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Inspiration comes from the strangest places…

It’s interesting to me how the mind works and how it reacts to stressful situations. Stress can incapacitate a person. They can become depressed, angry or experience phantom pain as a result of too much stress. Knowing that my bodies initial response is to become withdrawn and depressed, I decided I needed to start engaging in something that would focus my mind elsewhere. It has been a while since I have forced myself to paint everyday, but it felt like now was a good time to start up again.

I want to start by saying that I would never ask for a different life. I love the life I was given but it can be stressful at times. Things that should be exciting and happy can be surrounded by stressful situations. For instance getting married, buying a home, having a baby, all of these are wonderful happy events and yet when you ask most people, they will tell you it was stressful. So you may be wondering what my recent stressor was and well it is buying a home. My husband and I are delighted, but it has been overwhelming at times. I assume this feeling will continue until I am holding keys in my hand.

I’m not sure what really started the new series of work, only that it came from this exercise of painting when stressed. The pieces have become much more involved and the integration of hands seems to have come very naturally. I initially thought it was due to so many bodies being involved in the stressful activity but now I’m not so sure. I am no longer chasing the meaning merely letting it play out. The images feel like a much more mature body of work for me and I am very excited to see the other works that develop out of this phase. I will keep you posted. In the meantime, I’ve included a few images of recent works. You can see others on my daily site, 365Days1Year.com. Enjoy and see you next time.

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Spring may have arrived!

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Well the sun is out, the birds are awake and the flowers are starting to appear from the thawing ground. Today was such a wonderful day and it feels like it is the right time to take a moment to regroup on the comings and goings of my artwork.

The past few months have been really interesting. I have not been doing a constant flow of work partially due to trying to really dedicate myself to my physical health but luckily I had a few projects which really just helped me stay focused. It all began with a few animal images which literally came from me looking at images of strange creatures. At some point I decided to paint my friends chocolate lab, Buddy, which ended up being a really good move on my part. A fellow co-worker had started to inquire about dog portraits which I had not done by request before but had done because I am so crazy obsessed with my dogs. I was able to show some of the previous images I had created and he was sold.

I painted two pug portraits which was an interesting experience. I have not done a huge quantity of commision works to date and in the past when asked to do images it was always in my more free, abstract style rather than a very accurate depiction of a picture of a dog. Needless to say that while painting Mya the white pug, I painted it 3 times because my super OCD kicked right into gear. When it came to the black pug I was able to capture the personality of this guy within one go. I was happy to learn that everyone was pleased with the outcome and it had really given me a great place to start moving forward with commission work like those.

After those pieces I was approached by a friend to help design the image to be used on a friends baby shower. Thrilled at the idea of designing this image I stepped right up to the plate. Best thing about it was the amazing theme, woodland creature tea party! WHAT I love it! I started working on images and for whatever reason it inspired me to no end! There was a collection of images but just to name a few,there was The Rabbits Tea Party, The Whole Gang and The Curious Mouse . The Whole Gang ended up being the final image but all were successfully completed and will probably be the beginning of a series I am already mentally working on.

Other than that things have been going well, a few abstract images along the way but not nearly as many as I would like. I began knitting a couple months back and was able to complete both a neck warmer which looks wonderful and really earthy as well as a baby blanket for the friend who’s invitation I helped design. I hope the sunny weather and warmer tempatures also bring along an extra burst of creativity as it does every year, with which I hope to take advantage of and just create, create, create!

As always, thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you next time!

Look who’s been painting again…

It has been way too long since I posted on this page, which is frustrating since I was doing so good for a while but that’s life right! Anyway, I have included images from a few of my most recent works which can be fully viewed on my daily blog 365Days1Year.com Please let me know your thoughts as I’d love some feedback. I really have had a recent spur of creativity again which I can’t really pinpoint to one individual reason yet, but something obviously has got me going again. Whatever is I hope it stays. The images below are really just pulling from past imagery but I would like to push it more and think that in order to do that I will need to start drawing/sketching from life. Not a bowl of fruit really but something real. We draw from what we know and I don’t want that library in my head to get stale! Anyway Enjoy and see you next time.

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A Rather Exciting Summer….

Well, summer is at an end and I must say that with that said I am very pleased with what I accomplished thus far. A little of this and a little of that really. I had started another blog back in April 365days1year.com and it really worked. I have managed to produce 165 completed images to date, that have been published and posted on the blog. As one might expect I had to adjust the blogs goals as time went on, primarily the whole “I’m going to post every day,” who did I think I was? I mean it’s not like I work a full-time job and a part-time job and have a husband and two dogs and a rather embarrassing social life… Oh wait nope I do have all those things…. SOOOO I had to adjust the requirement to post every day to about once a week, loosely. It’s not that I am not making or creating something each day, but afterwards I am not always up to posting, it takes a different side of me. Below are some images of works created along the way.


