art, inspired to create, seasonal

“ETA” – awaiting the arrival of Spring – new work from my studio

recently finished a new painting inspired by the unseasonably warm weather we were experiencing these past couple weeks. Walking around town without a jacket in February seemed weird and wonderful at the same time. There was a part of me that just couldn’t relax into the comfort of a 70 degree day. A jaded New Englander by trade, I was waiting for Mother Nature to drop a foot or more of snow on me or maybe a flying house like something out of the Wizard of Oz.

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A kid collaboration of new artwork

Over winter break I had two of my favorite kids hanging with me in my studio. We decided to collaborate on some new artwork which was really convenient because we had some time on our hands and quite a lot of energy to contend with. I set up two easels along with some canvases and heavy duty watercolor papers and then had the boys choose the color paints they liked best. We talked about what collaboration means and then we discussed how to lay down paint for a really cool background.

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My new projects featured in Finish Magazine by Wagner Spraytech and Matthew Mead

Inside the pages are some inspiring DIY projects that can easily be tackled with the right tools and a little downtime. I have two of my projects featured in the summer issue. One is a project that will take only a day and the other is a project that needs you to set aside a few days. Both are easy and incredibly satisfying. Take a peek …

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vintage furniture refresh and renew with chalkpaint

Whenever I am in a creative rut with my art, I love to poke around old dusty antique shops,flea markets and vintage stores to find some long ago creative inspiration. Giving new life to old things opens up new ways of thinking for me and I get the added benefit of having some unique piece in my home. This month if you are looking to feed your inner creative why don’t you stop by The Blue Butterfly in Concord …

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Surfing Santa, Finish Magazine and a Happy New Year’s wish…

had a great year collaborating with my friend Matthew Mead and had the opportunity to grace the pages of his beautiful publications: Matthew Mead Upcycled Style and Finish Magazine with Matthew Mead and Wagner Paint. I’ve also stretched creatively and have been painting and designing more and more – perhaps that nest is not so empty!

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50:fifty project, art, inspired to create, seasonal

Nell’s Flowers number 50 of my 50:fifty project

Drumroll please … number 50 of my 50:fifty project is a bouquet of flowers for me! I decided that I would end my 50 paintings with the kind of artwork that I’ve grown to love best – painting flowers and this time I’ve made them just for me. I create most of my art right in my imagination with a reference image sometimes to help me sort out my subject. I’m inspired by everything and…

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