Monday, December 31, 2012

Bottle Babe #5

I have gone with a purple and grey color scheme on this one. Her backside isn't completed as yet, so I only photoed the front. In my Mixed Media Class I describe the processes that I use for the pieces in this series.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Bottle Babe #4

This one is made from different materials than the first three. PLUS she is preggers. Thought this might make for an interesting look.

I have added some gold leaf to the surface to add just a spark of shimmer.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Bottle Babe #3

Here are the first three pieces in this series. The closest one is my third. My fourth is in progress and today it is in the hideous stage because I am trying something different from the first time.

Ah the joys of being an experimental mixed media artist! The teeth gnashing and cursing is part of the creative process. The good news is that working this way has taught me about patience, which had always been in short supply in my world. I have benefited greatly from improving my patience and persistence.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Jimi Hendrix

This morning I felt like a member of The Walking Dead, so I needed something to get the blood pumping and the creative juices flowing. Nothing like a little Jimi Hendrix...put his CD in and have him screaming in my ears and in no time at all I am dancing like I'm possessed. A lot of memories come flooding back from that time period of my life when we worshiped the Rock Gods like Jimi. Free Love was all the rage due to the birth control pill (and prior to AIDS) so we were all like a bunch of heathens and barbarians. Man it was fun!!!!!

This shot is of Bottle Babe #3, which is in progress but not completely finished yet. She was supposed to be covered in Primitive designs, however when I began putting them onto her body it quickly went into Burlesque so that is the evolution of this one. She fits beautifully with this Jimi Hendrix music...some of his songs even had a Burlesque beat to them. I adored this man and his music. It was a horrible loss to all of us when he took his last breath. I'm glad that he left his music behind for us to enjoy. Even the movie Rainbow Bridge that featured footage of him and his music after his death was quite a tribute to the man. Jimi wherever you are....thank you!!!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Bottle Babe #2

This particular sculpture was made from a jar. When I was molding her I was thinking about the Kim Kardashian voluptuous figures of paintings from the old Masters. This one is so exaggerated that it's difficult to tell that it is even based upon the human form.

In the background you can see two more of the Bottle Babes that are being prepped for their next step of evolution.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Bottle Babe #1

Although I started this series a couple months ago, it wasn't until today that I finally completed the first one. I have 8 or 9 of these in progress at the moment, using different materials and mediums. Still in the Research and Discovery phase...


Saturday, December 22, 2012

Christmas Angel

This is one of the Small Faces pieces that I am reworking.

Revisiting and reworking my previous artworks is something of an occupation in itself. I am constantly changing my mind about what I like and this is why I enjoy mixed media so much. It is very forgiving for those of us with restless hearts and souls.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

A Surprise Gift from Moriah

I was not expecting this! Moriah had asked for my mailing address, so I thought there would be a Christmas Card in the mail and look what I got!! I am gobsmacked because I have been toying with doll type thingies lately, but NONE of them compare to the detailing that has gone into Mr. Snowman (as I call him).

A little suit like this would need to be patterned, cut, sewn, stuffed and assembled. I am quite sure that I would be pulling hair from my head by the handfuls. His little face and hat are handpainted in great detail with oils or acrylics. He's priceless!!!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Sassy Kats #2

Taking yesterday's doodle piece and using the Paint Out method, I transformed it into this one to add to my Sassy Kats series. I had to collage a couple extra pieces onto the surface, but he looks pretty good. I see a lot of character in this all too familiar body stance. That's one of my favorite things about cats...their body language says everything.

Once again I have used the Colorado theme in this one. The star-studded sky that you see when you are up in the mountains is unlike any night sky that I have ever seen. Well, perhaps when I was out to sea...that was very special, too.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Feeling Insecure

Today I spent time perusing a wide variety of mediums and art pieces online. I saw architectural pieces, 3D, paintings, collages, fabrics, get the idea. There is a plethora of images available to us at any moment with a few mouse clicks. I am a member of multiple art groups online and I often get inspired when I look at other peoples' work.

And then there are days when I feel utterly insecure. I compare my work to the professionalism of some others and cannot help but feel woefully inadequate. I am reading a book about Maxfield Parrish at the moment, who was extremely detail oriented. I recently finished reading a book about the Impressionists and Post Impressionists, their lives and techniques. How hard they worked to gain the abilities that they had.

I have had an epiphany today while inspecting my feelings of insecurity. It's totally okay to feel have doubts about your work and your work ethic. This can act as inspiration to keep you motivated to improve. So it's a good thing! Why not compare yourself and your work to other else can you learn? This is all part of our process as artists, no matter where we are on our cycle of evolution.

