Friday, April 28, 2006


Since I don't know if I can have side columns of links like some bloggers, I'll just list a few here to check out that I follow closely and have loads of fun and info in doing so and inspiration by the tons.

More to come. This could keep anyone happy for months to come.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Tell me I'm CRAZY!

I had coffee with my design teacher friend Nancy this morning. She encourages me so much and I have all these ideas I want to do.
I now want to do a whole series of interactive pieces. I want all my pages in the journal project to be interactive with everyone else.
I'm thinking of applying for an artist's grant to do the interactive installation pieces. Where could I get a huge bottle made or bought. I'm talking a couple feet tall or larger? Where could I possibly work on a piece this size? How long is the table from Darlene? I have an idea for being able to use it depending on it's length.
Tell me I'm CRAZY! BUT I'm so excited. I want to do so much! Where are the hours? Where is the energy and space and time and money?

AND I have a class to teach in Denver at 2:50 and a demo lesson in Lincolnton tonight. Does the teaching pay off with the cost of gas and need to suppliment the supplies for the classes? How do I do all this I want to do? What and where are the answers?

This is the sample that caused Nancy to give me the idea to do it large as an installation piece with a real bottle and steps to go up and drop your own emotion into the bottle.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Wild Women

Wild women use red in their paintings
Scream a yellow hillside
Push pink into the night sky

Wild women let lives tangle and
Watch as their words skip across pages
Leading to dark planets.
The other side of the moon.

Wild women put the Ph.D.s in chalices
Place them on the altar and run away
To play with color squares and magic markers.

Wild women cry when they remember
Laugh at all they know they know.
Then dance like nymphs in the moonlight.

Have it; have it all:
The diapers behind
The masks put away
Days less tangle, with
Time stretched for weaving.
For play and performance,
Risk and revelation.

From Taproots: Where Ideas are Born by Carol Egmont St. John

More woman images

The text reads:

One Flaw In Women
Women have strengths that amaze men.
They bear hardships and they carry burdens,
but they hold happiness, love and joy.
They smile when they want to scream.
They sing when they want to cry.
They cry when they are happy
and laugh when they are nervous.
They fight for what they believe in.
They stand up to injustice.
They don't take "no" for an answer
when they believe there is a better solution.
They go without so their family can have.
They go to the doctor with a frightened friend.
They love unconditionally.
They cry when their children excel
and cheer when their friends get awards.
They are happy when they hear about
a birth or a wedding.
Their hearts break when a friend dies.
They grieve at the loss of a family member,
yet they are strong when they
think there is no strength left.
They know that a hug and a kiss
can heal a broken heart.
Women come in all shapes, sizes and colors.
They'll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you
to show how much they care about you.
The heart of a woman is what
makes the world keep turning.
They bring joy, hope and love.
They have compassion and ideas.
They give moral support to their
family and friends.
Women have vital things to say
and everything to give.

From Taproots: Where Ideas are Born by Carol Egmont St. John

Saturday, April 22, 2006

today's quote

Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you. Oscar Wilde

My riches are my Savior, my family, my friends, and my art.
What are yours?

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Her world was filled with music

I got into town this afternoon and got straight to work on the piece. It changed a bit from my original intention due to supplies on hand but I think it's rather nice. The support is a piece of gold matboard with white acrylic paint moved about with a design comb. I made the dress and corners from sheet music. The head is from the photo and the arms and legs are from background of the original photo. I adhered everything with the acrylic paint and gel medium (as well as coated with it.) The aged look comes from a distressing ink pad called old paper. My aunt loves music so this is a tribute to her, Opal.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Relaxation Works

I am so happy to say I have finally decided how to do the next in the "Her" series that has been puzzling me. I wanted to do my aunt Opal who is a singer and comedian for local programs and competitions. She has even won in competitions in the state capital. The image I wanted to use is of her dressed for the prom but my full length picture is blurry and the clear one is only a 3/4 view. So, as I was sitting and unwinding before bed as I like to do, I was flipping through the latest issue of Legacy and found my answer. I will cut the dress from a piece of sheet music; I will use the clear face I have of her; and add the arms and legs by hand. It will be a sepia collage on canvas (as soon as I can find the one I bought and then put up when cleaning my studio.) I am excited and plan to start right now. Since tomorrow is Easter and I will be out of town three days it may be the end of the week before I can post the image. Wish me luck! Sometimes my ideas in my head look better than the finished product but many times the finished product is better. In the meanwhile, here she is.
Isn't she lovely? The working title is "Her world was full of lovely music." Don't know how I'll incorporate the words yet, but I WILL SOMEHOW!

