Thursday, February 1, 2018

My dining room

Hi there all of you. I hope you are still reading my rare posts.
I do have a good one today with lots of photos. It's my dining room. It is the largest room on my first floor and it's the first thing you see when you enter the house.

Here are the before pictures.

You can see that the wall color is tan and there is that ugly border above.
We decided to go dark. We used SW Naval as the color and here it is.

This is in process.

And here is the finished (or not quite finished ) product!
None of my artwork is hanging in this room. We wanted to keep it traditional.

As you might notice there are several things left undone. We need to change the chandelier to the one we had in our old house. The hallway off to the left needs navy paint but that was decided after everything was finished. Last but not least the window treatments need to be hung.
It is a bit of a list of things still to do but I know we will get them done one at a time.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

I'm baaaaaack!

Well, I actually never went anywhere. I just did not have a blog topic or I'd think of something and say, "I'll do it tomorrow." but never do it. It was laziness too.
I decided to take it easy tonite with a bit of my new artwork.

I have painted this new series mostly with a palette knife although some brushwork was involved.

This has been a learning experiment for me. It just popped out of me with little thought.

I think it came from this one.

This one is at Mitchell Hill Charleston and it inspired this one that was in the Charleston Symphony Orchestra's Showhouse and purchased by the designer, Lauren Messina.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

and then I ended up in Key West

Well I didn't plan on it but I ended up in Key West. You see first we took my seven year-old to Disney.

and Seaworld.

and Universal.

But when it was over we just wanted to stay...but not there. So we went to Palm Beach, actually Singer Island.

It was so gorgeous but still not right.

So we headed to the Keys.
Key West to be exact.

I paid homage to Ernest Hemingway at his house.

We enjoyed great food and laughs together.

Oh and shopping also but not at the Sponge Market.
Irresponsibility won here. We begin our long trip home to Charleston tomorrow.
Who knows where we will stop.

Thursday, October 13, 2016


We will be in our studios tomorrow night with some delicious goodies, champagne, and, of course, paintings. We will also entertain commissions in a special session where you bring your photos of your space and we discuss what might work for you.

Join us!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016


Sorry for the silence here. Now we have a hurricane headed our way and I am outta here. I will be in Augusta, GA for a few days... maybe there will something to blog about.

Monday, July 25, 2016

New items available today!


I have been spending time on a few ideas for fabric created from favorite paintings of mine and turning them into new products.
Starting today, I will have a variety of clutches, change purses and men's ties available on my website.

The fabrics were created from my paintings "Coquette" and "Tea with Mabel"
The idea came when I decided to have a tie made for my husband from a fabric that I had on hand. He needs an extra long length tie so I had it made by this Etsy seller and it grew to include the other items.

Historic Charleston proved a great backdrop for our photo shoot.


I have a small inventory currently but if interest is good, more will be available soon.


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Virtual studio visit

I am all unpacked and hard at work in my studio. Actually, I have only had limited hours since school is not in session but my daughter has participated in two fun kid's camps here at Redux.
If you follow me on Instagram this is nothing new but the blog allows a bit more narrative.

I had to wait for a few items to be shipped to me to really get organized.

The long wall in the video will mainly be hung gallery style with a finished series. 

This short wall, behind my easel, is my main work space.  The opposite wall has shelves from the previous occupant and my desk area, which is not especially visually interesting.
The series if work hung on the gallery wall is inspired by spring and summer flora. I am working on figure studies on linen and a new canvas series. It will be edgier, rougher and less feminine like the two below.

I've got a long way to go with this series though.

Also coming later this week are my neckties, clutches and change purses. It began with my desire to have a tie made from a Spoonflower printed fabric for my husband. I used Small Batch Boutique on Etsy and it turned into a larger project. I will be adding these to my website in the next few days.

Tons going on including another possible move (from our horrible rental, hence the lack of interior pictures) but I will let you know more in the future.