large scale pastels

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in Blog
large scale pastels

Wanting to work in pastel on a larger scale, I began to explore materials.  I knew that Golden Artist Paint made a medium specifically for pastels, so I wrote to one to the technical experts at Golden about an appropriate substrate.  He had a number of suggestions.  I decided to try sintra, as it was […]

Enormous Tiny Art 17 opening: Friday, February 6th, 5-8 PM

Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 in Blog
Enormous Tiny Art 17 opening: Friday, February 6th, 5-8 PM

The amazing staff at Nahcotta is busily installing 300+ tiny works in anticipation of the opening the Friday night.  It’s always a crazy fun night.  I would highly encourage you to attend if you are able!! Otherwise, perusing online is the next best thing.  (pre-buying is encouraged!!)

one month to go

Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 in Blog
one month to go

Today is July 1st.  My solo show at Nahcotta opens one month from today.  Let the hyperventilating begin!  Something happens to me (and I think most artists) when I am working towards a solo show.  I go a little crazy.  There are so many paintings to paint: there is so much to say about my […]

Diebenkorn: The Berkley Years

Posted by on Sep 4, 2013 in Blog
Diebenkorn: The Berkley Years

I recently saw this incredible show while visiting San Francisco.  I have always been a Diebenkorn fan and seeing a large body of his work was amazing.  His color and paint are beautifully rich.  There is almost an underlying tension in his very well considered compositions.  There was so much to learn from this work […]

Inventing Abstraction, 1910–1925 at MOMA

Posted by on Jan 29, 2013 in Blog
Inventing Abstraction, 1910–1925 at MOMA

I saw a great show at MOMA this weekend: Inventing Abstraction, 1910–1925.  It was so interesting to see and read about how some forward thinking artists of the day, shared ideas, interacting with one another as well as musicians and writers. Their explorations served to re-define “art”, opening countless doors for artists of the future.   http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/exhibitions/1291

A day at the Met!

Posted by on Jan 29, 2013 in Blog
A day at the Met!

LOVE, love, love the contemporary wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  I have seen this piece by Ellsworth Kelly many times, but this time I really looked at the thoughtful transition of hues from a cool yellow to a warm yellow.  Wow.

recent acrylic painting

Posted by on May 11, 2012 in Blog
recent acrylic painting

I recently completed this 30×60 acrylic on canvas.  I hope we can find it a good home soon 🙂

while on my way to someplace else……

Posted by on Apr 3, 2012 in Blog
while on my way to someplace else……

Recently at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, I was headed to a small watercolor exhibit.  As I wove through the maze of galleries, I stumbled upon one in which Japanese kimonos were displayed.  I stopped in my tracks.  The fabrics of these robes are so beautifully designed.  Each truly is a work of […]

Ogunquit Museum of American Art

Posted by on Apr 3, 2012 in Blog
Ogunquit Museum of American Art

I went to the Ogunquit Museum of American Art this morning to drop off a couple of pastels to the gift shop.  What an absolutley beautiful setting.  The grounds surrounding the museum have a variety of sculptures……..AND the Atlantic Ocean is right out back!   It’s too gorgeous.  Tomorrow the museum opens for the season with a […]

one week left!!

Posted by on Mar 25, 2012 in Blog
one week left!!

Still one week left to see Matt Adrian’s show at Nahcotta.  These beautifully painted “bird portraits” are wonderfully stylized.  Somehow one feels the “personality” of the bird coming through.  The entire surface of each painting is very carefully considered.  The often quiet space surrounding the birds give the paintings a contemporary feel……….and some of the titles […]

giclees at the MFA, Boston!!

Posted by on Mar 9, 2012 in Blog
giclees at the MFA, Boston!!

I am “over the moon” excited to tell you that the gift shop at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is now carrying three of my giclees!!  They also have them on their website I feel incredibly honored by this endorsement of my work.  Just sharing the good news 🙂

mixed media at the MFA

Posted by on Jan 29, 2012 in Blog
mixed media at the MFA

I am currently taking a class in mixed media at the Museum of Fine Art in Boston.  So far we have created decorative papers using acrylic paint, built three dimensional constructions with cardboard and created a collage which references a master painting.  It has been such a great way to expand my creative thinking and […]

enormous tiny art eleven!

Posted by on Jan 29, 2012 in Blog
enormous tiny art eleven!

I JUST dropped off eight tiny pastels to Nahcotta for the ETA 11 show.  The pastels themselves are 3×6, framed to 8×10.  Some of these images might inspire some larger works at some point in the future.  I always look forward to this show.  The diversity is so great.  Show dates are February 1-29.  The […]

new in the studio

Posted by on Oct 24, 2011 in Blog
new in the studio

Just finished up a four panel piece called season shift.  Would love to find a big, beautiful wall to call home 🙂

passing the torch

Posted by on Aug 22, 2011 in Blog
passing the torch

Yesterday I delivered nine tiny paintings to Nahcotta for the ETA 10 (Enormous Tiny Art) show. Working in a small format is a great opportunity to experiment a bit with materials. I tried applying three different grounds to the canvas. They all accepted the paint in a different way. The inspiration for the works was […]

2012 calendars are in the house!!

Posted by on Aug 8, 2011 in Blog
2012 calendars are in the house!!

  It’s always challenging to choose twelve images that tell the story of my work, but I am very happy with this mix. Some images are representational, some a bit more abstract: some done in pastel, others in acrylic. …….now if I can just motivate the staff to get them packaged up!!

beach walk

Posted by on Jul 22, 2011 in Blog
beach walk

What an incredibly inspiring way to start the day…….

CHIHULY

Posted by on Jul 19, 2011 in Blog
CHIHULY

Finally made it in the the Boston MFA yesterday to see the Chihuly exhibit. It was SO inspiring! The installations are incredible from conception to scale to execution. It was very uplifting. If you can possibly get there, I would encourage you to do so! http://www.mfa.org/exhibitions/chihuly

Saturday Cove Fine Art re-opens!

Posted by on May 25, 2011 in Blog
Saturday Cove Fine Art re-opens!

I am so excited to once again, be working with Kim Clark at Saturday Cove Fine Art in Northport, Maine. SO many years ago, it was Kim who welcomed me and my work, truly getting my career off the ground. After a well deserved break, she and her husband, Scot Sebold have re-opened the gallery […]

spring

Posted by on May 24, 2011 in Blog
spring

It has not been a particularly lovely spring here in New England. Unseasonably cool, cloudy with lots of rain. Nonetheless, nature, ever steadfast, went about the business of renewal. Eventually, the sun came out……and the masterpiece revealed.

COLOR /VALUE QUIZ answer (newsletter)

Posted by on Mar 11, 2011 in Blog
COLOR /VALUE  QUIZ  answer  (newsletter)

SO…..you knew it was a trick question, yes? The answer is that the the line in all three rectangles is the same, but it appears altered by the colors and values of the the colors surrounding it. (value meaning lightness or darkness) This is something I learned many years ago…and I use it all the […]

MFA visit

Posted by on Feb 22, 2011 in Blog

The minute I walk through the doors at the Boston MFA, I can feel something wash over me that is a mix of serenity and exhilaration. This happens every time. It can be the new wing (which is AMAZING, by the way) or the older part of the museum. It doesn’t have to be any […]

tiny art time!!

Posted by on Jan 31, 2011 in Blog
tiny art time!!

I just dropped off some small acrylic paintings on paper to Nahcotta for ETA 9! The tiny art shows are a great opportunity to try something new or develop an entire series on a single backboard in the studio! Working a number of pieces at once is a favorite way of working for me. Each […]

sentinels of winter

Posted by on Jan 2, 2011 in Blog
sentinels of winter

Every year once the leaves have fallen, I find myself watching the bare trees and the light surrounding them. They are sentinels standing against a silver sky. The motion as I walk or watch from a vehicle constantly shifts their relational positioning and flickers of light bounce off the bark. I am beginning to explore […]

Ogunquit Museum of American Art Invitational

Posted by on Nov 7, 2010 in Blog
Ogunquit Museum of American Art Invitational

The OMAA invitational was a fun and BUSY weekend. Such a gorgeous spot and there was a wonderful and varied group of exhibitors. LOTS of attendees came through and were very receptive to my work 🙂 It was great to see some dear friends who made the trek and I must say a special thank […]

magical place

Posted by on Sep 16, 2010 in Blog
magical place

I just finished up a little pastel series based upon a magical place in Denmark, Maine.

steamy opening!

