Friday, January 19, 2018

just wanted you to see

A friend came over the other day and we randomly created art in my studio.
I always enjoy sharing my studio time with a friend.

I was clicking along with the collage, adding paint, stencils, mark making.
Being all spontaneous and having a grand ole time.

I discovered a section that called for me to add a woman's face so off I went.
In hindsight I should have stopped with the collage!
It was around that time my attitude shifted to not liking what I was creating.
Honestly I thought it is hideous!
My friend never knew how I felt because I kept my composure on the outside.
Good thing our studio time was ending because my piece was kept going downhill fast.

I know... I know... I know...
You guys are so supportive and are probably wanted to help make me feel better. 
Really it's OK.
It's not over yet!  (I'm smiling!)
This piece has the potential to be a metaphor of how life can be sometimes.
It's not about what happens to you it's about how you handle it.
My intention is to love on this piece and work it until I am beaming with pride.
I am confident with a determined positive approach she will become 
a fine piece of art with a tremendous story to tell.

Be sure to say tuned to see the improved finished piece.
(Not certain when that will be, tho.)

Friday, January 12, 2018

Join the fun!

I will be teaching a Create Art with Abandon class for teens-11yrs + 
(grown-ups are invited to come, too)
The Collective + Makery 
4724 Main Street, Lisle, IL 60532
Saturday,  January 20  9:00am-11:00am

Creating art with abandon is about letting your creative spirit out to play without concern of the finished piece or outcome.  
In this class you will have a starting point.
No white page/blank canvas staring back at you, unless that is what you want.

When we allow ourselves to create freely it is absolutely amazing 
what the end result looks like! 
Experience it first hand in this relaxed environment.
Come on and...

NOTE:  There will be a class for adults to be scheduled in February.  
Let me know if you are interested in, at least, knowing when it will be.

Monday, January 8, 2018

2018 word for the year

For the past several years I have chosen a word for each year.
The word comes to me randomly and at a later time it becomes clear why "that" word was the one.
I try not to question "why this word?" but to be honest, I do question it.

Last year (2017) my word was Balance - HERE IS THE LINK if you want to read more about it.  
I loved this word for 2017 and I feel I applied it to my life.  
Because I did value it so much it will remain as my secondary word for 2018.  
Plus I like the art I created for it!
This year when my word came to me I thought it was a little peculiar.  
After sitting with it for several weeks it's meaning is clear.
My 2018 word is....... Drum roll, please......
This word can be used in many different ways.
The definition that fits me is, "up until the present or a specified or implied time".
I have dreams, personally and artistically, I want to accomplish.
Sometimes it seems like I am moving in slow motion when I'd like to be getting there a little faster.
I know that I am responsible for my actions and the results will take care of themselves.
On those times when I'm at a fork in the road my new words will help me stay on course.

Do you have a word for 2018?
If so, I'd like to hear about it.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

seems like forever

It's only been abut 6 weeks since I posted last yet it seems like forever.
I have been extremely busy with art shows, custom orders, getting ready for Christmas, and working in my studio.

Honestly,  I feel if I don't have something profound to say on this blog then I kinda let it slip to the bottom of the list.  In reality my intention for this blog was to chronicle my creative journey.  The highs, the low, the twists, the turns and now I am beginning to think the mundane, too!  One of my goals for 2018 is to be more consistent with blogging.

Let me show you the body of work I have done sine the last time I posted.









Friday, November 10, 2017

Where have I been?

Where have I been one may ask?
My husband and I just returned from a short get-away in Mexico.
This is one of our favorites places to go when we want to just relax and have a little fun.
You can take me out of my art studio but I will just create another one.
This time my art studio was the beach.  Sitting in the sun, my feet in the sand, and listening to the ocean waves comes to shore.  I'll take thins kind of studio any day!
Here's what I created at my oven front studio.
My goal was a piece of art each day.

As soon as I returned from vacation I took care of my GRANDchildren so my daughter and her son-in-law could get away for awhile.
AGAIN... I another art studio was born.  This time I made Tea Bag Art.


I have been enjoying life and creating art along the way.
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