Monday, August 11, 2014

that was fun

photo credit to my young friend Eliot Grigo

This weekend we held our second ever Pearl Street Open Studios.  We had a nice turn out of friends and supporters of the arts coming through our work spaces. So often our life's work finds us behind studio doors, listening to music or a book on tape, drinking too much coffee, and creating our work in solitude.  The opportunity to share comes in many ways.  Some of us get to show in galleries, some of us teach, some get out to lectures and other arts related events, and that all takes an effort-one that is secondary (and often intimidating) to the effort of making the work itself.  So to all of you that came to see us, to encourage us, and just to bear witness to what we do, a heart felt thanks goes out to each of you.  

Monday, July 28, 2014

small wonders

number 45 in the 50|fifty series

Friday, July 25, 2014

a surprise


This is what happened in the studio yesterday.  It is somewhat of a departure from my usual work.  I returned from a week long workshop on the cape last week ( more about that in another post ) with my brain feeling a little upside down and backwards.  It had been a long time since I have had that much input and concentrated time to focus on just my painting.  Getting back to the 'real world" was, I have to admit, a little intimidating.  My studio feels oddly quiet and empty this week, but I think I just had one of those 'dance like no one's watching' moments and I like it!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

open studio next month

In a few short weeks I will be hosting my annual open studio event.  In the mean time my studio is a mess of half completed projects, piles and unfinished paintings.  My neighbor and painter friend Mike Rich will be showing his encaustic paintings across the street in his studio and my dearest friend Julia Dickenson will be bringing her jewelry to show in my space.  Photographer Tilman Crane is another neighbor who will open his doors that same weekend as well.  We have a pretty creative neighborhood.  I have a lot to do to prepare, including getting rid of the growing pile of yard sale/dump items in my carriage house so you can actually get to the door of my studio.... I love how a looming deadline can kick things into high gear.  

Monday, July 7, 2014

what happens when time flies...

...other aspects of life get attended to

you plant the garden and eat strawberries
you paint the kitchen
you ride 50 miles to celebrate the start of the next half century
you turn fifty amongst your dearest friends
you start a new series of 50 small paintings
you are compelled to stitch things together
you walk the dogs early along the docks
you relish the company of your first summer houseguests
you get new some new chicks to raise
you welcome home your eldest after his first year of college
you cringe when your daughter goes off on her first road trip
you find yourself pacing in the studio
you plan the next open studio and classes for fall
you promise yourself to start blogging again soon

...and here I am

Friday, April 18, 2014

spring thaw, ice out

At last the ice has left our yard and there are familiar spots of purple appearing through the mud.  
I think I am done with this one for now....

spring thaw
oil on canvas, 38x38"

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

april showers bring flooded basements!

Oh the rain!

But there are a few other things happening in the great indoors this month.  I love the first page of a new sketchbook- it always holds the promise of a new chapter of productivity in the studio!  My first page has a quote that inspired me,  "to be surprised after a day of anxious painting is a joy".  Forgive me as I have forgotten the source!

The days here have been filled with rain and sloppy mud, a bit of warmer mornings, boiling sap, chopping ice, teaching classes, studio time, sewing and french lessons! ( I am visiting Paris soon!).  Below are some images of a larger piece that is still evolving.  It is feeling a bit more like a landscape than most of my usual compositions.  I think I am just embracing the ever present color white this spring.

Monday, March 31, 2014

marching on

Close your eyes and listen.  
Spring in Maine sounds better than it looks.


Saturday, March 8, 2014

International Women's Day

Many months back I came across a trailer for the film, Lost in Living. Today, the film is being streamed live in honor of International Women's Day.  If you are a mom and an artist, writer, or maker you may find some solace in knowing that you are not alone.  Celebrate your creative self and click on the link to watch the entire film today.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

seeing red

Looking up in winter is one of the few places to experience vibrant color outdoors.  Some mornings are rewarded with the most intense red in the sky.  Just five minutes after I took this photo, the sky reverted to a grey which persisted throughout the day.  It was worth that early morning wake up from the dogs.

Hibernating away over the last couple of weeks in the snowy confines of Maine, I have pulled out my sewing machine and needles and thread for a bit of handwork.  Sometimes coffee and piecework next to a fire or in front of a movie seem to be a better option than sitting on a hard stool surrounded by the smell of oil paints in a chilly studio. 

A dress made from a red chambray, knocked off from one in a fancier fabric that I'd purchased last year.  It was the first time that I'd ever copied a dress, and happily it worked out just right!  I made the dress on the machine, but hand stitched the neckline and key hole at back.

This is an old treasure that I found in a thrift store years ago.  It has served as inspiration for many a sewing project.

A throw-sized blanket pieced with old cashmere sweaters and backed with a beautiful voile print.  Entirely hand sewn.  L doesn't understand not using the machine to sew, but I find there is something very meditative about making every stitch by hand.  Perfect for staying warm during the 'arctic vortex'!