Saturday, October 17, 2009


Pumkins on the front stoop

Elf hat for my little pumpkin-to-be
Hooded baby sweater with wooden buttons

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Earth Doll in Progress (also Happy Birthday to Me!)

First off, this is the wrapping on the special gift from my parents on my 30th b-day (June 19th). It represents paint for our new house and my father's offer to help get it on the walls! The photo is of my dad in his 20's showing off his muscles =) I thought it was appropriate on this Father's Day to acknowledge one of the many sweet things he does for me all year round.

On another note - these are photos of my doll for the ADO 4 Elements Challenge in progress. Just a reminder: Everyone is welcome to participate, just click on the link in my previous post.
Here she is painted. She is pretty huge. The head alone is 4". I had these lovely glass eyes and I started with that when determining the design, even though I had intended her to have a full body. Now I am reconsidering and trying to devise ways to make it a head, torso and hands composition without compromising the whole idea. Art is all about problem solving!

Here she is with the hair and with a swatch of the yarn I'm going to use to knit her a dress. She represents Earth and she will be holding a bit of sod with a flower growing from it.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

4 Elements Art Doll Challenge

I'm participating in this challenge - it sounds like fun!

Art Dolls Only is gearing up to host our first blog event!
We challenge you to make a art doll along with us.

*sign up will begin June 19th and the last day to sign up will be Thursday July 16th.

On Friday July 17th participants post their art doll to their blog.
Saturday July 18th and Sunday July 19th begins the fun of seeing all the art dolls that have been created! All participants will be listed in the ADO sidebar for easy visiting.
the theme is the elements, and we challenge you to make a art doll using one, two, three, or all four of the elements as your inspiration.

any artist is welcome to participate, including non members.
Here is your chance to explore the wonderful world of art dolls, first time doll maker, old hat, or have not created in while, all are welcome to join in on the fun!
Details will be posted on the 19th on how to sign up.
use this badge to show everyone you are participating with a link back to the ADO blog.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Ophelia WIP

Here is my Ophelia doll from Hamlet. She is still a work in progress, but I am working hard to have her finished for May 6th because that is the deadline for the ADO Shakespeare challenge. ADO members have all come up with some wonderful, unique interpretations of Shakesperian characters and there are interviews with the artists on the ADO blog.

My answers to the interview questions are thus:

1.What inspired you to undergo the (Shakespeare) Challenge? What character did you chose to create, and why?

I thought this challenge was particularly intriguing because there are so many wonderful characters and images in Shakespeare. Ophelia was the natural choice for me to do because I have been working with images of her and of submersion/emergence since my college days. This is a more literal representation than I usually do, a little less edgy, but still with some pathos.

2. What method(s) and materials did you use to create your characters?

I used Creative Paperclay for the head/hands/feet and wire/soft sculpture for the body. The costume is made from locally grown wool which I spun, felted and colored with plant dyes (it takes a lot of time, but the organic variations of shape and color are worth it!)

3. How long did it take to create your piece? What were the easier aspects of creating it? What were the more challenging parts?

I have no idea. A long time. The easy parts are sculpting the face, painting and fiber-work. Making hands that are sturdy, delicate and matching is torture for me. Oh, I started out with plans to make this a ball jointed doll which turned out to be basically a month of frustration, so I gave up on that!

4. Were you satisfied with the outcome of the art piece? Would you change anything, did you learn anything?

I like her =). She is still a work in progress, but she will be finished by the 6th, I swear it! As usual, I feel like I made progress and learned things as an artist, but there are improvements I would make on version 2.0. There’s nothing I would like to change, just more embellishment that I might add if I had more time (but we’ll see, I have all weekend to cover her dress and hair in flowers, and that may be enough!)

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Painting in bed

I've been getting back to my artistic roots with some watercolor paintings this week. I had a wicked cold and didn't feel like getting out of bed at all, so I thought about Frida Kalho and set up a tray table by the bed with all my equipment, so I could work from there. And I only painted what came into my head, no expectations or commissions involved. It's been lovely and now that I'm feeling better, I'm looking into making prints of some of the pictures for my Etsy shop. If anyone has suggestions on reliable printer that can be used with archival inks and papers (and great color matching) let me know!

