How I Started

I’ve been making things since I was a kid – I remember a lot of time making stuff with my mom at the dining room table – and I always drew.

Fast forward a few years… My dad signed me up for figure drawing sessions at the École des Beaux Arts in Tours, France when we lived there during my tenth grade year of high school. That was my first time drawing from the nude figure and in a room full of other adult artists.

I continued studying art in college and in grad school, I even taught art, but it wasn’t until after we had our son that I really began to understand what it means to be a professional artist. After he was born, I had to make art a priority – to be ruthless about it – if I was going to keep making things along with being a mom, a wife, and holding down a day job. I also wanted to demonstrate strong work ethic to my son, to show him that part of the process of doing things is to experiment, to fail, to start again… and I wanted him to be proud of his mom.

If you want to read more about how motherhood has impacted my art practice, check out my post “On Motherhood an Being an Artist.”

Making Thank You Drawings

Around the holiday season, I make a series of small works on paper to send to collectors of my paintings as a way of saying thank you. This time-lapse film documents the process of making the mixed media drawings I sent this year. If you look carefully, you’ll notice that I started working on light blue paper, but eventually switched to a white paper. The blue paper felt too flimsy, so I used a heavier-weight watercolor paper instead. You’ll also notice in the upper left corner when I cut the new watercolor paper. I think my favorite part of the video is seeing all the tools move around as I used them.
This was shot over the course of two days, with a photo once every 10 seconds. I used watercolor, graphite, ink, wax pastels, colored pencil, and gouache (opaque watercolor). Enjoy!

My travel watercolor and drawing kit

In this video I’ll share with you what I pack in my travel painting and drawing kit. I’ll show you how to carry just a small kit for drawing, and what to add if you want to paint with watercolors. Find out what type of pens and other drawing supplies I use, as well as which particular colors and brushes are in my portable watercolor kit.

Looking for more tips for artists? Check out the blog posts below:

Good books for creative people

Timelapse showing how I pack my plein air painting kit

11 Things athletes do that will make you a better artist

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Open post

Paintings exhibited at Mooresville Arts

Three of my paintings were just accepted into the Mooresville Arts Guild Winter Juried Exhibit. The show will be up January 23-February 27, 2015. Opening reception is Friday January 23rd, 6:00-8:00PM. Hope to see you there!

Mooresville Arts: 103 W Center Ave Mooresville NC 28115 (704) 663-6661 www.magart.org

TheFieldYouThinkYouOwn
The Field You Think You Own, oil and acrylic on canvas, 40 x 60 inches, 2014
Speak to Anything But the Sky, oil and acrylic on canvas, 30 x 30 inches, 2014
Speak to Anything But the Sky, oil and acrylic on canvas, 30 x 30 inches, 2014
Back of the Hand to Everything, oil and acrylic on canvas, 30 x 30 inches, 2014
Back of the Hand to Everything, oil and acrylic on canvas, 30 x 30 inches, 2014
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