Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Storyteller Series | Cécile McLorin Salvant

Cécile McLorin Salvant has been playing in my house all week. My husband read a marvelous article about her in the New Yorker and we've been listening ever since. I am obsessed with her music, her tone, her wisdom, and her storytelling. And I have to also add that for me as an actor and theatre artist, I so admire Salvant's ability to completely embody a lyric and create a whole world with a song. Watching her sing is like seeing a masterclass in musical theatre. Wynton Marsalis said about Ms. Salvant, "You get a singer like this every generation or two." I must agree. She is a genius and I cant. stop. listening.

Monday, May 22, 2017

On the Road Again

In two weeks time, my family of four (plus a dog) will embark on a two month car-trip through Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Oregon, California, Arizona, and New Mexico. We'll be landing for long stretches in Eastern Oregon at my mother's homestead and also in my hometown of Paso Robles, California. 

I'm looking forward to spending time with my most favorite people on earth. But I'm also looking forward to getting out of Texas and out of my routine. The road always offers new perspectives, new views, and new ideas. Traveling always gets my creative juices flowing. I can't wait to turn down the noise of daily life and turn up the fun. 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Dayspring: A new series

My solo art exhibition opens tomorrow! Its not in a gallery or in a traditional art space. Instead, the exhibit is being featured in a Unitarian sanctuary - a first for me. And as many of you are not local to the DFW area, I'm sharing the work with you here.

If you are in the Dallas area, please feel free to some see the work in person and attend an artist reception next Sunday, May 28th from 3-4pm. We'll be in the sanctuary at Horizon UU Church in Carrollton and its open to the public. The pieces are all for sale and can be purchased in my online shop. Here are my artist's notes for the new exhibition, DAYSPRING:

In his poem simply entitled "Spring", Victorian poet Gerard Manley Hopkins wrote, 

"Nothing is so beautiful as spring—
What is all this juice and all this joy?" 

Each year, spring's special magic renews the human spirit on a cellular level - no one, no matter their origin, habitual proclivities, religion, or state of being, can escape it.  

Thank you to Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church for creating a contemplative space for my newest series, DAYSPRING. The pieces included in this exhibition celebrate the spiritual nourishment - all of the juice and joy -  that comes from living in right-relationship with nature. 

DAYSPRING is a meditation of color and pattern inspired by the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins and landscapes from both my native Central California and Ghost Ranch at Abiquiu, New Mexico. Inhale the smell of verdant earth and listen deeply for what Hopkins calls "A strain of the earth’s sweet being in the beginning." Heaven is not in the hereafter. Heaven is HERE and NOW. Walk softly.    

"Let Him easter in us, 
be a dayspring to the dimness of us, 
 be a crimson-crested east."  
- Gerard Manley Hopkins

WHERE: Horizon UU Church
LOCATION: 1641 Hebron Pkwy, Carrollton, TX
DATES: May 21 - July 2, 2017

Time's Vast Womb  |  36 x 36 inch acrylic on canvas

Dappled Things  |  24 x 48 acrylic on canvas

Sun-steeped  |  36 x 36 acrylic on canvas

Kingdom of Daylight  |  24 x 48 inch acrylic on two canvases

Deep Decree  |  36 x 36 acrylic on canvas

Bent World, Bright Wings  |  24 x 24 inch acrylic on canvas

Her Earliest Stars  |  24 x 48 acrylic on canvas

Morning Mesa 1  |  36 x 36 acrylic on canvas

Morning Mesa 2  |  36 x 36 inch acrylic on canvas

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Settling Into My New Studio

It's been crickets here on the blog. I've been single-mindedly moving into my new studio and prepping for my upcoming solo art show. As of this week, I'm all moved into the studio. I cannot quite express the feeling of having my very own space. It has been delicious. Yes... delicious is the word.

Tomorrow, I'll be loading in my exhibition at the Horizon UU Church in Carrollton, TX. But tonight I thought I'd check in here at La Maison Boheme and share some snap shots of the studio and some of the paintings that are part of the show. If you're in the Dallas area, please come see the new work! The church is hosting an artist reception for me on Sunday, May 28th from 2-3pm. Its open to the public and you can read all about it HERE

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Everything Transforms

This is from a poem by James Broughton that was read during Easter services this year at First Unitarian Church of Dallas. These words have since lodged themselves in my heart and I cannot shake them. They speak to all I've been through (and perhaps you've been through) in the past few years. So I made a little image of these words superimposed on a photograph I took of the sand at Nags Head in North Carolina last year. Ashes to ashes...

Friday, May 05, 2017


I'm trying something new this weekend. I'll be presenting a pop-up gallery at the Artisan Market at Oak Highlands Brewery in Dallas on Saturday from noon to 6pm. There will be live music, food from my favorite local taco joint, Resident Taqueria, and the taproom will be serving a full selection of beers and ales. The Artisan Market is happening inside the brewery and admission is free. Come visit my booth and say, "Hi". The address is 10484 Brockwood Road, Dallas, Texas 75238.

In addition to my original artworks, I'll also be selling prints, cards, notebooks, throw pillows, tote bags and more - all featuring my work! Here's a taste:

You can also find much of the merchandise pictured above in my Redbubble shop.