Frame shop

IMG_2671Today my 10 year old daughter said to me “Do you realize how lucky you are that your own husband can make frames for your paintings?”  “YES!” I said “I DO!”  And then I told her to marry someone just like him one day.  He’s pretty awesome.  He has been working every night for the last 4 nights on frames for my upcoming show on Friday.  YIKES!  I’ve been a little stressed.  It is a benefit for the Friends of the Kaw at Abe and Jakes landing here in Lawrence.  They requested all landscapes for this show, and most of my recent pieces are abstract figurative works.  So I’ve been creating and Mark has been framing. The stress has subsided, and I’m getting pretty excited about the event now.  It is $10 to get in.  There will be a band, 5 local artists, and a fish fry, so I hope you can all make it!  Here is a little peek at some of my new pieces that will be in the show…and my husband in his element…IMG_2674


Sweet routine

WaHOO!  Back to school!!!!  Today was the second day of the kids starting back at school in 4th and 5th grade.  Its insane how fast that has flown by…the elementary years.  This is our last year having them both at our neighborhood school.  I’m going to miss that so much.  Still I am so so SO excited to get back to my mundane routine.  After the workout regimen was reinstated, and errands were run, I actually had 2 hours to paint!  Turns out, 2 hours wasn’t enough and I was almost late for school pick up.  Here’s what I did get done…IMG_2564This is a diptych titled “Inner Workings”.  When framed, it will be framed as one, with a divider between the 2 pieces.  I’ve never done a diptych before, so I’m pretty excited about this.  Its not 100% done.  I’ll make some finishing touches tomorrow.  IMG_2569This piece was hard to photograph because of the gold paint.  Really, you should just see it in person.  It is titled “Commercial Break”.  This also needs a few finishing touches.  Then frames!!  I’m creating quite a little stack of paintings that need frames!  My husband will be so happy to hear that.  IMG_2566Since I was so bad about updating my blog this summer, here is one more.  I did this about a month ago.  This one is titled “Poppy field”.  There is something about this piece.  I’m not sure how to feel about it, because I love it, yet I want to fix it…yet I don’t want to change it one bit.  I guess that is what I love about it.  Maybe it just reminds me of my kids in that way.  So I’ll just frame it and hang it on the wall.

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IMG_2456One of the things I love about Lawrence, Kansas is that there is such an amazing and inspiring community of artists.  After my last show at the Merc, one of my favorite local artists contacted me to see if I’d be interested in a trade!  YES!  So these paintings are the latest additions to our kitchen wall.  I love these works by Jen Unekis!  Love love love!  IMG_2455For these I traded the Red Poppy.  Sad to see it go, but I’m so happy it has a good home!

"Red Poppy" | 21" x 23.5" | $220

Paint time

IMG_2168Lately, I’ve been doing a little wood burning.  Ok, a lot.  Its all I’ve been doing, because, as  expressed before, it is just too much to get the paints out with the kids around. They are great kids, very artistic, and they love to paint.  But for me, making paintings is a quiet meditative process…something I rarely get with children around. IMG_2177This is a little piece that I am especially excited about.  You never know what will happen once the paint comes in, so I try not to get overly giddy.  Its just very different from anything I’ve ever done.  My goal for tomorrow is to finish it, and show you!  Yes, that is right!  Next week is Dance Camp!  Wahoo!  That means I get 2.5 hours each day to paint…and I really hope I don’t waste those hours doing laundry…  Thanks for checking in.



Finished! (98%)

IMG_2158The little cotton summer patchwork blanket is complete!  I just have to spend a few hours weaving in and snipping off all the stray ends…  The hardest part is actually finishing it once all the fun crocheting stuff is done.  Does anyone else have this problem?  I like to think its human nature, and not just me, that leaves a project 98% done.  But not this one!  I vow to finish it before starting something new!

Here is another photo of the blanket…IMG_2163Oh, and our little dog too.



In Process

IMG_2119Today was a beautiful day to crochet outside.  I’m on the last row of granny squares in this patchwork cotton blanket, and am really excited because of the new colors I chose today for the border!  Hopefully I can start on that soon.  As much as I’d rather be making paintings, its just too hard to paint in the summer.  There are these two really amazing kids hanging around, and then the garden, and a whole bunch of summer fun to be had.  Here are a few studio shots of some in-process artworks.  I’m really excited about these newly begun large canvases.  The designs are based on a couple of pastel sketches I recently made….and they may completely change before they are finished.  That’s how it often works.  IMG_2122IMG_2123This is a panel that I’ve recently wood burned.  It is such a fun process.  The burning stage is the best.  But I can’t leave it like that, raw and exposed.  It needs color!  I hope to dive into this piece soon. If the kids will agree to do another theater camp I’ll have a few moments to scoop the paint on the palate.  Yay for summer vacation!