Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Women's Conference

I'm in Utah,  jazzed and ready to be womanly and do lots of conferring.  Cass and I will be on the third floor of the BYU Bookstore from 10 to 6, Thursday and Friday. We'll be signing prints and doing a little painting if we chance upon a dull moment.  I'll have this painting, "In the Strength of the Lord [all things are Possible]" as an 10"x8" print for $50.  And, a smaller print of "Big Apron, Little Girl" for $25.  Stop by and say hey if you are around!

Monday, April 27, 2009

More Plates

A couple more plates for the Art Access 300 Plates show.  These are really fun to paint.  I will deliver them the day after tomorrow when I go to Utah for Women's Conference at BYU.  Come see me there if you are around.  Third floor of the Bookstore, all day Thursday and Friday!!

Sunday, April 19, 2009


I'm still on this idea of the fabric of our clothing expressing the fabric of our being.  We are continually weaving a tapestry and telling a story by living our lives.  The vignette on her skirt tells of what occupies her mind the most.  This is one of a series of five, painted on recycled litho plates for Art Access gallery in Salt Lake City.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

I Want

I’ve used the image of a snail shell with a baby head and baby feet sticking out while thinking about my kids growing too fast, and wanting them to slow down so I can appreciate them before they change, yet again. In this piece, I have applied the same concept to my time. I mean my time, the snatched minutes without kids wanting to eat… again, without chores and all the things on my mile long to-do list. The red ribbon represents passions, the burning desire in my gut to create. I wish I could push pause, have everyone freeze for bit, while I disappear into my studio to paint. Sigh. There are so many things I want to do, and so little time to pack it all in.

This piece is for a miniature show in Canada.  It cost me one hundred thirty-four dollars and forty cents to ship it to Alberta.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


There has been a lot of talk about toxic chemicals used in painting, how they effect our health, and how we can do without them.  I use walnut oil in the studio, but I still break out the toxics to seal off a painting and for some glazing in the final stages.  When I use liquin, I go outside and wear a mask from opening the bottle to washing the brushes.  This way it doesn't get me too bad.  I would love to find a glaze that works well and is not hazardous.  

Sunday, April 12, 2009

In the Strength of the Lord

... all things are possible.  I will be at BYU Women's Conference Aril 30 and May 1 on the third floor of the bookstore, with prints of this painting for sale.  (Small and paper, so very affordable.)  Come visit!  I will be hanging out with 5 other women artists (including my sister) and various authors.  I'm excited, I hope to see some of you there. 

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Friday, April 10, 2009

Nurture and Endure

 This is my final installation as the painting has been finished for a week and I'm antsy to show you and get on with all the other stuff I've been doing. A garden was mentioned in the comments on what would you put on your skirt. I used it to express nurturing, which I feel like I am constantly needing tap into kindness and selflessness to do. The tree is symbolizing family history.  And, the bees/wasp nest, of course, are about hard work.  One last thing, the landscape has an uphill climb which could represent endurance as we work hard to become better at all we do.  

Friday, April 3, 2009

Butterflies at Dawn

A lot of your comments had to do with needing strength from the Lord when it comes to being parents.  I used butterflies to represent children.  My sister uses this symbol a lot for her kids.  I think it has to do with their ever-changing and metamorphosing.  They are hard to capture and hold on to, every time you turn around they have grown and have new ideas.

I have also painted in the sky which is a bright, clear dawn.  I am often outside while the sun rises and relish the serene, clean feeling a new day comes with.  Not to mention its peace and beauty.  Every day is new and ready for you to make the best of it.

Thursday, April 2, 2009


Man, I have a lot of work to do.  I can't seem to get caught up with cleaning, organizing, emails, phone calls, the list goes on and on and on... and on.  The clothesline represents chores.  If you make a list of all the things you are "supposed" to do every day, there are simply not enough hours available.  Not to mention all the "other" things that are what I actually want to be doing.  There are too many things I want to do and too many things I know I need to do not to keep trying, be organized, and put all my energy into getting it all done.
"Lovest thou me?... Feed my sheep."  I was asked to bear my testimony on missionary work in church a couple weeks ago.  I was a total blank.  I had to think really hard to come up with two to three minutes worth. I went with going back in time to review all the missionaries, of all kinds and callings, who brought the gospel to my ancestors.  Not only did it give me warm, fuzzy appreciation for these people, it was also a good awakening to define what, when, and where missionary work takes place.  I am better than I thought, and totally capable of doing more.  "Arise and gird up your loins, take up your cross, follow me, and feed my sheep" D&C 112:14.