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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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Here I've been, in the studio, seeing what emerges from my Copper Mountain ideas and inner imagery, my drawings and photos, and the emotions I experienced in my Alaska residency. I find it surprising how all over the place they... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2017 at Laurelines
Well, here I am with a post from February, which cheekily ended way too soon! For months I have been elatedly immersed in thoughts of copper and copper-related minerals and copper-related colors, ever since my residency in Alaska last August.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2017 at Laurelines
I'm late posting my new year plans because I've been waylaid by flu for a good first ten days of the year. Waylaid times can be useful for thinking and such was the case for me. I started keeping a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2017 at Laurelines
I spent a fair amount of time today composing an end-of-the year post, complete with lots of illustrations from my work, but I just abandoned it. It read a lot like one of those Christmas letters, carefully written to showcase... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2016 at Laurelines
(Please click on images to see them in full.) The days after our return from Bavaria and Austria raced by. I felt breathless trying to get everything ready for the holidays. But part of me is still there, in lively... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2016 at Laurelines
[Please click on images to see them whole! ] It has taken me a long time to get my Wales sketches ready to post. Life, with its illustration deadlines, its family obligations and pleasures, its holidays and feasts, its ordinary... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2016 at Laurelines
Hello from a golden world! While I was in ecstasy, walking and drawing, eating and drinking in marvelous Wales, two projects I'd been part of appeared in print! First was my illustration to accompany an essay on grits by Margaret... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2016 at Laurelines
Here is the second and last batch of studies from Alaska. I wanted to post them before September completely sweeps me away with planning my drawing classes for the Nasher Museum of Art and pulling things together for David's and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2016 at Laurelines
Note: You do have to click on the thumbnails here to see the full pieces. They are too wide for this format. Well, Alaska was humbling! And thrilling and unforgettable. I'm so grateful for the time I had there. I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2016 at Laurelines
From the source: an inner-directed, process-oriented, fully engaged approach to drawing in museums... and everywhere! This is an open invitation to join my three-session drawing series at Duke University's Nasher Museum this September. We will meet at the museum on... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2016 at Laurelines
All images after the first one derive from Peregrine Farm, first of the places for my Places Project, which I began a few months ago. Alaska in August and Wales in October are next on my agenda. But first: For... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2016 at Laurelines
In a complicated world, experienced by a complicated mind (mine, to wit), it is well from time to time to simplify. What could be simpler than pencil on paper? And it's so much fun, the pencil. Here are colored pencils... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2016 at Laurelines
Here in the midst of my painting/drawing projects, I'm also working on my garden. This is actually the first summer in four years that I've been able to pay much attention to it since I have been determined to stay... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2016 at Laurelines
"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's there are few." from Shunryu Suzuki's Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice. For my Places Project, I'm choosing locations that, for all sorts... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2016 at Laurelines
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