Thursday, November 20, 2014



Perhaps because it feels so cold and foggy, I’ve been enjoying South Carolina Native’s Danna Ray’s rustic paintings inspired from the natural world. I particularly love the frosty mist and muted colors of the pieces below. It’s inspiring me to study those muted neutrals. I love the calm atmosphere a well mixed grey can give, especially as the warm and cool undertones play against each other. Here work can be found here and her etsy shop is Here.


Foggy Trail - limited edition art print of original paintingAround the Fire - limited edition art print from original painting



Every now and again you come across an artist who is just unbelievably talented and you need to sit and stare at the work to appreciate it. Artist Michelle Morin has her prints available in her etsy shop : UNITED THREAD. I seriously just love all of them. Her watercolors are meticulously layered and thoughtful with playful strokes. She mixes colors and patterns and textures and the end product is a busy but unified piece that begs you to study the details. Seriously, go ogle.


Sparrows at Night - Archival Print

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Art Loeb Trail, Pisgah Mountain


Last week I took a little day hike with a friend so we could find some fun photo shoot locations.  This little trail area is absolutely gorgeous and such a refresher to be up in the mountains again. There is a wide open ridge that overlooks everything and plenty of orange fall glory all around.


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I’m pretty sure a post like this should accompany some words, or possibly a recipe or two and some nicely laid out steps of how we made these muffins. In reality I didn't actually help bake, I sat on the counter and talked and took pictures and left the hard stuff to the pro (that would be Anne).  She is the best and I much enjoyed our rainy October catch up time.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Conte Charcoal


I have been working on a drawing technique where you work from fuzzy to form and I’ve had  a lot of fun trying to get people to look like people. I’ve never been good with anatomy or proportions so this is a huge learning curve and I've put off getting better in this area. My friends have been loaning their faces so i can practice which is equally amusing. I’ve done a few sketches on newsprint each night to keep it going.



an earthy mix of Etsy finds for this fine Monday.  I think these would be fun in an entry where you could put a bold dark color on the wall like black or navy. The textiles and art remind me of cold winter nights and camping. I’ve been drooling over those iron wall bookshelf hooks for a while. They’d snazzy up an office or reading nook.


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Tuesday, September 23, 2014



I have been having a blast mixing color and exploring how oils work. I let myself work on a bigger panel instead of the smaller sized ones I've been doing.I forget how much patience it takes just to cover the whole thing. I’m also learning that it’s hard to keep a pure white after your turpentine get’s muddied.  I spent a lot of time on a smaller canvas trying to figure out how to get more detail,I got so aggravated that I whipped out the bigger panel and just let myself play with the color for a little while. I definitely need to get some very tiny brushes for detail work. I have a large bright brush, a medium flat and a relatively large detail brush. I never expected to get hooked on the oils!

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