Thursday, May 26, 2016

New Work

Lately, I've been trying a new way of working inspired by the pieces on paper from my April show.  I really enjoyed the quickness and simplicity of making those pieces.  Here's an example:

"Cup with Frond"

 So I've started making new pieces using the same quickness and simplicity, like this one:

"Float" Acrylic on 9 x 12 inch canvas

This one happens to be acrylic on canvas, but I've also been working in pencil and watercolor on paper and there are pieces hand-stitched in linen, something I haven't done for a little while.  While I like working on my more detailed pieces (and will still continue to work on those as well), these allow me to move more quickly with my ideas and that allows me the time to take them across many mediums.  I will share more of all of these in the next week and am hoping to have a shop update next Wednesday.  Another plus of the simpler, faster pieces is that I will be able to have them at lower prices than my detailed work, since they take less time, and I am very happy about that.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Studio Sunday

I am trying to get in the habit of taking photographs in the studios each week so that I have lots of photos to pull from for Sundays, though sometimes things don't change so quickly as to make new and interesting things to share.  I probably won't always explain in these posts what is in the photos, as I rather like the idea of simply peeking into a space, so feel free to ask if you have questions about anything you see.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Sketchbook Saturday

Greetings!  Cups and vases for this Sketchbook Saturday.  The top is collaged papers with acrylic and the bottom is acrylic.   Sometimes my sketches are more detailed, and other times they are very quick and of the moment.   

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Shop Update

I just finished adding these paintings to my shop plus a few more.  All from my April show at Compass Gallery.  I will have another shop update soon with some brand new pieces.  I plan to show some of those to you soon.  In the meantime, I hope you will take a look at these.

Monday, May 16, 2016


Last weekend my daughter requested help in building a teepee in the back yard.  I haven't had the best success with teepee building in the past, so I helped her build what I would call more of a "round house" using the tree as additional support.  The house is not finished, it was raining rather a lot all weekend, but the base of the structure is there and is awaiting vegetation for the walls and final touches inside (though she did decorate with some flowers already).  I was pretty pleased with how it turned out and that it hasn't fallen down yet.  I am enjoying the affect of the interwoven branches forming a bit of a dome over top.

And then I just had to share this.  This is a mystery rose growing in my garden.  The blossoms start pink but turn violet as they age, and then there is that hot pink thing going on in the middle of some of them.  It is a trailing rose and I think just blooms once a season, please share if you know the name.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Studio Sunday

Just a short studio post this week.  I took this photo at Open Studios last Thursday and you can see, and might have noticed in a previous post, I have a dollhouse in the studio.  It was my daughter's and now it is taking on a new life in my studio.  It is currently undergoing some work.  I am sure it will make several appearances on the blog over time.

Also at the studio: baby ducks in the Mill stream.