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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Brave Girl Work...

Good Morning Blog Friends!
I am hoping today finds you very well.
Although I have been quiet here in blog land, I have been showing up daily in my studio.
I finally have myself a bit of a studio space...well, more like a studio wall/gallery/shared space.  I have finally put on my brave girl pants and have put my work out there!  Although the learning curve has been quite steep, I am quite proud of my little space.
I literally have just been enjoying the process of playing in paint.
...that kind of takes the pressure off...right?  So, if you ever find yourself downtown Wake Forest, NC...stop by Ollie's on Main Street and check out my work.

This past weekend was the annual Art of the Carolina's sponsored by Jerrysartarama.  It was a blast as always.  I demoed a variety of things...but had the most fun reconnecting with my art friends that I only see once a year at the show.
....and I met Lorraine Bell!!!! 
Joe and I goofing off as he paints with Matisse paints...he is amazing!
Have you ever seen a more beautiful sight??
Thanks for being here...
Until next time,

Monday, July 25, 2016

Wandering...and Lost.

Good Morning blog friends.  When I sat to write this post, I was reminded of a stamp I have from Tim Holtz...Not All Who Wander Are Lost.  Lately, I have been feeling opposite.
My mom passed away on May 19th...and I have just been lost.  When I returned home from her service, I honestly thought I would find all of the comfort I needed in my studio....nope...dry!  For days, I would show up...and nothing.
I tried...and hated everything.
So....I started gutting my studio...
I cleared things out for weeks on end.  
When my mom was in the hospital last, I was just in awe at how amazing her nurses were.  I spent two weeks there with my mom before she passed away, and I thought that they deserved something very special for how they genuinely cared for and about my mom...
I have not made a quilt in 11 years...yes...11, when my daughter was born.  So, I switched my studio around to make space again for this guy...
...and 1st nurse quilt is almost done...I have a few more nurse quilts and 2 for her oncologists.  They were all just amazing!
I still need to put the borders on it, but...I'm quite happy with my first attempt!!
I still have space for my painting and journaling...
Seee...nothing!!!  I will keep at it though.
Until next time,

Monday, February 15, 2016

Sights from the Studio...

Good Morning Blogfriends.
Hope you guys have had a great day so far.  Around here, we have been gifted with a snow day...my plan, make the day count in the studio.
It seems all I have been doing lately is prep work...I taught a class of 36 last week at the Art Museum in Raleigh...i think I prepped and packed for one solid week!  The class was amazing, and, this was the only photo I took...I had the best intentions...
This past Thursday, I taught a workshop for the lovelies over at Jerry's in Raleigh...
It was a ton of fun just watching them create!
They did all sorts of cool things...
My favorite part...
Totally covered in paint!!!
As you may imagine...my studio is trashed beyond recognition... With this gift of a free day from work, I shall begin the massive clean up and begin prepping for several workshops I have coming...
As for my own painting...well, thats been very limited...
I have been goofing around on this canvas...
...and watching it do what it wants to do...
Until next time,

Monday, January 11, 2016

Abstract Boot Camp

Hello blog friends and happy Monday.  I post today...on the road...on my phone.  I headed out this morning, to my parents for a week, but spent an incredible weekend being 100% distracted with paint.
I attended a workshop this weekend at Jerrys, and what an amzing time it was.  The only things that I knew I wanted from the weekend workshop was to be completely distracted from daily life, and to use up some paint....and thats exactly what happened!
I just played around...wanting to use some of the paint that sits on my shelf.
It dawned on my that it has been quite some time since I have actually painted something...not like a demo or teaching a class, but painted for me...for the pure pleasure of painting.
I pulled out my biggest brushes, inks, and anything else that I could get my hands on...and simply lost myself.
And it was GREAT!
Until next time,

Monday, December 28, 2015

One Little Word...

Happy Monday Blog Friends..
Hope your holidays were amazing...filled with everything that you wished for.
For us here, we spent time surrounded by family in the hospital with my mom, where her journey with this cancer began a full year ago.  The fact that it has been a year since her diagnosis is a blessing in itself, and the fact that we were able to spend time with her is a miracle.
I sat in my studio a bit ago, and mulled over words that I wanted to go into the New Year with, one word just would not go away...
Grow, Thrive, Prosper, Increase, Multiply.
Until next time,

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Art of Showing Up!

Good morning blog friends!  I hope that todays post finds all of you well with many, many things to be grateful for.
Today, instead of heading off to work, I headed to my studio for some alone time.  I realized a few days ago via my daily journal, that it has been month since I have been here to do anything.  Other than to pack or unpack for classes and demos, I have done not a thing!
It almost feels daunting--showing up after being away for so long, so todays quest is just to spend some time in my space.
Like playing around with my Prismacolor pencils and watercolor pencils....

Or filling up my trusty Lukas watercolor palette.

Or gluing down a random bit in an open journal on my table...
Than, making a mark with my favorite pencil!
I find that there is loads of inspiration in my studio....magic doesn't always happen...
But, I sure love being in this space!  And today, I am honestly grateful to have this little corner in my world to call my own!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Until next time,

Friday, July 17, 2015

What A Feeling!!!

Good morning blog friends!

I did a demo this past week at Jerrys...as usual, I had a blast!
I got to play with my friend Jodi for a day of painting!
Oh...how we laughed, painted, laughed and played some more...
I realized in the midst of it all...that I absolutely LOVE the feeling of playing in paint...LOVE it!
Just starting out by slapping some paint around.
And....just go with the flow....
Just playing...seeing where it takes you...such a great feeling!
I hope you all enjoy your weekend!
Until next time,

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