Friday, September 25, 2009

Illustration Friday—Pattern

Since the word is pattern, I thought I'd post an actual pattern today.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Collage Portrait: Mothers

This is a collage portrait of my gramma, mom, and me. I was very close to my gramma, and am very close to my mom. This portrait strengthens that connection. They're quilters, and now I am beginning to quilt. You can see my first attempt here. The collage process is a bit like quilting plus I added old sewing patterns to add to the theme. The photos were all taken by my grampa.

New Collage Portrait

Just finished this painting last night. It's a progression of my boys growing up. I am so grateful for their relationship with each other. It's magic (most of the time)! You can see it in progress here. This will be one of the semi custom options I can create for you.

I used Donna Ingemanson's beautiful papers for this collage.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Quilt & Collage Update

Making progress on my first quilt with Bari's beautiful fabrics.

Here's the base for my current painting. It's a sample for my new custom collage painting. Can't wait to show you the finished piece.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Friday, September 11, 2009

In My Studio

A week ago, I went on a trek to Ikea. Love that place. A friend and I spent 3 hours, shopping, looking, and dreaming there. So much fun! It's my idea of a candy store.

My studio is usually in a state of chaos. It's a loft space upstairs with no closet, so I have almost no storage. I have a "Grand Plan", but so far no funds to back it up, so I muddle along dreaming of how it will be "Someday".

Recently, I began to collage. Those of you who do this know how many bits and pieces you collect to collage with. I actually avoided collage for awhile because I knew where it would lead. I'm so glad I finally gave in because I love it! Above you can see the solution. It's a handy set of drawers in which I can store all my papers, bottles, paints, brushes, and sparkly bits. I love it! Now I actually have a work space on my drawing board and I can find what I need easily. Thank you Ikea! Luckily, mine came with all the screws. Carol wasn't so lucky as you can read here.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009


Daisy and her friends are now available in my shop.

Giveaway Winner!

May I have a drumroll please?

Nimet Kucuk
won the giveaway. Send me your address and I'll send the print on it's way to you in Istanbul. That's the farthest my art has ever gone before. Congratulations!

If you didn't win, you can still pick up this print in my Etsy shop here.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Painting for a friend

I finally finished and delivered this painting to a dear friend of mine. Her birthday was in July, so it's very late. Thank goodness, she liked it! It was the most challenging painting I've done to date. There are so many layers of paper, photos, & paint that it's like an archeological site.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Testing, testing.

When I came up with this idea of for a series of fairies, I knew I'd use a different medium than I usually do, but I wasn't sure what. I love pen & ink with a watercolor wash and wanted to try it out. I wasn't too satisfied with the results, though. I received some great suggestions over on Twitter and decided to try it out. Pencil with a watercolor wash sounded like just the thing. I used Prismacolors in brown and black. I really like the result! What do you think?

Friday, September 4, 2009

Illustration Friday—Strong

A strong wind blew through Weather Bear's town, stealing his hat and breaking his umbrella.

Enjoy your Labor Day weekend. We have family coming up, so it should be fun. Be sure to enter my Birthday Giveaway here to win a free print of my latest painting. I also have lots of new prints in my shop.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Birthday Giveaway!

This contest is over. I'll announce the winner soon.

In honor of my birthday, I've decided to give a present instead of to receive one. I need a little Karma pick my up. Besides, I'm getting plenty of presents already.

I'm giving away one 8x10 print of my latest painting; The Blue Butterfly. It represents a lot of what I'm trying to do these days (grow, change, be more light hearted, let go, hope). It is printed with archival inks on presentation card stock and mounted in an 11x14 soft white matt, sealed in a cellophane sleeve.

To enter:
Please leave a comment in this post.

For additional: entries, please tweet this post and let me know you did so in your comment.

I will randomly draw one winner on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Good luck!

This print is also available in my shop, so if you don't win, you can still get it.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

New Painting

This is a painting I created for the church festival's silent auction. I've never donated a painting before. I hope it brings in a lot of money. I chose a butterfly theme because it symbolizes so many things: rebirth, change, beauty, new life, hope. I like that I started this painting with only a vague plan. It's so much fun to create on the fly. That doesn't work so well with color pencil.

I'll be putting this in my shop later this week.
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