Monday, December 15, 2008

Note Cards and Holiday Sale

"Happy Butterfly Day"

"Summer Afternoon Dream"

Last week I was busy choosing art and reformating my art notecards to put into a weekend holiday sale. These note cards of collage paintings are a little different from my art note cards in that I created them to be turned into cards. My other cards are reproductions of my artwork.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Visiting My Relatives

I am in Minnesota for a long Thanksgiving weekend, more like a week. We had a great dinner at my older brother and his wife's house. We had all the traditional fare. All my brothers and sisters were there, there are five of us. Some of their grown children came with little children of their own. We had a great time and everyone got along.

Harmonic Affinity
Monotype with Chine colle'

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

I've been tagged!

Hi Friends,
I have been “tagged”. This is a first for me. I feel honored and thank you to Bill also known as OregonArtGuy at

Here are the Rules of this game:

1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Write 6 (or more) random things about yourself.
4. Tag 5 people at the end of your post and link to them.
5. Let each person know they’ve been tagged and leave a comment on their blog.
6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up.

But in between you also have to write something about yourself, something most people think they don’t know about you. If you don’t want to expose your darkest sides – show only the sunny side of yourself, maybe they’ll never find out the other stuff.

Six random things about me:
1. I grew up in Hopkins, Minnesota with two brothers and two sisters. I have lived in Washington State for almost 20 years.
2. I enjoy working on the computer and looking at other blogs, especially art ones.
3. I have two kitties that were born in my yard by a Mama stray, Midnight and Tigra Maya.
4. Over the past two years I have spent a lot of time at home recovering from three surgeries.
5. I am really looking forward to getting back into my art after a dormant period.
6. I am working toward spontaneity in my art.

Here are the people and blogs I am tagging:

Trine Stasica
Angela Rockett
Bridget Guerzon Mills
Iona Drozda
Karin Bartimole
Corinna S. Alvarezdelugo

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Memories: The Sisters
monotype with Chine collé and vintage photo copy
, 6"x8"

This piece can be purchased here

This abstract landscape is a monotype print with chine collé. It was printed on black paper using a mustard-colored ink. Pieces of paper, fabric and a vintage photo (copy) were arranged on the inked plate just before the image was transferred to paper using an etching press.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Memories: One Day at the River

Memories: One Day at the River
collage with photo transparency, 6"x4.5"

This abstract landscape collage was created using painted and altered papers and delicate Asian papers, it also includes my own marbled paper. The photo transparency is of two women from 1916.
this artwork can be purchased here

I have been working on my Faux Encaustic experiments. I'm not ready to show them yet. Hopefully in the near future.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Faux Encaustic Workshop

Recently I had the pleasure of attending a three day workshop with artist and teacher Barbara DePirro, a Golden Working Artist. The workshop, Faux Encaustic, was all about techniques to create the look of encaustic painting with acrylic medium, gels and paints instead of pigmented hot wax. The hot wax painting is very toxic, so creating the look of encaustic with acrylics is highly appealing. Barbara is a very dedicated artist and concerned about health and the environment. Along with the painting techniques she taught us how to properly dispose of our used rinse water and when to use protection with toxic products.

Barbara DePirro

There were a number of people from our area, the North Olympic Peninsula, and a few from out of the area. Everyone had fun learning and creating with Golden products.

Happy workshop participants, Diane Franchini on the left and Mary Franchini on the right, Mary was the driving force (with Sequim Arts) to bring Barbara and this workshop to this area.
Mary works with mixed media, collage and acrylic paint. Her work can be seen here.

Barbara Boerigter creates conceptual found object sculpture, handmade paper and collage. Her art can be seen here.

Karin Anderson works with collage, mixed media, and acrylic. Her artwork can be seen here.

Ryoko Toyama creates with watercolor and
mixed media. Her art can be seen here.

Arlene Mraz does very unique artwork using watercolor, acrylic, gouache, and pen and ink. She uses a "No mistakes, No Rules" approach to her paintings. The Pike Place Market in Seattle is where she sells her art, see it here.

Coming soon: Some of my experiments using the techniques I learned in this workshop.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

In the Garden of Taramata

In the Garden of Taramata

monotype with chine collé, 9"x12"

Tara is the name of the Goddess Mother Earth, known from India to Ireland. An ancient festival held annually in Athens was named after her, Taramata (Mother Tara). The festival was nicknamed “the Rioting” because of it’s wild customs. In Buddhist and Hindu traditions she embodies many of the qualities of the feminine principle. She engenders, nourishes, smiles at the vitality of creation, and has sympathy for all beings as a mother does for her children.

This artwork for sale here

Thursday, September 11, 2008

In the Garden of Ilmatar

In the Garden of Ilmatar
monotype print with Chine collé, 9"x12"

Ilmatar is the Water Mother, the Creatrix of the World. She brooded on the waters and laid six golden eggs and one iron egg. From this she created the world. The Finns celebrate her as the Great Mother of the Cosmos.

This artwork for sale here

Monday, September 1, 2008

Blue Wing

Blue Wing

monotype print with Chine collé
. 6"x8"

This matted and framed original is for sale here

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Message of the Bird Soul

Message of the Bird Soul

monotype print with chine collé, 6"x8"

this matted original is for sale here

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Summer Pastime

I have been relaxing among the flowers, gaining inspiration.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Collaged Note Cards

I know I have been away for a long time. I will post some pictures of my other projects soon. Thank you to those who have continued to check in to see what I'm up to.

See these note cards and more at Moontide Arts

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Walking in the Rain

Walking in the Rain

Paper collage on watercolor paper 4"x 4"

This is a very recent collage, the first in a series of small collages on paper.
It is inspired by the rain that is turning this part of the world a vivid green. It is also inspired by the many people whose blogs I visit that create an artwork a day. I admire their dedication.

This collage is for sale here.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Kite Lesson

Kite Lesson
monotype with chine collé 9"x12"

The weather here sure has been wild lately! Wind and rain and hail and SNOW! Spring is traditionally kite flying weather. Windy weather inspired this monotype with chine collé.
What's the weather like in your part of the world?

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Inspired by Robert Brown

Messengers of the Wind

watermedia & collage on paper

15" x 20" $475.

Inspired by Robert Brown

An Exhibit of Exceptional Art

This exhibit is an opportunity to pay tribute to Bob's skill
as a teacher,
his talents as an artist, and to celebrate
his beloved students.
As part of this exhibition,
Bob's sketchbooks, paintings, writings,

and art tools will be displayed.

Sponsored by Peninsula College, the Museum and Arts Center,
Friends of Robert Brown, this exhibit will run
from January 7, 2008
through February 28, 2008.
There will be a special reception on
January 12, 2008
at the Museum and Arts Center, 175 W. Cedar St.

in Sequim, Washington from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Messengers of the Wind is one of my two pieces
inspired by Robert Brown included in this exhibit.