january | atlanta
february | atlanta
march | paris
april | alabama
may | atlanta
june | atlanta
july | new york
august | alabama
september | atlanta
october | atlanta
november | mississippi
december | atlanta



thief, 36" x 24" oil paint, acrylic paint and graphite on canvas.
the thing about a horizon line is that it's a fabrication. 
we need it to assure a ground, to steal the sky and tell us we are okay.
strike the line hard and hang on.



studio life

this is my studio. i have paintings throughout the house and in this little building in the garden. we built it ourselves, because we can. we are both artists, architects, handy with power tools - and parents of young children. the story of this studio is also a story of our daily life. it tells a bit about how painting, or anything happens around here. we live in the city, a little more than 1000 feet from the Atlanta subway. among the old houses in our historic neighborhood are many converted factories that are now lofts and shops. city sounds are important to me. especially as i work.

this is what the studio looked like yesterday.
one of the easels

6 years ago we decided to build a studio in our small yard. it's not very big, but we are smart when it comes to efficient space planning and use. even the lawn mower fits in here, in a cabinet.  the weather in the south allows us to work outside.  i like small spaces with tall ceilings. we planned two connected rooms. one for painting, and one for metal/woodwork. i work with water based oils, graphite and acrylics. i keep my kids away from the heavy metal bodied paints. clean up is with water. 
we chose to be historical and match our house. 
it took two years.

at the time of this small building construction, i had a large college building under construction and another one in design. my husband was also traveling to the middle east, and we had a three year old.

here is our son at the college job site during final close out in August of 2007. it is a 50,000 square foot classical building, but do not let the exterior details fool you. it is a science building and is therefore complicated in it's environment and systems. i found this dichotomy intriguing. even in respect to our little studio which is fully wired and technologically smart, despite the cedar shingles, bead board, and historic paint selection.

at the same time, we were expecting a girl. so while we were slowly building the studio, i was wearing a hard hat every two weeks, working with the construction firm Whiting Turner on the college building and had a round belly. two weeks before our daughter was born, the studio was finished. it has skylights. and a couch. it is not white-walled inside, and the grey green color feels like the garden.

for a while, my son put his toys in here. and that was okay. i was busy.
but now it looks like this. and this pile of stuff makes me happy. (wood shop side)
another view of yesterday.


fingers wrists shoulders

this semester my freshman studio has been learning how to draw, photograph, build, compare images and find their own visual voices. we have been studying objects and bodies in everyday situations.
we work between moments of inertia, movement and the body.
 objects move us and we move them. 
we send off cataclysmic reactions into the world, 
yet sometimes we barely notice the changes in air, light and color that our presences create. 
when we pick something up and hold it, open it or spin it, our bodies react. 
we heat up, we radiate, we take up more or less space. we cast shadows. 
we notice how our hands, arms and body position responds to the use of common objects. 
we make observations and create proposals.
each final project is a continuation of our semester study of everyday hand held objects: egg beaters, can openers, cork screws and ice cream scoops.
we work in the confines of the space between finger tips, wrists, elbows and shoulders.
we pretend we are like Da Vinci inventing contraptions.

rules: combine disparate images to explore repetitive movements and their effects.
materials: paper, cardboard, rubber bands, fasteners, constructed joints, minimal amounts of glue.





final semester work from students of the Common First Year Studio, Georgia Institute of Technology School of Architecture, 2011