Showing posts from 2014

The Pin Cushion Art Journal painting

I like pin cushions. Can't explain why. Since I was very young and my Mom taught me to sew, I've liked pin cushions. I could never understand how anyone could keep their pins in a box. Even a pretty box. The pins belong stuck in the cushion. Out in the open for all to see.

And not just any pins - I must have the pins with the colored balls. All the colors. Shiny. Happy faces.

I ponder my pin cushion painting. The red strawberry pin cushion.

I favor the checked support for the pin cushion to sit on. A woven background. Maybe. Or a quilted background. A nine patch would be lovely.

And pins. All the colors. With HAPPY FACES. For fun.

LEO art Journal painting

I have in my mind's eye a series of painting with the look and feel of a journal. I see painting, collage, lots of drawing and words. The drawing part is the easiest. The words are more difficult. Verbal sharing is one of my many weaknesses. But I feel the need, the tug to put it on paper or rather, put it on canvas.

LEO is the first painting. Leo is my zodiac sign so I want to start with the most allegorical painting first. I layer the canvas with paint, glazes, tissue paper, wall paper, painted paper and paper bags. The final layer are the words that describe a Leo - the words describing me. I paint the words with a thin brush and ponder each word as I lay it on the canvas. Devoted. Creative. Egotistical. Controlling. I mix the good with the bad, the Yin and the Yang. 

I draw the masks on Bristol Board paper with ball point pens, black, brown and orange. This is the part I love - the drawing. I take my time and loiter.

 The scrabble tiles are inspired by a gift from a dear friend. …

Art Journal Painting - Leo

My First Art Journal painting ~ LEO. 
I've prepared the canvas with layers of colors and collage.

 Tissue paper with stars, wallpaper with jungle ferns, papers with handwritten words, and layers of acrylic glazes.

I researched the good attributes and the not so good attributes of a Leo and painted these words on the background.

Then I went to work on the Leo masks which I created with ball point pens and bristol board. These will be collaged on the painting.

Thought I would use Scrabble tiles to show the LEO in my painting.  Who would have known that Leo Meme was only worth 3 points!! .

Art Journal Paintings

Busy busy busy working in my Art/Visual Journal.  I have discovered that many of my pages lend themselves to becoming paintings. So - my next project - my next body of work - my 2015 project -  will be Art Journal Paintings. The first one I've begun is a semi-self portrait in the broadest sense. My Zodiac sign is Leo and that is what I've based this painting on. Here are the Journal pages that inspire the painting.

I started with a mask. Anytime I think self-portrait, I think of using a mask.  What a better mask than my own LEO.

Along with LEOish sketches, I've added some attributes of the LEO. Some I can be proud of, like Generous and Loyal. Others are embarrassing but oh so true, like Pretentious and Vain. It's the Yin and Yang making me a whole person!

This is a self portrait from 2008 ~ the beginning of the LEO mask.

Steampunk Paintings

Finished.  You can see these in person,  this Saturday, Nov. 22nd  at the Studio 234 Gallery, in York PA.

My little Steampunk paintings. I don't know that I'll ever do an entire steampunk painting again ~ but I will incorporate this style in my future work.

Steampunk Painting

Getting out of my comfort zone gives me a sense of freedom. This is something  I am not familiar with, so the expectation for perfection is not there. I am free to experiment and just have fun.

These are small paintings, 8 x 8", gallery wrapped. The design is conceptual, thinking in terms of gears and metal is a challenge for me ~


Steampunk ~  a new genre - at least it's new to me - that I am so very attracted to. The artwork just captures your imagination ~ the sculpture is so creative ~ and the jewelry is just to die for. So , not to be left out, I've decided to try my hand at a little bit of Steampunk - a very little compared to what's already out there!!

artwork by Vladimir Gvozdev

Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery, especially in a setting inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century. Steampunk works are often set in an alternative historyof the 19th century's British Victorian era or American "Wild West", in a post-apocalyptic future during which steam power has regained mainstream use, or in a fantasy world that similarly employs steam power.

Don't Live Somebody Else's Dream

Elizabeth Gilbert
Dear Ones - I found this picture today that my husband took of me in 2011, doing research for THE SIGNATURE OF ALL THINGS. This photo captures exactly what I did for three straight years. I sat in a chair, reading books about botany, evolution, abolition, women's history, missionaries, Dutch 18th century commerce, and order to fill my brains (and index cards) with enough information to write that novel.

There is no situation in which I could possibly be happier than this — submerged in the vocation that I love, vanishing for hours a day into my work. Un-showered, greasy hair, eyes tired, totally falling down the rabbit hole of research...this is me, living my dream. I was thinking today about all the other paths that I did not take in life, no matter how shiny and appealing they may have looked. I've had the possibility of living so many different kinds of life that could have been a dream for …

Journal Entry - GET INSPIRED

Ways to Get Motivated When You’re in a SlumpBut it’s not hopeless: with some small steps,  baby ones in fact, you can get started down the road to positive change. One Goal. Find inspiration Get excited. Build anticipation Post your goal Commit publicly Think about it daily. Get support. Realize that there’s an ebb and flow. Stick with it.

Learning a new Medium

I'm starting a new adventure - learning a new medium - OIL STICKS.
I saw some paintings earlier this year, created with Oil Sticks, and I really felt the tug to give them a try. I was weaned on oils, but I have not painted with them for over thirty years. How hard could these oil sticks be.

 I did my research - there is little out there on them. Very basic stuff. They claim you could draw with them, that tugged me. They claimed you didn't need a brush - that tugged me. They claimed you could blend right on the canvas, and that tugged me.

What was I thinking?

