Friday, August 8, 2014

The Paper Hat book is here.

Yup really truly in my hands as I write this. Paul and I are are so happy with the results. It is beautiful. You can get a sneak peak by going to Craftside Blog and download one of my hat design patterns for free. Goodreads has a contest for the month that you can enter to win one of my books for free.
The rose hat made from coffee filters is one of our favorites.
Thanks Zoe for being our wonderful model!

Little Sammy our ferocious viking

Friday, June 27, 2014

South Coast Artist Studio Tour is coming up!

I'm prepping for South Coast Artist Studio Tour which takes place two weekends for me this year. Stop by July 19+ 20 or August 16+17 for some color therapy. What has been interesting for me is the feedback from people with a gallery visit and the tour visit is very different. I think people feel less intimidated and ready to share their reactions to my work when it's in my back yard. It might be the hay on the floor, plywood on the walls, or maybe it's the wine, but I love visiting with you. Come by.

I love this poppy seed oil paint so much, occasionally I cry little color tears.







Friday, May 23, 2014

You can wear white with any of these lovelies at Beehive Handmade

My pals over at Beehive Handmade have a new line of jewelry that I crave to wear daily. Beautifully handcrafted pieces inspired by a little Downton Abbey with some mid century thrown in. They are offering a sale this weekend to help get you spiffed up for the season. Shop till you drop here. Type in longweekend and get a 15% mark down. I may just have to own that heart with the "Hell Yes" inscribed on it.


Photos by Paul model is my Hilly.






Tuesday, April 29, 2014

600 lbs. of fun design

Paul shot these and
unfortunately I ate most of them.
One of my favorite projects in the last few months was creating the new logo and packaging design for a great company, 600lb Gorilla Cookies. Frozen balls of pure love. Real cream, real butter, real chocolate chips make these easy to pull off as home made. They sell them at Walmart, Stop and Shop, BJ's and are so worth picking up. My grandson's first greeting to me when he walks in my front door is "Got cookies?" You can make friends with the gorilla in the apron here.







Granny apron on this big ol' gorilla makes me smile.



This is the first hand lettering I'd done 
for a client in a long time.
 I got a lot of encouragement from my friends 
Arley and Morgan at Ladyfingers Letterpress.




Thursday, April 10, 2014

My book is available on Amazon!

Yes! You can now order my Paper Hat book on Amazon by going here. The book delivery is September 1 but you'll get a price break if you order early.
20 designs to make from mostly recycled materials, the level of complication ranges from beginner to more advanced. 
Over 60 illustrations and photos, this book was a year in the making and will be a fun afternoon or weekend art project with your favorite little one.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Pink Air

It's happening. 
The air is starting to change.  
Fresh paint this week 
of how it seems to me.



A bit from Mary Oliver-
It was what I was born
for-
to look and listen,

to lose myself
inside this soft world-
to instruct myself
over and over

in joy.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

A quite moment please, in honor of Agnes Martin's B day

"My interest is in experience that is wordless and silent, and in the fact that this experience can be expressed for me in artwork which is also wordless and silent"
Agnes Martin would have been one hundred today. A Canadian by birth, she spent time in NY and settled in New Mexico. She lived a quiet life, supported local school projects in Taos where she lived, and she painted. I love these two portraits of her, seated in similar chairs. When I look at her later work, the delicate palette, perfectly proportioned and balanced grids, I hear 3-4 people, sometimes just 1 or 2, each humming there own long lovely note note. She liked to sip martinis, too. My kind of lady.








Wednesday, December 4, 2013

New Site Launch for Local Pottery


I'm so grateful that I have clients that trust me and actually pay me to make beautiful images and designs for them. When I get to make this beauty with Paul, it's even better. Lisa Howard of Local Pottery is one of those clients. The new Local Pottery website, a collaboration between Paul Clancy, Peter Nassoit and myself, can be seen by going here. The launch coincides with the sale of the year for Local Pottery. An amazing open studio event with handmade gifts you shouldn't miss if you're in the Boston Area. You can go here to get the scoop on hours, etc. Below are the images from the shoot we did just last night for the home page, which changes seasonally. Just the right combination of an outdoor fire, a two hundred year old wrap my friend John Hegnauer gave me, an indigo tea bowl and the last 45 minutes of sunlight that was magic.






Monday, November 18, 2013

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

A Great Book for Beginner and Seasoned Artists

My friend, Deborah Forman really knows how to teach artists. Years ago, she was my daughter's art teacher and helped get Brin ready to apply to art school. I was on the search committee to find a teacher for the Westport high school and when Deborah came in and showed a few lesson plans it was hard not to jump out of our chairs and scream YES! She's recently written a book called Paint Lab which is a collection of 52 exercises based on practicing artists work, materials and techniques. The lessons are short and manageable for a quick change of approach but have depth enough to carry you far in another direction if you're so inclined. It's a great book for new or experienced artists and the book includes exercises based on the work of Paul Klee, Helen Frankenthaler, Gerhard Richter, Frida Kahlo, Tom Sgouros, Neal T Walsh and I'm honored to say, Alyn Carlson. It's published by the same folks that are publishing my hat book, Quarry Press and my fabulous editor, Mary Ann Hall edited it. Check it out on Amazon, here.


Quarry also publishes a series of these books for children.

Each exercise takes up only one spread.

Deb used my Landscape No. 23 as her back cover art.