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.

Monday, March 13, 2017

What a mess we made!

I invited my creative muse to come play in my art studio today and she made an awful mess!
I could barely walk around. 
She had art supplies all over my table, on the floor, and on the chairs. 
There was charcoal dust floating in the air and instant coffee grounds all over floor.  


I think I'll invite her back tomorrow.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

All of Me.

I have been taking an on-line class, SoulBearers by Jeanne Marie Art where I am learning to sculpt.
When I saw the promo for this class I felt this prompting, deep within, as if it was something I was
suppose to do.
Since I have been developing a practice of quieting my mind ~ asking for guidance ~ listening for the answers ~ following where I am guided, I knew with every fiber in me I was
to become part of this class.  
So... I signed up.
I just finished my 2nd sculpture.  She's titled, "All of Me".
3.5"w x 5"h
click image to enlarge
She will be in my on-line store by mid-March.
IF you want her before then just message me.  We'll work it out.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Not at the top of my game

When I got up this morning I didn't feel "at the top of my game".  
I felt off - I couldn't pinpoint any reason why, I just did.  
Because I am an avid believer in the Law of Attraction I know how important feelings are.  
Good or bad, your feelings conjure up very strong chain reactions.  
Setting all sorts of things into motion to reinforce your feelings.
I wanted to shake this feeling. So... I did what I knew best to do.  
I went into my studio and created art with abandon, no concerns for the outcomes.  

I did a spread in my art journal.
Worked on four sculptures that I have in progress.
I was enjoying this time creating in my studio.
By late morning I was getting my groove back.

I finished the day off with this lady.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

January was a good month

January has been full of creativity.
spreading my wings * trying new things *  having a blast.

I've been saving my tea bags for awhile, waiting for the ideal time to use them.
Now is the time.

Tea Bag Art
Each bag measures 4.5" x 5.5"

Custom Encaustic Art

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Thank You

I recently finished my first sculpture, title "Thank You"!
I am taking an on-line class, SoulBearers by Jeanne-Marie Art.
The work from the students in this class is exceptional.
 I had never done anything like this before.   I will admit that I was a little leery.
All I knew is I like to work with my hands.

Here is one of many lessons I have learned on my creative path.  When you feel fearful of something you have never done before is a sure sign you are moving in the right direction.  You don't have to know all the answers.  Just begin, right where you are.
The excitement is in the journey.  The fear you feel is an integral piece to the excitement puzzle.  I know it doesn't feel like it when you're in it, does it?  I've been there.  I still go there with each new step.
It thrills me when I acknowledge these lessons I learn while on my creative path run parallel to life lessons.   
Which is why... my art is from my heart.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

share your smile

                            Each of us have a story we could tell about how a smile, 
given or received,
changed the course of events in our life.
(if only for a moment)

In 2015 I started a Smile Project - I set out to find people who believed in the value of a smile as I did.  I asked each person to send me a photo of them smiling.  I charcoal paint/draw each smiling face.  Then you and your smile are included in my Smile Project.  You see... I want real people, with real smiles.  I can only do this with your help, your smile.

The clock is ticking. 
My goal is to acquire 52 smiling faces + me by the end of this year or sooner.   Right now I have 29 beautiful smiles.  I need 23 more smiling faces in order for this project to move on to the next phase.
Send me YOUR smile.

Here is what I want to do:
  #1.  create a very big piece of art with all of YOUR smiling faces
  #2.  the message it will carry is "when you smile the world smiles with you
  #3.  I envision it being exhibited in many places to promote the value of a smile

        I am asking that you, YES YOU, join me and these ladies by sharing your smile.

All you have to do is email me a photo of you smiling:
Do it TODAY and join the fun.  You'll be glad you did!

Friday, January 20, 2017

I will rise again!

My balloon may have been deflated........
I WILL rise again!

This blog is about my creative journey.  
Of the venturing out into the cyber world, sharing my art, and telling my truth.
I am focusing on being balanced and determined 
to take each step presented to propel myself and my art into the world.  
One of those steps, for me, is to get my art published in magazines.
On a cold day in December I put my "brave girl cape" on and submitted a piece of art 
to Cloth-Paper Scissors magazine for the Mixed-Media Flowers challenge.   
At that time I felt I had a really good chance of being selected. 
Today, I learned I that my name was not on the chosen list.
I wouldn't be included in this challenge.

If I am to speak my truth I will admit I was a little disappointed.
Yet what pleases me the most is to recognize that feeling dissipated rather quickly. 
I am learning in my studies of the Law of Attraction thru Abraham-Hicks that the more energy I put into something via my thoughts and feelings I will received more of the same.
I'm learning how to choose what I think and feel about.
Here is what I know, plain and simple, it is true I wasn't accepted into the magazine, at this time.
I will continue submitting to this magazine and many others.
I will eventually be accepted.

I WILL rise again!

Anyway.  Ready to see my art?
Poppies made from hot glue

Thursday, January 5, 2017

with a heavy heart

I have a friend who's heart is really heavy right now with sorrow.
Thoughts of her and what she is feeling lingers with me.
I want to be there for her yet I am not sure how.
My nature is to be a shoulder and to help lift people when they want to move forward.
There will be a time for that.
For now, in silence, I send loving energy with the intention to comfort her. 

I spent time in my art journal today expressing myself without a filter.
It's just me sharing my heart, thru my art.

This is one of the many reasons I LOVE creating art........
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