Journal

 

I started this journal as a quiet way to reflect on my daily life as a mum and how that converges with the creative process as an artist.  It is messy but always inspiring.

My wish is that one day my daughters chase their foolish dreams and always embrace the beauty of being a woman...

 

Shakespeare said it best...

Earlier on in my career, I was once told my work was too romantic.  Taking it to heart, I fervently worked to be more avant-garde and edgy.  The work resulted in lackluster failure.  My heart was nowhere to be found on the canvas.

Looking at old journals as a young girl, I realized from the collage images I have always been a romantic.

Shakespeare said it best, "This above all: to thine own self be true."

A Nutcracker Christmas

Waltz of the Flowers, 72 x 48

Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker influenced my latest works at this time of Christmas.  I imagine vibrant flora dancing inside a miniature set of The Paris Opera Ballet...

...with dewdrops of white lace like this couture piece by Franck Sorbier...

...and my very own sugar plum fairies (at times)...

...gifts waltzing among vintage still life and velvet ribbon...

I discovered paper from Pepin Press with still life flowers, tabletop fruits, vegetables...who wouldn't want a gift wrapped in lemon peel & asparagus?

I depart with a quote from one of my favorite authors, Charles Dickens, and movies of all time, A Christmas Carol with George C. Scott (the Muppets version is a close second).

"I will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year.

God bless us, every one."

Merry Christmas!

the art of names

When choosing names for my daughters, I looked to my favorite paintings and figures from the past, naturally!  

Josephine Emma is named after my Grandfather, Joseph, and my husband's Great Grandmother, Emma, both of whom were dearly loved.  

These photos of Joe and Emma adorn our fireplace mantel.  They are a source of spirited elegance.

I also can't discount the fact that I've always liked the name Josephine from French history and one of the most brilliant paintings, The Coronation of Napoleon by Jacques-Louis David.

And, of course, the infamous character of Louisa May Alcott's Jo March of Little Women...played to perfection by Winona Ryder in the 1994 adaptation.

Then there's Little Miss Cecilia Lee, with the same middle name as myself, and Cecilia has been a favorite of mine from John William Waterhouse's painting Saint Cecilia (luckily my husband agreed to it).

Truth be told, I could live out the rest of my days in that dress she is wearing....sigh.

a new studio

A new baby, house and studio!  This exquisite studio was originally designed by portrait and fresco artist Mark Balma.  I am beyond grateful to have this space to dream, paint and dance with my girls.

the beginning

Josie and mum in the studio, 2014

 "Pour Josette", 2015

A painting for Josie's bedroom

Art supply shopping, 2015

A new arrival, Cecilia, with big sister Josephine, 2016

...the studio gets crowded and the painting...a bit more complicated.