Saturday, January 31, 2009

Listener: mixed media painting

So I needed to jump start a new series of work using a ink transfer technique I've been doing quite a bit. I decided to do a play on words and illustrate a series of paintings based on words or phrases ending in "er"

white deer French music mixed media painting

The lone image of a white deer on a textural background of joss paper and French music gives an interesting impression. Animals are great listeners, they have good hearing, and that helps! But they also are very aware and alert to everything around them. It's interesting to reflect how hard it is for most of us to listen, really listen, and be mindful and aware of all the beautiful things around us everyday. Appreciate, have grace, be present.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Dragonfly original spinning mobile

After many hours of thinking, fiddling around with my dragonfly drawing color schemes and finally, when I actually assembled this (it didn't take too long) and THEN figuring out how to photograph it with my SLR in Aperture Priority mode (seriously people).


I finally assembled this original dragonfly spinning mobile that spins and delights in a window or corner of a room. For more information go here. I'm working on some origami pieces next, stay tuned.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Her Dress, original charcoal drawing

I've had this piece for a LONG time. Her Dress, an original drawing in charcoal on Rives BFK paper, was dug out of the archives, put in an Ikea frame and is now hanging in my house! The original is posted on Etsy. dress,charcoal drawing,original

This one might be hard to let go, but I'll be interested to see if anyone likes this one as much as I do.

Friday, January 23, 2009

My dear-love card

I agonized over this one too much today. A simple concept should result in a simple implementation. Not so much with this one, got too picky, changed a bunch of stuff, and then went back to the original. Sigh, sometimes it's good to trust your gut on the first try!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Heart all a flutter

A little gem for Valentine's day-I just posted this one in my shop for $10. I think I will do a few small pieces to give a variety of images at that price point as well as an opportunity for customers to buy in 2s or 3s or create a group. We'll see. In the meantime, I won't be letting go of the original anytime soon, It's just gorgeous to look at, I must say :) I'm just drawn to shiny Joss paper, that's all.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

New drawing in Etsy shop!

This is a gesture drawing from my collection of life drawings on paper. The image was drawn from life in one minute using charcoal on newsprint. The image is available as a print in varying sizes. Contact me for a quote! Click here for purchase information online.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Queen Bee

I had this drawing in my sketchbook for awhile and never got around to actually working on it. I'm playing around with ink transfers on paper, which is a bit challenging because the watercolor underneath tends to lift up pretty easily. If I let go of the imperfection of this technique, then some nice "happy accidents" occur with interesting texture and overlays of color.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

New Shop on Etsy!

I finally got it together and put up a shop on Etsy. It showcases prints and original artwork (coming soon) for sale. Artwork is available to purchase of mixed-media works on paper and canvas. This is good for me, because I do a lot of personal work that goes into a drawer and doesn't get seen by many people. And it will help me to work on my fine art side, maybe work on getting a show...who knows? But it's just time for me to get my work out there and break out of the solitary studio where I crank out illustrations and design for clients all by my lonesome, sniff :)

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

The Good Things List

I was inspired by a "good things" list by Penelope Dullaghan awhile back and thought since I haven't posted anything regarding the new year, this would be as good a good excuse to write down what I'm thankful for and be a cup of overflowing optimism. I'm not very good at new year resolutions, so instead, maybe I can look back on this list next week, month or year, when I'm grumpy or impatient with my kids, yelling at the insane drivers on 285 or eyeball rolling any of my husband's air-brained antics:) and be inspired by these good things:

The Good Things

-the beach and all the wonderful and amazing things that go with it
-that it can be 70 degrees in January like yesterday
-my cat gives me unconditional love and is a great security blanket
-Marly, 2 1/2 saying "no, I want a piece of you!"
-finally knowing a mechanic who will not rip us off-and even fix our car at cost this time!
-Karina is attending the amazing Friends School
-discovering another level of creativity through my 5-year-old
-having an almost completely purged basement with a space carved out for my studio!
-my neighborhood, my dear friends
-book club, and all the wonderful memories made so far
-martinis with olives
-being healthy, finally
-yoga, and more yoga everyday
-the farmer's market, so glad it's down the street from me
-Twilight vampire teen horror series, yes, they are so good
-lentil soup, black bean soup, crab bisque, shrimp and grits-yum
-chai tea
-starbucks coffee, and proud of it
-juice plus vitamins
-going to lunch with a girlfriend ( I really need to actually do that soon!)
-connecting with friends and family through facebook

Tuesday, January 06, 2009


I met another fellow artist, Jeni Stallings this morning at yoga class (hi Jeni!) and was totally intrigued by her yummy encaustic, oil and collage paintings. Since my website is still under construction, I wanted to start posting some of my wire assemblage pieces that I was telling her about. Here's one of my faves. Cheers.
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