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.

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.
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