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Anything But Easy

May 6th, 2013

It's easy to spout out the words, "I'm an artist," but to actually follow through on those works is a bit harder. It takes perseverance and an inner resolve that most people lack. When people sneer, scoff, or blow you off it must roll off your back b... 


February 25th, 2013

We as artist strive to say something that is meaning full to us, that touches others, and unloosens our emotions from bodies. But somewhere along the way of expression, we slam into perfections. It's like a sirens call. Our work would be perfect if _... 

Into the Jungle

February 11th, 2013

There's nothing like the joy of finishing a piece. You sit back and study what you have made. Most artists can only see their flaws and where they wish they had done something different (and I do the same). But what if, we could sit back and marvel t... 

Spark Hunt

January 21st, 2013

The well is dry. It seems the muse has left me but is that all of it? Have I invited the muse to tea? Do I make sure to appreciate the beauty around me? If I have don't those things then my artist soil is hard and dry. Every day, I must entice the... 

Vulnerable Skin

December 10th, 2012

With art, you as the artist are vulnerable. So we must remember to be careful to whom we entrust our dreams too. When we were little it was so much easier, you showed Mom, a teacher, or a grandparent. Someone within that group, normally was supportiv... 

Dream Bigger Than Fears

November 26th, 2012

What a great gift we are given, we can create something out of thin air and touch someone with it. This may be through words and draft the most beautiful sentence that conveys empathy and compassion or using a simple pencil draft a drawing that touch... 

Great Intentions

October 16th, 2012

Are there some days where your to-do list is like a farce? Where the list is longer and longer by the minute and important things just fall off somehow? That's me this week. I had set in my mind to get my next set of photos up but somehow it fell off... 

Flawed Perfection

October 8th, 2012

It's not just right. It's not just right. I hate it when my mind's eye and what I draw aren't quite right. Too bad we, as artists, see our mistakes and misfigured portions. So we can sweat and fret about each mistake or we can do the best we can ... 

Muse Maze

September 22nd, 2012

I love when that first spark of inspiration hits you. How it can be a simple phrase, a facial expression, a place, or a feeling and from there the idea will spread out like oil on water. It gets bigger and bigger to the point where I must get it down... 

Honoring the Road Block

September 17th, 2012

Freedom! I hate when you have a project is clipped to your mind. Every time you draft a to-do list there is sits in the lines, nagging. I just finished up one such project that I had been meaning to finish up two months ago but life got in the way. ... 

Flat Line Morning

September 8th, 2012

What to do when the you have all your tools in front of you and there's a flat line in your creative pulse? I have tried to look at other artwork hoping for the impulse to create my own master piece but my brain only wants to veg out and not do anyth... 

No Perfection

August 22nd, 2012

Art, I work and slave on you. And yet. The work is never complete. I stare at you and I notice the small flaws and ways I could have done it better. We strive for our own perfection and yet we shall never reach the point of it. No artist born reached... 

Art Begets Art

August 2nd, 2012

Have you ever seen a piece that touches you so deeply that you can stare at it for hours and get lost in the piece? You begin to image what is right off the canvas and your mind takes you through the world. You extrapolate and expand the world so tha... 

Slaving Artist

July 8th, 2012

With so much art out there how does one stand out and get seen? Do I just keep working and know I do this because it brings me joy? You know the whole build-it-and-they-will-come situation. It sometimes is easy to look at the results and feel disappo... 

Feeding the Flame

May 30th, 2012

As artists some days keeping this creative fire going is difficult. Every image I start seems forced and dull. Guess it's time to go and view other's art. Time to rekindle why I love creating and sharing new pieces. This love must be refueled again a... 

Brush to Canvas

May 3rd, 2012

Artists like to hide behind the excuse that they don’t feel inspired so they cannot work. If that is the case, study pictures on the web. Once you find one that is interesting here’s a few questions I ask myself to try to get inspiration. What is ... 

Words Be Your Guide

April 22nd, 2012

I decided to create a new piece based on a word. I closed my eyes, opened my dictionary and let it fall open. The first word I saw on the page was to be my inspiration. For me, the word was inky. So I listed all the things that word brought to mi... 

Art the Many Headed Muse

April 16th, 2012

With so many creative outlets in life it is hard to keep on one for too long. Some days word smithing is pounding in by brain then the wave will recede and the visual art roars up and heads into the beach. It feels as though I have so many different ... 

