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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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