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!



"Teachers and Guardians" won special recognition in an online animal art competition. Feels good to be recognized!

animals live in the moment. they are free of drama, judgement. each has it's own story to tell through their behavior, habits and where they live, among a few tells. they live according to nature's law. we all live according to nature's law, except as human's we think we can control nature's law. we can't. animals teach us this. letting go and living from our heart is authentic, natural and, as the Hopi teach, allows the flow of the river to take us where we go. we can't control the flow. the river will go where it goes and we can fight it, go against it or we can trust and let it take us. when i live open to possibilities, surprises happen. nature teaches me that. the animals teach me to follow my instincts that emminate from my heart. my heart is trustworthy. and , i have found playing with dogs and horses, so are animals because they don't have an agenda to judge, only to show truth. i've been allowing the animals' stories to come into my paintings and i am expanding in possibilities through nature's law. so much fun!!!!