Amaranth Arts Fall Fundraising Campaign on Indiegogo is here!!!

The dance company I am a part of, Amaranth Arts, is embarking on its first internet fundraising campaign on Indiegogo. Please check it out and see what we are up to and where we are going. Lots of beautiful choreography and fantastic perks if you make a donation. The best part of the promo video is how much Scott Putman, Amaranth Arts Artistic Director, and I deeply love this company and the work we do. Enjoy!

Amaranth Arts: Jill and Amy in "Through Clouds in a Midnight Sky" Photo by Richard Finkelstein

Amaranth Arts: Jill and Amy in “Through Clouds in a Midnight Sky” Photo by Richard Finkelstein

Mac’s Sketchbook Drawings

Mac and Riley both keep sketchbooks. Mac keeps his more regularly and after Riley’s post was so popular this morning, he showed me his latest drawings too. Mac is a little older and moves about a bit more independently than Riley. Mac likes to draw in his sketchbook during free time at school. At home, he is usually finishing up homework or playing Minecraft. So I hadn’t seen his work in awhile. He is also is working on a beautiful 16th century ship (his words about the 16 C, I added the beautiful) that I will post when he is done. We have become quite the family of artists:)

The Castle by Mac Ware


Self-Portrait by Mac Ware


Riley’s Latest Painting

My son, Riley, loves to draw and to paint. Some of my favorite moments in this world is drawing with Riley. His little brain is always creating and designing – my hero! Here is his latest creation. It’s beautiful and you will just have to trust me when I say it is so much more so in person. This one is getting framed:) And, yes, I am aware I have been schooled in the ideas of freedom and art by my 7 year old…




Experimenting with my new set of watercolor pencils. I’m not sure I have the words to express how delightful it is to draw then swish and smudge and swirl the color with water…it’s very gratifying and soothing to the soul. I might be reconsidering my next project…125  blossoming fruits:)

A Weekend of Superheroes, Lounging like Sloths, Water Colors, and Bike Rides

20121001-162713.jpgThis past weekend was amazing! We did not have a single thing to do on Saturday – not a one of us. This rarely happens, and it was awesome. We spent the day in our pjs watching old Justice League cartoons, water coloring, reading, hanging out, eating, playing with legos/cars, and lounging around like sloths. Peaceful, warm, and lovely all around. We ended the day with a delicious dinner, and watched The Avengers with homemade popcorn thus bringing our day of superheros/lounge slothing to an action packed close. Or at least sort of, Riley, my youngest son, passed out midway through the movie sprawled out in my lap…so snuggly and wonderful, especially since I am unsure when another one of these days will come around.

Sunday was a little busier. I rehearsed with Amaranth Contemporary Dance in the morning, and went for a bike ride with my oldest son, Mac, in the afternoon. Riley made caramel apples with his Dad while Mac and I were out on our adventure. Once home, Riley and I water colored for a while, before having breakfast dinner made by Marshall (Dad)  – another favorite thing to do on the weekends…Sunday night breakfast dinner – yummy! I love these kinds of weekends.

And although it is Monday (bah!), I have managed to find music for my new work in Denver, finish writing a report, and purchase my plane tixs to Paris! Yes, Paris! What promised to be a not-so-easy week, is brightening considerably:) Yay me!
So because I spent lots of time water coloring this weekend, here is update #2. I deepened the blue, although I’m about to start adding other colors to the water to add ripples – it needs to go much, much deeper and swirlier. I worked on the fish a bit, added color to the skirt and the flowers, and began adding more depth to the trees. I mixed the purple myself, and felt very proud of the tone! One step, then the next. Onwards to skin color and lantern light…I’ve lost count of the layers, but there  have been many, with many more to go.


The Third Layer of Color of about Fifty…

20120925-072342.jpgCurrently, I am working on a watercolor to go with a letter that I wrote a while ago but have not posted. I wanted a particular image to go with the message of the letter, so I decided to create my own and use my spiffy new paints, brushes and this amazing iridescent medium I found. So awesome! But it’s going to be awhile before the post is complete, because watercolor takes an extraordinary amount of patience, wonder, a commitment to freedom, to surrendering to the elements at hand, and a true love of space and time colliding in unexpected ways…it can’t be forced, bullied, or pushed. It just sort of has to become what it is in its own way. All I can do is guide it as safe as I am able, and honor its unfolding…

As synchronicity would have it, this watercolor also goes beautifully with a new choreographic work I am dancing in by Scott Putman, the Artistic Director of Amaranth Contemporary Dance. This work is touring to Denver in a little less than a month and I am honored and excited to perform…something I didn’t think I would do again, but opportunity came knocking and I answered! There have been so many changes in my life these last six months, and there is something both nourishing, and centering about going back to my roots, being back in the studio with people I adore, rehearsing phrases and timing, trying to get my body to work…which it does very differently now after the seizure. My head has to be completely quiet, and I have to fully concentrate in order to do anything with any amount of coordination. Movements that I wouldn’t have thought twice about, I now have to be fully present to accomplish. I don’t necessarily think this is a bad thing – it’s just a completely different experience from what it used to be like. In an odd way it feels better, more connected not less, atoning, humbling, yet affirming too. A time to release past pressures, and just dance again, and enjoy not having the weight of the world on my shoulders, because I can’t allow that pressure in, or I would fall over – ha! Life is such a joker! While in Denver with Amaranth, I will also choreograph a new work for the beautiful dancers at Denver School for the Arts. I am so blessed, grateful, and excited for theses experiences! True love of space and time colliding in unexpected ways indeed.

Now these similar ideas (the one for his dance, and the one for my watercolor/post) were birthed in different ways but they are deeply complimentary. So without further adieu, here is progress report #1 for my as yet untitled watercolor. This is the third layer of color of about fifty…the blue has a long way to go – it needs much, much, much more depth, and I haven’t even begun the skirt (my favorite part, besides the fish) or the flowers (another favorite part). But the movement of the work is slowly emerging, and that is what I had hoped to accomplish at this point. So much more to do! I’ve also included a close up of the fish who will be doused in iridescence when the time comes.


And the t-shirt making begins…

Yesterday I made 15 t-shirts/tanks using the images from the 125 Images Project and one watercolor for a photo shoot for the project today. So exciting!

And I’ve made it just past the half way point in the images – just a mere 61 drawings to go. Cake.

Here are some pre-shoot prep shots….

Women’s tees and tanks

Tee for guys! (the fish is on the back, hitting between the shoulder blades)

Tees for my little boys!


More tees for little ones – they love archery this year at camp20120722-143122.jpg

Watercolor!20120722-143131.jpgMoon:) (The key is on the back of the white shirt to the left)