Sunday, May 22, 2016

Life Book 2016 - Week 18: Its called 'Born to Bloom, Born to Flower'

This was an amazing lesson led by Effy Wild, guest instructor with Life Book 2016.  I didn't think I could get something that would even resemble the instructor's lesson piece.  But by letting go and following her process, I had a good experience and am happy with the result.

In the future, I want to hold off on using gesso as a base for acrylic paint over watercolor paper.  That's because it gets a glossy finish that can't be removed or changed when painted over.  When I applied acrylic without the gesso, the finish was matte.  This is a good lesson to have learned!

This piece was created through a class offered by Tamara Laporte from Willing Arts Ltd. For more information, visit this link:

Saturday, May 7, 2016

A Mandala Theme

I finished this today!  It has a collage foundation layer that has been spray-painted, stenciled and doodled over.  Spray painting isn't my favorite technique, but I do like the effect you can get from layers of stenciling.

This piece was created through a class offered by Tamara Laporte from Willing Arts Ltd. For more information, visit this link:

Sunday, May 1, 2016

My Life Book 2016 Coursework to Date (10 of 18 lessons completed)!

One of the pieces is not pictured because it is already framed and hanging on the wall!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Life Book 2016 - Week 17

The instructor for Week 17's lesson is Roxanne Coble, and her lesson theme is 'Your Story, Your Altar'.  My interpretation of the lesson was based on my recent trip to Michigan and what it meant for me.

My first effort for this lesson went awry in that the background painting didn't work.  My second effort didn't work either because the background painting got lost because of too much collage work. This was my third effort.  In working on it, I liked the use of the white gel pen for outlining as well as for some other finishing touches (in assorted pen colors).

I'm still getting air bubbles when collaging and haven't yet been able to remedy that.  It happens using Liquitex Matte Medium and Golden Gel Medium.  I'll keep practicing and hopefully get better at it.  It seems to happen most often with the use of pages from magazines.  

This piece was created through a class offered by Tamara Laporte from Willing Arts Ltd. For more information, visit this link:

Saturday, April 23, 2016

'Forest Storm' on Display

My art quilt is now on display through the fall at the City Attorney's Office as part of the first of its kind -- employee art sharing program.

Employee art pieces were pre-selected earlier in the year for display at offices throughout City Hall. Two of mine are on display.  Aside from this one, there is an untitled painting that has taken up residence at the Department of Transportation.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Art Finds from Michigan Trip

A trip to my roots brought with it opportunities to make some art finds along the way.  From walks and drives, to museum visits, to a shopping excursion--there was an amazing array of visuals as you can see.  

'Sloth Pieta' in front of the Broad Museum, Michigan State University,
East Lansing, MI
Abandoned Building
Eaton Rapids, MI

Entrance Tile Design at the Lansing Art Gallery
Lansing, MI

Porcupine Quill Box by Y.W. Keshick
Natural History Museum, Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI

Quilt Block Painted Barn Siding
Dimondale, MI

1920s Millinery Exhibit
Natural History Museum, Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI

Painted Hubcap from Wall of Painted Hubcaps
Lansing, MI

Alley Painting of Brick Wall
Lansing, MI

Decorated Key by Sharon Martin-Fertig

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Life Book 16 - Week 14: Our Lady of Self-Compassion

This project was done with a lot of acrylic paint washes applied to 140-lb cold-pressed watercolor paper.  I like the texture of the dried piece...very similar to the feel of a watercolor painting.  Posca markers and other pens were used for some of the decoration.

For this project which was to create our 'Lady of Self-Compassion', I followed the instructor's directions. My project's face is kind of wonky because of the off-center chin and the fact that you only get to do the outline once.  But it works for the project purpose.

One thing for me to remember next time is when using Tombow markers -- they are water soluble.  So putting a wash over them creates problem especially if you've used them for detail work before applying the wash.

This piece was created through a class offered by Tamara Laporte from Willing Arts Ltd. For more information, visit this link:

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Creative Club does 'Letting Go' Round Robin

I'm part of a local creative club that got together for a recent art-making adventure, and what an adventure we had!

Our theme for the day's effort was letting go -- because one of our group members moved out of the area and this was our first time meeting without her.  We started out with a blank piece of paper twice as big as the one pictured.  Over the course of our arting day, we collaged, laughed, painted, talked about memories, had lunch, let our efforts dry, and then...we cut the color-filled large piece in two.

Each person then chose which side they would keep and finish for themselves and which one they would pass to the next person in the group to be decorated.  Each piece being decorated in this way was passed on until all members had the chance to work on it.  Then it returned to its original creator and would go home with her as well as the other unfinished side.

Our day was filled with acts of letting go as part of the project.  From imagery in the collage one may have wanted to keep that ended up disappearing, to splitting the paper in two and passing one side on letting go of what would result.

It was an amazing process that everyone found quite insightful and thoroughly enjoyed.  Beyond that, it was so fun to see the results!

Project was inspired by a class module offered by Tamara Laporte from Willowing Arts Ltd. For more information about Life Book 2016, visit this link:

Friday, March 18, 2016

Update on Employee Art Display

In follow-up to my March 16 post, my art quilt was selected for display at the City Attorney's Office and my painting was selected for display at the Housing Department!

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