Year of the Spark continues in Oaxaca with Carla Sonheim and Lynn Whipple

Carla Sonheim and Lynn Whipple are thoroughly enjoying themselves this year in the Year of the Spark, a year-long online course. Their purpose was to infuse MORE of it into their participant’s lives….more art, more creativity, more time, more inspiration, more motivation, and more FUN! Can I tell you how excited I am that they are…

Painting in Color, Oaxaca with Michelle Allen and Sunny Carvalho

Can you see me jumping up and down?! I am so excited that my friends Sunny Carvalho and Michelle Allen have agreed to do a workshop in Oaxaca. Their whimsical, colorful style of painting is absolutely perfect for Oaxaca and its colorful array of artists who use a lot of animal imagery in their paintings….

Delightful assemblages a la Greg Hanson

Portland assemblage artist, Greg Hanson introduced me to the world of assemblage. I love his delightful, whimsical sense of humor in his pieces. Here are just two of his new creations for this year. You can go here to see some of the others. While there, take time to look at some of his postings…

Exquisite Enigmas

This workshop with Andrea Matus deMeng was all about wearing masks or creating ones for the images that we selected to collage, paint and add ephemera to. We learned how to use Aves clay which I already use in my assemblage work (and highly recommend), to make additions to our pieces by molding, sculpting and…

Illuminated Manuscripts

One of my very first workshop teachers was Andrea DeMeng at the now defunct Artfest three years ago. She has been instrumental in my growth as an artist and I have sought opportunities to take classes with her because I know that her workshops will be unique, layered and intriguing. So when I saw that…

Making art on the plane–without scissors!

Quick collages made on the plane on my way to visit my friend, Angela, in San Diego. We had lunch at The Blind Burro, Sara Polczynski’s new restaurant in the Gaslamp District. Sara has created Baja influenced dishes that are clean, fresh tasting and satisfying. Angela had the shrimp tacos and roasted corn side, and…

Mary has lost her lamb!

Where or where can she be? This girl is so adorable, I had to make another mixed media piece featuring her, but this time with her little wandering lamb. Available here. The size is 12″ x 24″.

Sweet Girl

This morning’s offering is a mixed media collage on a 10″x12″ cradled artist board. The picture is of a relative when she was a young child.

Make Art, Not Trash

This weekend was jammed packed with traveling, volunteering and setting up apartments. Friday “Builder Bob,” and I headed to Portland for a day of shopping at Scrap where I picked up a few more goodies for my art, Collage on Alberta Street for more mica for my translucent pieces, and The Rebuilding Center to find…

Glean Project Opening Reception, Portland, OR

One of my favorite assemblage artists, Greg Hanson, will be showing over 30 pieces of his work made from treasures found during his 7-months of “gleaning” at the Portland City dump with five other artists. Each of the artists has been posting about their finds, with Greg posting 101 as of today. Check it out,…

Transparent Soul

  As an artist, I really love the moment when I add a line, a color, or the “just right” piece of collage and the little hairs on my arms stand up and I react by saying “cool” with that excited tone in my voice. That’s what happened on this translucent when I moved the…