Friday, December 31, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
This is a new piece -- a commission - that I finished yesterday. This is one of my all-time favorite commissions because the woman I created it for had such a poetic and clear way of explaining the story behind the painting she wanted me to dream up. This piece is for her daughter (she actually has paintings of mine for several children), and it is meant to represent her transition from school to life ahead. So I imagined her as a bird leaving the safety of her little loving birdcage in the woods to fly to new heights in the big city. I added little touches like the ruler, pencil and half-filled out standardized scoring sheet to symbolize her school days .... though you can't see it too well here, the pencil is drawing out the word "dream." As a final touch, I added a 'diamond' (well a rhinestone!) in the sun in honor of the recipient's birthstone for April. :)
Monday, December 13, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
"Life With You" by Claire Ishino
Though we have only two entries this FAF, I am so honored to display this gorgeous piece by Claire beside my own rendition of 'gratitude.' Claire writes in her blog that her submission was inspired by gratitude for life with her husband and children. The way she has placed the two teacups alongside a blooming flower reminds me of the healing power of simple rituals and acts of kindness. Thank you, Claire, for sharing your work!
My own piece was inspired by gratitude for the simple joys we find in life. These are like rays of sunshine that warm our quiet days.
I hope that you and your family found much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving as well!
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Friday, November 5, 2010
My new "Forever Falling Tree" personalized pendant necklaces are now available at my Etsy shop.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010
I've also just posted the original Autumn in New York painting on my etsy site. It's now for sale here.
Wishing you and your family a happy and safe Halloween!!
Friday, October 29, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
And, less joyously, I have decided to forgo Found Art Friday this month as I am completely and utterly overwhelmed. No other way to put it. :( I so adore puting the FAFs together, but Halloween, my upcoming show (post on that coming soon) and, of course, getting ready for the holidays, I barely have time to sleep. But please don't abandon FAF. There will be one next year, and, in honor of Thanksgiving, the theme for November will be GRATITUDE. :)
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Yay! My 2011 Calendars are here, and I think they are the prettiest calendars I have produced so far. I've titled 2011, "You Are Wonderful" because it's exactly how I feel about anyone who would buy a calendar featuring 13 of my paintings! Also, I think it's a nice cover for a gift - who doesn't smile when opening a calendar that says you're wonderful?!
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
This is my brand new encaustic piece -- it features the Brooklyn Bridge with a view of Manhattan. It took me about a million years to paint the sky and stars just right with wax. Plus I dripped clear wax downward onto the painting for a 'falling star' feeling. I really love this one... not sure about my favorite part, but it may just be the groovy water that I added at the last minute.
Friday, September 24, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Friday, September 3, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
"To the Sea" video by Christophe. (Our fist trip together to Robert Moses State Park - Long Island)
WOW. What can I say? Look at all the fabulous entries or this month's "To the Sea" and "Sea-Green" Found Art Friday and Creative Color Challenge (courtesy of Louise Gale)! I had the most fun reading through all of your blog posts about creating these pieces. There were so many techniques used! I am so impressed by everyone's work, and it was heartwarming to meet so many new blogger artists due to my collaboration with Louise.
I do want to add a little note about my own process here, too. As you can see, I submitted a digital photo this time. This was actually a last minute choice after throwing out not 1 but 2 encaustic pieces based on the same image. I thought I would try out using encaustic wax on top of a digital photo, but, honestly, I hated the result. I like to think that I can fix any piece of art with enough effort, but this was the exception. And it got me thinking about a few things. First of all, there are some things we simply cannot fix (in paintings and in life). Not everything is meant to be. And, secondly, I am a much better artist when I use my imagination or try to tell a story than when I just go with pure aesthetics. So this Friday, I "found" not only a lot of new artwork & artists to admire, but an important lesson about my own voice. Truly a useful exercise!!
Thank you all so very much for participating. If you would like to join us again next month, our theme here for FAF is CHANGE.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
To participate in Found Art Friday, either blog about your "To the Sea" piece and send me a link (or just a jpeg if you don't have a blog) by Thursday August 26th. For Louise's blog, create your piece using Sea Green with the theme "To The Sea" and either blog about it or post your image to her flickr group by Thursday Aug 26th .
To learn more about the Sea Green Color Challenge, visit Louise's post on the subject.
To send me a link to your "To the Sea" artwork, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org! I look forward to seeing your creations!!
Friday, August 20, 2010
I first heard about this movie on my friend Marisa's blog last year. Then, today at the pool (our last glorious day of vacation!), I met a lovely mom who said she went to see Babies in Brooklyn Heights and was astounded to see so many moms with their transfixed babies in the audience. With not much else to do this evening, I decided to rent Babies for Annabelle (3) and Nicky (2). Well, it was truly amazing. I have never posted about a film here on my blog. But I cannot resist sharing my children's reaction to this movie. Nicky never watches TV, but he and his sister sat riveted for 40 minutes watching this story of 4 globally different babies' first years. It was SO cool. I had to drag them away for bedtime. Nicky even tried to explain to his Papa over the phone about the film. He said "paint. paint. babies" and rubbed his head -- illustrating the way that the African mom painted her baby's head red.