today color me:

color me today: anticipating

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Good start

I like the layout and the subtle diagonal paths. Keep in touch.
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

intimidating? Nah!

Big canvas awaiting. Gonna try to remember to show the process. I am excited. Here we go.
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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Finally cathing up

I know I told you I was trying something new last month. But then I had a show in the gallery, closely followed by our annual small works show today. Whew! That being said I wanted to show you three babies I finished.

Remember, I was quilting and interpreting my landscapes... that evolved into abstract quilting with my mom's vintage fabrics... which evolved into mom's fabric hand-dyed and worked into these exquisite encaustic pieces.

EMMA, Pulled-Apart and Hand-Me-Down Dresses vintage fabric encaustic

JANE, Pulled-Apart and Hand-Me-Down Dresses vintage fabric encaustic

LILLIAN, Pulled-Apart and Hand-Me-Down Dresses vintage fabric encaustic
Encaustic is simply wax. I layered the pieces and they glow. I am really happy with this direction. I'll get back to it soon. Also, be sure to check out my small pieces HERE.


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Bella's place!

She knows her place... right in the middle of everything.
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It's small works time.

Love it. Love it. Love it. I love painting little babies. These will be in Chroma gallery's small works show. It opens Nov 13. Can't wait.
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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Moving Out my Baby!

Just letting you know I am helping my daughter move into an apartment. Going to be a busy weekend. A little excited...a little blue.
She already wants to paint the walls...her mother's daughter!


Thursday, September 2, 2010

A New Direction

a new direction.

One of my oil paintings
Hey everyone. Been in the thought process for months about my work. thought I'd share it with you. I am currently a professional artist in Savannah. Luckily my work has always been well received. I've painted southern landscapes for years. But, last year I stopped working to take care of my mom. She passed away in November after 11 months of fighting the cancer that was taking her away. I regard that time as the most special, difficult, nurturing, loving and revealing time in my life. Would not have missed a minute, because she knew, without a doubt, how much I loved her.

Now to why I am blogging. When people ask me what started me as an artist, I say a poster contest in kindergarten. "Keep North Carolina Clean and Green - Don't Be A Litterbug". That was the first time I was recognized. I won. But now I realize something else... In all the packing unpacking and such, I have discovered memories I long forgot -quilting. My grandmother Emma, a seamstress, lived with us until I was 11. As I opened closets to pack, bits of yellows or blues would remind me of sitting with her and my mom, cutting up my dresses, and rearranging small pieces to make the most beautiful things. I remember her fragile hands sort through my outgrown hand-me-downs (the youngest sister!!!). As I recall this exposure, I realize that these simple acts are what actually shaped me as an artist. Things that I saw as domestic tasks were actually artistic processes. My grandmother and my mother were artists! Of course. And I am an artist.

Mama Grooms' Hanging Out (one of  Grandmama's quilts)
With this beautiful realization, all I want to do is connect through the process. My artistic drive is changing. I KNOW in me somewhere is the fruition of embracing my past and my current work. I am currently trying different things: cut fabric, cut paper, fabric and painting, collage and painting... OVERWHELMING! Because it is new to me, it is taking some reflection and many attempts.

I'll keep you posted.