I’ve been thinking about the importance of play in art. I feel pulled in many different ways on a daily basis. There’s so much to get done – writing and organizing social media posts, updating my websites, applying for exhibitions and grants, nevermind painting. And what about family, bills, exercise, and a balanced life? I noticed one… [Read the rest of the post]
Summer is a great time to get out of the studio and refill my creative well. For me, that means getting out into nature, taking hikes, and enjoying the neighborhood flowers. Currently, I’m on a road trip with my eldest daughter. While passing through Asheville, we took the opportunity to visit Chihuly at Biltmore, an exhibition featuring… [Read the rest of the post]
This past weekend, I attended a fantastic art workshop in Vermont taught by the artist Claire Desjardin. I have long admired her colorful, organic paintings and the loose, playful style of her work. Taking a workshop is a great way to grow as an artist. But like learning any new skill, it can also be… [Read the rest of the post]
I find that sometimes a specific color seems to appear everywhere I turn. This May, it is the color PINK. While generally not a color I use a lot, this month alone I have painted four paintings with lots of pink in them and I am working on fifth commissioned work with a predominance of pink. Rose, fuschia,… [Read the rest of the post]
What a great response I got last month for showing how I created the painting Women’s March (yes, I finally named it). I thought I would give you another peek at the process of creating a recent painting titled Communities. My concept was to illustrate the importance of the communities in our lives. All of us are part of not… [Read the rest of the post]
I thought it would be fun to show you a step-by-step process of how I created one of my new artworks that will be hanging in my upcoming the show. Step 1: I usually start with an idea. In this case, it was illustrating the 3 R’s – reading, writing, and arithmetic. Next, I start by drawing some… [Read the rest of the post]
After developing some small paintings, I needed to figure out how to expand these ideas to fit onto bigger canvases. I initially thought it would be as simple as copying the idea onto a bigger surface. But I’ve found that doesn’t really work. The artwork seems flat without the original energy and inspiration that created the original small artwork and the work… [Read the rest of the post]
I’ve been wanting to start a new collection of larger canvases for a solo show I have scheduled in April. But before jumping willy-nilly into it, I thought it would be helpful to decide the conceptual direction of the work. Here, I created small paint sketches with slightly different ideas. I’ve got three different themes on this… [Read the rest of the post]
I’m a huge fan of sketchbooks and I’ve been an active sketchbook user for the past 10 years. I first begin using one when earning my MFA and have continued using one ever since. I hope this post I will give you enough reasons to finally start using one, and even if you don’t consider… [Read the rest of the post]
Summer is a time of artistic exploration for me. I spend most of the season in Colorado (out of the New York City heat) where I have a small studio with only a hand full of art supplies. I find having fewer art materials to work with helps me to be more creative with the ones… [Read the rest of the post]
Some months, there seems to be one color that pops up everywhere. For me, June is the month of purple. It started with my toes. When I went to get a pedicure, I couldn’t pass up the new Obi polish color “Do you lilac it?”. Then, while picking out pens with which to do some Zentangling… [Read the rest of the post]
Why they had a baby, of course. I just discovered an art tool called the fine line painting pen by Loew Cornell. It’s advertised as a simple yet high-quality painting pen used to draw fine lines, or for lettering when a liner brush just won’t do. The only instructions were to fill the pen with ink… [Read the rest of the post]
I love to doodle. Doodling — the spontaneous act of drawing, typically in the margins of whatever one is really supposed to be working on — is more than a distraction. It helps with better learning, creativity, and performance. Here are three of doodling’s benefits: 1. Doodling helps me concentrate. It keeps me focused. Doodling seems to… [Read the rest of the post]
I spent two days on jury duty at New York’s Criminal Courts building this week. Sixty-four other potential jurors and I spent the first seven hours of the first day waiting for someone to remember that we were there. But it wasn’t a total waste of time as I managed to get a little sketching… [Read the rest of the post]
I am not a big fan of shopping. Don’t get me wrong. I love getting new clothes, yummy food from the grocery store, or pretty new earrings. But I just hate the actual going to the store, picking it out, and paying for it. And living in New York City, that includes schlepping it home… [Read the rest of the post]
For Christmas this year, I got a new iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil. It’s been sitting around because I wasn’t really sure how to use it as an art tool. Stop lollygaggling! As Nike says, “Just do it”! So I did. I just signed up to take an online class by Ivy Newport call “Paint… [Read the rest of the post]
Some of you might remember that late last year, I was selected as one of 14 artists to submit work for one of five New York City subway stations. It was a huge commission with over 140 feet of artwork required. Sadly, I was not chosen as one of the final five artists to install… [Read the rest of the post]
I strongly believe the process of making art can have meditative benefits for the mind, body and soul. In Incite 4: Relax, Restore, Renew, 120 artists (myself included) share the most restorative and revitalizing aspects of their art-making through painting, collage, encaustic, art journaling, jewelry art and more. Over 150 pieces of mixed-media art are displayed… [Read the rest of the post]
For the last ten years, I have been deeply involved with an amazing organization called the Roundup River Ranch, located in the mountains of Colorado. One of Paul Newman’s SeriousFun Children’s Network camps, Roundup River Ranch enriches the lives of children with serious illnesses and their families by offering free, medically-supported camp programs that provide… [Read the rest of the post]
I love getting stuff in the mail. I don’t mean bills, promotional magazines, or jury duty summons. I mean fun stuff! One of my daughters treats herself to monthly makeup subscriptions (Boxy Charm and Glam Bag) and my son subscribed to a monthly healthy snack club (Graze) last year. My other daughter subscribes to a weekly food service… [Read the rest of the post]
I visited the Armory Show in New York City this weekend (more on that in tomorrow’s blog post) but I had to show you the piece that gave me the biggest smile.
Checking out the street art in Berlin, Germany.
How I create a commissioned painting
I have a beautiful wooden desk in my art studio where I work on my computer, doing sketching and more. It’s too nice a piece to go with my paint splattered folding tables and Ikea bookshelves, but it didn’t fit in our New York apartment when we moved so I got to use it in my studio… [Read the rest of the post]
I was in Colorado most of the summer, avoiding the New York City heat and humid as much as possible. I found being away from my NYC studio caused me to take a short hiatus from creating fine art. Instead, I found myself doing more “crafty” art projects, enjoying the break and exploring different artistic… [Read the rest of the post]
How to decorate envelopes using a GelliArts plate, acrylic paint, stencils, and pens.
A quick and easy Father’s Day gift…painted tools.
I’ve struggled to create some work for my licensing company, Wild Apple, that I think they will like. I have sketched out and discarded a number of ideas. Nothing seems creative enough or unique enough to stand out from the competition. I finally realized that I’m going about it the wrong way. Instead of trying… [Read the rest of the post]
Nope, it’s silver! A silver bowl to be precise. Sadly, I’ve reached the age where I can’t read without glasses. I’ve bought a half a dozen pairs to have one in every room, but they all seem to end up on my bedroom nightstand instead. This table is already cluttered with an iPad, an iPhone, and a… [Read the rest of the post]
I started with the idea to create a set of matching paintings with lots of 3D texture. I love the soft, white flowers of the dogwood tree but realized I would need a colored background to make the petals show in the paintings. I’ve documented my painting process below. I will flip-flop between the two paintings as I forgot… [Read the rest of the post]