Interview

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.

The holiday's

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. 

Where the Land Meets the Sea

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.

"Exhale" 12x12" encaustic on panel

"Exhale" 12x12" encaustic on panel

"Imagine" 12x12" encaustic on panel

"Imagine" 12x12" encaustic on panel

"Retreat" 12x12" encaustic on panel

"Retreat" 12x12" encaustic on panel

IMMERSE + LANDSCAPEis up until August 18th

GALLERY ACLURE, 9 Rector St, Sag Harbor NY

Sag Harbor

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!

sagharbor
Pollocks studio floor

Pollocks studio floor

Montauk

Montauk

Behind the scenes

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.

"Escape" 18x18" encaustic on panel

"Escape" 18x18" encaustic on panel

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.

"Converge" 4x6" encaustic on panel

"Converge" 4x6" encaustic on panel

"Expanse" 4x6" encaustic on panel

"Expanse" 4x6" encaustic on panel

 

I'll leave you with some fun shots I took while painting this past week. 

 

 

 

What Does the Fox say from the Other Side?

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.

Dream House 30x40" oil and graphite on canvas 2004

Dream House 30x40" oil and graphite on canvas 2004