Thursday, December 24, 2009

Le Sapin Magnifique

My husband's family is visiting from France, and he took them on a whirlwind tour of sub-zero Manhattan yesterday. Despite the frigid temperatures, the tree at Rockefeller Center still warmed their hearts. It is so beautiful & will always embody a special spirit of Christmas for me.

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

7 Day Sale!

I'm having a 20% Off Sale this week (Dec. 14-20) on my original paintings. Stop by the Etsy shop to puruse the selections! :))

Friday, December 11, 2009

New Encaustic Painting: "I Know That You Love Me"

My first large 28x20 inch wax encaustic painting on 2" cradled wood:
"I Know that You Love Me." Original is SOLD.

Here I am posing with my painting in the studio. I figured I would take the picture while wearing a matching sweater!

Detail of girl holding flower in the forest.

A detail of the forest.

And here is "I Know that You Love Me" temporarily hanging in our living room until moving to Caffe Portofino this weekend.

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

Beach Flowers

My new "Beach Day" 10x10 Art Block on 2" Cradled Wood Panel. Available here.

Beautiful Flower Arrangement commissioned by Dionne from Flores del Sol.
I just had to share this beautiful flower arrangement created by Flores del Sol. I have never had flowers designed from one of my paintings, so this is a true milestone. It doesn't hurt that they're gorgeous, either. And, by the way, Dionne has a great blog and is doing lots of fantastic giveaways right now. I've entered them all! :)
Speaking of which, I have a winner for the Matteo Pericoli book, and it is none other than the lovely Gina Lee Kim. Thank you, everyone, for participating and for sharing your beautiful "out my window" views. And congratulations, Gina. I will be shipping your book shortly!

Friday, December 4, 2009

A Very Special Giveaway -- ENDS tonight at 7 pm 12/5/09!

The City Out My Window: 63 Views on New York by Matteo Pericoli
Pericoli's drawing of the view from Mikhail Baryshnikov's window.

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

Etsy Sale this weekend!

I hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are now happily full. I'm still looking forward to celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow with friends and many toddlers. I am battening down the hatches! In the meantime, I'm having a SALE at my Etsy shop this weekend (starting right now!). FREE SHIPPING shopwide & 20% off prints. Please stop by .... no need to stand in line at 5 a.m. for a designer tote bag door prize. Just sit comfortably at your computer and have fun!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Busy busy busy & Last Day for 20% Off Coupon

10x10 inch original painting: "Moon Song" encaustic on 2" wood panel - available here.

10x10 inch original & customizable encaustic painting on 2" thick wood panel : "Forever Tree." Original is SOLD.

5.5 x 6 inch encaustic painting on wood: "Resilience." Available here.
Oh my goodness, have I been busy lately. And today I finished 3 new paintings. Yes, there was a lot of coffee involved! I also had started them earlier in the week (or weeks), and finally had a chance to get them all done & uploaded to Etsy & my website today.
Big news: I'm having a HUGE SALE this weekend (me & the universe, I know!). In addition to my Etsy Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale (news coming soon about that), I will be sending a 20% off coupon for my entire website at to everyone on my email list. Today is the last day to sign up, so please add your email to the subscribe now button here on the blog if you'd like the coupon code. And everyone on my subscriber list is eligible for my free 10-pack of holiday cards random drawing. The cards just arrived tonight, and they are gorgeous. The image is of "Skate Away."
Wishing you many sales & happy Thanksgiving preparations!!! I bought Nicky a blazer & bowtie for the event. Can't wait to see him in his outfit. xox

Thursday, November 19, 2009

i am the queen of my imagination (in full)

"i am the queen of my imagination" 7x7.5 inch print on 8.5x11 inch paper. For sale here.


Side View.

I was able to take some pictures of my "queen" today, and here she is in totality. Though, I must say, it is very hard to photograph this painting. The wax is so 3-dimensional and shiny that the angle of light must be exactly right (it may call for a professional eventually). You can really see this when comparing the detailed image to the cast shadows included on the face in the full picture. I am feeling the wisdom of Beth's advice to stick to painting 8x8 or smaller. Yet I am feeling a desire to go larger!

I had such a great time creating this piece. I am thinking of yellow for my next work. Yellow and hopeful.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Gift Boxes/ Mini Paintings for the Wall

Hand-Painted Encaustic Gift Box -- "Pink Lovebirds."
For sale here.

Encaustic "box top" Wall Art (buy set of 4 here).
Gosh. I just loved creating these gift boxes/mini encaustic paintings. It was a bit of a challenge for me to photograph 3d objects, but I had fun trying to work in both the painted surfaces as well as the patterned papered bottoms of each box. Then I had the genius insight to photograph just the tops of the boxes on the wall, and voila -- the boxes were transformed into a charming wall-art installation! :))

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

i am the queen of my imagination

"i am the queen of my imagination" 10x10 original encaustic & gold leaf on 2" cradled wood. This is a section of the image.

