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A painting for a vintage frame …

Sometimes inspiration comes easily and I know immediately what I want to paint and exactly how I plan to execute the painting. With the frame in view, I just went to work, taped up my paper and began to build up my background with the flowers soon to follow. I just love when I get a moment of clarity and can just plunge ahead into a project.

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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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Hanging around and painting the town …

It has been busy around here with an impending graduation, renovations and helping to pull together a silent auction to benefit The Umbrella, our community arts center, but I’ve also been busy working with my friend Matthew Mead on a new collaboration which will debut in July. All very exciting but I can’t show any pictures […] » read more

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My Exciting News … Read all about it!

I use an old beat up vintage tool box to cart around my art tools, pencils and brushes and the rest of my home is a collection of vintage, antique and new finds. I mix it all in with no regard to pedigree – it just has to make my heart sing and our home feel welcoming. This is what Matthew is genius at – creating thoughtful, textured and beautiful spaces with well worn pieces upcycled to give a home a dash of magic. I hope you will check out the debut issue of Matthew’s new magazine, Upcycled Style – I promise you will be inspired.

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