Friday, July 25, 2014

Creating = Happiness

When I was notified that I was selected to exhibit at the October Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival, I was thrilled followed by sheer panic. Would I have enough work finished in time for the show? In hindsight, I shouldn't have worried. It's been an absolute joy to finish one piece, followed immediately by another. Ideas and how to execute them have been pouring out of me, and I couldn't be more grateful. My faith has shown me that I am never alone.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

HANDy Bookends

I've enjoyed creating two sets of bookends, one "male" (Steampunk) and one "female" (Bookish). Making these has taught me that having a creative vision isn't enough; I must hone skills with tools and mediums to pull it off. I used plenty of power tools on these bookends, and it felt a little scary but I'm happy with the results. Both these pairs will be included in my exhibit at the Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival during the Balloon Fiesta the first weekend of October.

The show is fast approaching. I'd like to get about 10 more pieces finished before then, but I'm OK with the hard work it will take. It doesn't really seem like WORK because ideas are pouring out of me at a rate I haven't seen before. It makes a huge difference to be retired from an 8-5 job! For that I'm so grateful.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Where have I been???

Life is so crazy. Just when I promise myself I'm going to post something SOON, life goes nuts and it's months before I do anything. Of course, much of the "nuts" part is my own doing. I'm constantly wanting to try this and try that... Next thing I know I've bitten off way more than I can chew. I know, it's awful!

The work above (Lady Deco) is some of the playing I've been doing ever since I took a class last fall from Andrea Matus Demeng at the Art Is You retreat in Petaluma, CA. It has my own twist by incorporating polymer clay mosaic. I love altering faces and adding vintage objects to create assemblages. It might come from my love of making paper dolls as a child. I used to cut up catalogs from JC Penney and Sears and spent hours filling in scenes or altering the figures. And I still love to play and make up my own story people.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Steampunk Triptych

My apologies to Bloglandia. I admit I've been remiss in posting since I retired at the end of February of this year. But it's not because I've been slacking off! I've been loaded up with studio time (which I absolutely revel in) and with teaching art workshops (also a favorite activity). I'm beginning to wonder how I got anything done at all when I was working...

This piece is a triptych, 40"x30" composed of hundreds of hand-made tiles and found/altered objects. I'm kind of in this Steampunk craze at the moment and I'm enjoying the interest it's been generating. The mosaic assemblages I'm so fond of creating seem to reach into that part of me that loved doing puzzles when I was a kid. Except this time I'm making the pieces AND putting them together - twice the fun.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Illustration Friday - Eye Glasses

Part of a multi-layered journal spread. It reminds me of the sign across from the automotive shop featured in the film, "The Great Gatsby" - the eyes that seem to see everything.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013


This page is in response to my art journaling group's challenge this month for "vintage." My scanner kind of squished the actual spread, but you get the gist of it. I was inspired by the assemblages of Greg Hanson, whose work I've seen on YouTube. In my own mosaic work, I'm fond of taking found objects and repurposing (re-imagining) them as something else. This page was awesome fun to create!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Retiring -- to Art!

Finally - after working for the past 50 years or so, my time belongs to me and I can now enjoy the rest of my life. It will be an adjustment for sure... I'm so used to going 100 mph with my hair on fire all the time. "Life balance" is not something I've known for a long time, and now I will. I'm free to pursue my undying love of art - creating it in my studio, teaching workshops, sharing time with other artists, the whole shebang. When I was much younger I dreaded the aging process, but now I embrace it because I know who I am and I'm comfortable in my own skin, wrinkled as it's getting. Life is good and I am blessed.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

"Flying on Steampunk Time" - SOLD

This is the finished piece I showed a section of below. To get a detailed view, just click on the photo. This steampunk piece is probably the most fun I've ever had working on a long-term project. Finished size 1' x 4'.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Steampunk Scenario 1

I'm working on a commission for a steampunk piece that will include a clock. The finished work will be 1 ft x 4 ft.  This is the top square foot of the piece, and the clock is in the next section down.  I'm having a blast working on this as it evolves and becomes whatever it wants to - very liberating for an artist!  I'm getting to paint, construct boxes and frames, use vintage doodads, sculpt with clay, collage, add mosaics, etc. The color palate includes rust (of course), metals, golds, greens, and blues. After recovering from shoulder surgery, I'm finally getting my art rhythm and mojo back. Thank goodness.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Round Robin Journal Spread

I'm so happy to be part of an art journaling group that gets together once a month in the basement of a local art supply store, Artisan Santa Fe. For our May meetup, our "homework" was to start a journal page (or spread) with just one collage piece. Then at the meetup, our moderator set a timer for 5 minutes and each person (there were about 12 of us) had to add to a journal page during that short time. When time was up, we moved the journals along and repeated the 5 minute timed spurt until the journals had made it all the way around the table. Every single page or spread was completely different and reflected the creativity of all of us. BTW, the collage piece I started with was the white cat with the cut-out lime helmet. Wow - what a blast we had!