Wednesday, March 21, 2018

I've been thinking a lot lately about my recent retirement and all the opportunities I'm now afforded, like spending entire days in my studio ~ painting.  On the surface that seems like fun but being the "driver" I am it has come with a few speed bumps.  I tend to have high expectations and there are two sides to that coin. 

  1. On the one hand I'm always striving to be better, to reach higher to achieve the very best.  But by who's standards?  Well for now, my standards.  I get pretty wound up because I have a vision in my mind of how I want the artistic outcome to look, however getting there is another story. It can be crazy making - for me.
  2. On the other hand it means I could start over and over and over trying to get it right and never really getting anywhere and that is a great advantage. This is crazy making - for my husband who comes in and whats to to what happened to that great painting I just started.  Which is actually crazy making for me.....I guess unless you've held the brush and stood in front of that blank canvas you can't identify with struggle.  Artists don't necessarily have an endless flow of creativity that just magically appears the moment they pick up the brush. So I try to limit the times I start over, know.......(picture puppy chasing her tail) lol

With this particular piece I wanted to collage a couple of the circles on.  Much like I did the circles on the pieces in my previous post.  I am making my own collage papers.  I'm having an issue in that mark making, even with products that say "waterproof" does not apply when the marks have been made on deli paper, even if sprayed with fixative.  Lots of fits and stops and starts trying to come up with something that would work.  I went back and looked at art demos by Anne Bagley because I know she uses deli paper.  I also noticed she uses artist quality tissue paper so I've ordered some of that and will give it a go to see if I get better results.   I guess this could be considered the "mad scientist" part of mixed media art.

Then addressing size.  I have a spare bedroom for studio space, actually a nice big room but not big in the sense of an artist producing BIG work.  So for this series I've gone to 20 x 20 which is the largest sheet size I could find for watercolor paper.  I suspect any gallery will want to see something much larger so I'll be figuring out that issue here very soon as I plan to take my art to the Phoenix/Scottsdale/Sedona market in search of representation sometime in the fall when I have a bigger body of work amassed.  Anyone out have first hand experience with how to approach galleries?  I'd love it if you could share your experiences so I have a better idea of how to prepare and what to expect.  I've read a lot but someone with first hand experience is icing on the cake.

So without further ado......I'm please to present the first in a series of three -

TRANSFORMATION ~ acrylic, handmade stencil/collage paper/stamps, graphite marks on 20 x 20 hot press watercolor paper mounted on 1.5 cradle board.

Friday, March 09, 2018

I've been away for quite some time.  Lots of changes to life, except for art ~ that never changes.  Here is what is hot off the easel.  These are smaller studies for larger pieces.  Comments always appreciated.

Still in process.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Saturday morning on the cool side of the house.  It has been in the 100s here.......gaaaaaaa....the garden is gasping.....the birds are singing but hungry and thirsty....not much else is going on.  The doc says it is a summer head feels like it is going to explode.....

What are you up to today?

Isn't this guy cool.  Lady said it wasn't for sale.......I will forever feel the space her answer left in my heart. 

Later, dudes


Sunday, June 23, 2013

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Yeah, so it has been awhile........

I'm not so good at this I guess. 

Maybe it is the sound of crickets that get to me. 

More later..........

Sunday, March 18, 2012

soon-to-be postcards

So since I couldn't bring myself to cut up the piece in the previous post for post cards I made some is how they turned out.

Awakening Garden Study

I thought I was going to cut this up for postcards but fell in love with the final product and couldn't bring myself to do it.  At 14 x 17 I may mat and frame this.

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

What phase are you in?

I was out walking on my lunch break the other day and came across this.  Caused me to pause and ponder how life has it's many phases.  I tend to think perception is everything. What about you?

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Another look.....

Cool Furniture????

We found these pieces this weekend.  I love the look but wonder if I'll grow tired of them soon?  What do you think?


Monday, February 13, 2012

More love.....

These little rocks say it all "my love is solid as a rock".

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Your Heart Is In The Right Place, I Know It

Today I've still been recovering from the total shock over the death of a friend and colleague, Greg Miller.  Brutally murdered is not how I want to remember this kind, and often cantankerous man who was my boss for 11.5 years. My head is still not around this. Painting hearts is just about all I had the energy for. 

