Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Have a Heart

Workhouse Studio 4
The “Have a Heart” Project
Food Drive & Art Installation

From October through February, Studio 4 is conducting a food drive to benefit Food for Others. Food for Others, the largest distributor of free food directly to people in need in Northern Virginia, provides the assistance vitally needed by our unemployed and low-income neighbors. They provide a safety net for those who suddenly face unforeseen emergencies such as a family illness or the loss of a job or a spouse.

Items donated will become main components of an interactive art installation which will open to the public on February 11th, 2012 during Workhouse Art Center’s Second Saturday Art Walk.

YOU can be a part of this exciting art installation and help Northern Virginians in need by donating canned or non-perishable food items at Studio 4.

Follow the Have a Heart project and other Studio 4 happenings on our facebook page.

Monday, October 24, 2011

New Floral Abstract "Minis"

These lil' guys/gals are mixed media on canvas and 3" x 3" each.
They're $25 each and come with a wood easel for display.
I will begin listing them on my online shops and they will also be available through Studio 4.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


Back in March I fell in love with these frames when I saw them at an antique shop.
Last week I painted these minimal/abstract "portraits" to go in them.

Aristocratic 1 & 2
acrylic on masonite
with vintage frames

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

It's Actually Quite Easy Being Green

In keeping with my lime green studio wall, I'm customizing shopping bags in preparation for my Grand Opening and the upcoming holiday season. I also had labels made for them in (you guessed it) green with my name, studio number and website on them.

Jazz City: DC

Getting ready to varnish this baby!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

All About My Mother

Earlier in the week I was interviewed and photographed by James Cullum for the Lorton Patch.
Click on the favorite pic anyone has ever taken of me to read his article.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Monday, October 10, 2011

Day Off

Today is my first day off since moving into my studio. I can't remember the last time I put in a seven day art-work week. Working from home allows for many distractions. I found myself constantly sidetracked. Not to mention the solitude of it all. While necessary at times, too much of it drains my creative batteries and I wind up feeling uninspired. I am so thrilled to be in a creative environment now, among some amazing artists (you'll meet them through this blog soon enough) who keep me energized and motivated.

Left to Right:
Sax, Red Guitar, The Guitar Lesson, Jazz Women

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Startin' Something Big(ger)

Starting work on my first large (larger than what my old studio allowed) piece.
Hoping this will become "Jazz City". Stay tuned.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Color Splash!

Some people are afraid of the dark and some people are terrified of bold color (on walls).

Being one of over a hundred artists at the Workhouse Arts Center, I want my studio to be not only fun to visit, but memorable. Ron and I spent most of the weekend moving me into the space. I painted my accent wall Behr Crisp Green.
I wanted to go all the way with a pop of color that would make my studio stand out to visitors. I am a Pop artist, after all; a wimpy wall would simply not do. I also wanted to avoid a dark color that would absorb much light or weigh the space down. The trick to a super-bright color like this, I believe, is to break it up with furniture or textiles. About 3/4 of this wall will be covered with white shelving units so in the end, the massive sea of green before me will actually become more of a colorful frame.

To be continued...