Monday, May 30, 2011

Sketchbook Challenge - May

May’s Theme – “Can’t resist this!”
A challenge to create images of things you can never resist or to use a ‘resist’ - a medium that masks off areas in your work that you want to preserve. I played with several different ideas and techniques. Here are 3 of my favorites:

Wax paper resist - Pieces of wax paper ironed onto paper to transfer wax and then watercolor over to fill in wherever the wax did not transfer.

 Wax crayon resist - Stencil drawing with crayon and then adding a watercolor wash over top.

Gesso resist and freezer paper resist - learned about this technique from one of the Sketchbook Challenge hosts Jane Davies.
Click here to see the video demonstration on her blog.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

North Carolina

I can remember listening to James Taylor sing ”Carolina in my Mind” and thinking what a beautiful place it must be to have inspired him to write that song.  Just having returned from a trip to North Carolina, I’m pretty sure I know why he thought it was so special.

The gardens…
The Sarah P. Duke Garden, Durham

Botanical Gardens, University of North Carolina, Asheville

The food…
Barbeque in the River Arts District, Asheville 

The arts…
Roxy Paine's 'Askew' in the sculpture garden of the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh.

The scenery…
Views from the Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Precious Water

Each Spring the Mystic Arts Center has a juried exhibition with a theme that is open to all artists. This year's theme and title is 'Precious Water: A Personal Response'. Being a coastal town with a large artists community you can image the popularity of this theme so I was thrilled to find out that this print of mine had been chosen to be in the show.

15" x 15" Gelatin Print Collage
The exhibition runs until May 21st. If you are in the area be sure to stop in to the see all the wonderful works on display. 

Sunday, May 1, 2011


 If you've never been thrilled to the very edges of your soul by a flower in spring bloom, maybe your soul has never been in bloom.  ~Audra Foveo 

 Yes, it's finally here!