Monday, September 26, 2011


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Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine was pretty good, thanks for asking. It kinda seemed like it had a  "blast from the past" feel, because Saturday involving a rollerskating party at the local rink and Sunday Jon and I had a putt-putt, arcade, go-kart date. All things I haven't done since the 80's/90's- it was great!
However, I didn't get much done around the house or in the studio. Serendipitously, I just came across this article. It's all about that feeling of needing a weekend to catch up from your weekend! Here's an excerpt:

When the weekend rolls around, my expectations are that I can draw energy from alone time, spend tons of time with friends, exercise, catch up on sleep, go to church, work on chores, work on creative pursuits and catch up on email all in the same weekend.
Although this is all possible to do in one weekend, when I place unreasonable expectations on any chunk of time, my energy is divided and I’m left defeated and wanting by Monday morning.

Check out the full article by Nate Baker HERE.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Rilke & Petah Coyne

Everything that has been wrestled from doubt
I welcome--the mouths that burst open after
long knowledge of what it is to be mute.

Do we know this, my friends, or don't we know this?
Both are formed by the hesitant hour
in the deep calm of the human face.


Art work by Petah Coyne.
Beautiful words and beautiful work.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Octoberfest Art Walk!

I'm preparing new pieces for the next Hillsboro Village Art Walk. I'll have a booth set up in front of Boscos from 5-8pm on Thursday Oct 6. Come out- enjoy Octoberfest and art in the Village!
I'll have brand new small sketches and illustration-style paintings of a whole zoo of animals, with prices ranging from $20 -$75.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Vadis Turner

Vadis Turner is a Nashville native, now living and working in NYC. She maintains ties with Nashville though- following the severe floods of May 2010, Turner collaborated with other Nashville artists to create a picture book, "Nashville Counts" whose proceeds went to Hands on Nashville to support their volunteer efforts. Read more about it HERE.
Most recently, Turner's work has returned to Nashville with an exhibition of her work at the Rymer Gallery. I LOVE it. She works in various combinations of materials, but the Rymer exhibition focuses on her ribbon paintings. "Her work is well known for the exquisite and fragile balance between mixed media, color theory, abstract expressionism, and feminism. These themes are very dear to Vadis, whose main focus interest is women's work and gender roles.", says David Gargiulo in a Vestal magazine feature on the artist. Vadis
says of her work, "In my compositions, I like for there to be a tension between beauty and darkness." I think that is very evident in all her bodies of work.I can't wait to see what she does next!

 "I keep my eyes and mind open to everything because all types of design and art are in constant conversation with each other." ~ Vadis Turner

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Art Crawl, Art Crawl, ART CRAWL!

This past week, 3 separate middle TN "art crawl" events lined up in succession to form a fantastical art-filled weekend. The Hillsboro Village Art Walk kicked it all off on Thursday evening. Next, Franklin held their very FIRST art crawl on Friday night. Last, a tip- top Downtown Art Crawl bubbled out into Nashville's downtown art's district on Saturday evening.
Each event had a distinct vibe. Hillsboro Village is nice and low-key: an unpretentious creative mixed- bag. Franklin was worth the trip! I don't know how long it will stay this way, but since it is brand new there was a lot of excitement going around, and the effort the participating places had put into it was obvious. And enjoyable. I didn't feel cramped for space, the art was good, and everywhere I went I was regaled with delicious food and wine! However, nothing tops a downtown art crawl and this was indeed a respectable one. Downtown Presbyterian featured the annual children's art show, which I was happily involved with, albeit in a minor way. I got to "decorate" the 5th Ave entrance- see pics below!

Friday, September 2, 2011

It's an art crawl-tastic weekend in middle TN- last night, Hillsboro Village Art Walk; tonight Franklin Art Crawl; and tomorrow Downtown Art Crawl. Downtown Art Crawl will always be my fave, and this time around I 'm looking forward to participating as a volunteer at Downtown Presbyterian Church helping with their children's art show. They do some super cool stuff with kid's art that you 'll probably want to try and do yourself! Come out!

I'm also currently in the midst of updating (and hopefully improving) my blog. I looked into switching my domain name to, and losing the "blogspot" part of the address. Well, that name is already taken, but I'd like you to see some of the suggestions I was offered. Although I 'm giving "" and "" some serious consideration, your suggestions are welcome, too!

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Fall Window Install

Here are some pics of the fall window display project I created for Rodney Mitchell's Hillsboro Village salon in the heart of Nashville.
My sweet friend and excellent photographer, Cristina Young, photographed the process as you may have noticed in this previous post. I love the perspective she brought, and am flattered that she even featured me on her website ! Cristina works hard to get awesome shots of her subjects; if you need new images for your portfolio, pics for your website, or photos of your event (music, art, personal,etc), she is the go- to girl! Contact Cristina Young at  615.955.0465 or visit her website for more info