Saturday, May 23, 2015

New Collage/Painting

This is my new 18"x 18" painting. I took many dried used tea bags, cut up in pieces, sewed together, glued on board, with several layers of venetian plaster, oil and acrylic paint, graphite, then covered with more venetian plaster, more layers of paint and graphite, finished with cold wax. This piece is titled "The Art of Tea #3".
I love this painting and now have the joy of looking at it daily before it goes anywhere :-).
I always love to hear what you are thinking.
Happy Memorial Day, a bittersweet holiday filled with reflection.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Living With Art

I have joined the wonderful Seth Apter in his Living with art series, we were to send in a photo that shows how we live with art, this is a painting of mine that has since went to the gallery, but I live with my paintings a while first to make sure they are keepers. Go see all the art at Seth's blog. xoxo

Sunday, April 19, 2015

New Collages

I have been busy and having great fun with these new collages I am making for my ETSY shop and gallery in Ranchos NM,  I am trying  new things and also making things to sale at a lower price point. My paintings take much longer to do and I feel that I can't sell them for any lower prices than they already are. I make my living from my art after all and would very much like to do it full time. I am now able to work just part time, so I am very grateful. I think it is important to make art that everyone can afford. Money is always a troublesome area when it comes to art and it is not an area I feel comfortable even talking about, but it was part of the reason I began doing these collages, the other reason is that I have a larger vision, I want to do really strange, wonderful, large collage pieces and I have found it hard to begin. I felt that these smaller pieces could lead me in the direction I want to go. I will always still do my paintings, I just want to grow and expand my work.
These collages are the first step, made of tea stained paper, ink drawings by me, burned rice paper, thread, found ephemeral, white charcoal, watercolor and rust. I have included close up photos.
Top piece is "Constellations" 14 1/2" x 12 1/2", bottom piece is "Chas White" 16 1/2"x 12".
They will be going into my shop in the next week or so, the price is $95.00 plus shipping unframed.
If you would like one let me know and I will reserve it for you.
I would love to know what you think. XOXO

Monday, March 30, 2015

New Large Painting

I finally got a photo of my new painting/collage, I included some closeups as it is hard to see the details, if you click on an image and then click again you will be rewarded, I promise.
This one is called "Sea Change", 40"x 40", venetian plaster, oil, rice paper, graphite, ink and cold wax on board.
I have much in the works, collage, painting, new things for my ETSY shop, I am having a clearance sale, 20% off all items in my shop. To get the discount just type in springcleaning (no spaces) in the coupon window that comes up at check out.
I always appreciate your comments.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Sneak Peek

My newest large painting is done, I think, I need to live with it a while before I know for sure. 40"x 40" on board, burned rice paper, oil paint, venetian plaster, ink, graphite and cold wax. I have not taken a real photo of it yet, but thought I would give you a sneak peek at it.
Happy Spring!

Thursday, March 12, 2015


A wonderful man named John Hopper emailed me one day and asked me if I would be in his online magazine/book called Inspirational. He does all the writing and puts it together with beautiful paintings.
He choose eight artists to feature and I was one of them. I am so honored to be amongst such wonderful artists. The down loadable magazine is 8.99, go here to purchase. Thank you John for including me in this beautiful book. XOXO

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Musings on Art

 Art is, after all, only a trace — like a footprint which shows that one has walked bravely and in great happiness. -Robert Henri 

I have many projects going on, all labor intensive, so I really have nothing to show, but wanted to check in and say hello.
I think about art all the time, if I am not making it, I am looking at it or talking about it or dreaming of it.
Art is my life, and a huge part of my spiritual practice.
Making art helps me not think and thinking is the main reason we suffer. It has taken me many years to learn this. I don't mean problem solving, that is a wonderful use of the mind and it is also a part of art making.
What I mean is that worrying mind, that goes over things and never is satisfied.
When I make art that part of my brain stops. Art is my door way to being awake.
I love art so much. And the world inspires me, mostly nature, but really everywhere I look I see a color, or texture or shape that inspires me, my eyes are very greedy. Other artist inspire me too, I love art that is not cookie cutter and  pushes outside the norm. I am not hugely fond of safe art, though I know it has it's place and can be very beautiful.
Art is healing, it is beauty, it is needed in this world.
What kind of art do you like, what inspires you, I would love to know.