teapot filled with flowers April 27 2017, 0 Comments
This is how it all began.
I started this really as a little mind-therapy.
meditational and healing.
Slowly. I drew a teapot and filled it with flowers.
The more I worked the lighter I felt.
Butterflies were a must.
Click here to see it closer.
Old canning jars filled with spring flowers January 30 2017, 0 Comments
This is the beginning sketches.
Then I use a gel medium (golden) to paste down the paper onto the wood panel,
which is 20x16. Big!
I sketch the from the tracing paper onto the panel with Saral paper.
It act like carbon paper and transfers the image.
I paint the background a white.
Then I start with the flowers and stems first.
The next step is the mason jars. I did a little test. The jar on the left was painted white first, then color. The jar on the right was painted with color only. I decide on the left jar. Just so the color would pop and I could leave a white highlight on the jars too.
painting in progress.
The final art. Spring flowers in old jars.
This piece is dedicated to my sweet gran.
local & fresh October 05 2016, 0 Comments
I'm honored and humbled
by the beautiful words
written by Shelle Lenssen
about my artwork in the
Go Idaho magazine.
Check below for the full article.
photo credit: Shelle Lenssen
Bee Friends and breathing August 31 2016, 1 Comment
What do bees and breathing have to do with each other?
Let me explain.
This is the start of a painting that I recently completed. It's called Bee Friends.
First, I sketch on a piece of tracing paper my bees. The faces were an afterthought. But I think that it adds so much to the piece.
Next, I prepare the background of my canvas.
I found a page in a very old dictionary about how to type on a typewriter.
I loved the round key graphics and thought it would be the perfect place for my bees.
Bees are busy.
Typewriters have that click-clack busy sound too.
The final results. I painted the bees on white mixed-media paper
and then cut them out. The wings are from some old pocket calendar.
I painted the background and then used a gel medium to adhere the bees.
A little more paint. Done.
I find that if I breathe into the process of creating. It goes smoothly and is fun too!
Recently I had the chance to do some downhill biking in Colorado.
Descending from 12,000 to 9000 ft. At first if was terrifying.
The mountain is very steep, difficult tiny trails, at a very fast speed.
I told myself to breathe into the berms (sharp turns).
This is where I would get uptight and almost loose it.
Once I started to breathe into the turns.
I relaxed and it was FUN!
Scary but oh so fun.
Next time you see some honey bees, take a moment to just watch them.
Breathe into the beauty, mystery of it all.
Next time you start a project that seems over your head.
Breathe. Breathe into the turns.
You'll be amazed what you can do!
We did it!
The middle part is icky June 29 2016, 0 Comments
I'm walking along the ocean, the weather is stormy, cold and dark. The tide is high and threatens to wash us out to sea. I'm tired and just want to be inside with a warm cup of tea. My husband say, "Let's just go a bit further." I grumble under my breathe. If I was a kid, I would have stomped my feet in protest.
We continued on when I saw it. At first I thought it was a light bulb or glass jar. I called, "Mine!", knowing my competition might see it first. Sure enough, it was a glass float!!! Amazingly, it's been floating around for the past 70 years waiting for ME.
The next day I thought about the moments right before the big FIND. I was so the Negative-Nelly. I wondered how many times in the past, I told myself to give-up when it got tough? I wondered how many opportunities that I missed because I didn't keep going? It's hard when the middle-part is icky and we feel like throwing our hands in the air. When I'm working on a new piece of art, the first part is exciting and new. Then comes that middle part, is this really going to work? [self-doubt]. I want to believe this is when BIG MOMENTS happen. This is when we are pushed in a new direction and another exciting horizon is waiting.
The story behind the book January 19 2016, 5 Comments
With any journey there is always a story.
Almost two years ago, I was selling my artwork
at the local Moscow Farmer's Market.
Many eager people said I should illustrate a children's book.
And after hearing it so many times, I thought, maybe.
Then one day a woman saw my artwork at the market
that stopped her in her tracks and brought her to tears.
She went home and ordered a print of She Believed.
A few weeks later that same woman approached me
at the Farmer's Market and told me her story.
I said yes.
This is where it all began.
That woman, Karen Griffith, would become my author
and I would become her illustrator.
The match was made.
Before starting this project I had no idea how hard it would be.
All the little details:
the flow of the book
oh, the characters must always look similar from page to page (eek!)
research on butterflies, foxes, and hedgehogs
how do I make a tree getting tucked into bed?
what font? that took a while to nail down
How did it begin?
