It’s a wrap

The latest wrapping paper from one of my abstract paintings, ‘cause it’s a jungle out there! :)

Painted Fabric

I’ve started experimenting with using my paintings on fabric to create clothing in addition to studio sneakers (see the previous post). This is my first experiment with chiffon… not an easy starting point as it’s a tricky fabric to sew but the first result was beautiful and encouraging!

Art as wrapping.

Wrapping as art…Experimenting. Creating wrapping paper with some of my abstract painting.


Set Sail
8” x 8” x 1.5”
I share more of my painting on Instagram @goldstarstudios and will soon have a new platform for sharing this part of my practice. Stay tuned…


Loving these two small blue pieces on wood panel. I’m curious to see where my painting goes this year.


Visiting this port city on the River Scheldt in Belgium dating from the middle ages I found it was ‘the new stuff’ seen while exiting the port on our barge that inspired me the most, from Zaha Hadid’s port authority building which is a striking monolith in the sky of the harbor, to the Amy-Sillman-painting-like qualities of the construction cranes. It’s the grids of colors and shapes that caught my eye. I’m thinking painting inspiration for 2017.

Milton Avery

I have been looking at Milton Avery’s work lately and soaking in what I love about his simplicity and his palettes. This weekend I got a bee in my bonnet to create an image of Gaiter in a way he might have done.

Parameters as playground

In graphic design there are parameters that come with each project. For me the fun bit is finding a creative way to work within these parameters to create a beautiful solution for my client. I thought it would be interesting to apply this process to the playground of painting. I choose a palette, photograph it and then set to work.

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Fall and Painting

Now that it’s cooling down outside I look forward to getting back to painting, to seeing with new eyes after stepping away for a breather. It’s hard to explain but there is a visceral connection, this practice helps me to cultivate a space where I can trust my ‘embodied knowledge’. A term I first heard in this interview with Ann Hamilton on On Being.

Oil Pastels — yum

My mother gifted me some Sennelier Oil Pastels…ooh they are quite luxurious. No stingy box of crayons they. :)


Feather? Mountain? some things are just a matter of perspective.

love 2 code?

The geek in me is enjoying learning some basic code…but it still feels like creating with a very stingy crayon supply. :)


the play instinct

Painting journey

Ah, the weekend has arrived and I am looking forward to the start of a painting journey. Getting my hands ‘in it’ as it were, rather than interfacing with a device. For me it is a meditation on color, form, and movement, as well as a chance to connect with what drives and allows me to work creatively. A refueling of the tank, no fossil fuels required. Have a good one. Namaste.

The Beauty of the line

Pile Up
Experimenting with my new calligraphic pen and ink courtesy of a recent workshop at Angela Ligouri’s Studio Carta with Maybelle Imasa. Ah the pile up, ah the unrestrained line…Having fun, can you see?

Hilma af Klint

A theme seems to be presenting itself… another exhibition I have missed unless I can get to the Picasso Museum Malaga in the next few weeks or get back to Denmark and the Louisiana this summer.

Photo: Albin Dahlström.
Photo: Albin Dahlström.

Left: Hilma af Klint, The Ten Largest, No. 7, Adulthood, Group IV, 1907. Right: Hilma af Klint, Altarpiece, No. 1, Group X, Altarpieces, 1915. © Stiftelsen Hilma af Klints Verk.

Installation views of Hilma af Klint – A Pioneer of Abstraction, 2013

© Photo: Åsa Lundén/ Moderna Museet

Enter Hilma af Klint an artist I had never heard of until today. More here at the Stockholm Moderna Museet site.



Inspiration: Beauty

I created this area to share some of my travels, art, photography & craft. The play that inspires me. For more of my paintings and crafts, you can visit me at what flow looks like today