Nurture


I was so excited a couple of days ago to find this sweet little gift of nature in a flower pot on my deck. Two precious little eggs in a nest so close to my back door. But I have come to realize these eggs have been abandoned, the mama bird nowhere to be seen.


They inspired this painting which I have titled simply ‘Nurture’. Seeing the eggs so lovingly tucked into the nest stirs the mother’s instinct inside my heart. Sometimes despite our best intentions and efforts, we are unable to ‘mother’ for various reasons. Sometimes our children are simply too independant and we must sit on the sidelines while they find their way. They will one day realize that even when they did not want our help, we were there all the time waiting and watching.

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Beat the Heat

Ah summertime. It’s going to hit 97 today so we are off to the lake. I just wanted to share a couple of the journal pages I finished while on my trip. I have to say I’m amazed at what you can do in a Moleskine journal. The pages hold up really well to paint if you don’t use too much. Gesso works great on them also. I took limited tools with me and had already added some paint and collage elements, even a little stamping to the background.
Have a wonderful day, stay cool and don’t forget to do a little bit of art everyday~

All My Eggs In One Basket

My grandma used to say ‘not to put all of my eggs in one basket’, but I couldn’t resist doing a couple more ‘Blue Speckled Egg’ pieces. My husband liked these and said that my color palette ties all of my work together. He said the next thing he knows I will have a line of art supplies, my own signature colors-lol! Thank you for the vote of confidence honey:-) I am really enjoying playing in a little different venue. I guess it’s not all that different, my first collages were somewhat along these lines, but now I am doing far more painting than collage work.

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Let Freedom Ring

Inspired by recent political events, and realizing that no matter what our personal views are, we all share the beautiful gift of ‘Freedom’ in our wonderful country. If you look closely, you will see that this little birdie learned about freedom by reading about it in the newspaper that lines the floor of his cage.
I have revisited my little birdcages. It is fun to go back and pull from past pieces. I wonder if I will ever tire of little birdies, but if I had to guess right now, I’d say no. They symbolize so much, along with nests and eggs. They really speak to my mother’s heart and embody the things in life that I find myself facing. I have just listed ‘Freedom’ in my etsy shop. I am now going to go and exercise my right to ‘the pursuit of happiness’ and start another painting:-)

Angel Work In Progress

I am posting a couple of pics of my latest WIP. This piece is 12×24, and I am loving working on a different sized canvas. Because of the size, I find I have to stand to do some of the painting. It is amazing how just that difference frees up your brushstrokes. No wonder the kids I used to teach all wanted their time at the easels! So much of the time my work is smaller and I am sitting hunched over it. What a mood lifter to stand in front of it and use my whole arm while brushing the paint on. I kept thinking of a line from the movie ‘The Money Pit’ when the composer tells the painter, ‘Smooth strokes, up and down. Paint, don’t tickle.” I would encourage you to step out of your box, and try a different size work than you are used to. Stretch or shrink into it and allow your creativity to take control.