Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween

It's Here.

Even the sky is producing an appropriate setting for the trick or treaters. It's turned colder and a gutsy breeze has picked up, just enough to help the ghosts float about.

October 31, 2014   12:30 pm   S
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Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

They're back!

FINALLY the clouds have returned! Today brought a squiggly sky, making me the happiest girl on earth!
October 30, 2014   1:15 pm   NE

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Off to see the wizard!

Here's one of my vintage watercolor tins paying tribute to The Wizard of Oz, one of my all-time favorite stories. The tin itself is an old Prang, probably from the 50s. One of the coolest elements I've included is an authentic movie cell inside the glass bottle. You can hold it up to a light and see Dorothy and her friends on their way to Emerald City.

I so love working with these tins. Just holding one, I wonder who the young artist was and what their aspirations were. It's a pleasure to give the worn tins a new life. The next one is a cat piece in a vintage Kopy Kat watercolor tin. I'll post that when it's completed.

Inside of the tin.

The outside has a flying monkey on it.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Never Stop Learning

No matter how accomplished you think you are, you can ALWAYS learn something valuable from someone else. Today I had the pleasure of taking a workshop with a wonderful artist, John Sill. This was part of the Wings Over Water festival that is held here every year. This class of course focused on drawing birds, a subject close to my heart. I was very happy that two of my students had also signed up. It's so valuable to learn from many different artists, allowing you then to pick and choose those techniques that work best for you. We learned so much - tips and techniques which will make all of us much better artists. Thank you Mr. Sill.

Friday, October 24, 2014

A New Student

Another student signed up for my Friday night drawing class. He wants to learn how to draw birds.

My Buddha gathered his courage and joined the class.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

More Yupo

Here's two more Yupo paintings to share. The subjects? Rocks of course! This one is Dendritic Agate, not a true agate because it isn't banded but grouped with agates. It has dendrites of iron and manganese that form beautiful little plant-like shapes. It is said to help provide abundance and fullness in your life.

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This one is Picasso Stone, often called Picasso Jasper. It is actually a marble giving the impression of a landscape in winter. Increased creativity and artistic endeavors are attributed to this stone. I keep a large piece of this on my worktable along with a Beryl crystal that I dug myself.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Rocky Mountain, I Mean Beach...High

Yesterday was one of those perfect days; the weather was sunny with a bit of cool, little traffic on the highway, and I had the company of good friends. I think I have mentioned that I like rocks. No, that's incorrect, I LOVE rocks. So off to the gem and mineral show. I had one thing I really, really wanted, nothing else. I was going to be good - look, touch but not buy.

When we arrived, I made a bee line for the vendor I knew would have what I was looking for. He was the only one that had it. In fact I had never seen it in slab form before. Little pieces could be found but big slabs, never. I can't tell you what it is because one of my sons reads this blog and this is a Christmas present for both of them. And they talk.

I ran up to my guy and breathlessly said, "Hi. Great to see you again. Hope you're well. I'd like to purchase some _______ ____. He smiled, said he was fine, hoped I was, and no, he didn't have any with him. I was heartbroken. Now of course there were plenty of other stones to purchase that I loved but none could compare to what I had been dreaming about. I thanked him and began looking at other things when he came up to me and said if he could get a break, he'd go out to his trailer and see if he had any tucked away inside. He came back with two gorgeous pieces which I eagerly purchased.

I also purchased a piece of Larimar - only found in the Dominican Republic from a volcano. It reminded me of a piece of sky with clouds. In fact it's referred to as the stone of sea and sky. And I bought a small Larimar ring so I can wear a cloud, brightening my day when I have a rainy one. (I happen to love clouds as much as I love rocks.)

Yesterday was one of those perfect days.

The Larimar is the blue one on the bottom of the pic. Here's are some of the other "friends" I brought home - Serpentine, agates, etc.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Alice's Rabbit is finished.

Here is the finished painting. Hope you enjoy seeing it.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Step 2

Alice's Rabbit   Step 2
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Alice's Rabbit

Since many of you seem to enjoy seeing the process, I'll share this little piece I'm working on for an upcoming show in November. Here's Step 1 of Alice's Rabbit.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Little Washington

I spent the day in Little Washington; not a small suburb of Washington, DC but Washington, North Carolina, about two hours inland from where I live. We call it Little Washington...just because. I had forgotten what a beautiful southern town this is. The streets are lined with freshly painted bungalows and the main street is chock full of fun shops, galleries and great places to satisfy your hunger pains.

I am pleased to announce that I am now represented by River Walk Gallery in this sweet little town. Today I delivered my work while mauve-bottomed clouds escorted me through fields and farms on back roads. The gallery is quite charming. What I admired is the variety of work of course, but mostly I appreciated the consistency in quality in every piece, whether it be jewelry, pottery or painting. Every artist represented was highly accomplished in his or her medium. And I found the coolest skull necklace to take home with me.

If you're ever in this part of the state, don't just rush by on the way to the beach. Take some time to explore all this cool town has to offer. And stop in the River Walk Gallery and choose a piece of exquisite art to bring home.

I've been offered a show of my cloudscapes and mineral paintings for the month of May 2015. It's going to be a very productive winter.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Winter Project

One more glimpse for you of my winter project designing a line of Mineral Cards called, Stoned.

Rhodochrosite, Stone of Love and Balance

Friday, October 10, 2014

Another Project

My friends know I am passionate about art, nature, family and friends and minerals. That's right, I have collected them since I was young, many of my specimens I have dug out of the earth with my own two hands. If a guy wants to impress me, all he need do is invite me to a gem and mineral show.

So with that being said, I am beginning an extensive project, a new card line featuring gems, crystals, rocks, minerals, whatever you choose to call them. I'm calling the collection, Stoned. 

All the paintings will be done on Yupo since it's the perfect "paper" for depicting my stones, then reproduced in the same manner as my other card lines. The back will display a bit of information about the shown specimen.

Here's my first painting of the inside of my Thunderegg. Ancient cultures believed the gods threw these agate balls down upon the people of the earth in anger at the way society was behaving. I've had times I would have liked to throw a few Thrundereggs myself.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

One Swell Shell

Another swell shell appeared in my yard this morning; a wee little box turtle, quite calm, only hissing at me once when I picked him up. I love these creatures; the patterns on the shells, the bright orange and red eyes, little toe nails, I could go on and on. And as I've mentioned before, they symbolize longevity and abundance. I'll take it. I see a painting in this.

This guy is much smaller than my usual residents.

It's a boy!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

What a difference a day makes!

This morning is clear and cool, bordering on cold. The sky is blue. Period.

I want to share with you an hour in a day of an Outer Banks sky from yesterday. I painted one sheet of six miniatures spanning an hour from 11 am to 12 noon, facing south. It was amazing.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Come Hither

I woke up to a glorious sky - clouds of every shape and size, arguing over which direction to take. One layer floats eastward and another heads west. Masses form, turn into wisps and back again to piles. And it changes every second. I can see I will get nothing done today since the clouds keep calling my name.

October 4 2014   9 am   SW

October 4 2014   10:30 am   S

Friday, October 3, 2014

New, Old Offerings

Some years ago, my very talented son Zach wrote a children's book, lush with poetry. I had the honor of illustrating his work. The book was available sporadically but now I am happy to announce that this lovely book is available through me and some local establishments.

I am also offering my line of assorted 2014 Cloud Cards, each marked with the date it was painted along with the time and direction. These will change as more images are added.

For information on either of these items, please contact me at :