29 September 2011

Sketching: Small Study of Light

Lately I’ve been working on the idea of bright lights surrounded by darkness – what kind of colors and effects are created with different kinds of lighting, etc.

Spain (4)SMThis week I created a small sketch (8” x 10”) based on a photo my brother took while visiting Spain.  The setting is some kind of alley or side street, I think.  And the cobblestone is slightly wet.

With this piece I’m testing out some ideas about shadows and the way light is reflected off wet stones vs. dry stucco.  Like any sketch, I tried to work “quickly” (2 days) and not over think it; I just wanted to create the illusion of light in general.

Over the next few months I’ll be experimenting and testing out different theories with these little pieces, until I get a handle on the idea for a large composition.  I’ll share my sketches as I go along.  Hope you enjoy them!


20 September 2011

“After the Wake” will be on display with A Show of Heads (Hudson, NY)

Themel_afterthewakeSMMy portrait, After the Wake has been accepted into “A Show of Heads”, a multi media art exhibition presented by SlowArt Productions, publisher of Direct Art Magazine.

It will be on display at the Limner Gallery in Hudson, NY from November 3 - 27, 2011.

Reception: Sat. Nov.5, 2011 5 – 7 PM

Open to all artistic media, the exhibition includes various interpretations and portrayals of the human head, from the traditional to the abstract and conceptual.

123 Warren Street
Hudson, NY 12534

Gallery Hours

Wed through Sat: 12pm - 5pm
Sunday: 11am - 4pm

16 September 2011

“GottaHavaCuppa” SOLD: 2011 SAQA Benefit Auction

SAQA Benefit Auction officially began on Monday September 12th at 2pm Eastern Standard Time.  After one week, SAQA has sold 25 pieces and raised over $10,000!


My auction quilt "GottaHavaCuppa" went up for bid on Monday and was sold on Wednesday.

There are still MANY beautiful art quilts available, but they are going fast! Please visit SAQA’s website and consider bidding on any one of these lovely 12x12 quilts to help support fiber art.

SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) is a non-profit 501c3 corporation. Your donation to SAQA is tax-deductible and very much appreciated!

06 September 2011

“Dandelion” Earns the People’s Choice Award at Quilt National

The final results are in!Themel_DandelionDetailSM1

Visitors to Quilt National in Athens had the opportunity to see all 85 quilts and vote for their favorite.  At the end of the show’s run at the Dairy Barn Art Center yesterday, the votes were counted and “Dandelion” was named the winner of the People’s Choice Award!

I am so thrilled to see the announcement on Dairy Barn’s website.

Winning the People’s Choice Award means so much to me as an artist.  This is NOT to take anything away from Young Emerging Artist award, which is an incredible honor to win. 

But the People’s Choice has nothing to do with me as a person or my age.  It is based on my artwork speaking for itself, making a connection to viewers.  That is a true thrill.  WOW!! 

Thank you Dairy Barn Art Center and everyone who made the trip to see the show.

If you missed Quilt National in Ohio, you can see the exhibition in St. Charles, Missouri at the Foundry Art Centre.  Visit Quilt National’s page for an updated schedule:

01 September 2011

New Work: “Stars Not Included”


My latest piece “Stars Not Included”, in case you are not familiar with sailing/navigational equipment, is based on a mariner’s sextant.  This tool has been around for centuries, helping sailors find their way across the oceans and back home again.

Although I haven’t sailed in years and even then we didn’t use a sextant, making this piece brought back memories of racing in Long Island Sound.  I can smell the sunscreen and salt water now!

Themel_starsnotincSMdetailThe basic principle of the sextant uses 2 fixed reference points to help the sailor figure out his/her location.  Typically the 2 fixed points are the horizon line (which I can easily find) and a known star or constellation (this is where I am completely useless.   Hence the title).

I love the beautifully complex shape and different metal finishes on this little technological marvel, especially the polished brass scope.  Maybe I like the scope because I actually know what that part does, unlike the rest of the dials, wires and mirrors.  Those are a complete mystery. 

To me, that “unknown” quality makes this object even more intriguing.  Or maybe I’m like a bird, simply mesmerized by anything shiny.