Love letters. Setting up my installation at the Bazemore Gallery for my 2016 show, “Tender Missives”. This piece included hundreds of historically accurate and researched love letters from figures in history throughout the centuries. As part of the installation visitors were asked to write their own and add it. This was a really challenging project for me, getting outside my comfort zone of 2 dimensional painting into something interactive. Hose letters took forever to create, but it truly is amazing how things come together when you put your mind to an end result.
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When I got this studio, it was white rough walls, exposed beams and was quite literally a blank canvas…anything has within it the choice for renewal, and can be made new and beautiful! Art is an outer song of the inner mind…an artist turns their mind inside out when making each piece. What do you want to make beautiful in your life today? Every corner, when tended with attention, can be transformed, in our spaces as well as in our lives.
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This 5″ x 7″ oil on panel study was made in preparation for a larger painting with the same subject matter. Did you know that Coco Chanel was a milliner (hat maker) before she began making dresses? She had her own shop, called “Chanel Modes.”
Message if interested in this piece! Done while studying at the Grand Central Atelier.
“Washing Ashore,” a recent plein air painting done in Ocean City NJ! I wanted to capture the peace and feeling of eternity in the ocean. Oil on canvas, 20″ x 24.” Email email@example.com if interested in this piece.
A detail for a work in progress on my easel right now. Taking inspiration from royal portraiture. I am so grateful to collectors who commission pieces that allow creative freedom–so thankful for that trust in my creative vision. It is humbling and makes me want to do my best. I had to capture the little rainbow on the piece this afternoon (see it in the lower left corner?) sparkling from the studio window. Looking forward to revealing the whole piece. If you are interested in commissioning your own piece, email me your idea at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear about it!
Beauty and texture and life encircled and distilled within a frame…sparkles and glimmers, rough paint that feels like sand and brilliant glimmers like dewdrops. Butterflies (humanely harvested after their natural life cycle) captured and preserved in this piece. “Morning,” a mixed media I recently created…email me at email@example.com if you are interested in purchasing this piece.
Treasure each moment in the stream of time, for once you pass this way, the water is always different, always moving ,always new, even if you dip your hand in the same place. The only constant is change. Find peace in the moving rhythm of time by soaking in each moment’s beauty and feeling its wonder or pain fully. Then your life will be really full, extraordinary in its depth of experience, even if not what the world may deep accomplished. There is an integrity and quiet happiness when you savor each moment, that you can take with you whenever you go. Doing small things with great attention. Here, a picture from the Loire Valley, France in a pink-paneled room I loved staying in earlier this month. And today in the USA, watching the lightning for a moment out my window before painting. What small things give you great joy in life?
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Ohh April! My very favorite time of the year is when the cherry blossoms are out in full bloom, and the great long stretch of summer is out before us in glorious, warm possibility. I spent some time this week painting the cherry blossoms and happily reveling in their heavenly beauty… I was in the park almost every day! Check out my time lapse of the painting done and a few of my other pieces. Send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in collecting any of these oil sketches.
White top and pink skirt: Forever 21. Lavender dress: true vintage. Blue dress: Urban Outfitters. Floral dress: true vintage. Striped top: Lucy Paris. Hats: Forever 21. Sunglasses: Green Street Consignment.
Which is your favorite look? What about favorite cherry blossom painting?
I can’t leave without posting the most epic floral painting ever. “The Roses is Heliogabalus” by Sir Lawrence Alma Tadema. Enjoy! Until next time,
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This month I am lucky enough to be living in a Philadelphia zip code, so am eligible to participate in the Barnes Foundation and Mural Arts competition and exhibition at the Barnes Foundation, called “Let’s Connect Philly.” It’s a really cool idea– artists are to pick one piece that inspires them (I picked Renoir) and do a small piece inspired by it! During the exhibition (in May–June) the public can go and vote on their favorite pieces, with the winning artists getting a residency and stipend at the Barnes! Needless to say I’m very excited to enter! Above is a time lapse for the first 7 hours of painting I’ve done on my piece. It’s not done yet, but when it is, I’ll post a side by side of the piece by Renoir that inspired me and my own.
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It’s always the first day that it goes the quickest. After that, it is all about refining the details. Here is a unicorn painting inspired by my visit to the Met Cloisters and seeing “The Hunt of the Unicorn”. Click the video to see the time lapse!
You could spend forever on a painting, but it’s all about the quality and focus of the time you spend on it. Blocking out all other distractions and focusing all your mind and skill on the painting is like a meditation practice. I am always surprised by how much more quickly and better quality work comes out of a painting session when I’m in this state! I read a book once that described this state as “flow.” Perhaps it deserves a post of its own!
This painting I’m currently working on, “Magical Creatures,” is not completed, so be on the lookout for another post about the finished painting.
In the meantime, my recent painting after Fragonard, ” The Chase,” is completed, with a limited edition print run available in my shop. The prints turned out beautifully…every little brushstroke is captured in detail, and each one is on acid free archival quality paper that is velvety and smooth. Hand signed by me! To grab yours, click here.