Saturday, May 20, 2017

listen to the messages

This message seems to be presenting itself to me on a regular basis, lately.
I believe it is time to listen.

Friday, April 28, 2017

custom art for a special day

Recently I was asked by one of my customers, Debbie,  to make a custom piece of art
that she would be giving as a wedding gift.
Her niece had gotten engaged in France, which was special to her.
My customer, Debbie, wanted a way for them to remember that monumental time in their life.
Thus she asked me to create a piece of art using their photo.
This was taken right after he "popped the question".

Here is finished piece using encaustic wax as my medium.

 Here's what I did:
I got a photo enlargement of the village in the background
Adhered it to my substrate
Applied multiple layers of encaustic wax and fused in between each layer
I got a photo enlargement of the engaged couple and cut it out
Burnished it to the background
Applied multiple layers of encaustic wax and fused in between each layer
Added oil paint in areas for accent and enhancement, fused it
I used PanPastel for the sky, fused it
Applied a layer of encaustic wax medium, fused it
I did a stippling technique for texture for the greenery
Followed by etching areas of the buildings
Oil paint was applied in the crevices, then fused it to close the openings from the etching
Applied a layer of encaustic wax medium, fused it
The piece had to rest for a several days before I could move on to framing

Needless to say... Debbie, my customer, loved the piece.
I do, too!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Coptic Stitch bookbinding class

I am teaching a Coptic Stitch bookbinding class at:
The Ruby Slippers Art Studio in Union Pier, MI. 
Saturday, June 3. 11:00am- 4:00pm 
 You'll wanna sign up soon. There are only 10 available seats,
I know several seats have already been taken. 
You will leave with a custom journal PLUS the knowledge to go home and make more. 
How sweet is that? 
AND... it is your opportunity to check out the ultra cool Ruby Slippers Art Studio.

Here's where you can learn more and save your seat.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

artful practice

This week, my attention has been on getting my art ready
for a boutique plus prepping for 2 art shows coming up. 
I got caught up in tasks.
 I realized  had abandoned an important artful practice,
 to be in my studio simply creating. 
Well... once it came to my awareness I knew I had to change it. 
I allowed myself playtime.

I wholeheartedly resonate with the quote by Picasso:
"Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working"


Friday, March 24, 2017


I have been experimenting in my studio.
I've selected a few of my favorites to show you what I've been doing.

It all began with a National Geographic magazine that I randomly added Citra Solv between pages. 
(Citra Solv is a liquid natural citrus solvent and powerful degreaser)
I waited approx. 45 min. then I removed those pages from the magazine and laid them out to dry.
After they dried I did one or sometimes more than one of the following steps:
*added more Citra Solv and moved it around the page
*added India ink
*added alcohol drops
*added acrylic paint
*added chalk pastel
*added charcoal powder
*added instant coffee granules



I think they turned out rather awesome!
I'll hang them in my studio, for now, awaiting inspiration to strike.
It will interesting to see what comes of them.  I'll let you know.

Monday, March 20, 2017

using my non-dominant hand

There is an amazing artist, Ivy Newport, that I take on-line classes from and follow regularly on FaceBook.  I am in awe of her talent along with her persona.  I've learned lots from her!
For a while now,  Ivy tells us she has been starting her drawings/paintings with a contour drawing, one continual drawing without lifting the pencil.  Here's the kicker... using her non-dominant hand. 
I believe she surprised herself with the results and found this practice to be valuable.   She says that she starts most of her paintings this way now.  
I had my super-artist cape on Saturday and thought, "If Ivy can do it maybe I can, too."  I was willing to give if my full effort.  I smudged my studio with Palos Santos, said my intention prayer, and put my headphones on to listen to mellow music.  Stood up to my easel with pencil in hand, took a deep breath, and off I went.  I finished this drawing within 2-3 minutes.  The big challenge was to not lift the pencil.  
Yep - she's a little wonky.  Which is to be expected.
Most of the placements look good.
It was freeing to not spend so much time on the beginning sketch which is what I find myself doing.
This just may be a technique I implement for the future.
I switched to my dominant hand and the extra fun part began as I got out my
charcoal + chalk pastels + pan pastels.

Here is the finished piece.
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