1,000 kisses

 Sweetheart art to warm the heart.
Baci mille (literally, a thousand kisses...)  Steven left this morning for Texas and will arrive tomorrow afternoon.  It will be a month and a half until we meet again, the longest expanse of time we've ever been apart.  It is Pasta Sunday & I cooked my favorite dish for dinner,  angelhair with red sauce and soyballs (the vegetarian version of meatballs my Grandma used to make, except I add red pepper flakes to the recipe.)  Cooking is a lot like art-making.  I like to experiment in the kitchen and make up recipes as I go.  It will either be, as my high school art teacher would say, disaster-piece or a masterpiece...

Today almost the entire day was spent in my studio, working on a watercolor painting and a few collages.  The image to the left will be listed soon in my Etsy shop (free shipping until 1/31!)  It is a simple image with a little shimmer, polka dots, and a lot of love.


Sentimental sweets

The latest batch of sweet-tweet collages, inspired by love and long distance.  I've been carefully cutting out images from my collection of vintage books (the colors are bizarre and saturated in these older texts).   Over the holidays I picked up a packet of lace paper doilies to add to my supply of materials, parts of which appear in the collage to the right.  These are newly listed on my Etsy shop, and for the remainder of the month shipping is free with the coupon code 'NYfree'!  


Bookmaking fun in Greenville

The Minibook Collective is coming to Greenville SC!  This was an international project in the UK & now we have a local version.  Anyone can enter, deadline is Feb. 29th.  Art & Light Gallery will be hosting the opening reception and the books will be on display through the month of April.  Time to get crafty!


Happy New Year 2012!

Happy New Year to All!  I am very much looking forward to 2012.  This will be the end of my third year teaching at TCTC, the time has passed so incredibly fast!  December was full or traveling, from Ohio back to South Carolina by car.  I brought Steven to Youngstown to meet some of my extended family & show him where I grew up.  We even squeezed in a visit to the Butler Art Museum.  Luckily, there was no snow or even super cold weather to ice the roads.  The day after Christmas my family went to Myrtle Beach, only 45 minutes from my brother's apartment, and reveled in the beautiful winter weather.

The images posted are of a drawing I made for my Dad this Christmas, commissioned by Mom :) We decided the artwork should contain the three fish that are his favorite to catch; walleye, croppie & perch.  The drawing measures 11" x 14" which we framed in a 16" x 20" blue mat.  I began by sketching on tracing paper so I could move the fish around and see how I wanted to arrange them on the final paper.  Then lines were transferred and bit by bit, the fish were filled with scales, graphite and a touch of colored pencil.