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Last week I was working on a beautiful order featuring gerbera daisies and ladybugs. The colors theme was bright pink and rich chocolate browns. As the invitations were being cut to size my assistant Amy, noticed a little visitor scampering accross the paper. She quickly grabbed the camera to capture this all too perfect scene.

Now the picture is not the best but you will notice the live ladybug on the pink gerbera daisy!

Take a look at the layouts attached to get a feel for the whole look!
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For quite some time my studio space has been bursting at the seams…I simply have no more room! Over the last year and a half the studio seems to be getting smaller and smaller, especially when several people are working on a project at one time.

Take a look at the plans for my new space! Of course, these are planning shots and don’t reflect the personality I plan infuse into the space. I am so very lucky to have amazing inlaws who are allowing me to utilize this vacant commercial space. It really is the perfect next step for Momental!
The first shot is of the workroom where all production will take place. The second is the meeting room where I will create artwork and samples and eventually meet with clients.
Check back over the next 2 months as we move in and make these plans a reality!
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I don’t know about you but this cold weather is really starting to get to me!! Here in PA yesterday it was bright and sunny but still bitter cold…I will take what I can get. While enjoying the sun yesterday I thought back to a lovely collection I completed last week.

Jennifer was a cheerful bride with a sunny voice everytime we spoke. Her invitations suited her perfectly!

A soft gold pocketfold with a unique “woven tag” closure opened to reveal a lacy stamp motif in an organic pattern along the left side of the invitation. A small detail that Jennifer requested was to add to gold butterfly fluttering about the lacy stamp pattern. I just fell in love with this idea!
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I have been amazingly busy this season with all the spring and early summer weddings coming up. I am creating, painting and drawing everyday. Several weeks agao I took some time to reflect on my experience as an aritst and where I draw my inspirations.

I have a deep rooted background in Fine Art that began as a young child drawing cartoon characters after bedtime by the bathroom light. I continued to explore my love of art with an amazing teacher, Sue Hand (what a perfect name) who introduced me to the wonders of watercolor. I continued my passion in college while studio mix media painting and drawing.

I still find myself referring to the masters or at least the masters of my experience. Frida Kahlo is one of my masters. Two weekends ago my husband and I took an impromptu trip to Philadelphia. We stayed in the historic Boutique hotel, The Morris House, near Antiques Row and enjoyed every wonderful minute of our trip – what a wonderful city full of hidden treasures.

We were lucky enough to enjoy the Frida Kahlo exhibit during its opening weekend at The Philadelphia Museum of Art. I have studied Kahlo, watched the movie but never had the privelege to experience her work “in person”. The four room exhibit is immediately engaging with is intensely colored walls and the first glance of Kahlo’s richly hued, precisely painted canvases.

As I ventured deeper into the exhibit I found myslef intoxicated by every photo from her personal collection, every artifact, every canvas. I marveled at the intensely powerful stories you could feel she was compelled to paint. Her canvases were a diary of a life rich with experience, love and pain. I often felt I couldn’t get close enough – I stood within an inch of her “Self – Portrait with Thorn Necklace” and got lost in her sunsual brushstokes and velvetly color palette.

If you have the chance, I urge you to experience this exhibit. Whether you are an artist, lover of color or simply someone with a story to tell – see this exhbit.
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Last night I spent several hours judging the work of some amazingly talented young artists. The Suzanne Maria Rossetti Memorial Juried Art Exhibit is near and dear to my heart. Growing up as an art student of Sue Hand (the sponsor of this wonderful show), Rossetti was always the highlight of my year.
It is such an honor to be involved in such an amazing display of local talent.
I sponsor an award every year and will post of photo soon of the winning work!

If you are in NEPA and looking for a wonderful afternoon trip visit me this Sunday at:
Luzerne County Community College,
1333 South Prospect Street, Nanticoke, PA.

The opening will be held on
Sunday, March 9 at 1:00 pm
at the Schulman Gallery
followed by an
Awards Ceremony at 4:00 pm
at the Educational Conference Center

The exhibit will remain in the Schulman Gallery until March 26

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