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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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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 6 days ago 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
So cold in my brief not-quite-two-days there this week, that the only sketches I made were inside. Inside Grand Central Station, having a delicious lunch at Cipriani with dear friend Amanda: Inside our hotel, at breakfast, breaking out the fun,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2014 at Laurelines
There's the fall show front, here represented by a color, texture, and composition study of hyacinths made in my ever-present portable studio, also known as my Stillman & Birns Alpha Series 8 1/2 x 11 sketchbook. This is the fun... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at Laurelines
February finds me a little scattered. I'm trying to simplify means and method and media in sketching. Here I had to work quickly (which is, after all, what sketching IS) because baby Miles was sure to wake up any minute.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2014 at Laurelines
Two things I learned last year in the studio: Thing One: I am in love with texture, shapes, color... the materiality of my stuff. Seeing brushmarks on board or paper makes me giddy with delight, euphoric. That, and the drive... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2014 at Laurelines
My scanner seems, for now, to be working again, so I've decided to postpone the 2014 Plan post so I can, at last, share these! We are turning back to Norway, where I was this time last month. There is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2014 at Laurelines
Not to whine, for such is life... but simply to observe: 2013 was the first good year around here since 2007. Oh, there've been many good days, minutes, hours, some weeks, even, since 2007... but whole years? Not those. Neutral... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2013 at Laurelines
Well, our third midwinter trip to Norway exceeded even MY expectations--it was cold, it was snowy, it was stormy (I loved it!), we saw the northern lights, we loved our cabin in the little fishing village above the Arctic Circle,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2013 at Laurelines
I use big (18"x 24") pads of decent drawing paper (Borden & Riley Vellum) to test colors and textures when I'm making paintings. I used to feel a bit guilty about 'wasting' decent paper that way, but it is a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2013 at Laurelines
So, as planned, in the same book with my Iceland and my Vancouver sketches went most of my recent Portland sketches. Atmospheric? Gray and wet...I call that atmosphere! Had a fabulous time with my Portland Urban Sketcher friends. We went... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2013 at Laurelines
Trying to get back into the habit of sketching before my trips to Portland and to Norway... and just because I miss it! Truth is, when I'm not painting or illustrating now, I seem to use my journal more for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2013 at Laurelines
September was full to bursting right to the very end, so its last story is October's first one. My painting show of work inspired by Iceland opened last week and it was such a happy event! Lots of people came... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2013 at Laurelines
Love your moose! You live in such a rich environment for sketchers... and you have played a huge part in its creation, I'm quite sure.
Part 2 of my re-entry! For the aforementioned September issue of Walter Magazine, I was interviewed about the cover image I produced for their first anniversary issue. It's a fun interview, thanks to the witty writing of Liza Roberts, general... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2013 at Laurelines
Are you, by any chance, still there??? I've never EVER had such a long hiatus from Laurelines, but I have had my reasons! Life and work have been particularly meaningful, as you will see. Still, I hope never to have... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2013 at Laurelines
So busy offstage (slinging paint), but wanted to say hello here before the month ends. First, some different ways of drawing Sir Walter Raleigh... and why not? These are images that weren't selected for an illustration job. I'll show you... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2013 at Laurelines
I can finally show these since the June/July issue of Walter, the magazine of Raleigh, NC, has been published! Here's the horse chestnut image, direct from my files, so you can get an idea of what the *original of these... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2013 at Laurelines
Because I can't show yet the artwork I'm working on right now, I thought I would at least emerge from seeming reclusivity and show you my garden, the way it looks today, May 19, 2013. I made this garden and... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2013 at Laurelines
Oh, man, Roz, you are always so invigorating and inspiring! I love the idea of making art from an alter ego... I may have to do this for a while starting this fall, after my painting show is over and while I'm helping out with my daughter's new baby (to be born in September, God willing.) I have a couple other ideas for keeping my painting/drawing self active during those months of limited work time... it's actually exciting to think about and plan for! Roz, you're a real force of nature. Thank you for sharing your work and your ideas so generously. Your support, too ;D.
I have never felt as much on the move in my life as I do now. Ironically, I won't be traveling as much this year (though I have a thrilling trip to northern Norway planned for this coming December, about... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2013 at Laurelines
I use my journal for lots of things, one of which is as a sort of palate cleanser. Before or after a long session in my painting studio, I can grab my Stillman & Birn 8 1/2" x 11" Alpha... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2013 at Laurelines
I had just two full days and pieces of another two on my visit to my daughter this past week. I fell in love with Austin's houses this trip. I know of no other place that has the number and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2013 at Laurelines
Just gorgeous, Roz.