Saturday, March 2, 2019

Working with designers

As an artist, I feel lucky to have worked with many designers on showhouses or just really awesome houses.


This is the Junior League of High Point Showhouse and a room decorated by Lisa Mende. She did the kitchen and the dining room and even the mudroom!
That is my painting behind the lamps.

I also worked Lisa Mende and Traci Zeller on their study for the Ronald McDonald House.
My Painting is titled "Cocoon". I love this space and you should have seen the before shot!


I helped Traci with the artwork for this house in Charlotte NC.


I also helped her with artwork for Homearama.


I did four nudes for Lisa Mende's bath in a showhouse in San Francisco.
They are small but you can see them in this photo.


Working with designers is a lot of fun for me. They know what they want and how to tell me what they want. The special part is that they will then have the space photographed and I get to see my artwork in a stunning interior.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

A lot can change

In one month, this month, a lot has changed in my art career.
I left Perigold and started to inquire about Chairish. Cherish is a website that sells new and vintage pieces of furniture and artwork to the public and designers. Next I had a phone call with Chairish. They were fantastic!
They took me on right away and now are working on adding me to their featured artists list.



Next Mitchell Hill and I parted ways. I still think everyone there is sweet and professional but it was just not working. I immediately submitted to the gallery, Trager Contemporary in Charleston, and was surprised to get a reply the next day. We set up a meeting and I went downtown with a few paintings and Voila! a new gallery space for me.


I have also been working on a commission for a designer in the Boston area.


So to say a lot can change in very little time is an understatement for me!

Friday, January 18, 2019

Beauty in lighting

I seriously have to change the lighting in my house. It's ugly. I've been looking at lighting from Circa  and here are my picks.



I love this flush mount for hallways. Doesn't everyone need to with out they're lighting "boobs" with something prettier?

I also need something for the eat-in area of my kitchen. The lights when we moved in were nickel finish with a shade and, get this, a nickel finish CAGE over them. They were ridiculous. My husband removed the cages and now we have just shades  but I think the sizes are wrong for the space.


They look like this but they are tiny. I might like a large one like this,

or may be this.
My husband hates to see the bulb so I have to be careful what I choose.

I would love this flush mount for a bathroom or even my bedroom.


We also have a wall sconce on the stairway that is hideous. I'd be happy to replace it with a simple sconce like this.


But in truth I would like something with a little whimsy.


This sconce would work on the stairs nicely.

Do you spend time thinking about lighting like I do?

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

My New Years Resolutions

I normally am against New Years anything, especially resolutions. Why do we wait all year to come up with a list of things that we won't succeed at?

I've come up with a doable list.

First, I want to paint more. I have not been in my studio with a lot of guts, like I did in Virginia. I am finding those longings to paint are coming back to me.

A cool looking studio

I do plan to get my house looking better. That's not really a resolution for just me, it's for me and my husband. While he lets me paint on canvas, I am not allowed to paint the walls. Haha! He is very particular and I'd rather he did it.


We have decided to paint our ceiling this color, Faint Coral.

There is also a resolution that I don't like but I must clean more.

A picture of my old house

My new house is unusually dusty and we got a puppy. There is dust and dog hair everywhere. It's not just once in a while, it's all the time! So I need to find a way to easily clean it up. So far I'm struggling.

What are your New Years resolutions or do you just never do them?

Sunday, December 16, 2018

A vintage Christmas tree

I decorated my Christmas tree with my 9 year-old daughter this year but I did it like I always decorate it using vintage ornaments. The ornaments are from my grandmother and my childhood. There are real eggs that my grandmother made into ornaments, little dolls, and weird mushrooms in the collection.


There is this little flying thing that must be quite old.


I remember this little Santa from when I was very small.


I believe my grandmother made this egg. 


There is a mushroom with a Christmas elf inside and another egg with an angel in it. I'm not sure what mushrooms have to do with Christmas but there are a few ornaments with mushrooms in them.


This little doll looks a bit rough and she's gotten rougher over the years but it cracks me up that a little angel is so bad looking. I used to tell my children that she was a naughty angel and that is why she looks the way she does.
There are also a few fun shaped ornaments that don't really look so great but I still hang them each year.


My tree full of vintage ornaments is so pleasing to me.


Tuesday, December 4, 2018

My must-haves

I am just sitting here sipping my coffee this morning thinking about things I can't live without. Coffee used to be one of them but I just don't drink much of it anymore. Yesterday I skipped it altogether.
In terms of beverages I do love this glass.

I have a set and I use them everyday. I've even broken a few but they are so inexpensive that I just grab a few at the store.
I'm sure I'd be fine without them but I do really like them.

This may seem a bit odd but I love my dishwasher. Yup, it's that good.


I have a Bosch dishwasher that is a few years old but cleans everything off of my dishes. I've never had one that was so awesome. I had no idea such a thing existed and I won't ever buy another brand.

Another thing I don't know if I could live without is white towels. They have to be white.


Not red or blue or any color but white. 

I love my wool Oriental rugs as well.


I have little ones and a very large one and a few in the middle. My house would not be the same without them. You can find quite a few on Etsy or eBay. That is where I got most of mine.

My art collection is pretty important also.
I have quite a few pieces from artists you may know.

Sally Kelly

Christina Baker

Jenny Andrews-Anderson

Linda Monfort

These are just a few photos of my art collection.

What can't you live without? Tell me in the comments.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Using photos for inspiration

A few years ago I wrote a post about using my flower photos for painting inspiration.



I took those photos and translated them like this.


or this.



But these days I take my paintings elsewhere with the abstraction of the flowers.

"Serendipity" is a further abstraction of these roses.


Also, I've abstracted others in this way.


From these flowers to this painting.

"More" 36 x 48

You can see that I use a lot of imagination in my creating in terms of colors and brush strokes.

"Finding Autumn" 30 x 48
In "Finding Autumn" I had to use a bit more imagination on looking up at the sky through changing color leaves because our leaves barely change color.


I was thinking of this photo for "The new pink"


I find my flower photos very inspiring.


What do you find inspiring in your work?