This little doodle piece is one that I finally completed last night while watching one of the worst Monday Night Football games ever. I had started this piece some time ago with the sole intention of using the Painting Out technique to make it into something else once I had this background completed. I have it slated to be added to my Sassy Kats series at this point, but who knows if that will be the final destination.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Experiments with Textures

I am trying a myriad of mediums, colors, and such like to see what results I can get with my Small Faces series. I never really know what is going to happen, but I am studying my results carefully.

This piece is not finished yet, nor is it affixed to the substrate in the photo. I merely placed it on this board so as to photograph it. I really like the stone like qualities that I am getting with the mediums that I am currently using.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Hunting for Dolls

I have recently rummaged and scrounged thru half a dozen thrift stores in search of doll faces that I can use to make molds/moulds. This is not as easy as I had thought. Some of the faces do not have good definition and the faces are more painted on than sculpted. Porcelain dolls seem to have the best faces, but they are usually Collector Items and have a price tag to match. I'm not interested in collecting dolls...just making molds.

I'm now learning how to make molds myself since I have had limited success searching for molds online that look like what I want. I also have a block of air dry clay that has gotten hard on the bottom, so I might try my hand at sculpting some faces. I have visions of sugar plum whimsical dolls dancing in my head these days. More ideas are popping up weekly as to how I want to present them. I might even get into some little bodies at some point, too.

I am delighted that at long last I have begun to move into the doll making arena because this is something that I have wanted to do for years. Not only that, but I am envisioning some characters (aside from the Bottle Babes) being made from bottles and jars. Fantasy, elfin, fae type characters.

Monday, December 10, 2012


I like to pull out my Sharpie colored markers and do some scribbling while I watch tv. I'm using a Mackenzie-Childs catalogue as my inspiration for this one. Once I have the surface of the canvas panel fully covered, I will do a paint out technique and add another Sassy Kat to my series.

Believe in Yourself

I made this video 3 years ago to show friends and artists that we all experience uncertainty at some point in time. This is something that is learned as we make our way along the pathway in Artland. The point that I tried to make in this video is that you must practice believing in yourself and respecting yourself as much as possible. There will always be critics around that will diss you, mock you, and some will even hate you. You cannot escape this part of life. Cut those people from your life when you can, but still stay strong in the face of it all.

I believe in you.......

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Driving with My Parents

In the months before my parents died a decade ago, I was fortunate enough to spend months with both of them. Dad and I drove around the countryside on our way to and from hospitals and doctor appointments for three months. On one special occasion, he took me with him when he went on his sales route for an entire day and that was a journey that I can laugh about to this very moment.

After Dad died, I took Mom for several drives around the area where she had grown up. She had been bed bound for the last 8 years of her life, so it was a lovely experience for her to be out and about again. We saw her childhood neighborhood where their home had once stood, visited one of her aunts that she hadn't seen in a decade or more, and drove by her high school and other places where she spent time as a teenager. We also visited cemeteries and put flowers on the grave sites of her parents. I can still remember how emotional Mom was while we were there; quietly grieving for her lost relatives in that cemetery.

Both Mom and Dad told me stories during these drives. Stories of the various adventures they had during their lives that had been revived for them while we drove around in those areas. This gave me an opportunity to ask them questions and find out more about these two people that had been so influential in my life. The hopes and dreams that they had created. Stories that I had never heard before.

We also enjoyed some quiet moments together with the car windows rolled down and the fresh country air swirling around us and enveloping us with the sweet scents of the land. Each of us looking at the play of light upon the morning fog, or the glint of a ray of sunlight as it beamed through a cloud to the earth below. During those quiet moments, I don't know what Mom or Dad were thinking, but I enjoyed having those peaceful experiences with them. A special bonding took place as we relaxed in the space that we shared. I will forever cherish my time with Mom and Dad while driving.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Small Faces Online Class

This summer I began a new series that I call Small Faces. This video shows you the first 15 or so pieces that I created. I have since added another 5 pieces to this series and also began a new series that I call Bottle Babes.

This is a photo of some of the Bottle Babes prior to decorating and finishing them. I have 9 pieces in progress for this series.

Last night I came up with another idea for a new series called Book Worms. When am I going to get that one started? No clue. I work very slowly, unfortunately, so like most artists I cannot keep up with the ideas that I have. When I try to pour the coal on and work longer and faster, I don't enjoy myself because it feels like a J-O-B. Now there is nothing wrong with having a job, but at this point in my life I want to enjoy my art and not feel like I am working hard. Does that make sense? I don't consider myself to be a professional artist because I am a dabbler and I get bored too easily.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

For my seesta

I am embarrassed by how long it took me to complete this jean jacket for my sister, but at long last I consider it to be a success. All that is left to do now is to package it up and ship it out. Can I beat the rush??

