Friday, April 24, 2015

joy of stitching

I usually meet up once a week with the nicest, most diverse group of ladies (both in age and backgrounds) - the group is officially Knit Knight but they put up with my embroidery or other stitching.

I wish I could knit, the lovely sweaters, scarves, hats and socks they create are more amazing than anything you could ever buy.

I take that time to enjoy working with needle and thread because it fills a need that painting or collaging just don't fill. I have been very dissatisfied with the results of embroidery the past several months and finally decided to try something new (for me) - combining hand stitching with my collage work.  Here are the first few I've done

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Thursday, April 16, 2015


8x10" oil painting

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

It was as plain as a pig on a sofa.

Another piece loosely inspired by Flannery O'Connor.

10x10" oil painting on panel

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Paying tribute...

9"x12" oil painting on panel

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Past Present Paper

Four New Hampshire artists inquire, explore, and portray a delicate balance through visual vignettes

Conant Gallery, Lawrence Academy Groton, MA
6:00- 7:30 Live Music & Refreshments

Following the muse, four artists wielding the medium of paper construct unassuming compositions derived from life experience and the inner realm of dreams and imagination. Through the exploration and portrayal of various spatial arrangements, Soosen Dunholter, Vivienne Strauss, Jane El Simpson, and Margaret Baker create a collection of visual vignettes filling the environment with a delicate balance of images and characters from a timeless past to the ephemeral present. — with Soosen Muldoon Dunholter, Jane El Simpson, Vivienne Strauss and Margaret Baker.

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Ladies of Burlesque

This large mixed media piece was started more than 2 years ago, finally finished yesterday. Normally I don't stop and start often but large watercolors are much more time consuming than they should be!

mixed media on paper