Sketchbook pages from the first week of January and an Inspiration list

I thought I'd share a few pages from my sketchbook, entries from these first days of January. At the end of December I ordered a new sketchbook for the year and a bunch of pens and brush pens. The order didn't arrive in time so luckily there were a few pages left in last year's sketchbook that I could work on. I anticipate by the end of this next week I'll be starting the new one. I like that this sketchbook will be completely full of entries. It's been fun working with new materials, ones that I can keep in a small box to use in the house. I've been spending a little time of a morning after breakfast or evening before dinner working at the dining table in my sketchbook, bookending the day with that time of quiet.

Inspiration list: documentaries, a book, and an online project: 

  • For some reason, I've been on a documentary kick lately. Here's three favorites:

Ordinary Miracles: The Photo League's New York

The Rape of Europa

How to Make a Book with Steidl

"Focused around accessible, everyday materials like shipping boxes, shoeboxes, junk mail envelopes, newspapers, maps, found books, and other paper ephemera, The Paper Playhouse has 22 projects aimed at inspiring modern families to create unique paper crafts. It includes artwork by over 20 leading contemporary artists in the curated gallery section; offers original quotes from celebrated authors, directors, and artists throughout; and is packed with gorgeous, original photography by award-winning photographer, Leslie Sophia Lindell." 

I'm also pleased to have a few of my paper pieces in the gallery section along with so many great artists. Stay tuned for soon I will be hosting a giveaway of her book!

I hope your new year is off to an inspiring beginning.

Photos from the South

More photos from South Carolina. The weather was mild, wet, and foggy. We walked daily, even in the drizzling rain, around the stables and gardens near my parents' house, and through the lush forest preserve. A couple photos show the old rice fields from the mid-19th century. 

My family at Christmas

For Christmas last week we visited my family in the South Carolina lowcountry. We had a nice time despite a couple members of the family being a bit ill. Cooking, walking, a jigsaw puzzle, watching classic Christmas movies together, playing with all the kitties, Dad's homemade cinnamon rolls, and more are a few of the things we enjoy doing during our visits. These photos are of my parents, sister, and husband. I have more photos to share from this trip, images from our daily walks. 

Now we're back home and it's very sunny here too this morning at a rather crisp three degrees. Burr! I hope you had a memorable time with your loved ones over the holidays and are looking forward to the new year. I know that I am certainly ready to begin afresh. Happy New Year to you from me.

Inside Outside

The sun came out today. It was a welcome sight.

Even in darkness, love, oil on linen, 5 ft. x 5 ft.

At all times, pencil, colored pencil, watercolor on paper, framed 13 x 14 in., $200- 

At all times, pencil, colored pencil, watercolor on paper, framed 13 x 14 in., $200- 

Also seen here are two new pieces. At all times is the framed piece shown above. If you're interested in purchasing it, just send me an email.

Show and Shop News

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Last weekend I had the opportunity to exhibit my work as part of the Lawrence Final Friday events. Along with a table of letterpress goods and unframed works, I showed two new framed paper pieces and one of my new five-foot-square canvases. These new big canvases are the largest I have painted in over sixteen years, which seems crazy. I believe I gave you a glimpse earlier? I was very excited to show something this new and this scale. Everyone who attended was incredibly supportive and encouraging. I am grateful to my artist friend Kristin Morland for opening her home gallery for the festivities and to Emily Markoulatos, and Raelean Finch who also shared their work.

Also I want to let you know that for a brief while, I am running two shop specials. Now through Dec. 9, save 20% on all fine art prints in my shop with coupon code 20print14. You will also find a few letterpress prints and cards marked on sale. And through December 13, additional letterpress goods are on sale in my pop-up Etsy shop.

This afternoon I sent out an end of the year newsletter. Did you receive it? If not, you can view it here

And one more thing, after six years, habit blog is coming to a close at the end of December. I'm very glad to be sharing moments there this month along with so many others who have participated over these years. Thank you EmilyMolly, and Tara for hosting.