Wednesday, October 15, 2014


i remember a great quote by cezanne my friend lynne hoppe posted one time about the fact that one could paint a hundred years and a hundred years after that and still feel like you were just beginning. i have felt exactly that these past few weeks as i continue experimenting with new colors and new mediums. thrilling! 
i especially like having discovered the stabilo pencil which comes in many colors. you sketch and then paintbrush over it for a watercolor effect. look at those mona lisa hands! just with one pencil.
i used it again in black for the above portraits.

something went wrong along the week when i started to feel a bit sick and headachey, maybe from exposure to my art supplies, maybe just a bug. so i soent the next few days just sketching.


thinking of future possible paintings such as this version of a menina.

halloween has certainly had an influence 
i am trying to find my own artistic voice
i see a pattern of britishness.....well, i grew up in england so the influence seems embedded in my subconscious i guess.
although i have discovered fresco painting through kate thompson and loving it.
above is a pencil drawing of my friend jeanne marie in orvieto
cathy cullis continues to be a great go to. 
as is misty
and then there are those random moments of silliness
i love art, can you tell?
but the other good news is that i finally hot around to tidying the studio a bit thanks to a pink filing cabinet richard gave up for me


i turned a closet into a library
with autumn here, many hours will be spent here
if not here



a time of gathering

Sunday, October 5, 2014


mandy patullo came from the border between england and scotland to teach 
at french general. what a treat! alrhough we only got her for six hours, we were able to hear her interesting philosophy on the use of vintage fabrics. i got very little done while there preferring to chat with mary and syd and donna and nola and sandy and colleen and susan and kaari and molly and even mandy herself. when i create, i prefer silence and no interruption and i also need time to plan the layout of the fabrics; it doesn't just come to me. but it is finished just waiting for the curtain rings to be hung.
ofcourse i couldn't just make one. this one is still a work in progress at the moment since i had a few other things fluttering in my mind.
like this smaller fabric collage pinnie.


but then came the paints. and a few entries into the moleskin.


i'm trying to practice a bit more with the effects of different mediums on brown paper


and the fabulous stabilo pencil
and just a plain mechanical pencil



and then back to embroidery again
flowers in our home are often an inspiration

and yes, there has been the seaside, but that's a whole new story.

Sunday, September 14, 2014




what a fun two weeks with watercolors and scribbles, sketching and drawing 
monochromatic, negative space and larger formats, all new experiments as i delve deeper into my self described mixed medianism.

i also love using walnut inks instead of watercolors since i love the brown vintage hues.

this large drawing is all colored pencils
i keep defining myself as a mixed media artist, mixed medianism being that i don't like to use the same mediums too long at a time, these paper mache dolls being an example of the detour i took this week.


and then exploring some more darker paintings as i play with brown paper and watercolors.
there is a mysteriousness to watercolors
cathy cullis is having a brown paper art challenge in september. as i was reading about it, i got the urge to paint a cathy cullis inspired three toned watercolor thus the result above. i love the simplicity of her work which is not as easy as it looks since watercolors can be tricky. they even say among artists that it is the most difficult of mediums.

but i just play with them not expertly but with a keen will at exploration. watercolors are magical....they start to reveal images hidden in the layers of water and paint. 
here is one of my darker ones. i have been subconsciously painting quite a few shielded women: armored, protected, vigilant.
followed by a lighter one

i explored a bit with using the watercors with other mediums attempting some depth and layering to the paintings. 
such as this mail art i painted for my friend Emi in Canada.
and this one for julie as i needed to mail her my hand embroidered feathers anyway. why not make it mail art?
for one of her dreamcatchers.
julie was who got me turned on to
painting on rocks.
i love this newfound medium.
lullaby cd cover commissioned piece is still in the works as are a few more of my painted oyster shells
hope your week has been as creative as mine.