Category Archives: daily inspiration

self reflections

Self portrait
Acrylic on cardboard
A little summer reading .
A little summer reading .

i’m enjoying some time to self reflect these past few days…taking in some good reads and delighting in time to re-examine my life.  I fully recommend this read.

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Snippets of a work in process

IMG_6683 IMG_6685 IMG_6684 IMG_6679I’ve been working on a series of paintings and not posting much at all, but today I thought I’d post a few pics from one of the paintings.  Yes, I am still fascinated by this statue that sits atop my piano.  It is a recurrent subject of my work.  See the series of drawings on the theme.

 

Saltwater Play

I’m home and slowing moving back into a routine here  in Wichita.  As I prepare tomorrow for my first day back in the studio since my trip, I thought I’d share a few artifacts of my time in Mexico.   These simple paintings of water and sky were created by combining water from the Sea of Cortez and gouache paint from home.  It created a really interesting effect that still surprises me as I look at them more closely at home.

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Painting as Rest and Relaxation

Thanks so much to all of you have rooted me on Friday evening for my Artist’s Reception at Mead’s Corner.  Although I was nervous, the group that attended were a welcoming audience with many thoughtful questions that helped me to articulate my philosophy, development, and vision as an artist.  My handy basket of props (materials I use to work in encaustic mixed media) was also very helpful for me).  Little tricks of the trade, suggested by my dear husband, Nathan! Thank you!  Really the night was very fun and the artwork well received and so good to see family and friends and to meet new people:)

I was able yesterday to get some paints out and spent some time working on a series of paintings in red:

Working was very refreshing for me and gives me such a sense of peace.  I’m very grateful for paint!

Morning Coffee and Watercolor Rain

This morning Nathan and I are sitting at Mead’s Corner having coffee (this is where my work is up this month).  We happen to be positioned in a sunny room right in front of this piece, “Watercolor Rain”, which is a mixed media collage on board.  It suites my mood this morning, so I share it here.  There’s something about the way she stands, turned away, head down.  I experience the piece as a  melancholy calm, with hints of passion and memory, nostalgia and wistful remembering,  Some of my pieces hit me this way.  So much of my experience and way of experiencing are worked out in the making, each artifact a part of an intricate tapestry of being.  So I let it ruminate,  and allow myself to feel.