Friday, April 24, 2009


I'm still working on this one.....
below is Wednesday's version.....


Thursday, April 23, 2009





Saturday, April 18, 2009


The further adventures of Audrey the Studio Assistant
AKA "stinker cat".

Check out the painting behind her....I made these to
use as portfolio covers.....

Friday, April 17, 2009







as though I have finally
arrived in this world
after all this time
all these years...

I am.

Thursday, April 16, 2009


self portrait wednesday
well sort of,
a day late........crap

The Studio Assistant

Meet Audrey,
my studio assistant

She likes to chew on my
brushes, I wish she'd wash

Monday, April 13, 2009

Monday And Mixed Media Withdrawl

Well, after a great weekend in the studio I'm back
to work as the mild mannered HR Manager....

Actually it is more like

It is hard to make that transition from creative mind,
moving with what flows from my
creative core back to
square . pegs . in . square . holes....

Sunday, April 12, 2009

The Sisters ~ Mixed Media Primitive Dolls

Well, the sisters are complete.

Check out the skirts !
I made a trip to the local
thrift store and found a
skirt with this wonderful
beaded border......viola!

Ribbons and other do-das
also re-used.

Click to enlarge, you'll see lots of nice
detail, crackle glaze, aging, they
have totally cute little under garments
but they are too shy so you'll just have
to imagine !

Hope your weekend was as good as
mine was!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Day #2 - Spirit House Shrines

Spirit House Love

I have a thing for these treasures.

What about you?

Seems appropriate for this time of year.

Thanks to Deryn for the nest tutorial...
I think it looks nice here.

I'm never sure if these photos are any good
I have a terrible computer
screen so it never looks right.

Click on the images to
get an up close and personal
view of the art.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Day #1 = WIP Spirit House Shrines

Day # 1

This is what I've been up to.

Four days of studio time
is just wonderful.

I've been working on these
little "spirit house shrines".

I'm hoping the NM Museum Shop buyers
will like them enough to sell in
their shop.
They still need lots of

Not the best photo I've
ever taken. I think if
you click on the image
you'll see a larger version.

No wind yet
~soon though~

Audrey the studio cat is taking
a short the bathtub
bouncing around with one of
her mice.....ahhh the life!

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Still working on the "Sisters".

I've got four full days away from the day job.
Woooo Hooooo !!!!

Lots of studio plans.

Spring time here in beautiful
New Mexico means
wind, wind, and more wind....
My tulips are looking
pretty sad at this point.

What is Spring like in your
neck of the woods???

Monday, April 06, 2009

Sunday, April 05, 2009

A Lovely Bird's Nest....

Isn't this just the prettiest little bird's nest?

Audrey, my studio assistant seems to think
I made it just for her.....silly cat.

I bought this tutorial for a
mere $8 from the lovely
and talented,
Deryn Mentock !

Check her out at
her blog and her Etsy shop.

This woman makes some
really cool jewelry. I know
I need some, what about

I also bought her tutorial for
wire wrapped links.

Seriously folks, this is not
rocket science but I would have
never figured it out on my own,
so Thank You Deryn !!!

Thursday, April 02, 2009

My Art Filled Life

Sometimes things just happen.

So far 09 has been a good art year for me.

!.) Jane DesRosier ~ aka Gritty Jane. I learned some new techniques for doll making. I've always been attracted to dolls, have made a few. More than anything I was simply taken in by Jane's tender soul, infectious laugh and ability to help me feel I can do anything I set my mind to.

2.) More Jane only now with Maureen ~ Creative Textures....what a great experience this has been. Together these women have corralled the world of texture in art. It has been a blast and sometimes feels a bit like science class, but oh the pay off !!!

3.) Jesse Reno ~ OMG. Jesse is the man!!!!! Look this guy up. Do whatever you have to do to take a workshop with Jesse. You will never regret it. Life changing moments for me with this tender and humor filled soul.

4.) Mary Ann Moss ~ La Dispatch and the Stencilry group.....this one has yet to begin but I can feel the energy building and I know that combining this technique with Jesse Reno style and Gritty Jane soul will launch my if it wasn't already soaring.

5.) New Mexico Art and Craft Fair ~ June 26, 27, 28 ~ these folks invited me to join them in what is a wonderful juried venue for "
New Mexico Artists". This is a first for me. Yikes.........I'll keep you posted ! I wonder if they realize they have a tiger by the tail.

6.) New Mexico Museum Shops ~ I wrangled an appointment (thanks to Paula Manning-Lewis and Chroma Studio and Gallery). I'm showing these folks some dolls, some shrines and some paintings......yippie! I just know they are going to love me. Paula M-L, you rock, girl. Thanks.

7.) Still have an association with Paula M-L over at Chroma Studio and Gallery....they are coming up on their one year anniversary. In this economic climate I say WAHOOOOOO !!!! I daresay Paula's infectious spirit must have rubbed off on me........she and I met out in blog land. Imagine two Paula's, both from the same town in the American Southwest bumping together via blogs from Vienna, France, Canada !!!! Paula has been a huge inspiration to me and I look forward to a long and fruitful association with her.

8.) Lizard Lounge Shops ~ Bernalillio New Mexico ~ Lynn has carried a few of my pieces over the past few years. I've not been a big seller, but she has stuck by me and I've truly appreciated having her little haven as a place to get my toes wet in the art world.

9.) Miz Katie ~ we bumped into one another in blog land many years ago. She was moving east and I west. Then one day just recently we bumped into one another again....some things are just meant to be. I don't miss a single day of MK and Lola and Big Red.

10.) And most recently, Misty Mawn, Nina Bagley, Leighanna Light and Deryn Mentock. I am so inspired by these wonderful, talented women. What a gift to have found them. You, ladies, ROCK !!!!!!

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm ~ I'm sure there is something else I'm missing simply because it is late and I'm tired. But here's the thing. I was over at Corey's site the other really need to check her out.

And it occurs to me what a
gift each day is and what a miracle every moment offers. Now this may be a recurring theme for some of is more frequent for me these days. Maybe that is because I'm getting older, but I'm here to tell you ALL. You can't un-ring the bell!!!! Once the day is gone you don't get to take it back for a do over. SO DO IT GOOD NOW !!!!

I'm sure this is the longest post I've ever made and with no pictures to boot !!!!!! I guess something just came over me and it just needed saying. I even surprise myself.

So if you are still here, reading along, then I applaud you for hanging in here with me. I'm a good person, you won't regret it!!!!!

I'm blessed. I look forward to passing it on. Love you madly.