Thursday, June 22, 2017

Welcome, Summer!

Ooops! 4 months and no contact, sorry folks! I've discovered Instagram, I've been hanging out there as 'snowdayartist'. And then there's been full-time teaching - yeah, a major time-eating profession, but so worth it!  I had great students this year! They made some amazing projects, and there were many humbling moments when I just stood back and let the students roll with their ideas. It's amazing how skillful elementary/middle school students can be - watching them can actually give you faith and hope for our collective future. I'm serious. They can solve problems and stay on an assignment until it's fully complete. My 2nd day of summer vacation and I miss them! Hopeless!

My new studio has a nice view of the dilly-bean garden. This garden is mostly about dilly bean production: garlic, beans, and dill. There's also spinach and beets, but it's mostly about the dilly beans... they keep the summer with us even in the middle of the winter. 
Several paintings are waiting for my attention. Summer is all about painting and gardening. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

6th Snow-Day! Uploading Etsy Mittens

Snow-Day Artist

Today is Snow-Day #6 for this winter. I'm uploading mittens to my Etsy shop. The photography always takes longer than I wish it would. I need to create a photo booth.
Snow-Day Artist
Here is the first geranium to bloom in my new studio. A little funky, but GREAT color!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Double Snow-Day. Finally all moved in!

I am celebrating this double snow-day by moving the last of my art supplies into my new studio. All done. I'm in!

I love the new views and the deep window sills. These sills will become a rotating display of my 'loot'.

The Cabin Fever Art Show at Longfellow's was fun. I was glad to have an upright display for my prints - much easier to see my artwork this way. I guess my 'booth' is an evolving process.
Cabin Fever Art Show 

Niko prefers the driveway to being indoors while I vacuum! Seriously! Good thing I don't vacuum that often!
Niko in the driveway
Here's my new painting corner.

This is my 'fiber' area.

I am feeling very grateful for this new space. 

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Cabin Fever Art Show, Longfellow's Greenhouses

I am getting  my work ready for the Cabin Fever Art Show. This is an annual event at Longfellow's Greenhouses in Manchester. Saturday Feb. 4th 10 - 4, and Sunday Feb. 5th 10 - 3. This is a great show. I love being in the Longfellow's greenhouses with other area artists. If you are looking to see wonderful art, maybe buy a plant, have a cup of coffee, come on by!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Snow-Day #1

It's a Snow-Day, the first for this school year. Today is also the day the crew finished my new Snow-Day Studio!
I have a little trim painting to do and then I'll be moving in!
The day and night lighting in this new space is spectacular. With many lights and switches, I'll have a lot of options to highlight an area, or light the whole space.

This is truly a dream come true, and I am feeling very, very grateful.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Portland Yacht Club Holiday Craft Show

My mice, knitting, and fine art prints will be in the 1st Annual Portland Yacht Club Holiday Craft Show on Sunday afternoon November 27th, Noon to 4:00pm.
I'm looking forward to this venue, it looks like a beautiful location.

I've been knitting up a storm since the Etsy Artisan Fair at the Maine Mall a couple of weeks ago, so I will have plenty of children's mittens available at the Yacht Club.

My new studio is coming along. I now have heat - but no door!
I am hoping to have it all come together in early December.
I can't wait!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Etsy Maine Team Artisan Fair - Maine Mall

                         I will have my art prints and knitting at the Maine Mall this weekend. 
                                     Come check out the Etsy Maine Team Artisan Fair!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

New Art Studio

My new studio is coming along nicely. I can't wait to move in! The walls need to be painted, then lights and heat added. I'm probably looking at a month before I move in.

Meanwhile I'm prepping for the Etsy Maine Team Artisan Fair at the Maine Mall next weekend 10/29 &10/30. There will be about 45 Etsy Maine Team members in attendance - stop on by if you are in the Portland area!

EMT Artisan Fair at the Maine Mall 10/29/16 - 10/30/16

Monday, August 22, 2016

300 students paint 'Still Life With Goldfish' by Henri Matisse

Here is my school mural for the 2016 - 2017 year. This is the 12th mural I have made with my elementary students. The original artwork is Henri Matisse's 'Still Life With Goldfish' (also known as 'The Goldfish') painted in 1912. This ought to be a cheery and welcoming image to greet the students when they come back to school. I'm pleased with the results. It is the smallest student mural I have put together at 60" wide by 86.25" high. It's a gem!
I had a little help hanging the mural. Good dog!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Welcome August!

Welcome August! I'm just back from Southern California. I attended a lovely family wedding at the South Coast Botanic Garden in Palos Verdes. My family is large and wildly flung across the USA. This summer has fortunately given us a BIG birthday in Vermont, a wedding in California, and soon a wedding here in Maine. It's been great to be able to be with my family this much in one year.
Now I'm back in the studio, the OLD studio. Trying  to get three paintings done before school starts! These two paintings are almost done and will be in my Etsy shop soon. My new studio is making progress. We met with our builder yesterday. The construction will start in 3 weeks - yay!

Driving home from school in June I noticed a dead Blue Jay on the road in front of a friend's house. As the sweet bird was no longer living, I saved his or her feathers. I love Blue Jay feathers. I love the blue next to the black and gray. I'm thinking there is a painting that needs to happen with these. Time will unravel this for me. Maybe a painting of blues in nature. Happy August!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016