Friday, December 21, 2012


it is not the end of the world
it is just beginning

the house is decked in greenery 
ready to welcome the light of longer days
with prayers for a brighter future 
love to all

Tuesday, December 18, 2012


From Kelsey Loomer's blog Sweet Mess, I found words of comfort in light of the darkness of the week.

image by Kelsey Loomer

The Peace of Wild Things

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be, 
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water. and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come to the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

~Wendell Berry

a cold wet day in December

a view from my studio

pine silhouette/detail of a new start

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Friday, November 30, 2012

pages and news

A few November journal entries

I just finished teaching my journalling class,
 I miss my students!  
I hope to share some of their work here when I get the go ahead.

Ideas are percolating for a big project in the new year,
some new workshops and teaching as well.

I'll be launching a give away in January to mark my
4th anniversary on this blog,
Stay tuned for details! 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

first frost

20x20" oil, silver leaf on panel

chilly days and colder nights
the water is freezing in the chicken run
my trusty heater is keeping the studio warm
these are some quiet days for working
before the winter holidays

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Lost and Found

I came across this via Keri Smith this morning and it moved me to tears. I saw in these women younger and  braver versions of myself.  Women who were able to speak honestly to the ever conflicting notion of what it means to find room for children, paint, love, and laundry. Please watch and share with each other, the dialogue is just beginning.  I am so looking forward to this film!

Monday, November 12, 2012

the last warm day of fall

November 12th
It is nearly sixty degrees outdoors. 
I am going to hop on my bike for an hour or so to pedal around on this beautiful day.  

the last warm day
oil with silver leaf
Work in the studio is picking up again after taking time for other important things this fall.  
I am pleased with this piece.  It feels direct.  
I am realizing it doesn't always have to be so complicated- paintings or life that is. 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Hello November

I just wanted to say that all are safe and accounted for 
even though most are still in the dark

there is spectacular color amidst the grey day

Monday, October 29, 2012


today I am watching the trees in my backyard
some still full of leaves
they are only just beginning to bend at their crowns in the outer reaches of Sandy's winds
the rakes are put away
the chickens' run is covered
the kids are being sent home early from school
its the kind of weather that makes me uneasy

anemophobia- fear of wind
ombrophobia- fear of rain
lilapsophobia- fear of tornados and hurricanes
(i am thinking titles for a new series of paintings)

mostly today I am thinking about my family and friends and folks further south
I hope everyone stays safe

Saturday, October 27, 2012

black and white and red all over

another peek into the sketchbook: gouache, ink, collage, fabric tape, black gesso

Monday, October 22, 2012

snail mail

these postcards are going out today to two far away creative soul sisters

bound for North Carolina

flying to Mississippi

Thursday, October 18, 2012

what a difference a day makes

Beech Hill 


Tuesday, October 16, 2012


I've started teaching my visual journalling class to ten lovely women on Friday mornings.   Today I spent the day in my own studio using the processes we've covered so far for a little show and tell on how to put it all together:  gouache, tape transfer, gelatin prints, diy rubber stamps, collage, lettering, stamped tape, and indulged in some yet to be taught: "gold" leafing, fabric tape, marbled paper...It was a good way to spend the day as fat raindrops fell on the studio skylights.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

my dry spell is over

no real excuse for the hiatus in completing anything; but it felt good to get there this morning.
10x10" acrylic and gouache on panel

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

found treasure

road side find:
sturdy old table with a history of its own has been invited to my studio and is the perfect support for  journalling

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

be a part of something big

I am excited to be a part of the Sketchbook Project 2013, and my nifty little book arrived today in the mail!  Its not too late to order one for yourself.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

getting ready...

for a trip out to the "other" Portland for a visit and a family wedding
to teach a visual journalling class this October at the
Farnsworth Art Museum

to start knitting again in the cooler months ahead
getting down to business in my studio

Friday, September 14, 2012

summer was...

fresh vegetables and flowers from the garden
laundry on the line
new puppies to train
reading in the afternoons
baking a wedding cake
visiting with friends and family
hiking coast lines
sailing the bay
a happy daughter at camp
swimming in the lake
driving to bike races
working adventures for my son
and thinking about my lonely studio and looking forward to fall

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

hello June!

The skies are still rainy-grey and cold in Maine, 
here is what's blooming today

from the garden

from the studio

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Last night on my drive home,

Sunset over Lake Megunticook

I had to stop.

