Studio Sounds & Colors.

The past couple weeks have been filled with work that keeps my eyes glued to the laptop screen. BUT, new things are on the horizon, and yesterday I was able to come up for air to get started on a 48 x 48 commission I'm particularly excited about.

Current playlist:
Storyteller - Morgan Harper Nichols
MONEY & FAME - NEEDTOBREATHE
Angela - The Lumineers
The whole Cleopatra album - The Lumineers
Here's The Thing - Alec Baldwin (podcast)

Let's Be Thankful.

{An ongoing series in which I remind myself of many good things, and that gratitude is indeed a choice worth making.} 

So, friends, let's be thankful:

When my backyard turns into a magical jungle.

Walks around Kennesaw Mountain with three of my favorite old roommates (two human, one pup - one human not pictured).

A jar full of front yard flowers in the sunroom.

 A potting shed just asking for someone to get to work and start digging.
   
This SNOWBALL TREE.

Paintings for April.

As in any creative endeavor, styles shift and change with time. I felt a slight but definite shift in the studio when I was painting these - partially because I was using new tools which of course makes a difference, but also in the way they were approached. These were quick, more gestural, more layered, a bit looser. 

Now available through the gallery!

Bloom, Then Grow

, 36 x 48, Mixed Media on Canvas

Cloud Veil

, 36 x 36, Mixed Media on Canvas

Lilac

, 40 x 40, Mixed Media on canvas

Let's Be Thankful.

{An ongoing series in which I remind myself of many good things, and that gratitude is indeed a choice worth making.} 

So, friends, let's be thankful:

 A Saturday afternoon with dear people and sunny skies at Sierra Nevada Brewery.

A walk along a fisherman-dappled Davidson River.

 Car rides that look like this.

Long-time friends who lend me their home for a night, and the view from their living room windows. 

Lenten Roses welcoming me to my parents' house.

 Later sunsets, greener trees, and an evening stroll with a sister.

House Paint and Puppies.

I've been using a lot of house paint lately. 
The vast majority of the paints I have been using in the current series are actually just samples from Home Depot. Something about the consistency, unlimited hues, and semi-gloss finish. I'm a fan.

A fan, except for times like Wednesday when I lost focus mid-painting and started staring into space, forgetting I was holding a small bucket of paint when my wrist just went limp, and suddenly I heard a splatter and noticed a large puddle of gray paint pooling at my feet and the resident studio pup bounding toward me as though I just spilled a bag full of milk bones and not paint a.k.a. poison (lest you thought artist life was void of any real danger)... 
Yes, it's times like those I feel less than thrilled with paint, in general, as a concept.





Let's Be Thankful.

{An ongoing series in which I remind myself of many good things, and that gratitude is indeed a choice worth making.} 

So, friends, let's be thankful:

For Azaleas in the front yard reminding me that "earth tones" is a relative term.

For those particularly pleasant times when weather, snacks, drinks, and company are all top-notch and simultaneous. 
(As they were this sunny afternoon at Wicked Weed)

For a wedding in the mountains with a date who can really cut a rug (and doesn't get mad at me when my swing moves get outta control and I end up accidentally elbowing him in the face).


For an Easter weekend filled with sisters, grandparents, cousins, feasting, gardening, tennis, cul-de-sac games, ice cream, bonanza, and remembering the day when life proved to be more real than death, and our stories were made infinite through such a remarkable grace . 


Studio Updates & A Show.

{Ode to a new paintbrush, one upcoming show, and a handful of new paper works.} 




 One important bit of news is that I have found the cutest paintbrush in all the land, and it is mine, all mine. Fire engine red, wide-bristled, and rearing to hit the canvas. Indeed, m'friends, this is surely the dawn of an enduring companionship between painter and paintbrush in which new things of joy are created and shared.

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And in other news, I shipped out a pile of paintings today for a show in Dallas, TX. If you find yourself in the area Thursday or Friday April 7-8, swing by and spend some time checking out the work.

Celebrate Art - Presented by Lindley Arthur Antiques & Interiors
Thursday, April 7th - 9am-5pm
Friday, April 8th - 9am-7pm

3612 Harvard Ave.
Dallas, TX 


Let's Be Thankful.

{An ongoing series in which I remind myself of many good things, and that gratitude is indeed a choice worth making.} 

So, friends, let's be thankful:

For rosemary spilling over onto the garden path.

For towels that look like the 70s.

For Sunday afternoon bike rides through the neighborhood, and helmet I bought at REI last week for $13.

For texts from a beaming dad showing off his latest and proudest catch.