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I'm Laura Murphy Frankstone, painter, illustrator, traveler, and sketcher living in North Carolina.
Interests: Exploring different mediums and techniques, pushing myself to know more, do more and then telling the story as I go. I'm passionate about drawing and painting, I like working in series, making travel sketches
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A story of Alaska, in three essays and two epilogues. Essay one, my art residency application: Back to Alaska: My Story ... Through the unknown, unremembered gate When the last of earth left to discover Is that which was the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2016 at Laurelines
Well, it looks like I'll be heading back to the Bay Area end of April because my daughter Cecelia is having her first art show there and I can't miss the opening! I'm SO proud of her! I hope and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2016 at Laurelines
I've been collecting images this month, fossil images relating to the places I've been to and hope to go to. This is an offshoot of my desire to make artwork with and of the numinous places of my life. I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2016 at Laurelines
It’s late for my yearly post about my art (art AND life. I don't separate them any longer) plans for the new year. That’s because I am moving into a new phase, one in which there are no clear roads... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at Laurelines
What an important year, Roz. Wow. Happy end of it and happier, I hope, beginning to the new one. Long may you thrive and long may you share your wonderful art and writing!
Happy end of 2015 and happy tomorrow and the new year! I am just getting this post in in the nick of time... before the clock delivers us to 2016 in this part of the world! The sketches from our... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2015 at Laurelines
Since I was in the LA area primarily to visit an old friend who is not a sketcher, I made fewer travel sketches than I normally would have. We went to my favorite kinds of places to visit when I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2015 at Laurelines
October has been a month of transitions. I moved past one big set of deadlines, slowed down a bit and made some really fun Inktober meanders. (Inktober means making an ink drawing for every day in October. I didn't make... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2015 at Laurelines
At least, I think it was. I mostly had my head down in the studio. However, I finished my two big summer projects yesterday, just as the month was about to turn. My three-sessions drawing classes at Duke University's Nasher... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2015 at Laurelines
This is an open invitation to join my three-session drawing series at the Nasher Museum at Duke University this September. We will meet at the museum on the successive Saturdays of September 12, 19, and 26 from 10:00 to noon.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2015 at Laurelines
I've been quiet. The heat, not so bad the last two summers, is here with a big, fat thud. I am never my most effervescent self in this weather. Add to that the fact that this is the third summer... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2015 at Laurelines
Back before I became the worrier and perfectionist I have been for so long, I was a very little girl with a big box of crayons. There I am, at three or four, sitting on a shiny wooden floor, with... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2015 at Laurelines
I've had quite the spring. Lots of travel relating to family and friends and some business matters and then, week before last, we hosted a wedding reception in our garden for 120 people! So, blogging was scarce in these parts!... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2015 at Laurelines
Margaret Locklair writes in that charmed space where memory and longing intersect. This is psychic territory I know very well, too. To have had the assignment of illustrating two of her essays for Charleston Style & Design has been a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2015 at Laurelines
It's the last day of March and the last page of my journal for the first part of 2015. As I've written before, I keep a regular sketchbook journal, filling one 8 1/2 x 11" Stillman & Birn Alpha sketchbook... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2015 at Laurelines
It's always fun to sketch with another person. Sketching with my daughter Cecelia is more than fun... it's thrilling and so gratifying. Because we were together, I sketched more in the short time period than I often do. Well, and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2015 at Laurelines
Last week, in spite of cancelled flights due to horrible ice and snow eruptions along my travel route, I managed to make it out to Mt. Hood, Oregon AND back. I went to have some time with my daughter Cecelia,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at Laurelines
I want to thank my friend and fabulous artist Kris Wiltse of Whidbey Island, Washington for passing the Around the World Blog baton to me. If you don't know her exquisite, multi-facted body of work, please check it out. You... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at Laurelines
When my firstborn child, my daughter Kate, was very young, I started reading to her and taking her to libraries and art museums. In fact, I started reading to her before she was six months old. I'd sit her on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2015 at Laurelines
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Jan 13, 2015
It's early Sunday morning as I write this. The delicious, protracted hiatus of holidays and my January birthday is about to end and, oh, it's been a heavenly two weeks! I have loved (mostly) every second of it... the quiet... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2015 at Laurelines
If 2014 were a road trip, I'd be dizzy from the speed and velocity of it! Whoosh! For the second year in a row, I've had a significant show of my work in the fall to work toward. In 2013,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2014 at Laurelines
I'm leading a sketching session at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University this weekend, as I've mentioned. I've been sketching in museums for a very long time. This occasion at Duke prompts me to think about what it... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2014 at Laurelines
I've had a hard time scanning the double spread landscape sketches I made in New Mexico. The paper I used had buckled a fair amount ( and these buckles showed badly) and the sketches were too big for my scanner.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at Laurelines
I call this post Italy sketches, part 2, because I didn't want to use the adjectives 'last' or 'final.' I am now so thoroughly in love with Italy that I'm superstitious about using such words. I will be back. Italy... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2014 at Laurelines