Painting with Sound

Painting with Sound

It can be interesting, rewarding, or perhaps even challenging, to receive feedback on your work, regardless of your profession. However, to have someone respond to your work of art with an original musical composition- is a gift. Artist, composer, and playwright Helen Davey  has been working on a project titled 52 Sound Paintings; “52 pieces of music in direct […]

Shots from Nanci’s Open House/Studio Party

Shots from Nanci’s Open House/Studio Party

It was a picture perfect end of summer evening and from the start at 5 pm on Saturday, September 20, 2014 to the end- and beyond we had a steady stream of friends, neighbors and collectors join Scott and I for my 2nd (I think it needs to be annual!) Open House/Studio Party. Open Door […]

Open House/Studio Art Party

Open House/Studio Art Party

Nanci’s 2nd Annual Open House/Studio Art Party is just about here, Saturday, September 20, 2014. The work is hung, the house is clean (ah, love that) and my white chocolate/ cranberry biscotti are in the oven as I write this. A wall in my upstairs studio,the painting on the left is still wet!Center-  Curating my […]

Coming Together

Coming Together

Ready to party?                   Note to self: More beer. Coming together- Spring at Last (detail- acrylic, spray paint on canvaswith Fork in the Road, one of my net sculptures and dahlias frommy garden. That’s the sort of aha moments I am having these days as I prepare […]

Throwback Thursday with a Thank You

Throwback Thursday with a Thank You

Eons ago I was an art student at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY who had the idea of putting up a notice on the board at Pearl Paint down on Canal Street in Manhattan. I figured what better way to learn about being an artist than working for one. So I put it out there […]

Request for Attention

Request for Attention

Milton Avery, 1960Dunes and Sea IIoil on canvas, 131.8 x 182.9 cmCollection of Whitney Museum of American Art “His pictures were always polite, but they were polite in a way that a man with a gun might be polite. There was plenty to back up his request for attention.” Steve Martin in An Object of […]

Throw your dreams

Throw your dreams

Happy Tuesday… loving summer, rain or shine. especially both. Heartsong, 2014encaustic, collage on board©2014NanciHershall rights reservedSOLD “Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.” Anaïs Nin (1903-1977); author, diarist Heartsong, 2014encaustic, collage on […]

Asking the Right Question(s)

Asking the Right Question(s)

On the final evening of our summer family vacation to San Diego, CA we took our dinner to beautiful La Jolla to watch the sunset over the water from the cliffs. We happened to look down at the beach at a couple just as the guy was “taking a knee.”  It’s safe to assume that […]

Life is Not a Spectator Sport- Some Travel Tips

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Life is Not a Spectator Sport- Some Travel Tips

Taking a break from my busy summer to check in. I have been painting, teaching, and traveling the past few months. My family and I have been to wonderful places and shared some great experiences, but let’s be honest.  Mama Panda at the San Diego Zoo Traveling can be challenging and not with out its […]

Learn, Teach, Share

Learn, Teach, Share

The only way to get better at something anything, is practice, regularly, consistently. Bobbi Levitt’s painting and easel at Painting by the Pond The best way to really learn something is to teach it. And to find joy in something you need to share it. I loved having my students at my home and studio […]