Saturday, April 8, 2017

Satin Bowerbird




I started this painting a long time ago and never finished it.
Usually I give up and move on but this week I decided to work on it again.
I find Bowerbirds fascinating. They are quite organized collectors.
Apparently, the Satin Bowerbird prefers blue. Who can blame him? Don't we all?
He presents his bounty in little piles, artfully arranged to woo his lady love.
It's quite romantic when you think about it. 
This watercolor painting measures 18 x 24 inches.
I just added him to my shop.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Sunday Sketchbook




I forgot to post these pages from my sketchbook last week.
Vibrant colors, bright tulip paintings and patterns from my week working in Florida.
A little palette departure, I know, but I don't know if I really have a consistent palette.
I'm open to what's around me and this is what happens when I 
leave the grey skies and dormant landscape of Virginia, 
and step into a tropical paradise. Sometimes the eye has to travel.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Jardin Potager


Illustrations I painted for the March issue of Better Homes & Gardens!
A lovely article on gardener and Author, Ellen Ecker Ogden
and her dreamy jardin potager.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Negatives Into Positives




Turning Negatives into positives.
Working on some new silhouettes.
My autumn silhouettes now available as fabric.


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Beetles!



Just added these two beauties to my shop.
Framed and ready to hang!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Sunday Sketchbook

Sunday sketchbook: salon walls and silhouettes.

I've always admired the visual impact of salon style hanging of pictures.

More is more an less is a bore, no?

It's how I've always imagined my work would best present itself.

Grouped in the company of other work, a carefully curated collection,

creating a new narrative particular to the owner.

It's how I hang art at home and you might be surprised to know that
I don't have a lot of my own work hanging - one wall of vintage frames 
from the old studio that I've been working on and a few other pieces here and there.
I truly enjoy collecting the work of other artists.

These notions seemed to permeate my sketchbook this week,
and became patterns and possibly backgrounds for other paintings to come.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Shop Update!





I'm so excited to finally add new paintings to my shop!
Diminutive in scale, Mughal inspired, portraits, botanicals, and patterns!
These small watercolor works and more are now available.
I ship worldwide. If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

sunday sketchbook





A peek inside my sketchbook.
A few pages from the last two weeks.
No particular order or direction, no grand gestures,
just a place to explore ideas as they come.


Thursday, February 2, 2017

s c a l e


Playing with pattern and scale.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

sketchbook

I've been keeping a little sketchbook with surface pattern ideas.
the paper is awful for painting, perhaps better used for drawing, 
but I love the scale of it and the pretty coptic stitching on the spine,
so I'm determined to fill it up this year.
I'm not one to keep a sketchbook with any regularity, 
preferring to simply dive in an make work and see what happens.
However, keeping a sketchbook is a great way to paint or draw 
something every day, especially when I can't devote 
as much time as I'd like to painting.
 
Sometimes the work-life balance skews a little more toward life,
and that means less time for painting.
I find this a great way to keep working in some manner or fashion
and that makes me and my brushes very happy.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

2 0 1 7




Happy New Year!
I've been experimenting with portraits and pattern.
Diminutive paintings with little borders.
More is more. Pattern on pattern. Layer upon layer.
I made several lists - as I always do - of people I'd like to paint.
Plans, though, are made to be changed.
I began with some ladies of fashion and then jumped to 
women naturalists and gardeners of which Vita Sackville-West 
is the first. However, I've side stepped and started Virginia Woolf,
so I have no idea where it will all end up but that's fine by me.
It's a year for doing new things.
that is for sure.