Posted by on Sep 7, 2010 in Blog
steamy opening!

The ETA8 opening at Nahcotta was hopping. It was crowded and steamy! Kind of like and opening and a spa treatment all in one! As always, it was great to see such diversity in one show. I had the pleasure of chatting with Virginia Fitzgerald who is new to the gallery. Love her work. Check […]

art is essential

Posted by on Aug 30, 2010 in Blog
art is essential

There is a prevailing train of thought that when times gets financially challenging, one of the first areas to be cut from the budget are those relating to the arts……which are deemed “non-essential”. I would like to offer a different perspective. Art elevates the quality of our lives. Whether sitting in a theater immersed in […]

2011 calendar

Posted by on Aug 20, 2010 in Blog
2011 calendar

My 2011 calendar is in the works!! We are keeping the same size and format, but making some subtle shifts in the design. I’m excited to see it printed…probably in a couple of weeks. Stay tuned!!

working away

Posted by on Aug 8, 2010 in Blog
working away

Lula and I have been working away on some new acrylic paintings. Actually mostly, I am working and she is napping, but we all have our jobs. I am very interested in creating both a beautiful image which speaks to the spiritual quality of nature …..AND a beautiful surface. It’s kind of a tall order, […]

portsmouth en plein air

Posted by on Jun 21, 2010 in Blog
portsmouth en plein air

I recently stopped into the Kennedy Gallery and frame shop here in Portsmouth. I had read about the show for which the artist, Erin Murray, had committed to painting plein air throughout the city for one month. The results are lovely; beautifully composed paintings capturing the charm of our historical seaside community. The color and […]

Go, Nan, go!!!!

Posted by on Jun 10, 2010 in Blog
Go, Nan, go!!!!

I spent Memorial Day weekend in the very cool city of Burlington, VT. My sister was running in the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon as a fundraiser for Konbit Sante. My niece, Rory and I went to cheer her on. It was a really fun event. Lots of good energy. Nancy ran a great race, one […]

immersion

Posted by on May 18, 2010 in Blog
immersion

Today I stood in front of a large white canvas which I primed some time ago. At that time, I had a vague idea about the painting I wanted to make. But other studio commitments and unexpected occurrences put two months between my original thought and this moment. (Thankfully, my loyal assistant, Lula was there […]

hot off the easel

Posted by on Apr 17, 2010 in Blog
hot off the easel

I just finished a commission consisting of ten small pastels. Next week I will begin another commission which is for one large pastel. Took advantage of a brief interim to complete several pastels which have been close for awhile. I just needed to spend some time with them to make any final adjustments.

AD 20/21

Posted by on Feb 23, 2010 in Blog
AD 20/21

Diana Levine Fine Art, a gallery I have had the pleasure of working with for many years, will be exhibiting at the AD 20/21 show at The Cyclorama in Boston this weekend. With forty exhibitors, the show features a vast array of contemporary art, furniture, crafts, jewelry and more. Yesterday she and her crew worked […]

the quality of a line / the quality of life

Posted by on Feb 16, 2010 in Blog
the quality of a line / the quality of life

As a junior in college, ALL those many years ago, I was completely immersed in studio work. I loved it!! At the same time, my sister was in nursing school. This struck me as a much more noble profession. BUT………I am a big time fainter when it comes to things medical, so I concluded it […]

tiny art for a BIG cause

Posted by on Feb 4, 2010 in Blog
tiny art for a BIG cause

It’s that time again! Tiny art has made its way from all over the country for Nahcotta’s ETA Show 7!!! As always, the show promises to be a visual feast. It’s amazing to see such diversity in one place. I am pleased to be exhibiting with so many fine artists. Show dates are Feb 4 […]

