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Entries in painting (13)


Face Practice - Week Two Plus One...

Here we go with week two where I made a cool discovery.  I found that I like using messy inked up scratch paper as the base for my drawing combined with waterolors and the Stabilo Marks All Pencil. I like trying to "find" the face in the ink and marks that are alreday on the paper. 

Join in on Instagram with #facepractice

Have a  blessed day!



Her Heart Was Full...


Supplies: collage papers, charcoal, oil pastels, pen, acrylic paint, rubber stamps from my new Mixed Media Essentials Collection available May 1 at Paperbag Studios and a variety of pencils.


It is Just My...

“It is just my imagination that flies,
While she is wrapped up in her bedsheets
like a nest.”
Kiera Woodhull, Chaos of the Mind



Queen for a Day...

"She was shocked that it was her turn to be queen for a day!"

File folder mail art: collage papers, charcoal, oil pastels, pen, acrylic paint, rubber stamps and pencil.


Break on Through...

Thanks to Julie Balzer, I discovered Mitsib. Julie posted Mitsib's video "Out of Reach Painting" and I was mesmerized! Further exploration led me to the The Trodden Path workshop site where Mitsib offers a couple of classes. I decided to try her Break on Through mini workshop. I have been feeling a bit "stuck" lately and wanted to try something new and out of my zone!  I loved it and created three little paintings today.  Two are on cardboard and one is on mat board. I like the first two but I think the last one is too dark. The process was lots of fun, messy and lose.

Have a  blessed day!






A Completed Painting...


24 x 24 - Number 19

I started this canvas in Flora Bowley's Blooming True workshop and put it aside for awhile.  Of all places, I hung it up in our weight room.  I looked at it regularly and it never "spoke" to me. Each time I looked at it I was reminded that I didn't like it and had no clue what to do with it.  Last month, I took Tracy Verdugo's Paint Mojo workshop and when I got home I decided it was time to take a look at this canvas again.

Is it finished? I am not completely sure and might add more to it later but at least I made enough progress to say that I am happy with where it is now.  I like that I can revisit it later if I choose.

Have a  blessed day!



Abstract Mini Paintings...

I have a few new mixed media pieces available in my Etsy shop.  Painted on vintage book paper, these mini abstract pieces are stitched onto cardboard and are ready to frame. 

Have a  blessed day!


THE HELPER • 6" x 8.5" • Painted and stitched on cardboard. SOLD


MEET UP • 6" x 8.5" • Painted and stitched on cardboard. SOLD

DIRECTIONAL • 6" x 8.5" • Painted and stitched on cardboard. SOLD


A Paint Mojo Weekend...

A couple of weeks ago I attended the Paint Mojo workshop with Tracy Verdugo in St. Petersburg, Florida. Tracy is a very talented artist and a kind and patient instructor and we had a great time.  I have not finished my big painting but I think the two I created on wood are finished. If you get a chance to take a workshop with Tracy I highly recommend it!

Have a  blessed day!



First Layers...

This week I have been feeling a little daring and decided it was time to get out of the journal and focus on the canvas. Earlier this year I thought I was ready but it was a little too scary and I put the canvases aside. Here is a little peek at what I am creating.

Happy Thanksgiving!



Clutch Play Workshop...

Just in time for the holidays comes my newest workshop called Clutch Play that is perfect for creating holiday gifts. You will create a custom fabric that will then be turned into a super cute and functional wristlet style bag and a matching journal. Give them as a set or break them up and make one of a kind, handmade artsy gifts. Grab your paints and sewing machine and I will walk you through each step of creating these colorful, whimsical gifts that spread artful good cheer.

Tap into your playful spirit in this workshop as we create a colorful painted, stamped and doodled fabric wristlet and matching journal. You will find yourself reaching for this step by step 16 video workshop again and again to create handmade gifts or your own mini art journals.  As a bonus, watch me use a Gelli Plate to create a quick and easy layered background for our custom fabric. Then you decide whether to use a Gelli Plate OR paint and stencils for your background. Using EITHER method we will create a layered artsy custom fabric for our handmade projects.

As we all love a good sale, for a very limited time, this workshop will be offered at a holiday price of $19.99 (regular price $24.99)!

Join me as we create Clutch Play!

Have a  blessed day!



A Change of Direction...

Sometimes a change of direction is necessary. I began working on this journal page and felt a bit frustrated at how it was progressing. I began with stencils, ink, paint, and collaged papers.  I ended up adding a layer of gesso when I wasn't happy with the direction of the page and then decided to sketch a face. I like the bits of paper peeking through and am glad I wasn't afraid to cover up the layers and keep working. 

Have a  blessed day!


First two layers included acrylic paint, spray inks, stencils and doodles.

Next, I added more acrylic, pencils, oil pastels and then papers and gesso.

I covered the page with some white paint and began sketching this face with a Stabilo pencil.

For this layer I added more oil pastels, acrylic paint, and pencils.

I added more layers of acrylic paint, stenciling, rubber stamping, watercolor pencils and oil pastels.

Finished page is at the top of this post.



 Chevron rubber stamps by Pam Garrison, gesso, Stabilo pencil and scrap papers.



Mutants and trying scary things...

Perhaps you read a little over a week ago about my creative dry spell and how I might never ever be able to create anything ever again...that's a lot of "evers."  Anyway, I was working in the studio last week and I like to listen/watch movies or television while I work.  I know that may be a little weird but music just doesn't do it for me.  On this day, I was watching I Am Legend which is about humans mutated by a virus meant to cure cancer.  If you have ever seen it, you know the mutants are quite creepy. I am not sure what prompted me to do it, but I grabbed some inky paper, pencils and paint and began to sketch and paint a face.  As you can see from the sample, it is not perfect, which is not what I was striving for.  In fact, I really like abstract faces that are not perfect and even a little weird. I certainly have much to learn and have enjoyed giving it a try so much that I plan to keep practicing.  I am posting my first faces because I want you to see my progress.  I want you to consider trying something new and scary.

After painting the scary face man, I pulled out Layered Impression by Katie Kendrick.  I like her imperfect style and she has some great techniques.

Tomorrow I will post a new face, the one I like the best so far and give you some thoughts about the process.

Have a  blessed day!



Perseverance & Tantrums...

With a post title like that, you know this is going to be a little deep.  I won't bore you with the details of the scene I made Friday in my studio while I was painting but suffice it to say it closely resembled a child's temper tantrum. If you are a creative person, then you know all too well at times we "hit the wall" or reach a barrier that seems impossible to get through or over. 

I've been taking an on-line course with Flora Bowley called Bloom True.  It is very much out of my comfort zone but I have such a deep desire to learn and create that I knew this was the class for me; that was until last Friday.  Seriously, Flora had been mentioning throughout the course that there would be times when we would be emotionally affected by the process. Up to that point, I was cruising along, trusting the process and feeling no pain.  She couldn't possibly have been speaking to me...I must be the exception.  I had an awesome time painting the day before and was anxious to get in the studio on Friday to paint the next lesson.

As I mentioned before, no details but it didn't go well!  Today, I realize that what happened Friday was part of the process and brings me further along to understanding myself and how I create and express myself. I will have more days like Friday but in the big picture, far more will be thrilling and productive and as I move along this journey, I will make magic happen and each time it will get easier and easier.

When you discover what you fear most, run towards it!

Have a  blessed day!


Peeks of my workshop progress!