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As you know, I love to read about art and museums. Here are three such articles that I thought were quite interesting and I thought you might too. All of them are from The New York Times. Ellsworth Kelly is an artist whom I deeply respect, but whose work does not personally resonate with me. source I find it rather cold. It's very bold and graphic. I think of him as being known for linear compositions. That said, I read this article about him with some interest. It's the most I've ever read about his process and I found that... Read more →

Last week I was lucky enough to take a two-day quilting class with art quilter Katie Pasquini Masopust. I think that Katie is known for teaching abstraction in quilt design. The class I took was called Artful Log Cabins and it's based on (on perhaps the book is based on the class) Katie's newest book, Artful Log Cabin Quilts: Having taken the class and copious notes, I felt I'd rather buy a book of hers on a topic that might be less familiar, so I purchased her book, Design Explorations for the Creative Quilter: I haven't really cracked it open... Read more →

ONE DAY FLASH SALE: Buy two original works of art in the next twenty-four hours and save 25% ON BOTH!!! USE THE CODE: ONEDAYJUNE More than half-way through this project and I only seriously thought about quitting once. I think that's pretty good. More thoughts at the moment: I get into a technique or an idea and I feel like I could explore that one idea for a long while. Probably means I'm due for a series. I definitely feel like I'm getting better at creating faces. I use a reference image about one-third of the time. The rest of... Read more →

I'm totally delighted to share that my friend Nathalie has a brand new book out! It's called Artful Adventures in Mixed Media and it's all about how to transform random observation and inspiration into art. It's a beautiful book and I'm thrilled to have a piece included in the gallery section of the book. I'm inspired by people -- obviously -- and this piece is what I came up with for Nat's book: I used two large stencils -- one mask and one stencil, actually -- to create the piece: This painting is full of delicious details and tons of... Read more →

You guys, I love this painted globe that I made with the help of my ScanNCut: It was super fun and easy! I found an old globe at a thrift store: I cleaned it up and then I used my ScanNCut to cut vinyl words for all of the continents and oceans: And then I applied them to my globe using a gridded transfer sheet: For tips on cutting and placing vinyl, watch this video: Once I had all my text in place, I painted over the continents with black acrylic paint... ...and the oceans with several shades of blue... Read more →

Peeking into Other People's Studios

I spent the weekend very happily trying to clean up the unbelievable disaster pit that is my studio space. To be fair, my entire apartment is kind of a tornado-meets-laundry-meets-half-packed-suitcases kind of pit. But after a crazy six weeks of traveling and making stuff at a more-insane-than-usual pace, it was time to dig out. I'm mostly through the major heavy lifting at this point and trying to think through some storage choices. After a year-and-a-half in this space, my workflow is not exactly how I originally planned it and so I might make some changes in how things are arranged.... Read more →

Today's podcast features a conversation about wrangling tables at HSN, the Robert Rauschenberg exhibit at MoMA, creating step-outs, and so much 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 listen to podcasts while I'm making art. It's a little like hanging... Read more →