Friday, February 10, 2012

Wow, life is so, well, so real.

Still reeling.  Shock.  Roller-coaster emotions. 

In loving memory of Greg Miller. 

You will always have a space in my heart, dear friend and colleague.

Friday, February 03, 2012

Fresh and green,
slow and easy,
a day to remember
when I am stressed and 
feeling between a rock and 
a hard spot.

Monday, January 02, 2012

The New Year's Journal

I was over at Judy's and she's on a book making binge.  Well, that inspired me.  This was a lot of fun and a nice change of pace.

started out with wallpaper scraps and paper bags

the inside covers

i love the roughness of the page edges

vintage stuff from my friend Sandy and a medal

my first attempt with this stitch
2011 was quite the year.  A lot happened.  2012 looks to be every bit as fun filled and change-able.  I guess the important point to remain open and flexible.

I applied to a couple of art shows for 2012 and should soon learn whether I've been accepted or not.  My work has really changed and evolved over the past couple of years.  I hope I'm ready for the BIG art world of selling.  I'd sure like to.  Only that jury and those customers will tell the tale.  If I'm not ready, then I'm not ready.  We'll see.  Won't stop me from painting and challenging myself. 

Let me know how you are!!!!!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


Whole ~ Writing Myself Whole ~ Admitting I'm Whole (with no holes) ~ Moving The Pieces To Create A Whole ~ The Whole Shebang ~ Loving With My Whole Being ~ Admitting I'm Not Whole ~ How Do I Become Whole ~ Can I Ever Really Become Whole ~ I Ate The Whole Thing ~ I Want The Whole Thing ~ The Truth And The Whole Truth (so help me god) ~ Making You Whole

Oh boy, this thing about "Whole" gives me a lot to meditate and journal on.....................

What about you?????

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Yep, I'm lazy

You know what I just figured out?  I'm lazy.  Yep, I'm lazy.

What are you up to?  Have a great Sunday.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

still looking at this one

I'm still looking at this one too.  Thinking about some glaze.  Don't have a name yet either....this one is escaping me for any suggestions? 

Off to do some final holiday shopping.  Need to get things in the mail.

The kids have the week before xmas off of school.  I think I'm going to have my grand daughter and a couple of her friends for the day to make ornaments and cookies....give them a break from daycare mayhem.  May have bitten off more than I can chew, but I guess it is just for one day.  Little girls are so darned cute!

We've had snow on the ground for over a week now.  Very unusual for my part of the world.  Makes it feel like Christmas.  But I must admit I'm ready to ditch the heavy coat.  Not big on the heavy duty winter stuff.

Oh, and we bought a new coffee grinder.  A Breville.  Bought it from some place in Seattle.  They do these really cool online demos which made it easier to buy.  Wow, our coffee really rocks now!  We've also discovered there are lots of little coffee roaster establishments in the area.  Who knew?  So the next big purchase will be a new coffee maker....ours is an antique.  I'm gonna feel kinda sad not going to Starbucks any more.....I'm gonna miss those breakfast sandwiches.  Guess I could learn to make my own, now that is a novel concept!

Well, I'm giving myself the "make a change" award today.  I don't think I've ever had so much to say on my blog. 

What's up with you? 

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

The Club ~

The Club measures 24 x 24 x 2 and is mixed media.  I'm not sure this one is complete yet.  I feel it needs more depth but am having a difficult time figuring out how to achieve it.  Any suggestions??????

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Going bigger

Fun challenge. Time for a career enhancing move.

My husband is now making my cradled boards. He's doing a great job and I'll soon have enough panels to last me quite sometime.

Do you paint large?  Got any suggestions for the learning curve besides of course needing more paint, more medium and larger brushes........

I'm using Golden Open Acrylics along with Open Medium.  But still getting things to REALLY blend takes a bit of getting used to on a bigger scale.  I've been working on 16 x 16 and wouldn't have thought 24 x 24 would make that big of a difference.......maybe it is all just in my head. 

Started these two yesterday.....

Sunday, November 06, 2011

16 x 16 Acrylic and Oil Pastel on Canvas