This one is based on the time I spent in Italy, years ago. These trees are quintessential Italy to me.

Reading and watching movies about Frida Kahlo was a great source of comfort to me while I was quite ill with fibromyalgia a few years ago. It is so interesting to me that her story means so much to so many people. She is a kind of archetype that we all relate to - somone who suffers great limitations and yet transcends them with grace and passion.

Monday, April 20, 2009


Goodness, it has been a while since I posted, but that doesn't mean I haven't been making things!
Here is a painting based on one of my 'Forgotten Field' sculptures. It's oil on wood and it will be up in the Etsy shop soon.

And here is the view from my kitchen looking out through the baby haricots vert and last year's lavender (I suppose that makes it a toddler).

This thrift store cabinet turned lightbox is where I start my seedlings. So far there are beets, roma tomatoes, spinach, rosemary, and peppers.

Friday, February 20, 2009

New use for paperclay

Here, I used Paperclay as a 3-d framing element on a wood panel. It takes forever to get it to adhere and then build it up, sand and paint, but I think it is a nice, unique effect and it frees me from having to choose a frame that doesn't match the style of the painting. Yay!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

More Snow Paintings

These are some of the small landscapes I did this past month. They, along with others, will be at the show tonight (Essex is a two night event). I'll be there 6-10:30pm, so anyone is welcome to stop by, chat and drink some wine.
Last night, when things were slow, I sat around with my brother and his girlfriend coming up with ideas for a doll based on Shakespeare, which is the next challenge for ADO (Art Dolls Only). We thought of maybe doing a Puck that is manipulating marionettes of characters from Midsummer Night's Dream. I used to do a lot of Ophelia themed paintings, so that is also calling to me. In any case, the challenge is right up my alley!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Show this weekend!

I'm showing at the Essex Studios open studio walk again this weekend. Friday and Saturday 6-11 pm. I'm not going to bring quite as much as last time, but I will have the new portrait commission, new and old sculptures as well as several new, smallish landscapes for sale (or just viewing, of course). So stop by and visit me! I am on the second floor by the elevator.

I hope you'll excuse the questionable quality of the photos, but I'm excited about my new projects and I have to share =)
The torso will have the heart inside and window panes in the body under the arms. It is based on a yoga term that describes that part of the body as the windows to the heart.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Ice Storm

We had a fantastic ice storm last week! The trees and grass looked like they were made out of glass. Sherpa was in her Husky dog element.

And here are some of the paintings that I did while we were snowed in.
I think I will put them in my Etsy shop - more to come, as well! It reminded me of the time I spent living in MN and CO. Snowscapes have special meaning to me.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

On the Threshold

"It is better to meet God on the threshold of despair than to risk our lives in a complacency that has never felt the need of forgiveness"

~Thomas Merton

I find this quote comforting because it acknowledges that we make mistakes and that we can use our struggles to become more awakened human beings. We cannot understand the beauty or power of forgiveness unless we have needed for ourselves, at some time.

I wanted this sculpture to be delicate and fragile but also bravely balanced on that threshold (both inside and out).

My father came to see this piece the other day and went to open the door and take out the quote, which is written on the scroll. And watching it gave me a strong feeling in my own body which I hadn't expected. It just was kind of intense to see someone open up a door into another body. I'm definately going to do more interactive pieces that deal with open vs closed, vulnerable vs protected. The energy it creates is very interesting to me and reminds me of concepts we worked with in the transpersonal counseling courses I took at school.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

New year - New Sculpture

First a photo of a familiar sight - my favorite coffee mug sitting on my painting taboret

Here is the sculpture I have been working on this week. It's still in progress, but I like to take photos as I go along because it is like an objective eye which helps me pick up on flaws that I don't notice while I'm working.