I'm happy to have another West Elm pop-up under my belt. The are really amazing to work with and it's such an awesome place to showcase my work.
For this spring event I wanted to add something new, something perfect for this time of year. VASES! For some reason this year winter didn't seem to want to end. I was more ready for spring than ever. My new painting collection reflected my mood in all it's bright spring colors and energy. I had so much fun creating a new line of ornaments over the holidays that I wanted to play around with something similar and the vases were spot on.
My plan is to add a few more before the end of April so you can grab one for that amazing Mama in you life.
What do you think?
So in the spirit of keepin' it real..... I did this Skype interview. Just kidding. I was so tickled that Alexis asked Marissa and I to be a part of this awesome interview series! As you know finding time to co-ordinate time to chat is hard. Just asked Marissa at how horrible I am at it.
So I managed to find some time on a day I thought my son was late at school. Turns out he wasn't. I initially thought it was going to be a written interview. It wasn't. I rushed from the gym, to school pick up and then jumped on this Skype interview. So I am not looking my best. Once you get passed my appearence I hope you can enjoy. It was so lovely to talk to Alexis and she herself is a fabulous painter. You can find her work here. Then you must check out her awesome project that talks about the art business, and you can view a lot of other amazing interviews too! Find all that goodness
Here is the link to the video if it doesn't appear.
I am excited to be invited back to West Elm in the company of some fantastic awesome local makers.
If you're local! Join me Tuesday, January 24th from 6-8pm at the Baltimore West Elm.
Here's a peak of the other makers that will be there too!
Happy New Year! While I am usually the first to get totally psyched about new goals, ideas and routines this year I'm just....not. While I am trying to not overthink it too much. (Mid-life crisis?!)
It is an alien place for me to be. This past year was unbelievable for me as an artist. I grew in so many ways, pushed myself to go for things and was rewarded again and again. The last few months of 2016 were my biggest and I am proud of what I accomplished. When I finally took a break, it was great to just be off for a bit. I anticipated hitting New Years full of energy and plans for 2017. But that didn't happen. I know I said I wasn't going to over think it, but I guess I am. So, thanks for bearing with me. Part of me feels like I didn't get to celebrate the little victories, I haven't had a spare minute to sit quietly as of yet, I got the wind knocked out of me with some comments that highlighted my insecurities and I'm still gathering data from the past year so that I can be more informed as I move forward.
Can we just delay the start of the New Year? Is February 1st a good do over date? What if I'm not feeling it then either? Perhaps the status quo is okay. If just keep rolling that's not a bad thing. Is it? Ah crap, and I still don't have my word yet.....
I've created a collection of mini paintings especially for release on Small Business Saturday.
These original acrylics are inspired by my most popular compositions. They make great gifts as well as add a pop of color to any wall or shelf. If you have been eyeing my work, but needed something within your budget this is just for you!
All mini's will be released on Saturday, November 26th at 11 AM EST. If you'd like a sneak peak be sure to sign up for my newsletter
I hope you'll join meon Saturday. I am so grateful for all your support and interest in my work. It allows me to continue to do the thing I love.
I've been chosen as a Top Holiday Pick by The Rising Tide Society
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And, did I mention this guide has raised nearly $2,000 for charity?
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I'm so excited to announce that I'll be having a pop up at West Elm in Baltimore! I'm busy putting together a selection of ornaments, prints and even some new original work! If you're local it's great time to see all my holiday items up close and personal.
I hope you can join me!
Saturday, December 11th from 1-6pm
WEST ELM, FELL'S POINT
1301 Dock Street
I love the holidays. I usually like to enjoy the commradarie of Thanksgiving before diving into celebrating Christmas. But just. We always go to cut down our tree the day after. I love celebrating the traditions of my childhood and creating new ones as our family.
One thing I try so hard to stick to, is that the holidays should be enjoyed not overwhelming. I rather "do" than "buy". I love taking the kids in their pjs to look at holiday lights. My mother always has a christmas party. We bake cookies and watch our favorite movies.
I try to limit our responsabilities because my all time favorite is to enjoy my family in the beautiful light of the tree. To linger over meals, get together with friends and to make sure we aren't so busy we miss all the good stuff.
It's a busy time of year for both of my professions, so I am even more diligent in setting time aside that is only for family. I also am trying this year to stick to cut off dates for orders, so that I am not crazy up to the last minute.
As with anything, it really does come down to state of mind.
The creativity flow of being and artist and a mom.Read More
I am delighted to be included among so many other artist for this pop-up shop. Mark your calendars for November 4-6th to browse unique and one-of-a-kind items. Treat yourself or get a jump on your holiday shopping. Here is a sneakpeak into what I'll be offering! And here is where you can shop!
I find that each time an opportunity for a show arises, even though I have plenty of painting inventory, I get an overwhelming desire to create something new.
