The Evolution of a Bird — Painting

May 16th, 2013 | 2 Comments | Conversation, Papier-Mache Creatures

If you’ve been following along in this photo essay of the creation of one of my papier-maché birds, you’ve seen the sketching phase and the sculpting phase, which brings us up to the painting phase! (If you missed the sketching & sculpting phases, those posts immediately precede this one.)

My imagination goes wild during the sketching phase, but it is in this final phase that I get to fully bring my vision into the world. This is when I add color, more


The Evolution of a Bird – Sculpting

April 26th, 2013 | No Comments | Conversation, Papier-Mache Creatures

This is the second post in my photo essay on the evolution of one of my papier-mache birds. If you missed the first installment, which showed the sketching I did as I was planning this piece, you can see it here.

The images in this post show the process of building the bird’s form and covering the body with the initial coat of paint.

As always, I welcome questions! Please leave me a comment below.

I’ll be back next week with photos of more


The Evolution of a Bird – Sketches

April 19th, 2013 | 1 Comment | Conversation

Late in 2012, I was preparing for my solo show at Horace Williams House in Chapel Hill and I began creating papier-mache birds to hang from the ceiling. You can see some examples of my finished work in my Gallery. The birds have become quite popular, and I am enjoying them so much that I thought it might be fun to show you the process I go through in creating one.

Because there are many phases in the creation process, I more


Savannah Blue’s Birthday Party at Glee Kids & Kidzu

January 27th, 2012 | 2 Comments | Conversation

On a recent Saturday morning, I had an opportunity to introduce Savannah Blue and her sisters to a group of children in Chapel Hill, and it was so much fun!

Glee Kids in University Mall on Franklin Street, a wonderful children’s shop that specializes in clothing and gifts for babies and kids 0 to 8 years old, has created a cozy reading corner in the store that showcases great books for kids. The owner, Melissa Russell, has begun a new program more


10th Anniversary of The Second Coloring Book for Big Girls!

December 10th, 2011 | No Comments | Uncategorized

It is hard to believe that I published The Second Coloring Book for Big Girls: Spirits & Goddesses ten years ago, but a check of the copyright page insists that is the case. To commemorate this anniversary, I wanted to celebrate the book’s success by making it even better. I am releasing a brand-new 10th Anniversary Edition with 8 additional drawings to color–and I am keeping the price the same as it has always been. I hope you’ll check it more