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

The Full Picture

"Only the Beginning" 10x10 inch original encaustic painting on 2" wood panel. Original for sale on my website.

Here is a shot of the painting on the wall (next to my slapdash floral arrangement).
As promised, I took some pictures of my newest piece to show the whole thing rather than just a portion. I had to take the pictures very quickly because the batteries were dying on my digital camera (and my son was tiring of the 3 toys in his playpen).
Tomorrow I will be doing more painting. Christophe is watching the children AND cooking dinner. Yay!!! Yet he told me I had to "prepare them" in the morning. I wonder what he means by this. Maybe I should dress them in toddler helmets and protective goggles? ;)

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Only the Beginning

"Only the Beginning" excerpt from 10x10 inch original encaustic painting on 2" cradled wood panel. Prints are available here.

This piece is a bit of a departure for me as it is a free-form sketch/collage in wax. I could only manage to capture part of the original painting on my scanner (it was too big), but I think it looks kind of cool cropped. I do, however, intend to photograph the entire piece as soon as the sun decides to return to our rain-drenched city.

The inspiration for this painting is the Chicago song "Beginnings." I have not been able to get the chorus out of my head for 2 weeks now -- I've even etched it into this piece in tiny letters. This is such a happy song. Try singing the lyrics one day when you're in a bad mood, and see if it cheers you up.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Thank You for Being "A Friend for All Seasons"

"A Friend for All Seasons" holiday cards available here.
As a way of thanking my best customers & friends, I will soon be sending out a 20% off coupon to my email subscribers -- and I will send one randomly drawn name a set of my brand new "Skate Away" holiday cards and envelopes as soon as they arrive! If you'd like to join my mailing list just enter your email in the pink sign-up box at the top of my blog. And thank you as always & ever for being "A Friend for All Seasons."
Wishing you a continued happy "pre-holidays!" xox

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Hoo Hoo Hoo, Merry (not quite yet) Christmas

"Hoo Hoo Hoo" available here for the first time as a print for Christmas 2009!
Yes, I know. It's only the beginning of November, but I passed by a huge inflatable Santa Claus on the way to Gymboree this morning and almost started hyperventilating. I always get way too stressed out over holiday shopping (mostly because I wait until the VERY last minute), and this year we are actually hosting relatives from France, so .... well... I'm starting early this year. Or at least I'm offering this happy little santa owl print at my Etsy shop right now. And some holiday cards featuring my little "A Friend for All Seasons" reindeer. New cards will be arriving after Thanksgiving, too. Now I guess I need to do start shopping. xox

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Beautiful Mini Paintings By Melissa Moss

Double-sided Mini Paintings by Melissa Moss. Available here in her Etsy shop.
My lovely and talented friend, Melissa, has just posted 25 new Mini Paintings in her Etsy shop, and I just had to share them with you (before they're all gone). They are hand-painted tiny paintings that are strung from ribbon so that they can also be used as holiday ornaments. Best of all, they are only $35 each!! Check out all the paintings for some serious eye candy.

Friday, November 6, 2009

24 Hours in Portsmouth

First stop, Nahcotta Gallery. We paid a visit to the lovely Deb & Abbie, and I dropped off "MADLY" for the January 8th Verbatim show. I also showed them my new encaustic work (oh so professionally carried in a Halloween Jack'o Lantern bag -- at least it matched my outfit). And Brock & I checked out some of Rose Umerlik's gorgeous paintings. Her show is opening there tonight!

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.

Good Night, Portsmouth. You were one cool town.

On the ferry home (from CT to NY), I received the happy news that two of my original paintings -- "Together You Are Less Lonely" and "A Home for Bluebirds"-- had sold at Caffe Portofino that evening.

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

Introducing Brock Villagebrook (here with Faythe Levine)

Faythe Levine, Brock & I
Meet new Travel Kitty (attached to my orange scarf) -- Brock Villagebrook! I purchased/adopted him from the lovely Lisa Dalton at the screening of Faythe Levine's Handmade Nation last week.

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


"Glow" 5.5x5.5 inch original encaustic painting on wood. For sale here.

I've been so overwhelmingly inspired by the gorgeous fall colors here on Long Island. There is a certain tree that I pass by every day, and it just burns the brightest, most spectacular red. I feel like it must be shining with all of its might to stave off the inevitable loss of its leaves and onslaught of winter. This painting is dedicated to that pretty tree (and to all of us who warm the cold days with out brightness).
PS -- right now the original of "Glow" is for sale at my Etsy shop, but I can create a print for you if you would like. Just email me!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

You Will Return to Me

10x10 inch original encaustic painting on 2" cradled wood panel. For sale here.
This is a new encaustic piece that I completed this afternoon. I have been thinking of this one for a few days now. I must say it was quite a challenge painting his beach scene using encaustics. It made me long for my sweetly obedient acrylics. But I do like the ethereal, somewhat mysterious effect of the wax. And I like the girl's flowery dress set against the dark background. I think it seems quite symbolic of her feelings of hope for her beloved's return.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Love Lives Here

"Love Lives Here" original encaustic painting 4.5x5 inches. Available here for purchase.
I've been so busy this weekend with the 20% off sale & lots of painting. Visit my Etsy shop to take advantage of this sale for 1 more day. Just type "Weekend Deals" in your message to seller & I will refund 20% of your entire order through Paypal.

