“Breathe it all in, love it all out.” -Mary Oliver
I love my galleries. They are my unsung heroes. They work tirelessly promoting and selling my work. I am forever grateful for their contribution to my art sales. And I am always amazed and happy when a piece sells. Thank you. Your purchases keep me working!
Sold – High Country Art
A Winter’s Tale (sold)
Sold – Art Alley
You Are Going To Throw The Ball, right? (sold)
This Little Piggy (sold)
Sold – Bennett Galleries Nashville
‘A Good Dog’ (sold)
I am also very excited that I have been invited to participate in Spotlight On Art a fundraising event for Trinity School in Atlanta (January 30 – February 4, 2017. Participation is by invitation only and the collection showcases original work from 350 established and emerging artists. You can learn more about the event by clicking on the link.
“The beauty you see in me is a reflection of you.” -Rumi
“The imagination is a palette of bright colors. You can use it to touch up memories – or you can use it to paint dreams.” –Robert Brault
Moving My Tiny House Out of the City (22.5×180
The Red Thread (sold)
Do You Think I Can Teach Him to Throw That Ball? (12×12)
The Town Crier (sold)
I dropped these pieces off at High Country Art (Blue Ridge, GA) today. The weather in the north Georgia mountains is finally starting to feel ‘fall-like.’ And Blue Ridge has a wonderful (juried) arts festival the weekend of October 8 & 9 – Arts In The Park. If you live anywhere close, I suggest coming to the mountains for this festival. Ellijay is about 30 minutes from Blue Ridge and is in the midst of their fall apple festival – with apple picking at the orchards, hay rides, pumpkin patches and corn mazes. Lots of family fun. There are also 6/7 or more vineyards in the area that have live music on the weekends – plus great wines and long range views of the fall leaves. It’s a fun time to be in the mountains! Come visit North Georgia!
These pieces have sold this past month — thank you! thank you! thank you!
‘A Good Dog’ (sold)
The BarnYard Cow (sold)
“When you are describing a shape or a sound or a tint; don’t state the matter plainly, but put it in a hint; and learn to look at all things with a sort of mental squint.” -Lewis Carroll
“I am restless. Things are calling me away. My hair is being pulled by the stars again.” -Anais Nin
Learning to Fly (22.5×18)
You Are Going To Throw The Ball, right? (10×10)
This Little Piggy (10×10)
These pieces are shipping out today, so Art Alley should have them by Thursday at the latest. If you are in the Birmingham area, stop by. Otherwise, call the gallery (info under the tab – ‘Gallery Representation’) if you are interested in one of the pieces. They have other work of mine as well. Art Alley has a FaceBook page where you can see other artist’s work they represent. It’s a great gallery and I’m thrilled to work with them.
“I wear the universe backwards. I imagine putting stars in my coffee and sugar in the sky. I imagine going fishing in the clouds and watching the sun hide behind lakes. I’m too busy dancing with my imagination to even tip toe with reality for a second.
They say I’m going mad.
They’re right.” -D. Antoinette Foy
“Stop measuring days by degree of productivity and start experiencing them by degree of presence.” -Alan Watts
You Are Going To Throw The Ball, right? (10×10)
The Town Crier (10×10)
This Little Piggie (10×10)
Hitching A Ride (10×10)
And The Band Played (12×12)
It’s been a crazy summer. Really it started in the spring with my house full of workmen which I thought I would be able to ‘tune-out’ while working in my studio. NOT! Then we went to the coast for a week and then to Italy for 10 days and back to more house renovations. Dealing with all that plus having a bunch of dental work done, I have totally lost my daily rhythm.
Since I don’t work from photographs or by setting up a still-life, I need my imagination not bothered by mundane details. I need time alone. I need to remember to be present. I remember doing a daily painting challenge last January. It really fed my creative juices. So using that same format, I’ve been painting on small (10×10 or 12×12) birch panels and trying to finish a painting each day. I’ve been using different materials and different ways of approaching the panel. It’s been fun and has accomplished exactly what I needed it to do. I am ready to tackle a larger piece!
