Thursday, March 3, 2016

Working Through The Fear


I purchased all new, good quality acrylic paints months ago, finally upgrading from those inexpensive 2 oz craft paints. I've been putting off using them due to basically, a fear of failure. But I've been experimenting with them the last week and it feels good to be working through my inner critic.

Monday, November 23, 2015

5 x 5





Just listed a new 5 x 5 inch polymer clay mosaic piece in my Etsy shop.   
I really love this color combination and can't help revisiting it.
To see my full shop, please click here.

Monday, June 29, 2015

The Blues



I just completed this polymer clay mosaic this past weekend and I really love the purple/blue/silver combo.  
I also tried  the technique of stamping permanent black ink onto white clay and it worked out very well.  
This piece is now listed in my Etsy shop which you can see here.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Fun With Polymer Clay

I love watching how-to videos on YouTube.  As a self taught artist, I find YouTube indispensable for finding new techniques, processes and products.  One of the channels I go back to often is from artist Patti Parrish.  She's a wonderful lady and a real hoot.  She posts her Ustream recordings of art sessions which range from mixed media painting, stencils (which she also designs), gelli plate, and polymer clay.  You can check out her videos here.

It's from watching her videos that I became interested in making polymer clay tiles/mosaics.  So I purchased some polymer clay, stamps, pearl powders, and a few other supplies, followed her instructions and gave it a go.  It was a lot of fun making the tiles and then fitting them together like a puzzle.  For a first try, I'm pretty happy with the results.





I mounted the tiles onto one of my 6 x 6 wood tiles that I usually use.  I went with a sort of steampunk theme because I had that wonderful octopus stamp that I really wanted to feature.  I had bought it months ago without really knowing what I would do with it, just that I loved it.  Plus I had a bunch of gears and clock hands that I could use.  Really anything metal or glass can be put right into the clay and baked, so it's fun looking for bits to use (old jewelry, glass beads, metal buttons, etc).

I will be putting this piece in my Etsy shop shortly, which you can find here.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Weekly Haul


I love garage sale season!  I acquired some great stuff this week for collages and assemblages.  
I want to start working on some assemblage boxes that incorporate both found objects and collage elements, displayed behind glass.  I'm just in the process now of gathering an assortment of interesting and fun things to choose from.  The hunt is on.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

New Collage




Just finished the next collage in the series.  I've been putting it off for a few days.  
I always find the glueing process a bit nerve-raking.  
It makes me start second guessing my choices before I lock them down.

On my screen this looks pinkish.  It's actually a white background but it seems that if I try to color correct it, it turns out blueish. (?)  I'll keep working on it and see if I can get a better picture.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Stocking The Store

I have been slowly adding art pieces to my Etsy shop, trying to build up my inventory.  
As of today there are six pieces including the newly listed ones pictured below.  
You can have a look at my Etsy shop here.






Monday, March 16, 2015

Etsy Shop Now Open


I am glad to announce that I have re-opened my Etsy shop.  Once fully stocked, I plan to feature both prints and original artwork, including pieces from my 6 X 6 series.  Today I added my first item in the shop: "Junk Collector", a mixed media assemblage.  You can view the listing here.  
More items to be added soon.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

New Phone Case Design!



I'm excited to announce that I have added a new phone/laptop/device case/skin to my shop. This one is called Noise and it comes in a variety of shapes and sizes for tons of different phones, laptops and devices. You can get this cover here or have a look at my entire selection of designs here.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Monday, December 8, 2014

Bingo



Mixed media on 8 x 10 inch wood panel
This is one of my very first collages, made many years ago.  
I had never shown it online before and finally just got it scanned.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Same Idea 2 Ways


I made two attempts with this idea.  
The first one I worked on didn't come out as I had hoped, so I tried it again.  
Now I'm not sure which one I like better.  There are things I like and don't like about each of them.

Monday, December 1, 2014



I had a bit of a creative set-back in October and it left me with a lot of self-doubt.  Even though I felt the urge to create and had ideas, I was listening to that negative inner critic that told me everything I make isn't good enough.  It can sometimes be hard to get out of the mindset of, "If I don't even try, then it won't be bad".  
Well, today I finally dove back in and made something.  I'm trying not to judge it too harshly and instead just enjoy the feeling of creating once again.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Little Owen

Today I visited the Stony Lake Furniture Company, a beautiful store located in Lakefield, Ontario.  They specialize in locally designed and handcrafted furniture, art and home decor items. It is perfectly curated and has a light and comfortable feeling that reflects the natural beauty of area.

While there I got to meet Owen, store owner Lisa Besseling’s adorable brussels griffon.  She assured me that Owen could handle the stairs quite well, but he seemed happy to survey his territory from his perch at the top of the stairs.


How cute is this little dog?!  Apparently he's a bit of a local celebrity too and has his own Twitter and Instagram following.  You can see more of Owen at @OwenTheGriff.



Saturday, October 4, 2014

Meet Alex

In Lisa Congdon's information-packed online class "Becoming A Working Artist" on CreativeLive.com,  she mentioned that IKEA makes a great unit for storing art work.  I just had a look on IKEA's website and met ALEX...and he's wonderful!    

The ALEX Storage Unit comes in white or gray and the dimensions are
Depth: 18 7/8 "
Height: 26 "
Width: 26 3/8 "

I want this...no, I NEED this!  I'm finally getting my "studio space"  in order and this would make a great addition.  I use quotations because my "studio" is a very small room in my house that has a few other uses too, but it's where I make most of my art.  
Now I just have to get myself to an IKEA ASAP.




Thursday, October 2, 2014

Becoming A Working Artist

September 30th and October 1st I attended a live online class called Becoming A Working Artist on CreativeLive.  They are an excellent website that hosts a wide range of classes for creative people.  They stream a lot of classes for free and you can purchase specific classes to watch on demand.

Becoming A Working Artist was taught by artist Lisa Congdon, author of the indispensable book Art Inc. She is an artist who's work and career I have followed for quite a while and I consider her a mentor and role model for my artistic endeavors.



The 14 hour course was comprised of 22 segments that ranged from Embracing Yourself As An Artist, Actionable Goals to Achieve Your Dream, Crafting Your CV, Statement, Blog, & Portfolio, Understand the Fine Art World, Successfully Promote Your Work, Make Money Selling Your Own Work, Understand Illustration & Licensing, and Planning for Success.

 I highly recommend Lisa's course and book to any artist who wants to get serious about what they are doing and take their art career to the next level of success, whatever form they envision that being.  It's really given me the tools to start heading in the right direction and the motivation to do it.  Thanks Lisa!