Wednesday, December 15, 2010

winter wind and present making

These are just a few of the projects that have been keeping me busy during this blustery cold fall/winter. Both experimental patterns using actual measurements, I managed to crochet a whole sweater dress and a small buttoned sweater for my dog. I have been very busy making presents as well.
And for the holidays, until December 31st if you use the coupon code holidaytreats1 you can get a 10% discount on anything in my etsy shop :)

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Finished paintings!

These are my finished paintings. Finally! They will slowly be available in my Etsy store. The paintings are all 5x7", India ink on gessoed wood panel. The titles are: "Two Suspicious People", "Two Joyful People", "Two Laughing People", "Pebbles Underwater", "Navigating Surprises" and "The Idea of Family." Send me a note if you would like to adopt any of these before they are posted on Etsy. And now to start making Christmas presents...

Monday, November 8, 2010

some new paintings

These are some paintings I have been working on lately. Back to India ink after an acrylic intermission. They are painted on the 5x7" gessoed wood panels that I love to work on with inks. I am playing around with a couple of characters in a few of them. They will be done soon, just some details here and there...

I have also been knitting a dress (for a while now), and crocheting a sweater for my dog--which is a work in progress. I like to switch between mediums and forms of creative activities. I really enjoy the rhythmic motion of knitting and crocheting, and weaving as well although I haven't woven anything for years. 

Sunday, November 7, 2010

events and adventures

I went on an art adventure recently for a Destination Journal
session with the amazing artist Dina Mack. Every Destination
Journal is a sensory adventure to inspire us to create works of art (and/or writing) in our journals. I have been working on mine for years now, rather sporadically, but these sessions are always perfect to get back into it. This time we went to The Spice and Tea Exchange.It was a surreal adventure full of exotic spice smells in every blend or pure form you could want. We sampled two distinct spice blends mixed in olive oil with little pieces of bread. After exploring the warm timeless environment we all spread our art supplies on picnic cloths on the floor and dove into our journals. I can't wait to go to the next one.

My journal that I work in is an old book of maps which I ripped the spine out of to accommodate all of the things I like to put in it. So now it is tied together with a black cord. I also carry around scraps of pictures and words in a cellophane envelope tucked into the cord on the front cover that Dina gave me at a past Destination Journal session. I paste, rip, draw, paint, make pockets and fill them up, write and fold.

I am also working on some new art, which I will hopefully post pics of soon.

Friday, September 3, 2010

What I Saw In My Dream

I never knew tigers could swim, or at least I didn't consciously, until my dream. It was so vivid of an image I had to paint it. I spent weeks looking at swimming tigers and tigers doing all sorts of things. They are such beautiful creatures. This is a 7x26" Acrylic on paper on board original painting. The image below is a detail.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Unity Tree

This month during third Thursday (an arts night downtown Orlando) Swamburger (of the local music group Soliloquists of Sound) organized a large street painting session. People were to bring a canvas and and easel to paint on with the theme of "Unity" in mind. It was a lot of fun, even though it rained off and on throughout the evening. I managed to cover the whole canvas with paint by 11:30 pm, but I still had a ways to go. Here is the finished painting a week after the event. It's acrylic on canvas, 16"x20".

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Acrylic Painting intermission

I have no idea why but lately I have had a craving to paint with acrylic paints. Maybe it's because I have spent a long stretch of time messing around with India Ink. I finally broke down the other day and did a couple of small acrylic paintings on cardboard. One is called: "Lollipop Tree Forest" and the other one is called "Pink Lollies". What can I say, I love circles. And candy. And childhood. And trees.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

The most recently adopted paintings...

just got delivered today! Thanks Alison for commissioning these underwater paintings. I had so much fun painting them and researching sea creatures that live around Florida. They are titled The Sea Beside Florida (1,2,3,4). The one at the top is a before pic, and below it is the finished painting. The next three are in progress images. I will have to post the finished ones of those another day. There is also a detail pic of the seahorses from the first largest painting. All of them are done in India ink on gessoed wood panel. The largest one is 24x36", then there is the turtle one which is 12x24", and the last two are both 9x12". These are the largest India Ink paintings I have done so far, and they were a great challenge as well as a joy to complete.
I am totally up for more commissions, so if you have something in mind that you think would work in India Ink with my style, contact  me and we can discuss it further.

Friday, July 30, 2010

I love architecture and fantasy, so when I saw this artist's work this morning I was really excited. Christina Shurt has amazing paintings with brilliant color combinations and thick, deliberate brush strokes. She combines memory with actual structures to form her paintings. The images remind me of dreams and old stories I read as a child. Somehow they have reminded me of Ray Bradbury and the way he describes places with nostalgic weavings of multi-sensory experiences.
I am holding my breath waiting to post some images of four paintings I have been working on the last few weeks. I was commissioned to paint underwater scenes and I had so much fun painting them and researching creatures who live in the sea. I deliver them tomorrow, so I will be able to share them after that.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

christmas in july sale!

