This is the last of the Christmas records. Since Mom decided to trade, Stella ended up with West Side Story. I think she was happy with it.
Jen picked this record next. I was experimenting with creating a graphic pattern. To represent the 3 suns I painted my favorite constellation or piece thereof, Orion’s Belt. As a subtle detail I added facets to also symbolize the Giza … Continue reading
Kristie chose this quirky mare that was inspired by Man of La Mancha. It was fitting as she was the first of us sisters to beg Mom and Dad for a horse. Though I toss my nieces on a horse … Continue reading
And next was Sophie’s pick..
Stella chose this record. Then at the end Mom did the one and only “trade” for the night, as this was her first Off-Broadway musical starring Liza Minnelli. Stella was an awesome sport about it.
Next was Anna’s pick..
For Christmas I painted 7 of Grandma’s records for the family. I thought a white elephant gift exchange would be fun. The paintings were loosely inspired by the record covers so that was the “wrapping”. I decided to start youngest … Continue reading
Not finding a song title to match this from the side I didn’t paint on I did some research to see if there was perhaps a better one on the other side of Half a Sixpence. Instead I learned this … Continue reading
I have been painting a lot of records lately and have fallen in love with their song titles. It makes me realize what a romantic I am. When I couldn’t think of a name for this painting I pulled one from the … Continue reading
This was inspired by a photo of our horse pasture. You can see the little horses in the distance. I have been loving this spatter technique for making snow that I learned at our Spirited Art class over Christmas.
This one is so ugly it’s pretty?? Well maybe not.. I have to get this next series of snowy hillside paintings posted before the snow melts. Phoenix is hitting 90s but I’m back in NY and waking up to ice … Continue reading
This alternative portrait was inspired by my last equine love – Nikki. I sold her before moving to California years ago but she is forever imprinted on my soul. It is a rescue story, for both of us. I was … Continue reading
My latest obsession is using records from my grandma’s collection as my canvas. (I think its quite brilliant!) When I first made the decision to pack up her massive collection.. 1) I didn’t realize how heavy the boxes were to … Continue reading
The night before Jennifer, Jamin and Maeve left I decided to whip up a couple paintings for them. I know they love music so I painted a treble and base clef. I used colors that match the rocking horse I … Continue reading
When Native Americans applied war paint on their Mustangs, the long zig-zag lines symbolized lightning to add power and speed to the horse. Last year when Jennifer visited she mentioned she wanted to see “my” horses at Koli. We reminisced about … Continue reading
Planning Dad’s funeral was surreal. All the people who came and spoke touched us so deeply. We felt so much love. To realize how many people he affected, what a big heart he had and what a great man he … Continue reading
Time keeps moving so fast, and I’ve been putting this off but feel I need to finish telling my 2012. There’s certainly enough excuses not to, but since this blog has become my personal story in addition to my art, … Continue reading
I got off my plane from Jamaica in Charlotte and instead of continuing to Phoenix, my best friend’s little brother Curt was so kind to drive me halfway to Richmond where my sister Kristie scooped me up and we continued … Continue reading
Unfortunately our summer didn’t end well. We were in a fight against time to get my dad as healthy as we could. He worked so hard in physical therapy to get strong enough to travel to Jamaica for our family … Continue reading
As I scavenged to come up with a name, I wikied “Iris” to double check that this flower I just painted is indeed an iris. I loved to learn that in Greek Mythology Iris – the goddess of the rainbow, who … Continue reading
The second butterfly… I found a dead butterfly outside of the rehab center where Dad spent some time this summer, while I was on a conference call pushing forward on SBTV. Inspired, I put it in the car and planned … Continue reading
I bought two more frames with mom at a yard sale and was planning to discard the drab black and white butterfly prints and replace them with my paintings. However, after forming our new company Social Butterfly TV over the … Continue reading
I painted this whimsical tree over the summer in an effort to fill a huge gold frame I found at a yard sale with my mom..
My elementary school BFF asked me to paint a rocking horse to match her new nursery. I think she knew she’d hook me going for my soft spot – horses (not babies). I was excited about the project but in … Continue reading
This is my second attempt at a papunya dot painting, introduced to me by my niece Sophie. (I like her’s better! See below.) I decided to name this one Sophie Butterfly and give it to her. Here is a little … Continue reading
Our summer project, Social Butterfly TV is launching soon! It feels like a long time coming, but in the grand scheme of things it came together very quickly. I painted this for our partner Damali, but haven’t been able to … Continue reading
I spent the summer with Mom and my sisters commuting to the hospital and taking care of Dad once he came home. Always one to make the best of a crummy situation, I enjoyed extra time with my nieces and … Continue reading
A couple months later I got the call no one wants to get.. That my dad was being airlifted to the hospital. I flew home for what I thought might be a week and ended up staying 3 months. (Yes … Continue reading
This year Dad came out to Phoenix with Mom to visit with us and his cousin. I think Phoenix is growing on them.. Mom stayed a week longer. I couldn’t get her back on a horse as she didn’t want … Continue reading
In an effort to add some color to the walls in the guest bedroom before Mom visited this past spring, I whipped together this set of 4 paintings.