My Collection of 2012 Paintings

November 12, 2012
2012 was an interesting painting year for me. I started early by creating a painting for a juried art exhibit that was very well received and won first prize! In the spring I finished two paintings I had started in the summer of 2011 for that year's Art in the Park, but hadn't had a chance to complete. Then I went quite some time not feeling a sense of creativity or the urge to paint. Thankfully in the summer a friend requested a commission of her family, renewing my motivation. Finally, to be sure I would have new pieces for the holiday craft fair season, I cleaned my art room, scrolled through my iPhoto collection, found inspiration, and painted whenever I had free time. My first holiday craft fair is this weekend, so it seemed like a great time to share my 2012 paintings. I hope you enjoy them.

There It Goes

My first painting of 2012! I finished it in just three days of painting time. It is of my children in March 2001, a year we had snow that never seemed to stop and that was WAY over their heads by spring! Cassidy was 3 and Jeremiah 18 months old. They were so thrilled when there was finally some mud and melt-off puddles to play in. This painting was inspired by and juried into the "Glamour in Mud Season" juried art competition in Wolfeboro, NH. It was also awarded Best in Show by the jury and received the People's Choice award. Such an honor!

This was one of the paintings I had started in the summer of 2011 but didn't finish. I found the photo I used in my box of "photos to use for paintings someday". I took the photo on my film camera probably in the early 1990s when my husband, dogs and I took a road trip to see the foliage along the Kancamagus Highway. I always loved the curve of the road and the angle of the mountains. My mother remarked when she saw this painting, "How did you ever get a picture there that time of year without a line of cars all along the road?!?" I guess I just got lucky!

This is the second of the paintings I started in summer 2011. In August of 2009 my family and I headed north for two weeks starting on the New Hampshire coast, then traveling up into Maine and Acadia. We found a beautiful campground along the Schoodic Scenic Byway called Flanders Bay Campground. This campground is surrounded on three sides by the stunning Flanders Bay. The weather was perfect, and the mornings were so still, allowing views like this of lobster boats, islands and distant mountains. I took so many photos, like the one I used to create this painting. We loved this campground and the Schoodic Peninsula so much, we returned again in August 2011. I highly recommend a visit!

Bethany, Silas and Ken

For many years I been part of an online community that started as a message board for a music festival we attended each summer. Over the years, I met many "boardies" in person and we have become good friends. Others I have yet to meet in person, but we have followed each others' stories over the years and it feels as if I met them long ago. I am grateful to this community for supporting my art from when I first started sharing it. I have painted many commissions for boardies, and these opportunities have help my painting grow and improve. Bethany is someone I have yet to meet in person, but I have come to feel very close to her through the commission she asked me to paint of her and her family this summer. This was an artistically challenging painting for me in the sense that she had a collection of photos to paint from, and I worked hard to create the composition before I even began to paint. As with any commission, hearing from Bethany that she loved the painting made me feel so happy. Best of all, Bethany has an amazing talent of giving new life to worn out jewelry. We have worked out a trade and she has been repairing and recreating many of my beloved but tired pieces of jewelry. You can see her beautiful work at her website Bethkaya Design and Consulting.

Summer Rocks

This painting was also inspired by a boardie friend, and it was the first in my fall painting spree to have new pieces for the craft fairs. I love heart shaped rocks, and also very rounded circular and oval shaped rocks. I photograph them whenever I find them, and collect them when it's appropriate. I recently learned that an Oregon boardie friend has similar feelings. Her name is Summer, and she shared this photo from one of her visits to a west coast beach. It immediately caught my attention, and I was so grateful when she said I could use her photo for inspiration. This is the painting that resulted. Thank you, Summer!

The next fall painting was inspired from a beautiful weekend of camping. In September my family and I went on a canoe camping trip at Pillsbury State Park in nearby Washington, NH. We woke to incredible fog one morning, and these two loons were coming in and out of the fog just off the shore of our site. I love how they came together like this. I took a photo that I painted from later. It was so amazing listening to loons call throughout the weekend.

Foggy Pillsbury Islands

This painting was also from a photo I took during our Pillsbury camping weekend. It was such a lovely time of year to camp. It was chilly and rained some on Saturday night, but the air was free of pesky bugs. On Saturday morning I loved watching the rocks and islands come and go in the fog until the sun had a chance to burn it away. It was magical and mysterious, especially with loons calling in the distance.