romantic reds

Posted by on Jan 29, 2010 in Blog
romantic reds

I’m just heading out to deliver some small pastels to the Powers Gallery! Hopefully there are some romantics out there who would like to surprise their special someone with a truly unique valentine 🙂

north / south artist retreats

Posted by on Jan 25, 2010 in Blog
north / south artist retreats

I recently heard from a long time friend of my sister and her husband, Scott Stoll. Scott is an amazing sculptor. I find his work to be stunning: fluid and graceful. He even did a series in homage to the stiletto! You have to love that! He was writing primarily to tell me about his […]

two journeys

Posted by on Jan 15, 2010 in Blog

Tomorrow my niece and brother-in-law are heading out on two very different trips. My niece, a junior in college is departing on a semester at sea. She will be taking classes while experiencing the cultures of ten different countries. What an amazingly exciting and expansive experience. I am so happy for her ……and proud of […]

interesting juxtaposition

Posted by on Jan 8, 2010 in Blog
interesting juxtaposition

  I recently said to a friend that although I was enjoying the holidays, I was looking forward to getting back to work in the studio. I realize that just being able to make that statement makes me very lucky. I have been moving back and forth between twelve 6” x 6” paintings for the […]

winter’s gifts

Posted by on Dec 21, 2009 in Blog
winter’s gifts

Winter can pose some challenges. As someone who runs about 20 degrees behind the rest of the world, the onset of winter means for me, trying once again to figure out how many layers I can put on at one time….and still be able to move!! That said, winter in New England has its gifts. […]

genius

Posted by on Dec 15, 2009 in Blog
genius

A friend recently stopped by my studio to purchase a painting for his new apartment. As he was looking around he said he thought he would like to buy a new painting for each season and then rotate them in the same space. What a fantastic idea! I’m pretty sure he is a genius 🙂

the thousandth layer

Posted by on Dec 5, 2009 in Blog

While visiting my family in FL last week, I was working on some small paintings on my Dad’s back porch. One in particular seemed quite problematic. I kept tweaking, revising, shifting the horizon line, etc………and still I could not make myself happy. Until finally, with one brushstroke, whatever is was, I smiled. Something good was […]

something new!!

Posted by on Nov 17, 2009 in Blog
something new!!

There is something new in my online shop…… my very first, hot off the press, holiday card!!! I KNOW, we all like to think that the holidays are off in the distance, but before you know it, we will be in that whirlwind of decorating, baking, shopping and socializing that make the holiday season a […]

2010 calendars at the MFA

Posted by on Nov 16, 2009 in Blog
2010 calendars at the MFA

My friend was recently at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts gift shopand snapped this picture of my calendars on display there! This is the third year that I have been fortunate enough to sell my calendars at the MFA and it is still super exciting!

small works in acrylic

Posted by on Nov 2, 2009 in Blog
small works in acrylic

I just finished up some small paintings in acrylic. NO, not as small as the mini pastels for the deCordova gala. These are 6″x6″. Some are on canvas and some on panel. It’s nice when working this size, to be able to experiment with materials. In some cases I primed the surface with modeling paste. […]

heading to the deCordova!!

Posted by on Oct 12, 2009 in Blog
heading to the deCordova!!

I just finished up 19 tiny …………and when I say tiny………….2”x3” pastels for a special event being held at the de Cordova. Kim of Three Graces Gallery will be bringing her Teeny Tiny Art vending machine to the de Cordova as part of the preliminary festivities to their annual galafundraiser. I wasn’t sure how it […]

wrapping things up!

Posted by on Sep 23, 2009 in Blog
wrapping things up!

I THINK this is going to be the week to wrap up a couple of important projects. One is my 2010 calendar. I just had the final proofing session with Bill at Phineas Graphics. AND I think my new website which is being designed by Kim at Three Graces Gallery should soon be up and […]

is it true artists have more fun??

Posted by on Sep 18, 2009 in Blog
is it true artists have more fun??

