December 25, 2013
December 24, 2013
I did a couple of commissioned sketch portraits for Christmas recently, and it had been a while since I'd done any so I made my family and friends sit for me so I could practice. Luckily we had Ravioli Day, so I had plenty of subjects to choose from.
December 23, 2013
I made this quick sketch while getting gas on a very cold morning. I like the activity of the birds.
December 21, 2013
December 20, 2013
December 19, 2013
December 18, 2013
I started the Tiny London paintings soon after returning from London and they feel like how I would think about the trip so soon after it: little snippets of an image or memory, or of a feeling of walking down a particular street, would come back to me here and there.
After more time had passed and I had taken more trips, I started making some of those paintings bigger. By then the memories about and feelings of the trip began to shift; some were more vivid while some faded. In making the Small London paintings, I played with the colors and moved the forms around.
The paintings of Spain I call, "Learning to Say I Love You in Spanish." They are of a village called Robledillo de la Jara and the countryside around it, and of Madrid. My husband and I went there in 2010 with my uncle and aunt and several cousins to visit my aunt's mother; it was our first experience traveling with others. We fell in love with the place and made a friend for life. It was the kind of magical trip that is transformative, but transforms over time into a thousand different stories and feelings.
It took me over three years to process the trip enough to paint it. These paintings are meant to feel more like sketches in the way they were made, and to feel more like memories in the way they are loose, with oddly paired imagery that is slightly unreadable in places.
The exhibit, April in Paris and Lessons in Spanish, with Martha Kelly's watercolors and prints of Paris, is up until January 2nd at Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Road, Memphis TN.
December 03, 2013
December 02, 2013
5885 Ridgeway Center Parkway #101
Take the first left in the Ridgeway Loop, then turn left into the first parking lot. Go into the building on the right, and there it is!
December 01, 2013
You can see what I've been working on at my show that opens on Tuesday.
November 30, 2013
November 28, 2013
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and I'm happy to be celebrating it with family. I'm also happy to work at a place that hosts a Thanksgiving Potluck every year. After years and years of working with two or three other people, I still get a lot of joy from participating in giant potlucks!
Here's a sketch I did while doing dessert intake duty at this year's potluck. Look at all those desserts!
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November 27, 2013
Click on the sketches to get more detail.
November 26, 2013
The wedding and reception were lovely, and we're happy to have Shannon in the family!