Friday, August 17, 2012

No Spring Chicken

"No Spring Chicken" - 8x10 - Mixed Media Collage
If you believe that the Pottery Barn catalog is the bible for interior designers, then you'll have faith that rustic bird paintings are the "in" thing right now. That may or may not be true, but I was prompted to try one of my own. lol!

Thursday, August 16, 2012


"Simplicity" - 8x10 - Mixed Media Collage
One of my fondest memories as a child is spending hours with my mother in JC Penney in the fabric department. Because I was short waisted, long-legged and super abnormally tall for my age, my mother had no choice but to make my clothes for me. She has always had a fine eye for design and color and I have to admit I was delighted in the clothes she made. I can still remember some of the first dresses she made me at the age of 5 and how I felt absolutely beautiful in them. One in particular was a black, sleeveless, summer dress with tiny bouquets of forget-me-nots strewn all over the fabric and shiny, faceted black buttons. I thought that dress was magical!

As I grew older and formed some of my own opinions, I had the best time choosing my own patterns and fabrics and with Mom's help, selecting the notions and/or accessories, such as zippers, belts, lace and buttons. Oh, but especially the buttons!

I gave it my best shot, but sewing has just never come easily for me; therefore, my mother continued to make my clothes for me clear through high school, even though by that time I could generally wear off-the-rack fashions. The dresses she made for me were always prettier than anything you could buy.

Given the opportunity, I just had to purchase used clothing patterns when I discovered, with the help of a friend, a supply of them at Goodwill when I was visiting my hometown recently. Oh the memories! So don't be surprised if this is not the only pattern piece I make.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Change Of Seasons

"Change Of Seasons" - 8x10 - Mixed Media Collage
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This piece is just a little different for me. It's mostly acrylic paints. There's a hint of dark blue ogura lace paper, though. Of course there's a ton of beads, a scattering of fossil leaves and another cute little dragonfly ceramic piece. Sometimes I wish I did ceramics, but mostly I think it's better that I don't go trifling in that medium. I know that I couldn't stand the heartbreak if something I loved blew up in the kiln!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Summer Breeze

"Summer Breeze" - 8x10 - Mixed Media Collage
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This third piece in the masking tape series actually keeps the under painting intact. It makes for a very busy composition. And the sweet little ceramic piece with the dragonfly I picked up in a gift shop in Lithopolis, Ohio. 

The lace paper used in this piece is spiral or uzumaki lace.

Friday, August 10, 2012


"Big Green Kitty" - 8x10 - Mixed Media Collage
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This is installment #2 in the masking tape series and my first foray into cat art. I know the cat lovers out there are all saying, "Make her stop! Make her stop!" Because of my severe allergies to cats I'm unable to get very close to them (they do come in green, don't they) but I love watching their antics from afar.

Our old dog, Spencer, used to have a stuffed, squeaky cat called Big Mean Kitty, so calling this one Big Green Kitty was really not a stretch.

Below are some of the steps in the creation of this piece. The lace paper is ukigumo, or crazy. Probably fitting in this case.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Masking Tape Series #1

Once again, a series of canvases that all began nearly the same, but had completely different endings!
It began with the new magenta paint I love so much. And when it dried, I added some strips of masking tape.

Next I painted over everything, tape and all, in cerulean blue. And added some more masking tape.

Then I painted over all that in Titan Buff.

Then the masking tape came off and I had a very linear look.

So I squiggled on a few more colors that I like.

I took a home made stamp and smashed up the squiggles a little bit.

Looking through my lace papers, I decided I wanted to use Ogura lace.

Ogura lace is wrapped around the canvas.

And with a couple more steps it becomes "Goldfinch" - 8x10 - Mixed Media Collage. Can be purchased on Etsy.