Well, there is one detail left to do...and that is to compose a letter to her to thank her for being my sister. After all our years of being together and sharing adventures from one coast to another, we have taken to living in separate states and that took me some little while to accept. Years, in fact. I had come to expect that we would always live near one another, but then she went in another direction.

Now that we are both older and crankier, this is a good thing. We certainly had many differences of opinion and disagreements over the first 40+ years of our lives. Even screaming matches. They were rare, but today I am not so sure this would hold true? She will always hold a very special place in my heart and I would do anything for her.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

A Christmas Present

I needed a small gift for someone for Christmas, so I pulled out all of my Small Faces to see which one might be appropriate. I chose this one because of the playful girlish colors and I also know that she loves purple.

By adding the black and white checks to the sides, and putting her name onto the surface, it became much more personalized and whimsical. I think she might like this.

Still Life Turnip Painting

I created this 9 x 12" painting using water soluble oil pastels. From time to time I get on a still life kick because they are so much fun to do.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Ann's Collage

This piece began as part of a collage series that I was working on last summer. I was going in the direction of storytelling as art or a scrapbooking style of collage. When I began making this piece I smooshed some various colors onto a canvas panel surface. These colors were leftover colors that I had in my paint box and I was trying to get them used up so that I could close the lid on my paint box. Sometimes you simply get too many colors in your inventory and at that time it becomes least for me it does.

I was using up some greens, golds, and pinks and after smooshing them around, I had to pick out a theme of some sort. So I started basing it upon art and creating, and while I was collaging pieces onto the surface and building a story I found myself being transported back in time by about 30 years. That's when I pulled out a black marker and began writing what I was thinking about and the whole direction of the piece changed. I had to paint over some of the things about art that I had added, but this piece was really speaking to me and guiding me in this direction so I knew it was the right thing to do.

This is the story of 4 friends that became very close and shared many adventures together in Colorado in the 80's. We laughed, loved, shopped, played, ate, and grew together during those years. Only 2 of us are still living today, so I made this for my sweet friend, Ann.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Newest Florida Paintings and Collages

I experimented with painting out techniques, collaging, and beeswax in some of my latest pieces from my Florida Series. I now have 60+ pieces in this series.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Kelvin's Baby Dragon

I was hired to do a commission for someone who was having a baby this summer and in China this is the year of the Dragon. So I developed this little cartoon character using Ceramic Stucco from Liquitex for the texture on the surface of the canvas. In the video the background looks less purple than it does in real life. But my favorite part of this is the music that goes so well with the little guy! It's a perfect match.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Meeting with Edna Colazzo

Edna came down south with her family earlier this year and we got to meet in Orlando for an afternoon. I did entirely too much rambling at the beginning of the video, so you might want to skip over all that part and get to the final 2 minutes where I show Edna and her work.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Michelle's Portrait

This was a portrait that I did on commission earlier this year. Rarely do I do portraits. I made this video to show to the customer prior to shipping so that she could see what it looked like before I shipped it, in case she wanted any changes made.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Art Inspiration from the Beach

At the time, I wasn't consciously aware that my trips to the beach influenced my art much, but based upon the colors and landscape views in this video you can see their connection to the landscape in the following video.

This was the collage landscape piece that was created two weeks after the prior video was made.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Painting Lamps and Furniture

I love painting bright and colorful designs on furniture pieces and lamps. I am a huge fan of MacKenzie-Childs pieces and I saved an old 2004 catalogue and continue to use it for inspiration and ideas.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Flower Art Journal

At least 18 months ago, I had been dreaming of making some dolls. But I never began anything even remotely like that until the summer of 2012 when I began my Small Faces series. At the time of this post, I am also creating another new series that I call Bottle Babes. I will get into these more later.

Flower Art Journal is now completed!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Girlie Girl Zentangles

In my Girlie Girl Art Journal I began experimenting with Zentangles.

And here is the Girlie Girl Art Journal is finally completed!

Art Montage

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Easy Peasey Faces

It can't get much simpler than this one!

If you wish to improve your portrait skills then practice, practice, practice. Using the loosey goosey method shown in this video will get you moving in the right direction. There are many formulas available for making faces and when I was first doing them 10 years ago, I used lines and thirds and suchlike to create my faces. THEY ALL LOOKED ALIKE.

