Tuesday, January 30, 2018


 Starting sometime between the second and third week of the Mixed Media Journaling workshop I took at Art Supply Warehouse's Catalyst I started doing faces using a variety of materials. Each one had to be done in about 2-3 minutes (definitely less than five) and just be as playful and experimental as possible. The first of these was done in marker and collaged. Because the paper was thin, the key points showed through on the back side so I thought "what the heck, why not?" and just played with it. Fun, huh?

Friday, January 26, 2018


Tissue papers
On the final day of the four-week Mixed Media Journaling class at Art Supply Warehouse's Catalyst classroom we were all over the place with projects for present and future use. I think my fave was creating these fun tissue papers for future use in collage, although it looks like I was kinda stuck in my palette of colors. My other favorite project we played with was creating a face by painting with a brayer.  Talk about free, with no expectation of outcome! All in all, it was a great class for me to take for any number of reasons not least of which is that learning--any learning--can only be of benefit.

Brayer painting

Tuesday, January 23, 2018


It was a real hoot! Playtime reigned, with grownup wine at the end to celebrate our success at just letting go and showing up.

What fun we had in this latest workshop. I wish you all could have been part of the giggles and explosive laughter that showed up along with the fun creative energy.

Look at the way these two keep your eye involved in these pieces.

Friday, January 19, 2018


Just one more spread of play
I said in an earlier post that I would check back in with how the four-week Mixed Media Journaling class was going.
This two-page spread is from week three and the play continues.
One of the things I have noticed is that though I generally work pretty quickly, I am even going at a more rapid pace in this workshop setting. Not really sure why, but there it is. Also, not yet sure of the end results and how I feel about them, but I really like the way it "feels" to move that quickly.
Jacki keeps referring to me as a graffiti artist. Maybe that's about the speed? Guess I need to find myself a bridge or some train car to do graffiti on--tee-hee.
One more week to go. Again, I will keep you all posted.

Monday, January 15, 2018


Bits and pieces

The cleaning and clearing has gone so well that, with trash cans and recycle bins all full to the brim, I thought to play with some ideas for the collage workshop I am teaching next Sunday.

First try

Not really happy with this first try, I moved on to the next possibility...

A little more sassy?

Not sure yet this is it, but will keep playing.  To see the finished product and to play with ideas yourself, why not come to the workshop, or as I call it the Playshop, on Sunday? It is from 11 to 4 and all materials are provided for $65.

Monday, January 8, 2018


Only the beginning
Yeah, yeah, I know...it's finally raining outside and it's the dead of winter and...why have I zealously begun spring cleaning? I can hardly move around my office at this point and it seems to be only the beginning as each move creates more moves and more mess. 
No resolution sparked this; it just showed up with this morning's rain. Why? Who knows. But now I am in full throttle on this.
Lots of art fodder will either go in the trash or, if you have need of specifics please let me know and I can set aside for you.
This is crazy, but back to it!!! Inspiration awaits at the bottom of all these piles I am sure.

Friday, January 5, 2018


Angel page and wishes
Sometimes it is good to step out of your own box and be a learner. So I said "yes" to a four-week mixed media journaling class with the wonderful, prolific artist Jacki Long.
Let me start by saying just how far outside my box this really is...I do not like to do my work in a journal where it becomes locked into the pages for all time. Just not my style. That said, I'm in for whatever shows up in this four weeks. So far I was able to stay focused and just play with it, which had been my hope. 
I did this for the fun and the freeing aspect and found that worked in the first session. Stay tuned. I will keep you posted on how this goes. There is nothing to lose...except "shoulds" and rules and the like :)