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Portland Teaching, March 5-8, 2015

Posted by on Jan 16, 2015 in Journaling, Workshops and Classes | 0 comments

Portland Teaching, March 5-8, 2015

I am teaching in Portland, Oregon for Art and Soul Retreats in March. I have three classes, all classes that I LOVE. Portland, Oregon Art and Soul Retreat March 5-8, 2015 I am teaching three classes that I love. 1. Sumptuous Sumi Painting on nice paper with sumi ink, a beautiful silky black ink used in eastern calligraphy, is amazingly satisfying and fun. We will make a sample book of papers and techniques using Sumi ink and various other products, paints, inks and tools. We will create small landscapes, lots of textures and many pages of...

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Reading and My Art

Posted by on Jan 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | 8 comments

Reading and My Art

I read, a lot. You and I may be friends on Goodreads, so you may know that. Of all the things that inform my art, reading is at the top of the list. I am very often inspired by words. One of the things I started doing years ago was to choose my favorite sentence in each book I read. I would write it down in my journal in doodles or a whole page. Doing this made me read carefully, and it also helped me remember the book since I am not organized enough to keep a log of my reading like some people I know. Next life, perhaps. Here is a page from...

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“Unsubscribe” before you “Spam”

Posted by on Jan 8, 2015 in About me | 2 comments

“Unsubscribe” before you “Spam”

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Doodle Mugs

Posted by on Jan 1, 2015 in Tutorial | 2 comments

Doodle Mugs

Happy New Year! 2015, it is here and that seems surreal to me, such an odd number, it still seems futuristic to me. This year I made a lot of art for presents for Christmas and some of the paintings I did are on the last post here for the Sketchbook Challenge. Some of the other things I made I could not post because they were secret. This one is super easy and everyone loved it. Doodle mugs. I bought some cappuccino mugs from Target. Then I bought a marker made for porcelain and glass. The Deco Art Glass Paint Marker. It comes in other colors...

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Twinks, Silks, and the Gelli

Posted by on Dec 19, 2014 in Creative Exercises | 1 comment

Twinks, Silks, and the Gelli

I am not a glittery gal, in fact, I banned glitter from my house when my kids were small and I realized that the glitter lodged permanently in the cracks in my hardwood floors. There are other ways to add bling and luminesence to your artwork and Twinking H2Os and Silks are among my favorites. Both products are made by ColourArte. Twinkling H2Os are watercolors with mica suspended in them. Silks are iridescent acrylic glazes. They come in the same colors and work incredibly well together to create layers of color that reminds me of seashells....

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Mini Book Ornament and Haiku

Posted by on Dec 17, 2014 in Uncategorized | 3 comments

Mini Book Ornament and Haiku

I have been making book ornaments for about 15 years. I love books, love the holidays and what is not to love about combining the two? This year was special because I got to decorated them with papers I made with my new stencils. I started with a saturated piece of paste paper. Added a layer of Silks (acrylic glazes) using my stencils. I kept adding layers until I was satisfied. Love that.  Did a few more papers. And a few more. For this project you need: 2 pieces decorative paper 3″ x 3″ 2 pieces mat board 2.5″ x 2.5″...

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Map 2015: The Wheel of Life Compass Rose

Posted by on Dec 9, 2014 in Map 2015 | 1 comment

Map 2015: The Wheel of Life Compass Rose

Welcome to Map 2015, a project that Tara Gill and I are doing to get you thinking and mapping the upcoming year. We hope that this project, making any kind of simple or complex map of your intentions for 2015, will be a fun and fulfilling exercise to broaden your artistic experience. We are on Facebook and Pinterest, and hope when you finish your project you will share it in those places. Tara Gill, my partner in this project and photographer/designer extraordinaire, introduced me to a coaching tool that I thought we could use to create...

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Make it New, again.

Posted by on Dec 7, 2014 in Being an Artist | 2 comments

Make it New, again.

Lesley Riley has a new book out, and it is a beauty. Each page is a artistic interpretation of a quote by artists that Lesley knows, and I am happy to be one of them. The pages are perforated, so you can remove and frame them. Click on the cover above to buy this treasure. This is the piece that I have in the book. It has a funny story. It is a three panel altar piece made with masonite, copper foil, copper wire, and gemstones. I painted it with acrylics and Twinkling H2Os, a watercolor that has mica suspended in it. These paints add a level...

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Gel Skins and Collage

Posted by on Dec 1, 2014 in My techniques | 11 comments

Gel Skins and Collage

After taking a class last summer at Art Unraveled with Chris Cozen and then going to London with Patti Brady who wrote a book on Rethinking Acrylics, I have been introduced to the fabulous world of gel skins. There are so many ways to make these, and this one is the lowest technology possible. First, spread some Gel Medium on a page protector with a palette knife. I did this, then dropped some High Flow Acrylics on top to see if I could get them to “bloom”. They did not (my gel at the bottom was too dry I found out). So, my first...

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Wayne Thiebaud, my guy

Posted by on Nov 19, 2014 in Visual Inspiration | 8 comments

Wayne Thiebaud, my guy

Everyone who knows me or has taken my classes knows that my favorite artist in this world is Wayne Thiebaud. Here is an article on the uniqueness of this man. Last year I flew to San Francisco with my friend Mary Ann, just to see his newest show. His art is the kind you have to stand in front of, but since most of you cannot, I am going to legally share his show with you now. The gallery gave me permission to share the photos I took. Thiebaud is known by many as a pop culture artist because in the 70s he painted cakes and pies. I missed that...

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