Monday, May 21, 2012

friends and family

It is a glorious monday in Maine, the breezy air is sweet with the sea and the spring blooms are electric against the dark earth.  It is a day that is hard to be inside.  I want to be out, digging or pedaling or hiking, but that will come later.  For today, I wanted to share some sites of friends and family who have new or new-ish on line presences.  Please visit their sites and share your thoughts!

i just got this buckle in time for spring

First I will introduce you to my lovely sister-I-never-had-in-law, Andrea.  Andrea lives in Rhode Island, is married to my brother (no small feat), is a mom to three young darlings, caring guidance counselor by day, and super crafty by night!  Andrea makes fun belt buckles that you always want just one more of.  Andrea sells on etsy and at local craft fairs in New England.  Here is her etsy.

I want this

Next, one of my dearest friends Julia.  Julia and I met when my daughter was just barely two weeks old, almost 15 years ago.  Like Andrea, Julia is a married mother of three, and hers are, gasp, teenagers!  She works full time at the Family Place in Norwich, Vermont with their Families Learning Together Program.  She is a long time jeweler and I LOVE her work.  In fact most of what I wear on my fingers and ears and neck is made by Julia.  She also has taught some of her Moms to make a line of jewelry at the Family Place.  See her new web site- it has links to her etsy, her work at The Family Place, and also work by her two daughters Elsa and Grace.

2011 xmas card, Chris Purdin

Finally today, husband and wife team of Chris and Emily Purdin.  This creative couple met at the Savannah School of Art and Design, fell in love, got married (pulled off a very beautiful, creative, personal wedding) moved to the other Portland (Oregon), had a little Gus and a bunch of chickens!  Chris is an illustrator/animator and we are all wait anxiously for his funny xmas cards every year.  He's worked on TV, film and print, and is working on his own book(S) as well in his spare time. Here is his website.

hedge hog hiker logo- Emily Purdin

Emily is one of my very few girl cousins and she is a textile/seamstress Goddess. Emily has designed fabrics, made a line of lampshades and accessories for children's rooms and is now focusing on a line of children's clothing called Hedgehog Hiker-inspired by the needs of kids living in the pacific northwest-staying warm and dry and looking fab!  

I hope you enjoy taking a peek into these sites and share them as you will!!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

another small panel

I'm making some more mixed media one day pieces
the marbled paper in this was made by moi as well

Monday, May 7, 2012

messing around

sometimes I draw
sometimes I paint
sometimes I print
sometimes I collage

but usually not all at the same time

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

charting new waters

its been chilly, rainy, misty, foggy
gulls squawking overhead 
the air is full of the sea
i love that smell

living on the coast of Maine
you might think that more of my art 
would have a nautical theme to it....

while I try out some new imagery, 
my little one ( in blue)
flies through the water at her first high school regatta
so much fun!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

my sometimes day job

I have been working though out the school year on a really fun project involving printmaking, middle schoolers and my favorite art teacher Kristen Andersen.  Kristen and I collaborated together on the Alphabet Project.  The goal of this project was to have each student contribute 2 letters to our alphabet. As part of an ongoing effort to improve the vocabulary of our students, Principle Maria Libby and Literacy Coach Michelle Gabrielsen have been working to introduce grade academic vocabulary (GAV) throughout the year.  In a spring celebration at the school, we will be using the letters created in our yearlong project to highlight as many of the words as possible in a temporary installation in the school’s main corridor. 

Students learned various methods of printmaking throughout the year.  We covered gelatin prints, linoleum prints, collographs and monotypes with collage.  The students learned about illuminated manuscripts, transferring their images in reverse, the use of printing tools and a printing press, positive and negative space, color theory and texture.  For a student exhibit this week at the CMCA, we chose to spell out words inspired by the creativity we see in the students everyday in the classroom.

The Alphabet Project was funded through a grant from Youth Arts, a non-profit organization I am involved with here in Maine.

back home

to lovely afternoon light
casting long shadows across the yard

settling back into routine
walk, studio, garden, bike
and taxi service

highlight of our college tour week:
an early morning bike ride with my man-child

Saturday, April 14, 2012

signs of spring

porch mornings

green lace on the hillsides
birds and peepers busy in song

colors just emerging in the garden

time to take a moment
it will be over in a minute

I'm off next week 
taking my eldest to visit colleges
having just survived 
the first 'parent drive' of many

time to take a moment
it will be over in a minute