Friday, April 27, 2012

GJWP Exhibit!

Getting ready for this! This exhibit will be up during the entire months of May and June.
Opening is Saturday, May 19 from 2-4.
11x17  copies of this poster will be available for there or by emailing me ($5. plus shipping).
Details of the show are on the Helen Bumpus Gallery website .

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

moving right along on the mural

 The kids are wonderful to work with!

                                                                Don't eat that paint!

                        The Asia wall has Buddha on it so the kids are meditating with him...

Friday, April 20, 2012

the mural and I'm feeling crafty

Moving along- with some help from my friend Kim...I could work on this forever its so fun but I have to finish or Ill be crazy ( May gets so busy for me!)
My daughter Maddie sent me this link and it  totally inspired me to use the leather scraps Ive been saving...thanks Maddie!

Here's how I started's just acrylic paint !
I think I need some cool snaps to finish them off. I can't wait to do more!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

mural and mosaic day

 Worked on this by myself today- trying to fill in the ocean colors...adnd I need to make Canada look a little seperate..lots to do and I haven't even touched the Asia wall...
Then ran over to Abington to facilitate the grouting of the completed mosaic-

- the Arts Council there really blew me away with the mosaic- they seemed to really enjoy the whole process! ( and I am sure they are a little bit glad to be done!)  Heres  details...very long piece in the middle these go on either side. They will be installed in Abington Town hall...( over these doors)

Sunday, April 15, 2012

abstract inspiration

What an amazing weekend- temps in the 70-s and 80-s! Lovely girls weekend with my friends and sisters.
Today I had the treat of visiting  Stephanie Roberts Camello in Pembroke..
Her large light filled studio is incredible- and she inspired me with her oil, encaustic and casein abstracts. She let me play with her encaustic ( melted wax painting) and it was so fun! I feel like I want to go more abstract lately..... hmmm....

Here are some of her pieces...She also makes wonderful lotion soaps and honey products for Queen Bee Honey with her husband Paul Camello. They will be doing 3 farmers markets a week this season. A visit to their booth not only is great to buy their products- but they are two of the friendliest people around. It's always festive to see them.
She's also an amazing gardener and cook.
WOW! It's so cool to have friends like her- thanks Stephanie!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Montessori Map Mural day 4 and the Gate in Hawaii

Here's where the mural is after all the groups of kids have had a chance to put their images in.

I loved how excited they got about "carbon paper" They didn't know how easy it is to transfer their drawings onto the wall - outline and fill them in. It's very "old school", back from the days of typewriters.
The kids were ready to fly- vacation starts tomorrow- so there was a lot of restless teen spirit in the room today.
I will return next week a few times to pull this all together (somehow!)

Here is the Asia wall and details....

Leaving you with one last image- my dear Dad and the gate he made with my husband's help- I embellished it with the words and design. I like the red diamond.
"Maluhia" means peacefulness.
Yes- it is indeed!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Montessori Map Mural day 3

More color, more images. Middle school kids today. Asia wall is looking good too- I will show tomorrow.
In other news, I got  this piece in the Focus on Figures show at the North River Arts Society- opening tomorrow at 7. I'm excited to be in the company of some truly awesome artists!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

montessori Map Mural day two

Here's Julie tracing kids art under the map of Asia- she's drawing a big Buddha. I think the art will be all around the map on this wall.

Starting to put some color on the wall.

This is how it looked when  I left this afternoon- two more groups of kids yet to add their art to the maps, tomorrow and Thursday.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Montessori Map Mural Day one

Today I started a large project-  painting murals with the students at Montessori school in Duxbury. Julie Hawkins, artist,visionary, friend and amazing art teacher at the school ,invited me to be an artist in residence and paint murals of the whole world over the next three years in a foyer of the school. Big project-  fun! So today with my awesome intern (also Julie) we projected the map of North America on the wall with an overhead projector  and outlined it in dark painted lines. Julie the teacher had the kids draw images prior so we had a lot of them to place around the map. The overhead worked great for some things but we had to use carbon paper for other things... no problem!  The kids also drew fish and mermaids and animals. It will keep being  painted all week... I don't really know how it will look- but I have a sort of master plan. This was the first step.
-trying to size the image- keeping in mind that Europe will have to go on the other side of the wall...getting the hang of the overhead projector too...
First group adding their stuff- they are awesome kids.
Tomorrow we start with color. I found these new paints at Lowes today and am so excited- they are thick and bright - $9.99 a qt- but what I love the most are the clear containers! They are Pantone inspired paint called "My Color" 
I was also very inspired by a website my interior designer daughter Markie turned me onto called Adobe Kuler- I have this hope that the mural colors will all have harmony.  Check it out its a great website for creating color pallettes.
I mixed up some colors in  containers (containers really make a difference- these puppies are 10 for a dollar  from the dollar tree and have snap on lids)
Tomorrow we start filling in and adding more stuff.
Stay tuned!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Back on the Mainland

On my last evening on the farm I spent some time with the lambs in the moonlight.

Here I am with Dad and Jan as I was leaving . Now it all seems like a dream that I was even there! I hope to return soon. I am the luckiest.
Arriving home was wonderful - lots of flowers and trees in bloom. Sweet!

Monday, April 2, 2012


I'm still here... but I lost the drive on my computer where all my photos are. I thought it was an April Fools joke, but not.
A trip to the apple store is in order when I return.
This picture is from two years ago here...
I may not be able to post any photos until later.
I hate to leave this lush,fragrant, sensual place and say goodbye to my Hawaiian family. It is an Eden of sorts. Home, however is waiting and returning to my nest always so sweet- especially since friends tell me the forsythia is out - spring has sprung!
Thanks for accompanying me on this journey everyone- It makes me feel so connected and so very happy to have you all along on my trip. I loved getting all your emails and comments. I will be back on line later!