Saturday, August 12, 2017

Getting Excited!

Goat at Chateau Orquevaux

I haven't posted much on my blog this year. It is one of the casualties of my busy life this year. I kind of threw myself into work partially as a distraction and partially to fund a six week sabbatical. And, I'm excited to say that the trip to France is almost here. Three weeks and I'm walking along the Seine!

Today's photo from the chateau is this adorable goat. He lives at the chateau and is probably considered one of the groundskeepers. I've also gotten a list of the other artists who will also be doing residencies this fall. What amazing talent! I can't wait to meet them all and learn some new things.

If you'd like to follow along on the adventure, you can follow me on Instagram or my Facebook page (click the photo below). I post a lot more on Instagram these days. I also published a new newsletter with more photos. You can view that here.

A bientôt!

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Getting Back to Me

The death of my mother has been quite a shock to my system. Things just aren't the same anymore. I know those who have lost someone will understand. I tried to understand when my friends went through this before me, but nothing could really prepare me. Some days are good and I cherish her memory. Other days, I cry at random times - like when I broke down sobbing in the Memphis airport for no special reason.

One of the things that has been neglected is my studio time. I just haven't felt like making anything. Usually, that brings me joy, but, for a while I would go to the studio and just sit and feel empty. I've been trying to give myself some space and let it come when it comes.

Lately though, I've been getting the itch to create. This past weekend, I had a few hours and I got out my watercolors. Birds were a favorite of my mother's so I'm not surprised that they showed up on the paper.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Bon Voyage - A Whole Month in France!

Last year, I came across an Instagram post calling for artists for a residency in a chateau in the Champagne region in France. A month living in a chateau and making art! Last year was difficult and the thought of running away sounded fantastic. So I applied. What did I have to lose?

I was notified that I was accepted the day after I received really bad news about my mother's health. It could not have come at a better time. I was able to share the news with my mother, and, it gave me something to focus on. Life would continue after her death and she wanted me to keep doing the things that bring me joy. 

I am excited to announce that I'm off to France for a month in September. No work. No responsibilities. Just immerse myself in French culture, drink champagne, engage with other artists and make art! Think of all the wonderful French ephemera that will find its way in to my mixed media work. Je suis tout excite'!

I'm taking French classes to help me prepare. So far, I am excellent at ordering coffee and croissants. I've gotten the important things down right? 

For more information about the residency check out the Chateau Orquevaux website or follow them on Facebook.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Somerset Studio - Again!

I haven't been in the studio much lately, but I do have some news! I was published in the March and May issues of Somerset Studio. Both issues feature some of my eco-dyed papers used in mixed media artwork.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Moo-ey Christmas Y'all!

This guy down the street was gracious enough to pose for me yesterday. I couldn't help dressing him up for the season!

Happy Holidays to you and yours!


Thursday, November 17, 2016

Taking a Break

You may have noticed a significant absence from my postings lately, not that consistent blogging has ever been a strength.

My amazing mother is nearing the end of a long struggle with leukemia, so my focus right now is on enjoying the time we have together and spending time with my family, especially during the holiday season.

Creating for me is usually a way to manage the stresses of everyday life, but right now I seem to be frozen, even for that. I am acutely aware of the changing of the season as the plants in the garden start to die back after a spectacular summer. My faith in Mother Nature assures me that there will be life again in the spring. But, right now, like my garden, I need to retreat and rest. And, kitty tickles. I need those too 😺.

Laughing it up at Em's birthday party