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

must love quotes

If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman. Margaret Thatcher
I've just realized that I haven't shared that I love quotes. I keep files on my computer of them. Search for more constantly and find them everywhere I go. I keep them in books and use them in my art. So why had I failed to share it here. I will from now on and hope you will be saving them in your own special journal or blog or file of just in your own head and heart.
I can't seem to get all I want to say about women finished. I keep finding more ways to show the complexities of women in my art, through my collages. I wish I could truly have 24/7 for just a year or so to completely devote to my art and search for my niche. I seem to have no trouble finding ops to teach or give away my art services but when will I be able to just make art and sell it? Maybe I never will. When will I be able to just make art and not worry if it's marketable. I do use alot of supplies and need to feel I am able to replenish them on my own but after 15 or so years of making much art and not much dollars my husband has yet to tell me to stop. I have often asked him if I am wasting my time and his money. He has never told me "yes." Once he ever gave me his rather large bonus check to use for art. I took a workshop through Northlight, bought a good set of brushes and other supplies. Pretty neat support huh?
I guess art should just be for the joy of it and most of the time that is why I do it. I like to share my art through many forms, sending cards to brighten someone's day, making little devotional books and yes, even giving away paintings.
Make someone happy today with your art!

Saturday, April 08, 2006

check it out

Standing on my deck between storms, having my coffee, I saw a flock of Canada geese fly over, and began thinking how blessed I am. I had to come in an share where I am at this moment in time.

I am happy to note that my blog site is on the links at Artwerx.
If you haven't visited this amazing it now!

I am busily trying to do all my own art and fulfill all the projects I have committed to plus start a new collaborative project. I may go crazy trying but I feel that honestly art is what keeps me sane.

With all the troubles in the world and family crises that people go through I am quite blessed to have a peaceful and calm life with lots of friends, opportunities and ideas.

God is using me through my art in ways I don't even begin to imagine.
May we all honor this holy season by thanking him for the blessings in our lives.

Here's a challenge to add to your journal (if you don't journal I suggest you start, write, cut out words that fit or images that tell your story-just do it!) On a blank page add one color that implies who you are and where you are in your journey. Add one word that describes your state of being. Add one image of a flower that expresses your true soul.
Sign it, turn the page and don't look at it for a week and see if it still describes who you are. If not, do it again, and again and eventually you will be journaling every day and finding out who you are and where you want to be in life.

Friday, April 07, 2006


I am happy to say I have an adcouragement that will be featured in Artella's Monday newsletter.

I have mailed my collaborative journal proposal to 26 artists I know from across the country.
Here is another image of my own in the works for the project about WOMAN.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Are you out there?

I've done little to promote this blog but if you have seen it, I'd love some feedback. Send me your comments and I will send you an image file to use in your art. Choose ferns or angels. They are stamps but you must cut them and supply the adhesive. Thanks.


The ideas flow. I am working on another Woman piece I really like.
Bottled up head on a vellum bottle with emotion words pasted underneath that can be read through the vellum or lift and read.
A small envelope holds more emotion words to choose from and add to the bottle. Here is the working image.

Women always seem to bottle up their emotions for the sake of everyone else but if she gets too full she may blow her cork and spew.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Collaborative Plan

An artist friend and I are planning a collaborative project with other artists. If you have seen TRUE COLORS, you know the beauty and adventure our efforts could produce. I am working on the call to artists, a letter proposal of the project.
She and I are already planning pages and designs. It could end up the two of us only but I am geared to do it even by myself. With hopes of a publication, exhibit, etc. at the culmination.
Here is a working design.