Thursday, December 24, 2009
Things are hectic around here, and I am fighting an ear infection (probably from creating all of those wax paintings with the windows open on my sunporch -- oops). Nonetheless, I am SO excited for Santa to come tomorrow. It will be our first Christmas in the US in our own home. :)
Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas Eve. If you have a moment, I am featured on SprayGraphic in an artist interview. You can read it here.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
"I Know that You Love Me." Original is SOLD.
Detail of girl holding flower in the forest.
This painting is my first foray at making a larger-sized (28x20) encaustic painting, and it is my new favorite piece ever. It was quite an interesting (and somewhat challenging) process. The hardest part was applying the wax in my semi-freezing studio/sun porch. The porch is heated, but when I turn on my heat gun, a fuse blows all the time. So I usually just forgo heat in lieu of art-making! But with such a large area to cover with wax, it was tedius to apply the big sections of color (and to fuse them all with the heat gun). Yet I truly love this painting, and it will be hard for me to part with it.
Yet "I Know that You Love Me" will soon be hanging in Caffe Portofino in Northport. This is because this beautiful cafe has sold 8 of my paintings in the past week!! So I had to create something new to replace them. I can't wait to put it up on the walls this weekend (though it does really match our living room!).
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
By a stroke of luck, I was contacted by the publisher of this wonderful book, The City Out My Window: 63 Views on New York, and asked to do a giveaway on my blog. Well, after reviewing my copy, there was no way that I could refuse! This is a gorgeous book illustrated by the amazing (and handsome) Italian architect, Matteo Pericoli.
The book captures New York as seen through the eyes of New Yorkers both famous and ordinary, whose particular window views reveal a hidden perspective of the city—and of themselves. Each image provides a unique perspective, as seen by Tom Wolfe, Tony Kushner, Nora Ephron, Stephen Colbert, Richard Meier, Oliver Sacks, Mario Batali, David Byrne, E.L. Doctorow, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and other artists, writers, and thinkers who help make the city what it is. Accompanying each window view is a comment provided by its ‘owner.’
I am going to send this book to the lucky winner of this giveaway (though it pains me not to be able to keep it myself -- i so love it). Just leave a comment below describing what's out your window today, and I will choose a winner from the comments for a copy of the book. I'll ship it to you free of charge, of course! :)
AND PS -- THANK YOU SO MUCH for the comments and support for my Holiday Boutique show last night. It went really well & was lots of fun. Love you all!!!
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
10x10 inch original & customizable encaustic painting on 2" thick wood panel : "Forever Tree." Original is SOLD.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
I finished this piece today while Christophe took the little ones to Gymboree, preschool and the library. I wish that you could see the whole piece because it has a greater impact in its full square proportions. This painting was such a learning experience for me. I finally got up the nerve to apply a full canvas of color (this blue), and I figured out how to include gold leaf (just rubbed it in -- how easy could it get??!). The crown is mostly gold leaf, and there are also incised gold portions of the star to the "queen's" right.
My favorite part of this painting is the part that made me giggle as I inscribed it. It's word "ME" inside the heart on her chest. After all, she is the queen, and it's her imagination! :) I loved creating this painting so much. It will be hard to sell the original. But prints will soon be for sale on Etsy when I can photograph the whole thing.
Stay tuned tomorrow for some special little gift boxes that I've been creating for the past week. They are super groovy if I do say so myself.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Then it was on to a walking tour of Portsmouth. And some delightful wine & very intricate, complicated food that I can't remember too well after the wine at the cozy, jazzy Black Trumpet. Finally we settled back in for the night at the perfect Ale House Inn.
I can only say of the last 48 hours -- YAY! and THANK YOU to my mom for watching the babies and to Christophe for being the designated driver on this whirlwind road trip.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
If you can't see Brock clearly here (and really, who can?), don't worry. Christophe & I are going on a small road trip to New Hampshire until Thursday, and Brock will be certainly be peeking in for some photo ops. We are going to the Nahcotta Gallery to drop off my painting for the Verbatim show this January. And we are very excited to see some more fall foliage and to sample the great shops & restaurants of Portsmouth.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Today I'm off to the "Micro Craft Fair" in Huntington at the Cinema Arts Center for a special screening of Handmade Nation. Stop by if you are in the neighborhood! :)
Thursday, October 22, 2009
"A Song For You." 5.5x6 inch original encaustic and mised media on wood panel. Original has been SOLD.
Oh how I wish there were more hours in the day. These are my latest encaustic works. They were both labors of love, but "The Place Where My Heart is Still" is very special to me because it seemed to have a mind of its own. My initial idea was a bit different than this one, and halfway through I stopped for lunch and told my family that I had 'hurt' the new painting. Axelle responded VERY sagely for a 7-year-old. "That just means it's real. " How smart is she?! Anyway, I went back to work and let the 'realness' take over. The result is a piece that looks different than planned but feels exactly right.
Now, onto business. I've just received a delightful email from "MaryMary" over at Etsy, and she says that my painting "then there was you" will be highlighted in their "special deals" email tomorrow. So if you have your eye on this one, act quickly! :)
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Another new encaustic piece completed today! It seems that I am creating a little story. I'm not sure how it will turn out; I guess I just need to listen very hard and record what I 'hear.'
I'm very proud of this piece because of the incredible work that went into detailing both of these figures and their ensembles. I am not working with a stylus, so everything here is either etched in wax or painted directly with a (now nearly melted) bristle brush. I love the bright vivid color of the couple & red butterfly against this vibrant, sculptural white wax. I must take 3d pictures and post them tomorrow. The scan doesn't quite do the painting justice.
Meanwhile, if you are in the online neighborhood, please visit me at the Poppytalk Handmade Marketplace tomorrow. My work will be part of the "Indie Love Pre-Holiday" market.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Here it is. My first encaustic painting in a loooooooooong time. Actually, it's the second painting I did today. I melted the first one off the wood support with my heat gun like Lucy Liu in Charlie's Angels in a fit of frustration. But the second one was better behaved. Gosh. Well, it was an exciting morning. I just adore the way wax looks in the light. It just captures a feeling of romance and mystery that I love. More will be coming soon. :)
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
I've finally taken some photos of my new paintings, and I am busy uploading them to the Etsy shop. This happy little one was also inspired by my Amagansett trip. We bought some great surfing gear from this shop during our vacation! This original is now available for sale on Etsy. The others are coming soon.