So, for one week (July 17-July 25 ) I am having a sale on all of my paintings posted on Etsy. They were $35, but this week they are $30. Every day I will be posting one new painting for sale, so check back if you don't see anything you adore yet. Just think about it, you can get your Christmas shopping done now and not have to worry about it again. You don't even have to go anywhere, just click through images of paintings until you find one you want to adopt. Then you can enjoy your holiday with no worries about shopping.

One more thing. I do commissions now, so if you have something specific in mind, just send me a note and we can discuss details. I paint in colored India Ink on wood panels in a style like the ones you see here on my blog. I am in the middle of a commission now, but if you are planning way ahead, let me know.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

So, the egret painting is finished. I re-posted a picture of it when it was at the beginning stages. Then, above it is the image of the finished piece, titled "Everything is Connected".
The very first image is a bunch of paintings I have been working on which I will be selling tomorrow, Sunday, July 4 at the I4 fest going on at Austin's Coffee. There will be more than 20 bands playing, lots of art for sale, lots of good food and drinks for sale. It's just $5 to celebrate the 4th of July with so much going on! It should be fun. Check it out: I4 Fest. 12 am to 12 pm. See you tomorrow!

Monday, June 21, 2010

things i am working on

The painting with the branch in the middle of it is sitting on an easel and is nearly finished. It's of part of our house garden in the back yard. The title is "Where the Beans Will Grow", which is literally what it is. The lines attached to the branch in the middle are sisal strings which are connected to posts in the ground next to Lablab beans which will soon be growing up to the branch with the help of the string. The garden has already grown since I started this painting about a week ago. All edible food, all designed and created brilliantly by my brother Marabou (he also makes amazing videos, which you can watch on his youtube channel).

The painting with all of the random color and shape is the first layer of a painting in process which already has a second layer on it since this photo was taken. But since I have neglected my blog, I just had to post some new pics. I will be posting the in progress painting with new layers soon.

Also, both of these paintings are painted on wood panels which were rescued and recycled from my neighborhood. I am still working on refurbishing a few pieces of wood that I rescued from discarded furniture a couple weeks ago. I will hopefully be painting on those soon as well.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

detour for inspiration

I love maps. Have for a long long time. I bought this book (you are here) a long time ago, and just remembered it. I discovered this website today of artist Shannon Rankin, which reminded me of my love for maps.
When I lived in Colorado and I missed Nairobi so badly, I used to close my eyes and mentally travel around the city. I then drew maps of everything I could remember about the streets and roads of Nairobi. A few years ago I did a workshop where I ended up doing a series of abstract maps which were like a color and line representation of my day...where I went and how I felt were both reflected in the images. (You can see some examples of those in the images above).
Most recently I went to a workshop on journaling and ended up with an amazing old atlas full of maps to work in. Dina Mack, a local artist at the McRae Art Studios was the artist who generously donated the atlas to me in her workshop.

Monday, May 31, 2010

beautiful paintings

I just discovered a website of one of my former professors in college (Savannah College of Art and Design), Sandra Reed. She was completely inspirational and so encouraging. I remember at the end of one of our classes she showed us an amazing drawing she had done of a woman standing next to a tree with striking high contrast and brilliant highlights. Her paintings that she has on her site are wonderful as well. I am so inspired by architecture and the simple shapes that are found in them. Her paintings have such an ethereal light sense and capture a particular feeling that remind me of when I lived in Savannah, GA. The bridge paintings bring me back to the painting department at SCAD. Such a familiar sight, those large grey pillars under the bridge.
Here's the link to her site:

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

trading art

So, this amazing jewelry artist, Martin Greywolf Murphy and I traded art today. He adopted my painting "Elephant City" and I adopted his beautiful necklace, complete with a stone he collected on his travels. You have to check out his other jewelry! They are amazing pieces. Also, if you are in Orlando, check out his tent at the International Fringe Festival. He is selling all sorts of jewelry and musical instruments, and he is hosting some of my paintings that are also for sale (Thank you Greywolf!!)

Thursday, May 20, 2010

thanks shelley!

