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

Continuing the tradition...What started as creative entertainment for myself during an isolated Christmas in 2020, recording my Christmas decorations through this blog turned out to be a way to share the holiday with family and friends afar. So, again, enjoy this years inspired journey in 4 installments to see what my I can come up… Continue reading Decking the halls and the walls and the tiniest of places. PART ONE: Outside

Color Theory, Creative Projects

The Anatomy of a Commission

To create a work of art through another person’s Minds Eye is a difficult process.  Understanding what a patron means when they try to describe a finished piece is tricky, when they themselves use a different “language” than the artist.  They are, after all, asking the artist to do something that they themselves cannot do.… Continue reading The Anatomy of a Commission

Creative in the Kitchen

Putting away summer’s end; Zarmalade

Although it is officially fall here in the Northeast, we have not had a frost yet so the vegetable garden is still running its course.  And if your garden is like most long-run gardens, you may have found yourself with some forgotten, very large and very tough zucchini.  I came up with this unique idea… Continue reading Putting away summer’s end; Zarmalade

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

Creative Inspirations, Creative Projects

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

Creative Inspirations, Creative Projects

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

Creative Inspirations, Creative Projects

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 Inspirations

Thinking from the Inside

Yep.  Still here.  And still inside by choice. If there is one defining thought that I took away from the events of these last 12 months is the importance of having a well-formed internal life.  With so much turmoil and the accompanying assault on our in-take valves, it is easy to forget that we need… Continue reading Thinking from the Inside

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

Creative Inspirations, Creative Projects

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

Creative Inspirations, Creative Projects

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 in the Kitchen

Cranberry Orange Chutney

I started making English-style chutneys years ago because they are such a versatile condiment. Both savory and sweet, both tangy and complex, to my palette they are a great touch of umami to be used with any dish. My daughter and I worked out this Holiday version when she was just 11 years old. We… Continue reading Cranberry Orange Chutney

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

Creative in the Garden, Creative in the Kitchen

End of summer tinctures; rose geranium

It’s that time of year when I gather in the last of the herbs from my garden.  The plants are nearly spent with autumn on its way.  The first spring harvest of culinary herbs before they blossomed has long ago been dried and put away bearing their early tender flavor.  Now is the time for… Continue reading End of summer tinctures; rose geranium

Color Theory, Creative in the Garden

Gardening in Red

I once heard a “proper” gardening guru state that the color red does not belong in a garden.  Huh?  I understand that there are natural color relationships that would make a tomato red look out of place next to pale pink and lavender for example, but to rule it out all together? If you know my… Continue reading Gardening in Red

Creative in the Kitchen

Morning musings

It’s been a nice morning here at my home and studio. Everything seems to know that summer is almost here. New babies emerged from their nests… …and their cocoons. And the peas are pea-ing…. …the beans are beaning… …and the rhubarb is standing tall with its hands towards the sun. It was time for me… Continue reading Morning musings

Creative Inspirations

Heart yourself!

On this day of commercialized romantic love I want to encourage the idea of self-love, of appreciating and embracing our own unique self. As a creative, when I am in my full self I can be quite quirky so am often dismissed. How about you? Enjoy this poem I wrote around this time in 2014… Continue reading Heart yourself!

Creative Inspirations

Art and Flowers

Nature is art and art mimics nature. Never more so than in the ever-popular Art in Bloom concept presented in galleries and museums. Last night, The Concord Garden Club worked in tandem with the League of NH Craftsmen to create a beautiful reprieve from the winter chill with a colorful and fragrant display of art… Continue reading Art and Flowers

Creative Inspirations

Switching Gears: left brain/right brain

Analytical thought vs perceptual intuition. Linear vs abstract. Bookkeeping/emails vs art making.  Because these opposites require the use of different sides of the brain to formulate, it has always been a tug of war for me managing the “responsible” activities in my artist’s life while keeping the creative juices flowing.  It literally feels like I… Continue reading Switching Gears: left brain/right brain