These are the pieces I’ve finished. My rhythm has returned. My studio makes me smile again. My overactive imagination has a place.
“Ideas are simply starting points. I can rarely set them down as they come to my mind. As soon as I start to work, others well up. To know what you’re going to draw, you have to begin drawing. When I find myself facing a blank page, that’s always going through my head. What I capture in spite of myself interests me more than my own ideas.” -Picasso
“I don’t go into the studio with the idea of saying something. What I do is face the blank canvas and put a few arbitrary marks on it that start me on some sort of dialogue.” -Richard Diebenkorn
Hitching A Ride (10×10)
And The Band Played (12×12)
I’ve just recently taken new work to all three of my galleries, so I want to take a couple of weeks to just play – with materials, ideas and approaches. Whether this becomes a new way of working is not important. Playing is what’s important. Playing opens all the doors. There are no worries about being correct or whether the piece is approved by my inner critic. It’s only about fun — which leads to learning for me.
I did discover something about myself. When I was a potter, I listened to podcasts all day in my studio. Making dozens of pots in an afternoon can be mindless if it’s a form you’ve made often. It’s repetitive and easy to let your mind engage in something else. But I have found I can’t listen when I’m painting. Painting requires my focussed attention. It’s a call and response and if I’m listening to something besides my painting, I mess up every time.
I do want to share a great website with amazing podcasts — On Being. I now listen each morning with coffee while working in my sketchbook. At least I can multitask with my sketchbook.
I have made a few sales last month. This one from Bennett Galleries Nashville –
The Messengers (sold)
And these sold at High Country Art in Blue Ridge GA
Bird Dog (sold)
Take Your Pony To Town (sold)
Thank you for purchasing my work! Your support makes me smile and keeps me in my studio.
“Certainly for artists of all stripes, the unknown, the idea or the form or the talk that has not arrived, is what must be found. It is the job of artists to open doors and invite in prophesies, the unknown, the unfamiliar; it’s where their work comes from, although its arrival signals the beginning of the long disciplined process of making it their own.” – Rebecca Solnit
“Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Then when you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with dry, uninspiring books on algebra, history, etc. Being suddenly hit years later with the ‘creative bug’ is just a wee voice telling you – ‘I’d like my crayons back please.'” –Hugh MacLeod
High Country Art & Antique in Blue Ridge GA is the first gallery that represented my work. I remember the day I nervously entered the gallery. That was two years ago and boy has it been a good fit. Just recently Blue Ridge has been named one of the top ten towns for craft by a public vote held by American Craft. If you click on the link, you can see all the towns that made the list this year. The photo in the winners list (#6) for Blue Ridge is of High Country Art & Antique. Congrats to a great gallery. Info and a link to the gallery is under the above tab ‘gallery representation.’ Check it out.
I am delivering this new work to them on Monday:
Mountain Biking (16×22.5)
The Dog Whisperer (30×18)
‘A Good Dog’ (22.5×18)
Why Is He Always Giving Her Flowers (18×16)
If you are in the area, hope you get a chance to visit the gallery. Blue Ridge (GA) is a great little mountain town with many wonderful shops and restaurants. But if you can’t make it to Blue Ridge, High Country Art will gladly help you chose a piece of artwork and ship it to you. There’s lots of great work from many different artists to choose from.
Summer is finally settling down and it’s almost August – and over. It’s been crazy this year with renovations, travel, garden and canning and dental work. I feel though that I am finally getting my rhythm back. And it feels good to be in my studio – working everyday!
“I try to make something every day. I find that important. One doesn’t sit down and have a good idea and then go out there and perform it. Pointless. Ideas, metaphors, things spiritual or real, occur out of practice. Go in there everyday, make something and something will flow out of that.” -Anish Kapoor
“A work of art worthy of the name is one which gives us back the freshness of the emotions of childhood.” -Andre Breton
I spent a fun day yesterday. I hired Luke to be my art courier and then decided to go with him. We delivered new work to Bennett Galleries Nashville.
