Hi Florida Watercolor peeps! I have finally finished my demo of my son Nate at a demo at the Art League of Daytona. (Its been a busy week!) I love how his sunkissed cheekiness shines through! Keep calm and use color!!
Thank you Bennett Gallery!
From Blog post on Oct 13, 2011:
What a great word, dwell. Emily Dickinson wrote "I dwell in possibility." This is the mantra of an artist. The belief that if you can remain aware, any emotions, good or bad, can be channeled through a person and molded into an image, a song or a sentence that inspires. I had a roller coaster ride of emotions this week and I am so grateful to have been able to focus it and and release it onto these 4 panels of wood. I've said it a hundred times, "Any day in the studio is a great day". This is my therapy. This is for me. Esther Hicks-Abraham says that when we talk about creators, we are talking about the creating of your state of being. I hope to always linger in the idea that art in all its forms has the potential to fill me, to heal me, and to save me. I dwell in that possibility. Dwell
Mother's Day is coming up and its one of my favorites! Love my Mom and I love my kids! This chunk of a babe was me on my Mom's first Mother's Day.
I've been reading this lovely poem since they were babies. Still rings true for me.
There is time still for sitting in cafes in Paris sipping wine.
Time still for going to meet the guru.
There is time still.
Now I am caring for eternity.
Carrying bodies soft with sleep to beds of flowered quilts and pillows.
Answering cries deep out of nighttime fears.
My soul now is dwelling in the house of tomorrow.
Tomorrow there will be time for long leisurely conversations, for poems to write, and dances to perform.
So I surrender now to them and this, knowing it is they who will teach me how to do it all.
In 1996, I was a scenic artist looking for a space to work on my painting. I applied for a space at McRae on the Lake in Orlando. In actuality, what I got was a group of friends that helped both my art and my career grow. When we moved to the current McRae Art Studios in 1998, I put my proverbial neck on the chopping block, being one of the few artists to sign the lease for the whole magilla. In return, I got to pick the great space in the front and built my new studio, 2 x 4s, electrical and all, with my own 2 hands. I went from a fledgling artist, to a full time, award winning, traveling all over the place artist. So much of my journey had to do with working at McRae and interacting daily with the incredible artists that have graced those walls over the years. In 2006, with a 1 year old, another on the way and a 1 hour commute from Mount Dora, I sadly gave up my precious space. I love my studio that I built at home and the commute from one room to the next, but I do miss the camaraderie, the fun and crazy people, their artistic adventures and yes even the sounds of Foosball.
So it is with tons of joy and gratitude, that I am writing to announce that I will be the guest artist at the next McRae Opening on April 6! I'm so glad you guys started having guest artists! I'm looking forward to taking over a corner for a night and hearing the bands play on.
April 6, 2013, 4 to 9 pm