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!

Friday, June 8, 2012

An art journal page for today... Wherever you are, you are not LOST if you are at peace.  Enjoy every chance you get to be in the moment. Each one is precious.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Or Not...

"Secrets" journal page

Boy, was I wrong in the previous post below. I'm absolutely non-plussed as to why it took me 9 whole months to revisit my blog. When I saw a light at the end of a tunnel, it was actually a train coming. The past 9 months have been some of the worst for things happening in my life: 6 bad falls (including one that required surgery to fix my torn up shoulder), a disastrous job change (couldn't have been more wrong about that one), my house getting robbed, and very little art. But after all of it, I'm somehow stronger emotionally. Maybe it took all those things to bring me out of la-la land and realize that I have strength that all those negative things can't touch. I'm glad for every day and ways in which things are starting to get better.  Onward and upward...