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My Aunt and Uncle recently came for a visit and so my Mom and I took them to the MFA (Museum of Fine Arts) for a visit. This is the first of two posts about the visit. We explored the museum inside and out! You'll note that this was my third or fourth visit to the Matisse in the Studio exhibit (below). I really do see things differently each time I visit any exhibit. So, half the photos in this post are of us being silly in the museum. But, I think that's important. I think that whatever way you... Read more →


For the past six months I've been obsessed with Modern Quilting. I joined the Modern Quilt Guild. I started following a whole bunch of Modern Quilters online (I'm sharing a list with links below). I took a Modern Quilt class. I'm very interested in everything Modern Quilt. In case you don't know what a Modern Quilt is (and because I don't think I'm the person to define it), I'll share the "official" definition from the Modern Quilt Guild's website: "Modern quilts are primarily functional and inspired by modern design. Modern quilters work in different styles and define modern quilting in... Read more →


As you know, I go to a lot of museums. I also enjoy reading about museums, and especially the people behind museum experiences. Here are three articles about "museum people" -- for lack of a better term -- that I thought you might enjoy reading too! The Most Powerful Woman in the New York Art World Her name is Lisa Phillips and she is the director of the New Museum in Lower Manhattan -- a museum that I have never been to, by the way. But, it's definitely on my list now. Metropolitan Museum's Director Resigns Under Pressure They say... Read more →


If you're new to Art Journal Every Day, there is a short introduction here. All of the previous posts can be found archived here. Remember, it's just ten minutes of nourishing your creative self every day! No need to finish anything or even like it. If you've done some art journaling this week, use the hashtag #artjournaleveryday so that we can all take a peek. Even if you're not on social media, you can see everything (from twitter, pinterest, instagram, and facebook) that uses that hashtag here. While I am not the profound journaler Julie is, I have managed to... Read more →


Mom and I recently went to the opening of the Nari Ward "Sun Splashed" exhibit at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) here in Boston. It was a great exhibit packed with fascinating ideas and important conversations. Take a peek: During the opening we also slipped across the hall into the "New Acquisitions" exhibit. There were a number of pieces that I liked. I couldn't take any photos inside the video installation described above. But, I lay on a bean bag chair and watched it for quite some time. It is fascinating to me how everything become interesting when you... Read more →


I was at Target recently and I purchased a big jar of pop-together beads. Essentially, they're for little kids. You can make bracelets and rings and necklaces simply by "popping" the beads together. When I took them home and put them together they were a bit too plastic looking for my tastes. So, I pulled out the spray paint and sprayed them white and then red and then black, flipping them around for each coat of spray paint. Once they had dried, I assembled them into long strands. Because the beads pop together, you can wear these strands multiple ways:... Read more →


More than one third of the way through this 100 Day Project of creating a face every single day. Here are my thoughts at the moment: I'm about to hit the road for three weeks and trying to decide which supplies to bring to create my daily faces. I wonder what creating on the road will be like? I'm enjoying experimenting with different mediums -- watercolor, oil pastel, markers, acrylic paint, and more! I can really see the difference in the faces when I use a reference image and when I don't. The ones with a reference image look more... Read more →


Each month the good folks at Brother offer me a challenge of sorts. This month they asked me to use ScanNCutCanvas (the FREE cloud-based ScanNCut software) to create an intricate lacy design. I was absolutely up to the challenge! Check out this cute t-shirt I designed: This was a thrift store t-shirt I bought for a dollar or two and now it's a gorgeous and unique garment! Watch the video for the how-to: Not only is the design super cute... ...but check out how teeny tiny some of the pieces are: I was impressed by how well the ScanNCut managed... Read more →


If you're new to Art Journal Every Day, there is a short introduction here. All of the previous posts can be found archived here. Remember, it's just ten minutes of nourishing your creative self every day! No need to finish anything or even like it. If you've done some art journaling this week, use the hashtag #artjournaleveryday so that we can all take a peek. Even if you're not on social media, you can see everything (from twitter, pinterest, instagram, and facebook) that uses that hashtag here. Sometimes I like to get crazy with a craft knife. I get kind... Read more →


Today's podcast features a conversation about the Nari Ward opening at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Art in Bloom at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), my prize winning painting, and more! If you do not see the podcast player above, please click on this link. You can listen to a podcast anywhere and at any time. It is a recording that is available to you whenever you'd like to listen. If you'd like to download it to your iTunes library, click here. You can also pause and rewind or fast forward as you desire. I like to... Read more →