Monday, May 31, 2010

You're Invited to Rittenhouse Square

Please join me this weekend where I'll have my newest paintings available to adopt at the Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show in Philadelphia. It's a great show in one of the most beautiful parks in the city - you don't want to miss it! Here's a preview of one of my latest "organic study" paintings, inspired by the rebirth and happy suprises nature brings back to my garden every spring.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

What to Say at a Cocktail Party

Truth be told, I'm a bit of a nerd.

One of the email subscriptions I have is to the New England Journal of Medicine - which in and of itself is not so nerdy. What is nerdy, is that I usually click on most of the links and read the articles. This week Greg Feero, Alan Guttmacher, and Francis Collins wrote an updated primer on genomic medicine. Genomic wa-hat?! Don't panic. This update to the 2002 article on the same topic (yeah, I have that one, too. . .sigh) has an interactive graphic showing DNA-sequencing technologies which is one of the best on the web. This article is a great resource to gain an appreciation of the impact of genetics on medicine, particularly since the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003.

The article also contains several interesting factoids that are usable at your next cocktail party. For instance, did you know that both cows and mustard plants have more genes than you or I? And, while you're looking around at everyone else at the party, thinking, "what the heck am I doing here with these people?", consider that you share about 99.6% of your DNA sequence with them. If that news causes you to consider another drink, you can rest assured that there is still a lot of individual difference between any two people's DNA - about 24 million basepairs worth. Which is about the size of a 4,000 page phonebook.
So the next time you're running out of things to say at a cocktail party, try this: http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/362/21/2001

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

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Intentionally left blank.

Lately I've been feeling like anything's possible.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

New from the Studio

The varnish is nearly dry on this new painting entitled "Inner Light". It feels light and airy to me and reminds me of the cool breezy spring mornings we're having here in Georgia. (Probably because I painted this piece in the mornings over the past few weeks.) Lately I feel an expansiveness in my morning meditations before going into the studio - a space that is open for something new to emerge.


The painting below entitled "A Taste for Champagne" was painted in the late afternoon/early evenings over the past few weeks, with music blaring and me singing at the top of my lungs. With this one I somehow ended up with a lot of paint on myself, in my hair, on my shoes. And it felt good.




Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Do YOU sing in the shower?

I'm no American Idol but I do enjoy singing. Especially in the shower where I sound fantastic! (I'm sure you do, too.) And today was a great day for dancing and singing in the studio! Stevie Wonder, Lady GaGa, and let's not forget one of my favs, Patsy Cline, were all there with me, providing just the right background for some brisk palette knife work and soft brush strokes. Stay tuned for a preview of fresh new paintings!

Speaking of American Idol, I sure hope Lee DeWyze wins. I love that he was just some guy working in a paint store in Chicago and now he's a household name. He's got my vote. . .go Lee!!!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Thanks Gainesville, Chattanooga, Birmingham, and Lakeland

Beyond being a huge success, the last several shows have been outstanding experiences. My husband Simo and I have loved visiting some of the greatest southern cities, and have had the privilege of meeting some amazing people. Art buyers have great genetics: they're smart and savvy, interesting, fun, and unique! Thanks to all who have adopted my work - I am most grateful.

We have also had the pleasure of eating at some great restaurants along the way. It is now an official ritual that whenever we go to Birmingham, Alabama, our first night is dinner at Jim-n-Nick's BBQ, where the restaurant's motto is "lower and slower". (To Simo's amazement, I have no difficulty finishing a half-slab of their baby-back ribs!) After setting up our display for the 4Bridges Show in Chattanooga, we made our way to Rembrandt's Coffee Shop in the Bluff View Arts District where we had cheesecake and cappuccino. Of course not every meal is a feast - we religiously pack sandwiches, fruit, vegetables, and lots of water to balance out the trip.

My garden is coming alive (pictured here) with something new blooming each week - what a joy to be back home for a couple weeks. Now it's time to get back to work in the studio. Each morning is a gift, a chance to give of yourself and experience life fully. I'll be posting photos of new paintings soon!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Fresh Paint




This weekend I'll be heading to Lakeland, Florida, for the Mayfaire by the Lake Arts Festival put on by the Polk Museum of Art. Here's a fresh new painting I'll be taking with me, entitled "Nature's Delight".