Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Happy Birthday to Me =)

It was my birthday last week and I received two beautifully illustrated fairytale treasuries from some people who know me pretty well ;) I also gave myself a bunch of wool felt (I love to make it myself with natual dyes, but there hasn't been enough time for that lately and I am very excited about having a palette of felt to work with, I am a painter, after all!) and some lovely cotton velour. Also pictured are the two books I am reading from the library: one about Waldorf education and one with the illustrations of Carl Larsson, who is amazing!

The first thing I made is this bunting doll for my little girl, who hates to sleep alone in her crib - I hope this will comfort her a bit. The pattern came from the book Making Dolls.
Here she is pictured on the gorgeous baby quilt that one of my best friends made for us.

We went out for a nice Italian dinner the night before (I studied in Italy, so the cooking is close to my heart). Then, I took almost the whole day to be outside in the garden, pick raspberries and make sketches for the children's book I am working on. Here is my 'workspace' and my depiction of the raspberry patch.

What a great day! Thanks to everyone who helped make it happen!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Alice Teaser

In anticipation of the Alice and Wonderland blog event, I've done a watercolor study of the character as I see her in my mind's eye...
I had alot of fun painting her =) She is for sale in my Etsy shop as an original, and will soon be available as a print as well (as soon as my Dick Blick order for fancy-art printer paper arrives!)

Just for fun, here are a few classic illustrations that shaped the way we imagine Alice.
 Arthur Rackham

John Tenniel


Alice Liddel (photo by Lewis Carrol)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Painting of Baby and Me

Almost totally finished with this oil painting! My first experiment with a circular composition - I thought it would be appropriate for a mother and child subject. I've seen some like this in Italy, the one below is a Bottecelli.

And of course, I reviewed Marie Cassat. The other experimental aspect of this painting is that I didn't use an underpainting!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Coming along

Dad's portrait is almost done - just needs a few tweeks!

 Mother and child are almost finished as well

 And the new project....a children's book! Nothing like becoming a mother to spur the imagination!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Some Updates

Like usual, I have about 20 different projects happening simultaneously, so here are the updates on where they stand as of today. First, here is the mother and child doll, almost ready to assemble as soon as I finish the hands.

Second, here is the portrait of my father with more color.

 Third is the Alice in Wonderland doll that I just started for the Art Dolls Only challenge. The eyes are painted on instead of sculpted because I just don't have as much time to play around with that now that I have an infant!

And here she is!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

I Win!

This is a lovely creation from Artdecadence which was part of the monthly prize I won as a a follower of her wonderful blog. It made my day and now it hangs in my studio =)

Also this week, I started a rather ambitious portrait of my father. Above is the way I like to start, by refining a line drawing and transferring it to the canvas.

 Here is the painting after two full days of work. The face is only done with white and burnt sienna - later I will go over it with color.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Archetypal Action Figures

Here are some more things in the works! I just added these two guys to my Etsy shop. 

 They are the first in a series of smaller figures that are meant to stand alone or interact with each other. My dad and I are also working on some theatre boxes for them to act on that can be hung on the wall or set on a table/mantle/etc.
I am very excited about it because it reminds me of playing with a doll-house or of sand tray techniques used in play therapy. We did this at Naropa when I studied art therapy and had some amazing experiences and breakthroughs - it is such a potent way of getting into psychological issues that we suppress on a day to day basis, but that are really important to acknowledge and explore.

Of course, I have used materials that are as natural as possible - wool, plant dye, wood. It is so fun to work on projects that I can finish in a few days for a change!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Mother and Child WIP

   I'm so happy to be working in the studio again after all the hustle and bustle of moving and having a baby! Naturally, I'm inspired by this magical mother and child relationship. So here is what I am working on:

Friday, January 8, 2010

Home Decorating

"In order to survive as an artist you must have three things- the skin of a rhino. the tenacity of a bulldog, and a nice home to come home to" -Stella Adler

I just read this quote on the blog of an inspiring artist in Massachusetts ( I haven't gotten much art done in the past 6 months or so because most of my creative energy has been going into creating a cozy nest for me and my growing family.

We moved into this house in late October and I went into a nesting frenzy to get it comfortable for us and baby Eleanor. I've been using our old things in new ways - like turning old fabric and antique lace (from my great-great grandmother!) into a valentine's day banner for our fireplace. There is still alot that I plan to do, but there are some corners that I'm happy with.

One perk of being an artist is that I always have plenty of artwork to decorate my house with. Of course, I would prefer that someone else would buy it and enjoy it in their house, but until that happens I get to look at it. It's like a revolving gallery.