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Painting fabric tutorial; autumn apples

This time of year is my favorite for representational fabric painting.  With my love of nature there is simply so much around me begging my brushes to mimic it. Normally I am teaching classes but since I have not opened up my studio for that yet, I thought you might enjoy a simple tutorial here.… Continue reading Painting fabric tutorial; autumn apples

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Art and light of Christmas Montreal

As David said, it wasn't cold enough in New Hampshire so we headed north to Montreal, Canada last week for a few days of snowy Christmas-y-ness in the historic old city.  Cold it was—2º one morning—but walking in it added to the charm, invigorated one's spirits and burnt off a lot of calories!  Let me… Continue reading Art and light of Christmas Montreal

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16 ways, sixteen days. DAY 5

Week two, day 6 and it was cold, windy and rainy—spring in New England. Had to pull out some winter boots but it was worth the effort. Techs: THOSE are cute…boots? They are high. Me: Well, actually not that bad because they are thick under the ball of the foot so it reduces the actual… Continue reading 16 ways, sixteen days. DAY 5

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16 ways, sixteen days. DAY 4

Casual Friday today.  Feeling like I need to be comfy and arty funky. YESTERDAY.... New tech: CUTE shoes! Old tech: Ha, ha, ha...snort, jiggle, fall over, grab belly, ha, ha, ha!!  I purposely didn't tell her a THING!!!  I wanted to see if she would notice! New tech: Yeah, but I already heard about your… Continue reading 16 ways, sixteen days. DAY 4

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16 ways, sixteen days. DAY 2 Introduction

Creativity happens when you least expect it.  I have started some medical treatments that require me to be flat on my back wearing those adorable "johnnies" which initially leave only my feet and my face exposed.  On the plus side of this, gravity works wonders on my face and conversation is sparked in the most… Continue reading 16 ways, sixteen days. DAY 2 Introduction

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Impressionist-painted quilts

I find the nuances of color & light to be endlessly fascinating. The impressions that combinations make can fool the eye and trick the senses into believing something is, when it is not. Like a world inside a world, shape and content formed by color alone without the added benefit of line is what the… Continue reading Impressionist-painted quilts

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Color and iconography

Color has a visceral effect on us and, when repetitively combined with shape, can powerfully imprint our memories. As an art form I find this an endlessly fascinating method of creative expression. Think about it; Stop Sign red or a white apple or golden arches…Iconography in our daily life trains us, reminds us - even… Continue reading Color and iconography

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Sliding into summer; creative projects

I’ve been enjoying that in-between feeling where the last blossoms of spring are falling and the snorts of hot air are pushing the new plantings towards the sky. Nights are sometimes still cool here and the unpredictable New England climate makes my mind wander into centuries past when creativity here was necessity to thrive. It’s… Continue reading Sliding into summer; creative projects

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Artist’s gallery design; putting it all together – part 4

Nothing is done until the last touches are applied.  The icing on the cake...that swipe of lipstick...that last piece of the puzzle; satisfaction comes from seeing all the elements come together in any project.  The cabinets have arrived and the artist's wares are being placed on shelves in the new League of NH Craftmen's fine craft gallery in… Continue reading Artist’s gallery design; putting it all together – part 4

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Artist’s gallery design; paint choices – part 3

With cabinet designs firmly under construction next came the fun part of creating that backdrop to showcase the work of the League of NH Craftsmen in their new space.  As much fun as it would have been to go crazy with fixture design (I am an artist after all) restrain is always needed when showcasing artwork to… Continue reading Artist’s gallery design; paint choices – part 3

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Artist’s gallery design; 3rd design’s the charm – part 2

A final delivery is only as good as the labor that went into it; ask any mother! So as the League of NH Craftsmen prepares to deliver it’s newest gallery to the public this week-end, here is another look behind the scenes at what has gone into creating it. See part 1 of this series for the background… Continue reading Artist’s gallery design; 3rd design’s the charm – part 2

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Artist’s showcase design; the new LNHC gallery! part 1

It began with a simple idea; bring the hidden work of craftsmen to the public eye.  During the Great Depression this was the mission of the League of NH Craftsmen; to support and expose the great craftsmen here in New Hampshire.  In 2015 the League continues their mission by opening another gallery to showcase craft which I… Continue reading Artist’s showcase design; the new LNHC gallery! part 1

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Old House rehab; final photos and surviving a remodel (with your spouse!)

8:00PM on the final night of completion. Remodeling a house is a metaphor for life. It starts, it ends and in between are all sorts of lessons to be learned; "think outside the box", "let of go of that plan to try another" and "let your spouse have their own way!"  It was 74 days… Continue reading Old House rehab; final photos and surviving a remodel (with your spouse!)

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Old House rehab 8; the laundry and new half bath

The once inside, then outside, then inside again room in this old house contained the most history and was the room that needed the most help.  It's laundry facilities were battered and out of code draining into main pipes that were leaking and the 40" apart floor joists let the tile floor sag and crack.  So it… Continue reading Old House rehab 8; the laundry and new half bath

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Old house rehab 7; the kitchen re-do

At first look the cheery yellow kitchen in our old house had it's merrits—bright and sunny with solid wood cabinets—but upon closer inspection it needed some work. The cabinets needed rearranging for better use of the space, the paint everywhere was patchy and the floor was sagging.  So we tore into it. The initial plan was to move… Continue reading Old house rehab 7; the kitchen re-do

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Old House rehab 6; the bathroom make-over

Color changes everything.  And when I have helped people choose colors for a room, the first question I ask is "how do you want to feel?" there. In a bathroom where we start and end our day we want to feel restful and serene. It's a place where we gather ourselves together, thusly, quiet colors without… Continue reading Old House rehab 6; the bathroom make-over

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Old House rehab 5; reinventing the floors

Carpeting is never a good idea in a rental property.  Think; potty training, pets and exuberant beer drinking on game day.  It all gets wicked away to settle down in the pad—yuk—and when it's not our own home...  So in removing the carpet from our old house we had yet another opportunity to uncover some of its… Continue reading Old House rehab 5; reinventing the floors

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Old House rehab 4; choosing interior colors

It's hard to choose interior paint color for a multi-windowed open-concept house when each area has a different light exposure. The color changes in each direction.  We were fortunate that the previous owners of our old house had freshly painted most of the walls a lively cream color with touches of red, yellow and blue undertones making… Continue reading Old House rehab 4; choosing interior colors

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Old House rehab 3; uncovering the layers

They say "if walls could talk"...ours sure did!!!  We have spent most of our creative energies this past month tearing out the damaged layers of floors and opening up walls for repairs on our old-house rehab project.  The surprises we found unveiled the story of the house and the people who lived there by the details they left behind.… Continue reading Old House rehab 3; uncovering the layers

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Old House rehab 2; completing the exterior

Through stops and starts working against mother nature's autumn time clock, the exterior of our little house project is completed.  That before & after computer mock-up I did really helped me plan my colors with the plant material, purchasing at the end of the season while trying to imagine their blooms at other times of the year.  Except for… Continue reading Old House rehab 2; completing the exterior