The camellias continue to bloom, despite the fact that we are in another cold snap. There have been multiple hard freezes since they set their buds, & while some buds have just fallen to the ground, many continue to bloom. This can be a lovely metaphor for the life of an artist. Very few of us receive accolades, gallery shows, museum offers, consistently from the beginning. There are frosts & what you do during that time determines if you will fall to the ground & become mulch for something else, or hang on & display all of your beauty later. I guess these camellias could be a metaphor for lots of things in life. So if you are in a freeze remember the camellias & decide what you want to be at the end: mulch or beauty. Happy Friday Y'all!
Lots to think about & unpack in a quote like this. What constitutes beauty? Can beauty be found in what is broken, like kintsugi? What does redemption of the soul constitute to Emerson? Does that mean the same thing to me? Where do my faith & theology fit in with these words? An initial reading makes me think YES! But does it stand up under scrutiny? It will take at least a few days for me to suss that out. What do you think? Happy Thursday Y'all!
When I originally did my Rules for Healthy Living print I was amazed at the positive feedback it received. That was two years ago & since then I have revised my rules. I still think the first set is solid, but wanted to make some changes to the list. I worked at lettering these & it just didn't work; so, I used the Live Simply font, which is a hand drawn font by Jamie Cayanong. Approps, no? Happy Wednesday Y'all!
Those of you that know me in person, know that I almost exclusively wear black & white with the occasional hot pink thrown in. I really like the simplicity of it, its classic quality & modern edge. It works for me in my clothes, but sometimes I forget how much I like it in my work; Payne's Grey seduces me with it lovely nuance. I have recently rediscovered my love for Higgins Waterproof Ink. I used to buy it by the quart. In undergrad I completed huge works with this stuff (& by huge I mean wall sized). This ink is truly one of the materials I love, but somehow it ended up outside my repertoire for the past few years. Now it is back with a vengeance. My studio is covered with pattern pieces, large & small, all on black backgrounds with white gouache. I love it! Now I would love a gallery to show them in. Somehow white cubes make the work that much more real, for me at least. Here's to black & white! Happy Tuesday Y'all!
I love when I have the opportunity/ take the time to observe the sunrise & sunset. There is something very captivating about watching the sun fall away from our sight, while still illuminating, and then watch light show up with no visible ball of fire. It's all rather remarkable. So here are images of Saturday evenings sunset on the May River & Sunday mornings sunrise on Port Royal Sound. What do y'all enjoy observing/ find remarkable? Happy Monday Y'all!
I sell digital reproductions thru society6 & recently they have been expanding their product line to include not only artists prints & pillows, but also wall clocks & shower curtains. With these new options in mind, I created this black & white iteration of the oyster shell pattern. I think it will look chic on pillows & tote bags, as well as prints & shower curtains. Check it out over at society6 & use this link for $5 off + free shipping. The offer ends Sunday evening at Midnight Pacific Time. Happy Friday Y'all!
Maybe it is the post-Olympic visual processor that lead me to paint the flag or maybe it is the current news about the Ukraine, the first foreign country I visited, and it's dilemma with Crimea, Russia, Tartars, and the EU, which naturally leads me down the rabbit hole of nationality, place & belonging. Yes, as an artist my calling is to bring beauty, but it can also be to ask questions. So with my flag painting I ask you to consider your nationality & what it means to you. I also include John Green giving an overview about the problems in the Ukraine. Happy Thursday Y'all!
I wanted to explore these paintings again so I painted another. It has been a few months & so the technique with which I approached the first batch was not clear in my mind; hence the variations. Not as much contrast between the blues, much stronger presence of gold, & a lot of variation in line-width & overlap. As a printmaker I am familiar with working in a matrix, so even though I have been choosing to use watercolor for the greater part of a year, it is still the method with which I attack the work: stripes, salt, sumi-e, layer, wait. Happy Wednesday Y'all!
We have a daffodil farm close by that I heard about last year, but did not have the opportunity to visit. But this year I did! It is amazing to see row on row of happy yellow blooms dancing against the grey-brown tree line. If you live in the Lowcountry I highly recommend checking out this beautiful farm! Happy Tuesday Y'all!
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