Val's Corner

“Woodland Animal” Inspired Drawing List

I have a new project in the pipeline. Once Christmas madness passes, I intend to hole up in my studio and tackle this new series. It will be totally different from what I've done so far. I'm excited about it. But, also a little wary. This one requires me to be...

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Because of Golda

I've been obsessively painting flowers. It's all because of Golda. My friend, Golda, paints flowers and flowers and flowers. I see her reflected in her gentle, dreamy blooms. One day she'll be holding a fresh bouquet of flowers. The next day, there will be a new...

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Art Journal as Warm Up

I've upped the ante on my daily art discipline. The new goal is 5 hours a day, 5 days a week. Though it may not sound like THAT much to you, it's actually a big challenge for me. First I need make the time each day to BE in my studio. And then I have to actually DO...

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Acorn Bling

For the past 10 years, I've compulsively collected acorns every fall. I rarely use them for anything. The joy is mainly in the collecting. I love searching for "treasure." I can comb beaches for hours looking for shells and sea glass. A crowded flea market sets my...

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Yellow Flowers

 Less than a week ago, I felt completely burned out. The last thing I wanted to do was paint. Bleuh. I'd pushed hard to change out all my art on display at The Charlotte Art League in time for the November Art Crawl. I met that goal. A dozen new oil paintings. A dozen...

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Read Aloud #85

Read aloud #85: The Moves Make the Man by Bruce Brooks. Confession: We broke our reading streak. We skipped three days when I was out of town. And then we completely forgot to read one day this weekend. But we're determined to read on anyway. So what if it's not...

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Binge Painting

Google definition of "binge?" A short period devoted to indulging in an activity to excess. Yup. Sound about right. I just came off five days of binge painting. Not sure if I want to do that again... But there is really something in pushing myself to the limit....

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Inspired by KwongHo Shin

  This latest painting project is inspired by South Korean Artist, KwongHo Shin. My nightly going-to-bed ritual ends with browsing Pinterest for 10 minutes. Sometimes it only takes 5 minutes, then my head starts to nod and I drift right off to sleep. I think that's...

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A Glorious Mess

I've been gallivanting around NYC the last few days. I think I will never stop missing that crazy city. Sigh. My consolation prize is the occasional field trip back. Besides visiting friends, eating at my favorite restaurants and walking about, I had one "must do" in...

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Alcohol Ink Bonanza

I'm changing my art up in the Charlotte Art League one last time before we part ways.   My next theme will be "Experiments in Abstract."   The plan is use different mediums to fill my studio with abstract works. First medium up:  Alcohol inks. I've played with alcohol...

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Big Red Mess

My studio this week has been one big red mess. There are red paint smudges everywhere. All over both my easels. On the couch. Across the table. In my hair. On my cheeks. Embedded in the metal links of my watch. Who knew red oil paints were so much trouble? I've been...

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The Chairs

Finally ready to share about the three paintings I so worked hard on last month: My first painting was "Forgotten." Inspired by a photo, the creepy art I did for my "Spooky" collection and a red chair. Remember that red chair from a painting assignment back in June?...

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Read Aloud #84

Read aloud #84: Lord of the Flies by William Golding. Another school reading assignment. I knew the story line. But I never actually read it til now. Oh boy. It's a tough one. Golding's characters felt so real. Their chief, Ralph, who held tight to their true goal of...

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Different Art for Different Days

I've been thinking of a book I read aloud dozens of times to my boys when they toddlers. "My Many Colored Days" by Dr. Seuss. The book resonated with me. I loved reading it to the kids. I acted out each color with a different voice. Sometimes I'd jump up and prance...

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“Splat!” (a.k.a Abstract Art)

It's been nothing but art, art, art around here. Deep breath. I'm tired. Happy to say I completed my  three chair paintings for next week's show. Not posting them yet... If you can make it over, I'd sure like to share them with you in person first. You can find my...

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4 More Poppets

Oh happy day. The original 5 poppets sold!! I hung them Thursday night in my CAL studio. They were gone Saturday morning. To say I am delighted would be an understatement. I am beyond tickled that my quirky characters resonated with others. The only drawback to this...

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The Poppets

I've had dolls on my mind. My plan was to sew a few. Floppy rag dolls with a touch of creepy in them. But I just haven't been in the mood to pull out needle and thread. So I sketched them instead. As I often do, I started by taking a look at hand sewn dolls on...

