The Collective: Maple Leaves & Abstraction

Dear Laura, I made a little video of our most recent works from The Collective.  Inspired by our talk in Asheville a few months ago, I reflected on the visual…

The Collective: abstract painting, summer flowers and color inspiration

:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Dear Tina, I loved reading your last letter. Yes, I agree, drawing is a really good way to slow down and  “see”.  Creating little flower posies and viewing them…

Glass Sculpture, Gardens, & the Biltmore

Hello Friends! We put together a short video of what we saw at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville North Carolina a few weeks back.  The artist, Dale Chihuly, researched the…

Asheville 2018

Hello Friends! We have recently come back from a refreshing trip to Asheville, North Carolina.  We made a short video for you to see how we spent our days.  This…

The Collective: Tina’s Maple Leaf & “Seeing”

Dear Laura, It was exciting to read the poetry you sent in the last mailed Collective package.  I chose to create this new piece from the poem you wrote about…

The Collective: Circle Seascape

“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct”. ~Carl Jung Dear Tina, How are you my friend? I have to say that…

The Collective: Tina’s Moon Map

Dear Laura, These most recent artworks back and forth through the mail have been in an insightful conversation.  I feel like we are hitting a stride! Your most recent addition…

2018 Laura’s One Little Word

Dear Tina & sweet friends, First of all I want to thank you for continuing to follow our creative journey. It feels unbelievably special and we appreciate you SO much!…

The Collective: purple feather & wholeness

Dear Tina, How are you? I too am enjoying the handwritten letters we are writing to each other in our journal. Seeing your handwriting makes me feel closer to you…

2018 Tina’s One Little Word

Dear Laura and Friends, Our annual tradition of choosing One Little Word goes back to 2011!  We didn’t write about the word that particular year, but we did the following…

2017 In Review

Dear Friends, Seemed like 2017 flew by, but when we stopped to write down all that we have experienced and accomplished it seemed the year was actually long.  We traveled…

The Collective: Turkey Feathers

Dear Laura, I am enjoying our handwritten letters to one another in the book we send along with the art for The Collective.  In your last letter to me about this…

Inspiration: Aurora Robson

Dear Friends, We often talk about other artists who are inspiring.  Aurora Robson is one of those artists that we have talked about and know that our readers would appreciate. …

The Collective: Funky Feathers

Hello Sweet T~ How are you? Fall is happening here in New England and bringing with it all it’s glorious color! Although I am sad to see summer go there…

The Collective Review: Summer 2017

Dear Friends! Tina made another video of our most recent artwork added to our mail art project. We hope you enjoy watching it to see our progress. We have been…

What Is A Creative Practice?

Dear Friends, I was reading Laura’s blog post about joy and wanted to direct you to her thoughts (CLICK HERE). She always inspires me with her positivity and ability to…

The Collective: Mushrooms & Beatrix Potter

Dear Laura, When I received your new piece of art for The Collective I had to squint:)  Those colors are certainly energetic and loud.  It’s like a party on paper!…

The Collective: Succulent Sunflowers

Dear Tina, It was a bit of a bummer to see our work damaged from the postal service. I wonder what happened there! WOW! You did a really nice job…

The Collective: Delicate Blueberries

Dear Laura, After receiving your newest piece of the collective in the mail (scroll down to see the damage of the package received in the mail- yikes!), I took a…

L2T Book Club: Talking Circles with Gloria Steinem

Dear Friends, This letter is part two of a series on Gloria Steinem’s new book My Life on the Road.  To catch up on part one click HERE. We both…

The Collective: A Touch of Blue

Dear Tina, How are you my friend? My garden is starting to come to life and I am the happiest girl, flooded with inspiration from all the lush color. Winter is WAY…

Collaboration: The Collective So Far…Spring 2017

More work is accumulating in the correspondence project we have developed called “The Collective”.  Currently, we have about 20 pieces completed.  Each piece is in conversation with all the other…

Inspiration: American Visionary Museum

Dear Friends, As we mentioned in our previous letter, we have been reviewing what is working and not working on our blog.  We are changing our “Mindfulness” category that we typically…

Nurture Your Nature: Tina’s Working Table & The Collective

Dear Friends, Laura and I make the commitment to talk on the phone weekly.  We catch up on one another’s lives, studio practice, and our work together.  A few times…

The Collective: Funky Flamingo

Dear Tina, I SO loved that gold shimmer you added to your last drawing for The Collective!  It reminded me of the sun sparkling on the water here in CT.…

Inspiration: Adventures in Baltimore’s Light City

Dear Friends, We visited Baltimore, Maryland recently to attend the Light City Festival.  Above is a short video of what we saw. We were so impressed by all the friendly people…

Nurture Your Nature: Inspiration from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Dear Tina, I now see why the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is your favorite Museum! I finally went for a visit and was enthralled with Isabella’s intimate and thoughtfully curated collection…

