Etsy Drawing Sale!

   Through the month of July, I am hosting a drawing sale in my Etsy shop, Found (Here) Studio.  All sweet-tweet drawings are drawn in colored pencil, graphite and ink on Stonehenge paper.  Check out some highlights of the sale in my shop below...

          Be there soon (left) & I'll be in the air, part I & part II (above) All materials are archival and the drawings are standard sizes (4" x 6" & 5" x 7") to make for easy framing.  This series, based on longing and adventure, were originally created for exhibition at the art & light gallery in Greenville, SC.  The Lovely Island (below, left) & Remember Me (below, right)


Looking past and moving forward

The start of the week is full of possibilities.  I am a big to-do list writer, and it feels good to have a long list that dwindles down as the days pass.  My Grandma was also a list maker, and kept small notebooks full of times and numbers, tracking her daily activities, medicine, and other notes she needed to remember. Below is a piece from 2008, inspired by her writing.  

Notes from an Ordinary Day, monotype, pins and thread mounted in a silver box (detail)

First on my to-do list is a work of art for Steven's office.  I have been sketching grackles and fishing lures for awhile, and now it is time to put the pieces together.  The background will be simple, similar to this drawing I made for Dad.  The bird will be dark and heavy at the top of the page, with brightly colored lures dangling down...I'm excited to work in a new direction and create something special for my husband!


Color Chips

Paint sample colors are wonderful.  Every hue you can imagine!  Organized by value and color schemes!  I'm especially fond of the more saturated paints that have been appearing lately.  Armed with scalloped scissors, my typewriter, thread & a gluestick, I would use bits and pieces of this paper in my collages.  Standing in front of a rack of these color samples always gets me in the creative mood.  I'd love to have a display in my studio-I wonder if I could convince a paint company to donate one?



Drawings from my sketchbook.  Keeping a sketchbook is so important as an artist-it is a place to be erase, alter, plan...

My friend Hannah is an amazing artist & often shares her sketchbooks on her blog.  Honest & inventive, always inspiring.

As a grad student, most of my ideas were visually developed on woodblocks ( I am a printmaker by heart).  I treated the birch surface as a sheet of paper; drawing, erasing & eventually carving the image.  The only record of the image was the finished print on paper.  I kept a sketchbook that was almost* all text.  Ideas, to do lists, words (time, nothing, everything, breathing), titles of books I was reading for my thesis (this one was my favorite)...

*save for the occasional house, heart and tornado doodle**

**and once, a ghost, which was a similar image my friend drew, hundreds of miles away...art crush forever?  

It was during my residency (2010) that I began to make and preserve my sketches.  I saved those compositional images & studies on small scraps of paper from that time, all floating around in the organized chaos of my studio.  Obviously, I needed a better way of keeping track of my ideas (plus,  I have a supply of empty sketchbooks that would make the local art supply store jealous.)  So, rather than draw on scraps and tape them in to a book as I'd done before, I began to draw on the pages of sketchbooks.  The erased lines create ghost layers that I really love and it encourages me to stay creative even when I don't have a specific project to work on.  That is the most important part, I believe...keep on keeping on.


Maxx & pet portrait paintings

I painted this portrait of my brother's dog, Maxx, for his birthday gift.  I've been waiting for him to receive it in the mail before I posted pictures, not wanting to ruin the surprise!  It's hard to believe my little brother is 29, and my baby brother is right behind him at 27 in a few weeks!  Time is passing too quickly.

'Maxx' is acrylic on cradleboard, 4" x 4" x 1".   Maxx is the fourth dog portrait I've painted...there is always a point halfway through the painting where it looks nothing like what I plan, but it always comes together in the end.  This is something I communicate to my painting classes, how art doesn't always look perfect in the beginning stages...you just have to let it be and keep working.
There is a custom portrait listing on my Etsy site, these paintings make wonderful gifts!  Discounts for multiple orders & free shipping.

Pictured below:  All Dogs Go to Heaven (Baby) & Must Love Dogs (Bella & Angus)


Rockwell at the McNay

Paint plate from A Windy Welcome.  
A little over year ago in March, on the afternoon Steven proposed, he brought me to the McNay art museum.  I was visiting San Antonio and was anxious to see what the modern art museum had in store.  We saw Andy Warhol: Fame and Misfortunea special exhibition of my favorite artist.  That was such an exceptional day, full of my favorite things (blueberry pancakes, Andy Warhol, developing film...) and my favorite person.  Returning to the museum as a married couple for the first time this week was a bit surreal, and amazing.

The McNay was the first modern art museum in Texas.  Marion Koogler left her collection and home with an endowment to create a museum.  Several additions over the years have expanded the space, and the art within it is just amazing!  Check out the museum's highlights here, which includes an impressive print collection.  

Currently, Behind the Camera, an exhibition of Norman Rockwell's sketches, photographic references and paintings, is on exhibit at the McNay.   Steven and I attended the member's preview on June 4th to get a sneak peak of the work on display.  We both really enjoyed seeing the process behind his iconic paintings, my favorite being The Tattoo Artist.  I had no idea how thoroughly he planned out his compositions.

On my blog, I write about artworks in progress, sketches and ideas for future projects.  In my studio, I draw from photographs and work out compositional problems by layering the sketches on tracing paper.  At the lecture on Rockwell that preceded the art opening, I learned that he did something similar.  However, rather than finding images and adjusting them, he had models photographed in the exact poses that he wished to capture in his art.  

The museum put on a fun Americana-themed reception, lining the sidewalks with pinwheels, seating with red white & blue tablecloths and classic American foods, including potato chips, popcorn and beer.  We felt like we were at a fourth of July party, and it was perfectly paired with the art.