Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Monday, October 8, 2012

Monday, September 24, 2012

Five Koi Fish in Churning Water

16" x 20" oil on canvas
Five Koi Fish (one hiding) in Churning Water
With Floating Gingko Leaves

Monday, September 17, 2012

Fiber Art Fusion Show

My Tattoo Series Masks
clay base with hand dyed silk, beads, thread
Also, the left is an Ethnic Inspired Doll
and on the right is my Shamanic Doll

The Fiber Art Fusion Show "Artifacts" is at The Art Place in Mountain View, Marietta, GA

photo by Virginia Greaves

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Friday, August 24, 2012

Another Carved Clay Bead Necklace and More

 Another carved stoneware clay pendant necklace with brass, glass beads. Two red rock beads included. Available for purchase here

 Japanese inspired black onyx square polished beads and a green, ivory, rose and black striated stone pendant. Available for purchase here
 A key pendant hanging from ornate brass colored metal beads. Available for purchase here

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Making Bead Necklaces

I've been having a great time making my own bead necklaces. This one is a carved clay raku fired bear spirit mask with pewter freshwater pearls, square hematite, coral, and polished lava rock beads. The coral looks like teeth. 
This one is available for purchase here

And here's another one I call a "cleavage tickler" because the bar of hematite falls on the cleavage. It's tiny freshwater pearls. A delicate necklace, but a little sexy. 
It's available for purchase here

Saturday, August 18, 2012


I've been in NYC.
But now it's back to Silk Painting classes and more.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Moonlit Tree oil painting

It took a long time to finish this Moonlit Tree oil painting, what with re-arranging stuff in the studio, getting ready for my niece's wedding and my daughter's graduation. It took a while, but I'm finally happy with it. A soft moon behind a gnarled tree on a deep blue night.

 Moonlit Tree oil painting
24" x 30" 
 detail of "Moonlit Tree"

It's been a busy time with my son Cerulean's end of school year activities,
my niece Celine's wedding (she also graduated from Vet school),
 and my daughter Celadon's graduation from Cardozo Law School in NYC.

And the contractor installed a utility sink in my basement studio! What a difference running water in the studio makes. Silk painting classes have started on both Saturdays and Sundays. 

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Silk Dye Painting Classes Start in June

Saturdays June 23 for 7 weeks 10:30am - 2:30pm
Sundays June 10 for 7 weeks 12:00noon - 4:00pm

Please email me at for information.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

One year ago today the 9.0 earthquake struck

One of my favorite kiln sites in Japan, Mashiko, was severely damaged from the quake. The historically famous Hamada museum took a hit. Please donate and help the village rebuild their kilns and their museum:

Photos of the intensive damage, click here

To donate, even if it's only $10, click here

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Calla Lillies Commission Painting Finished and delivered!

This is a commission for a lovely lady here in Atlanta. Calla lilies are supposed to mean "magnificent beauty" and also has a "spiritually pure" meaning.
24" wide x 30" high oil on canvas

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Koi Fish and Gingko Leaves Oil Painting
Koi Fish and Gingko Leaves oil painting
on canvas

Sunday, January 22, 2012

White Moon Blue Night oil painting finished

White Moon Blue Night by Hellenne Vermillion
30" x 24" oil on canvas


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Seeing the Light Abstract Oil Painting

This is a 24" x 36" abstract oil painting depicting the emotional turmoil in one's life that twists and turns, but seeing and knowing that there is the lightness beyond all this underneath it all.  The turmoil and the emotions move through life, fluxing and undulating but the lightness of being is always there in the background helping dissolve the negativity. Let the emotions pass through knowing that they are just doing that - passing through.

Detail of "Seeing the Light"

Monday, January 16, 2012

Sashiko Workshop Coming Up

I'll be teaching a basic Sashiko workshop at Intown Quilters in Atlanta January 29th Sunday.
We'll be hand stitching simple cell phone or eyeglass cases
with Sashiko stitching and adding little strips of Japanese print fabric for embellishment,
or in my case, to cover those spots I messed up - we call that design opportunity.
Come join me for the fun!
Click here to sign up!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Painting Process

Just for fun I thought I'd show you how I took an old unfinished canvas and am painting over it. Many times the painting underneath will influence the painting I'm working on which I find to be both challenging and inspiring. Because of the interference of the original half finished painting underneath, it can give ideas either for use now or for future reference, ideas that I may not have thought of.

The plan is to have white-ish tree trunks and branches against a dark night sky. I like to play with the negative spaces, those spaces in between that we think we don't see when looking at an actual treescape. The plan was to have different colors painted in these negative spaces, but after having done some of that I didn't like the effect and painted it all in in blues.

As I worked the trunks and branches the painting "speaks" and there is an urge to put a full moon in the background.

As the moon gets painted in, I feel that many of the lower branches need to be painted over and the tree trunks need slimming and  be muted to give a more mystical feeling to the work.

At this point I stop and hang the painting on the wall and let it rest. I want to see it with fresh eyes days or weeks later and make sure this the "feeling" I want to convey through this painting is happening. I will be changing things around and fine tuning certain areas.

The painting below is nowhere near finished but now the basic overall part is done for now. Now comes the "real" fun of finishing it, which may take days or weeks.