Sunday, October 21, 2012

Catching Up

It's been a busy summer and fall. We just got back from the most awesome cross country vacation. We drove thru 15 states and clocked 4000 miles. Visiting the National Parks was just the best kind of getaway. Arches, Zion and the Grand Canyon. The frosting on the cake was a day in Santa Fe and a visit to the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. Now we're back home and happy to be here.
I love what I do, I love my house and home. I'm very blessed.
Getting space and time out of the studio always provides new perspectives. I am not painting
canyons and mesas. But I have lots of ideas I want to try that popped into my head while on
the road. I have to say, nothing feels more luxurious than being the passenger on a long ride.
I get to read and nap and sketch. Sometimes, I knit. It's the little things, right?
 Saturday and Sunday I'll be at the Norcross Festival in downtown Historic Norcross, GA.
It's a great family show - you can check it out at

Larry and Lady Bird

Larry Bird and his best bud, Lady Bird came to
 life last week in the studio. Larry is on the right.
He's a boy. Of course, he's taller
Birds keep showing up in my work. More and more
birdies. Different shapes and sizes. I'm not sure why
I am so enamored of them right now. I do know that I like
 how I can divide up their bodies into any kind of design and paint them
in fanciful colors .Most of the time they can fit into blank spaces
 on the canvas and create color and movement.
 Lord knows, I abhor a vacuum.
Also, they remind me of Fred and Carrie in Portlandia, putting a bird on it.
I used my complete supply of vintage yardsticks to
make the frames. I love them. I find standard frames
 plain and boring and lacking in creativity. The
un-standard frames I favor just have so much more character.
 Larry and Lady will be on display
at the Country Living Fair  in Atlanta next weekend -
October 25, 27 and 28 at Stone Mountain Park
in Stone Mountain, GA. This is the most fun and
inspiring show I do each year. No disrespect to
the other great shows I do. I love each
of them. ( Otherwise I would not expend the sweat,
lack of sleep and energy that it takes to set up and sell
 my wares at each and every one. )
It's just that Country Living has it all. It's like the magazine
has come to life and you can talk to and buy from the
lovely glossy pages. I know. It sounds a little weird.
But it's true. This year they have pre-sold tickets to the
show in 42 states. Yes. That's 42 states. Women fly
and drive into Atlanta from all over the country. They
know why they want to get there and see it. The energy
created between the buyers and the creative vendors
is the best. One big happy family. If you can make it,
come on out and see us. You can check out the show
 Larry and Lady Bird will be happy to see  you.