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This photo of Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center is courtesy of TripAdvisor Well, I'm about to embark on a massive quilting adventure. I am spending TWO WEEKS at the Crow Barn in rural Ohio, beginning this weekend. Nancy Crow, doyenne of the Crow Barn, is legendary in several ways (that's her quilt pictured above): She's considered to be one of the leaders of the art quilt movement from the 1970s/80s. Some would argue that she's the mother of Modern Quilting as she almost always uses plain fabrics in her work. She has a reputation for being a tough teacher (students crying,... Read more →

I am taking classes like a crazy person! Well, like a person who really wants to learn stuff. A lot of stuff. 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 →

I hope everyone had a lovely Mother's Day. I took my Mother out to one of her favorite restaurants in the Boston area: Oleana. I also gave her this card I made: It's very simple, but very effective. I cut cardstock into flowers and leaves and then used foam adhesive to create dimension. I enjoy making handmade cards. It takes a lot longer than going to the store and picking one out, but I think the effort is part of the gift. As I create a handmade card, I'm thinking of the recipient and trying to make choices (colors, style,... Read more →

Today would have been my Father's 74th birthday. It, therefore, seems an extremely appropriate date to tell you about his exhibit -- currently showing -- at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. It's called Phantasmagoria and features just a few items from his massive collection. My Dad was an avid collector of magic lanterns and optical toys. Magic lanterns are early projection devices. In this photo of me and my Dad you can see that he's holding a magic lantern: In essentials, you would place a light (usually a candle) inside the box part (that's why it has a... Read more →

Well, the inevitable happened. I missed a day. And so I tweeted twice the next day to make up for it. But then I missed another day. And I didn't realize it until I wrote this blog post. But I survived. And I decided to keep going. But I still feel a little bit guilty about it -- like I ruined the whole project. But, did I? As I mentioned before, I'm doing The 100 Day Project. The conceit behind the project is simple: one action every day for 100 days. My action is #100daysofArtTweets. I'm posting original art content... Read more →

When people look at my embroidery they often ask, "How long did that take you?" The fact is, I don't really keep track of it. But, I did take before and after photos from a recent three-hour flight. Can you see the changes? They're all above the right eye. Given the fact that I used the bathroom, ate, chatted with my seat mate, etc. I would say that this can be counted as two hours of stitching. It's a slow process, but I love it! If you're interested, I did some googling and I found two answers I agree with... Read more →

As promised, here is part two of my visit to the Wadsworth Atheneum Art Museum in Hartford, CT: I was delighted by the Wadsworth Atheneum -- a wonderful collection of art throughout history. If you're ever near Hartford, CT, I encourage you to visit. For me, art museums: are calming places get me excited about making things give me ideas for motifs, design, composition, techniques to try, and more! provide an art history education are perfect for people watching challenge my notions of beauty are perfect for friend dates and romantic dates are perfect for solo time or even killing... Read more →

I recently spent a weekend in Hartford, CT and therefore had the opportunity to visit the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. I wandered the museum by myself for a few hours and then took one of the docent-led "highlights" tours. Most museums have free highlights tours and I encourage you to take advantage of them! They're almost always led by deeply knowledgable docents who do a great job of answering questions and sharing insights and tips about important pieces from the museum's collection. So, without any further ado, here's the first half of my visit to the Wadsworth Atheneum: There... 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. Today I've got TEN art journaling ideas for you! I looked through the... Read more →

You guys, I hear from a lot of people who get artist's block -- i.e. sit and stare at a blank page or canvas or piece of paper and just don't know what to do. No worries! Inspiration is all around us. Let's talk about things you can use to get going: Shopping For Clothes I love the flowers on this child's dress. Wouldn't it look great as a painting for the wall? Or as inspiration for a stamp to carve? Or maybe even as inspiration for your own adult-sized hand painted dress. At the Garden Store You could use... Read more →