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Artist Statement, Version 2

I needed to rewrite my artist statement this morning. You know I hate that, right? While I can blab all the live long day via this blog, I have a really hard time trying to "distill my artist essence" into one concise statement. Now that I'm done torturing myself over...

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Read Aloud #83

Read aloud #83: "When the Sea Turned to Silver" by Grace Lin. We read the first two books of this series in 2014. "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon" and "Starry River of the Sky." Frankly, I don't remember much about either story. I recall we were all very...

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In the Studio – the Good and the Bad

What to share first? The good or the bad? I'll start with the bad news: You know my studio in the Charlotte Art League? The one that I worked so hard to set up all summer? Unfortunately, the Art League has lost its lease. Our "get out" date is January, 2018. I knew...

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Ink, Mod Podge & Prayer Pages

I've added a little spin to some of my pen and ink drawings Instead of drawing on blank pieces of paper, I've been working on printed text. I'm really happy with my results & wanted to share with you. I use the following materials: Stretched cotton canvas (10 inch...

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Just Plain Fun

  My kids went back to school today. (So happy) Which means fall will be rolling around the corner any minute now. And Halloween will follow right behind that. Ah... Halloween. One of my favorite holidays. I'm bringing my crochet spiders and webs back to out to play....

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Flea Market Heaven

We're back from our week of serious SoCal fun. Now that our boys are 11 and 14, we can play so much harder. In truth, they now outlast me. I'm exhausted! We rode bikes along the beach. Ate far too much. Visited with family. Did touristy stuff in LA. Spent four days...

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Playtime!

Hi there! I'm taking a week off for family playtime. Got my swimsuit, bike helmet and cool new Instax packed & ready to go. "Good Lord Willing & the Creek Don't Rise..." We should be out & about having a fab time in So Cal....

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“Spooky” Sneak Peak

"Spooky" September 1 - November 3 On display in my studio at The Charlotte Art League. Obviously this is coming up just in time for Halloween. I love: the crisp cooler days of fall, The changing colors in the leaves, picking pumpkins, baking treats, designing...

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Last 2 Summer Paintings

 Remember last month when I thought I was done creating the "Happy Go Lucky" installation? Well... turns out I wasn't quite finished after all. Fortune smiled on me & I sold two of the summer paintings. Which was awesome! Now when people ask me if I've sold...

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Read Aloud #82

Read aloud #82: "out of my mind" by Sharon M. Draper. Two thumbs up from all of us for this beautifully written book. It is this summer's reading assignment for my rising 6th grader. He'll read it again on his own. But summer reading assignments can be quite dense in...

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2017 Studio Artists’ Exhibition

  It's the 7th Annual Studio Artists' Exhibition August 1, 2017 - August 25, 2017 Charlotte Fine Art Gallery 7510 Pineville-Matthews Rd, 9A Reception:  Saturday 5, 2017 5pm-8pm It's my first time to show with a group of artists in a real gallery. I'm so excited to be...

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A Studio of Her Own

This week's excitement? I've upgraded my studio from a half space to a full studio at the Charlotte Art League. Hurray! Initially, I was happy simply to have any space at all in the League. The 7 feet by 15 feet I started in felt like enough. But I quickly realized it...

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Dream Catchers

Last week was all about dream catchers. I've been wanting to make one of these for the last few summers. But kept putting it off because the knotting looked like a real pain. It was tricky at first. I made a tangled mess and my first attempt was totally wonky looking....

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The “Spooky” Drawing List

Though it's still smack in the middle of summer, It's time to prepare for my fall studio theme: "Spooky" September 5, 2017 - November 3, 2017 At the Charlotte Art League. My goal is to complete: 12 drawings 9 paintings Between 1 and 3 creepy dolls, A murder of crows....

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Blanket Stitched Felt Coasters

Remember those rocks I've been drawing on? I decided they looked extra nice displayed on a simple grey felt coaster. (Yes, I still love grey felt) A plain cut out felt circle looked fine. But a blanket stitched embellishment around the coaster edge looked even better....

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Drawing on Rocks

I like drawing. I like rocks. So why not draw on rocks? (Cheesy grin) The whole rock thing started two years ago when we moved into our house. I spent multiple seasons digging around and mucking out the backyard. I pruned overgrown bushes. Weeded everyday. Planted...

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