Monthly Archives: June 2007

sweet summer

Inspired by my trip up to Salem a few monthes ago and a cast iron whale I found I am still on the nautical theme in my paintings. Just finished this little gem…
“Little Whales and Ships at Sea”

The whale…A small treasure to behold (and it weighs a TON)

Oh the summer seems so long and it’s only been one week! The heat is making my head spin (hence all the swirls in this painting perhaps) and I have been sitting indoors sipping sparkling pink lemonade working on my art. This had been a transitional week for sure…I am getting back into my walking/ hiking/ running routine and soaking up all the inspiration I can for paintings and art this summer. I bought the most daring little plant called a Pincusion Plant or Nertera Granadensi. The only plant I have ever been able to keep alive is ivy so I decided to try my partial green thumb on this little guy. He is very tempermental indeed but so, so pretty.
Windowsill in the studio…

I spotted these two little guys outside my home. There are rabbits all over the place this summer. These two were mirroring each other.

I have been collecting pretty papers. I especially love this one…

Orange is such a wonderful color. It cheers like no other.

splashes of color are everywhere

in the form of beautiful, red poppies and giant raspberries! I just finished a painting, inspired by two earlier poppy paintings I created.
“Whimsical Poppies” print found in my Etsy…

Clearly inspired by my shorts!

Raspberries and saris

Two more poppy prints available here-

I have been very busy unwinding, finishing up at work and preparing for the long, long, looooong summer ahead. Last weekend I went into Brooklyn to go to Renegade Craft Fair and it was such a whirlwind of inspiration! I walked around for a few hours, visited with Tsai-Fi and went shopping.

The fair from afar…

Goods at the shared tent of Tsai-Fi and Cherrybox…
I think their bold colors are contagious!

Now that work is over my days will be spent painting! I plan to go to the park and sketch a lot too. More updates very soon.

black and white

Beautiful, inspiring mess…
Sometimes I like to strip away the colors until there’s nothing left but black, white and gray.
The recent purchase of a harlequin shell-covered box and a little found flower gave me the urge to put together all the pretty items in my house in this color scheme.

Here are some things I have come across as of recent…
There are lots of roses in bloom around town. The antique white ones look so delicate, like porceline. I collected some petals to dry but all I was left with was dried up brown flakes.

The cemetery near my home is soooo old. Theres graves in there from the 1700’s. The victorian wrought iron gate gives me chills! It has bats with heads that were clearly bent off. So all along the front of the cemetery is an army of 100’s of headless bats!

And look at this store display from the amazing Anthro (where else?)
This prompted me to go home and pull out my stash of victorian photos, now a lovely shade of sepia from age.

More more more!!!

I was walking in the woods and I found a teacup! I went to pick it up and it was stuck in cement. I looked around and there were many teacups, all lodged in the ground. It drove me crazy! It is a sign that I must stop hoarding old things…pretty things. The teacup wasnt even that pretty. It was more of a thick, ceramic coffee cup. But amongst the woods they did look quite whimsical.

Near the teacups grew this mess of a tree…

I love this jacket. It was passed up at a yard sale (100??!!) but its a vintage Christian Dior and sooooo lovely.

A delicate gypsy dancer pencil drawing that I could not pass up!

and the winner of the teapot is….

All of your names went into the teapot on small snippets of paper and I pulled out
with lemongrass tea…yum!
Thanks to all that participated! I was inspired by your tea suggestions. Some were quite creative! Now that summers almost here I’ll spend my days sipping all kinds of iced teas.
And email me your addy (again) so I can send this little cozy gem your way!

Have a great night everyone. I hope to post more art updates soon.