Sunday, December 7, 2014


I'm still working my way through this book, but it is excellent so far!  The information provided is exactly what I've been looking for -- a guide with specifics for the creation of a true business model and the things to think through and decide before going into business to sell one's art work...whether solo or with others.    

If you've read this book, please consider posting a review or linking to one that you've already done!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Ready to Deconstruct and Reconstruct

Here are two painted canvases ready to go through the cut-up and reassemble process -- recently learned in a Katie Masopust class.

These didn't take too long to complete...maybe two hours overall that includes alternating periods of painting and drying them.

In looking at these more critically, they really need more gradation of the background color.  That is part of what makes Katie's technique work, and these don't have that yet.  Will I paint over them?  I probably should.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

It's Almost Here!

The New Year is just around the corner, and do you know what that means?  LIFE BOOK 2015 is about to begin!

LB 2015 is a year of learning mixed media techniques and creating a portfolio of mixed media work that will eventually be bound into each participant's own personal journal.

This is a project led by Tamara LaPorte from Willowing Arts that in will also involve 25 special guest instructors, artists in their own right.  I'm excited to be participating and looking forward to a wonderful journey!

If I've peaked your interest and you'd like more information about LB 2015, check out the details at

And if you join in, look me up!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Katie Pasquini Masopust - Stitched Paintings intensive at IQF 2014

We did ALOT of painting on canvas in Katies's class! 

The intention was to use them to create a single piece -- though many of us didn't have enough time to complete a project.  That was especially true for me!  

I started by painting the two canvases below--that evolved even after these photos were taken.  The whole intention is to have a graduated background overlaid by assorted strokes/marks and fabrics. 

Then I cut out areas (squares mostly) I liked from my painted canvases. (Everyone did this.)

Next, I cut them apart and reconstructed them (see squares below).  

Even though I like these squares, there isn/t enough contrast between the two canvas paintings for a really striking effect in the deconstructed/reconstructed squares.  That IS KEY and it didn't work!

Katie has done some absolutely amazing work, and I value the learning from her class!  Her techniques are not difficult but they do require time and learning (ingredient mixing, canvas drying, etc.) and training of the eye.  

Overall, what someone plans is not necessarily going to work.  It is in the disparate differences...seeing and allowing them to be that way, and then capitalizing on combining them artistically...that results in something neat and original happening!   

Fabric Basket - Pretty Easy

This basket was made in Jane Hall's half-day course at IQF 2014.  The greatest amount of time involved in making it--was cutting and sewing the strips together.  Otherwise, it went together easily and quickly (3 hours).

These baskets are a great holiday gifting idea that you can match to family and friends' home decoration color schemes.  They're fun and useful besides.