Not only had I forgot everything I ever knew about oils and had that to contend with - I added this new medium to the mess. My only saving grace is that I'm not doing this for anyone to see - no gallery - no exhibition - no class - just me and this glorious mess.  MUD - I made mud. I am so used to acrylics drying immediately. This stuff stays wet forever and longer. 

I can see where these sticks would be fabulous if I were …

Art Journal - wishing I could make beautiful art

There is one moment, in the first few seconds, when you look at a piece of art and know that you love it. It’s the moment when, if you’re an artist yourself, you look at it and feel a rush of uplifting inspiration… and total soul-crushing jealousy all at the same time. It’s when you walk away thinking, “Damn, I wish I thought of that."
 ~ The Jealous Curator, est. 2009 Danielle Krysa

It's rather uplifting to hear those words from another artist. I have those feelings frequently.Those jealpus feelings just shut me down, making me feel inadequate and not worthy to pick up a brush.

The Return of the Muse

This was my first Sabbatical from blogging and one of my longest absences from art. My Muse went on vacation. I lost interest in painting, drawing, even doodling in my art journals. I tried sewing for a while - and that became boring too. I almost packed up my supplies for the yard sale. But now the urge is returning, little by little. 
I think in my case, I get inspiration from networking - from being around other creative people. Listening to their ideas and dreams makes me feel part of a community not an island. Recently my involvement with my local art association nearly stopped and my summer was filled with taking care of family/parental issues. I think I need to be with creative people. Take a class. Sit in the gallery. They are my muse.

Now I have a few - quite a few - unfinished sewing projects. Along with a fortune in fabric and felt. I have discovered that when I am museless and without an art project, I tend to shop. Online. I really love the things people do with felt.
~ I…

Art Journal Entry 10 - BE AUTHENTIC

What is AuthenticityPut simply, being authentic is being the real you. It’s not that we ever lose who we really are, it’s just that through social conditioning and following cultural norms, we feel pressure to conform to the standards of others. Authenticity is when you are honest, genuine, and speak from your true self. It is not about compromising your values to be accepted by others and it is not about acting through a frame of fitting in with or impressing those around you.

The Artful Life in the Garage

My Studio, located in the garage, is moving - I am moving it - to the downstairs garage. You're thinking - two garages? I know - crazy - huh. The upstairs garage is for the cars and the downstairs garage is more like a shed. The entrance is located around the back of the house and faces the back yard and the lake. So the view is great. And when the door is open, I won't have the passing cars looking in or the neighbors who wonder why our garage light is on at all hours of the night.

Anyway, I need to pack-up and clean-up and purge. Yuck. Good times. So the painting and drawing have been put on hold. But that's no excuse to not continue to lead the "Artful Life". I've moved my creative energies to the sewing basket, fully intending to make new bathroom curtains, when I was faced with my caboodle full of embroidery thread. Great colors - bright and primary. Felt flower petals already cut out. Vintage and fabulous fabrics. Just like my art  lots of texture and co…

Art Journal Entry 09 - Love the Little Details


Mini Lady bug collages

I had some Lady Bug drawings left over. Not wanting to toss them - I found on home on two  recycled 6x6 square canvasses.

Art Journal Entry 08 - Leave a Lasting Impression


9 Patch Lady Bug Paper Quilt

Lady Bug Lady Bug Fly away home . . .  Lady Bugs crawling over my 9-Patch Paper Quilt, twisted up in the Red thread and helping to tie the four corners together. All the drawings are original and drawn with ball point pens -  redyellowand   black

Art Journal Entry 07 - Every One can Believe in Love

What's it all about Alfie
Is it just for the moment we live

What's it all about
When you sort it out, Alfie
Are we meant to take more than we give
Or are we meant to be kind?

And if, if only fools are kind, Alfie
Then I guess it is wise to be cruel
And if life belongs only to the strong, Alfie
What will you lend on an old golden rule?

As sure as I believe there's a heaven above
Alfie, I know there's something much more
Something even non-believers can believe in

I believe in love, Alfie
Without true love we just exist, Alfie
Until you find the love you've missed
You're nothing, Alfie

When you walk let your heart lead the way
And you'll find love any day Alfie, oh Alfie
What's it all about Alfie?

Inspired by the Quilt

My "Nine Patch" collage is dry and ready for the finishing touches. You know I can never leave anything simple or plain - I have to add everything but the kitchen sink. I'm not going to fight what comes natural - so the collaging begins . . .  .

Art Journal Entry 06 - Turn something Ordinary into Extraordinary

64 Ways To Turn An Ordinary Day Into An Extraordinary One
Fran Sorin
Give thanks for being alive before getting out of bedSmile at yourself in the mirror when brushing your teethWear an outfit that makes you feel good about yourselfRead some passages from an inspirational or spiritual bookSit quietly and take some deep breathsThink of your day as an adventureGive your children hugsEat a healthy breakfastListen to musicGo for a walk in natureSing a song that you loveSelect a mantra to repeat throughout the dayBreak some rulesGive flowers to strangers on the streetOffer your seat to someone if taking public transportationSay ‘good morning ‘ to people you pass in the hall at workThink of everything that happens as a learning experience Have patienceForgive yourself Practice being non-judgmentalBe agreeable rather than argumentativeStay calm under pressureHave faith that things will unfold perfectlyTake time…

Inspired by the Quilt

The Art Quilt that was so inspiring was mainly Yellow Ochre fabric on a field of black. The colors were striking. So, I've taken my 2" squares and given them a wash of Ochre.

The "Nine Patch" quilt squares are my favorite, so I've arranged my paper squares into "Nine Patch" squares