Sunday, November 22, 2009

Saturday, November 21, 2009


I will soon upload pictures of the room I designed this painting to go with. Kaly's mom chose a Pottery Barn quilt with circles in pink and green for her daughter and I designed the painting and room to match.
I have to give credit to Liz Tran, an amazing artist for the idea on this painting. I am definitely in her debt.
This painting is 24" x 36". I's one of my biggest yet, and definitely the largest name painting that I have done. It was a lot of fun to have a bigger canvas to fill up. I will definitely do more large paintings after this.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Dragons about

I have been working on designing my friend Janese's house. We did all new flooring, (6" plank dark hardwood with a hand hewn look; SO gorgeous! We did all new paint, and lots of new furniture and accessories.

This is what we did in her son's room.

We ended up getting a different Quicksilver bedspread in tan orange and chocolate stripes.
But we still needed some artwork. She hired me to do 2 paintings for his room. I chose really warm grey in two values for the walls with deep orange as the accent color and her son is Way into dragons. So he got dragons.

This one is a rough take on a topographical view of a lake in Siberia frozen over called Dragon Lake.

I think they turned out pretty cool and I hope he really likes them. (he seemed to, but it's sort of hard to tell with teenage boys.)

Feedback please.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Yellow Morning

My friend Eric used to say that there are two kinds of painters; those who do real art, and those that paint something to match your furniture. I have resented that assumption for years because I think I can do both. Since I am often designing the room the painting will go in as well, I often think of the art as an accessory. I always think about the room the painting is going to go in before I paint because a painting that has no reference to the space doesn't have as much meaning. This painting, however, might have been a bit of a turning point for me. I felt like it came straight from my heart. I didn't create it to match anything except what was going on inside me. It was very liberating to paint with no destination in mind. I love it finished and want to design a room for it to go in. This time the art definitely comes before the room. I think it would look great above a mantle or even a small couch. I love that it is in panels. It is also on canvas that is 2 1/2" thick which makes it really cool from the side too.
in progress...

first analysis.... needed a few changes....

I would love feedback on this one, negative and positive... what do you see, how does it make you feel? Would you like it in your home? Where does it belong?

Friday, September 25, 2009


Here's my latest. This goes with a set of 3 I did previously. I'm really happy with it and can't wait to do more. Doing this painting made me fall in love with the name Olivia! I hope they love it!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


This zoo themed painting is for a darling girl from the UK named Sam who is giving it to her friend when baby Thomas is born. She asked me to add the fantasy character you can see peeking between the M and the A. He is from a popular cartoon in the UK. It's a running joke between the families. What a great idea to personalize this already unique shower gift. I hope baby Thomas loves it.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009


I finished this name painting for little Jack.
He better be a patient little baby because he had a bit of a wait on this one. I hope he loves it!

Friday, July 24, 2009

High End Hobbit Hole- named by my husband


Whaaaam! It hit me. I don't know where it came from, but the creative juice is back. I can't sleep at night, my head is spinning with ideas, I can't get enough of creative blogs and etsy sites, and I have gotten up to sketch at 3:00AM more than once this week.
It's like breathing again...
And, I'm not bi-polar, but if I were, this would be my manic phase. Being pregnant this time sapped everything. (not pregnant anymore if you hadn't heard. Will try again in ... who knows.)

Artistic inspiration of late:
The premier of this season's Design Star , my favorite show was last Sunday. I know these people are super talented, but I was sad that I was quite disappointed in their rooms for the first challenge. I know the hardest part for me would be collaborating ideas with people you just met and it seemed that was the competitor's biggest challenge too, which seemed to diminish the quality of all the rooms. I wanted to see great work, inspiring, original brave work, but what I saw was a lot of Metropolitan Home wantabe, trendy, unoriginal stuff. I'm not being totally fair, but I had really high hopes. So as I wait for next week I have been on a roll sketching up ideas for rooms.
I got one in my head that is probably for a limited audience aka: me. I don't know how many other people would like this room, but I know I would love it.
I should explain the architecture that I have in mind for this room. The house is probably a little something like this:

except that I think the windows are going to have white trim and deep windowsills. The ceilings are high and the living space is very open with big windows to help balance the dark woods.

I already have the dinnerware set, so I'm on my way!

I didn't find the right armoir to show, but the design needs a big heavy dark wood armoir with deep shelves. The collection of white owls (like cookie jars, all large) would be displayed in the armoir with some vintage plates and platters mixed in.
The kitchen cabinets are med colored wood, shaker style with the little red toadstools for drawer pulls.
The sketch below is pretty worthless and you probably can't read a word of it, but if you need more details, let me know.
I have references for most of the above items. If you love my design, you can use my ideas, just make sure you send me finished photos and reference me.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

I'm not quitting

I get sad when I think about how neglected my art blog has been lately. I have hit a major inspiration slump. After the Missouri job (the 4 huge rooms of murals in 2 weeks) I sort of needed some down time. It took it out of me for a while. Then, I'm never my best in Jan/ Feb. Usually it's the best I can do to sew a little. March hit and it was still major winter around here and I was doing my best to keep the little ones entertained and myself in good spirits and then in April I got pregnant with #3. I try not to be a complainer, but if I had any creative juices in me, they all went straight to my core and drained out of my brain. I drew a little sketch of how I've been feeling which tries to show how being pregnant has seeped away all my will to be awake and do anything but gestate and try not to throw up. If I were to actually get out my paints I would paint this with all grays and browns and bright beautiful colors in the flowers fading out around them. The boys also need to be pulling a lot harder to make it more realistic and interesting. Initially I wanted Joren wrapped around and crawling up my leg and me partially falling over, but that would require drawing another face which I didn't have the energy for at the time.

So, even though I know there are only a few of you that check this blog, for those of you devoted readers, I just want to put it out there that I have not given up, I'm just taking a break for a while. I am actually packing up the studio into a storage unit and making the room into a play room. It will be much more useful that way. We will move next summer and by then my baby will be a few months old and maybe by then I will have some inspiration back. And then, we will have more space.

I get wistfall and nostalgic about letting something so dear to me rest. I used to think that art was so inherent to who I am that if I let it go I would cease to be me. I've learned that is not true, although as I search to find my authentic self at this moment I will miss painting, but like my mom did, I will come back to it and when the time is right I will paint again with more experience and time to devote to it, and hopefully more love in my heart. This life is all about that right? The ebb and flow. Giving and taking. Now is my time to give.. and give and give. I always felt sad and guilty that my mom gave up painting for us kids. I thought it was my fault, but she always said that was how it should be, and now is her time to paint again. She said mothering is it's own creative endeavor. I know that's true and I am putting all my energy into that right now.

So, don't hold your breath for a new painting any time soon, but if I do one, you'll be the first to know.

Friday, February 13, 2009

When I find a new painter that I love, I get so excited. I feel like so many people are painting what I am supposed to be painting. Here is an artist that I totally get. Although it will be many years before I get how to paint like he does. (that's hopeful right?) Here is one of my favorites by Paul Ferney: