a new beginning

November marked the beginning of a new era for me at work. After nearly 30 years working in a small satellite office, I was asked to report to the main office 2 days a week. This office lies smack dab in the middle of Norfolk’s NEON Arts District.



While the drive is a serious pain in the ass with its traffic, tunnels and tolls, the rest of the deal is pretty sweet. The building is full of creative folks to play with and its location offers plenty of opportunities for lunchtime art adventures with my art buddy Siobhan.

The surrounding buildings are being adorned with murals of all styles and themes, with more murals popping up all the time. Even the sidewalks are painted!



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The building I work in is just a short walk to the Chrysler Museum, and I’ve managed to catch a few awesome shows. My favorite so far is the Georgia O’Keeffe exhibit. It is small, but shows examples of her flowers, photos, abstracts and landscapes. The small size of the show allowed for plenty of time to read the accompanying words – my favorite part. She was a real piece of work.

Georgia O’Keeffe: A Place of Her Own










Saints and Dragons: Icons from Byzantium to Russiabyz1
Tseng Kwong Chi – Performing for the Camera

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Across the street from the building, we also toured the newly renovated
Glass Wheel Studio.

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Inspiration is around every corner in Norfolk’s NEON district!
I’m glad I get to be a part of it.



holiday selfie props

selfies1My cousin Tania is a fabulous teacher — very creative and sweet. The kids in her class are lucky for sure. She is always coming up with super fun ideas!

Tania surprised us at our annual family Christmas party with an arrangement of Christmas selfie props to play with. We had a blast, so I asked her how she made em….

She said it was easy- she just googled FREE CHRISTMAS PHOTO PROPS, downloaded them, printed, trimmed and laminated them, then added the sticks with tape. When they were finished, she put them in a basket with floral foam to make a fab arrangement. Looks cute and fun to play with too!

jean’s jeans

jean in her jeans



It was quite a thrill when artist and instructor
Jean Van Brederode asked me to make her a custom pair of jeans! Jean is known for her artsy, eclectic wardrobe and her funk-a-licious personal style…. I am happy she is going to add a pair of Sandy Lupton jeans to her collection! Here is a sneak peek of her “Art Diva Koi Love” pants!

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