Some days it is! Yesterday I went with a friend for my FIRST surfing lesson. What a BLAST!! It was fun,exhilarating and an amazing workout. I had NO idea. The surf was big, so just paddling out was a challenge. I think I actually forgot to stand up all the way on my longest ride, […]

paint, beautiful paint

Posted by on Jul 30, 2009 in Blog
paint, beautiful paint

  I have been working away on some acrylic paintings for the Nahcotta Landscape Show. Last week at some point, I thought to myself, I LOVE this medium. Wasn’t always so. Several years ago, when I began to explore acrylics, I was aggravated when they did not behave in the same manner as pastels with […]

umbrian magic

Posted by on Jun 9, 2009 in Blog
umbrian magic

I recently stumbled upon a series of pastels I started on location as an artist in residence at the International School of Art in Montecastello. All these years later, I could see something new in these pieces and so I decided to pull them out of the flat file and finish them up! It brought […]

acrylics at nahcotta

Posted by on May 23, 2009 in Blog
acrylics at nahcotta

Deb and Abbie did their usual amazing job in hanging the work for the May show. The first time I walked into the gallery and saw my acrylicsin their lovely space, it was like I was seeing them with with fresh eyes. Just wanted to say, “thanks, ladies!!”………. and to share a few pictures.

another reason to appreciate art………..

Posted by on Mar 25, 2009 in Blog
another reason to appreciate art………..

…..it appreciates!! At a recent opening, a friend of mine was inquiring about art biz in these clearly challenging times. Well……………challenging, I would say. He made the point, and a lovely point it is, that art is one thing that consistently appreciates. Maybe there was even MORE reason for people to be buying art now. […]

pastel show

Posted by on Mar 1, 2009 in Blog
pastel show

This week I delivered some “hot off the easel” pastels to the Powers Gallery in Acton, MA. They are getting ready for their much anticipated Pastel Show. I am honored to be exhibiting with such notable pastel artists as Christal Bjork, Robert Carsten, Wolf Kahn and Will Klemm. It’s always amazing to see the many […]

works in progress

Posted by on Mar 1, 2009 in Blog
works in progress

My studio is currently filled with LOTS of paintings at various stages of development. I have been working primarily with acrylic. Most of the images are abstracted landscapes. I am also still interested in exploring the many textural additives that are available to me with this versatile medium. Yesterday I decided to hang some of […]

Enormous Tiny Art Show 5 !!!

Posted by on Jan 30, 2009 in Blog
Enormous Tiny Art Show 5 !!!

I just delivered twelve small paintings to Nahcotta for the ENORMOUS TINY ART SHOW 5. They are works in acrylic done on 6×6 panels. Deb and Abbie are knee deep in tiny art! As always, it’s exciting to see the great diversity of work. The opening is Friday, Feb 6th, so mark your calendars!!

something good is happening

Posted by on Dec 30, 2008 in Blog
something good is happening

…….to quote the B52s. SO…….I have been plugging away in the studio working in acrylic on a series of small panels for the Enormous Tiny Art show at Nahcotta in February………and now twelve panels into it, I can see that something is starting to gel. I am allowing myself to paint in whatever fashion moves […]

back to reality

Posted by on Nov 24, 2008 in Blog
back to reality

I just returned from a super relaxing vacation visiting family in FL. It was a week without deadlines: just some reading, painting, eating, drinking and sleeping! What a wonderful concept. When I got home Saturday night, the wind was howling and the temperature was 21 degrees. Hmmmmm. While away, I began a spring series done […]

2009 calendars!

Posted by on Oct 21, 2008 in Blog
2009 calendars!

I have been delighted by the response to my 2009 calendar! Almost everyone who sees it says, without any prompting, “Oh I LOVE the size!” It’s funny because I was hesitant to make the calendar smaller, 8×8 as opposed to 12×12, for fear it would diminish the visual impact. But it still has plenty of […]

Sky Fever

Posted by on Oct 7, 2008 in Blog
Sky Fever

I have recently been doing some work in an elongated format. It seems to add to the expansive feeling of the painting. One such pastel, Sky Fever, is currently on view at Nahcotta.

small works shows open Friday, Sept 5!!

