Talking with a client about my work, she asked an interesting question: “How does one of you paintings come to be; what is the process?” For me, a painting begins days or weeks before any paint is squeezed from the tube. I am constantly making mental notes of everything that catches my attention; an intriguing color combination; negative space; an interesting conversation. I carry these thoughts around, filtering through them and reorganizing them into ideas that can be put onto the canvas. When I start painting, I’m intertwining these ideas with other memories of life occurrences. My paintings, although landscapes, unfold like a story. I want my viewers to recall their own life story as they wander through my work and reconnect with something familiar.
Jack and I have been looking at houses on and off for the better part of the past year and a half. We finally found one that met my crazy/specific demands and we had the home inspection today. Everyone kept asking me in the days leading up to it if I was nervous, and for some bizarre and uncharacteristic reason, I was feeling very... zen about it. It hit me today, as I was crawling around on my hands in knees in the dark looking at dripping plumbing and amateur electrical work, that buying a house is a walk in the park compared to buying a horse.
“Reaching Across” 16”x16” oil and cold wax with mixed media on birch panel.
This is one of the paintings that will be shown at my solo show at the Mill Valley Chamber Art Gallery from Feb 1 - 28 with a reception on Feb 6 from 5:30 - 7:30 during the 1st Tuesday Artwalk in Mill Valley.
On this #highbeamteamtuesday , we're highlighting one of our newest planners, Katelyn! She planned and produced the annual conference for our amazing client, @truecar! "Working with TRUECar has been a highlight of my time at High Beam. My favorite part of the event was the Awards Night, as it was great seeing the entire company company come together and celebrate. It was a great experience and I can't wait for future events!"
Starting2 new works!!! As I was painting the under colours for my new works my thoughts went to the sea even when I’m using oranges,crimson and pinks tones as I do enjoyed these colours and they might not show up much by the time I’ve finished these works. What do you think of these colours??does it give you warm fuzzy like me!!!
ON THE BLOG: The Seemingly Unattainable Goal
We stand there, pouring over the words of Mary Oliver, E.B White, and Bob Winn. You, your backpack full of words, ideas, and a future you have yet to unfold, and me, standing in those same shoes, with that same curious look, gears always turning and mind never dull.
Writers, I think. What a thing to be a writer —an expression of myself.
An extension of myself.
I’m never going to leave you, I think, as time sheds its layers and I’m here, writing this under a soft blanket, promising to remind you of that time, in the library, where you thought that one quick thought — I heard you.
I still hear you, and the answer is yes.
Yes, amongst so many things, you too are a writer.
REAL TALK: On why I’ve separated myself from the things I’ve shared; dreams of traveling books; discovering where my worth stands; on being there for my younger self, the expression of us + so much more, on the blog 👉🏼 LINK IN BIO #morethanlyme 📷 a self portrait inspired by @elliexplores
Always adding in the details! The more I create and develop my style of art journaling, the more obsessive about the details I become. I realized at some point that the journal pages I fall in love with are usually ones that are swimming in layers and colors and details. So I started slowing down, looking where I could add more marks, more lines, small pockets of interest. I used to make art journal pages all in one go, but now it takes me weeks to finish one. I work on it bit by bit, leaving it for days and then coming back to it to see what area is calling to me. Make a dash here, scribble something there. As I slow down and take my time with each art journal page, I become more invested and my marks become more significant. It has been a wonderful process and skill to develop. This spread was made all in one go this summer, and even though my process and style have evolved, I'm still in love with this spread 😍 (you can watch the whole process on my channel if you want too.)
little piece of a work in progress that I’m feeling excited about 🤗
I’ve got a handful of works in the studio at the midway point right now, and space (as in outer) and spaciousness seem to want to make themselves know in just about all of them. Same word, different thing. But with similar feelings. I’m digging what it’s creating 💫
So here is this gorgeous handmade piece of art, or you can say birthday CARD!! If you haven’t read the story, please read about this amazing artist in the pervious post! This artwork is NOT just painted, it’s her signature technique of fabric cut outs that she paints and manipulated into characters and beautiful scenes...my childhood bedroom walls were filled with amazing artwork that I used to spend hours admiring, studying and analyzing, beautiful bursts of color and stories on the walls of our bedroom! What a perfect and creative way to decorate a nursery or child’s play room? Also, notice the details, Donald Duck is dragging the gift box that ACTUALLY opens so you we can grab the gift envelope... .
I’m just nuts over this...and forever grateful that I get to experience this genius work! Now we get to put this in Monaco’s room! FYI I will later share a few salvaged pieces of her work!
Experimenting painting on multiple sheets of acrylic and layering to create a 3d painting. Not sure where this will go- any wood workers out there want to team up and make light boxes? Necklaces that light up?
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Last of the rounds are now on sale with a whopping 25% off until the end of the month. Head to the website and enter ROUNDLOVE at checkout! Link in bio
Left: Laguna, 2016 Mixed Media on 50cm round Birchwood
Centre: Oasis, 2017 Mixed Media on 50cm round Birchwood
Right: Escape, 2017 Mixed Media on 50cm round Birchwood
Work in progress. They will hopefully one day be birch trees.
I have a lot of works in progress right now: writing ideas, half-finished paintings, photos I want to take. It’s like this creative itch that I can never seem to find the time to scratch.
I love getting lost in a creative endeavor, it is life-giving for me, but I keep coming back to the realization that my deepest love is in being a wife and a mother and simply living day-to-day with these people of mine. And yes, art and motherhood are not mutually exclusive, but it’s frustrating to see all your free time eaten up by laundry and errands and carpool.
I suppose I could start getting up at 4am, but I also really love sleep.
So I’m just gonna give myself some grace and keep on loving my husband and taking care of my babies and carving out time wherever I can for these projects of mine. And actually that sounds like a pretty good life to me. 💕
What an amazing turnout for the first #LadiesDrawingNightPVD of the year! 🎨✨ Sooo many new faces joined us for two hours of drinking + drawing at @bayberrybeerhall tonight. It was great meeting everyone! Many thanks to @sakuraofamerica for sponsoring this month’s event & providing us with some rad new drawing tools (I’m obsessed with the #pigmamicron PN — it’s smooth af 🖊). See ya next month! 👩🏻🎨
“B A R E” a series & collaboration with photographer Ayna Lorenzo @oh.cecilia. This is one of the 3 pieces of Ayna that will be in “Nude: Brutal Beauty” @lexingtonartleague. The exhibit is incredible, affective, visceral and bound to make you feel things. Opening night is this Friday, January 26th and it’ll be quite the party ! I’ll be live painting, projecting the ink art onto the wall, where you too as a spectator can interact with the art on top of your skin. Ayna will be photographing the event that night as well. Tickets are $50 for LAL members, $65 for nonmembers & available via Lexingtonartleague.org. —
To make this project, scans of my acrylic ink art were digitally superimposed onto photos & inverted. (This specifically has “Crescent” superimposed). Then, the final images were printed on aluminum (30 x 20 inches). The exhibit will be up 1/26-3/11. You have to see them in person !
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