Friday, November 3, 2017

New Mini Journals

In addition to the pendants and art cards, twenty mini journals have been completed so far. This rounds out what I'll be offering at the Handmade at the Hollow event on Small Business Saturday, November 25th in downtown Albany. It was such a fun event last year that I'm really excited to be participating again this year. 

Oh, and of course, I will have a selection of small paintings available for sale, too. Stop by and say hello if you are in the area.


Friday, October 20, 2017

What's New?

As autumn is solidly upon us, we are in the midst of artisan festivals, fine art shows, and handmade gift buying opportunities. Spending so much of my time working on new paintings, I found my inventory of gift items to be on the low side. So I slid into gear to create more fine art cards and pendants. Pendants are made from photos of my paintings affixed to glass with a silver backing and hung on a 24 inch silver chain.

All art cards are reproductions of my original paintings printed with archival ink on fine card stock with matching envelope. There are a few new designs this year, as well as usual favorites.

I'm working to finish up more mini journals with tiny original paintings attached. Remember them? Each Moleskine cahier pocket sized journal comes with an ACEO affixed to the front that can also be detached if you are a collector of ACEOs. I will post photos next week when some are completed.

Happy creating to all my fellow makers out there. I know how busy you are right now!


Friday, October 6, 2017

Reunion Show Tonight, 10/6 at NUarts

Along with several other artists who are also alumni at NUarts, I will be showing work from my new series tonight. If you are in the area, you can find me at Studio 19, where I will be camping out for the night. Who doesn't love a pop up exhibit, right?

The artists are NUarts have graciously invited us for a night of art, conversation and camaraderie. Having enjoyed five years as part of this group (and Art on No) before moving to Albany, I am so pleased to be joining them tonight for this First Fridays Artswalk in Pittsfield.

"Sun Over Mountains" is a mixed media piece with a lot of texture from my new series, Fake Landscapes. There are eight paintings from this series on view this evening. It's such a fun series to work on!

First Fridays Artswalk
5-8 PM - October 6, 2017
NUarts Gallery + Studios
311 North Street, Pittsfield, MA

Thank you NUarts!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Fall Focus

~Inspiration from the fabulous, Mary Todd Beam

I'm spending some time revitalizing my art by creating a series of mixed media pieces. I am largely inspired by all of nature and by Mary Todd Beam. She is a wonderful teacher and artist! Autumn always feels invigorating to me as the temperatures moderate and nature puts on it's most colorful show.

In contrast to our beautiful fall weather, I'm deeply saddened for all the people who are suffering under the ravages of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. I pray for your safety and recovery.


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Whimsical Series

A few seeds were planted last year about creating a series of paintings around "fake landscapes or fake nature" and ever since I have really fancied the idea. It was an interesting journey to see where those first seeds would take me. 

While creating a number of these paintings, I listened to a wonderful album by Mark Kelso with Linda Worster called Grief & Grace. While at first it seemed a little odd to me that this music would feed my whimsical painting, but it must have been just what I needed at the time. Marking art is very much a part of my spiritual journey. There is a great sense of peace and calm now that wasn't there when I began this project. Thank you universe!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Blooming in Stockbridge

It's been a busy spring so far! I recently dropped off three more paintings at the Red Lion Inn Gift Shop in Stockbridge, MA thereby completely their orders for the short term. I love going to the gift shop because there is such a variety of beautiful items made by local artists and artisans. While there, I was told the art photo necklaces are selling well and that means I will need to be making more of them soon though.

These paintings were created in watercolor but with many layers of glazing. This technique produces quite a different look from the usual transparent loose flowers. I enjoy painting using both techniques and have started some looser paintings currently. I like to mix things up from time to time.

Poppy, Sunflower, Shasta

The Red Lion Gift Shop carries a number of my paintings, mini journals, art cards and art photo necklaces. The Good Purpose Gallery in Lee, MA also carries mini journals, art cards and the art photo jewelry. I am looking into selling the smaller items online again and will keep you posted about developments in that area.

Today feels like a summer day - time to take a break and a long walk.


Thursday, March 16, 2017

What's New for Spring

Spring is just around the corner, literally four days from now. While outside my window there's a twenty inch blanket of fresh snow from this week's blizzard, Spring will still come. And as Spring bursts forth, I am busy creating new mini journals, art cards, jewelry and small paintings for The Red Lion Inn Gift Shop.

Serendipity at work again... I will also add a few larger paintings to my inventory there over the next couple of months, as I paint them. I will be sure to pop some on here to show you what I'm working on next. Happy creating and Happy Spring!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Handmade at the Hollow

As the holidays draw near and we start to think about choosing just the right gift for our loved ones, an opportunity presents to support your neighborhood small businesses while purchasing high quality and unique gifts under one roof.

I'm happy to be included in a wonderful group of artists, artisans and makers who are preparing for this fun event on NOVEMBER 26 in downtown Albany hosted by The Enchanted Florist of Albany and Downtown Albany. Among offerings at my booth will be Art Cards, Mini Journals with original tiny paintings attached (ACEOs) and Small Works - original paintings ready to hang. Still in development is a surprise new item I hope to be adding to my collection that day.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Grandbaby Love

Look who's here! This sweet boy has arrived and we were all thrilled to meet him.

Photo courtesy of Christine

At the Core Art Exhibit

I have always been drawn to spiral shapes found in nature. In this exhibit, At the Core, I celebrate spirals and how they may appear in our lives. Symbolic spirals are one of the oldest geometric shapes found in all cultures throughout history. They are truly timeless and universal.

In terms of birth and growth, the spiral can be found everywhere in nature beginning from the core or center and expanding outwardly. Some spirals represent a path leading from our outer consciousness inward towards our souls. Movements between our inner and outer worlds are mapped by spiraling rings both individually and collectively.

“The human mind always makes progress, but it is a progress made in spirals."
~Madame de Stael
 Gerald M. (Jerry) Tuckman collaborated on this exhibit providing each painting with a title and an accompanying poem. We met in 2014 when Jerry and his wife visited my studio at NUarts during First Fridays Artswalk. Our first collaboration was for Autumn Alchemy at the Whitney Center for the Arts.