Monday, September 29, 2014

Research: Nozkowski

Fresh Paint adaptation of Nozkowski Painting.
I've believed that a great way to understand an artist and his/her process is to copy one of their paintings. I chose this one because of the complexity of the background and mix of geometric and organic. Most of his paintings have this dichotomy, but this one is more apparent. 
The bits and pieces I learn about Nozkowski's process is forever inspirational. I especially like this tidbit on his connection to nature.

Thursday, September 25, 2014


Lately, I've been uninspired. The busyness of back to school, helping my new Kindergartener with his homework, and new volunteering opportunities have all kept me from my first love of painting and creating. Until......I was digging around in my secret stash of articles, items, trinkets, and other special debris (a.k.a my morgue) when I discovered this old article I cut out of W Magazine a few years back. Apparently, it needed time to steep and showed itself just at the right moment when I'm ripe for ideas. It's an article about the artist Thomas Noskowski. He is an incredible painter who really speaks to my aesthetic. My plan is to research him, his work, his inspirations, find my own thoughts and create a little something of my own. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

On Vacation: Paintings

I did these two painting while on vacation. The one above is from Miami. It's the view from a tram. No idea what building it is, I just thought it was very pretty. The painting below was done in Manarola, Italy in Cinque Terre. I was sitting in the middle of an adjacent terraced vineyard and did a quick watercolor. That was definitely one of the more beautiful and memorable travel moments I've had.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Vacation: Painting

Okay, I didn't get too weird. It's so hard to do something other than the norm. I love clean lines, color, and bleeding edges. But, I did add pattern which is something I never do and that pattern is plaid which is even more rare. I'd like to think of this experiment as a vacation from my usual way of painting/ drawing. This should make for an interesting week. Maybe I'll even learn something.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Vacation: Painting

Blue is a vacation color. Water, calm, the sea, just what one is supposed to experience on vacation. This little watercolor is a work in progress. I want to do something different, out of my element. It's time to get out of my comfort zone. Let's see what I do next.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Research: Vacation

If I could go anywhere for vacation right now, I would like to revisit the tiny island of Torcello. A short ferry ride from Venice, Italy, it's a magical place with gorgeous cypress trees, a small church, small ruins, and beautiful views of the water and other nearby islands. The quiet atmosphere only adds to it's beauty. It just might be my favorite Venetian island.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014


With Summer nearing a close I'm feeling nostalgic for past vacations. Though my family is unable to take a vacation now (Kindergarten starts Tuesday for Gio!), I'm thinking about where I would want to go if I could. They say planning a vacation can be just as restorative as going, so I'm going to do just that.