Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Confession

I have a confession to make.  Just a few weeks ago I was ready to end my adventure as a working artist.  Funds were running low,  I was spending weekends away from kids, and as much as I love creating I could no longer justify the sacrifices I was making.  But then something happened, I won best of show in 2-D at Monument Square Art Festival!  Somehow I always find the support I need when I put my art into the world, and this really gave me the boost I needed to keep going.



I am especially motivated by the series I am currently working on.  Each piece is created on a 12"x 12" wood panel.  New materials can be exciting, and I especially love watching the inks soak into the wood and allowing them to flow.  The process feels natural to me and I have been very pleased with the results.  I hope you enjoy this preview of my new works.





Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Still Finding Balance


This past weekend I was at the Sturgeon Bay Fine Art Fair.  It took me by surprise when I was presented with a first place award in the 2-dimensional  category!  I think the best part of winning this blue ribbon was the excitement from my children when I showed it to them Sunday evening.  My five year old son quickly found the perfect place to display it, and I think he may have been inspired a little.  One of the biggest reasons I chose to home school my children is so they have the freedom to explore the things they are most passionate about.

At the moment the gardens are still keeping me busy.  I am still finding time for my art, but I am also looking forward to another year of homesteading.  We expanded our large vegetable garden, and after my next event at Monument Square Art Festival, I have scheduled fewer shows so I can spend time on the gardens and enjoy the summer with my family.  I hope to have updates on my new work and I am excited about a new series in the making.  Details will be posted soon!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

New Work

I am looking forward to my trip to Madison tomorrow for Hibernation Liberation. Here are some of my newest miniature paintings that I will be bringing along.




I continue to create mixed media works on paper, this is on of my most recent pieces.  I've been playing around with different color combinations and shapes.  Soft and delicate plant shapes keep popping up in my work.  My favorite part about this type of experimentation is the evolution of my technique as I learn new ways of using materials to create the effects I want to achieve.  This one is now complete.  I look forward to framing it in one of my husband's handmade frames.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

A New Collection

I am so excited to see all of these lovely miniatures together.  This is the first time I've managed to keep this many at once, but not for long!  I have two events in March and they are always the first to go!






Some details on my upcoming events:

Artigras in Green Bay - March 5th and 6th, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Art in the Burg in Cedarburg - March 12th, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Finding Balance

Prints available in my Etsy shop.

I've been asked several times to explain this particular piece, so I wanted to take a moment to tell you what this painting means to me and why I created it with the unusual black sun as the focus.

"Dancing Leaves" is from a particular childhood memory. Its a memory I have each fall, as I watch the wind blow the leaves from the trees. This memory is of one fall day that I was outside, alone, left to explore my surroundings. I remember being particularly fascinated by a pile of leaves that were continuously picked up by the wind. I watched these leaves for some time, swirl and dance around me. I wanted to capture the playfulness and the magic of this moment in this painting with the fun and colorful dancing pink leaves, but I also wanted it to portray something deeper.   I painted the contrasting black sun to represent mystery and balance in life.

Finding balance is something I strive to do each day, and I believe it will be my focus this next year.  What do you hope to accomplish in 2016?  Please share in the comments below.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Eye Pillows Available for Pre-Order!

I am thrilled to offer these eye pillows.  Details are on the pre-order page.  Now available in my Etsy Shop.

Midnight Garden Eye Pillow

Unique, modern packaging.

Vibrant, eco-friendly printing on organic cotton sateen fabric.

Full Moon Eye Pillow

Soft, light weight linen back.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Inside My Journal

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A weekly update dedicated to revealing the pages of my journal.
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