1000 visitors…!!!

January 31, 2008

Okay…so it’ s the last day of the month, and I’ve been working hard to drive traffic to my site since the start of the new year…I currently need 47 more visitors to my site to reach my goal of a 1000…so take a peek, tour around, and maybe just maybe,  you’ll find something that you just have to have…a portrait of your pet, a pen & ink of your home, a mural in your daughter’s room?  As always, I welcome your questions, comments, and critiques…and special thanks to all of you who have already paid the site a visit this month…hugs~  h

a change of pace…

January 31, 2008

It’s been a while since I executed a tightly rendered pencil sketch…(don’t get me wrong, I sketch ALL the time…but I’m talking the full pencil range 6H to 6B)…It was a refreshing change of pace, (although messy) and I look forward to taking a little more time to for this in the future…


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works in progress…

January 29, 2008

I’ve been locked in my studio for the past several days…2 paintings, 3 pen & inks, and a zillion postcard promotional mailers to get in and out the door…needless to say, my eggs are in a few too many baskets…but special thanks to Nick for making me a new playlist for my ipod…(I still don’t know how to use that thing…but thankfully he knows my taste in music)  here’s the update on Tori’s portrait…I’m waiting for it to “speak” to me…until then, I’m not touching it for fear I might ruin it…thoughts?

“The World is Her Oyster”  pre-subtractive technique…


post subtractive technique….


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Paula if you’re peeking…. I hope you like!

on the green…

January 25, 2008

If you’re favorite spot to sip a drink is “on the green” then you’d probably want a sketch of the back of your house…but if you can’t decide which view you prefer, just do both!  (this is a rough sketch indeed…ink version and front side to follow shortly)


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Picked up this little gem at a festival of sorts…AND…I got it on sale for only 25 cents…how could I resist?


color comps…

January 21, 2008

Still working on the first real “people painting” in some time…notice how I couldn’t escape the use of food imagery…Theme: The World is Her Oyster…

Anywho…I’m a color comp freak, and I study color combinations like they are a science…I’m just getting started on some studies…see below…and then there’s the matter of composition…



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Keep in mind…these are VERY rough sketches…and no I do not intend to have her look like an alien…

how lucky am I?

January 20, 2008

I was reunited today with three of my little “apprentices”.  Today’s project of choice: bean collage…(one of my favorites as a kid and a great lesson in both color and texture)…

While the girls seemed to thoroughly enjoy today’s project, the highlight of my visit was finally getting to meet Libby DuBois Pettit, a nationally recognized and award-winning quilter from Montana,  affectionately referred to by the girls as “Grandma Libby”.  I have admired her work since I started lessons with the girls several months ago. The following two expertly pieced quilts hang in their living room:


(photos do these no justice…the surface texture is amazing in person)


Aside from her beautiful compositions, each quilt tells a story or evokes an underlying theme.  The quilt featured above (with the heart) represents our nation’s soldiers, a common theme for Libby.  Other popular threads in her work include stories of justice, women’s rights, historical events, and landscapes.

It was truly an honor to speak with her about her art…(Libby if you’re reading this…thanks a million for the inspiration, I soooooo needed it)…and I’m more than thrilled to hear she’s hanging around town long enough to possibly teach me a trick or two when it comes to fabric.

Oh and not to brag or anything…but check out the Libby Tote I received for Christmas….


I LOVE LOVE LOVE her fabric of choice…and will cherish it forever…

(Special note to the Medley’s…I apologize for not having sent a “thank you” note for this gem…I think I inhaled too many paint fumes and lost sight of my Southern manners for bit…)

a find…

January 16, 2008

So I’ve been ripping apart an old portfolio (made for a self-promotion class circa 2003)…and in the back pocket I found the old lithograph seen below.  The litho is  a reproduction of one of my acrylic & oil wash paintings from way back when…If I had it to do all over again, I probably would have explored the area of printmaking a little bit more…I still don’t quite understand how the whole process of lithography works…but I especially enjoy the uniqueness of hand-pulled prints.


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p.s. I promise to get off the “nostalgia kick” as soon as I have time to get in the studio and actually paint…I’ve been stuck in self-promo mode since the first of the year…

I’ve spent the greater part of the past three days diligently trying to redesign a promotional postcard.  For whatever reason I can’t seem to get the layout “just right”…and it’s making me go coco-bananas…(no really…I’m on the verge of going bats%#t crazy)  My father would tell me to “go ahead and put it out there…not to worry about the fine details”…but that’s hard advice to follow when part of your job description is to be a detail freak.   So there’s my excuse…(for not posting something worthy of you reading…)  Hopefully, by the end of the day I’ll “have it together”…but the bad news is, I have 2 others to design…

a little nostalgia…

January 13, 2008

here’s me…circa 1985 (ish)…


here’s one of my old “worksheets” from my early school days at St. James Catholic School…(yes, I was born in Savannah…lived here til the second grade…then returned in 1999 to attend SCAD…blah blah blah…)…take a close look at this…


notice anything funny?  taken with my celly camera…not the best quality…but look again…now you see it!  That expertly colored GUN in the picture!  and what are those things next to it?  Plungers!?!?!? Can you imagine the outcry if this worksheet was distributed in today’s society?  Anywho…I couldn’t resist posting this little gem.