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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Finding Comfort...

In my studio...of all places.  Just passing through the door seems to make everything right in the world.
Mind you...it definitely needs a good cleaning...things need to be put in their proper places---or trashed...but these days, its where I run to when I need an escape.
 
Seems I have only been starting things....just doing mindless backgrounds....creating space for words that I am sure will come later...
 
Randomly selecting colors from my shelves and finding a blank spot to deposit them...
 
Making marks with whatever my hand seems to grab on my oh so cluttered work table.
Until next time,

Monday, January 5, 2015

Hello 2015 and Goodbye Break!!!

Happy New Year Blog Friends!
I hope that this first few days of 2015 have been good to you all....
Its back to school today for us...and well...sigh....
 
 
After a lot of travel this break for the holidays....my word for
the year--several of them played out in my head until I could get back to my studio to let it out.....
 
There were lots of candidates....maybe I will revisit this word later....but for now...Clarity seems to stick out at the front.  
 

 
I hope that you all have the greatest day ever!!
Until next time,



Monday, December 22, 2014

Happy Monday Blog Friends!!

Christmas Break has officially started for me!  Lots and lots do do on my list of things to get done during this break!
Like.....get back to my art journal...
 
It seems like forever since I have done anything in my journal except demo...
So I soent some time over at the Art Bar in Raleigh....imagine hours of uninterrupted journaling time...

Its a start....
I have about 6 pages left in this journal....I REALLY want to get it finished by the end of this year...we shall see...
I also know that I REALLY want to learn to draw...always, always have...yes...its that nasty word called practice that is to make me better at drawing...
I started this journal for practicing...
No pressure, right??
 
 
 
Yikes!!!!  Lots and LOTS more practice needed!  I have also signed up for Sketchbookery with Mary Ann Moss...I have always enjoyed and definitely wanted to learn sketching---like Urban Sketching.  I am simply amazed by the sketchbooks of people that sketch on location.  So, I am rxcited to begin my journey on December 26th!
Anywho, I hope you all enjoy your day.
Until next time,

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Back at It...

Good Morning Blog Friends....

After some time in bed with the worlds worst sinus infection followed by pneumonia...I am finally back in the studio.  I just didn't have the energy to even make it upstairs to my studio...so for the last month or so, there has been no art play around here...sigh.

It seems like forever since I created in my journal...FOREVER!!!  So, I just played around with some leftover paint!
This past weekend, I did get over to the Art Bar in Raleigh, and oh what an amazing place it is!!!
 
There is a Visual Journaling group that meets on Saturday, so I got a chance to spread out and play with a new set of watercolors that I got!!. I think I have found my new hangout!!! 
Not much else to share today.....
I hope you all have a great holiday surrounded by family and friends!
Until next time,

Sunday, October 12, 2014

In Love With The Process...


Hi Blog Friends!
I am so honored to be asked by Susan Carrol over at Faith Words Faith Expressions to take part in a bloghop on the creative process!
 

1.  What are you working on at the moment? 
I am currently loving working on canvas, canvas boards and gessoboard.  Seems like a giant step for the girl that was afraid---completely afraid of canvas a few months ago.  To make myself get over that fear, I challenged myself to paint on small - very non threatening 8x10 or smaller canvases, and complete a ginormous number of them....yes, ginormous, 1,032 to be exact!!!  I figured, to complete that number, I would definitely get over my fear of working on these little gems called canvas, and I would learn a lot in the process.

2.  How does your work differ from others in your genre? 
I'm not sure if my work is any different.  I absolutely adore the work of Mindy Lacefield, and Mystele.  I love their playful approach to painting, and that is exactly what I love to do....just play.

3. Why do you create? 
I simply have to.....If I don't, I am frustrated, and feel as though something is missing.  I simply adore getting my fingers covered in paint.....and attacking a surface to erase the stress and strain of the day.  I usually work very early - the wee hours of the morning are best for me.  I get up around 4am, and that is my ME time.  Everything is quiet, and I can play uninterrupted.  We have a busy household - insanely busy, so, any afternoon time in the studio is not guarenteed.  If I have had a particularly rough day at work, I come home, and steal away to my studio to let paint fly!!

4.  How does your creative process work?
I have found that I do not plan anything out.  So...lets begin:  I start by prepping my canvas/surface with random bits of paper, that I adhere to the surface to create texture.
 

I use matte medium to glue things down.

Once dry, I put a light coat of gesso over the entire surface....
Once it is completely dry, I pull out my crayons and inktense pencils, and just scribble.


Now, its time for some paint.  I will pull several colors....
Without rhyme or reason, I just put color down....


Then, I pull out a stencil, and my ink sprays.....

 

With my most favorite pencil, a Jerry'sArtarama Jumbo Jet Black pencil, I start scribbling again....  Just making marks, or adding words that come to mind.
I found a piece of paper on my table....ripped it up, and glued it down.


I added stamping...


I drew in a leaf shape.....
Then painted out all of the background around it...
 
 
Then used a stencil to come back in and wipe away wet paint in certain spots...




I had a jar lid sitting on my table, and into the paint it went to stamp circles...

 
The word that I kept randomly scribbling, was peace, so it made its way to the end...

 
I realize that this was an extremely long post....filled with way too many photos I'm sure....
So....if you are reading to this point....I would love to send you one of my absolutely favorite pencils...the Jumbo Jet Black pencil by Jerrysartarama!!!  Leave a comment, and I will select a  few winners this Thursday!!!
Thanks again so much for being a part of my creative tribe....so, to show my absolute thanks for having you all here...I will select one winner this Thursday, to win this piece!  Thanks again for being here.
Until next time,

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Days Gone By...

Good morning blog friends!  Hope you all are having a great week so far.
I had an incredibly inspiring art filled weekend that went by in such a blur.
Yesterday, was my little guys 15th birthday.
If you can tell me where that time went...I would happily get it back.  I can still remember how clueless I was as a young, 30 year old mom of a 4 pound baby boy, and now, in what feels like no time at all, I am the mom of a 15 year old.  Overnight, he grew up!!
So, Friday night was the opening of my show down at Blake Street Studios in Raleigh.  I love being downtown.
The show was great!  The energy there was just amazing!!
Saturday, I attended an amazing demo/lecture on the Winsor & Newton watercolor sticks and crayons...WOW!!
Such a ton of fun...and oh so inspiring!
The rest of Saturday as well as Sunday, I demoed at Jerrys..
There is just something about playing in paint that makes my world so much better!  All of my worries get pushed to the side as I pick up a brush or get paint on my hands...every single one of them!
Enjoy your day everyone...and thanks for being here to share part of mine.
Until next time,

Monday, September 29, 2014

Back to Reality...

Happy Monday Blog Friends!!
I have to say...back to reality is simply no fun!  I have truly learned that all good things just must come to an end...sigh...
I spent last week at the Pebeo North American Headquarters in Sherbrook, Canada learning their Mixed Media Line of paints...W-O-W!!!
Here is a glimpse of our studio space!!!  Just luscious!!
What an amazing experience!!

I learned to paint with Resins!!!
And had the opportunity to play and experiment for hours on end!
I can not even describe how amazing this was!  Talk about living a dream!!!
On Friday....it was time to say goodbye to the new friends I made...
And head back to reality from my gorgeous, clean and quiet hotel room...
Goodbye beautiful view...
And....back to this great view for a Monday morning...
Ouch....I will be grading for a long time!!!!!
Until next time,

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