Creative Exercises

Invent a Goddess

Posted by on Feb 27, 2014 in Creative Exercises | 10 comments

Invent a Goddess

There are times we need support, and the spirits out there are just not specific enough. That is when I need to invent my own goddess. This is a goddess I drew to support ADD and ADHD, which is a full time experience at my house. I call her “Addy”. She is a fold out in one of my journals. She is made of disjointed and wandering maps, a piece of “Harmony” sheet music and she holds a small card from Saint Francis, patron saint of animals (pets that love us). This week I made another goddess for a teacher of mine. Years ago I took my first book making class with Bonnie...

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Sponges and Stencils

Posted by on Aug 30, 2013 in Creative Exercises, My techniques, My Work | 9 comments

Sponges and Stencils

I have a lot of stuff in my art studio, and I am trying to pare down which means giving away all the things I do not use in my work. Up until now that would have included stencils. As you may know, I designed a set of stencils for Artistcellar last year. That was a challenge for me since I do not, nor have I ever been a stencil user. So I designed stencils that might appeal to someone like me, someone who might want to add texture but not purchased imagery. The stencils that I designed are abstract calligraphy, and they are calls “TEXTures”. I am proud of how they turned out. The...

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Bombs Away!

Posted by on May 20, 2013 in About me, Creative Exercises | 4 comments

Bombs Away!

This morning my girl went to school, for the last week of finals. An hour later she sent a text that the school had  a bomb scare, and that she and the other kids were headed to the gym. We turn on the news. In fact, there is a bomb scare at her school in the headlines. While I know that this kind of thing most often ends up fine, I do not want my beautiful girl huddled with frightened masses of other children, even for one minute. We watched the news, and waited for updates. In the meantime I think, what can I do to balance out this ghastly fear that is creeping up my spine? In these...

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Postcards with Jane

Posted by on Apr 9, 2013 in Creative Exercises, Deconstructing | 1 comment

Postcards with Jane

    Jane Davies is a popular teacher and I can see why. I finally met her last week, at Art & Soul in Kansas City, where I taught and she did too. She offered a free postcard class one evening, and I went. She told us to make four very distinct designs on one piece of paper. All I had to work with was some pens and a bit of paint, not the roller carts of paper and collage materials most of the others had, so I set about drawing. The first quadrant I did was the marker faces, which I scribbled with a Pitt Big Brush Pen and filled in with neon green Molotow Marker.       ...

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Journal Challenge for Myself

Posted by on Mar 1, 2013 in Creative Exercises, Journaling | 3 comments

Journal Challenge for Myself

In October my friend Connie presented me with a journal she made, it is stunning. She made it using a cover of a vintage book. She decorated every single page. Each one is so thoughtful, so full of texture and imagery that she glued, stitched, drew and collaged. Most of you know that I normally work on white pages, so this journal was a bit of a challenge for me, both because it was already so beautiful to look at, and because I was not sure how to approach a page with so much content already on it. I decided to try and work with the pages so what Connie did and what I added looked...

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SASSY girls and a Good Idea

Posted by on Jan 4, 2013 in Artist Friends, Creative Exercises | 3 comments

SASSY girls and a Good Idea

In November, two months ago, egads how time flies, I invited some enchanting ladies to join me in the mountains for four days to make art and plans for making more art. Carol Sloan, Kim Rae Nugent and Liz Kettle and I rented a cabin and filled it with art and fun. We call ourselves Smarty Artists’ (Sumptuous)  Summit, or S.A.S.S. We had an elk head on the wall we named “Bernard.” We dressed him up and drew him. We had a view out our window of the Rocky Mountains, and the forest. The dining room table soon filled up with so many supplies and projects that we had to eat in...

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