quote love

I’ve had this idea to start blogging again. I’ve missed this space and the sharing of artwork and the connections made with other like-minded folk. In the next few weeks I’ll be posting some older work along with works in progress. This is a piece that I created months ago for my nephew titled “Night Boat.”

“To reach a port we must set sail –
Sail, not tie at anchor
Sail, not drift.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt


road trip and other things

12161459833_b4d75ed5e5_o12194111114_0cb3baccd1_o12208304015_d8ae294843_oWe recently took a small road trip to Richmond. Highlights were the Hollywood Costume exhibit (no photos allowed) at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, a delicious lunch at Nacho Mama’s (don’t you just love this name!) on Cary Street, and Ellman’s to stock up on dance supplies. Oh, and there was a wee bit of shopping at World Market and Trader Joe’s. I replenished my dwindling tea stash, even buying some flowering tea which I haven’t had in a while. It was great to fill the creative well and have time with family and a friend I hadn’t seen in years. A big ole soul vitamin.

The rest of the week found me under the weather. When I could, I drew and sketched out painting ideas, playing for the first time with vine charcoal and also working on trying to get better at drawing hands so that I don’t have to put so much effort into avoiding them! I have to say that they are getting a fraction easier with practice-just a bit.

What have you been working on?

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”  -Harriet Tubman

flashback friday


redhorseforblogA horse is worth more than riches.  ~Spanish Proverb

Found this image today as I was sifting through files on the computer. It was painted in April of last year, the only horse I’ve ever painted. The original was small, 8×8 on canvas. Seeing it made me think about painted Dala horses which I’ve read about since and also how 2014 is the Year of the Horse. January 31st marks the Chinese Lunar New Year and we’ll be saying hello to the year of the horse and goodbye to the year of the snake. I’ve read in several places that the Chinese say the year of the horse is a lucky year. Sounds good to me!

it’s table tuesday!



Table Tuesday: sharing whatever is in progress on your art table, desk, or easel. This piece is the front of a journal/portfolio and still has a bit more work needed before I can call it done. It was inspired by this quote:

“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in–what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.” ― Victor Hugo

Victor Hugo has it just about right…add to that a healthy bunch of family and friends, a pot of tea, a good book, a cat or two or three, some paints and I would wholeheartedly agree. What do you think? Would you add anything?

I’ve signed up for Misty Mawn’s fabulous full circle workshop. It’s only Day 2 so not too late to join in on the fun, to learn something new and meet some soulful and talented artists. Find out more about it here.

Transfers and Play


11840015824_9c0709e01e_oWorking on a photo transfer while Olivia is doing her science lesson. I really haven’t but the tiniest glimmer where this piece is headed and that’s ok with me. I’m just enjoying the process. I’ve decided that I want to work more with my own photos in my artwork. Now to figure out the rest.


Creativity is about play and a kind of willingness to go with your intuition. It’s crucial to an artist. If you know where you are going and what you are going to do, why do it? ~ Frank Gehry

Get in the studio and play. Put on some fabulous music and tell yourself you ‘get’ to paint. It is amazing how our mind shifts when we change that little word ‘got’ to ‘get’… change your ‘o’ to an ‘e’… it works every time. ~ Gwen Fox

Hoping and Working


11669969733_f4bc672dcd“Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work.” ~ Rita Mae Brown
Carrying this wisdom into my art space today.

It’s been awhile since I’ve been in that space. But I have been busy daydreaming paintings and photography anything and all things that catch my eye (like the saucer of black-eyed peas on New Year’s turning), looking for beauty in simple, everyday objects and finding it. Art in all parts of life! That’s what it’s all about. Just writing that makes me smile.

Happy New Year to YOU! Thank you for visiting. xo