Saturday, December 10, 2011

Happy Holidays!

Here is my holiday display in the dining room this year!

And this is my new exciting endeavor! Ceramic clay =) I used to use this clay in school, but when I didn't have access to a kiln, I switched to air-dry clay. Now I have a place to fire, so I bought 50 lbs of white clay to experiment with. I had forgotten how touchy it can be - Creative Paperclay is so forgiving about adding on to already dry pieces and carving back into it without cracking. But when these are fired, they will be more quite sturdy and I will feel more comfortable approaching galleries with pieces that are a more traditional. I am LOVING the new feel, the smoothness I can achieve and the challenge of something new!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Indian Hill Church Art Show

I am very pleased to be participating in this show along with so many talented artists! I will be bringing a couple portrait samples as well as some fall and winter themed landscapes. I am particularly excited about my 2 new series of paintings from my wanderings in Red Bird Hollow (here in Cincinnati) and in Southern Vermont this fall!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Ursula art doll

 I'm afraid I can't help it. Just when I have absolutely no time to spend making something whimsical, it is what I feel compelled to do. Ursula just came to me in a flash and needed me to make her. 

 Oh well, I can honestly say that I feel more grounded and centered now that she is here, so I suppose it was the best possible use of time in the the grand scheme of things.  If an artist can't follow her bliss sometimes, really, who can?!
Ursula and her baby bear are available on Etsy, and though my daughter will miss her, there will certainly be more where she came from ;)

Friday, September 9, 2011

So sweet!

Here is the watercolor portrait I was working on this week! She gave such a sweet smile for the camera =)
I get to borrow this one back for the art fair I am participating in soon. It is a really nice juried show that I always have visited, myself, so I am very happy to be a part of it this time around. Here is the info, for those of you who plan ahead:

Hyde Park Square Art Show
Cincinnati, Ohio
October 2nd

I will be bringing my portrait samples, small landscapes and slightly nervous self (this is my first art fair!)

Saturday, September 3, 2011

New studio and new portraits


 I moved my studio into a new room with more light. Loving it!

Here is what my palette looks like with basic portrait colors mixed and ready to go. 
It's all downhill from here, as far as neatness goes =)

Friday, August 26, 2011


It is never too soon to get excited about fall - harvesting the garden, painting autumn foliage and knitting little sweaters for my bambina are all things that I am enjoying these days.

Here is today's haul from the garden. And this is just what I think I will have time to process tonight - there were plenty more herbs that are ready for drying when I find the time.
And here is my new autumn illustration tearsheet.

 A view from Vermont....
 and another.
 This one is the view from the grave of Emerson in the Sleepy Hollow Graveyard in Concord, Mass.
These three are currently available in my Etsy shop

So, many things goings on around here including 4 new portraits that will have to wait for the next posting, because I'm off to can some tomato sauce!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

New Portraits

 oil on canvas 24x28"

oil on canvas 24x36"
   The first on was done using a grisaille under-painting and the second was done without an under-painting using the palette that Daniel Greene suggests in his video from 1989, which I just found at the library. It takes a little more faith and confidence to paint directly, but it is a never ending adventure!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


New landscapes from my trip to Vermont!
'Barn in the Mist' 8x10" oil on board

'The Field at Dusk' 5x7" oil on canvas

'Summer Road' 5x7" oil on canvas

~These new paintings are available on Etsy - just click the title for a link~

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Thumblina and the swallow

New sculpture! This one can hang on a wall. She is made with paperclay and all the usual hand spun, plant dyed yarn. She is available at my Etsy shop along with some other newish sculptures.

Monday, April 25, 2011

New Portraits

 A sweet little boy in watercolor...
                                                                                              ...and in oils

Sunday, April 3, 2011


Here is the watercolor portrait of my little strawbaby (from Halloween).  I didn't get the most fabulous photos of the painting because I forgot to take photos before there was glass over the top! Duh! So I couldn't light it properly without major glare. It is actually a bit more vivid in person, just like the subject =)

It is also my sample for a new listing on Etsy for watercolor portraits from photos. If you want to check it out

Friday, April 1, 2011


That's right. I'm making my move. I have always wanted to work as children's book illustrator. So badly, in fact, that it has been hard to decide when I felt ready to submit my work. But having a daughter has given me new inspiration and new story ideas, so I am going for it.

Sunday, March 27, 2011


This new illustration is called 'Balanced' and it is based on one of my new figures. Hope you like it =) It is available for sale on Etsy. It is sort of wishful thinking for me - this creature is as calm and collected as I would like to become!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

New Surreal Paintings

Here is a new painting on the subject of Tree Mother, which I have been compelled to explore recently. I am painting in a different, more direct way straight from my intuition rather than a model. This one is larger than the two following, 18x24" I think.
 Here is a smaller one 5x7" oil on cradled wood panel, as is the one that follows.
I have also been working on a bust sculpture of Psyche (which is who this is by the way!)

It is so much fun to play around with paint and color without trying to capture a likeness because it loosens me up and allows me to experiment, which in turn helps my portrait work to improve. Sometimes it feels like I am going in a million directions with my work, but it all relates, I swear!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Women's art show in Vermont

I am very excited to be taking part in group show along with some very talented artists! Here is the info:

Gallery in the Woods
145 Main St.
Brattleboro, VT 05301

Women's Show - Opening March 4, 2011

Above is my newest piece - Nest: What I am Gently Holding
Like all of my work, this one has literal and symbolic meaning for me. Of course I am a mother so, the literal is obvious =) Also it is about the aspects of oneself that are fragile and still growing. It is sometimes frustrating to wait for something to manifest in our lives, but it helps to think of it as a little seed or tiny baby that needs nurturing and patience to flower. We must be gentle with ourselves as we would be to an infant.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Small Portraits

 I have been working on portrait samples and deciding on size/format and prices to offer. To start with, I am offering 5x7" oil on wood panel portraits from photos provided by clients for $395.  I plan to offer oil and watercolor portraits from photos through Etsy and my personal website. I have many more details on my Etsy listing page . Here are a couple of examples (done from photos of people very near and dear to my heart!)
In addition, I am planning to do more traditional portraits that are larger and more involved (similar to those I have done in the past). With these, I meet with the client to determine exactly what pose, format, clothing, mood etc. Then I take the photos myself and do some sketching from life. Most of the drawing and painting is done from these references in my studio with a short final sitting to make sure everything is spot on. Stay tuned for sample of these types of portraits. There is one on my blog already which is the one of my father.

I am so excited to be devoting more time and energy to this facet of my artwork because I have always been fascinated with drawing people. From the time I was a small child, I would stand, transfixed, in front of realistic portraits at museums, wondering how the artist accomplished it and what the subject's life was like. I finally feel like my skills are at a point where I can create portrait heirlooms for other people!