Lake Farmhouse: Side Porch (and My Painting Process)

I have a personal history/relationship with this particular farmhouse. So, naturally I want to paint it from all angles. (I first painted it here)  I painted this two days ago and snapped images during the process… 1. I toned the primed canvas with burnt umber (all work is done in acrylics), then sketched the image […]

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“Ode to Summer” Painting Small with Acrylics

This past weekend I reviewed all of the photos I’ve taken since…are you ready?…2013. It took awhile. I was searching for subject matter for painting and reference. SO MANY PHOTOS! The entire review inspired me to break out my DSL camera. In truth it really isn’t my fault it’s been delegated to the back burner. With […]

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Wisteria and Old Shacks Go Together Like…

peanut butter and jelly? Okay, it’s a stretch. But when you’re talking about a drool worthy scene to paint, this ranks right up there – sunshine, shadows, ratty old wood and flowers that practically drip from the trees. I mean, really. With this puppy I decided to pull out my Winsor Newton Oils and what […]

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Tea Time

Last weekend I treated our recently graduated from college daughter to a girl’s weekend at the beach. Honestly, it was a more than a bit of a treat for me as well since we’re not beach people and, therefore, rarely go. When we weren’t partaking of some sort of food or beverage, we were beach […]

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Painting Small and Simple

Lately, I’ve become enamored with painting small and simple. It began with watercolors, the medium I’m most familiar with, and from there it meandered through gouache to acrylics. The painting above is of a very old farmhouse just outside of Charlotte, North Carolina. My own love affair with this place began over 35 years ago! […]

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Spring Cleaning and Found Treasures

It started small and innocent enough in my cosmetics drawer. Then it moved into my closet. Eventually nothing else mattered. It was like I was possessed. I became… crazy, once or twice a year, spring cleaning lady. Once I finished with the house stuff I moved on to the studio. Not kidding you when I […]

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Cactus Rose

I snapped an image with my iPhone yesterday and posted it on Instagram asking, “Is it finished?” Once of my biggest issues when painting is knowing when to walk away. I have learned over the years that if I have that question, walk away then return to reassess. What’s your take on the subject? The […]

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Art Supply Organization for Travel and Home

In the recent Artful Blogging article, I discussed my new practice of keeping an art duffle on hand both at home and for traveling.    Of course, I’m not talking about carrying supplies on busy vacations or short trips – in that case, I just toss what I need into my backpack and head out. […]

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block printing on linen…

If you follow along on Instagram, you may have seen that my little carved blocks are being put to the test on something other than sketchbook paper. Using recycled linen, I stamped haphazardly on one and orderly on the other. I am now addicted and see summer totes, crossbody bags, block and stenciled prints in […]

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from the studio: pattern play…

After using a patterned piece of leather to create the front pocket on a new handbag, I suddenly became aware of patterns surrounding me. Notice the beautifully patterned pocket? Oh, how I wish I had more of that. I just had one treasured little piece. This leather crossbody will hit the shop later this week.

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from the studio…

Wanted to post a studio update to confirm the best of intentions as this week has unfolded with a sick cat (she’s drugged but feeling much better) and a dirty house (not much progress there). But… I found the last bit of this beautiful tapestry styled fabric and decided to combine it with a distressed […]

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from the studio…

After a week of radio silence, I’m beginning to peek out from under the covers. Last week we negotiated and bought a mountain cabin (yay!!) and hosted a house full for the holidays. Full house as in all beds were taken, sofas were utilized as well as the floor – full. We had a blast. […]

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