i'm working on a new project with dear friend sue hirschberger (www.suehirschberger.com) and at the same time reviving and expanding a character i created a couple years ago. "new myth" will be a series of images one can place themselves into for visioning, meditating. i love new projects! the energy is vamped up. ideas abound. i spend most of my waking hours in the studio. i get to live breathe think what i love to do with positive enthusiasm. i love the initial rush that comes with a new idea. that rush sustains my energy throughout the project. when it wanes, i know the project is either done or it needs new life, new ideas. and time for reflection, gestation. it's all the cycle of creating and inspiration. i call it heArt.

what a weekend! fun, art, music and creativity! my first street painting participation! i had so much fun! i learned alot while talking to veteran street artists. there were different approaches and techniques to painting the streets with chalks. the weather became a challenge with heat, wind and rain. we all worked through it with smiling faces. so many wonderful creations from artists of all ages. i highly recommend a visit next year to the 10th street painting event in elmira the second weekend in july.

check out the website and history of street painting at:



here's my tiger.............

and some of the winners..................

a small group of spencer/van etten artists are gathering seasonally at my house for a collage day. it is a way for us to share ideas, create together and remind us of seasonal transitions. for summer solstice i created this collage.

i am framing my artwork for showing at Briar Patch Vet Hospital, Ithaca, NY July-September. it's a completion of months of studio time, almost 7 days a week. months of play, exploration and excitment. that's what i feel when i work in my studio.

i love the time i spend creating images. i love the process of finding inspiration, deciding compositions and colors and what animals to group together and exploring their anatomy and personality. most of my time spent is intuitive and i experience a "flow" that rises and ebbs as i go along. i have so much fun with the process and i can't imagine doing anything else!

now the time is come to prepare the works on paper for showing. cutting mats, chosing frames and assembling everything to a finished "product" that gets hung on a wall someplace public for all to see.

i want the paintings to leave my studio and go out into the world. i don't have a possessiveness toward them. i created them for a new home.

sharing the finished work is an important part of the process for me. they have to leave to make room for new ideas. otherwise, the stimulation of those finished works intrudes and new ideas are clouded.

so now the circle is approaching completion. and there is a lull, a stillness and anticipation of "what's next?"

i haven't painted much this month, spending time doing practical things like framing, marketing. i miss the joy and fun of time spent in the studio and anticipate starting the momentum again. having blips of unsettledness wondering, "will i be able to start up again?"

i try not to pay attention to those doubts because i do start up again. i am learning to accept the lull of refueling and using the time to just sit, regenerate, look at other's art, read other's words. 

 and then the cycle begins all over again in a new way..................



it's been a chaotic june so far. lack of focus, feeling unsettled -- must be changes are happening. when chaos occurs, fear usually sets in and forward momentum stops. i forget my own advice to go with the flow. that becomes difficult when i have projects on the table to complete and my flow isn't where i want it to be. so it's time to just put color on paper and see what happens. it's time to let the colors emerge and have their own life. this process allows the changes to occur, maybe behind the scenes and that's ok. growing doesn't always require a controlled direction. this month is relearning "relax".

follow the flow of the river. fighting it only makes it harder to get wherever we're going.

I will have a table at Cayuga Dressage Show next weekend, June 11/12 at chemung county fairgrounds, 170 fairview rd, horseheads, ny.

i will be taking orders for pet portraits!