Friday, July 30, 2010


My dear dog, George, found this wonderfully large beetle the other day. Unfortunately, it was down in the basement, so unnatural-like, I moved it back outdoors where hopefully it could proceed through the day much more natural-like as a beetle is meant to.  I need to figure out what kind it is - it had to be close to a quarter's size in diameter.... and the details are amazing! I'm sorry my camera couldn't capture it's unique tiny-ness! Though my mind has and it may eventually come out through the tiny brushes of my paint brush (not the beetle, but the idea of it's details in miniature form).  :)

Monday, July 26, 2010

HKH meets Universal

Liz Plambeck of Universal Pants and I have been sharing our talents with one another. The shirt I'm wearing to the left is representative of one of her wonderful handmade creations. It features on the front a pattern I had created from one of my original oil paintings (see for more information). Creatively made from reclaimed fabrics and hemp/silk this is definitely one-of-a-kind. We plan on having open studio events this fall. Stay tuned....

Saturday, July 10, 2010

And the off-white doors beckoned.....

It didn't take me long to start seeing an image in the foundational layers of my process. I'm loving what is emerging! I think it's somewhat Alice in Wonderland (which I've now have seen it 4 times and each time just gets better!) inspired and intestinal influenced....

Friday, July 9, 2010

What treasures await!

The last few weeks my husband I have had fun poking around antique shops and the like. Such finds were found! Above are the latest additions to my already full head of ideas. I'm quite excited by the possibilities..... So, as always, stay tuned! I find the off-white door beckoning.......

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Tying it all together

I'm thrilled with how this turned out! It all started with an idea (of course). Sifting through the contents of an antique store (Hunt & Gather), in search of a lamp, I found the perfect fit for my idea! Uncanny how it all came together as the base and shade were sold separately (from different vendors) but actually worked really well together. The image is an excerpt from the original oil, The Melody of the Cat’s Meow (it is image 30/32 under gallery of originals on old doors). This was on display at my most recent exhibition at Normandale Community College in their Fine Art Gallery.

Materials include: archival inks printed digitally onto 2 papers: Japan Ogura Lace and Thai Mulberry, felted balls (wool from the sheep at Gale Woods Farm), thread, reclaimed (vintage) lamp shade, vintage lamp base.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Mirror, mirror, on the wall

During the night one night I awoke with the memory of a frame in the garage that had no purpose at the moment. First thing the next morning I pulled it out and took a look. Despite it being dusty and bowed, with loose joints and decorative detail chipping off, I deemed it was going to work. Above you can see the end result (I'm sorry I didn't think to capture the 'before'). The frame showcases one of my Organic Digital Designs (this pattern was derived digitally from the original oil painting, The Hide Shall Seek, the Seek Shall Hide image 28/32). This was on display at my most recent exhibition at Normandale Community College in their Fine Art Gallery.

Materials include: reclaimed vintage frame, digital image printed onto metal, white gold leaf, paint, schlac, mirror