All My Eggs In One Basket

My grandma used to say ‘not to put all of my eggs in one basket’, but I couldn’t resist doing a couple more ‘Blue Speckled Egg’ pieces. My husband liked these and said that my color palette ties all of my work together. He said the next thing he knows I will have a line of art supplies, my own signature colors-lol! Thank you for the vote of confidence honey:-) I am really enjoying playing in a little different venue. I guess it’s not all that different, my first collages were somewhat along these lines, but now I am doing far more painting than collage work.

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Simple Pleasures

Happy Monday all. I just listed this piece in my new shop. ‘Simple Pleasures’ is done in Art Journal fashion, with lots of luscious layers that only truly show up on close inspection. You will recognize the lady from my banner, she has been added to the collage and painted over to incorporate her. The soft, muted color palette remind me of a summer day. I hope the sun is shining where you are:-)

Melange Team Weekly Challenge

The Melange Team Weekly Challenge word is ‘Dance’. How lovely is that? It conjures up all sorts of graceful, lovely, and even fun images. This piece, ‘Wistful Glories’ is one I did some time ago. I spent some time in a gallery at ZNE’s convenzione and I picked it up when I went to this years retreat. I had it at my table during my make and take and it sold. I don’t do a lot of sales in person. Most are done online and I never meet the people who buy my art. I always love to hear from them and it warms my heart to hear when my work has found a good home and is being enjoyed. This sale was face to face and the woman seemed to love it so. It was a great feeling and made my heart feel like dancing. I really loved this piece and it was good to see it again, but my art is made to share. It is sometimes a bit hard to part with it, but as soon as it leaves me I am ready to make another work of heart. It is a great feeling to share something as personal as art.
P.S. Here is the journal page that was the inspiration behind this piece.

Inspiration

For me, inspiration often comes through journaling. The freedom that is found within the safe covers of my art journal allows me to explore my feelings and convey them visually. Most often the words come to me last. I either make them up or find the perfect quote, but it is almost always at the end of my creative process. This is part of what I have learned about myself through journaling. It is as if I pour out the feelings and then can put words to what those feelings are.
This weeks challenge prompt at Melange is ‘Inspiration’. The words on this journal page came to me at the end of the process. Art is a journey. A discovery of your creative nature. We are inspired by others who have gone before us, and inspire others to follow along. Each of us is in that place. Every time we create we are inspired by something and our work inspires someone or something else.
Be Inspired. Be an Inspiration.

Developing Your Own Voice

I thought I would share this journal page with you today. I did this little exercise in my journal while traveling to CA for the ConvenZioNE. Journals are a great place to actually ‘do’ some of the little exercises artists sometimes publish with their articles. I wish I remembered where I read this, but I don’t. Sometimes I just jot the exercise down for future reference. I do know it was written by Gina Arnfield. In my journaling workshop I tell people to use things they love, things they are drawn to, colors that speak to them and their pages will turn out to reflect them. That is what this little exercise will help you find out. What are you drawn to? What are your favorite colors? I challenge you to answer the questions listed on my journal page for yourself.

New Work in Shop

I just listed three new pieces in my etsy shop. Two of them are pieces I did while attending Brandie Butcher-Isley’s workshop at the ConvenZioNE. We hit it off right from the start and it was a joy to finally meet her in person. We are talking about collaborating on some future projects so stay tuned for that!

This 6×6 piece ‘Waiting to Fly‘was done on a premium artist panel, look for more of my work on this substrate as I am loving it. Such a different feel from canvas work.

This second piece ‘There Are Three’ also came out of that workshop and is dear to my heart as Mother’s Day was right around the corner and the inspiration behind this work. Remember that excitement when you first found out that you were to be a mother? Or a grandmother? So much anticipation and dreams for the future.
This third piece was inspired by friendship. It never ceases to amaze me how friends are always present when you need them most. Even the online friends, just with a few words can totally set the tone for your day. ‘Without Wings’ is about friendship and how much we need each other to get through the joys and the trials of life.
Thank you all of my friends, both those whom I have met, those whom I have known for years, and those who I may never meet but who bring a smile to my face just with their words.

Challenges

I have so much to share from the ConvenZioNE last week that it will take a few days. I of course had to journal about the event, so I will start with one of my pages. I needed to take some images to use in the projects I did in the workshops, so I used some of those in my journal, prepping a few pages with some paint to be added to later. This page reflects my online, friendships with some of the people there. I knew them by name, but had never met any of them. A little scary, but the instant I met these ladies, I felt right at home. We all share the bonds of creativity and it is evident when you walk into a room full of amazing artists.

This piece was done in Brandie Butcher-Isley’s class. She is an inspiring artist who’s work I have admired for a long time. We met right away and hung out together for the whole event. We will be doing some collaboration on projects in the future and left with our minds full of ideas. Brandie truly has the soul of an artist and there was an instant connection that I will always cherish.

This piece also serves as my response to last weeks Melange Team Challenge, FUN, as I can’t think of anything more fun than being in the land of ZNE!
The other workshop that I took, was Anna Corba’s class. She lead us into her world of lovely vintage papers, beeswax, and simple elegance. She is the loveliest of ladies and was a huge inspiration to me with her words and presence.
I completed 5 pieces of art in 2 days which in itself was amazing. As a mom I just don’t get to sit down and work start to finish on projects. Having someone bring me lunch, and no housework or anything else to do but art is a great way to live, let me tell you! But for most of us that is not our reality and I have become adept at working art around life and finding balance between the two.
This piece will serve as my response to this weeks Melange Team Challenge, ‘Mom’. I used some images from my own artwork. This is something I have been wanting to do and the beeswax collage is the perfect format. I was unable to scan the whole piece, which is 9×13, but this is the main portion.

I will be posting more through the week there is just so much to share!