Tuesday, July 21, 2015

and the fog rolled in

Personally, I love the fog, it takes me back to my very early childhood, having spent many a day stuck on a boat with my family  waiting for the fog to lift.  

While we sat on our mooring, my brother and I would pretend to be puppies on the foredeck, or get into mischief like making “peanut butter” out of cocktail peanuts and the last stick of  butter.  My nine year old self was certain this was how it was made. While we waited, my mother would try to keep us occupied and quiet so my Dad could listen to the NOAA forecast in hopes of leaving the harbor.  She came up with all sorts of crafty things to keep us occupied.  One year she made me an actual corn husk doll and I spent the remainder of the trip fashioning clothes out of our limited supply of paper towels and learning to tie knots with my Dad so I could make belts for the doll.  Another time she gave us the used tin foil and made a whole forest of little animals to play with.  When I think back on those days I definitely remember bowing over the rail and feeling seasick, but I also remember discovering ways to make things with whatever was at hand.  I think that is why now all these years later I still enjoy making things and playing with whatever new materials I can get my hands on.

oil on panel with...glitter 24x24"

I hope you are all getting to tap into that playful side of yourselves this summer. Whether it be in the studio, or kitchen or garden or beach, find something new to mess around with!

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

lighten up

This morning I changed the background on the blog and it feels like I've lifted the curtain off of winter for good. I like the bright white background and think it reflects the ease of my summer days dividing time between family, friends, studio and garden- oh and biking and reading and swimming and yoga.... Summer here in Maine is so brief yet so full that you just don't want to waste a minute. Here are a few scenes from around the homestead this past month.

Monday, July 6, 2015

what's new

Well, there's lots to talk about.  July kicked of with a little birthday, HBD 18th to my bestie daughter, a little sun, a little rain, a little visit from Boston pals, plus a little fireworks, eating, hiking and swimming.  Now, Monday morning I am back at it.  For the upcoming show in August at The Cynthia Winings Gallery up in Blue Hill, Maine, I think I've got another one ready to go. 

red lines 16x16, oil on panel

I also was just offered a solo show in January of 2016!  Its a ways off but still exciting news to share. It will be at the AVA Gallery in Lebanon, NH.  

And lastly I am thinking of more ways to connect with the arts community both near and far.  I will be launching a Facebook page to keep folks up to date on studio visit days, mini workshops and other arts events I find interesting in my neck of the woods.  Stay tuned for a link!