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

Two new encaustic pieces & etsy highlight tomorrow...

"The Place Where my Heart is Quiet' -- 8x8 inch original encaustic painting on 3/4 inch wood panel. Available to purchase here.

"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

20% Off this Weekend to Celebrate Handmade Nation Screening & Craft Fair in Town

Hi friends, just wanted to give my kind readers a heads-up for my sale this weekend. Etsy is having a weekend deals promotion from 10/23-10/25, and I am participating by offering 20% off of an entire purchase from my Etsy Shop! Just type in "WEEKEND DEALS" in the message to seller after your order, and the 20% discount will be refunded by Paypal. I decided to participate in the sale in tandem with my table at this weekend's special screening of Handmade Nation at the Huntington Cinema Art Center. Etsy will be providing gift bags, and filmmaker Faythe Levine will be in attendence. It should be a lot of fun if I figure out how to mount my work on a slab of wood for display. Hmmm...

Speaking of Handmade Nation, or well, handmade things... my stepdaughter, Axelle, and I created mini origami books today. Look at these cuties. You would be amazed at how long a 7-year-old can be enthralled by a flower punch, old magazines, glue & her imagination!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

then there was you

"then there was you" 5.5x5 inch original encaustic painting on wood panel. Original has been SOLD.

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

Waiting for My True Love

"Waiting for my True Love" 5x5.5 inch original encaustic painting on wood panel. Original is SOLD. Thank you, Carren.

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


"The Artist's Assistant" 8x16 inch encaustic and gold leaf painting on wood panel. 2006. Original is sold. (I am searching for the digital scan for prints)
Ahhh.... let me just say right now that I am VERY EXCITED. About four years ago, I fell in love with encaustic painting. There is something about the process of melting wax and carving, inscribing and transforming it into visual stories that just makes my heart sing. It's almost like cooking or... alchemy. And once I got started with it, I never wanted to stop.
But then I had to stop when I was pregnant with Annabelle... then Nicolas. And even before Nicolas, it just didn't seem feasible to paint with hot wax in an unventilated apartment in NYC with a toddler sharing my studio. And, over time, I put encaustic painting out of my mind. My style, though -- even using gel medium & acrylics -- did retain some of this influence.
Now, though, something very wonderful has happened. I've realized that I finally have a space to create my encaustic work again, and -- as a belated birthday present- -my husband has kindly helped me to re-furbish the tools that I left in Venice & sold in Melissa Moss's going away garage sale. The equipment arrived today, and I am looking forward to this renewed adventure.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Small Art Blocks at the Shop

I spent most of the day yesterday creating these sweet little prints on wood for my Etsy shop. They all measure 4.5x5 inches and arrive ready to hang on the wall. These were my biggest sellers at the gallery in Venice, but I made them in a smaller size to accomodate smaller budgets this year. If you don't see your favorite, you can order a custom piece from me here.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

2010 Wall Calendars are Here!

2010 wall calendars featuring 12 of my paintings are now on sale at my Etsy shop.
In a very uncharacteristic move, I actually created 2010 calendars that are ready to purchase right now. Usually I think to myself, "hmmm... wouldn't it be a great idea to do a calendar this year?" sometime around December 15. And that is why this is my very first calendar. If you want one, though, please order quickly as there are only 16 left! I should have made more... but the limited quantity just makes them more special, I think.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Harvest Moon Tonight... So Beautiful

Harvest Moon - 8x10 inch print. Available here on Etsy.
Tonight is the Harvest Moon, and it is just so darned beautiful as I gaze out my upstairs window. Is anyone else out there feeling particularly soulful this evening? It certainly has a magnetic energy. I hope, you, too are enjoying this gorgerous Fall gift.

Surf Shack

"Surf Shack" 5.5x5.5 inch original mixed media on wood painting. Click here to buy original.

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.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Sea Dunes

5.5x5.5 inch original mixed media painting on wood. Prints now for sale on Etsy.
(Original coming soon - I need to photograph it.)
This is the newest in the surf series -- #10! I was inspired by seeing these beautiful boards all laid out at the beach in Montauk. The real boards were pink & red, but there is something so refreshing about seaglass blue and green. It really captures the feeling of fresh sea air. Mmmm.... now if only I had some lobster.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Back to the Beach

"Last Ride" 5.5x5.5 inch original mixed media painting on wood.
I have decided to put the sweet little bear illustrations on hold until after Christmas when I have more time for their story (and when little Nicky bear starts school). In the meantime, I am continuing work on my surf series of paintings. This is #9 in the series, and will be available soon for sale on Etsy.