T R O P I C A L I A : drawing the rainforest

For years I have forged every sea creature imaginable out of metal.  Every squid, blowfish, jellyfish, and octopus have been reimagined in my sketchbook and later created in silver and gold.

Lately, my surroundings have taken me in a different direction.  Florida’s subtropical landscape has seeped into my subconscious.  I am surrounded by bananas, plumeria, succulents, mangoes, and palms.  Lush foliage forms are starting to appear in my drawings and metalwork.  It’s an exciting time for me, I feel like I am on a new voyage of discovery, new forms and lines are springing from the end of my pencil.

 

I have to say, I’m looking forward to working in my studio today!

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from the beach, to the city… to the beach

We’re almost ready to leave Florida to head for the Windy City- Chicago is on our minds.  The Old Town Art Fair is this coming weekend, June 9-10.  It is staged in a lovely neighborhood in Lincoln Park, a stone’s throw from Lake Michigan.  The Old Town Triangle Association sponsors the fair and a Garden Walk in their district of historic homes.  The show is a Chicago tradition, drawing a knowledgable and engaged audience. It’s a pleasure to participate in this event, a great kick off to our summer season.

 

From Chicago we cruise to Virginia Beach, VA to show our jewelry at the Boardwalk Art Show sponsored by the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA).  This was one of the first shows of my career as a jewelry artist, and it holds a special place in my heart.  We look forward to spending 4 days with the Atlantic Ocean as our backdrop, greeting old friends and meeting new collectors.

 

If we don’t see you there, we will see you here when we get back!

everything is bigger in Texas

It’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks.  We just got back from the Main Street Fort Worth Art Festival, which was a great success!  MSFW is a prestigious and highly competitive art festival to be invited to, and we can see why after our experience last week.  The show was managed beautifully, and well attended by the people of Fort Worth who were very friendly and appreciated our work.  We had an outstanding response to our jewelry and met many new collectors over the four day affair.  Thanks, Fort Worth, we hope to get to come back and see you again soon!  Love your fun town, fine restaurants, and great folks.

drawings

I have so many new ideas on my table- necklaces and earrings waiting to come to life.  We have two more shows to do in our winter run before I get some dedicated studio time where I can work on new ideas thoughtfully.  I can’t wait!  In the meanwhile, I’ll keep drawing.  This weekend we are off to Sanibel Island for Sanibel-Captiva Lions Club Art and Craft Fair.  Looking forward to seeing all of my shell collecting collectors there!

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six down, four to go

We have passed the center point of our run of 10 shows in a row- and I’m tired!  Planning on getting a good night’s sleep before we open up in Venice, FL for the 17th Annual Downtown Venice Art Classic.  Venice Avenue is lined with great restaurants, which makes for a really great afternoon at the art show.  We’re going to have beautiful weather, so come out to see us if you’re in the area!