L2T Book Club: The First 100 Pages Gloria Steinem

Dear Friends, We have had some great discussions about the first three chapters of Gloria Steinem’s book My Life on the Road.  See our previous post with some insights on…

Collaborative Art: Lotus & Heron

Here are our newest additions to The Collective this month! ABOUT THIS PROJECT:  We are mailing a box back and forth between the two of us.  In this box, we are…

Nurture Your Nature: Yarn Bombing with London Kaye

Dear Tina, How are you? I have been bundled up indoors, dreaming of spring and filling my well of inspiration. I’ve been binge listening to podcasts in my studio and have really been…

L2T Book Club: Gloria Steinem “My Life on the Road”

Dear Friends, We are excited to announce the book we have selected for our next book club! My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem  We will be reading this over…

Collaborative Art: “The Collective” Lotus Seeds

Dear Laura, For our newest addition to our mail art project “The Collective”, I created this drawing in response to your latest piece of art.  While sometimes I respond to…

Nurture Your Nature: Hundertwasser’s Art

Dear Laura, I wanted to remind you of one of the artists you researched during graduate school. You showed me how Friedensreich Hundertwasser created  paintings and architecture inspired and made…

Collaborative Art: “The Collective” Undercurrent

Dear Tina, Thank you so much for the little brass Ganesh you put in The Collective box. I put him on my desk as a reminder to remove obstacles in…

Mindfulness: Tina’s “One Little Word” 2017

Dear Laura & Friends, It was great to read Laura’s One Little Word.  She is always so good about keeping up with her word throughout the year and reminding me…

Mindfulness: Laura’s “One Little Word” 2017

Dear Friends, In 2011 we started a tradition of picking a word that would guide us through the year.  This idea was inspired by Ali Edwards “One Little Word” project.  For…

Nurture Your Nature: The Power of Positivity & Collaboration

Dear Tina, As we start off the new year I thought I would share this beautiful video and inspiring interview with two delightful souls: Dr. Terry Kennedy, a meditation teacher and…

Collaborative Art: “The Collective” Gold Leaf and Zinnia

Notes by Laura: I was inspired by the color in Tina’s last drawing of the birds.  This zinnia was one of the last flowers in my garden and I wanted to carry over the…

Mindfulness Book Club: Jon Kabat Zinn PART THREE

Dear Friends, We have discussed Part One & Part Two of the book Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Today we will be discussing Part Three: In the Spirit of Mindfulness. Similar…

Nurture Your Nature: Sun Xun at Art Basel

“Painting embodies the warmth of one’s emotions,” says artist Sun Xun, demonstrating his unique painting technique in settings that have personal resonance for him. From his Beijing studio, the artist…

Mindfulness Book Club: Jon Kabat-Zinn PART TWO

Dear Friends, We have discussed Part One of the book  Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat- Zinn. Today we will be discussing Part Two: The Heart of Practice, in an…

Collaborative Art: “The Collective” Hurricane Matthew

This is simply a quick update on how our Collective is growing.  Laura currently has the box of collected art and is responding visually this week while in her studio.…

Nurture Your Nature: A Wild Love for the World

Dear Tina, How are you my friend? I have been craving some “soulful” listening while I am painting and came across this interview Krista Tippett shared from On Being with…

Collaborative Art: Vision/ReVision Revisited With Tina’s Exhibition

Dear Laura, I have the honor to exhibit my artwork at Redux Contemporary Art Center in the Conolly Gallery this month through November 19th.  Above is the outside of the…

Mindfulness Book Club: Jon Kabat-Zinn PART ONE

  Dear Friends, As we mentioned in our previous letter, we have been reading Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat Zinn.  We have developed four questions for Part…

Nurture Your Nature: Edward Burtynsky Corrupted Landscapes

  Dear Laura, We survived our first hurricane evacuation and thankfully had minimal damage to our home.  I am grateful that our neighbors are doing fine as well.  One thing…

Collaborative Art: “The Collective” Birch Bark & Ikebana

Hello! These are our latest additions to The Collective Project.  These are sent through the mail to one another with little prompting.  It is a pure visual response.  Often we…

Mindfulness: L2T Book Club

Dear Friends, We have started a two person book club. Jon Kabat-Zinn is an author we have discussed before, but never formally read together. Recognizing our common interest in mindfulness we…

Nurture Your Nature: What do Artists Do All Day?

Hello Sweet T, How are you? Thank you for sharing Mary Oliver’s poem with me. The graphic you made is so sweet!  The poetry reminded me of the first collaborative piece of art we ever…

Collaborative Art: Collective August 2016

Dear Friends, Our mail art project is growing!  Below is a picture of the works we have created this summer.  We will be updating the progress of this project monthly.…