Instead of cleaning up after Family Art Day this past weekend, I took advantage of having all the marbling goodies out and threw stones all afternoon! The tanks were a bit sludgy after Saturday’s activity and didn’t really want to play with any of the more intricate patterns, but they sure did like stones and I got a number of pieces that I am particularly in love with! This one found its way into book 39/100!  It’s a two signature book, bound in another of Keith Smith’s forms from 1-2 & 3 Section Sewings, called Pinking Sheers. I filled it with a really sweet Fabriano Watercolor paperRead More →

Over the years, I’ve explored a number of different printmaking practices – paste paper, monoprinting, relief printing (aka stamp carving).  This spring, I added a new one to my toolkit – the ancient Turkish art form of paper marbling.  I took a truly fantastic and soul-full online class with artist, Barb Skoog, called Clouds on Water.  Barb is a passionate marbler who is equally passionate about teaching others to marble – very generous, very knowledgeable, very encouraging and supportive of every student.  The class was well and truly worth every penny and every moment spent.  I learned a ton and thought I’d take a moment to shareRead More →

About a year ago, my daughter and I had the great good fortune to visit DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun in Tuscon, AZ.  This 10-acre oasis in the desert was designed and built by acclaimed Arizona artist Ettore “Ted” DeGrazia. Filled with nooks and crannies – you could spend days discovering all the wonders of this place!  The buildings are winding and organic and filled to the brim with DeGrazia’s beautiful, ethereal and playful paintings.  But I have to say I was most enchanted by the colorful metal flowers that dot the property – adorning buildings, doorways and arches and all made from recycled cans. Recently, I’ve beenRead More →

Here we are at the last installment of my prayer flag series! In Part 1, I shared some of the history and lore behind the flags.  As I’ve made my nontraditional, gypsy flags, I’ve loved giving a nod to the Tibetan traditions; be it through color, meaning, or placement.  I plan to hang mine diagonally, between trees and shrubbery in my backyard. In Part 2, I showed you some examples of both traditional prayer flags and homemade gypsy prayer flags.  The rebellious, anything-goes nature of the gypsy flags really speaks to my artist’s heart! For Part 3, I was so happy to feature my friend KateRead More →

In 2008, I had the amazing good fortune to attend a writer’s retreat in Taos, New Mexico at the famous Mabel Dodge Luhan House, said to be home away from home for such visionary artists as Georgia O’Keeffe, D.H. Lawrence and Ansel Adams (just to name a few).  My luck was tripled when I met my roommate for that retreat, Kate Robertson!  She and I turned out to be true kindred spirits and I’ve been thrilled to see her journey evolve.  Today, she is a painter, mixed media artist, spinner, weaver AND a Kaizen Muse Creativity Coach.  She’s not only making art herself, she’s helping other women become theirRead More →

Welcome back to my series on prayer flags!  Yesterday, I shared some of the symbology and meaning of traditional prayer flags.  Today I have a video for you that will briefly review some of the information from yesterday and expand on the idea of gypsy prayer flags.  I have lots of examples in this video that I hope will get your creative juices flowing!Read More →

I have this theory that we can go through our lives never noticing a particular thing, until one day our receptor for that thing suddenly gets turned on and it jumps into our view – we begin to see it everywhere we look.  Not just the thing, but all things related to the thing!  It’s been like that for me with prayer flags – since I started exploring them, I seem to find them around every corner.  And not just the flags themselves, but the ideas they represent – peace, healing, harmony, community, balance. Over the next few days, I’m going to be sharing someRead More →

The weather is a whole lot of yuck today and my motivation is low – lots of ideas, just not much energy to jump into the execution. Maybe it’s the rain, more likely it’s the lure of a comfy chair and my book (just started “The Twelve” by Justin Cronin). Whatever you happen to be doing today, I hope it’s keeping you warm, filling you up, and making your heart sing! Speaking of heart-singing, I have a giveaway going on the Facebook page! You can play along here too by leaving me a comment with one thing that makes your heart sing. I’ll draw aRead More →

I thought it might be fun to let you peek into my process of layering and masking a Gelli® plate painting. It all started with an unfinished wood cradle board, which I sanded and gessoed in white.  I also had a Gelli® plate full of a mornings-worth of dried on paint remnants – my favorite thing in the whole wide world because I adore pulling up those disparate layers, not knowing what will happen, but always pretty much thrilled with whatever I get!  I call this yumminess a “messy second” – a technique  inspired  by a student who commented, “wish I could pull up all thatRead More →