Each page was a work of art in itself. I started with little sketches.
Developed my characters. How would they look doing each thing?
I started with large canvas boards to accommodate the entire spread.
The main characters were painted on mixed media white paper.
Then cut out. The backgrounds are comprised of little bits of old papers and paint.
I used a matte medium to glue it all down.
There were days that I doubted it all. Could I really pull this off?
That's what they call the middle part. The unsure, I'm crazy part. The messy part.
With any project, there is a start, middle and a end.
You have to go through the middle part to get to the end.
Once the art was complete. I scanned each one and cleaned them up.
Then started the process of laying out the pages on the computer.
Thankful for my graphic design chops, this part was easy.
We had many people proof the first few rounds.
I'm sure there are a few little things that are not perfect.
But that's okay. There is beauty in imperfection.
We were on the fence about how to publish. Find a publisher or self-publish.
This is a whole other story.
In the end we self-published.
Almost two years in the making and a lot of work,
our book is out in the world!
camp create recap September 14 2015, 0 Comments
This summer I held four weeks of Camp Create.
An art class for children. I learned so much about teaching.
And so much about myself.
Here are a just a few snapshots of the classes. We had a lot of fun!
Above: Drawing warm-ups, that always seems to end in laughter.
Bowls made out of paper.
puppets, of course.
Students that were up to any challenge.
The kids personalities were so varied, just like their art.
Art and children.
Most surprising project. The kids loved learning to crochet!! We all sat around crocheting and telling stories.
are you on the right path May 08 2015, 0 Comments
the start of the book February 03 2015, 0 Comments
the making of a ferris wheel October 23 2014, 0 Comments
This was the inspiration and the beginning behind the Ferris wheel painting, "go around again"
my art out in the world! September 17 2014, 0 Comments
The city of Moscow had a contest to dress up the utility boxes around town.
Yup, mine are on the corner of HWY 8 (Pullman Road) and Line Street,
just by the University of Idaho Recreation Center.
I love seeing them, and always give them a wave as I drive by.
This little chicken with a padlock beak was not planned.
It makes me laugh and I love how it turned out!
They are Going Places!
the sweet gathering May 15 2014, 0 Comments
Otherwise you spend a lot of time doing a ton of detail work.
what happens before a painting is done? March 13 2014, 0 Comments
The next few photos is of the progress of my Star Keeper painting.
I find it fascinating to see how it all works together!
The idea is loose and a start.
Somehow the tree was first. My first mistake, do the background first!
A little background, roughly put in. Note to self: do the background to the best of your skill, first.
Paint pieces of paper for the leaves, tree trunk and grass. Fun and easy.
Started putting in cut pieces of paper to make the tree. I loved this part!
This sketch was done at another time. When came time to decide what would go along with the tree... these two decided they would be perfect.
Cut out of old papers, next step is to make them come alive.
They are looking good, cute and perfect for this colorful tree.
Now to work on that background....
Remember that background that wasn't perfect to start with?
We'll I went and painting around each little leaf, which took forever and was SO worth it!
It turned out great!
Want to own your own Star Keeper print?
what is your word? January 17 2014, 0 Comments
That is my word for 2014.
found hearts November 19 2013, 0 Comments
Part of my daily noticing is finding hearts. It's magical, try it!
making of my crow October 18 2013, 0 Comments
make a driftwood mirror October 10 2013, 1 Comment
I started with a cheap mirror base that I picked up at a discount store. Popped out the mirror. Next have a good stash of driftwood. I love medium size sticks, from straight to curvy. I left the mirror base black, but you could paint it white. Next I used small nails with heads. The job would be easier if you had a nail gun.... next time.
Then just start nailing them to the mirror base. You may need to use a few nails in each piece.
First round of driftwood. Then go back and find the perfect pieces to do another layer, just to cover the black background.
All done! Put the mirror back in and since it already had a picture hanger it went straight on the wall. Another fun idea, would be to spray paint the wood all one color, striking white or bold pink.
I love the little piece of driftwood on the left that has a bit of green and white paint.
a circus painting September 27 2013, 0 Comments
simple inspiration idea May 10 2013, 0 Comments
The above photo took all of 15 minutes and all items where found in my house.
making art from the heart March 27 2013, 0 Comments
making a tree painting February 11 2013, 0 Comments
creative retreat! January 10 2013, 0 Comments
creative class December 03 2012, 0 Comments
The kind you don't want to end.