What Is Beauty?

“Beauty draws us in. We can’t stop looking or listening or touching. It takes us outside ourselves and it motivates us. It’s essential to life and to happiness.” — Nancy Etcoff…

Live music, two “guests”, a painting collaboration & tiny little details…

  Okay everyone! Things are looking quite spiffy at Above Elite Studios as we get ready for our Open Studio. We are in the process of creating a cute spot for…

Art display, an Open Studio & a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!

A joyful hello! I had such a wonderful day yesterday preparing for our Open Studio. There is a lot to do before an event like this which often takes months…

A little gardening, decorating & A Summer Affair…

Hello Sweet T & friends! Hope you had a delightful weekend. I got up early on Saturday and hit my favorite plant sale in Ledyard with my friend Sue where I…

Painted bodies, a “strong back”, friendship, collaboration & so much more…!

Dear Tina, It seems like both yesterday and a million years ago since I was in Charleston. I know some people learned of my unfortunate experience with strep throat and…

Wish Ceremony and Values 2013

  “We wish to share our knowledge and experience on how to live a creative life with love and integrity” ~Laura and Tina, May 2013~ Every time we get together…

In the Studio Today

  The past three days we have been working on and off in the studio, experimenting with printmaking and faux encaustics.  We printed on rice paper with oil-based water soluble printing inks.…

Gallery Walkin’… Beer Drinkin’

Here we are enjoying a brew at Holy City Brewing Company on Friday night.  Laura, who is a wine drinker, actually liked the stout which was chocolaty and malty.  We…

Laura’s Here!

Whooohooo!  Laura is here and we are already in the thick of making some artwork.  Well, just playing around with some experiments. Tina bought some fun supplies and we are…

Doing my best….

Hello Sweet T (& friends), I was looking at my calendar planning, organizing myself and getting ready for upcoming show submissions and realized I am coming to see you next…

Focus on the good…

Dear Tina (& friends) I was thinking about my last post while working on this painting in the studio. I had started it some time ago and just couldn’t find…

Choosing LOVE…

“Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.” -Buddha Dear Tina (& friends), I am not sure I have the “right words” but I felt compelled…

A very FIRST for Laura…

Hello Sweet T (& friends!)~ How are you? Do you remember writing the quote above? It still resonates with me and remains true. This is one of the slides I…

Vision 5: Script Series

Dear Tina, The daffodils are finally starting to come up in my garden and I am starting to find them in the grocery store (a little farther along). They make…

ReVision 4: Script Series (106)

  Dear Tina, I LOVE Dr. Seuss as well as the Lorax Village you had a chance to see. How fun is that?!?!? You are right, Dr. Seuss certainly did…

Strange Birds…

Dear Tina (& friends), I have just returned from a lovely trip with Brett to Florida to visit his parents. Although the weather wasn’t as warm as I had hoped…

Blogs that ROCK!

Dear Tina & sweet friends, I have been in creativity OVERLOAD and LOVE IT! I just finished a rockin’ three day webinar on Creative Live with James Wedmore about You Tube and I…

Vision 4: Script Series

Dear Tina, I snowshoed a trail while I was in NH called, Bridal Veil a few weeks ago. It was a beautiful hike to a frozen waterfall. It’s supposed to…

ReVision 3 Script Series

Hello Sweet T~ I loved that you thought my paintings looked luminous! It is true, I do often put a little sparkle in them. I did some blind contour line…

We are here to…

We are here to………… shine soar grow love create bliss serve with love help each other pave a path for those to follow …fly high and low…. for that COLOR…

We need a new paradigm…just saying

Dear Tina, We have had many phone conversations about this exact topic and I wondered if you had seen this video. I love how he shares what is possible and…

Where the magic happens…

Hello Sweet T (& friends)~ Acrylic paint has been my obsession for some time but I have been wanting to push myself a bit, experiment and use my mixed media…

Vision 3: Script Series

  You can learn more about this Series HERE Dear Laura, Did you see we have gone over 600 posts?  Nice!  This flower is in my window and it’s luminous quality…

ReVision 2: Script Series

Dear Tina, I loved seeing your “LOVE” sign from New Orleans! SO FUN and you know I am all about the love! I was thinking about how love can lift…

Winter Wonderland…

Hello Sweet T~ I thought I would share a few pics of what my weekend has been like up here in the North. As you know we have had quite…

Vision 2: Script

  Dear Laura, Do you love it?  This is a follow up to last week’s Vision since I also took this photo in New Orleans.  I got interested in the…

ReVision 1: Script

 Read about this new series HERE. Dear Tina, Your first Vision in our new series reminded me of my travels to Italy and all the architecture my eyes memorized. Everything…

Send in the silly!

