How to Decorate with Paintings

Use the guidance of Feng Shui experts to determine what sort of painting and where to put it in your home for the best results. After all, you want art to create feelings and atmosphere–not just decorate a space. Here’s an article from a prestigious art gallery, with ideas we can all put to use. Grab a hammer and get ready to redo at least one wall for the New Year.

Park West Gallery has some great ideas. Click here for the article

Decorating with Feng Shui

Adhering to the practices of feng shui leads to harmony and positive moods in one’s life, but finding the proper way to include art without disrupting that flow can be difficult. To assist in finding that perfect balance, here are some tips on how to achieve feng shui with the art of Park West Gallery.

1. Choose art according to the feng shui energy you are in need of.

For artwork to be hung in the living room or office, look for images that portray activeness and vibrancy. For artwork to be hung in the bedroom, look for soothing or sensual images. Don’t hang artwork that suggests anxiety, sadness or hopelessness. This will only block the energy you are hoping to achieve.

  • When looking for artwork to create an energetic feel, Park West Gallery artist Peter Max’s vibrant and colorful artworks are sure to brighten up any space.
    "Flower Blossom Lady" (1999), Peter Max - Feng Shui

    Flower Blossom Lady” (1999), Peter Max

  • Looking for something more calming? Artist David Najar creates a peaceful and tranquil environment with his serene landscapes.
    "Start of Fall" (2012), David Najar - Feng Shui

    Start of Fall” (2012), David Najar

2. Be sure to keep artwork balanced.

This will create a clean look and will not overpower your energy.  Instead of scattered artworks, look for images that can coordinate and create a gallery feel. When it comes to creating a gallery, create space between each work so that they can also stand alone visually.

  • Dominic Pangborn offers a colorful variety of paintings on a large scale, sure to stand out in any room when creating a gallery wall.

3. The northern wall in your home corresponds to your career and success. 

Choosing images with water elements will help to improve these areas of your life. These artworks can include scenes of oceans, waterfalls and even marine life.

  • Park West Gallery artist Guy Harvey will have you hooked on beautiful marine wildlife artwork, offering a glimpse into the depths of the oceans.
    "Hawksbill Caravan" (2015), Guy Harvey - Feng Shui

    Hawksbill Caravan” (2015), Guy Harvey

4. The south wall represents the feng shui symbol of fame and life (fire element).

Here it is recommended to hang artwork that represents the “Light Within.” This means finding images that depict what one wants to be known for or what they want to bring to the world.

  • Artist David “Lebo” Le Batard offers artwork with stories and narratives that lean toward hope or hopefulness, an expansion of his own pursuit for more harmony and consciousness in his life. However, he prefers to let the viewer interpret their own narratives.

    Heart to Heart and Soul to Soul” (2013), David “Lebo” Le Batard

5. The east wall is a place for hanging artwork that provides a symbol of health and life (earth and wood elements).

To enhance these effects, hang images that depict happiness and joy, or ones that remind you of happy memories. Poor reflections on your health and family will have a harmful impact on all aspects of your life.

  • Cherished memories are evident in the paintings depicted by artist Pino, reminding us of the importance of family and keeping those treasured moments alive.
    "Childhood Dreams" (2007), Pino - Feng Shui

    Childhood Dreams” (2007), Pino

6. The western wall reflects upon one’s creativity (metal element).

For art enthusiasts, hanging artwork that represent avant-garde movements such as cubism, abstract expressionism or even pop art, are perfect ways to push some creative boundaries and unleash one’s own artistic mind.

  • Park West Gallery artists Patrick Guyton and Chris DeRubeis offer a variety of paintings and gold or silver leafing on metal, perfect for fashioning a creative atmosphere.

7. Walls directly facing a bed should have images of scenes that inspire and make one feel more confident in their abilities.

The bedroom is a place where you can go to unwind, so it should make a person feel at ease. Any artwork that pushes against these feelings can negate the feng shui needed for healing at the end of a long day.

  • Simon Bull can inspire anyone and prove that love is the key as his canvases attempt to enrich the lives of those around him.

The artwork that you hang in your space should mix harmoniously so that there is an overall balance between the elements. However, at the end of the day, one of the most important things to remember about feng shui is to go with your gut.


Wildly Delicious Mock Pecan Pie


I finished painting a wave-scape that I just love so had to reward myself with something for Happy Solstice. Pecan pie is my favorite, so when I discovered this recipe it intrigued me. You’ll never guess the secret ingredient:   pinto beans!

