wesley verhoeve

Everybody talks about Wesley Verhoeve and his way with the babies.  Well, he had his way with my entire family the other day.  He swiftly took Horace at “sir”.  Hambone, decidedly off the nipple and years out of diapers, called him “family” within an hour.  Even I, loathe to be anywhere but behind the camera, felt somewhat akin to these wee ones to whom Wesley is whisperer.

A traveling man who “dreams of the south”, he graciously and enthusiastically participated in every activity we offered. This included an unplanned “family” bloodletting on a barnacle encrusted dock ladder post river swim.

Best part?  Verhoeve truly does make “beautiful things” and writes assiduously about our people, place and time.

Check out his plan to charm the rest of the country.

wesley verhoeve, lane huerta, savannah, september 2014

Lane Huerta, principal and creative mastermind at lovelane designs.   Don’t miss Hambone’s sweet face on her great-looking site!

upcoming events

I’m super pleased to be showing at the following two events in my favorite state and original colony – Georgia!

Westobou Festival, Augusta, October 1 – 5, 2014.  I heard that Amos Lee feels he is super psyched to be working an event along with so many talented and hard-working SCAD-trained artists.

Susan Laney of Laney Contemporary curates this exhibition housed in the old Academy of Richmond County.  The south’s first high school of its kind and the fifth in the country, this stunner of a piece of architecture and history put me in a full swoon sight unseen. Sealed deal upon entry.  I will be showing paintings, fibers works and install a mixed media botanical piece.

The panel and reception for the visuals happens on October 3rd.  Amos plays after us.

And straight into the second week of October…

“tahoe hybrids” travels to SCAD Atlanta, October 6-December 19, 2014, reception and location TBD.


anything you can do

Is it true that boys are better at art?  You’d think so if you visited the big galleries in the world, canvassed the major art news articles, visited the big fairs.  Curators?  Lotta dudes.

What’s up with this? Women make quality art. Some men make shoddy work and succeed none-the-less (free shipping on this one, whoa!). Obviously the art world does not exist as a meritocracy.  However!

If you live in the Brooklyn area, you can think long and hard about this subject on September 28th, 2014.  Wish I were attending.  Organized by Arts in Bushwick, the panel is coordinated by “spare time curator” Sessa Eng Lund and moderated by conceptual artist and public practioner Chloë Bass.  Wish I could attend.

(crape myrtle) monoazo yellow, 10" x 10", water-based media on pvc panel, 2014


large scale work in progress

I’m painting a new 10′ x 10′ on fortifiber for the upcoming Westobou Festival.  Love this substrate (so far) and my new 10′ x 20′ “easel”.

When I asked for it to be double-sided and on wheels he said “no” and wants to know, “Who even has a 10′ x 20′ custom easel?” I tell him lots of people. Like every painter in Miami and every other one in Brooklyn. Definitely all the French ones. He doesn’t believe me.

I point out that I feel really great about my large though one-sided and stationary easel. I even feel good about the no heating or cooling in the barn.  I love seeing the field and the changing sky throughout the day and night.  I love all the space and the caterer’s table on which the children homework and play.    But I want to know, “What painters have donkeys, horses and hillbillies running through their studio on a daily basis?”

wip for westobou art festival, 10' x 10', water-based media on fortifiber, 2014


manners no. 16

If you are a first-time pregnant, this “manners” post is for you.  If you have one or more children, cry or cringe or snarf as needed.

I consider myself qualified to talk about being a prima because I was among the worst. Not only did I not “have the chip”, I experienced nausea, bloating and a handful of other intestinal issues for almost seven months.  With a (literally) rash of uneasiness, concern for the future and the well-being of my developing child, add daily retching and edema colossalitus;  not fun and no fun!  Still, I refrained from several activities including 1) not being food-freaky and 2) never massaging my widening waistline. No doubt it’s a special, special place now – say, like your breasts, bottom and fanny. But we don’t routinely rub them in public, do we?

your belly is not a magic lantern, girl!, mixed media on index, 2014

Once I had the child out of my body, redemption!  I behaved much more nicely and I never became a germ freak, let others hold my baby and didn’t insist on particular hours for anything.  They say there are “no wrongs” in caring for your child (something like that), but I can tell you there is something very wrong with this tent. So much weirder than seeing breasts in a restaurant. Try one of these instead. They double as spit up rags and as blankets. They wash beautifully. Be sure to buy the flat fold, not the pre-fold.

Also, try these amazing, well-crafted, good-looking, versatile numbers.  They’re 100% organic, feel great, cover everything and double as blanket and towel for you and for baby. We still use them and we’re five years out.

The other nursing must-have, in my opinion is a wrap sweater or two like this.  Swear!  No one knows what you are doing! Even your ex-best professor. Who’s a man. And has no children. And sees no breasts on a regular basis.

I could go on about baby outfits (spare me the bows, headbands and def the headbands with bows, please), over-packed diaper bags (that are gross and gross looking) and a ton of other subjects, but I’ve left you with two solid don’t-go-theres.

If you are breast feeding and adopt the above, you will be thankful once while you’re learning to do this task with grace (and you won’t sweat under the plastic, mondo tent!). You’ll be thankful again when you see photographs of yourself and you appear only as if you have one odd-sized breast (that’d be your baby’s head).

Best wishes!


service brewing: what’s on tap

Service Brewing opens its doors to the public on September 13th.  This week, the team revealed its beautifully designed space to investors and supporters.  The former Coastal Paper warehouse now boasts meticulously appointed and designed areas to include a bar, a gallery for the 22 artist-designed tap handles, a Service Brewing product store (the tees are divine!), as well as the brewing and bottling area.  Make sure to look carefully when you visit:  inspired details pop up throughout.  The design and marketing team, led by my friend and colleague Meredith Sutton, brands as craftily and intentionally as the master brewers brew.  She’s also the outfits official beekeeper.

service brewing chalkboard on august 29th, 2014

Check out the names and associated logos for each beer.  They are beautiful, funny and all thoughtful and unique.  As this first year’s illustrator for the seasonal beers, my drawing for the “Rally Point” bohemian style Pilsner has been used on the labels and associated tap handle.  I’ve loved seeing the combinations of the graphic designers’ work, the staffs’ input and obviously – schwing! – it’s super fun to see one’s own work on a bottle.  But, as usual, the collaboration and community element makes it that much richer an experience.

rally point illo: brass buttons become rally point symbol on soldier's chest

I was also asked to create a tap handle for the R&D line of beers.  I’m in excellent company with 21 other artists who have also been commissioned.

in service, katherine sandoz & troy wandzel designed tap handles

In summary:  beer, art, design and service! How lucky Savannah and the world to soon be served in such a fine and purposeful manner.

Oh, and the beer tastes delicious.  My favorite this week:  the “Honey Saison”.

in the pink

This week, in the back barn, we’re creating a very large pink-based painting headed for the south of France!  After testing a couple of house wraps, we found some fortifiber (with help from our trusty local lumber company) on which we could achieve a stable bond for the water-based paint we are using.  More importantly, Horace built a mondo scenic flat on which to mount the substrate.  With unseasonably cooler weather, a decent breeze and two very accomplished assistants, working on this 10′ x 20′ has been a joy. At times, literally, it’s been a picnic;  with our own canteen area and well-stocked cooler for lunches and suppers.

detail, 10' x 20', water-based media on fortifiber, 2014