In flight Saturday, Sep 17 2011 

I know. I know. I have a thing for birds. And reusing. So here is a piece that starts with a scrap from a quilt I’m making. I added another patch, stamped on a bird, added a little stitching, some beads, a thin line of bronze paint and then attached the piece to a painted canvas, and here is flight into fuchsia.


Mellow Yellow Sunday, Sep 5 2010 

This week’s Mixed Media Monday challenge is “warm it up.” We were asked to go with warm colors and let our imaginations run wild. My warm yellow paper played so nicely with the green that I think it’s a very mellow combination.

Exhibit at Nancy’s Bagels Tuesday, Jul 13 2010 

I have an exhibit of my silk and mixed media work at Nancy’s Bagel Grounds.  If you are in Louisville and in the Clifton neighborhood, stop by to take a look.

Bagel Grounds Exhibit

Child’s play Saturday, May 15 2010 

This upcoming week’s Mixed Media Monday challenge was by yours truly. I invited everyone to make art like a child–techniques used by children, tap into your inner child, or something along those lines.

Oddly enough, I found this difficult. (I know I suggested it and all, but, gosh!)

There were so many options, I wasn’t sure where to start. Then, on Mother’s Day, I was with two neices, who were drawing with crayons. (Ah-ha!) I asked them to make some very abstract drawings–and there was my start.

My first piece uses a page colored by my neice, Ella, as the background. (Note the signature at the bottom right.) I added a vintage image of a child, and decided it was perfect:

Child's play by Ella.

Next, I used a drawing by Lily. I cut out a leaf shape from Lily’s art, added that to a page of music (“Jesus loves the little children”) along with another vintage child image. I put all this on a background that I finger-painted (Note to self: Do not finger paint with acrylics.) And here it is:

Lily's art

I enjoyed working with my neices, so I thought I would thank them (and their mother) with one final set of pieces from the girls’ artwork:

Happily ever after? Sunday, May 9 2010 

This week’s Mixed Media Monday challenge is “wedded bliss.”

I used a canvas board background that I have been fussing with for months (adding, blotting out, adding again). I added to it An image from a 1950s Screen magazine showing a couple in a traditional 50s home.

I’ve always wondered about the marriages of the 50s. With a wife at home with the kids. One income enough. And (according to all the TV shows) everyone always looking glamorous.

It’s such a fairy tale, and one that many of us were taught to believe. And I’ve always wondered. Did all these TV couples really live happily ever after?

Taking flight Sunday, May 2 2010 

Mixed Media Monday’s theme this week is “Mother.” This theme is pretty easy for me, since I’m always using my mom’s image in my work.

This wall hanging started with fabric I dyed, painted, stamped and wrote on. I added more texture to the fabric with some free motion quilting.

I had a quote from “Hamlet” in which he chastises his mother. (Not something I would ever do, but I wanted some text that included the word “mother.”) I gave the text piece a rust shadow to which I added some brads that looked like tarnished bronze.

Last year, I purchased an “inspiration kit” by Stef Francis that was so cool and beautiful that I hadn’t been able to use it.  (Sad, isn’t it?) Well, the colors in the kit (rusts, coppers, reds) worked so beautifully with my fabric that I knew it was time to open it up. I used the mottled felt as a frame for a photo of my mother, printed on organza. I mirrored that with a piece of rusty brown crinkled silk that framed two skeleton leaves (all of which were also from the kit). I added some hand-dyed green fabric, and found that the kit also had a lovely rayon variegated embroidery floss that ranged from browns to greens. I used that to stitch around mom’s photo and to add French knots at each corner of the crinkled silk.

And so, my mother takes flight in this fabric collage.

Better art than photos Thursday, Apr 15 2010 

OK. OK. My camera work was bad this week, but I was still able to finish my week of art, even while on the road. I used a lot of ephemera from rest areas, which was an interesting challenge.

By the way, if you are ever in Raleigh NC, check out Stitch, very cool bags by a local artisan, Holly Aiken.

Art a day Sunday, Apr 4 2010 

Around the beginning of March, I made a promise to myself to try to make art each day.  I’ve just finished my sixth week. I think it is a good way to stretch. Because the works are meant to be created quickly, this  has let me try new colors, techniques and ideas.

I am going to commit to it one month at a time. To hold myself to this pledge, I’m going to post the art once a week. (Even the cruddy ones.)

I don’t think anyone really wants to view the first 42 in one post, so I thought I would post my favorites of the first six weeks in this post.

Party time Sunday, Mar 14 2010 

This week’s Mixed Media Monday theme is “party animals.” I had just purchased a 19302 2nd grade reader from a great used bookstore called Poor Richards. The reader had some nice images of a dog, cat and rooster. I set up a partying background with sheet music and dancing men. To this, I added the three animals wearing party hats and a clock showing 5:00 — the perfect time to start partying.

It was just a joke … Sunday, Feb 21 2010 

Mixed Media Monday‘s challenge this week was giggles and laughter. Hmm… wasn’t sure what to do with it. After agonizing for most of the week, I finally got my inspiration from ebay. I had bid on a cigar box of “things from a junk drawer.” I know. Dangerous. But curiosity will out.

One item in the box was an old (maybe 40s or 50s) “hot seat” gag novelty. And it hit me: gag gifts, jokes, laughter. OK! I was on to something!!

I had been scanning family photos, and had just scanned a photo of my father when he was around 11 years old. There was something about his smile that said “mischief” to me. So I decided to pair his photo with the novelty piece.  Because I know gag gifts and practical jokes are such a temptation to young kids (particularly, I think to young boys), I added a dictionary definition for “temptation.”

I remember my father’s smile when he would recount his youthful adventures, and I think this piece fits that smile and those memories.

He just had to do it.

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