Monday, April 30, 2012

Yes! I'm Working!

It's been so long since I've posted anything, I thought I'd better submit proof that I'm actually working. Don't have a finished product to show, but here are snippets from today's studio session.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Jacobean Flowers

"Jacobean Flowers" - 7.5x8.75 - Mixed Media Collage
Available on 
Yes, I know. More whimsy. I'm not sure what's bringing this on, but I'm rolling with it. 

When I was a teenager, back in the 70's, I really got into doing needlework. I'd buy kits and make pictures, doorstops, etc. I was really drawn to patterns that were referred to as "Jacobean" as I loved the fantasy-like flowers depicted in them. I got pretty good at crewel work and became a master at French and bullion knots as well as the more pedestrian satin and chain stitches. 

Wanting to create designs of my own, my mother made a muslin smock-top for me that I stitched on as the mood struck. I also had a short, short pair of cut off denims that I also stitched on and practically wore as a uniform for more than one summer. 

Long story short, the flowers I've created in this piece remind me of those needle craft days. The background layer of paper is actually a piece of paper that I made one summer. You can almost always identify paper that I've made because it has glitter in it!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Whimsical Garden

"Whimsical Garden"- 4 1/4 x 8 1/2- Mixed Media Collage
Available at 
Crabulous Fine Art on Etsy   
I was struck by a fit of whimsy today. I make no apologies and I make no promises that it won't happen again. Whimsy happens.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Yellow Springs Art Show 2012

I received this year's postcard for the upcoming exhibit in which I'm pleased to participate yet again this year. 

The image in the postcard is this year's competition winner and depicts a scene from the grounds of Historic Yellow Springs. Not only is there amazing art to see at the show, but the location itself, located in the lush Pennsylvania countryside, is worth the visit. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Playing Around

It's been a while since I've had a chance to play around with scraps making note cards, but the opportunity arose the other day. I find it incredibly relaxing.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Return of the Blue Heron

"Return of the Blue Heron" - 9x12 - Mixed Media Collage
Never say never! You only end up looking like a fool.

After making what seemed like a thousand blue heron collages in the past I swore I'd never create one again. But guess what? I just did. I just can't deny their popularity in this area, and I admit that I like them, too. So, what can I say?