Oliver & Friend (36×30)
The Messengers (14×18)
One Horse Town (21×22.5)
Birds Of A Feather (25.5×25.5)
Fastest Filly Under The Sun (18×11)
Then we dropped off more work at High Country Art & Antique in Blue Ridge, GA
A Winter’s Tale (22.5×22.5)
Short Stories (24×24)
We had a great time hanging out — eating lunch and dinner together. Plus it is always fun visiting my galleries.
Also had some work sell this past month at High Country Art & Antique in Blue Ridge, GA. And always I am humbled and grateful and give many thanks for those folks who purchase my work. It keeps me smiling and in my studio!
He Takes His Music Everywhere He Goes (sold)
Rain Dancer (sold)
Gone Fishing (sold)
“But unless you learn how to be in your head, you’ll never learn how to create.” -Lin Manuel Miranda
“Painting is a long road. The beauty to me is in the not knowing where one is going. Perhaps we do not need to understand it all.” -Lawrence Carroll
Miss Rosie (16×18)
Early Riser (12×10)
Bird Watching (12×18)
How to Catch The Really Big Fish (22.5×18)
I’m shipping these pieces to Art Alley (Birmingham AL) this morning. And I am happily busy making new work for my other galleries and should be shipping new work to them in the next couple of weeks. Vacations are over. Renovations completed (YAY) and my only side-track out of my studio is canning – green beans now but soon the tomatoes will be ready for picking. It always amazes me how long a green tomato takes to become ripe.
“To say that making art is a conversation of dialogue between the maker and the paper is to oversimplify – It is a series of attractions and repulsion that may begin with intention and end with analysis but the real meaning (the truth of the work) is arrived at in the process and moments of making.” -William Kentridge
“Happiness does not depend on what you have or who you are – it solely relies on what you think.” – Gautama Buddha
I just returned from an eight day trip to Italy. Italy is gorgeous and the Italians are delightful – kind, interesting, beautiful! Our first stop was Florence – filled with history, but I felt like I was at a theme park – so many tourists! One day we got out of the city and took a tour of a couple of Tuscan wineries in the Chianti region. After a couple of days in Florence, we went to Vicenza – a much smaller city with fewer tourists and gorgeous. We ended our trip in Venice – again it felt like a theme park with thousands upon thousands of tourists walking the streets. The food was amazing – Italian pizza is the best. Here are a few photos from the trip:
Florence – Leather School
Florence – along the Arno
Statue – Florence
While I was gone two of my paintings sold! Yay! Thank you! This one sold at High Country Art –
Wake-up Call (sold)
And Bennett Galleries Nashville sold this one —
The Neighborhood (sold)
My home renovations are finally finished and my summer vacation is over -( — but the good news is I can get back in my daily rhythm in my studio. I have four completed paintings waiting to be framed and my imagination is overflowing from my trip. I can’t wait to start painting this morning.
“The beauty you see in the world is a reflection of you.” –Rumi (words changed slightly by me)
This is an annual birthday re-post. Today is my birthday. Thank you all for helping this year be one of the best!
“At times it seems that I am living my life backwards, and that at the approach of old age my real youth will begin. My soul was born covered with wrinkles— wrinkles that my ancestors and parents most assiduously put there, and that I had the greatest trouble removing.” —Andre Gide
Without My Makeup On
So quick another birthday
always a time of reflection
I look back with
a heart so full
my face all deep wrinkles
a road map of memories
calmer wiser rounder grayer
yet still full of dreams
full of hope
still a young girl
behind these old eyes
“Age should not have it’s face lifted, but it should rather teach the world to admire wrinkles as the etchings of experience and the firm line of character.” -Ralph B. Perry