Monday, July 21, 2014

She's done (!)

Home And Garden
18" x 30"

::up close::

This is one of the largest pieces I've done and it took lots of time, patience and arm strength. A massive amount of heat fusing needs to be done layer after layer on a piece this size and so over the past few weeks I've fused and tweaked my way to this finished painting.  I have a fusing iron that probably would have done the job much more quickly but it would have yielded a much smoother surface and that just wouldn't do.  I love to see the texture and bubbles and depth of the wax and so I just took my time and worked on this a bit each day in between other smaller pieces.  The closer I got to finishing the faster I wanted to work but there truly are physical limitations to working this big.  Home And Garden is a reflection on summer, place, time and change and I really like the overall feel of the work and the idea that it is a visual story.  Thanks for reading...

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A Lion's Heart

A Lion's Heart
4" x 9"

They had always told her she had 'a lion's heart'. As she found her way in the world she embraced that phrase and bit by bit discovered the courage, strength and bravery she possessed.  It is such a gift to have others see things in you.  That is something to celebrate.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

All You Need

All You Need
4.5" x 4.5"

I know I was here yesterday talking about luck and everything but... at the end of the day love really is all you need, right?


Monday, July 14, 2014

Lucky charms...

All Kinds of Luck No.3

All Kinds of Luck No.4

Here's hoping your week is off to a good start. My computer is acting up and seeing as how it is almost eight years old I think I may need a bit of luck to keep it running.  A new computer is not in the budget right now and so I'm hoping to get at least a few more months out of it...fingers crossed, holding my breath, tossing salt over my shoulder, looking for four leaf clovers, wishing on lucky feathers and hanging a horseshoe for all kinds of luck.  Happy Monday ;-)

Friday, July 11, 2014

Night Swimmer


I'm spending time in the studio today working on the larger floral piece I've shared here recently but wanted to take a quick break to share these three new Night Swimmers. I finished them up last night and have to say that I am still really in love with the process of creating these lovely creatures.  Each one comes together individually but by creating them in small groups they get to  play off one another and shine.  I have a few bits set aside for the next set which I hope to start later this month but now it's time to get back to the big picture.  Happy weekend:)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

what summer looks like right now...

rainy skies::night swimmers::chicken dumpling soup*
the 1st ripe san marzano::summer work::the garden

Here's a peek of what summer looks like around here this week.  The torrential downpours and spectacular lightening have been tempered with near perfect 75 degree days and both of those things suit me (and the garden) very well.  My oldest is away at a creative writing camp for the next three weeks (taking a 17 year old girl out of the mix quiets things down quite a bit) and I really miss her. I'm sure part of that is knowing that this is just a warm up for the next separation (college) which is really just around the corner (she will be a senior this fall!). Anyways, the 16 year old is at theater camp every day all day  and is volunteering some evenings here and the 10 year old just returned from a trip to Niagra Falls with his cousins and grandparents and has play dates lined up for the next few days which leaves me wide open to paint, garden and cook.  After moving and taking on major renovations last summer the pace of this summer seems refreshing.  At one point it seemed like summer was going to fly by but now that we are here with the longest day still two weeks away it feels like there is time to work and play and summer is a long stretch of road and we are cruising with the top down under starry skies.  What does this summer feel like to you?

*one with allergies or summer cold, hard to tell, but chicken soup with lots of fresh herbs on a rainy day seemed right.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

new work in progress...

Greetings from Sunday.  We are getting ready to head to Chicago for a quick visit with friends but I wanted to take a minute to share this new 18" x 30" painting in progress.  I am using a combination of oil paint, encaustic sticks and collage on these 1st layers and soon I will begin adding layers of wax and etching.  Summer is definitely finding it's way into my work and after attending an absolutely amazing concert last night lots more Beck tunes will be finding their way into my studio :)  Last week was full of color, food from the garden, travel, reunions, growth, art, music and inspiration.  Summer is spilling over into my journal and my work and I am doing my best to go with it and not get in my own way, you know what I mean?