My second season of plein air painting with the Loudoun Sketch Club just ended, and I'm reflecting on all I have learned. Read on to find out what I learned, what I bring and what I leave behind.Read More
Take a peek inside my art studio and see my painting process from the beginning to end of my new acrylic painting "An Unexpected Treasure," - a landscape painting of the gardens at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, CT.
Have you ever been to the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, Connecticut? My Mother and I recently found ourselves with an unexpected free afternoon during a family vacation, and decided to check it out. We had no idea what a wonderful experience was waiting for us! I've written about our visit on my blog today.
What artists inspire you? These are the "Big Six" who have the most influence over my own painting. In today's post, I'll tell you what inspires me most about each of these modern masters.Read More
Taking just a few minutes a day to make time for creativity will greatly reduce your stress and enrich your life. Don't know how to get started? I've got a few ideas on my blog today. What is your favorite way to be creative?
Ever wonder how an artist works through a painting from start to finish? In today's post, I will take you step by step through my new painting - Her Morning Graces. This is one of four new floral pieces that I'm very excited about. They will be released next week, and I can't wait for you to see them all!Read More
I love professional framing, but sometimes its cost prohibitive. In today's post, I'll take you step by step through my latest framing project, with links to all my favorite supplies.Read More
Did you know that March 7-13th is Multiple Sclerosis awareness week, and March 25th is World MS Day? Multiple Sclerosis is an unpredictable chronic disease that affects 400,000 people in the US, and 2.5 million people around the world. I will be donating 15% of all sales in my web shop during the month of March to the National MS Society.Read More
Its only one month into my daily painting project and I'm hooked. I may never stop.Read More
Update on my first month of painting daily.Read More
What happens when I want to go on a hiking vacation, but the timing is not right? I paint myself a vacation of course!Read More
A while back, I decided to paint with some pre-determined color palettes. You can find out what happened with that experiment on my blog today.Read More
Sometimes, a few hours out of the studio can lead to many paintings. Walk the Walk is just one of the paintings that has been inspired by my Loudoun Sketch Club trip to Edgegrove farm. You can find out more about this painting and my sketching visit to the farm on my blog today.Read More
Where does your curiosity lead you? Mine takes me back into the studio time and time again. Among the Zinnias is a new painting inspired by a visit to Edgegrove Farm in Purcellville VA.Read More
The summer may be over, but sun drenched color has lingered in my studio. Three new paintings remind me of lazy summer days, and cool evenings.Read More
Keeping a sketchbook practice is the most important thing I do for my art. Having great supplies to use in my sketchbooks helps me keep the practice going. I've written about my favorites and have given you some prompts to help you get started on your own sketchbook project on my blog today.Read More
Keeping a sketchbook completely changed my work as an artist. This is why I think it is important.Read More
I love local art shows!Read More
Do I keep seeing birds because I'm painting them lately, or are they trying to tell me something?Read More
I received a beautiful bouquet of flowers from my children for Mother's Day this year. They were so pretty, I didn't want to see them fade and die off, and I started sketching them obsessively. That was not enough to satisfy me, so I pulled out a canvas and started painting from my sketches and photos.
As I painted, I began to think of my grandmother. She was the child of immigrants who grew up during the depression era, and lived with hardship and deprivation throughout her youth. She always knew how to make do with what she had, and we often had to remind her that she didn't need to do that anymore. I remember a pot she had with a broken handle. It was cumbersome and difficult to use, but she refused to buy a new one, because she insisted that one was still useable. All you needed was a potholder to wrap around the small bit of wire which was all that remained of the handle, and it was "good as new" in her eyes.
While I am nowhere near as resourceful and frugal as she was, I have always tried to use things until they were well and truly done. I have been fortunate in my life to be able to call this an eco-friendly habit instead of an economic necessity, but I have always tried to make the most of what I have been given or earned.
I thought more and more of my resourceful grandmother and all she taught me as I painted. If ever anyone deserved a bouquet of flowers to brighten her day, it was my grandmother, but she would never allow us to buy her any. She felt cut flowers were a waste of money, because they died after only a short while. I wished I had thought sooner to offer her a bouquet of flowers with a promise to also paint them so she could keep them forever, but alas, it is now too late for this. So I offer this painting in the memory of my dear grandmother who taught me so much, indulged my whims, made clothes for my dolls, cooked amazing foods and loved me unconditionally.