Laying Low: Life Lesson from the Koi Pond

Laying Low: Life Lesson from the Koi Pond

Nothing like a blizzard with howling winds, dumping 2-3′ of snow to remind us what many mammals and some fish know. Winter is a time to hibernate, or at least, lay low, like the fish in our backyard koi pond. While fish don’t truly hibernate, they do go into a “state of torpor.” As the temperatures fall, they drop to the bottom of the pond where the […]

Yellow Leaf in My Drawers

Yellow Leaf in My Drawers

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” ― Lao Tzu Painting koi intuitively reminds me to let go of resistance and be in the flow. Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional and […]

Sense of Place, Sense of Peace

Sense of Place, Sense of Peace

Duty calls. After living on the North Shore of Oahu for many years, I know that I never need a reason to return to my beloved Hawaii.  However a request and an invite are the impetus for making this current trip. The Request: To be part of the exhibition committee for the Art of Peace, an exhibition and silent auction to […]

Painting by the Pond Summer 2015

Painting by the Pond Summer 2015

Writer, artist and student, Ivana Gatica is guest blogger this week. In David Hockney: A Bigger Picture a film by Bruno Wollheim, Hockney returns to paint his native Yorkshire. At the onset of the film we see Hockney driving the English countryside as he reflects that “I always felt that I was a person of privilege, […]

Working with an art intern- getting it done and having a good time doing it

Working with an art intern- getting it done and having a good time doing it

Working the past two weeks with intern Ivana Gatica has been a great experience- for both of us. We accomplished a lot together and had a great time in the studio, by the pond, in front of the computer or out and about at art and teaching venues. This included creating a sample headpiece/mask for DIAE (Delaware Arts in […]

Tuning in to Synchronicity

Tuning in to Synchronicity

Throughout my practice as an artist there is a thread that winds and flows through my work. This line connects the experiences, stories, materials, and places that inform and inspire the work to the elements within each piece as well.  Water, koi, birds, vessels, and nets are present and intertwined as I examine what we find, hold on […]

Big Fish Little Pond in My Drawers

Big Fish Little Pond in My Drawers

Day #21 of What’s in My Drawers. Fluid and peaceful, my koi pond continues to be a place of refuge. This was one of 3 or 4 large paintings on paper that I did when we first moved into our home several years ago. Finding a house with a koi pond and gardens closed the […]

Red in a Sea of Blues & Grays

Red in a Sea of Blues & Grays

This week calls us to remember those that have served their country with Veterans Day in the United States, and Remembrance Day in Great Britain. This year November 11, 2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, also known as the Great War. I have difficulty referring to any war as great. As a mother of a […]

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 […]

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