Thursday, August 17, 2017

Bringing my art to life #2

There are absolutely no words to adequately express the joy I am receiving.  
I get giddy, like a little kid, when each piece is almost done.

In January I signed up for  an on-line art class by Jeanne-Marie Webb titled, "Soul Bearers".  She taught us how to make sculptures using air dry clay.  Once I got my hands in that clay and felt it moving beneath my fingertips I knew that I was hooked.  I knew I just had to do it.
I am taking art that I have drawn/painted and giving them another dimension. 
Almost like... "bringing them to life".

You can click HERE to see the first sculpture that I shared last week.
Here is my 2nd sculpture titled, "Hello There".
The inspiration for this second sculpture came from
one of my very first pieces of art I made in 2012.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Bringing my art to life

In January I signed up for  an on-line art class by Jeanne-Marie Webb titled, "Soul Bearers".  She taught us to make sculptures using air dry clay.  Once I got my hands in that clay and felt it moving beneath my fingertips I knew that I was hooked.  I just had to follow down this path.  I set out making a whole family of armatures.  Having lots of fun, too!  Previously I shared several sculptures I had made here and here.

Recently it came to me how exciting it would be if I took previous art pieces I have drawn/painted and give them another dimension.  Almost like "bringing them to life".  The thought of doing this has stirred a tremendous amount of excitement within my soul.  The intention was set... onward I went...  Now I'm ready to show you my first sculpture  along with the inspirational art I previously created.  The original art was created as part of my,  "Simple Truths/Simple Reminder", series.  I'm pretty sure we all, at some time in our life, have  experienced the comfort of knowing that we've got a friend. Especially in those times when we feel all alone or we feel like the weight of the world seems to be on our shoulders.  I know I have been there before.
"You've Got a Friend"
Click the image to enlarge.

She is approx. 9"H x 4"W
She is ready to be taken home by someone or given as a gift.
I'm letting you see her first.
If you are interested let me know and I will give you more details.
She hasn't made it to my on-line store yet

Friday, August 4, 2017

Ice Cream Truck

When I/we remain open, life's lessons can be received in unexpected ways.  The tricky part is, often, remaining open.  It seems as I get older I feel the pull to be in charge of my life.   It's easy to get hung up on what my next action will be that the present moment is often taken for granted.  When, in reality, all we have is the present moment.  Children live in the present moment.  That's all they know. You are able to find multiple articles written about the value of thinking/being like a child.

I watched my very busy, very talkative 2 year old GRANDdaughter, Lila, 2 days last week and all week because daycare was closed.  She is so funny and so dang cute!  I pride myself in knowing that when I am with any of my GRANDchildren I am there 100%.  This week I encountered a fork in the road.  You see the artist side of me is also 100% committed.  I am diligent to be in my studio, every weekday, creating art in one way or another.  

Of course, there was no doubt in my mind I was going to be spend my time with Lila yet, honestly, there was a little pity party starting to rumble inside.  Then... a light bulb went off...  At my kitchen table I sat Lila up with a little easel and I worked on a drawing for the Smile Project.  After about an hour she exclaimed "Ta-Ta!" at what she had accomplished.  I realized I was blessed with the best of both worlds.
On our second day together I decided to try it again.  
YES... she wanted to paint.   I could see that she was comfortable with the markers and crayons so I decided to bring out the acrylic paints.  OMGoodness!  She LOVED it!

Here's a very short video where you can watch and listen to her.
Listen near the end and you will hear her title the piece.

After adding several more layers she completed her piece 
and is ready to give it to her Mom and Dad.

So I asked, "Lila, would you like to do some plain air drawing?"
She said, Yes!"
After a short while of her drawing with markers and crayons I reached into the chiminea and grabbed some charcoal.  At first she didn't seem to like that her fingers got dirty yet the art won over and she surrendered.

Did I mention... I love being a GRANDma,

Monday, July 24, 2017

this question comes up often...

You know... I hear this question quite often.
Sometimes I get so involved in what I am doing/creating that I don't even realize 
that I have not shared.  
My intention is to be more mindful of that. 
After all, the purpose of this blog is about sharing my creative journey.
Just know that I am in my studio daily, unless I'm with my GRANDkids.
I have several projects started, these the ones I have completed.

My customer, Debbie, requested I create a way for her to give photos as a gift and not just in a frame.  
She shares my belief that precious photos should be displayed and not just stored on a phone or in a box somewhere only looked at occasionally.
The first 3 are fused to 1/4" MDF board - the front stippled using matte varnish- there is a wire for hanging.
The photo below was fused to a 1" wood block.
I created a textured back because it will be sitting in a easel.

Stay tuned for what's to come.

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

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Hey Girl!

Look closer...
these girls are not painted,
instead they are collaged with little pieces of paper.
They were as equally fun to create as they were challenging (at least for me).
I found myself inadvertently reaching for a paintbrush or a piece of chalk.
Yet I continued on.

The inspiration came from me thinking of my friends and what their friendships mean to me.  
I am not a gooey-gushy speaking person.
Heck...I am not even a gooey-gushy speaking GRANDma. (they love me anyway!)
Just know in my heart that I truly do value you.
More than you know.
Thank You for accepting me,  just as I am.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Stand by Me

This is on my easel... I started her yesterday.  
I noticed I was getting hung up on details so I gave it a rest, then stopped..  
This morning when I approached it, again, I checked in with my heart.  
I continued with a free, trusting spirit.  
There is depth to this piece and the message it delivers.
Often when there is a shift, fear will rear itself up and cause you to be afraid to move forward.
No one ever wants to be alone in those times.
It's comforting to know that there are people out there who will Stand By You.

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.

(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


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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