Posted by on Sep 2, 2008 in Blog
small works shows open Friday, Sept 5!!

Two fabulous galleries here in Portsmouth are busily preparing for their bi-annual small works shows. The Teeny Tiny Art Show III at Three Graces Gallery and the Enormous Tiny Art Show IV at Nahcotta both promise to be amazing. The galleries will be featuring approximately 300 and 400 works respectively. It’s a wonderful way take […]

where did the summer go??!!

Posted by on Sep 2, 2008 in Blog
where did the summer go??!!

This summer went by with lightening speed. Recently a friend of mine was bemoaning all the rain we’d had and I hadn’t even noticed! I had a number of show commitments and weekends away with family and friends. Lots going on. But one evening really stands out for me. I have four nieces who all […]

lanscape show at Nahcotta

Posted by on Aug 4, 2008 in Blog
lanscape show at Nahcotta

I just delivered some “hot off the easel” pastels to Nahcotta for their 2008 landscape show. Most of the other artists had already dropped off their work and it looks like it’s going to be an exciting show! It always fascinating to see the varied interpretations of any given theme. The opening is this Friday, […]

Denmark Magic

Posted by on Aug 3, 2008 in Blog
Denmark Magic

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of spending some time in Denmark, ME with my family. My brother-in-law and his family built a beautiful vacation home, right on the water. Many of the materials were recycled. It is a welcoming and relaxing place with lots of amazing views. I think I feel a new series […]

show on Martha’s Vineyard!!

Posted by on Jul 8, 2008 in Blog
show on Martha’s Vineyard!!

Well……FINALLY Summer has arrived!! Beaches and barbecues await! Should your travels this year take you to beautiful Martha’s Vineyard, I hope you will stop into the Belushi Pisano Gallery in the heart of Vineyard Haven. The gallery is filled with wonderful original art and fine crafts. I am excited to be having a show there […]

distillations

Posted by on Jun 21, 2008 in Blog
distillations

  I have been working on some paintings using acrylic. Before I begin, I usually tone the surface and/ or use a palette knife to smear on some textured gel medium. Once the surface is dry, I begin to put color on top of it. I am thinking about color, light, texture and paint. I […]

left bank gallery in wellfleet

Posted by on Jun 14, 2008 in Blog
left bank gallery in wellfleet

I recently delivered a new body of work to the Left Bank Gallery in Wellfleet. What a gorgeous spot, right on the marsh. The gallery is filled with amazing original art, fine crafts and furnishings and jewelry. It’s true, the cost of gas is through the roof, but go anyway!! Summer is short. Go to […]

why abstraction??

Posted by on Jun 10, 2008 in Blog
why abstraction??

WHY, one might reasonably ask, after many years of study and development, of honing the ability to make a two dimensional surface look like “something”, in my case a landscape in three dimension…….WHY then would you wish to disregard that skill in favor of abstraction?? Paint, texture, color, on a two dimensional plane. There are […]

blog neglect

Posted by on May 21, 2008 in Blog
blog neglect

………..guilty as charged. There is NO excuse. And yet, I will offer this. I have been working REALLY hard in my studio!! My solo show at Nahcotta was such an exciting experience. As I have mentioned before, Nahcotta is a wonderful gallery, right here in my FAB hometown. And…….the show, Explorations, introduced some of my […]

how long did it take you to paint that??

Posted by on Feb 26, 2008 in Blog
how long did it take you to paint that??

Recently, while at Nahcotta, I had the pleasure of meeting one of their clients who has purchased my work on several occasions. Standing in front of one of my paintings, he asked, in a very nice way, “How long did it take you to paint this?” I started with “Well, about twenty years and…then some […]

acrylic explorations

Posted by on Feb 26, 2008 in Blog
acrylic explorations

I have been working for some time now, off and on for several years, with acrylic paint. Inevitably, I would become frustrated and / or have a show commitment, so the acrylics would get put away and I would be reunited with my beloved pastels. Ah……..like coming home. So familiar and comfortable. In recent months, […]

fabulous monotype workshop!!!!

Posted by on Feb 26, 2008 in Blog
fabulous monotype workshop!!!!

