Connecting To Infinite Possibilities

"Meditation"-Acrylic on canvas, 16" X 20"
"Meditation"-Acrylic on canvas, 16" X 20"


The calmer the water the clearer the reflection~ Anonymous


I’ve decided to take up meditation again.  For 13 years I would meditate regularly twice a day for twenty minutes. I even got my kids and husband to allow me to have this quiet time. It’s been 6 years since I have meditated regularly and have noticed that my health, stress and well being, have suffered because of it. 

Meditation lowers blood pressure, heart rate, lowers cholesterol levels, reduces stress hormones, and increases anti-ageing hormone DHEA, improves immune system and restful sleep. I didn’t realize that it helped with creativity as well.  Being and artist this becomes a great motivator. 

The wonderful reasons why meditation should be part of the artist’s life:


Calms the critic.

Gets you in touch with your authentic self, to express your uniqueness.

Helps you to get out of the repetitive loop of thinking that suppresses new ideas and inspiration.

Increases brain activity in the parts of the brain involved with ideas, insights and connections.

Increases your ability to focus on the big picture instead of trivia.

Helps you to be focused in the moment and enjoy the process as much as the result.

Increases insight moments of inspiration and answers to problems.

Eases fear and anxiety, less fear more risk taking and freer thinking.

Experience “Quantum Leaps” of imagination.

Be in a higher state of consciousness.

Helps you get in touch with the flow, where time stands still and effortless creating occurs.

Let’s you step in to the unknown.

Increases the ability to use your whole brain for problem solving.

Connects you to the field of infinite possibilities.


Do you meditate and if you do what have you discovered?


*ART20K footage completed 13,782 square inches

*Above painting~"Meditation", measures 16" x 20", acrylic on canvas, price $800

*All art from Janet Vanderhoof’s Fine Art Gallery, maybe seen in Janet’s studio at Morgan Hill, CA.   You may purchase through contacting my email or phone (408) 460-7237.  Thank you!


Do You Have Art On Your Walls?

Lion's Peak Garden 36" x 36" oil on canvas
Lion's Peak Garden 36" x 36" oil on canvas

“Collectors are happy people”~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Do you remember art in your home when you were a child?  Did it inspire you or fascinate you?

Do you believe art is important to have in your home?

Are you intimidated when going into an art gallery?

How often do you go to an art museum?

Would you ever consider commissioning an artist to create a work of art for you?  What would it be of?

When you go to someone’s home and the owner has quite a collection what do you think?  How does the home make you feel?

Do you know what type of art you prefer?

Do you own a favorite piece of art?  Why is it your favorite?

Have you inherited a work of art?

How do you think having art in the home affects your children?

Are you a collector?  How did your collecting start?

Do you believe purchasing art is a good investment?

Have you ever furnished a room around a piece of art?

Has a work of art ever made you cry?

Do you buy art from the heart or the head?

*Above painting a commissioned piece "Lion's Gate Garden" 36" X 36", oil on museum wrapped canvas.  For commissions please contact me at (408) 460-7237 or 

*ART20K footage completed 10,996 square inches

*All art from Janet Vanderhoof’s Fine Art Gallery, maybe seen in Janet’s studio at Morgan Hill, CA.   You may purchase through contacting my email or phone (408) 460-7237.  Thank you!

Commissions Suit Me

Garden of Fortune 16" X 20" oil on canvas
Garden of Fortune 16" X 20" oil on canvas


Commissions suit me. They set limits. ~Jean Cocteau


I know to some artist’s commissions are a nightmare, but I love them. I love to problem solve and figure out a way to create a piece that makes us both happy. The customer’s input always inspires me and widens my vision.

 Recently, I finished a commission to paint a garden.  Due to logistics, I had my customer take photos for reference.  Currently, she wanted a smaller painting 16” X 20” and later suggested that I do a larger one. 

The secret to doing a successful commission is to take a lot of photos and preferably when the sun is in the early morning or later afternoon.  Taking photos at noon or close to noon will create harsh light, unnecessary shadows and distort the photos.

Customer's photo reference for painting
Customer's photo reference for painting

Next, I drew a black and white sketch for her approval, as seen below.  I will usually edit the photo to help the composition and color. I focused on the stool as the focal point, creating a triangular composition and juxtaposing the stool. We then decided on the size, canvas or paper, museum wrapped or standard canvas, oil or acrylic, a warmer or cooler painting and what she would love to see. Creating became a team effort, allowing me room for my own creativity to emerge; a perfect match.

Commission sketch, Garden of Fortune
Commission sketch, Garden of Fortune

It must be that time of the year; I have another commission as well to paint a garden.  Why don’t you allow me to paint your garden, savoring your memory, as my customer did?   “I especially loved the garden stool.  It is so well done.  I sit there every morning and now I will always have this painting to remind me of my lovely beginnings to my days.”  Now that is special and it makes me feel very good to bring joy to others through my paintings.

For commissions information contact me @ or cell (408) 460-7237. 

*ART20K footage completed 9700 square inches


"Guardians of Being"


Every being is a spark of the Divine or God. Look into the eyes of the dog and sense that innermost core. ~Eckhart Tolle

I was commissioned by friends of mine to paint their dog Ollie.  I felt it a privilege that they would trust me with such an intimate painting.  Painting a pet is similar to painting someone’s child.  I found the best way to capture the essence of Ollie" was through his eyes.  Isn’t it true that the eyes are the windows of the soul? 

As they talked about Ollie, I recognized their deep love for their friend.  I also shared my love of my dog, Daisy, a yellow lab.  I noticed instantly that our moods quickly changed to delight, smiles, and a deeper connection, relating to each other as dog lovers and owners. 

Because dogs are always in the moment, they have the ability to connect us to stillness, being and awareness.  Dogs are not caught up in the mind like humans.  When we pet and hold our animal it connects us to that being-ness. 

My dog Daisy is a love; she loves lying on my feet as I sit in my sacred place. I can tell when my son Blake pets Daisy, he feels instantly calmed, centered and peaceful.  My husband walks Daisy daily, which instantly balances him, helps him get out of his mind and into a state of being. 

Blake and Daisy~Christmas 2012
Blake and Daisy~Christmas 2012

Here is a wonderful video with the Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan and Eckart Tolle, talking about the core of goodness in dogs and how we can benefit from them.




Do you have a pet? Do you have a story to share?

*If you are interested in commissioning me to paint your pet, please contact me either by email, or phone (408)460-7237, thank you!

Underneath #paint52


I know you must be wondering, why the name "Underneath" and how does it relate to this painting? Well, color is my language. It speaks in layers, vibrancy, tones, subtleties and more. Color reflects my mood, passion, feelings and desires. It is limitless in regards to what color expresses for me. So as the many layers of color and the color selection and well as the movement in the painting, it tells me subliminaly what is going on "underneath" the surface. I also wonder if the colors I chose correlate to the chakras in my body. It tells me what energies I should notice, as well as a way I need to balance and release. Wassily Kandinsky elaborated on color in his book "Concerning the Spiritual in Art" He talked about how certain colors can represent certain instruments, as well as a reflection of our soul.

When I painted this painting yesterday, I felt such a need to lay down color, I know that it was necessary for my well-being and expression to pull what was underneath the layers of my body, mind and soul, and transform it. Color becomes the alchemy from my spirit to the physical world.

This is my twelfth painting of my #paint52 challenge to paint 52 paintings this year. The painting measures 6-3/4" X 10", Atelier Acrylic on velum and is also for sale for $150.00, contact me if you are interested.  SOLD Your support has been wonderful and I am so grateful, thank you!