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Working Smaller

April 23, 2014

I find myself working small again, and it’s not because I don’t have the space to do really large works, but it’s more that I love little collages and little canvases. Here are two new collages, roughly 4 inches square, mounted on larger paper. They haven’t been listed in my Etsy shop yet, but will be in a day or so.

Undisturbed - Collage, 4x4" on 5x6-1/2" Backing

Undisturbed – Collage, 4×4″ on 5×6-1/2″ Backing


Someone's Been Here - Collage, 4x4" on 5-1/4x7" Backing

Someone’s Been Here – Collage, 4×4″ on 5-1/4×7″ Backing

I used to love the physicality of facing a large blank canvas and moving to music as I painted. This painting is 4×7 feet overall, which I created as one painting.


I haven’t done that for a while now, and don’t miss it all that much. I get enough physical exertion out of my garden after all.

Garden Dogs

And making bread.

Tornado Bread

It’s a nice balance.

A Coffee and Collage Kind of Morning

April 16, 2014

This morning I sat with my coffee and created four new collages, which is a first for a while. It felt so good. As always, it took a little while to get a groove going, but it wasn’t as difficult as it often is. Maybe it was because I’ve had the pent-up desire to do some art for several days now. And it could have something to do with Spring Fever. This is one of those gorgeous, cold days, with beautifully budding trees and flowers starting to bloom, the birds singing, but a little too cold to be outside. So it was a perfect coffee and collage kind of morning.

After creating the new ones, I reminded myself of the folder full of recent collages that I never got around to listing in my Etsy shop, so I did that next. I feel better now.

Here’s a peek at the newest ones that haven’t even quite dried yet, and I hope you’ll browse through the shop for what’s been added since you last visited.

Welcome Spring - Collage, 6x8" on 8x10" backing

Welcome Spring – Collage, 6×8″ on 8×10″ backing

Resistance - Collage, 6x8" on 8x10" backing

Resistance – Collage, 6×8″ on 8×10″ backing

Loops Series – More Gelli Plate Fun

April 1, 2014

This is the final collage to be posted from my “Loops Series.” As you may recall, these are made from papers created with my gelli plate. There are more papers. Just need to get psyched to make more collages.

Carried Away - Loops Series, Collage, 6x8" on 8x10" backing

Carried Away – Loops Series, Collage, 6×8″ on 8×10″ backing

This one is part of this group of collages that I made in an all-day session:

New Collages 1

I don’t think I’ve exhausted the possibilities of this series yet. More to come, I hope.

Meanwhile, I have a fun canvas started using some of the same papers. This one is 16×20 inches and is very much a work in progress.

Loops Canvas on Easel

When All Else Fails, Bake Bread

March 28, 2014

Truthfully, baking bread is something that can fit between the cracks of your otherwise busy everyday life, which makes it a wonderful creative outlet. This week it was no-knead bread from my favorite bread book My Bread by Jim Lahey. The picture on the cover is of a very dark loaf, and that’s the way it’s supposed to be. If you have read the book, or if you decide to get it, he explains the things that happen to bread at the molecular level as it’s rising, fermenting, baking, and cooling. It’s a beautiful read.

Here’s mine from this week.

No Knead 3_25_2014

Busy-ness has kept me out of the studio and I am getting antsy. It still feels so good to just be in there, so sometimes I sit at the studio computer and play music while I do everything that requires a computer. While I’m there, I’m always tugged by little things that catch my eye, above the desk . . .

Studio 2

around the walls . . .

Inspiration Board 1

or a spread of papers on a table . . .


or a stack of little baby canvases . . .

Stack 5

or a collection of my favorite brushes sticking out of a ceramic pot.

Tools of the Trade 3

Maybe I can get some good quality studio time today, or perhaps even over the weekend. That would be so nice!

Dog Collages

March 20, 2014
Dog Collages, each 5x7 inches

Dog Collages, each 5×7 inches

These three collages all went to the same collector, sold through my Etsy shop. As you may already know, I rarely use photography in my collages any more, having gravitated toward hand painted papers and interesting printed patterns. However, this collector had bought the first two quite a while ago, and I got a nice surprise last week when she requested that I do another one for her. So the bottom one was the result. It was a fun reason to get out to the studio.

I hope she likes this one just as much in person as she did when I showed her the scan, and that these two doggies enjoy their new home.


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