Playing with Color

Do you ever feel stuck with your art?  Like maybe you have a lot of ideas but they’re not coming out right or maybe you’re getting bored with your usual style and subject matter. I felt that way.  Finding my way back to my artist self since becoming a mother has been a long road…

Maureen Forman: Drawing More Closely To A Sense of Herself

I was so delighted to hear a radio interview with my old friend, Maureen Forman, that she recently shared online.   We met 13 years ago in Cortona, Italy, where we were roommates and friends in a study abroad program. Take a listen to the whole interview.  It’s pretty short but inspiring as it covers part of…

A Lofty Goal

It’s easy for me to let months slip by without making art.  Day jobs, chores, moving, gardening, on and on. Suddenly it’s been too close to a year since I have made a painting.  A commission languishes on my easel.  It happens. I feel rusty, I feel stuck.  While other things are moving forward in…

Passion Flower Essence

Passiflora Incarnata For the last year or so, I have been deep in the planing of a very exciting and spiritually based art project that is very dear to my heart.  I have asked a dozen or so women I know to help collaborate and be my models for a huge series of paintings I…

31/52 A Portrait a Week

I’m finally caught up!  31 portraits down and I’m back on schedule. I listen to a lot of Andrew Bird.  I never tire of his albums and his music is the kind that I could ‘live in’.   So I drew his portrait in those smelly Prismacolor/Chartpak markers and a fine tip Staedtler pen. There…

Better than a Souvenir

I got an email from Natalie with this picture and these words: Harps, I thought this might be better than a souvenir. This rock now rests at the summit of the tallest free-standing mountain the world…. wanted you to know I was thinking of you there. 🙂 So much better!  You can see some of…

Day Jobs and Art Out in the World

Have I mentioned I have a day job?  I’ve had this particular job for around three years which is hard to imagine but apparently true.  It’s a good job that pays me decent and gives me benefits and allows for space in my life to do murals, paint, travel to see family and friends, and…

Skinny Dip Falls

Lynn and I were headed to Skinny Dip Falls to look for trout lily. It wasn’t blooming yet.  We sat by the falls, enjoyed refreshments, and soaked up the beauty of the falls. Sometimes the sun shone brightly down. It was a pleasantly warm day.  The water was ice cold.  I did not get in….

14/52 A Portrait a Week plus Atlanta’s High Museum

First off: A quick sketch of dear Frida as my portrait this week.  The weekend before last, Kurt and I headed to Atlanta to see the wonderful exhibit the High Museum has of 120 paintings and drawings by Frida and Diego.  It was wonderful!  I highly recommend it- even if you’re not sure you are…

Oconee Bells

Have you met Oconee Bells? If you are lucky enough to live in Asheville, all you have to do to find it is walk along the Botanical Garden’s wooded path and you’ll find a big stand of them. If you live elsewhere it might be a little harder… It turns out that it is a…

5/52- A Portrait a Week

This is a pencil drawing of a friend of mine.  I saw the photo on facebook and asked her if she wouldn’t mind too much if I turned it into a painting.  She graciously gave me permission and I have started the under-painting for it already. I also did this sketch to help study the…

What I’m Listening To

Andrew Bird.  He’s always in my rotation, ever since I first heard him back in 2004.  His music doesn’t get old and his most recent two albums are my favorites, especially Break It Yourself. If you haven’t seen him live, here’s a video of how he builds the layers of his songs. His music is…