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…

Rainbow Portraits are Back!

About a month back, I posted an exploratory post on  my local mama group’s Facebook page, wondering if anyone would be interested in ordering a rainbow portrait from me.  The response was amazing!  So many people contacted me, and many of them followed through and ordered one (or two or four!). It feels great to…

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…

Art Show at The Asheville Loft

http://www.theashevilleloft.com I will be a part of a group show at the Asheville Loft on Friday, June 27th from 7-10 pm. The Asheville Loft is a very cool new gallery space.  It’s the living space/loft of two Asheville artists who love art so much they have turned a part of their home into a gallery. …

Dyeing with Jewelweed

Man, dyeing stuff with plant material is just so much fun. Since I wasn’t crazy about the yellow color the marigolds dyed my yarn (it’s for a sweater for myself, and I am just not going to wear big bird yellow, no matter how sunny and lovely a color it is), I wanted to try…

A New Obsession: Natural Dyes

Yes, I am now behind again on my 52 portraits plight.  I don’t care.  I had to spend the entire weekend dyeing wool with plants.  I HAD to! Previously, I had only dyed with black walnut which requires no mordant or special treatment. I started with marigolds.  I did a little research online about how…

33/52 A Portrait A Week

This is Lori.  She just moved back to Ohio to go to grad school for photography.  We met in an airport.  We were both holding the most recent David Sedaris book and struck up a conversation while we waited for the delayed flight.   She was on her way to interview for a job outside…

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…

Antique Photograph Painting- Queen Bee

I love old photographs from the late 1800s (correct me if I’m wrong on the time period!).  I always seek them out on my antique mall and flea market hunts.  I’ve collected quite a few at this point and for about 2 years I have wanted to add color paints to them and embellish them in in…

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…