Wednesday, May 25, 2011

And now for something completely different...
There are so many amazing artists out there- and more than people realize in Birmingham. So I'm going to start featuring a few other artists I admire. The cool thing about art is that it can be so different and still be incredible. My first featured artist is Mary Liz Ingram. Her pastels never cease to amaze me. She specializes in Alabama scenes and in portraiture. I love in the picture above how she balances the dark sky and dark earth in the edges of the picture with brilliant whites and golds. Her portraits are incredible as well. She never fails to capture beautiful likenesses of her subject.

In addition to her website and various shows around the Birmingham area, Mary Liz's work can also be found at her blog Somewhat Daily Paintings. Check her out. She'll be one of your favorites, too.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Big news and why I've been a flakey blogger lately

Maternity stamp I carved
Wow, I've been REALLY scattered lately. So, it's been a little while since my last post. However, there's good reason for that- I'm pregnant! I read the other day that studies have shown that women's brain cells volume actually decreases during pregnancy then returns to normal in the months after birth. So, pregnancy brain is a real thing! I have an excuse! Still, I will try to be better, I promise.

Mother's day flowers from
my sweet hubby :)
In addition to just feeling scattered, I truly have been crazy busy lately. It's annoying and it's gotta stop. I can't remember the last time I had a day in my studio when there wasn't at least one other thing I needed to do or place I needed to be. Today, though, I'm taking (ie. stealing) the time to paint. I find that when I do that, everything else seems to fall into place. However, then I get busy and I seem to forget this truth and neglect my artwork (my career, my soul!) for too long and I end up feeling non-productive and depleted.

So, adieu for now. I'm off to paint and feed my soul.