Friday, September 4, 2015

day 3 and 4, 29 faces 

day 3

day 4

i love a challenge and love painting faces

so it is a perfect combination that ayala

has offered a  september 2015

29 faces challenge.   

why don't you join in?

have a lovely weekend and to those

in the united states, happy holiday!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

day 2, 29 faces, september 2015

she started out 

in one direction.

in an attempt to 

will her in another,

i learned that

in the choice between

the will and intuition,

yield to truth.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

day 1 of 29 faces

i often start a new piece from paper or a canvas

that was perviously used.  it feels familiar and 

friendly to add paint or watercolor to substrate that 

had a previous life.  the other side of this heavy

watercolor paper is turquoise and embossed from the

imprint of rosemary and   bougainvillea from my yard.  

when i turned the the paper around i saw a lovely, soft

bleed through of color.  i added bits and pieces of tea bag

which matched and created the darker edge of her hair.  then

sketched in a soft face with pencil.   i always like a challenge and 

look forward to 28 more faces this month.  click on the link to 

see what other artists create.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

lucky me!

seth apter, mixed media artist, innovative blogger, 

author of numerous books, designer,  collaborative artist

are among many his many talents.  he recently celebrated 

8 years of blogging with a giveaway drawing.  i was one of

four winners from over 200 entries.

for hours of inspiration visit seth's blog.  

thank you, seth!

i often use stencils, both original and store bought, 

in various ways.   the piece below is an example.

indigo lady, mixed media

stencils were used in unconventional ways to make papers which

are glued to  on the left side  of this piece.   

first, i selected a  magazine page, placed a stencil 

underneath and sanded.  you can sand heavily or lightly, depending

on the effect you desise.   at the recent whidbey island 

workshop i attended, i learned to layer this technique 

by using multiple  stencils and then spraying it with dyes

so that you are literally creating your own ephemeral.   

i  hen tore pieces and adhered it to a cradle board.  

there  is really no end  to the number of layers 

one can use in a mixed media piece. 

close up

you can barely make out the little fish shapes 

swimming  in water in the  upper left corner.

Friday, August 14, 2015

i have been on an adventure.

where do i start?  first, start with a

reunion of five art friends who met 

together one afternoon on my deck for a magical

afternoon of art journaling and our sharing lives.

john from a seattle suburb, terry from minnesota,

brian from long beach and jacki from orange county.

we were quite happy to be together as you can see.

john, terry and brian team taught an art 

journaling extravaganza.


with thirteen artists for three full days and even 

some of us crazy enough to come back for more 

after a  group dinner out.    there were many moments,

memories, spectacular sunrise and sunsets.   the best

was the deepening of friendships old and new.  

now back to paint paint paint.  i have added a tab 

at the top of my page which lists all of the paintings 

to be shown at the third annual gallery in the garden

hosted by my friend, diane dunn.  i hope you have time

for a virtual visit.  

a journal spread.  t's orange influenced by jacki long

a wonderful weekend to all!

it's friday and i am posting with paint party friday

Friday, July 31, 2015

mixed media on paper


why do we bother with the rest of the day,
the swale of the afternoon
the sudden dip into evening,

then night with his notorious perfumes, 
his many-pointed stars?

this is the best~
throwing off the light covers,
feet on the cold floor,
and buzzing around the house on espresso~

maybe a splash of water on the face,
a palmful of vitamins~
but mostly buzzing around the house on espresso,

dictionary and atlas open on the rug,
the typewriter waiting for the key of the head,
a cello on the radio,

and, if necessary, the windows~
trees fifty, a hundred years old
out there,
heavy clouds on the way
and the lawn steaming like a horse
in the early morning.

billy collins
sailing alone around the room

a lovely day to all


posting with paint party friday

Friday, July 24, 2015

mixed media on board

welcome to my friends and

fellow artists. 

posting with paint party friday 

all that you are seeking is also 
seeking you.

~franz kafka