Saturday, February 28, 2009

On Faith and Making Art

click on image to enlarge ~ lots if juicy details !

A friend asked me to create
art with this saying on it for her.

It says a lot about life.....
work, relationships,
raising children, taking a trip,
trying out a new recipe.........

the only way of life
is through it........

and faith in the process
makes all the difference

Saturday, February 21, 2009

New Art ~ Finished Art For Sale

contact me
for purchase information

The birds are back !
It is Spring in my back yard,
and it seems as if we've put out
the open for business sign !

This painting was made on
12 x 24 birch
Lots of fun techniques,
including the picket fence....
can you see the detail if you
click to enlarge????


Do you ever just feel empty?

All done in. Nothing in there?

Well friends I've been feeling empty lately.

I've got some things on the horizon that
should help to turn this around.

An art workshop and some time with a coach.

Even with all this empty-ness I keep making art,
hoping some little bit of glimmer will float to the top.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

All Of Life Is An Artful Creation

Daria ~ two days old

So my friends,

the art of love,

the art of life,

the art of death,

all of creation is a work of art

The choice is ours...

do we approach life awake?

Ready to step up to the table

and claim our right to the creation of


Sunday, February 15, 2009

Ultimate Mixed Media !!!!!

Name These Two Girls !!!

Meet Marcella (left) and Valentina (right)

My special thanks to
Jane DesRosier
over at
Gritty Jane.

These dolls are made after
her example.

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Life On The Rio Grande River

This is the scene in the field outside my office window.
Geese.....lots of them.
And beautiful soft grey sandhill cranes....pic to follow one day.
Within walking distance is the Rio Grande River,
home to the largest Cottonwood Tree forest in the world
and habitat for birds, so many birds it would take your breath away.
Many days they make their way over to this field where I and
my co-workers enjoy watching. Of course, they make the
walkways and the parking lot a bit of a mess, but I think
picking my way through their little droppings is well worth
the effort to enjoy them each and every day.

What is your local like? Post a photo of your neighborhood,
then leave a comment and a link back here......I would really
enjoy getting to know you better in this way.

I had a great weekend.

I'm making dolls.......
so far Marcella and Valentina are complete.
I'll post photos when their sisters are ready.

I hope life in your world is as good as mine is and if it
isn't, please accept my hug.

I love you all.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Throwing In The Towel

How often do you finally, after much effort, realize that what you are trying to create is just not happening? How long will you go before you finally "throw in the towel" ?????

After working on Ahab's Wife for nearly a week, I realized that it just wasn't going where I wanted and I wasn't able to see it coming to completion so I dumped it.

If you are an artist, do you experience frustration over not being able to create what you have envisioned? Do you even envision or do you just go with whatever comes out?

I often have the vision mentally and most times I am quite dissatisfied with the resulting product.

Maybe I'm going at this from the wrong angle. Am I trying to control the outcome too much? Should I even go into the project with an outcome in my mind????? Does that only set me up for failure (my own perceived failure that is) ??????

I've always held that "how you do anything is how you do everything", what does that say about my art? my life? I have had a vision of what my life is going to be and most often feel failure and disappointment at what the reality is. High expectations? Over controlling?

I'm always the one to say "go with the flow", "it is what it is" but if how I do anything is how I do everything, then what I say and what I do are not in accord with one another.

So Ahab's Wife is now sanded down and ready for a new life......with some new found insight on my part.

Life 101 !!

Sunday, February 01, 2009