My painting "I remember you" was featured in Shelley Macdonald's blog in "the art of remembrance". Shelley also has an etsy shop with beautiful stainless steel and colored bead pieces (salad servers, cheese knives, desk sets, jewelry, etc). Actually they remind me of pieces sold in a little art shoppe I used to work in called Island Style. Many years ago they used to have a store in Orlando, but now you have to visit Key West or Sanibel Island. Sometimes just the word "remembering" sends me into a trance filled with streams of memories.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

sometimes sketching... the only thing to do. I am playing around with exaggerated figures and foreshortening with pencil. My next project is going to be hunting for recycled materials to paint on; pieces of old furniture, discarded wood, that sort of thing. I suppose the hunt will become a part of my process. Maybe I will document it.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

art continued...

I am still working on the same pieces, adding as I go. I am working to get ready for an Art Bizarre at Austin's Coffee in Orlando, FL next Friday from 6-9 pm. If you get a chance, you should swing by and check it out!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

the beginnings

A few first layers of paintings I started. Very much influenced by audio books and music and my subconscious mind, so far.

Monday, April 12, 2010

This is my most favorite part. The process of preparing the surface. Carefully painted white layers dry and are sanded with four grades of sand paper which get consecutively more fine. The process is very meditative. Each layer of paint gets the same sanding process. Usually I paint four or five layers of gesso to prep the surface. This is the best part because it is laying the groundwork for an infinite number of possibilities. Anything could happen on the surface of these panels. They are clean and smooth and finished, even though nothing has begun yet.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Title: Notice how the sun goes through the leaves.

Since I have moved, I have been enjoying walks around the neighborhood. I sometimes take my camera along in case I see something inspiring. This painting was born out of one of those walks. It is the same size as most of my others, 5x7", as well as in India ink and graphite. This is a finished piece, it just needs varnish.

Friday, February 26, 2010

after a long time of moving and getting my studio back together...

I finally have something to show you again. I have been working on a couple of pieces for two different shows, but I will post the second work tomorrow. This painting is for a local show called "Fall in Furniture Love". I just dropped it off today at the furniture store, Scan Design of South Orlando. This is the piece that I have submitted to the show. It is watercolor and India ink on stretched hot press watercolor paper. The dimensions are 28x28".

The show will take place on:

March 11 from 6-9 pm
4045 South Kirkman Road Orlando FL 32811

I have included a link below. Hope you can make it!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Art House Sketchbook Project

So excited! Just got word that my sketchbook arrived safely and will be joining tons of other sketchbooks ! Here's a link about it, and there are tons of photos of the boxes and piles of sketchbooks they received:

Sunday, January 24, 2010

self portrait

So, I haven't drawn from life in a very long time--almost a year or more. I decided to attempt another self portrait instead of looking for other faces or driving across town to the figure drawing open studio. Feel free to point out any parts that you think look strange at I said, I am a bit rusty. It's graphite on paper (my 7"x7" sketchbook). I hope this is at the very least an amusing break from all of my ink paintings, it was for me.

Monday, January 18, 2010

the continuing saga of these three paintings

Here we are again, with the same three images from yesterday. I am still working on these three simultaneously. I am happy with what's going on with the colors in this first one, but the subject matter is a debatable subject in itself. This one may take a radical turn, just like the earthworms have (see below).

So, the earthworms decided to be flying stingrays, after many reincarnated dreams. This one is very near the end of it's story.

I am contemplating words in this one (below). For some reason, most of the ink paintings and drawings I did on paper included words and scribbles, but when I started working on the wood panels it became more about images. The strange thing about these works is that I so wish to keep a fluid spontaneity, so stopping to ask if words should be in there or not seems really trite and planned. Of course, I think about the process, and stop to look at what I like and don't like about what is happening, but within each session or formal layer I still want it to have the energy of a freshly flung colored emotional outburst. Writing about it now, I guess I will wait to see if the words decide to arrive during my next session.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

It's been slow...

...getting back into my painting after focusing so intently on making Christmas presents, and then on other everyday living tasks. However, I have managed to start a new painting, and have been fooling around with the other two I started before. The breakfast one is in a strange place, suspended in mid-sentence visually. I like that textures are being built up and certain colors are becoming subdued but this one is a tug of war piece that I am in an argument with at the moment. (the first image below)

The earthworms (below) are starting to tell their own story, which actually seems more like some sort of dream they are having. This piece might turn out to be only their dream, I haven't decided if they are staying in the picture or not. The layers of color are starting to get interesting, though.
This is my newest piece(below), so far simple happy canaries . The colors are what I will be focusing on as far as this one evolves. You never know, though, lines sometimes beg you to tell a different story than how they were first presented.
I went to a fabulous art show today called Maidens and Monsters. It was all pulp fiction illustrations, fantasy and sci fi. So inspiring to see the dramatic figures and compositions. A lot of them were ink drawings and gouache(which I would like to start experimenting with now...or soon). So much detail and precision. Amazing art.