Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Be Yourself

"Be Yourself" 7.5x7.5 inch original acrylic painting on wood.

This is a new piece I finished today. It's a bit of a departure from my usual mixed media work, but I had the phrase "be yourself" running through my mind (I swear my paintings these days are probably more influenced by Nogin than anything else!), so I figured I would do something creative with it. :) If you can't indulge your whims as an artist, then where can you?
My favorite part about this painting is the way the wood of the support has become the tone of the little girl's face. I enjoyed this technique so much that I might just do my whole family with little slogans on each of their shirts. You'll be the first to know if this plan comes to fruition...
It's kind of fun to compare this new piece with some of my earlier work. Here is a portrait I did of my friend, Autumn Macintosh, several years ago based on a photo I took of here looking out the window in Venice.

"Autumn Meditation" 16x20 oil on canvas (original is sold).

The two of these paintings are so different, but they are both about the imagination and childhood in many ways. And, as in most of my paintings, there is an element of the surreal within the real.

Friday, February 20, 2009

A Few Favorite Wings and Things...

"Butterfly Garden" 8x10 Fine Art Print by Irine Suchocki
"Dancing Butterflies Leotard" by Whimsy Ranch

"Brimstone, handmade felt butterfly brooch" by Lupin

Thinking about butterflies today, I found these butterfly treasures by wonderful ETSY artists. How beautiful are these?? I've added a broader collection to my ETSY favorites, too, for all of you butterfly fans out there.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

The Time of the Butterfly

"Thoughts into Butterflies" 7.5x7.5 inch mixed media acrylic on wood.
I had the idea for this painting yesterday, and it was one of those images that leapt to my mind fully formed. That happens sometimes, and I find that it always has a certain significance. For this one, I think that it has something to do with the very transformative time in which we're living. The banks are failing, people are losing their jobs, and every day reveals another ponzi-like scam of mammoth proportions. Yet despite this avalanche of bad news, it is also a time which can't help but initiate change, and hopefully rebirth. If 2008 was the year of the owl, then I hope that 2009 will be the time of the butterfly.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Hug Day

"Hug Day" 7x7 inch mixed media on wood.
I'm very happy to share this new painting with you today --especially because I know how much most of us can use a hug right now if we've been watching the news (or even if we haven't). Sometimes a simple hug can feel like medicine to the soul.
I'm sending you a hug right now wherever you are, whatever you are doing.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Annabelle's Valentines

Ta-da! They're finished. Today I transformed Annabelle's beautiful sheets of handmade paper into valentine cards. The one above is for her little brother who she probably loves more than everyone put together. As I survey our work, I kind of think I went a tad overboard, but this IS the first year that she's been able to even hold a tube of paint in order to make something, so I got very excited about our little collaborative project! The best thing is that she really made the hearts herself, and she did such a great job.
Here are some more samples of the finished products. Now I suppose I should get back to work on some of my own creations.... :)

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Let Love Rule

"LOVE" (4) 3x3 inch paintings on wood. Click here to buy original.
We returned to France almost a month ago, and I have finally been able to complete this litle 4-plex of paintings in time for Valentine's Day. I usually do quite a few small pieces for this love-filled holiday, but this year I'm a bit behind since it took so long to recover from our French jet-lag. Really, I recovered quickly, but the two babies didn't quite remember how to sleep until recently! It just amazes me that children need "learn" how to sleep -- just give me a pillow and silence, and I'm a sleep phenom. :)
Anyway, I adored creating these pieces and love the fact that you can stack them, hang them or set them on any surface...infusing almost any spot with a nice dose of love!
I promise to post some pictures of France soon. My favorite town that we visited was Senlis, and I took some beautiful photos there of this charming and romantic town.