People do not look alike. If you study them carefully, faces do not look alike. Let's forget Vogue models and the Beautiful People...real people each have a unique look.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Artwork for Girlie Girl Contests

I did several contests on You Tube and here is the artwork that I made and gave as prizes in 3 of the contests:

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Art Journal Cover and More Art Tags

I had a little contest to help me decide what to do with the Art Journal cover and this video shows the winner and their suggestion along with the final results of the cover. I also went a little crazy on making the gift tags and there was a whole pile of them before I was finished!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Art Tags and Another Art Journal Flip

These little tags are easy and fun to make. At this time of year having a pile of them on hand makes your life much simpler when you are gift giving. You get to showcase your artistic skills and enhance the gifts for your favorite people on your list by gearing your tags toward a specific theme.

This is the completed long last!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Glass & Wire Rose Tutorial

Easy Peasy flowers that I have been making for years. I did a series of vases about 14 years ago from Frappucino bottles and polymer clays. It was during the development of this bottle series that I came up with the idea of these glass and wire roses. When you add half a dozen or more of these to a vase, it looks really cute.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Another Mixed Media Painting Demonstration

In this image from my Florida series, I used acrylic paints, opaque ink, and spackle to add the painting to the surface of this recycled painting. By putting heavy layers of gesso over the earlier painting, I was able to transform it to a new painting.

This video is time lapse, so it plays quickly and there is some music to dance to as well!! In this video I am recycling another painting and giving it a fresh new look.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Aluminum Foil Tape

Adding a Girlie Girl to one of my art journals using collage, stamping, drawing, and painting.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Page of Pain

When my son moved out of state 2 years ago, I had an extremely difficult time dealing with it. I used my art and journaling to help me to work through my upset about this. It truly helped me, and so did the passage of time. This is to all you mothers out there!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Collage in an Art Journal

In this video I show an earlier Water Soluble Oil Pastels image that I had in my collage bag, and how I took pieces of that to enhance a collage image in my art journal. Also show some other pages in this journal.

And in this video I show some additional art journal pages using collage and stamping techniques. One of the things that I have noticed is that my saved collage papers will bring back memories from earlier years when you see them. You can remember where you were, what you were doing, and often how you made your collage papers.

This final video shows you how to paint over a photo or magazine image that you have applied to a page of your art journal. This is great practice on becoming comfortable with painting portraits. Use of fixatives will be necessary on the surface of your image prior to painting it. This will prevent any bleeding or beading of your paints when you apply them in the paint over method.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Languishing in Love Art Journal Page

Here I took an image from a fashion magazine, sketched it into a journal, painted and collaged the page all in a whimsical style. It became Lounging for Love somewhere along the way.

Also shown are some other pages done with hearts, faces, and whatever came to mind. When I do my art journals, I prefer to use children's board books because the pages do not buckle and warp.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Gift Wrapping for Artists

I have almost always used my scraps and collage art supplies to create packaging for gifts in my adult life. It takes longer to get the gifts wrapped, but people LOVE getting uniquely wrapped packages. In some cases, people have enjoyed my wrapping more than the gifts inside...those would be occasions when I didn't shop correctly, but my wrapping saved the day.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Still Life Acrylic Painting Demonstration

In this video I demonstrated how to recycle a painting. I am a huge fan of still life paintings, so I will routinely paint one or two of them to add to my inventory. They might be acrylic, pastel, watercolor, or oil....OR even mixed media. This one is an acrylic and I show you how I did the charcoal underdrawing, as well.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Daily Painting

Several years ago I did a 3 month stint of Daily Painting. This was a Painting a Day experience and during this time I completed 70 small oil paintings plus some acrylic pieces and Magic Painting Shirts. There is an incredible amount of discipline involved with doing a Painting a Day, which is why I only lasted for 3 months.

Out of those 70 oil paintings, about half of them were worth keeping. The other half has since been recycled into something else. There is much to be learned from doing a Painting a Day, so if you haven't already tried it I would recommend it highly.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Another Universe Series and Frog Series

Several years ago, I was really grooving on crossing from one universe to another and sharing my experiences with others. The old Moody Blues tune, Out and In, plays through my head on occasion and I was attempting to express that viewpoint with others when I was working on this series.

A completely different series came into play in 2002. These whimsical frogs burst forth and began a life of their own. Many of the pieces in this series were created about members of my family. You should have seen my Dad's face when he first saw Big Al, which was made about him. And my friend, Louise, was over the moon happy when she saw Beezer for the first time, which I had made in her honor. Since then, both my Dad and Louise have died, along with several other people in my Frog series, but their stories will live on and on......