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New Works

Since quarantine has begun, I have just been trying to approach the canvas without any plans and see where the brush takes me.  It has more of an intuitive painting process- my favorite way to come to the canvas.  This has been a super stressful experience (for all of us!) and I'm so grateful to have my paintbrushes to carry me through it.  I do think this is some of my strongest work to date, so creative flow is one of the things many things I will be thankful for during this odd time.  I hope wherever you are, whatever you are doing, you are safe, healthy, finding joy in the small things, and trying to do something creative for yourself...

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Angel Kids Project!

If you have been with me for a while, you know how much I adore Angels.  They have huge significance to me, and appear in my work over and over again.  I was approached by my daughter's school to develop an Angel Painting for an upcoming auction.  The school also wanted for each child to be present in the painting.  I decided to create an angel loosely based around some of the beautiful art that I had seen late last summer in Florence, Italy.  The Florentine masters painted angels with colorful wings, so that was a direction I went with for this piece.  And to incorporate each child into the work, I worked with them to make fingerprint 'stars' in...

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Florals with a Cheeky Twist

Recently, I have really gotten into collage.  Maybe I should say, I've enjoyed revisiting it: we all collage a bit when we are young, right? This group of small 5 x 7 inch canvas mixed media paintings has been a fun form of play for me.  I've created them while joining my children outside as they have been playing in this unseasonably warm South Carolina weather.  The first layer of these compositions is an old paint palette that I used while painting.  The next layer is torn and cut papers and fabrics that have been layered together to create floral shapes.  The papers have been painted and drawn on while working on other paintings.  And some of the papers are from Chinese...

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It's Fall, Yall

Fall is supposed to have arrived, but in the South we are still experiencing blazing heat and there is truly no sign of cooler temperatures.  This morning, I walked my dog around a park and gathered some grasses, sunflowers, and interesting things growing by the trail to make a Fall Arrangement to summon the season.  It is positioned in front of a new painting I just completed with a fall inspired color palette: coral, grey blues, and burnt umber tones.  Here's hoping fall is upon us soon!

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