Monday, May 29, 2017

Thank You, FaceBook, for the reminder

I was reminded by FaceBook that it had been a while since I posted something.
I'll admit that my knee jerk reaction was to feel shameful.  
I quickly squelched that thought and replaced it with, 
"I am following my heart and it knows the way".  
Oh so true!

My word for 2017 is BALANCE.  
The intention of this word is a reminder that my life isn't only about my to-do lists.  
I do have them everywhere.
I know my lists serve a purpose, they just aren't the only driving force.
There is much more.
I feel at peace with me, as a person, and me, as an artist, when I quiet my mind enough 
to listen for the next step is, then take that step.

I, also, deeply believe in the quote by Picasso...
"Inspiration exist, but it has to find you working."

My first question to myself is...
"If my knee jerk reaction to FaceBook's reminder was shameful. What button did it push?"
It didn't take me long to uncover this answer.

ABANDON:
(cease to support or look after someone; to desert)
Thank You FaceBook for the reminder
#1. The relationship I have with each and everyone of you is vital to me.
FaceBook provides us this place as a way to stay in touch.

#2. I realize I have been swept away with my to-do lists and haven't been in my studio creating on a daily basis. I was out of balance. DUH! That's the reason I have been feeling like sh*t. I changed that today.

Thank You for all of your support and encouragement.
I couldn't do this without YOU!

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

Experimenting

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.
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