Thursday, September 3, 2015

Butterfly collage

Butterfly collage
3" x 3"
acrylic medium, paint and papers

Butterflies speak to me. I love their whole story of metamorphosis and how they die to become something new and more beautiful then they were. I think that is how we live our lives, no? Throughout history butterflies  has symbolized transformation and rebirth.
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font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">This collage was made by first coating all paper pieces with Golden's medium and let dry. Then using heat, I adhered the pieces down to the substrate. Then I used acrylic paint to enhance, shade and color. It's a fun process I learned from Jonathan Talbot. I am lucky enough to live near him and took a 3-day workshop on this process he developed. 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

August and crafting don't go together in my world

mixed media collage
4" x 6" on cardstock

This is the summer of lazy days, book reading, and painting. I just do not do a lot of crafting this time of year. I am not sure why. How about you?  I've been doing a fair amount of painting and drawing this summer between trips to here and there. I did go to a stamp convention in June and purchased several new stamp sets and dies. Can't wait to try them out...but that wont be until the fall. 

I posted an older craft project that is really speaking to me today. I feel in my bones that I will be OK. Tomorrow is the first anniversary of my dear husbands death. He is on my mind almost constantly. But it's a good feeling, warm and loving. Not the utter shattering that was when he died so suddenly and unexpectedly a year ago. I now know I will be OK. And so will you.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

New oil painting

Two limes
oil on panel 6" x 6"

I've been away at the beach for two weeks, so not much painting. 

I am home now and went to my weekly class and painted this small oil painting. I so enjoyed painting the cloth as it draped over the edge of the table. I am learning a lot about oil painting at the atelier of Susan Hope Fogel. She is a great teacher! Lately she is also teaching an experimental watercolor class that looks so interesting, that I plan to take it when next offered. 

Been at the beach...

Haven't posted much because I haven't been crafting. I just got home from the beach for 2 weeks. The first week was with my kids, their families and friends and it was busy, noisy and lots of fun. We had 19 people between 2 houses! The second week every one left and my sisters and BFF came for the second week. It was a much quieter week and we had gourmet meals, card games and reading at the beach. Each week was wonderful, each in it's own way.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

So I had this idea...

I've had this old drawer forever. For years it's been in my studio on it's side and I used it as shelves. I re-decorated my studio and a lot went, including this drawer-turned-shelf. So I've re-purposed it as a little area to add plants on my deck. I love how it looks out there! I know it's wood and raw wood at that, but I don't care. When it goes it goes. I think I will be using these flowers as reference photos for some future paintings.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Feels so good to make art!!

It's been a long time since I've made any art. Life has a way of happening and before I realize it, it's been months. Since my husband passed away so suddenly 9 months ago, my life changed, For a time I thought I would never make art again, as my heart was broken and my life was shattered. Slowly, the pieces have started to mend.  I am very gentle with myself these days.  The stress of life and loss had forced me to do so.

This is a commission piece. It felt so good to get back in the saddle and create again. I felt a bit of my old self today while making this. Boy did that feel nice! I wasn't sure I would ever feel like creating again.

I love this saying and isn't it true? It DOES take a long time to grow a friend.

Monday, March 23, 2015

birthday card

This card reflects my latest color crush:  blues and browns. I can't seem to get enough of the combo.
I want to decorate a beach house with these colors.  Anyway- this is a pretty card I just made for a friend of mine. The flowers are from Heartfelt Creations dies. The ivy stem and leaves is from Spellbinders, as is the 'Happy Birthday" die cut.

happy crafting!   And to quote George Harrison:  Little Darling, it's been a long cold lonely winter,
Little darling, it feels like years since it's been here, Here comes the sun, here comes the sun and I say it's all right.