10 January 2014


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

This is my view in the mornings when I let Bear out. I'm often inspired to take a picture. This morning it was a quick one, with temps hovering at 0 degrees, like a lot of the eastern seaboard.

As you can tell by my posting (or lack thereof) I'm struggling to find studio time. Thankfully my commissions have forced me into the studio. I even googled mother/artist and all I get is post about mothers of famous (male) artist. And to be clear I love being a mom and so grateful for Miss V and Mr J. but the struggle of balance is never ending. I find besides not finding studio time, I struggle with finding the mental space for being creative. I miss/need time for reflection, sketching just sometimes quiet. I do tend to come up with ideas while coloring with miss V. and will be excited when they make there way onto canvas.

But even as I type this I have Bears head on my knee and miss V on my lap. I try to take a breath and enjoy where my life is right now, because it will change so quickly. So the double edge sword is although I crave my creative space I feel guilty and think I should be able to multitask and fit it into my life now as a mother. Hence the googling. I'm guessing the change has to come from me to embrace this ebb and flow of life and realize the new definition of myself.
I didn't plan on getting so philosophical on this cold morning, but there you have it.  Now, back to snuggling.

06 January 2014

Christmas Commissions part 1

"Bensen" oil on canvas

The last few months my studio time has been spent on commissions.  pet portraits have been the focus.  The painting is a totally different approach than my personal work and there is something freeing in that.  I enjoy the focus and certainty that the pet portraits take. But the best part is the joy that it brings to people, especially when they are given as gifts.

I haven't ever properly marketed this aspect of my artistic life, knowing that I need to have more studio time to keep up with the actual demand.  So this year it'll be in full force, Etsy and all.  

03 January 2014

Beginning of the Year end of a show

My show at The Hampstead Town Hall came down this week.  It was probably the strangest place I've shown yet, but I thought it would be good introduction to our new town.  

I've been toying with the idea of showing some works on paper or prints of my work.  I have a new(ish) Epson archival printer thanks to the Hubby and can print my own. 

I hope to find the moments to update here more often, especially now that our new addition is close to 6 months old!! Mr J can surprisingly take up a lot of time.

Since we have moved I have yet to move my studio space.  For now, it makes more sense to leave it where it is.  In it's current location there are built in baby sitters so that I can get some work done.  I've mostly worked on commissions the latter half of this year. 
A goal for the new year is to schedule the studio time, as well as carve out at spot in our new home for drawing and maybe some new oil pastel work.  Happy New Year!


05 June 2013

3 doggies

Here are the last three Pet Portraits.  I'm still really liking the sleepy pup. I should get them delivered this week. Then if I find some extra energy maybe I can finish an encaustic or two before the move. 

I'm struggling with deciding to move my studio with everything else or wait until the Fall and do it as one separate move. I am figuring once the baby arrives there won't be much going on through the rest of the year. And the possibility of studio time is pretty nil. On the other hand we'll have the truck to fit everything in. But I won't be able to assist, which makes me nervous. Either way I'll have to decide soon.  

In the meantime most of my free time is spent painting walls. Lots of walls. It feels never ending. Although, I feel like I'm turning a corner and will feel it coming together soon.  And I certainly hope so, I am slowly running out of energy. 

I hope to pull a post together soon to show the progress. 

30 May 2013

Loose ends

So much going on here! Why not add in trying to keep up with my blog again Ha! 

We have bought a house and are currently trying to get it move in ready, painting, cleaning, shopping, painting, and packing. Did I mention painting? Whew. Oh, and we're expecting baby #2 in 6 weeks.  I'll try to give you more info about what we're doing at our new home to make it more us in another post. 

For now I am finding maybe a few hour a week for studio time. I have 3 pet portraits that I haven't been able to get to. So, before I pack up the studio I needed to finish them. (I also have hopes to maybe get a few encaustic works done too.)

Here is the progress so far! 

Check out the guy in the middle. I was a little worried when that was the only reference picture I had to work with, but I really love it now. 

Ok, back to packing and maybe a little (studio) painting if I'm lucky! 

*if this post appears awkward I'm attempting to post from my phone so having trouble tweaking it for viewing. 

28 March 2013

A super productive morning in the studio!  I finished up some paintings that have been lingering.  (All three from my last post are completed.)  It was great to be able to work with the door wide open, I am so ready for Spring weather.  It was one of those mornings where everything seemed to work the way I wanted and all my surprises were good ones.  What more can you ask for?

I did try this week to work a bit in acrylic.  I just can't seem to love it.  Oil paint works so much better for me, the flexibility and drying time are perfect.  I used to use a drier for my oils. Now a days when my studio time is squeezed in around nap time and bed time, and anytime I can get some help, I find that coming back to still wet paint is a life saver.  

I am anxious to get back to some encaustic work soon too.  That's next up!  Although I may need to replenish some supplies before that happens.  

 "Chandelier" 30x40" oil on canvas

  "Hot House" 24x36" oil on canvas

  "Neighborhood" 36x48" oil on canvas

  "New Years" 16x20" oil & conte on canvas

  "Ohio" 30x40" oil on canvas

This last one was a little outside the box for me. It seems more representational.  It has lingered the longest in my studio. For the a while it didn't quite seem like me.  But I am happy with the outcome. I am curious to see if it's a new direction or a tangent.

Have a great weekend!  

25 March 2013

Spring Snow

So ready for Spring to arrive. But alas, a snow day instead.  I've had a few days recently to actually spend some time in the studio.

I have 3 in progress paintings!! Hoping to get to some encaustic work soon. But here are the oils that I'm working on now.

"New Years" 

 No title yet...


10 November 2012

Winter Salon Show at The Metro Gallery

Winter Salon :: Metro Gallery :: Opening Reception :: 11/14 
Metro Gallery is pleased to present a Winter Salon exhibition featuring 37 local artists. The opening reception will be held on November 14th from 5pm - 7pm.

We are featuring affordable works from local artists. This is a great way to support local creativity while shopping for the holiday season. The exhibition will be showing 11/14 - 12/14.

Three of my encasutic pieces with be shown!  If your in town, please stop by!

(I promise to resume regular blogging very soon.)

09 March 2012

Weekend Inspiration: Andres Amador

I am just blown away by this beautiful, fleeting artwork.  Wouldn't it be wonderful to stumble across this.  I haven't been able to get in touch with the artist himself, but please check out more images of his work here.  And on Andres' website it appears as if you can join him in the creation of these beachscapes/sculptures/prints. I think that would be an awesome experience.  What an amazing medium, and a studio to die for, huh?!
Have a creative weekend!