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Simple Surprises

June 7, 2017

It’s been a beautiful few days in and around the studio. The summer temps haven’t closed us in yet, and the house is open to the outside air, gently stirred by a silent ceiling fan. I’ve surrounded myself with music most days, with minimal intrusion of world events. This is my therapy, a lifeline, a time to be open to new ways of seeing.

Simple surprises are everywhere, like the little patch of wildflowers that I planted early last spring. They were mowed down with the grass late in the season, and I had forgotten all about them. But this spring they started re-seeding, and I’m now being gifted with new flowers that didn’t bloom the first time. There are many, many Black-eyed Susans, Lance Leaf Coreopsis, and a bunch of other tickseed varieties as well. And in the little bed closer to the house are my daylilies.

Fun and magical things are happening inside the studio too. I thought it would be a good time to play with the gelli plate for a little while, and then to find some surprises for collage in my paper stash.

This is a collection of circles and squares, punched out of magazine pages. I love spreading them out, in the same way we all used to do with our grandmothers’ jars of buttons . . .


. . . and here are some of the gelli prints:

Don’t you love surprises?




A Time to Work and a Time to Play

May 26, 2017

Yesterday was the most glorious spring day imaginable. Breezy, sunny, and cool. I wanted so much to be in the studio, but instead I forced myself to get outside and do some much-neglected yard work. I knew that if I promised myself the “reward” of being able to do art after my chores were done, that they would get done and I’d feel all the more self-righteous about it. So here we are, a second beautiful spring day in a row, the work is done mostly done, and I can’t wait to do some art.

Here are three collages that I finished last week. A “dance” theme for titles this time. I think I titled the “Cha-Cha” one first. I think I like it best because it feels dance-y to me. OK – music will be playing in a little bit. Have a wonderful, creative day.

Bunny Hop – Collage, 4×4 inches

Tap Dance – Collage, 5 x 5 inches

Cha-Cha – Collage, 5 x 5 inches

Sweet Interruptions

May 5, 2017

It’s such a joy to spend time in the studio with no interruptions — except, of course, from the dog and cat. I think those interruptions are a given. Just as I get settled with my music and my papers out on the table, the kitty sits down and stares up at me, asking me if I forgot something. No, I didn’t forget. It wasn’t time for her to eat, but tell that to her. So I feed the cat and sit back down to my work table. Five minutes later, here comes the dog asking to go outside. But no, I don’t dare sit back down, because in five more minutes she’s going to want back in again.

In the middle of all that, I did manage to get three new collages done. By the time I finished these three, I was on a roll and wanted to keep going. But now it’s supper time. Theses are already listed in my Etsy shop.

And here are the fur children who make my life more complicated than it could be, and more joyful than it would be without them!

Taking a Collage Break

April 25, 2017

I call it a collage break, because that’s how it feels. I love playing with paper more than just about anything creative that I do. So here are the new ones I’ve done over the past few days.

These are all four inches square. I like this size and format a lot. A frame much larger than four inches is a nice presentation for these little ones.

Here are some random pictures of my favorite things, hand painted and purchased collage papers. I hope they inspire you!

Visit my Etsy shop to see these collages and more.

Some Small Works on Paper

April 5, 2017

Small works are a joy to do. They are possible to create in just about any available space, and working in water media keeps everything simple. Two of these three are gouaches, a medium I absolutely love. The colors are soft, velvety, and vibrant. And of course, they can also serve as studies for larger works. These three are not new, but I have newly posted them to my Etsy shop.

Messages – gouache on paper, image size 4 x 6 inches

Square One – acrylics on paper, image size 5 x 7 inches

X Marks the Spot – gouache on paper, image size 5 x 7 inches