April 18, 2017

Nature's Way

This one started with a grid and circle.  I am constantly inspired by artists' works I see on Pinterest.  This one was fun and quick and random and happy.
I sketched the squirrel and shaded him with PITT pens.  The snaggly little plant was a vector image I found on-line.  I made a stencil of it.  
Also used were acrylic and water color paint, stencils, pens, tissue paper, scraps and the kitchen sink.
 You'll notice that there is a hawk outside that round window flying away.  That little squirrel lives to see a new day. 😉

April 14, 2017

Heart's Ease

'Find your heart's ease and go there often'

I love, love, love spraying and manipulating the background to get shadows and lights playing against each other.  The window is a Stencil Girl stencil I've had for a while.  I made a maple leaf stencil with a punch  (T. Holtz).  The dots are a stencil called 'half-tones'.  The white flowers below the window are just paper scraps I made and used as masks on another project.  I wrote my quote with a dip pen and white India ink.  Lastly, I took my art pens and shaded the leafs and window.

I'm all about gray these days, and am not sure if such a dark palette can help you find ease, but it works for me.

April 5, 2017

Alabama Chanin ~ Slow Stitch

 Last year I made a very comfy, boho top out of a 100% linen skirt I found at Good Will.  This Spring break, when my daughter was home she lovingly told me it looked kind of like a potato sack.  Okay.  

Time to remedy that.  I channeled my inner Alabama Chanin and drafted a design onto paper, which I then drew on the front center of the shirt.
In progress...

Final result.  Still kind of potato-sacky, but it's comfy.

April 1, 2017

Pear Quest

Four more altered playing cards I did with a pear theme.  The bottom right also features a new die that I bought by Seth Apter.  I love his edgy stuff!  Here's a link to his blog:  SETH APTER
I off-set the dark die cut with a lighter one to pop the color out, since the pear in front of it is ghost white.
Join my workshop and make a few pears of your own.  Here's the direct link:


Art and Soul Portland Oregon starts Monday!  I send luck and fun to all my teaching friends and their students.

March 30, 2017

Tepee along my path

Last Sunday on my hike in my beloved woods, I saw that someone built this Tepee just off the trail.  It's really cool to see, and quite large.  There is a certain benevolence about this impromptu art sculpture that is built by someone with only windfall branches.
It reminded me of Laura Lein-Svencner, who builds a real tepee for her back yard.  She is an amazing artist.  Here's a link to her blog:  
Laura Lein-Svencner

March 25, 2017

Given To Fly

Given To Fly
By now most of you may know that I have devoted over 20 years to the same Red-tailed hawk.  Next year, she will be going on thirty years old!  A bit of natural history:  only in captivity will they live that long; in the wild their life span is much shorter.  We pride ourselves on taking the best care of our raptors at Ryerson Conservation.  If she lives to thirty-one, our hawk will be the oldest Red-tailed to live that long in these United States!  That is an unbelievable goal, and one that we hope to aspire to.
The art piece above, Given To Fly, (also seen to the right as my Facebook avitar), is one of many art tributes to our hawk that I've made.  The title is a song lyric that I've put on a teabag tag hung from a cluster of bamboo sticks.  Dina Wakley didn't know that when she created this stencil,
that she made it for me.  I roughly spread modeling paste thru the image and cut it into a circle when dry.  Also used is a bit of coffee filter that I rusted, handmade paper, paper that I've dyed, and a line of tissue paper text.  A simple configuration of collage that tells a bit of my story.

March 18, 2017

The Quiet Eye Journal

Above is a new art journal cover that I made titled The Quiet Eye.  The background has evolved through many ideas and changes.  Paint, molding paste, collage, stenciled paint, removed paint and more paint and I ended up with this.  I love how this creates depth and textures, despite being in 'grey scale'.  I pierced the die cut feather and affixed bamboo sticks through openings. 
My new blog banner above features snippets from work in this journal.
This is one of the pages inside that bears the name of the journal.  I layered vellum over the title to further "quiet" it down.  I experimented with translucency in this journal.  
The top left quad is a modeling paste design upon which I affixed painted cheese cloth.  The right quad is fiber paste.  Lower left is a mosaic of squares I put together, then screen printed a grey rose over it.  The bottom right is paper from my Gelli stash, over which is a die cut floral tied with stained teabag strings and melted white wax with my initial.  I also sketched some seeds on handmade paper.

March 14, 2017

Quest 52's with a touch of RED

~A touch of red~
  A lot of my work starts with grey.  I don't often work with red.  When I do, it's just a bit here and there, as shown above.  As some of you might know, I dabble with the red wax that I peel from Baby Bel cheese and reuse it in my art.  It's easy.  You simply knead it in your hand until pliable.  Then you're able to shape it.  
Something new I've tried (with success) is combining wax and air dried clay forms I've made. When the clay is dry, I glob a small piece of the red wax on top and begin rubbing it into the relief, removing some along the way.  
I will be teaching this workshop at Art and Soul.  

March 4, 2017

Quest 52 - Apricot

Four by four we will be creating themed altered playing cards.  Here is another example where the common thread is the color apricot (I won't say orange because that's not how I roll- lol).  

The top right is another door I fashioned with an image behind it:
' Seed and Harvest'

Here's the direct link to register for this workshop:

February 27, 2017

More Rust Love

Another sample of LOVE spelled out in rust.  
 A bunch of rust samples on coffee filters.  
The large nails I used are vintage railroad-type nails.  They are beefy and transfer well.  I'll have a slew of these on hand for my workshop in Virginia Beach.  

You can register here: