Thursday, February 27, 2014

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

quite a change...

She arrived in my in box and changed my day and my hair.  It could have went totally wrong but with 8" gone I feel like a new me.  Happy day peeps : )

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

inner language...

Memories Filled Her Dreams Like Shimmering Jewels In The Night Sky

Her Dreams Were Like a Kaleidoscope of Sea and Sky

As I was finishing up these two paintings I started to think about the idea of our inner language.  These two figures lying down and letting color and light out spill out in the same but very different ways. It is so amazing to me how every one of us sees the same things out in the world, but we internalize and process these observations and experiences so differently.  As I was working and thinking and listening to music it occurred to me  that I am putting part of my inner language into the images I create, into these figures, into the many women, men, houses and birds I have used in my work. Which is I suppose the same thing every creative type does.  Artists, musicians, dancers, knitters, writers, poets, bakers, chefs, cooks, designers, architects, sewers and makers of all kinds...they are all just letting a bit of the inside out...letting color and light spill out into the world in many different, beautiful and gorgeous ways.  I love that thought.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

new and almost new...

good neighbors

words to live by

Hi from Sunday-
I'm just about to put dinner on the table but wanted to pop in and share two new(ish) pieces. I finished up the top painting earlier today after laying down the pale pink background a few days ago.  The 2nd piece travelled all the way to Nahcotta but had a little mishap and made it's way back to me (i'm wondering if maybe I needed to see it's message one more time).   Both these paintings will go into the shop tonight and I'll have two more pieces to share tomorrow.  
Wishing you a warm and cozy night-

Friday, February 14, 2014

Color Fix-

A much appreciated burst of color and beauty in the kitchen.  Not too much but not too little either.  This morning everything felt just about right.  

Thursday, February 13, 2014

easy as 1, 2, 3....

her example::my 1st attempt (ahem)::my 2nd attempt (yay!)

1. Have an infinitely talented friend come over to sit side by side and walk you thru the directions for making a granny square with a circle center.

2.  Embarrass yourself by making wonky double crochets, choosing hideous color combinations and leaving your creation/monstrosity unfinished under the guise of having to serve lunch to said friend.

3. After the friend has gone, sit quietly and methodically follow the instructions while admiring the effortless grace and beauty of her work.

Thank you friend, I think I've got it!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Working on the big picture...


Working on the big picture in more ways than one but for today let's say I am referring to the literal big picture shown above.  These two 30" x 30" wood panels are being painted as one right now but will be framed individually and hang side by side.  I've been spending a bit of time working with them each morning and then observing them into the afternoon and evening giving thought to what comes next.  There are many more layers to add and some detail too but I am letting the piece unfold slowly and enjoying the very new feeling of working wide open.  Right now I'm really, really liking it : )

Monday, February 3, 2014

The big picture...

Good Morning and welcome to my new studio.  If you were closer I'd invite you over for a cup of tea and ask you to make the 1st mark on my enormously black (and blank) chalkboard wall.  Last week, in the midst of finishing up the Nahcotta Paintings I decided to paint my studio (and the kitchen and the dining room).  Why I was moved  to start these projects in the middle of a deadline week is beyond me but that seems to be  how a diy remodel gets done.  Tiny twisters of energy and enthusiasm which move the whole house project forward.  I was long over the pale pink walls sponge painted with white and have been longing for a fresh, clean space to work.  I painted three of the walls and the ceiling with two coats of 'Falling Snow' which is a soft white and then painted the big wall with 4 coats of black chalkboard paint which has been curing for the past few days.  I cover my work table with brown kraft paper and make sketches, jot ideas and titles down as I work and am so excited to have this large vertical space to brainstorm on too. C hung my old light and next weekend he will install the hood vent and hang some shelves to complete the room.  In the meantime, I am prepping two 24"x24" boards and two 30"x30" boards to start some large abstract paintings that I've been thinking about for awhile.  I'm not sure if they will come together quickly or slowly or even at all but it's time to stretch myself a bit and go with another tiny twister of energy and enthusiam.  Hope your Monday feels full of new beginnings too : )