Tuesday, October 12, 2021

The October Muse

  “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”— L. M. Montgomery

I find the changing of this season to be a delight. I am always taken aback by the majesty of the colors when we get them and am hoping this year is the perfect year. We’ll know in a couple of weeks. This year I am especially excited about October because I am gradually reentering my life. Each week I get to do a little more and I’m able to drive now. I’ve been in the studio a couple of times and am waiting for the go ahead to get out of my brace so I can be in there more. 

I’ve been well taken care of by the boys and have been able to produce a fair amount of art. Sales have been brisk the last few weeks, too, and I’m very grateful for that. My art table has been tiny, but mighty. 

Luckily, my wheelhouse is small format  I’ve had a lot of time to play and paint and my subject matter has been varied. 

Today, I am happy to say that this project will be on StencilGirl Talk. I did do it after the surgery in small increments. I hope you’ll go over and check it out!


Thanks so much for your support and encouragement. It always means a lot to me.



Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Life in Pieces



L I F E    I N    P I E C E S

"When art imitates life. I am really happy to be back on the StencilGirl blog with projects that are out of my wheelhouse and even happier that I was able to get the projects finished well before my StencilGirl team deadline and my surgery date.  These larger sheets don't lose their interest when sized down and put together for a series of wall art pieces. Even though I'm known for smaller format work, it was exhilarating working with so much real estate.  Head over there to see the process and definitely watch the slideshow.

I'm a week out of meniscus root tear repair and so far it's been a humbling experience.  I am largely sedentary for the next six to eight weeks.  No one is sure how or why this occurred but I had mentally named this project before that moment in late June.  I had some teaching responsibilities that I wanted to attend so I spent July working ahead and prepping for Cincinnati.  The day before the surgery I packed a tote with substrates, watercolor and alcohol inks that I hope to pop open in the coming days.  So far I've only managed some Procreate art made out of my paintings and sketches.  Stay tuned.  In the meantime, you'll be treated to some work I completed in July/early August including the new crop of ornaments.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

2021: Still in the Covid Abyss



Golly, we're in February and the world is still turned on it's back and kicking and screaming.  I hope this entry finds you navigating the next evolution of Covid and that some of you have even had your first vaccine.  I'm on many lists but the lists are huge so until then, I hang out a lot in my studio and do art.  It's the safest place for me.  And keeping busy is mentally the best for me.  February is a busy month with lots to get involved with.  I'm working on three challenges at once, two old ones and one new one.  This is my fourth 100 Day Project and my second #28februaryflowers.  This year my focus of the 100 Day Project will be #100daysofwatercolor so many of my florals will be watercolor also.  The third challenge is #pyh2021 or Paint Yourself Happy and is all watercolor theme explorations.   I have some other commissions so I don't guarantee participating in all three everyday, but I'll do my darnedest.  All of my pieces will be in real time on my Instagram

HOT OFF THE PRESS:  I was again given the opportunity to do a feature project for StencilGirl  so I put together a non-watercolor piece called "Jungle Love".  It's here for you to enjoy.  Here's a teaser snippet.

I can't say enough how much I've enjoyed Creative Jumpstart this year.  The projects have been amazing and very doable.  You can deep dive into them or just try some of the ideas.  I can honestly say that I've learned a lot.  I'm sorry it is coming to a live end.  But it's not too late to watch the 45 videos and over 8 hours of video.  Go here to find out more. Videos are downloadable and are available until November 2021.  It is not too late.  Here's a recent photo of a piece I did after it was my project day.  I'm really happy with it.  I don't have it anymore but here it is for posterity. Happy early Valentine's Day to all.