Dandelion Puffs

After painting the two foggy paintings from Pillsbury State Park, I was in the mood for a colorful painting, full of movement. I came across an old photo of my daughter twirling, which gave me the inspiration I was looking for. I found other old photos, including the field of dandelion puffs from my daughter's 3rd grade field trip to the Nature Museum in Grafton, Vermont. The students ran through the tall grass collecting insects by dragging pillowcases. It seemed like the perfect field for my painting of celebration and color.

Now that I have a new collection of paintings, it is time to shift gears and get ready for my first holiday craft fair of the 2012 season.This Saturday Marlow's Christmas on the Pond will take place from 9-3 in the historic buildings of Marlow village. I always enjoy this event and seeing so many familiar faces. Time to print, fold, package, frame and get organized! I hope you will support your local artisans in this holiday season.


Reflecting on a Summer of Art and Beauty

October 3, 2012
Where does the time go? It seems like summer started just yesterday, and now we have already passed into fall. As the days get shorter and the trees burst with color, I have been reflecting back on the wonderful summer that just passed. I didn’t have much time for painting, but I experienced a great variety of man made and natural art that filled my days with wonder and awe.

The summer began just two days after the kids finished school in June. The company my husband works for is based ...

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Arts bringing the community together

June 14, 2012
One of the really fun parts of being an artist in the Monadnock region is when the community comes together around art. When I participate in art events, exhibits and fairs, I meet so many new people, connect with friends, and others I haven’t seen in awhile, and really feel I am part of an amazing place.

The annual Keene Art Walk is a great example of art bringing the community together. I was juried into the Art Walk and assigned a window in Clark Mortenson Insurance on Main Street. On...

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A Spring of Art Exhibits

May 14, 2012
Spring has turned into a very busy time for me, as it always is. One of the greatest demands on my time is getting last fall’s leaves out of the perennial gardens that line the stone walls around my yard. It is a slow and tedious process that gives me little time for much else, including painting. However, even though I haven’t created new paintings in April and May, I have been showing my finished paintings in several exhibits.

On April 6 I hung an exhibit on the 3rd floor of Keene City...

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Well in to April, Reflecting on a March Full of Art

April 10, 2012
March turned into a month so very full of art for me. It started in a very emotional way on March 3 when my family and I attended a benefit or the family of a single dad who passed away in a tragic accident just before Christmas. The people of our small town of Marlow, and the surrounding towns, who knew and loved this man and his three children, pulled together amazing amounts of food and auction items and raised over $6000 for this family. I came away feeling grateful for the goodness in pe...

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Leap Day 2012

March 1, 2012
February has felt like a weird month. It hasn’t felt like February. It hasn’t really felt like winter. It has felt more like March with crusty old snow and ice and lots of mud on the dirt roads. It’s hard to believe we have already landed on Leap Day, but here we are.

I didn’t paint in February, but I did some art related things. On Friday, February 2 I hung some of my paintings in the cafeteria at Markem-Imaje in Keene. Markem is a manufacturer of product identification and trace...

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December furries, beautiful places, and meaningful stories

January 15, 2012
December was a very busy painting month for me. I am grateful to a friend, a coworker, and a new word-of-mouth customer who asked me to paint Christmas gifts for them to give to family and friends. As with each commission I paint, these three paintings have meaningful stories behind them. Over the years, I have heard many emotional and beautiful stories from the people who ask me to paint. It adds so much more meaning to my work.

Libby was the first commission that I did for someone who had l...

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Post Holiday Ponderings

January 8, 2012

With the holidays behind us, I find myself enjoying a bit of free time and a chance to slow down. Without having to prepare for craft fairs, meet deadlines, shop, or wrap presents, I have had time to finally do my Christmas cards, read, and even create a Twitter account for my art. I really enjoy this time to recover and regroup, but I know that soon I will get that urge to be creative again. 

Yesterday I went down to my art room in the basement to put away some stuff. That room is my very ...

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The Joy of Connecting Through Art

December 19, 2011
December is such a busy time of year for so many reasons - family, school activities, getting ready for the holidays - then add to that for me, holiday craft fairs. There is so much preparation, packing, setting up and taking down to fit into my already busy schedule. I sometimes feel overwhelmed by it all until I actually sit down and remember why I like doing the fairs in the first place - connecting with people around my art. Once I am all set up, I have a chance to talk to people, which I...
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It's Holiday Craft Fair Season!

December 7, 2011

Even though the weather of late fall has felt more like September than December, it is that time of year again...the season of holiday craft fairs in New Hampshire. Churches, schools, non profit organizations and clubs work hard to bring together local crafters and artists to sell their products, and in turn, help with fundraising for the various organizations. The fairs are a wonderful way to support local crafters and artists by buying creative and unique gifts for family and friends, and ...

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