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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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I've had a good beginning of the year so far, a combination of studio time (feeling my way with matte acrylic paint, which I love) and drawing and sketching, some examples of which follow! Another early morning warm up in... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Laurelines
In the middle of the journey of my life, I came to myself in a dark wood And the straight way was lost. Adapted from a translation of Dante's "Inferno," Canto I. Not exactly lost, and the chronology is off,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2018 at Laurelines
After a busy November, I'm finally able to turn back to Wales and that ancient mountain range, once as high as the Himalayas, that dominates my imagination. Below is a wobbly handheld video of the 12' long drawing I made... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2017 at Laurelines
Connections are surfacing everywhere in my life this phase. Without going into a long explanation right now on that topic, (but I will soon!), let me share some images from my two weeks on the Lleyn Peninsula and on Anglesey,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2017 at Laurelines
We left North Wales a week ago today and I am still under the spell of that gorgeous, compelling landscape. Before I post the drawings and sketches I made there, I have a few other things to share. In September,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2017 at Laurelines
A late-breaking illustration job meant I had to press Pause on my painting series, but I've finished the illustrations and am turning my thoughts towards my upcoming trip to North Wales! I will share the illustrations I've done this summer... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2017 at Laurelines
Here it is, the end of one of my favorite months, the eve of another. I am standing on a threshold, with loose ends to tie up before I leave for Wales and some miscellany to share. Having finished my... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2017 at Laurelines
Help! I'm working on illustrations to go along with the essay on my garden that I wrote for Charleston Style & Design's upcoming fall issue. Deadline: NOW or a time very much like it. I have made dozens and zillions... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2017 at Laurelines
I've been drawing all my life, from at least aged three, that is. From my twenties on, I've sketched while traveling, just for the delight and curiosity of it. Lately, though I've continued with travel sketching, I've fallen off the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2017 at Laurelines
Here you go: some miscellaneous news and images from midsummer. First: several paintings still in process (albeit a very long and frequently interrupted one.) Well, it takes what it takes and I am who I am, so there, as I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2017 at Laurelines
There are places in my life that I have experienced as numinous, locales in which the c'hi, or life force, is palpable to me, almost visible, almost overwhelming. Much of my art life has been an attempt to express that... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at Laurelines
And so do we all. This year has been a fraught one, to say the least. We have had way more than one year's share of loss, despair, and dread. I know that many of us around the world are... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2017 at Laurelines
I leave for Pembrokeshire, Wales in a few days and I'm madly scrambling to ... do everything. I travel only with a carryon, which makes it rough if you want to make art! This time I was able to order... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2017 at Laurelines
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