Creative Inspirations, Creative Projects

The Artist’s Challenge: April

We continue to challenge ourselves, this Pandemic-driven virtual artist's group and myself. While much of our country seems to be headed towards opening up, we still have been meeting on-line inspiring each other to make art. Here’s the idea: we each have taken responsibility for a particular part to the challenge—color, shape, material, emotion, finish—and… Continue reading The Artist’s Challenge: April

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The Artist’s Challenge: March

Friends from afar, my COVID group of artists has continued to meet via ZOOM and stimulate each other to stay creative.  Our monthly challenge project has proven to be a perfect foil for any stale thinking; we are all from different disciplines so our individual input pushes each other to “think outside the box”. Here’s… Continue reading The Artist’s Challenge: March

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The Artist’s Challenge; February

We met only once.  Then the Pandemic hit.  But so committed to our ArtistsU process, we continued to meet virtually for the next 6 months… then continued for an entire year.  Encouragers, sound-boarders, jump-starters and as friends scattered over the whole state of New Hampshire, we are now going into our second year of challenging… Continue reading The Artist’s Challenge; February

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The Artist’s Challenge; January

I just couldn’t get there.  I walked around, clicked the music on and off, sipped more coffee, stared into the woods, ate a cookie and still I could not get into the zone to start my art.  It is a challenge for an artist to remain creative and inspired despite the circumstances, so sometimes we… Continue reading The Artist’s Challenge; January

Creative in the Kitchen, Creative Inspirations, Creative Projects

Decking the halls and the walls and the tiniest of places. PART FOUR: The center of the home.

The center of the home is where our heart lies, so they say.  And in our home the kitchen is truly where all the action is.  Since we spend so much time there, I always make sure it is dressed festively for the season because it lifts our spirits.  Here are my creative twists on… Continue reading Decking the halls and the walls and the tiniest of places. PART FOUR: The center of the home.

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Decking the halls and the walls and the tiniest of places. PART THREE: The living room

The living room. Where we live?  Actually we spend most of our time in our studios & kitchen but this room is where we live with some of our favorite collections while cozying up with a movie.  This year I brought out new collections and Christmassized some of the older ones.   Although I try… Continue reading Decking the halls and the walls and the tiniest of places. PART THREE: The living room

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Decking the halls and the walls and the tiniest of places. PART TWO: The keeping room

The Keeping Room. A term from the 18th century that refers to the room nearest the warmth of the cook-in fireplace where the family activities took place. Visit my Christmassy fireplace Keeping Room so see where we share our deepest conversations and keep our family memories warm and alive. With everything we all have gone… Continue reading Decking the halls and the walls and the tiniest of places. PART TWO: The keeping room

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Decking the halls and walls and the tiniest of places. PART ONE: Outside

Magic.  Its what we all want with winter holidays.  And this year more than ever we need it!  So follow my decorating journey this month to see what I can come up with to make this life of isolation a month of joy.  Todays post; outside of my home during a snow storm. My chosen… Continue reading Decking the halls and walls and the tiniest of places. PART ONE: Outside

Creative Inspirations, Creative Projects

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

Color Theory, Creative Projects

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

Color Theory, Creative Projects

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

Color Theory, Creative Projects

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

Color Theory, Creative Projects

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