This weekend I had the wonderful opportunity of attending a monotype workshop in the studio of Roger Goldenberg. I have been curious about monotypes for a long time and thought it could be a good way to expand my creative language. My good friend, Jean, who was way overdue for a Portsmouth visit signed up, […]

a few more bits from Cali

Posted by on Feb 4, 2008 in Blog
a few more bits from Cali

A few more things worthy of mention RE: my Cali trip. In San Francisco, I saw a wonderful show at the SF MOMA. Olafur Eliasson. The exhibit, which is interactive, opens one’s awareness to aspects of light, movement and perception. It was truly delightful as well as thought provoking. While in LA, I had the […]

hey, it’s been at least 17 hours! Time for another show!!

Posted by on Feb 1, 2008 in Blog
hey, it’s been at least 17 hours! Time for another show!!

Good thing for adrenaline. Julie, of course, had everything well under control, so when I got back to Santa Monica we just needed to hang the work, change clothes…..and away we go! They had removed most of the furniture for the event which really opened up the space and made it easy for people to […]

and now the work begins: LA

Posted by on Feb 1, 2008 in Blog
and now the work begins: LA

After a quick flight to LA, Deb went to stay with friends who had recently moved there and I got to work!! It was great to see my cousin and her family. Julie is a fabulous cook, so once again, I was treated to some amazing meals. I really enjoyed having the chance to visit […]

working my way back to Eastern Standard Time

Posted by on Feb 1, 2008 in Blog
working my way back to Eastern Standard Time

Returned from my FABULOUS West Coast Tour early Tuesday morning and am slowly getting back to real life. It was an amazing trip for me in every way. I had the chance to see some wonderful artwork, drink yummy wine, eat delicous food…..and SHOP!!! And most importanty, reconnect with family and friends AND meet some […]

Pastel Girl goes to LA!!!!

Posted by on Jan 9, 2008 in Blog
Pastel Girl goes to LA!!!!

I am excitedly preparing for my upcoming WEST COAST TOUR!!! The plan was hatched in my studio last Summer when my cousin, Julie, her husband, Paul and their beautiful boy, Flynn all came to visit from Santa Monica, CA. Julie, who I would LOVE to hire as my director of marketing, thought it would be […]

three steps to guarantee your popularity

Posted by on Jan 6, 2008 in Blog
three steps to guarantee your popularity

1. Move to New Hampshire (preferably a fabulous city like Portsmouth) 2. Register as an independent 3. Wait for Primary season. It has been an exciting time to be a New Hampshire resident. Candidates have been visiting the area for months! From the planned, well-orchestrated rally, to the spontaneous coffee shop appearance, the candidates and […]

more from the button factory

Posted by on Dec 12, 2007 in Blog
more from the button factory

Wow. Can’t believe it has taken me so long to follow up on some of the art I enjoyed at this year’s Button Factory open studio. Admittedly my time there was TOO short, but I did get to the studio of Jen Benn, the reigning queen of technology paintings. How does one make circuit boards […]

only show your hands to this woman if you can handle the truth!!

Posted by on Dec 7, 2007 in Blog
only show your hands to this woman if you can handle the truth!!

I briefly attended the open studios at the Button Factory this weekend. More about the art in a bit, but FIRST I must tell you about a fascinating hand reading I had done at Tim Gaudreau’s studio. Tim’s wife, Atlanta is a certified hand analyst. She examines your hand shape, line formations and fingerprints to […]

Thanksgiving already???

Posted by on Nov 20, 2007 in Blog
Thanksgiving already???

