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Laurelines
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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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
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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
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"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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 Mar 31, 2015 at Laurelines
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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
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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
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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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