I saw this in the Heloise column yesterday and it is really delicious!  No one will figure out what you used as the main ingredient. Plus, I guess since you’re using pinto beans, instead of GMO corn syrup, it’s even healthy. It does take a sprinkling of nuts on top, but you could skip that, I suppose.

Here’s the recipe, which makes two pies.

Mock Pecan Pie

1 can (15 oz) pinto beans, drained and mashed

4 ounces butter

4 eggs

1 3/4 cups cane sugar

2 tablespoons dark molasses

3 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup chopped pecans

2 9-inch pie shells, unbaked

(I make gluten-free pie crust using rice flour, oil, 1 egg, salt, water)

Preheat oven to 350-degrees. Mix everything together (except the pie shells!) with an electric mixer, moving up to high speed for about one minute, until it’s very smooth. Pour into the pie shells and bake about one hour, until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream. Brag to everyone, and have another helping!




Paint away a rainy day

Such a storm. A great day to paint, though. So I’m going after a wave-scape. Here’s a photo I took last summer, cropped with my handy “viewfinder” (thanks to Katia Kyte) and that lovely blank canvas. Oh, don’t forget a mug of coffee. That’s my muse. Updates in the future.


IMG_0017I’m working on a 24″x36″ canvas, so have the view window set at 2″ x 3,” to maintain the natural proportions.

Learn to Paint in Oils

Laurie Carlson apple painting

Time to think of 2018 and starting a new year!  Why not try painting? IMG_2839I’m happy to sign up students now for my next class in Lincoln City. Oil Painting for Beginners will be a one-day workshop on Monday, January 15, from 11 am. till 3 pm.

If you’ve wanted to try oil painting, this introductory class is for you. No experience required. We will work on simple still life subjects, painting from photos and a lighted set-up. This is a single-session, fast-paced, low-pressure experience. Let’s paint through the long winter months.  All supplies are included, so just bring your optimism and some bit of courage (and a lunch!). Cost:  $70; $60 for ASA members (you can join at class if you want). Register online at

Class will be held at Artists’ Studio Association, at the rear of the Artists’ Co-op Gallery on Hwy 101 in Lincoln City. Parking at rear of the building.  Questions? Call me at 541.557.2370 or email:


My art booth — Salem Holiday Market

It was so much fun participating in the Salem Holiday Market last weekend. Terry was my trusty accomplice and our half-booth venture proved very successful. I wasn’t sure how it would go, as I have not participated in a fine art booth for decades. It was great!  I made new artist friends who I expect to see again at regional shows and found many new viewers and collectors, and I sent many home happy with new art to enjoy.

Several paintings and many prints sold and I found homes for children’s books, too, with happy parents and teachers. One woman already had all of my books, was delighted to meet me and get a copy of the latest book.  So fun to have my hard work appreciated!

Here’s a photo of the booth, which was a half-booth. It worked just great. Thank you to everyone who stopped to look, who paid their precious funds for my artwork, and for people who stopped to renew our friendships. It was a wonderful way to head to the holidays, wrap up the year, and look to the future. 2018 can only be fantastic!

Salem Holiday Market 2017

Christmas Lamb

I wanted to create a Christmas lamb painting, trying to do a winter scene, but my usual pastels appeared. Maybe I’m thinking winter is over before it’s begun? She’s still a little cutie.Shetland sheep babies are really tiny and hardy. So darling!  So, I’m ready for Easter.

IMG_0010.jpgShetland Lamb oil 6×6 panel


Push Pin Show

Scan 1

Sunset at the Edge of the Continent 9 x 12, oil on canvas paper

Here’s my entry in the Visual Arts Center’s Push-Pin Show. Everyone can enter, but you must put the entry on the wall with 4 thumb-tacks. I had worked on a clever little bird on the shore, but it wouldn’t dry. Wonder why–it’s so humid here we’ve had rain steady for days. I even put the painting in the warm oven this morning for a while–no results. So I rummaged through my growing collection of paintings and found this colorful seascape sunset. From a Road’s End photo I took. It looked good up on the gallery wall, so I hope it gets attention. And the little bird, well, he’s out of the oven and drying out someday.

I think I’ll get started on next year’s Push-Pin show entry now, so it’s dry in time. Ha!

IMG_1473Looking at China, 9 x 12″ oil on canvas paper