My friend and fellow Indianapolis artist Kat Silver asked me if I would be interested in doing some collaborations for a local exhibit. I absolutely LOVE her work, so I jumped at the chance. She is a very skilled artist with a wonderful sense of whimsy, so we decided I would do the background landscapes, which are what I do best, and she would finish it with people, animals, etc., depending on what the piece looks like it needs. I can’t wait to see what we come up with. I think my part is finished, and now Kat will add her lighthearted magic!
Here’s the start of part 2:
In keeping with my resolution to really focus on my art this year, I’ve tried a new approach to a painting, and I’m experimenting with glazing. I’m probably not doing it right, but I think it’s something that requires practice. I also signed up for a teaching course on the business side of being a professional artist. I’m hoping the investment is worthwhile and can get me more exposure, and of course, more sales. I’m hoping to have at least one of these three paintings in the Stutz exhibit for February, and I’ll have some of my art at Sacred Roots Midwifery and Birth Center for the next few months. Wish me luck.
I’ll keep you posted!
I’m full of creative ideas right now, and very excited about approaching painting in different ways. An old dear friend mentioned to me recently that she loves my abstract paintings more than any others. Most of the paintings I’ve done to sell or to give as gifts have been of landscapes that have special meaning to the recipient, but the ones that have been the most fun for me have been the abstracts. Here’s to a new year of painting! This is a work in progress inspired by a photograph by one of my favorite New Orleans photographers, John Snell, who has graciously given me permission to use his photographs. Check out his work. You will understand why people have a hard time leaving Louisiana.
Mini paintings make fantastic gifts. A little touch of original art that is reasonably priced and very transportable makes a unique statement that will add to the personal touches of someone’s home or office. Send me a favorite photograph of a flower, tree or landscape and I will create something just for you. At this point, I could not guarantee it would be ready before Christmas, but think about birthdays, Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, Mothers’ Day, Fathers’ Day, or the best of all: a gift for no apparent reason.
I was honored to be included in this event – a storytelling variety show. Among the other storytellers were a comedian; a singer; a Guerilla Girl; a flutist. This is a picture of me telling the story of Hurricane Katrina from the eyes of a native New Orleanian, and sharing my paintings, The Katrina Trilogy
I had put this aside for a while because I wasn’t sure what to do next. Recently I looked again at the photograph by New Orleans photographer Frank Relle and was inspired – as I always am when I see his work. So, I just decided the best thing to do would be to get some water, clean up my studio and just jump in. This is what I have so far. I’m getting excited about finishing it. This has been a big challenge.
(n.) a homesickness for a home to which you cannot return, a home which maybe never was; the nostalgia, the yearning, the grief for the lost places of your past
We took a trip to the panhandle of Florida over Labor Day weekend and the week after; specifically to Pensacola and Grayton Beach. Having grown up (some might argue that) in New Orleans, I spent ma…
Source: Sunrise Through Sea Oats
We took a trip to the panhandle of Florida over Labor Day weekend and the week after; specifically to Pensacola and Grayton Beach. Having grown up (some might argue that) in New Orleans, I spent many weekends and holidays in the Pensacola/Destin/Grayton Beach area and have always loved it and considered it a second home. I finally talked my beloved into going to visit Pensacola as a possible place for us to retire (although that won’t be for at least another 10 years for me, but that’s a different story). He fell in love with Pensacola and we spent some time in the National Park area, where there are no buildings, and certainly no high rises. I took a lot of pictures of the sunrise on the beach at the condo where we stayed, and played around with the photos quite a bit. This is from a photo I took of a sand dune just after sunrise. The colors were stunning, just as I remembered. Oh, wait. Most of the time I spent in Pensacola and Destin was when I was in college and high school and I never saw the sunrise. Anyway, here is the finished version. For sale and will be featured at the upcoming event: Alice Through the Looking Glass Ceiling at Grove Haus in Indianapolis, Saturday October 8, 2016 from 4:00-11:00 pm
Sunsets and sunrises are magnificent. They remind us of beginnings and ends, the cycle of life. This was a particularly lovely one that I plan to paint one of these days.