Tuesday, November 12, 2013

New Approaches

It has been a while since I painted figures in oil that were not portraits. But, I had this image in my head and decided to paint it while it was fresh instead of waiting to find models. I think it is more of an illustration than fine art, but I have never been very good at distinguishing which is which (much to my art professors' chagrin). In any case, it illustrates my wish as a mother to help craft an inner world of beauty for my child that she can use like a blanket to warm her when the world outside feels cold and disappointing.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Miniature Portrait

Hey, guess what is surprisingly hard? 
Painting a tiny portrait! : p

But I did it anyway and I'm willing to do it again : )

This one is 3" square, in oil on canvas. I just think this size is sweet and easy to find a place for in any home.
I'm going to be listing this as an option in my Etsy shop.

Monday, July 29, 2013


I call this one 'Polarity' because she is inspired by the qigong exercise of holding palms facing each other and feeling the energy flow between them - balancing the yin and yang. She is listed in my Etsy shop.

She is the first large sculpture that I have done to hang on the wall. Just giving folks options! I spun and felted the wool myself, except for the yarn I used to embroider. I dyed that one with various brown shades. It is Cotton Comfort from one of my favorite sources, a co-op in Vermont called Green Mountain Spinnery.


 We have also been busy enjoying the unseasonably mild weather in our yard. I got the idea to bring my little girl's play kitchen out into the open air from this link on Pinterest. The novelty of actually pouring and mixing 'real' ingredients made for hours of fun.

I was actually tempted to eat this soup because it was made with herbs that smelled great, but I knew better because I saw the grass and stones go in, too =)

Saturday, July 20, 2013

The Wild and the Cultivated

 A new painting from a walk in the wild woods just added to my shop

Flowers in my (relatively) cultivated garden =)

Friday, July 12, 2013

The Butterfly and the Oak Tree

This one is a meditation on strength and fragility as well as  protection and vulnerability. While studying mediation at Naropa, I was struck by the idea that true strength and courage is to allow oneself to experience a tender, open heart without the layers of armor we usually wear over it for protection. It is an exquisite practice; painful, but ultimately liberating and healing.

 This sculpture is ceramic instead of my usual paprclay. She is painted with watercolor, varnished and her body is hand-dyed and hand-felted wool over a wooden base.

 She is listed in my Etsy shop