My Art Studio – In the living room

This is one of the smallest art studios I have ever worked in, but it really is the nicest and the most convenient. It’s in my home, so it’s close to tea and food of all kinds. There’s a comfy sofa and chair opposite the big table for just hanging out when I don’t know what else to do. There’s also a bookshelf on the other side of the room with labeled shoeboxes that contain all my other (not the acrylics or the watercolors) art supplies. The only thing missing is the company of other artists (I used to have a space in an old mill building in Massachusetts with 20 or so other artists. I also miss the Open Studios event we used to have. Mostly I have been a hermit in my studio, but I am starting to get out a little… teaching some creative journaling and drawing workshops which are fun. I am also joining some art organizations and even entered an encaustic wax painting in a Group Show “All Things Florida” in the Hall Gallery in Sarasota. Wonder of wonder I won first prize and a little cash for “Skywriting in the Everglades.”



From my Journal – My Play Book!

These are my experimental pages from my larger studio journal. I keep it on my art table and just play with watercolors and pencils, sometime acrylics and collage. Not great paintings for sure, but fun, fun, fun! One of the pages was inspired by blueberry pancakes, another by the plant-life in my yard, one is an exploration for a door painting, and then there are the mandalas. I am teaching a Mandala drawing workshop at Shore Bliss Yoga in Apollo Beach, so I have been drawing some magical circles in my journals. What do you do when you feel like being playful?








Journaling with Gelatos – Fabulous FUN!

Or how to create a life through journaling… and have fun while writing.

I think I have been writing (in my journals) about doing a Journal Workshop for 15 years or so. I finally did it yesterday thanks to an invitation from a special friend, Jen McLaughlin at FedWellness in Lakeland, FL. She felt my connection to journaling, my excitement about creativity and how we all have it inside… she had faith in me… and thought I could help others start down this life-altering path. We had a small group, but it made for an intimate circle of women, savoring our Saturday morning, sharing stories, poems, books and colorful art supplies. (If you journal, try adding some juicy color to your pages with Gelatos (upper left corner of the photo).





Art for Appetizers – And More!

Where have I been? what have I been doing???

I have been painting and it feels good most of the time, except when I loose my way sometimes on what to do next with a painting in progress. I have been doing watercolors, sketches and mandalas in my large studio sketchbook. This is a good thing, especially when I am lost in one of my door paintings, as I am right now. AND I am also working on small paintings as ornaments for the Holiday Show at the Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg. Strange to be thinking about holiday items when in the middle of hot and humid August, but that’s right where I am right now! and it’s where I need to be if I am going to get things done in time. Plus, I am enjoying the blog feeds I am getting from Nicolas Wilton on process. They help me with my door obstacles and more. What have YOU been up to this summer as it speeds by?