Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Upcoming Show!

I will be one of three North Mountain Art Leagues artists exhibiting work at Representative David Millard’s Offices in  Berwick, Bloomsburg & the State Capital Office Building.  The work will be up for a six month rotation, starting next week. 

The Artist’s reception will be Tuesday, December 20th from 5 - 8 pm
at Rep. David Millard’s Bloomsburg office in the old Elks Building 
240 W Market Street Bloomsburg.

Come out if you can!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Back and all covered with paint :)

It's been way too long since my last post and even longer since my last finished painting.  Not that I haven't been busy....just took some time away from the easel and oils and spent it instead at a keyboard working on a children's book.  Hopefully more about that will be coming along soon, but at least for the past few weeks it's been back to the studio for me. 

And here is the result of that return.  Just a little something inspired by the end of the summer:

                                                 "Weekend at the Jersey shore"  18" x 24"

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Another Show!

I'll be showing some of my new work at Danville's Annual "Spring Thaw" Art Show and Sale at Hawkins Chevy Showroom (next to Weis Markets, Mill Street, Danville).

The show opens this Thursday, April 7th, from 4-8pm, and continues Friday 8th and Saturday 9th from 8am-8pm.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Upcoming Show!

I'll be showing some of my work (old and new) along with other North Mountain Art League members at the Moose Exchange in Bloomsburg. The show opens with a reception this Thursday (St. Patty's Day!) from 6-8pm, but the work will be up until April 15. Love to see you on Thursday, but feel free to drop by anytime and check it out!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Reflections on a rainy day

No new work to post today.  I actually spent my weekend studio time at the NMAL general meeting in Bloomsburg instead.  It was pretty interesting.  Listening to the other artists talking about showing work, and selling work, and getting commissioned to do work made me feel a bit…jealous?...sad?  I mean, wow, some of these guys and gals are living the dream – really working as artists here in PA and not just doing it on the side when they can scare hours away from their ‘real’ jobs and other hobbies. I left feeling a little disheartened about my place among them.  But as I drove home, I thought about the spontaneous hug I got from the teen who must have felt the hour she spent with me last Friday was valuable, and the fact that this Friday I’ll be fencing in Detroit with my personal armorer and ultra-supportive husband cheering me on.  Maybe being an artist (and a fencer, and a runner) on the side isn’t such a bad reality after all.  I guess I’m pretty darn lucky to get to be pretty darn good at a couple things instead of really amazing at just one…….

Sunday, February 20, 2011

First of many?

Well, here it is!  My first official 'new' piece!  I'm feeling pretty good about it, but there are still (rather strong) pangs of uncertainty?  sadness?  nostalgia??  when I look at my 'old' paintings compared to this one.  Still clearly a very strong Hopper influence, and my colors are still bold.  But something else just seems.....missing.  I tell myself that it is the anger that is missing.  No doubt my old works had an angry, in-your-face quality to them.  I am so much happier than I was in my early 20s.

And of course there is the size.  As much as I would love to paint lifesize (or nearly so) that is just not feasible anymore. 

But I wonder/worry there is something else missing.   Is my voice gone?  Or is it just different? 
Anyway, decide for yourself, 'cause here it is:

While my old work was undeniably about me, my inspiration now comes from the people and the land that surround me.  I came from here -- so I guess it's about me too -- but yet I'm a bit of an outsider looking in.  Sort of.  But it's an interesting, beautiful view, nonetheless...

"Sunday Drive"  oil on canvas, 24"x 36"  2011

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Bad mood + time in studio painting = MUCH better mood :)

I didn't think anything was going to cure my cruddy mood today, but I guess there's nothing that a few hours painting won't fix :)  The smell of oil and turpentine, Dar Williams on the shuffle, and a new painting nearly done.  Nice way to end a Saturday.

Here's a pic of my most recently finished painting (no, not the one I was working on today - I'm still not 100% that one is complete).  This is a sweet little thing I painted a few months ago just to work out all the cobwebs and get used to moving paint around on canvas again.  Turned out better than I thought for a practice run and I kinda like it.  Much smaller than my old work, but I think that is something I'm going to have to get used to (5 foot x 7 foot paintings just don't make sense they way they seemed to in college when all the materials were free and I didn't have to plan ahead to where they would actually go once I was done!)

Enjoy!  Happy weekend :)

                                              "Swimming" oil on canvas, 2010, 16" x 12.5"

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Work is hanging!

Well, I've managed to get some pieces on the walls.  Hurray!  They are (somewhat) sorted by collections and can be viewed by checking out the pages listed down the right.  So far everything on the walls are older works -- the new stuff will be coming.  And details about each will be added bit by bit (sizes, media, etc).  Enjoy! :)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


Well, I'm just getting started with this whole blog thing.  Still have a lot of work to do -- pages to put up with old art, postings to create about new art (and recent inspirations), and (hopefully) announcements about shows.  But for now, the walls in the studio are pretty bare.  Hang in there while I get my hands dirty setting things up.