And The Winner Is...

Before i announce the winner to my small giveaway, i just want to say thank you to everyone who participated!!  i SO enjoyed reading all your memories and loved feeling the various emotions you associate with the beach.  you all have rich and beautiful memories - thank you for sharing them with me here.  and because i loved them all so much, i had to resort to a hat drawing for the winner.  my three year old daughter helped me by drawing a name:



and the Girl in Red, No.3 print goes to...Liz K.!!  congratulations and i'll be in touch! 

A Small Giveaway

i was really hoping we would be enjoying warm, summer weather by now, but here in Madison, we are having a rather cool spring.  however, the pool is open and the kids have actually gone swimming - yikes!  i have dipped my toes in. :)  to celebrate the coming of summer, i am giving away one print of my Girl in Red, No. 3.   

Girl In Red, No. 3

Girl In Red, No. 3

this mixed media piece was inspired by my girls who stood at the edge of the water, looking at the waves, taking a moment before jumping in.  this always struck me because i'd see other kids at the beach just run right into the waves, without a thought.  not my kids. at least, not when they were around 3 years old.  that of course has changed, but this piece always reminds me of those years when they paused, wondering if this was a good idea.

to participate in this giveaway, please leave a comment below telling us what your favorite memory at the beach is (and please comment below, not on my FB page as those won't count).   include an email i can reach you at - if you are the winner, i'd need your address to send you the print.  people living outside of the US are welcome to participate!  if you share this on your blog or on your Facebook page, please enter yourself again below.  i will close the giveaway on 9th June, midnight.

thanks for participating!!

(Edit made on 6/10/13: the giveaway is now closed) 

Belated thanks and some goings on

i know it's been a while - my husband was out of town for most of last week, so it's been a little crazy here.  but i wanted to say a big "THANK YOU" to those of you who have stopped by at Gail Ambrosius to enjoy some chocolates and see my installation!! and great to see those of you who stopped by during Gallery Night.  thank you, thank you thank you!  and many many thanks to those of you who were at the New Morning Nursery School auction to bid on my print of Girl In Red, No. 3.  thank you for supporting New Morning by bidding and congratulations to the special person who got to take home the print. :)

besides holding down the fort on my own, i was busy last week with a commission as well - a papier-mache teacup went to a special mother on Mother's Day.  i was tickled to get the commission!

i haven't shared much here about the journey i have been on with my novel manuscript.  mainly because it is such a long drawn out process with lots of waiting and lots of rejections.  but i will say that some times, the rejections get me so down that i end up second guessing myself and my ability to tell stories.  sometimes, it is hard to get up, dust myself off and carry on.  but the sun rises every morning and i have to do just that.  i wanted to share with you a photo i took on instagram recently.  nothing like red to chase the gloom away!

Rainy Day

Rainy Day

and speaking of red, i love watching this:


Red, scarlet, vermilion, magenta, crimson, maroon, burgundy, carmine, ruby…so many words to describe the varying shades of red.  Some other names from my paint box: cadmium red medium, quinacridone magenta.  Red is such a strong color, you can never be undecided about it.

My mother dressed me mostly in red when I was young. Here is the earliest photo of me in red.


There were many more later: red dresses, red boots, red swimsuits.  Red seeps into my childhood memories.  Until I turned six.  Then we made the big move from Korea to Kenya and there were no more red dresses for me.  Instead, there was the red dirt, the red bougainvilleas, the red cloaks of the Maasai.  Red was no longer on me, but it was everywhere else.

When I made the Girl In Red pieces (you can see all four of them if you click on the Mixed Media tab), I was inspired by my three daughters.  The four pieces hang in my girls' room and my girls always ask me, am I in this one? and this one?  I answer yes to them all.  My memories of my three girls have become tightly woven into this single girl that appears in each piece.  But the red also snuck in there, reminding me how much of my own memories get tangled up with the new memories my girls create.  

Girl In Red, No. 3-8x10.jpg

For those of you who are local, a 8x10 print of Girl In Red, No. 3 (shown above) will be part of the silent auction at New Morning Nursery School.  This year's auction will raise funds for a new classroom which will be added in the fall.  My youngest daughter will be a part of this new room!   If anyone is interested in prints of any of the Girl In Red series (or all four of them!), please contact me at:  Thanks!