Sunday, December 18, 2005


There are many reasons to love Daniel Smith Art Supply store.
1. wonderful products
2. very helpful and knowledgable staff
3. free workshops!!!

I went to two workshops this weekend. The one on Saturday was on oils taught by Danila Rumold. She did a demo on creating an underpainting and then building up with glazes. She brought in examples of her work which are abstract, so it was neat to see her switch to more figurative painting in her demo. I learned a lot. It's all falling into place now in my head. Can't wait to paint some more...

Today I went to a demo on encaustics, specifically Works on Paper with Wax taught by Megan Irving. She used to work for R&F, the company that makes encaustic products and she shared a lot of great techniques. Things I hadn't ever thought of to do with wax.

I love learning not just about how to use different mediums, but also what they are. Creating art is such a part of the natural world...I can't quite put it into words yet. The process from minerals or nuts or ground up bone turned into paint or medium then turned into a piece of art by the artist. It's a beautiful process.

Thursday, December 15, 2005


The moon has been out in full force around here. Well, the skies have been unusually clear. Amazing how much light the moon casts when the clouds are away.

moonlight, mixed media, 5x7 inches

Words read: the moon will light your way...

Acrylic, graphite, beeswax, crayon, masking tape, collaged papers, and transparency.
Bound journal at amanobooks

Tuesday, December 13, 2005


wander, mixed media 6x8 inches

I have had that photo transfer sitting around the studio for months now. I have been itching to use it but it just never felt right. So on Sunday, when I started this, I was determined to finally use the transfer. I got it down on the panel and didn't know what to do next.
I just laid paint down. Switching colors. Too bright, too blue, too dark, too dirty. It was a struggle...but then finally it just clicked. Yesterday I added on the netted cloth to the sides and the words underneath:
i'll wander with you

Bound journal at amanobooks

holiday joy

This year for my holiday cards I decided to do a mixed media panel instead of the usual illustration of my dog Foggy. I created this using clip art, old music sheets, ribbon from my wedding bouquet(!), star stickers, and acrylic paint. I printed out the scan onto blank cards. But the original has been turned into a journal cover. Holidays brings out the multitasker in me! Luckily for me or I think I would lose my mind. Maybe I already have.......

Bound journal at amanobooks

Monday, December 12, 2005

Crow Dream

Crow Dream mixed media, oil, 4x4 inches.

You know when something that happens in real life intersects with a dream and the combo just hits you in the chest? Life altering, even. Something like that happened a while ago and inspired this 4x4 inch mixed media piece.

The crow was from real life, and the words were from a dream. The words read: can't you see it?'s right there

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Illustration Friday - Surprise

Surprise! A fish shooting out of a cannon is definitely unexpected. This was made with clip art, watercolor, and pencil

Lust for Life

I wish they would only take me as I am.
~Vincent Van Gogh

While working on some more 4x4's today I finished listening to Irving Stone's book on tape Lust for Life a novel based on the life of Vincent Van Gogh. It was long, but really good. I have a renewed appeciation for his work now that I know more about his life and the struggles he went through to paint. I'm ashamed to admit this but I had grown a snobby distaste for his paintings after seeing numerous sunflower and starry night posters in every dorm room in college. And when I worked in a frame shop when we lived in St. Louis, the Van Gogh exhibit happened to come to the city. Everyone and their mother bought the Starry Night poster and wanted to frame it. It drove me nuts.

But really, his work was quite revolutionary for the time. And you have to admire someone who goes against what everyone tells him and keeps on painting. I mean, people telling him that he was a failure, a madman, that he might as well give up, that he couldn't even draw, that his art was garbage and that he should be ashamed of himself. But he didn't care. He needed to paint and he did.

Of course this is a novel and maybe I should do more research on my own but I am just happy to say that I see his paintings again for the beautiful masterpieces that they are. Paintings full of force and power.

What an interesting man he was.

If you hear a voice within you say "you cannot paint," then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.

What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?

He was a religious man too. But as with many deeply spiritual people, religion spit him out.

When I have a terrible need of - shall I say the word - religion. Then I go out and paint the stars.

The best way to know God is to love many things.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Coil journals

Yesterday I made a bunch of coil journals for amanobooks. A more affordable option for people who want a collage journal but can't afford an original. It's important to me to provide that option because I know what it's like!