Friday, May 4, 2018

I'm doing cartwheels!

I am so frickin' excited over here!!!!   I'm doing cartwheels!!!! (in my mind, of course)  

I just learned the portrait I entered into the Cloth-Paper-Scissors Mixed Media Portrait challenge was accepted as one of the finalists. 
Wanna do a "hApPy DaNcE" with me?

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Voyage Chicago Magazine

I was recently asked to share about myself, as an artist, and my art for the Voyage Chicago magazine.  
It sure is an honor to see myself grouped with other creative souls.
Click this link to read the article:

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

the story behind the art

I use to think that I could withstand most storms that came my way, literally or emotionally, by rationalizing it.   I'd focus on looking for a silver lining, a lesson to be learned, knowing the sun will come out after the rain, or finding a pony underneath all the horse shit.  
Thru one of my toughest times like my divorce in 1997 after 22 years of marriage I feel one of my strongest assets can be attributed to creating a POL (pissed off list).  
All those things that made me mad or made me scared I would write them down on this list.
I believe there is a place for rationalizing

I, also, have come to understand that feeling the emotion then releasing it 
is extremely cleansing and healing.   
Sometimes thru tears.

I recently feel like I lost a friendship and it has silently troubled me.  I know you are probably thinking, "So what.... friendships come and go!"   Quite honestly I felt the same way... So What... yet the feeling remained.
I turned to my journal to write about it.  I asked myself why it bothered me so much.
It eventually dawned on me that is was...
ABANDONMENT:   a subjective emotional state in which people feel undesired, left behind, insecure, or discarded.  
I started to weep.  Most of my childhood I felt this way and it was here again, in this moment.  Instead of brushing it off and rationalizing it I chose to sit with it. 
Thank You, God/Universe for bringing this person and the situation into my life.

The next morning as I entered my studio, this piece was readily available for me to create.
Titled, "Releasing Can Do Wonders"

Because this piece is resonating with many people.
I have prints available.
Let me know if you are interested and I will give you more details.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Sharing the Creative Process

Last week I boldly said I was going to start recording myself creating Tea Bag Art. The next day after I declared such a statement I jumped right in and did it. It was uncomfortable but I was proud of myself for following thru.
Then it came time for the reviewing/editing of the tape. OMGoodness...that's when the real fear shit began! I was so judgmental of myself. I didn't like the way my hands looked. I thought I seemed unsure about drawing. My voice was uninteresting. I didn't like the way I blabbered during the recording. The list goes on and on and on. I almost reverted to doing a shot of whiskey just to finish. (just kidding about the whiskey!!) It has taken me almost 8 days to muster up the courage to share the link. 
Soon I will press the "Publish" button. I will have faced that fear head on. And you know what...POOF... it will be gone! On to the next one. There are many blessings from stepping out of your comfort zones.

Monday, March 26, 2018


I have been going thru all sorts of magazines clipping out images and words that speak to me.
Not questioning why, just kept collecting.  
(On a side note:  I even involved my GRANDchildren, if you want to get to know a little person better this is a great way.)
After I had accumulated quite the collection I went thru them to look deeper as to why I was drawn to them originally.  
It is an interesting discovery!
There was this one photo in particular of a dwelling in India that grabbed my full attention.  It touched me to the very core of my being.  
The colors, the textures, even the layout with the slant.   
Since I like to challenge myself, as an artist,  I decided to try and re-create this.  
I've been periodically working on it for over a week now with plenty more to do.  
There is a lot of drying time required between the stages.  
Here is my work in progress. 
for the final piece.

4/4/18  Addendum to the previous post:
I finished it!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Down Memory Lane...

This morning, after my meditation, I came across this speech given by Steve Jobs in 2005.
It has always been one of my favorites especially about "connecting the dots".

When I fist began my art journey in 2011 I had absolutely no idea what I was suppose to be doing.
I trusted I was on the right path and I set forth putting one step in front of the other.   Believing it was all going to work out just the way it's suppose to.  To this day I still have the same belief.  Even in those times I may seem lost and confused my core belief remains the same.
In 2011 I created this piece to serve as a reminder and inspiration.
Here's a walk down memory lane to share some of my earlier art that I created when I began my art journey in 2011.

