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I'm Laura Murphy Frankstone, an artist living in North Carolina, traveling the world, sketching what I see in the process.
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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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 yesterday 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
Just a few days before I left for Italy, I went to Portland, OR to be with my daughter while she had surgery (totally successful and not major) and for the immediate recovery period. The day before, she and I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2014 at Laurelines
At the wonderful TBD Italy conference in Rimini week before last, I had little time to sketch! Our days were busy from 8am to bedtime! But I managed a few drawings, mostly made during talks, and here they are. Backs... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2014 at Laurelines
It's the eternal question for us traveling artists. Which art supplies to take? On my upcoming trip to Italy to attend the TBDI 2014, I'll be taking only a carry-on bag, so the lack of space makes the question even... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2014 at Laurelines
In the midst of trying to get everything ready for my art show (it opened last Saturday! See below), I found an email in my inbox inviting me to come to Rimini, Italy this October to participate in a three-day... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at Laurelines
For a person who adores winter and cold weather and the Far North, I'm surprisingly also a lover of August. August is slow, golden, and ripe. Every year as the last days of July approach, I fall head over heels... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at Laurelines
Here I emerge, bleary-eyed but happyish for today, to share with you one of my recent illustrations. (Bleary-eyed because of lots of work and deadlines...I'm making progress, though!) This was my first (and I hope not last) assignment for Charleston... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at Laurelines
This is a repost from another June because I'm completely submerged in this one! Not in a bad way, just lots of work. And one of the projects has to do with garden-inspired art! So everything old is new again.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2014 at Laurelines
An update on the recent illustration front. I did 8 sketches for an article on Saxapahaw, NC for Walter Magazine for their May issue. Saxapahaw is a happening little town, about an hour's drive from Raleigh. Here you will find... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2014 at Laurelines
I grabbed an hour today from more pressing deadlines to process/scan these sketches. It is still May and I am still thinking about Italy! I have a few more besides this crop to share, too. When? We shall see. It's... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2014 at Laurelines
Yes, dear friends, it's life in the Cuisinart lane again, so many projects rocking and rolling, deadlines looming, ideas popping left and right----all very exciting. And stressful. But mostly in a goodish way. So, here, in between major items on... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2014 at Laurelines
Hi everyone, Leaving for northern Italy soon and, except for my hideous head cold, I'm in pretty good shape! Thought you might like to see my art gear selected for this trip. The *palette is considerably warmer and more diverse... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2014 at Laurelines
Except there's no SCENE yet... everything is in transitional or embryonic phase. It's like the new moon around here... you can't see it yet, but it's there. Under these conditions, a couple of peeks at my journal can provide evidence... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at Laurelines
On a recent trip to Portland to see my daughter Cecelia and some friends, we had great luck with the weather... not one day of rain! The cherry trees were in full glory and the Portland Urban Sketchers and I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2014 at Laurelines