Teeter Totter of Art

January 29th, 2012

Some days the joy of going the work is dull and sullied. It is odd because working on a piece is uplifting but sitting down and actually starting it or finishing it is hard sometimes. So I sit down and start the work. For even if the joy isn't there ... 

Art That Haunts

January 18th, 2012

Sometimes when I’m working on a piece, it touches me and prepares me for something. Lately the piece, “Always Love”, is never far from my mind. Why? Because if I believe the answer is always love, then I should be living that as my creed. It is not a... 

Whoa Hoo 2012 is Here

January 2nd, 2012

There is nothing like a new year to make me feel optimistic. I opened up my last years goals and I reflect on if I even started the goal last year, let alone actually completed the buggers. Then I took a new piece of paper out, checked to see what go... 

As the year winds down and decorations are hung, it is time to recap the past year and determine what are important priorities for the new year. Ya, ya, that's what everyone says they are going to do but what if? What if you can let go of your past y... 

In a quick review of the goals that were set in the beginning of the year I a pleasantly surprised: some goals I have blown the expectations out of the water but others barely fizzled. So in the few weeks left before the New Year is upon me it's time... 

With the weather changing and parties being plotted, it is hard to keep the creative flow, well flowing. All the external pressure on my time it nibbles away at my designated art time. So this leads me to put some hard and fast time that is solely de... 

When Amusement Kills the Muse

November 4th, 2011

We get inspiration from everywhere. A line in a conversation may inspire us with a new drawing or to write a funny story. Yet where is line drawn when hours and hours of mindless entertainment stops cultivating new ideas and leaves our minds withered... 

Happy Halloween

October 29th, 2011

A few more days till my husband's favorite holiday. I will have to say this piece with the reaper is one of my favorites from him. With all the ghosts, goblins, and giggles that will flow up our sidewalk in a few days hopefully will spark another dra... 

Earth Shifting

October 26th, 2011

When can you make the claim I am an artist? When you can quit your day job and do it full time? When someone in the art world anoints you with the title of artist? When you sell your first piece? What if we are all artist but only few of us a... 


October 17th, 2011

Computer on, time to kill, and nothing is happening. Ideas flow into my brain and flush out moments later. My artist side is mulling over the options and isn't happy with what I am coming up with. Maybe it is time to put the pen to the paper and jog ... 

Wearing the Title of Artist

October 11th, 2011

What does it mean when one claims the title of Artist? Does that mean that is all I ever do? Must I sell my art to claim the title? Or can I accept that I am an artist because I am a creative being? Without waiting for an external source, I say it is... 

Art Stuck Inside

October 5th, 2011

Some days the art flows like a raging river and then I crimp the flow believing that I have an artist limit on what I can create. What is the best way to loosen the mental cramps? My answer to sit down and do the work. Yes even if I don't feel like i... 

Food is my newest theme

September 30th, 2011

Have a few new images that deal with food. What can I say I was feeling a bit peckish. 

Added my new favorite piece the moon reflecting on the water. Something about the the color and the setting is just so relaxing for me. Let me know what you think of it.  

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June 19th, 2011 Phoenix & Dragon Studios currently consist of Melissa and Lawrence. Melissa's art is normally digital artwork where as Lawrence's is hand drawn or painted.... 

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June 19th, 2011 Free standard shipping on International T-Shirt Day! On June 21st it's time to celebrate 4th Annual International T-Shirt Day! In honor of this day we are offering free standard shipping on all or... 

Adding More Pictures

March 23rd, 2011

Law added many of his drawing to his gallery. All his pen work is super detailed take a look and let us know what you think of it. 

Better Late Than Never

March 2nd, 2011

I kept thinking about posting images and finally I sat down and got three new images up. I hopefully will have a few more very soon. Until then enjoy and let us know what you think of them. 

Where did January Go?

February 9th, 2011

With all the decorations packed away and the house back to semi-normal mode, I just looked up and realized that we are already deep into February. Determined to finish a few pieces that are almost done to be posted on the site. Here's to hoping I don... 

Stirring Inspirations

January 18th, 2011

We have a few pieces that are near completion so hopefully we will have them us in the next week or so. 

Away We Go

November 6th, 2010

After talking for years to get my and my husband's art on the market, we took the leap and opened our own online art gallery. Baby steps. Here we come. Love and Light, Melissa