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.