Posts Tagged ‘2017’

Urban Sketchers Symposium, Journal Flip

Urban Sketchers Symposium, Journal Flip

I go sketching once a week or so here at home with some friends, and we’re big fans of the “professional” urban sketchers who we follow online. In July, the Urban Sketchers group held their annual symposium in Chicago. Since it was so close by, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to go. We piled […]

Stockley Gardens Art Festival, Oct. 21-22

Stockley Gardens Art Festival, Oct. 21-22

On the road again, how I love to be on the road again… This week, Dana and I will load up the ArtMobile and head south to the fall Stockley Gardens Art Festival. This is my first time exhibiting at the show; Dana has done it for several years now. Food, music, kids activities – […]

Finding Balance

Finding Balance

  Finding Balance is a study in contrasts between hidden and revealed, light and shadow, old and new. This piece feels simple and balanced, but it is full of subtle contrasts. The colors run from dawn to dusk, words from A to Z. The utilitarian dictionary pages are edged in extravagant gold leaf. Some parts […]


The Surprise Inside

The Surprise Inside

Ok, even artists like to have some fun once in a while! This piece does actually have a completed collage inside. What is it? Not telling! I wanted to convey the sense of anticipation and excitement of finding an unwrapped package. What’s inside? Who is it from? Is it for me? You’ll notice bits of […]

Dreams of Faraway Places

Dreams of Faraway Places

The inspiration for these pieces came from the envelopes themselves. I have saved greeting cards – and the envelopes – for years. Envelopes make me think of traveling – after all, they have traveled a long way to reach our mailboxes. I envisioned sewing the envelopes together to form the basis of a large piece, […]

Time of Waiting 2

Time of Waiting 2

Time of Waiting 2 was actually created before the larger version and was the inspiration for it. This smaller version really has the feel of expectation while waiting for the contents to be revealed. The interior is glowing with such energy, just ready to burst through. And so much luscious texture! Each layer is stitched […]


Time of Waiting

Time of Waiting

The idea for Time of Waiting is one that has been on my mind for a quite some time. I wanted a 3‑dimensional way to explore the act of unwrapping and revealing an image. Remember tearing the paper off a birthday present when you were a kid, that sense of joy and excitement to find […]

True Joy and Happiness Be Ever Thine

True Joy and Happiness Be Ever Thine

A companion piece to From A Fond Heart Faithful And True, this one elevates an envelope from an ordinary everyday object to something grand and special. Inside the envelope are several fragments of tiny vintage greeting cards: Cupid on the lookout for his next target, bouquets of flowers, and an open book printed with the […]

Thy Path Be Ever Strewn With Flowers

Thy Path Be Ever Strewn With Flowers

The third in this mini series, Thy Path Be Ever Strewn With Flowers has a central envelope overflowing with sentimental papers surrounded by a colorful starburst. Inside the envelope are tiny bits from vintage greeting cards: bouquets of roses and forget me nots, and an open book printed with the phrase “Thy Path Be Ever Strewn […]


In The Pink To Benefit The Gathering Place

In The Pink To Benefit The Gathering Place

Hudson Fine Art & Framing is hosting its 12th annual “In The Pink” art show to benefit The Gathering Place. More than 50 original small artworks created by local artists (including me!) will be raffled off with 100% of the proceeds going to The Gathering Place. The gallery will also display my Envelop/e series along […]

From A Fond Heart Faithful And True

From A Fond Heart Faithful And True

A cornerstone of my Envelope series, From A Fond Heart Faithful And True is dear to my heart. I wanted to elevate an envelope from an ordinary paper wrapper to something more magical, more symbolic. The gold leaf, the rays, the weathered surface, give it that mystical feel I was looking for. Inside the envelope […]

A Rose Is A Rose Is A Rose

A Rose Is A Rose Is A Rose

Several of the pieces in the Envelope series are studies in contrasts, and this is one of them. I love the elegant old-fashioned women peeking out from their gilded frames. Clearly they were women of means at their time, so I surrounded them with flowers. Yet despite their privileges, their life wasn’t easy. They were […]