WOW. I mean I know it’s a little early this year, but it feels more like a month early! It has been a busy Fall and deceptively warm…….until the SNOW today! I hope you are all able to enjoy a relaxing (at least for we, the non-cooks) Thanksgiving with family and friends. You have to […]

Magical Mexico in Portsmouth

Posted by on Nov 13, 2007 in Blog
Magical Mexico in Portsmouth

While gallery sitting this afternoon at Three Graces Gallery, I was surrounded by the beautiful, colorful works of Santiago Martinez from Oaxaca, Mexico. Even as they reference reality; the figure, a studio, nature, the paintings also have a fantastical quality. Each compositional element is included intentionally, beautifully, while much is eliminated. It it a luminous […]

acrylic painting class

Posted by on Oct 23, 2007 in Blog
acrylic painting class

I recently started an acrylic painting class at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, shocking, I know as I am pastel-girl. Having worked with pastels for so many years, this new exploration has been challenging, but it is my expectation that working in another medium will open up some new avenues creatively and for my […]

DC tour

Posted by on Oct 6, 2007 in Blog
DC tour

Just got back from a mini-vacation touring Washington DC with my Dad and sister. Kind of embarrassing to admit it was my first time there as an adult. WOW, what a place!! You could easily spend a month checking out all the monuments, museums and government buildings. (And it’s all free!!……..well, as long as you […]

calendars are shipping like crazy!!!

Posted by on Sep 18, 2007 in Blog
calendars are shipping like crazy!!!

The launch of my first art calendar (2008) has been exciting and has kept me very busy. Tim did a great job on these and the orders through my site have been brisk. The folks at Post Office are getting to know me quite well! Keep those orders pouring in. My shipping manager is ready […]

calendars at the MFA!!

Posted by on Sep 9, 2007 in Blog
calendars at the MFA!!

A friend of mine was recently at the MFA and sent me some photos of my calendar in the store. She took them with the camera on her phone, so they are a little grainy, but STILL…there they are!! I heard from the head of retail that they are selling well. What a thrill for […]

exhausted assistant

Posted by on Aug 26, 2007 in Blog
exhausted assistant

Occasionally after a working frenzy (which I have been in since about January) I need to take some time to individually clean and re-sort the pastels in my working tray. It can be a tedious process, but necessary. Now my tray is all spiffed up and ready to go for the next project! Lula, my […]

porcelain pot

Posted by on Aug 26, 2007 in Blog
porcelain pot

This week I was most fortunate to acquire a beautiful porcelain pot from the studio of Tim Christensen-Kirby. Tim begins by either throwing a vessel on the wheel or building it from slab. Once dried, he further refines the shape by filing and sanding. Then it is covered with a black slip into which he […]

Hopper

Posted by on Aug 20, 2007 in Blog
Hopper

I FINALLY got myself in to the MFA Hopper show at practically the last hour! I have admired Edward Hopper’s work for years, and of course, I have seen some of it in person before. But seeing a retrospective was SO much more informative and satisfying. The man knew composition and light….and color. Some of […]

nahcotta opening

Posted by on Aug 11, 2007 in Blog
nahcotta opening

The opening last night at Nahcotta was really buzzing! I was so happy to see family members and friends who traveled from near and far to support me. It was also wonderful to meet some of the other artists who’s work I admire. All in all a great night!

art in embassies exhibition

Posted by on Aug 8, 2007 in Blog
art in embassies exhibition

I found a HUGE surprise in my mailbox last week. I received several copies of the catalog for the Art in Embassies exhibition in Botswana. (One of my pastels is there on loan.) I was absolutely shocked, thrilled, humbled to see that they used my piece as the image for the cover of the catalog!

calendar in the works

Posted by on Aug 3, 2007 in Blog
calendar in the works

I am most fortunate to have to have my good friend AND awarding-winning photographer, Tim Gaudreau, working away on my very first art calendar! (2008) Not only is Tim very skilled, but also VERY patient as we collaborate in the proofing process, often using phrases like……… Help me to better understand what you mean by […]

administrative assistant

Posted by on Aug 1, 2007 in Blog
administrative assistant

I recently adopted a sweet little kitten from the Merrimack River Feline Rescue …a wonderful place if you are thinking about bringing home a new family member. Miss Lula has proven most helpful with administrative matters. Mr Max is still thinking things over.

landscape show

Posted by on Aug 1, 2007 in Blog
landscape show

Here is a small preview of some works I will be exhibiting as part of the landscape show at Nahcotta. I am excited to be showing with some wonderful artists at this very hip gallery, right here in my own homwe town!! The show opens on August 8th, so please check it out!