Spring Flowers Bring

April 3, 2016

Well, it’s the time of year when I get this thing rolling again. Only this year I am finally going to start including some of my own work andĀ its progression. In the past I have avoided doing this for various reasons, but now I not only need motivation for writing but also for creating finished pieces.


Frida Kahlo

Lately I have been delving into reading about some of my favorite female artists- Louise Bourgeois, Frida Kahlo, and Paula Rego. I have been reflecting on the path I want my own work to take. These women let their work consume them. It was not just something they did, it was a lifestyle. I am working on making my art a lifestyle again.


Louise Bourgeois



Paula Rego

I have been traveling a lot over the past year and half, so the number of larger pieces I have been able to complete has suffered. Mostly I have been working in sketchbooks, using watercolors and colored pencils. Now it is time to take all the experiences and experiments and turn them into something beautiful (or at least completed).

Today has been a big preparation day- putting a base coat of paint down on canvases and paper, selecting images and drawings to combine with memory, and avoiding distractions.

canvas prep

My goals for this year are to implement more collage and mixed media work into my process and to rely more on my inner voice and intuition (as opposed to just relying on the education I’ve had).

I would love to hear about your favorite mixed media artists and about your personal process. I can’t wait to share more of my work and love of art.

Look. Listen. Respond.



Spiral Woman

September 4, 2013


Louise Bourgeois, Spiral Woman

Louise Bourgeois, Spiral Woman

I’ve been thinking on this post for a long time. Louise Bourgeois is a phenomenal sculptor, and I highly recommend the documentary The Spider, the Mistress, and the Tangerine. (It is available on Hulu!) There is a great view of the Spiral Woman in motion.
For me, this piece represents what it can be like to be a human. She spins, looking for a place to rest. She is holding on; she isn’t struggling. The “twist” blinds her, supports her, controls her. We have to assume that she is not bothered.
The twist makes me think of a towel. The Spiral Woman is bathing. She is being taken from the water. She is not bothered. She just spins and spins, sucked up in the twist. She doesn’t call out to us. We cannot even see her face. Is she beautiful? Would she talk to us if she could? Does she wish the twist would just suck her up completely? Or is the spinning caused by her resistance?
I love the questions that Louise’s work brings up. I love the tension and the challenge. She makes you think.

Look. Listen. Respond.