I just returned from the opening reception of the show I co-curated with my good friend, the artist Ellen Levine Dodd, at the Village Theatre Art Gallery in Danville, CA. The exhibition features five abstract artists exploring color and emotion in their work, and includes paintings by Elise Morris, Ellen Levine Dodd, Karen Olsen-Dunn, Sharon … More Color Play: Color, Emotion, Possibility
It dawned on me recently: I know a lot of artists. And many are pretty awesome, talented people. Their work needs to be out there in the world, especially now. In order to illuminate the world of art for those not in it, I am going to regularly post interviews and conversations with these amazing … More Artists I Know: Elise Morris
Parenting is no joke. I know a lot of people liken it to a really hard job, but I don’t see it that way. Parenting is more like a spiritual practice for me. The fortitude, patience and faith it requires are more akin to one seeking enlightenment than a job you go to every day. … More In which I veer off topic and talk about parenting.
One of the most common questions I am asked as an artist is how long it takes to complete a painting. This question does not surprise me. The process of making art is foreign to many. And abstract art, despite existing in the cultural lexicon since at least the late 19th century, remains mysterious in … More Every painting is a journey.
Today I had a realization. I was sitting at my acupuncture appointment, with my four month old baby on my lap,. He’s cooing and kicking and wiggling and laughing, while I’ve got needles stuck in me in an attempt to clear out a nasty headache that had set in with the heat wave this week. … More The List of Undone Things
Life with a new baby is rather slow. Despite constant reminders by well meaning Baby Boomers how quickly your children’s lives go by, I find my days creeping along, at once mindless and wonderful. The baby learns to smile and interact amidst the endless diaper changes in a day. He sleeps on me, not in his crib, so I … More When life slows down
I will start by saying this to all the young women artists out there starting their careers: It is not easy to be an artist and a mom. Yes, it is hard to be a mom and be anything else, but the delicate dance of being a creative soul before you even experience motherhood is … More Art and Motherhood, Part 1: Balance is not the goal.