On another note, I joined the Hull Artists Studio Connection, which has been another wonderful endeavour, proving to be worth the little effort it took on my end to become a member. It is great to talk with fellow artists who are attempting to make a profit on their works as well. In addition it is also nice to have a few venues for showing handed to you with little effort. I participated in two Open Studio Tours, one in July and one in August, both allowing me to meet some wonderful people along the way. In addition I was able to participate in Endless Summer this past weekend and that was a lot of fun. Not exactly the art touring kind of mentality but a great networking event and networking is what it is all about.  Below are some of the images of my set ups from both events.

So after all of that, with a new season approaching it is time for change yet again. My husband and I are moving from Hull to Canton and although it is close in retrospect it will be quite different. With every change I like to promote new goals within myself the next being online purchasing. Once upon a time I created an ETSY account, which since then has grown spider webs, if it were possible. Within the next month or so I hope to have successfully set up my ETSY shop for purchases. I will inform you as soon as I pull it together… believe it or not my biggest concern is shipping, who knew!
On another note, I did start a new project which I am super excited about but not really ready to fully disclose so until then here are images of projects in the works….

Well, Today felt like a good day to write!

Hello there,

I know it has been quite some time since my last post but I wanted to announce that I have started a blog that went live on April 1st, The blog is called 365days1year. It is a blog about my everyday challenge of keeping myself in the right mental state to allow myself to draw regularly. With every day I require myself to create something, which can range from a drawing in the sand to a finished watercolor. Either way by midnight of that day there must be a post for everyone to see and read. So far, so good. I am onto day twenty-seven and going strong still. It has been a wonderful challenge for myself, since I now feel that I have an obligation to others to keep the posts coming. Bellow I have included a few images from what I have created thus far. Please take a look and spread the word!

http://www.365Days1Year.com

It’s about time!

As some people may know, I’ve recently graduated from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. It has been such a long journey but totally worth every minute. I started my college experience at Mass Art and studied there for two years choosing Printmaking as my major in my second year, however as a new artist I just wasn’t ready to accept it as my career with everyone always asking me, “how are you gonna make any money? Where are you going to work?.” With my self-doubt leading my life I turned to my second love, figure skating, and began to study exercise and health sciences at Umass Boston. It was ok at first, but I didn’t love it. It was then that I discovered my love for skating came from the impromptu movements and choreography on the ice. After one year I switched majors yet again to liberal arts with a focus in art. This too was a learning point, I was able to work in another printmaking shop and well it honestly made me realize that if I wanted to be a printmaker why wasn’t I back at MassArt. The following year I went back at Mass Art and well it was strange going in not having had a freshman year with my fellow classmates. I always felt somewhat separate, but at least I knew I wanted to be there. The next three years there would prove to me why it was the right decision to return and between the teachers and my fellow classmates I learned more than I could have hoped for. It is definitely bittersweet leaving, since Mass Art has been such a huge part of who I have become  and who I currently am, but we are in the next chapter now. I was accepted for an artist residence opportunity at EES (Experimental Etching Studio) in Hyde Park and I’m hoping this will begin to define who I am and where I might be going! Bellow are a group of photos of my final pieces from my final semester. I loved making each and every one of these and hope you yourself enjoy them!

Watercolor 4.24.11

This is my most recent watercolor and well, I think this is the first one I actually love. It feels done to me and its strange but introducing the brighter orange/pink really made this image work for me. It’s funny how you stumble upon an answer, I was trying to figure out what the last layer and color were going to be when I was outside with the puppies. I noticed a new flower had just bloomed outside and well wasn’t it the most perfect color to introduce. Hope you enjoy this and please feedback would be great. Happy Easter.

watercolors in the works

Working on some larger watercolors, which for now work for me. None of these feel complete yet but they feel good to make. I’m still playing with color right now really just testing to see what happens with different combinations. More to come.

a complex web

Well, after attempting to try one type of image for my collaborative project I decided all the previous drawings sucked…. but these ones are pretty great. These watercolor washed webs really have inspired me and I’m trying to push them larger. Currently the biggest one is about 20 by 30. My colors have not really worked themselves out yet but I’m still experimenting.

Watercolor studies… lets put a figure back in there!

The first image was a continuation of the previous post, just messing with composition and webbing . The other images are purely studies, I have been curious to integrate a figure back into my images since a lot of my charcoal images have a sense of skin and body references. I decided to draw the body how I enjoy to draw the body which typically means elongated and not quite proportioned.

 

This next image of the hands is a study to reassure myself that I can still draw a properly rendered hand.