It was no different with "Immerse". This desire is not always convenient, but never the less I follow it where it leads.
In this case I was so please with the outcome. A few new encaustics flowed perfectly. The each feel to me like the ocean receding, approaching and leaving it's mark on the shore.
IMMERSE + LANDSCAPEis up until August 18th
GALLERY ACLURE, 9 Rector St, Sag Harbor NY
I wanted to add a few more images from last weekend. The light in our Airbnb was magical!
We spent Saturday visiting Montauk's lighthouse and The Pollock-Krasner House.
After reading biographies on both of them it was awesome to see the house. It was truly spectacular to stand in Pollocks studio and marvel at the paint left behind. It was a great size for a space too....I took a mental note in my studio dream file!
I just returned from a fabulous weekend in Sag Harbor. Myself and Michelle Muri-Sloane had a joint show, "Immerse" + "Landscape" at Gallery Aclure.
It was my first visit to that part of Long Island and D and I really enjoyed exploring. My next post will be all about our visit and delightful Airbnb stay.
PS. Two of my favorite encaustic I didn't include in the show. So, great news! They are available in my shop!
8x8" encaustic on cradled panel
The show was well received and it was so fun to meet so many people. When I arrived on Friday I helped install the show. This can be a crazy process and I feel like at this point I have it down to a science. Stay tuned for a blog post on how to both prep for a show and install!
Openings are always a good time, despite the nerves. I really do enjoy meeting new people and talking about my work as well as my process. It's also so enlightening to hear what others find in my paintings, and what speaks to them.
There has been so many awesome things happening lately. I have been super busy in the studio. "Immerse" opens in less than two weeks in Sag Harbor and I am putting the finishing touches on some of the paintings that are headed there. I've recently stocked some work at Local By Design here in Annapolis and this favorite of mine below is hanging at West Annapolis Artworks.
In the midst of all of it and I am working on a new collection of encaustics called "Elements". Translating the movement of water using a blowtorch to manipulate the medium. I've released a handful of them today! You can head over here to check them out. I would love to hear what you think.
I'll leave you with some fun shots I took while painting this past week.
There are so many ways that I still feel my dad in my life. It's a comfort and it's a reminder that although I wish he was here, he isn't missing anything. Although I am missing him, he is all around.
At times when I am missing him, or I have bad news or good news I always seem to see something to remind me of him. It's usually an animal. Butterflies because they were around a lot right after he passed and I believe that he was more comfortable where he was. It reminds me that things will be okay. Hawks because we had a nest of them that lived in our woods when I was growing up, that we love to watch. They remind me to be strong. Foxes because my dad had a great sense of humor and a bit of mischief. The remind me to not take things too seriously and that this life can be magical.
We have a fox that lives in the woods near our house. He's been making a lot of appearences. I have had a wonderful week, full of fabulous news and great opportunities. At first I felt so overwhelmed and stressed I completely forgot to celebrate and be joyous. This morning as I was making a concerted effort to find space in my day, but enjoying the morning on our porch, our fox walked right past me. After I enjoyed the magic feeling that induces, I realized that it was a good reminder to not take it too seriously. Yes it's awesome and a big deal, but it should be fun and exciting too.
Years ago I had a dream, during a particular stressful time in my life. In it a snake went past me and there was a skulk of foxes tearing apart this large box. I remember thinking how vicious it was and felt a bit scared. When the box finally came apart it was full of flip flops. Bright colorful flip flops exploded everywhere! At the time I wasn't sure what to make of it right away. I ended up painting about it. I finally thought it was again a reminder to find the silly, the joy and the magic especially when it's the hardest to do so.
There are many aspects about my work that are personal. At times I am not even fully aware of it until after a painting is complete. "Paired" began as a personal piece.
My father passed away in 2004. He was a huge champion of my work and was always one of my best friends. Both of my parents would always make sure I had what I needed. In the most important ways; through moral support and encouragement. There are so many time just having their man power made it possible to complete a project. I could go on and one here about how lucky I was to have him as a Dad. Maybe another time.
I felt driven to make work about how I was feeling. I've painted several paintings over and over. They never quite work. Two paintings have. Each of them speak to only a piece of what I have been trying to say. I'll share the other soon.
My parents had been together 35 years. They were high school sweethearts and amazing role models as to what a partnership should be. It seemed so awkward and wrong when two became one. I kept thinking about pairs. Partnerships. Balance.
Many sketches about this finally turned into an encaustic piece. Yet, it never felt quite right. It seemed too dark. Although I had many dark times surrounding his passing, when I think of my Dad that isn't how I feel. I sense a lightness and a possibility surrounding the concept of partnership. So I revisited this painting and it feels so much better this time.
Perhaps one day I will be able to complete a painting with all the feelings I have about my Dad. Maybe not. Until then I am confident that each of my paintings have a piece of his imagination, optimism and excitement because he is big part of who I am.