If I was invited to my own studio…

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I would think it’s a co-op of about five different artists and I wouldn’t even know what to pay attention to.  No wonder when I get there I’m not always sure what I’m going to work on—I want to do it all and sometimes, unfortunately, that’s immobilizing.


I think at this stage of my life I am seeking a more direction.

I don’t want to get static or rigid, but good grief, I think there’s a space in between.


I’ve decided to take a few minutes, get quiet and see what I want to work on BEFORE I take off for my studio.  I’m hoping that simple act will get me more focused and deliberate.  I’ll let you know if it works…but I might forget and you may need to e-mail and ask me about how it turned out. It seems like this just might be a natural state of our world…but I want to fight it.  There are so many things to pay attention to that it’s overwhelming.  OK, off to the studio, but first, I want to check out that song, book, technique, read my e-mail, the news, oh there’s a video I bookmarked…aaaarrgggghhhh.

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Maggie with red purse lillibridge dakota 1966 print sift magazine

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coffee & cocktails

I had two pedestal bases from a restaurant supply store that needed tops. I frequently use pine table tops from Lowes for paintings.  They require minimum sanding and are glued together quite well and aren’t expensive.  I didn’t want to just seal these bare pieces of wood so I painted these simple stripes, distressed and sealed them with Vermont Natural Coatings (one of my very favorite products).  You use it like a urethane or a varnish.  It has low VOCs, dries quickly and leaves a beautiful finish.  I seal my paintings with this product and use different finish types (satin, semi-gloss, gloss) based on the type of piece.

So, in short order I have two new tables for my deck.  I love Vermont Natural Coatings.  I am not paid by them.  However, Vermont Natural Coatings if you would like me to do some rep work for you contact me through this site.

From Website: “We use whey protein, a byproduct of cheese making, to displace toxic ingredients found in traditional finishes.”

http://www.vermontnaturalcoatings.com/

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inspirations & a finished piece

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She is almost ready to make her debut.  She has to dry first and get some shoelaces.

before & after

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I am working on a new series and my muses are: flea market discoveries, mid-century palettes/patterns and old carnival signs.  I am trying to keep my interpretation very loose and original.  It’s so damn hard to be original.  I plan to give it my best shot this week. I’ll post as I get pieces done and I promise to show my mistakes too. Wish me luck.

art & process…

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This is a painting I was commissioned to do for a new workout space in Burlington, Vermont.  I wanted to illustrate my process especially how different the piece looks at each stage.  I layer colors to get the desired effect and then sand and paint and sand again until I get the look I want.  I wanted this piece to look like an old sign found under the stairs in a beach cottage—a relic from a hippie summer long ago.

My work has always been about removal and revealing what lies beneath.  I am forced to think a few steps down the road with this process.  I think it keeps me sharp (at least sharper than I would’ve been anyway).  It’s a very time-consuming way to work, but utterly thrilling when my instinct about the layers turns out as I had hoped.

I will post a picture of it in the space when they get it installed.