Thanks for sharing this journey with me.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Challenge accepted

Recently one of my customers asked me if I could transform brand new terra cotta pots and trays into something that looked old.  She will be planting geraniums in them and they will become center pieces for a baby shower in early summer.   Her criteria was for them to looked aged and look like something you would see in Italy.  I said, “Sure, I can do that!”   I have never done anything like this before yet I was confident enough to accept the challenge.  

I saved coffee grounds and bought some potting soil.
Invited my friend, Alix, over to come play in the dirt with me.
(we had a lot of fun, too!)
After several layers of dirt,drying, joint compound, drying, sanding, sealer, drying.
Mission accomplished.
They are transformed and they look aged.
Lesson learned:  
~ accept a challenge or the unknown with an expectation of success ~
~ our thoughts are powerful ~

Monday, February 19, 2018

inspiration realized

On Saturday I posted about a little section of scrap paint had inspired me.  
Here's the link if you hadn't seen the post:

I was on a mission to use that as inspiration to make a piece of abstract art.
Well I did it ~ Tah - Dah!
8" x 24" on gallery wrapped canvas
acrylic paint + charcoal
YES... it's for sale.
I like it.  I really like it!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

when inspiration strikes...

I get a thrill when inspiration strikes AND I get it!
In my studio I have my table covered with white craft paper.
Any extra paint from my brushes I swipe onto this paper.
Later I cut up the paper into 9x 12 sheets and I use them as jump starts to create art with abandon.
Here are a couple link where I've talked about this before, in case you missed reading hem.
Today while I was working on another project there was a snippet of the paper on my table that seem to "leap out at me".  I've outlined it in black.
I was fixated by this little section.
I got out my phone a took a picture of that section.
Here it is.
Isn't it an awesome beginning of an abstract piece of art?
I believe my creative spirit delivered me a message.
My intention is to replicate it, to the best of my ability, on a canvas.

Friday, February 16, 2018

What a way to start my day.

When I do this (my) ritual before entering my studio I am blessed with tremendous success, especially from within.
I am no longer concerned with the results, I am simply grateful for the opportunity to create.

When I don't do my ritual I am riddled with self-doubt, frustration, and creative blockage.
I walk around my studio smudging with a Palo Santo stick all the while saying my intentional prayer.
Today I feel the presence of Spirit who is with me always in every detail of my life.
It is the clear light of Spirit that leads the way to complete success in all things.
Spirit is the source of all inspirations.
I am an essential part of creation.
It is the power and creativity of Spirit that expresses though me.
There is a deep yearning that lives in me that is the light of Spirit.
I am one with Spirit.
Today I walk in the pathway of inspiration.
I am serene and confident that my projects are infused with great outcomes, for I am allowing myself to be guided by the living Spirit within me.
It is divine inspiration that moves me to create.
These creations are a blessing to all who encounters them.
I give thanks for the success of this art and the joy of creating it.
I release attachment of all outcomes to the Spirit, knowing the response will be to its highest intention.
With quite expectancy, I let it be.
And so it is.

Do you have something you do before you start your day?
If so, I'd love to hear about it.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Oceanside studio

We just returned from a vacation in the Dominican Republic.  Eleven days of relaxing, enjoying each others company, the warm weather, sunshine, and the ocean.  I love the sound of the ocean waves crashing on the shore.
The resort had me from the very beginning.  As soon as we watched into the main lobby I could smell incense burning, I was captivated.  I LOVE smelling incense. I burn it a lot during the day.

I had a oceanside studio where I created art on the beach every day.
With an extremely limited supplies including 2-graphite pencils + 1-charcoal pencil + 1-flat brush + 1-pen eraser + 1-kneaded eraser I created these ladies in my art journal.





No matter where you travel or how far you roam there's one thing for certain 
"there's no place like home"

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.)

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