so very close…

April 30, 2008

Growing up, I used to eat my food in compartments…saving the best dish for last…It’s the exact opposite when I paint.  I always paint the parts I’m interested /excited about first.  It keeps the project moving along.  Had to wait until we found just the right shelving to paint this octopus…boy is he the focal point of the room now…

It’s my nature to design things that may or may not be possible / reasonable to create…but once I have that image in my mind, it’s hard to get away from it.  Take for instance The Cougar Explorer…I had no idea how in the heck I was going to build the crow’s nest of a ship…(they don’t teach you that in school…)  but where there is a will, there is a way…and after about 8 months of pondering the idea, the cards fell into place.

The school of fish on the ceiling here was part of my original vision, and if it required bending around like Gumby on a ladder or channeling a distant cousin of this guy, I was going to make it work.  (self-inflicted pain, I know, but the project would not be complete without it.)

Spent a good 6 hours or so up here…

Cramped up like this…

To achieve the first view the baby will see when she wakes in the morning..

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to take pictures of the Under the Sea mural progress…and boy did I make some today!  One last major endeavor, the ceiling…(eating paint can be sooooo much fun)…Then a touch up here, a quick fix there…some furniture arrangement, and we’re done!  I’m beginning to believe I might actually allow myself to relax on vacation…

special thanks…

April 27, 2008

to all of you who stopped by my booth at the Gordontston Art Fair yesterday!  It was a great day all around despite the rain.  I had the opportunity to meet some really stellar artists, and it’s always inspiring to be around diverse and creative minds.  The event was well organized, the coordinators beyond friendly, and I was so grateful to the staff of volunteers that helped us get set up.  Of course I can’t forget to thank this lady for coming to my rescue yesterday…

Granny you’re a true gem…thanks for all your help, love and support!

It was so nice to get feedback on my new line of prints…thanks for the warm reception Savannah!

oh and I promise to get them for sale on my website shortly after returning from vacation…until then, feel free to email me at to place an order.

Cima, Athena, and Jack (not pictured) managed to stop by just before the rain came down.  Cima, a dear friend, lives in Gordonston and planted the bug for me to get involved with this event.

But the real icing on the cake was when a little girl by the name of Madeline, stopped by my booth.  She flipped through my mural book and discovered that I created this in her school.  The look on her face was priceless, and it made me feel great to know that project is still inspiring the little ones.

Well…before I bore you to death with all the details…I’ll put this event to rest.  Only 5 days til vacation, and now that the fair is over, I can start making a list of things to pack!

oh boy…

April 26, 2008

It’s been one heck of a week…planning for the Gordonston Art Fair has proved a real chore.  This is a rather new arena for me, and I’ve become ultra OCD about preparations for this event.  Who knew picking out table cloths could consume so much of one’s life?  Finding a tent also proved to be a challenge, but the real problem lies in my lack of help.  Nick has become violently ill, and every single one of my backups is out of town!!!  (how you all managed to be away this weekend is beyond me…)

So I’ve recruited Granny.  At just under 100 pounds, one might think she wasn’t capable of such strenuous work.  I assure you, she can handle her own…and she’s far handier than most men I know.  While I will try to keep her load light to ensure I don’t get any dirty looks…know that it is really her that is behind any tent rising.  (Granny, if you’re reading this, thanks for coming to the rescue)

It’s getting there…trying like mad to finish prior to vacation…that’s right people a real vacation…(and in case you’ve been reading this blog and see that I occasionally take a weekend in Hilton Head…note that is not my definition of a vacation.  A real vacation requires at least 5 days, no schedule, no computer, no email, no work, no obligations or worries…)  I am going to disconnect from all the technology we find ourselves submersed in, and take some much needed time to rev up my creative spirit, catch up on sleep, spend time with my bestie, and throw back margaritas on the beach.  But it’s not here yet…8 1/2 days to pump out this mural…sell some art and tie up a few loose ends…

this week I find myself inspired by the polka dot queen herself…Bekah

oh happy turtle…

and yellow tangs…do you believe they actually have 2 yellow tangs in their fish tank!  I just chose them for design purposes…love those unexpected surprises!

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happened upon…

April 21, 2008

this on the way home from Hilton Head yesterday…

yes, indeedy!  That’s my drawing on a billboard…(tiny though it may be)…I had to stop and take a quick pic.  Thanks Jimmy & Salina for being such great supporters of my work!

a breath of fresh air

April 21, 2008

Took a brief siesta this weekend in Hilton Head.  Great to see Nick’s family, and even better to catch my breath, and gear up for a busy week.

Enough time to paint my favorite crooked little tree…(again)

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and soak up some sun…

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April 19, 2008

I’ve been channeling this guy lately.  Just check out the royal mess in my studio factory.

All this repetition is making me go coco-bananas.

All in preparation for this…(be there or be square)

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Windmill for David, Acrylic & Oil wash with Colored Pencil

Not much time to write as I would rather have my hands in paint…but here’s the latest on the “Under the Sea” mural.

Over the weekend a three year old took a pencil to my mural…and I mean, he really took a pencil to my mural.  Thankfully, my clients (both doctors) knew that such a site could induce a heart attack in a poor little artist…and they did their best to hide the damage.  Their efforts were greatly appreciated, as I not only failed to collapse, but came up with a clever solution should we not be able to hide the graffiti.

They also found these glorious curtains for the room.  It’s not so often that little accessories match my initial vision for a project…but these are BEYOND PERFECT!

Even the crib has a set…

And what would a mural be without a little sparkle?  LOVING this metallic paint…the curtains pick up on it just right…

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Off to paint! Hugs~  h