Which to me means staying up at night worrying about the things people do. I’m talking about people I know, close to me, not people I read about and wonder how the heck they could be so horrible. I’d wake up in …