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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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It has been so long since I posted and would like to try again. Does this work? Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2023 at Laurelines
Hello! I have been frustrated for a long time due to a glitch with my renewal of Adobe services (i.e I now can't access any of them, including Photoshop) and my scanner and printer. It's a mess. I WILL get... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2022 at Laurelines
We are in our second spring here and the house and garden are firmly ours. There's been the typical settling in and tweaking, furniture moving (and moving again), repainting some rooms whose first color didn't work, adding and taking away... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2022 at Laurelines
Another year of disruption and acute distress for our world in so many ways. I look to this new year for a fresh start in my own world and a return to work and themes. I've spent a lot of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2021 at Laurelines
Phase two* of my art projects relating to my new home, my new garden, my new life is finished! Using a Seawhite of Brighton concertina sketchbook, as I love to do, I painted, drew, collaged a narrative of images from... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2021 at Laurelines
These past months have raced by. I am aghast that so much time has elapsed since I last posted. I have three ways to explain what's been taking ALL my time:ongoing repairs and renovation, helping with first grade remote schooling,... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2021 at Laurelines
Yesterday, I posted on instagram a sketch I made of a still life in our new/old house on that cold, rainy afternoon. I made this on a Stillman and Birn gray Nova sketchbook, using colored pencils and other assorted materials.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2021 at Laurelines
As I've written here before, I'm researching the history of our new house and its people. A quick background recap: The one-story farmhouse was built in the 1860s in Smithfield, NC, by Burkett Jones, a cotton farmer and entrepreneur, an... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2020 at Laurelines
After a wrenching several months, we are here, in our 160-year-old house. Our renovations are mostly done, with the art studio last to the finish line (and still not quite there.) The meaning of a house with deep history like... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2020 at Laurelines
I so enjoyed my recent podcast conversation with UK artists Sandra Busby and Tara Roskell, who started a lively and stimulating website called Kick in the Creatives a few years back. I had known Sandra for at least 12 years,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2020 at Laurelines
I have felt more or less stuck in amber since my leg injury in February. It has been a challenging time. Since March, of course, we've all been in a stuck-in-amberish situation with the Covid 19 pandemic. But now, big... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2020 at Laurelines
On February 20th, I badly injured my left leg while at the gym. It's a long story, but the bare facts are that I was in driven pursuit of a goal and I was careless. I was not paying attention... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2020 at Laurelines
My birthday is very close to New Year's Day, so I am in the habit this time of year, like the god Janus, of looking both ways, to the past/the old year and looking ahead to the new. I am... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2020 at Laurelines
Or as I like to call this period, My Cuisinart Life! Ouch, there are way too many, big and life-changing things going on. I do feel like I've been tossed in a giant Cuisinart and chopped and mashed and swirled... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2019 at Laurelines
In the midst of months of painting and family events and obligations, a dear friend and I took a liqhtning quick 4-day holiday to Québec City last week. I had been to Montreal and Mont Tremblant, but never to the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2019 at Laurelines
I'm really mostly in the studio these days, walking my long and slow painting path. As I work with the cool, atmospheric palette of the littoral paintings of my Places Project, though, ( the example shown here is a poor... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2019 at Laurelines
There's a lot of story to tell, too much to try to share tonight. But before I post a few sketches, I will share quickly some memories: my exhilarating polar swim in the Irish Sea on New Year's Day; seeing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2019 at Laurelines
I am putting discussions of painting on hold until I return from Wales in a couple of weeks, but I wanted to make a December post to wish you happiness, a festive spirit against daunting odds, and to thank you... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2018 at Laurelines
The thing about working on a Places Project, as I am, is that, well, you go places. And that going does interrupt the work flow (not to mention the blog stream!!), though it keeps the inspiration rushing at flood tide!... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2018 at Laurelines
Summer heat has cast a pernicious spell on me, it's clear, but the winds are changing, the light is changing, and, finally unwilting, so am I. Weather aside, reentry to normal life has been very difficult after such an exalted... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2018 at Laurelines
Well, those were three glorious weeks! My Inner Adventurer emerged big time, much to my delight! i'm still crowing with pleasure and pride over kayaking in polar waters! We went just beyond the 80th parallel, as I mentioned we would... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2018 at Laurelines
That's where we'll be the first part our trip! Far, far, far northern Norway, off the mainland. I am going to try to get some sort of memento with that latitude engraved on it! I'm a north-going spirit, that's for... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2018 at Laurelines
I've been in a long new moon phase, hidden from sight, but very here. Just recently I've begun to see the 15 or so (!) paintings I've been making start to gel a bit. Of these, how many will eventually... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2018 at Laurelines
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 Feb 18, 2018 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