Kent's Art In The Park

Kent’s Art In The Park

Kent’s Annual Art In The Park Festival is this weekend September 9-10. I’ll be showing my collage and mixed media art along with some new pieces that I’ve been working on. Held in Kent’s Fred Fuller Park on Middlebury Rd., the location is beautiful and shaded. The festival has plenty of artists, food, great music, […]

Sketching Locations for September

Sketching Locations for September

Hi folks, here’s the plan for sketching for the next few weeks. Hope you can join us for one or all! Sept. 8 at 10AM in Kent. We’ll sketch the old Pufferbelly restaurant (now Treno Restaurant) and street views. 152 Franklin Ave, Kent, OH 44240 Sept. 15 at 9am at Gorge Metro Park http://www.summitmetroparks.org/gorge-metro-park.aspx (I […]

Art on the Green 2017

Art on the Green 2017

It’s August in Hudson, so that means it’s time for Art On The Green! This year, it is on August 26-27. It’s always a good show and a fun way to wind down the summer. Show dates and times are: Saturday, August 26: 10am – 5pm Sunday, August 27: 11am – 5pm I will be […]


Letters Unsent

Letters Unsent

I had the idea for “Letters Unsent” before “Packaged Moments“, but completed it afterward. I needed to work through the thoughts about those other moments before I could take on this. I wanted this piece to explore the emotions of looking back on life and reminiscing about the thoughts not said, the missed opportunities: the […]

Packaged Moments

Packaged Moments

After making “Open Ended Communication“, I wanted to do more with Mylar overlays and explore the emotions around partially hidden objects. “Packaged Moments” started out as three individual pieces, but as I worked on them, they began to play off one another so well that they had to become one piece. I chose images that […]

Sketching Supplies That I Took To The Urban Sketchers Symposium and What I Actually Used

Sketching Supplies That I Took To The Urban Sketchers Symposium and What I Actually Used

I got home Sunday from the 2017 Urban Sketchers Symposium in Chicago and have been unpacking my bags. It was a wonderful event and I’m so glad to have gone.  The symposium team did a remarkable job organizing it, I’m happy with my sketches, and of course enjoyed seeing Chicago from a different perspective. It’s […]


Open-Ended Communication

Open-Ended Communication

“Open-Ended Communication” is a transitional piece that creates a pathway from the envelope-specific pieces (In The Clear, Going Forth) early in this series to more conceptual pieces (Once Upon A Time, Lifelong Buddies). The focal point in this piece is the small central envelope, which was originally created to stand on its own. The brown […]

In The Clear

In The Clear

Titled, “In The Clear”, this piece is dear to me for the sense of joy it conveys. Several years ago, a friend gave me a page from a French magazine printed in the late 1800s or early 1900s. The image on the page was of dozens of butterflies (papillons) happily hovering over flowers. I envisioned […]

The Envelope Sketchbook ... and my helper

The Envelope Sketchbook … and my helper

As I began working on the Envelop/e series, I started making notes as ideas came to me. I’d jot a note on a scrap of paper in my studio, on a sticky note at home, or in whatever journal was handy. It’s great to keep track of those notes, but I couldn’t find them at […]


The Envelop/e Series

The Envelop/e Series

An envelope is something that wraps around, encloses and contains. But, an envelope can be more than just a piece of paper. It can be a symbol loaded with memories and emotions. You open the mailbox and there it is: Puffy or flat. Clean or scuffed up. White, brown, green, pink, blue, yellow, or red. Does it have that little […]

Lifelong Buddies

Lifelong Buddies

Another piece for the Threads of the Past exhibit, “Lifelong Buddies” shows a photo of my dad and his college friend. My dad went to a very small college. Very small – his graduating class had fewer than 2 dozen people. He and his classmates formed close friendships that lasted rest of their lives. I have […]

Delivering Stories, July 14-August 19, at the BOX Gallery

Delivering Stories, July 14-August 19, at the BOX Gallery

“Delivering Stories” is a two-woman exhibit of artwork by me and Amber McElreath. The show runs July 14 – August 19 at the BOX Gallery, Summit Artspace in Akron. The opening reception is July 14, 5-8pm. For this exhibit, I have made all new artwork. Well, almost all new. Going Forth and Remembrance will be part of […]



 
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