Saturday, April 20, 2024

For the Love of Experimenting

Spring has finally arrived in the Northeast and it's just a gorgeous time of year. I feel lucky to have witnessed Spring in full bloom on our trip to Cherry Grove, SC for a few weeks. Double the enjoyment! So, what am I working on? Here's a sample from this year's 100 Day Project. I must admit I'm enjoying the journey a lot more since I've thrown out the need to finish a page a day. I work on the project most every day, but it doesn't mean I have a finished page. It's more relaxed and fun. This year I also did away with a theme for the project, as I've had in years past. It's the No Plan Plan this year with lots of experimenting! 

I am interested in using more acrylic paints this Spring. I've also been experimenting with color pencils after treating myself to some really beautiful Prismacolors. But the thing that has been the most fun is making gel prints on transparent paper to use in collaged paintings. My good friend RoAnn, a very talented artist living in St. Augustine, turned me onto gel printing while we were together in SC. I am obsessed. I could spend days making gel prints. I do have to remind myself I only need so much collage materials for my paintings though. Since mixed media is my jam, I'm really excited to expand what I incorporate into this year's mixed media works.

If you find yourself in need of collage papers, I can't recommend creating transparent gel prints enough. There are some great YouTube videos to check out. It's so much fun!

Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Favorite Member Shows

I love this time of year for so many reasons, not the least of which is that my favorite arts organizations hold their member shows this time of year. It's always fun to catch up and see what people have been doing artistically over the year.

The first is Albany Center Gallery's Annual Member Show running from 12/1/23 to 1/13/24. "Among the Flowers" will be this year's entry. 

488 Broadway #107, Albany, NY 12207

At Albany Center Gallery

Next is Saratoga Arts' Annual Member Show running from 11/25/23 to 1/6/24 and "Star Flowers" will be hung in this show.

320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Third is Colonie Art League's Holiday Show running from 12/2/23 to 12/29/23. "Last Flowers" will be hanging in this show at the Colonie Town Library, along with two small works.

629 Albany Shaker Rd., Loudonville, NY 12211

So that rounds out the end of the year for me show wise. It's been a fun year creatively, a trying year in other ways, but art keeps bringing me back to my happy place. For that I am eternally grateful!

Saturday, March 18, 2023

The 100 Day Project 2023

There are a million reasons to participate in The 100 Day Project. Some years I have used this time to focus on themes like gratitude or serenity as I paint, but this year my focus is to build skills. The "why" may change throughout the journey, but being part of this global community is my #1 reason to join in each year! 

Here are a few pages from this year's project from my art journal. I found the Treasury of Flower Designs For Artists, Embroiders and Craftsmen by Susan Gaber in my new favorite used bookstore, Rodgers Book Barn. I am inspired by her drawings as a starting point and then I dream up a painting palette for each one.

Saturday, November 5, 2022

Holiday Market

This is one of the warmest and most beautiful autumns I can ever remember in upstate New York and I've been enjoying it fully. While it feels like late summer, time marches on and now we are at the end of the first week of November. Surprise! This time of year brings so many member shows for artists in my area. So in addition to preparing for all these shows - which I love because it's all about art and community, this year I am participating in a Holiday Makers Market. 

I'll be offering art cards, mini journals, key chains and silver necklaces along with a selection of small paintings. The Holiday Market is happening at Arlene's Artist Materials on November 19, 2022.

So if you are in the area, consider stopping by to see what local artists and makers 
have to offer and say hello!

Saturday, November 19, 2022

57 Fuller Road
Albany, NY 12205 

Friday, June 24, 2022

My Secret Garden

 My Secret Garden opens June 29th at the Clifton Park-Half Moon Public Library. This solo exhibit was created to hang right outside the Children's Library for the month of July.

The series was inspired by memories of long summer days spent lying in the grass, looking for fairies and reading stacks of library books in the garden with my young daughters. Everything seemed so vibrant and magical in the garden and that’s the feeling I want to evoke with these paintings.

Using watercolors, fluid acrylics, collage papers and ink I created whimsical and playful flowers hoping to delight children of all ages. All works are on watercolor paper, two with a gesso base. For each painting I used a minimum of two mediums and several have all four.

Can’t you just imagine the fairies and gnomes that would be hiding in a garden like this? 

These are just two of the paintings in My Secret Garden series. 

6/29-7/27/2022 at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library
 2nd Floor, 475 Moe Road, Clifton Park, NY 12065
     Part of Saratoga Arts Art in Public Places 

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Springtime Once Again

This time of year springs alive for me with all things art centered. So many ideas have been percolating, images floating through my mind and colors tugging at my wintered soul. Exhibits are finalized, website is cleaned up a little and my project book is over flowing. There have already been two group shows and more are lined up. I'm working on paintings for my solo show through Saratoga Arts this summer. Stay tuned for more info on that. 

Happy Spring my friends; let's bloom brightly this year!

Sunday, November 7, 2021

Current Art Show Opened November 5th

I thought it would be fun to bring my Berkshire river rock friends to the Upstate Artist Guild show at the Art Associates Gallery this year. Usually I like to exhibit my more abstract wilder paintings with the Guild, but this year the serenity of river rocks was so appealing that I decided to give it a go. I'm guessing we could all use a moment to pause and appreciate nature right about now, right?

Art Associates Gallery, 21 Railroad Avenue, Albany, NY 12205 11/5/21 - 12/31/21

Monday, May 24, 2021

Springtime Musings

Spring is in full bloom and my attention has been on all the glories of nature. I am enjoying my flower and veggie gardens so much this year. George built me enclosures for the veggie patches to keep out our manic urban squirrels. They were obsessed last year and showed signs of carrying on again this year. George to the rescue!

In my art work I've been as drawn to nature as usual. But while I've painted a number of more representational works, it's the surreal ones that have intrigued me lately. I am enjoying abstractions and wild imaginings for a lot of reasons and the pandemic may have a bit to do with that, too.

 Painting is my happy place and my spirit thrives when I am creating. Some times I just need to sit in my studio for a little while to feel revitalized. What do you do to refresh your spirit? Wishing you a blessed and creative day!


Friday, March 12, 2021

100 Days of Gratitude/The 100 Day Project

This year The 100 Day Project is playing out differently for me. Instead of working in an art journal as I had the two previous years, I began paintings on canvas and paper and even over old paintings. My theme of gratitude is still essential to this project and in my daily life especially during this pandemic. Here is a capsule of paintings I've been creating. Many of them are still works in progress. 

As I was painting, I found myself being drawn deeper wanting to write about gratitude and how it was manifesting in my life. Where I had previously been happy painting first thing in the morning, I now began to crave writing. So at the beginning of this month I started a gratitude journal. Here I can write, doodle, do whatever my heart needs to express my gratitude and to cultivate even more. This part of my Project is private and kept tucked away. After that I bring out my paint brushes!

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

The 100 Day Project 2021


It's a new year and a new 100 Day Project. What an "interesting" year 2020 was...right? It's been tough, no lie. Everyone has been impacted one way or the other and we are still in the midst of it all. That brings me to my theme this year for The Project of gratitude and acceptance. I need to step up my daily gratitude practice anyway, so this seems like a natural progression.

Backgrounds are important to me both art wise and metaphorically speaking. This week I'm working on painting just backgrounds - slowing down to hear my soul's whispering. 

works in progress

Wherever this moment finds you, I wish for your day to have some bright spots, some moments of beauty and gratitude.