I have wanted to go to Seagrove, North Carolina which bills itself as the pottery capital of the United States. Like Nicaragua they have a long-standing tradition of making pottery. In Nicaragua, their tradition goes all the way back to pre columbian times. In Seagrove, because our country is so young, their tradition goes back a mere 200 years, almost to the founding of the nation…Read More
I’ve spent the bulk of my artistic life as a painter. I have painted my brightly colored whimsical cows, people on the couch and black and white paintings over the span of about 25 years or so. The most being my cow paintings, I have createdRead More
I haven’t written a blog post for quite a while. It stopped when I got a chance to go to Thailand for 3 weeks in November.Read More
“Early to bed early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise” So said Ben Franklin. I’m sure that he meant that for lady artists too.Read More
I work in a small studio. When you make things with clay, there is a lot equipment which would make your life a whole lot easier. The problem is that you have to be
A: be able to afford it
B: have the space for it.
I get inspiration and ideas from all over the place. A couple of years ago, my niece asked of she could get married in our back yard to which my husband and I happily agreed. It was a lovely small wedding and an event that we will cherish the memory of for a long time. When the wedding was over, there were two rolls of bridal roll left here somehow. It sat in a closet, until one day I looked at it and wondered if I could use it as an art material somehow.Read More
Sometimes you have to do a bit of experimentation, make some sacrifices, and be patient to get things right.
This is the lot of artists. Few of us get something new just right on the first try. Such was the case in creating my new mugs with pretty lacy patterns.Read More
If you have been reading my blog, you know that my family and I have a great affection for Nicaragua and it's people. The Nicaragua that suddenly turned 3 months ago, is breaking our hearts.
"~Nicaragua unrest: Government colluding with mobs, says Amnesty
Amnesty International accuses Nicaragua’s government of using armed groups to suppress protesters."
"~Nicaragua Unrest: Baby Among Five Killed In Fresh Protests | Nicaragua News"Read More
One of the interesting places we have nearby, is Hill's auction. The owner, Jim Hill is a second generation auctioneer, taking over for his father Harold S. Hill. I don’t know what the booty was like in his fathers day, but Jim always manages to fill 3 large buildings every other week with items large and small consigned from individuals and estates.Read More
It seemed like the winter would go on forever. March never went out like a lamb and April remained as cold and wet and miserable as the month before. There were 3 snowfalls in April, something I hadn't experienced since living in the frozen tundra of Buffalo.Read More
I’ve been back from Nicaragua for a month now. I think I’ve been in some kind of deep shock having had the luxury of a month in 85° weather to come back to four Nor’easters and freezing temperatures. I can’t say that I have been tremendously prolific creating new artwork either while I was in Nicaragua or since my return.Read More
San Juan de Oriente is naturally, one of my favorite places to go in Nicaragua.
This was my second visit to a town of people who make pottery in a tradition that dates back to pre -Colombian times. I am particularly fond of the floral and geometric designs.Read More
There are so many great things here that it’s hard to choose just one.
We are on our third trip to Nicaragua and our second to the beautiful old colonial city of Granada. As an artist, Granada is my favorite city thus far for its love and appreciation of art, music and literature. It is lively and colorful and old.Read More
I’ve spent the last few weeks since before Christmas fighting a nasty sinus infection. I’m on my third round of antibiotics and have been spending a lot of time on the couch. I can’t stand being idle for too long and I have a real need for creating things. It’s kind of like eating for me. I have to do it, so I started thinking about how I might be able to create art when I didn’t have the energy to go into my studio.Read More
For about the last 8 years or so, my family and I have traded hosting Christmas morning breakfast with dear friends of ours. We met over 15 years before our friend's children were even born and when our daughter was very young.Read More
This seemed like an appropriate time of year for me to re-publish my article about what to look for when your goal is to purchase real handmade gifts for the holidays. Enjoy! and beware!Read More
My last blog post asked and answered the question, why so many cats in my art?
People are always asking me why I paint the cows too and asking me if I grew up on a farm. Well, I grew up about as far from a farm as you can be in Trenton, New Jersey. I never worked on a farm, spent much time on the farm or at petting zoo's.Read More
I've kind of been known around the region over the last several years as the “cow lady” having painted over at least 100 whimsical bovine paintings. I’m not done with them but since becoming a potter I've been in a five-year period of learning and experimentation with a new medium- something that I needed very much when I got started. I'm still a painter but I love doing pottery. I have painted some cows on my pottery but for some reason the cats keep showing up more often.Read More
As I was saying in my last post, I had the privilege of doing a lot of traveling this summer and not much else. I have finally returned to making art at this writing (you have to wait and see) with fresh ideas and inspiration.Read More