Dear Sweet T & friends, Do you remember when I started this painting? Yes, it was back in November and I was nestled in with my “goddess sister” Michelle in NH…

a “sort of a fairy tale”…and the giveaway winner!

Soooooo…do you remember when I posted the giveaway for this AMAZING book HERE? Indulge me while I share a little story with you from a time not so long ago….…

Script….our new collaborative theme for Vision/ReVision

Words and images have been working in collaboration since the beginning of time with the Egyptian hieroglyphs, to the illuminated manuscripts of the middle ages, to today’s clever creations with…

ReVision 7: Series on Home

Search “Vision/ReVision: Home” in our Archive or Conversation Topics link to see all posts. See the images and conversation for Vision 7 HERE. This is our last Vision/ReVision with the…

Fill An Empty Jar

Dear Friends, Rather than a New Year’s Resolution (or maybe in conjunction with it) why not start the year with an empty jar and fill it with notes, photos, tickets,…

Looking Back and Looking Forward

Happy New Year! These two women in this antique photo have always set a tone for our blog and work.  They have become our logo of sorts to describe our…

Ready to be Inspired & Win an AWESOME book?

Dear Tina & friends! I have something I am BEYOND DELIGHTED to share with you! You might remember me writing this post about the life of an artist being uncertain,…

Finding the holiday spirit within…

Dear Tina, I have been feeling slightly glum this past week, trying to keep the holiday spirit in my heart when everyone’s heart is so heavy thinking about the Newtown…

Vision 7: Series on Home

Learn more about our Vision/ReVison Series HERE Dear Laura, I went for a walk yesterday and took pictures of the many seeds in my neighborhood.  I have been thinking about…

Holiday Open Studio: A few highlights on a magical night…

Dear Tina & friends~ I have to tell you the morning after my Open Studio I slept until almost 9:30! I rare treat let me tell you! If it wasn’t…

In Process…to Completion

Dear Laura, You had asked yesterday if you should leave a table in your studio with process work and my answer is a definite YES!  In fact, I enjoy seeing…

Cupcakes, Champagne & Art…

Last night we had our very first studio Champagne & Cupcake “Preview Party”and I have to say it was quite delightful! Things are very lively during an Open Studio so…

ReVision 6 revamped

Dear Laura, So, here I am in the studio today looking at the ReVision 6 I wanted to send to you and I had an idea to make it even…

May you wake with gratitude…

Dear Tina & friends, I found this quote on Jessica Swift’s blog and loved it so much I wanted to share it with you. The picture is by artist Lori…

Laura’s Snowy Working Table

Dear Tina & friends, How are you? Did you all have a nice Thanksgiving? I am feeling a little overwhelmed thinking about my weekend and the wonderful time I had…

ReVision 6

Dear Tina, Your Vision reminded me of all the farms and apple orchards I had around me growing up in NH. Although I have found a few farmer’s markets here…

Do schools kill creativity?

Hey there~ I am in what I call “studio disaster” creative mode getting ready for my display at the  Mystic Arts Center. They will have 30 artisan’s showing their work…

This is what kept my head twirling since 3:00am…

  Dear tina (& friends), So I have been up since 3:00 am with my head still twirling from the weekend and wanting to share it with you before it…

Discard Cherish: Mixed Media art by Tina

Dear Laura, Here I am in action putting up my work at the Flagship Gallery.  It is really nice to see a years worth of creating culminate in one exhibition. …

You just never know…serendipity at it’s BEST!

Sweet T & friends~ I am not sure if I expressed how nervous I was last year participating in Hartford Open Studio’s for the first time but I kind of was.…

Vision 6: Series On Home

Dear Laura, My lemons are turning!  Some of them have come off a bit early, but we are finally getting ripe ones now.  This tree has been in the ground…

Moment to pause…

  Dear Tina (& friends), I want you to know how EXCITED I am for your BIG show at the Flagship Gallery in Charleston! I hope you take lots of…

Surviving a hurricane…what’s a girl to do?

Why hello there! I sincerely hope everyone is safe and doing well. For all of my east coast friends~whew! Can you believe that hurricane Sandy? She has a nerve! I…