April 15, 2018

A simple leaf. Art & Soul

Molding, shaping, playing.
The base of this leaf is metal wire onto which I attached a glob of plaster wrap and hand shaped it.  The background is a die cut from a coffee filter that I rusted in Art and Soul 2017.  The arc next to it is a scrap of air-dry clay I kept from another project.
Simple sometimes makes the strongest perception.  Play and plan along the way and come up with your own Mindful Offerings.

 Sundays are when I care for and feed our 30 year old hawk, (that was yesterday, at the time of this post.)  I'm always inspired when I spend time in and around the forest and my two charges, the hawk and owl.  Yesterday I met a mom and her two small children there.  The mom was putting mittens on her little girl (30 something degrees here still), and her purse was opened on the ground.  Inside I saw two sticks. The sticks were found by her children.  I immediately recognized a kindred spirit in motherhood.  While my two are adults now, that's how I nurtured them.  Through nature.  Nature played a huge part in fostering important values I hope my kids still have.
Mindful mothering at it's best.

April 12, 2018

A Poem Behind the Door...

In summer when I passed the place
I had to stop and lift my face,
A bird with an angelic gift
Was singing in it sweet and swift.

 I love and collect old poetry books, and can usually find something to fit into a piece of art where needed.  Bring some poetry or not, but please join us in Virginia Beach.

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April 9, 2018

Mindful Offerings Workshop. Come and learn.

  I'm back after a little break from my blogging responsibilities.  Thanks for still reading this if you're here.  
I'm back to shamelessly promote my Art and Soul workshops, this being my favorite so far.  
Mindful Offerings
In the sample above, I fashioned a door out of plaster.  It actually opens when the sticks are removed.   The little door is hinged on the fold.  I will try to remember to post a pic with the door actually opened.  I like adding little mysteries like this to my work.  I like that it fosters further interest in a handmade piece of art.
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February 26, 2018

3-D Plaster Manipulation

An offering on a platter.  Three beads (eggs) are sewn into the platter made of plaster.  I have found that watercolor paint is perfect with dried plaster.

I am happy to offer this class in Virginia Beach in October.
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February 6, 2018

Virginia Beach Worksops, cont'd.

In this sample, an arched doorway from a teabag is layered onto the plaster.  My signature wheat stalk (saved from an old straw broom) completes the tableau.  Find out more here:

January 29, 2018

Mindful Offerings

I am pretty excited about this workshop.  We will be creating a wall hanging out of plaster.
Every component is of the Earth; gypsum, paper, rust, metal, cotton, etc.
I had been playing around with the concept of manipulating plaster wrap in a 3-D effect.  Below is a medallion that was formed inside a rusted medal finding.  It's as light as air, and so is perfect for a wall hanging like this.

I am offering this class for Virginia Beach, 2018.  Here's the link:

January 8, 2018

Dance With Me

Dance With Me in Virginia Beach!
In this half-day class, we will be designing beautiful silk dresses on canvas.   The gowns and the backgrounds will be ethereal and dreamy.  The elements we use will create a mysterious story to go along with the gowns.

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January 3, 2018

Virginia Beach - Eco-Relief Plaster Tiles

We will be making a trio of relief plaster wall hangings using nature-inspired elements. The procedure we’ll use is a time-proven method to create rustic eco-tiles that will be ready to hang. 
For more info, click here:    VIRGINIA BEACH ECO-TILES

December 29, 2017

Walnut Ink Workshop

I am offering a Walnut Ink making class in Virginia Beach 2018.  
Walnut ink is pure gold to an artist.  I have used it with a dip pen for writing and drawing, and brushed a background wash on water color paper.  It can be diluted or used full strength, and has a long shelf life in a tightly closed jar. 

While our ink is brewing, we will be making a wee book by casting a plaster book cover.  It will contain circle pages that are origami-folded.  Upon opening the book, the pages pop out large enough for a bit of journaling.  
Interested?  Click here:  Art & Soul on the beach
Check back for more info in the near future.

December 19, 2017

ART & SOUL 2018

A Creative Journey

A new venue for workshops is now in Colorado Springs!  Go to:  Art and Soul
and browse through all the new workshops on offer.
Registration for Virginia Beach has also begun. Now is the time to register for a discount:

For VA Beach -- enter the Coupon Code: VA18
This will give you a 10% discount on your total of class fees if your order is over $250. Orders must be paid in full at the time of registration.