Thursday, July 17, 2014

the plans God has for me...

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

Vintage Bible Page, Pen & Ink, Prismacolor Colored Pencils (approx 5"x7.5")
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 It is amazing how your life can change so quickly. So unexpected. The last several years have been such a long road of twists and turns for me, my family, my career, my art...and then out of the blue, or so it seems, it all changes. Something that changes your entire professional future which in turn changes all the rest! This road has felt bumpy and unpaved just too many times. A road that truly didn't feel like it was leading anywhere...and then you turn a corner and you stand before an amazing field of fantastic! and everywhere I turn is filled with even more fantastic! But God already knew. He knew the plans He had for me. He had already prepared this road for my life long before I even knew the road existed.

One more reminder in my life to TRUST HIM!!!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

let the children come

 Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." Matthew 19:14

Vintage Bible Page, Pen & Ink, Prismacolor Colored Pencils (approx 5"x7.5")
A recent commissioned piece. I really love the way the words peak through the leaves and flowers. I have numerous other pages and will be posting those very soon.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

God's bounty in nature

Such an abundance of beauty we are all surrounded by....our glorious Nature! A gift given to us by God. To love. To appreciate. To take care of.   "The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it" Genesis 2:15

Almost daily, when I am sitting in my studio, I can look out of my window and watch the numerous birds frolicking within the trees and grass, singing songs that I am certain are meant for me only. What a blessing to have these beautiful birds...bluebirds, cardinals, finches, woodpeckers and more...stop by to visit my back yard. Meanwhile, gorgeous butterflies and dragonflies fill the air. How can you not be inspired by it all?

Vintage Bible Page, Pen & Ink, Prismacolor Colored Pencils (approx 5"x7.5")

Thursday, May 1, 2014

violets and forgiveness

“Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” - Mark Twain
When I saw the 3 words 'bunch of violets' under the poem, I knew violets were to be the creative design behind this page.

Vintage book page "The Last Days of Pompeii", pen & ink, Prismacolor pencils (approx 4.75"x7.25")

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

your path in life...

“Do you choose the path, or the path choose you?” Hmmmm....something to ponder. Do we really want to change anything from the path of our life?? We always say we would have changed this or that, go this way or that way, choose something different...but in knowing that, everything...everything would be different as we know it now. No thanks. Wouldn't change a thing!

Vintage book page, pen & ink, Prismacolor pencils (approx 4.75"x7.25")

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

some days need serious color!

Some days, your leaves (or your life) needs some serious color! I have had a few of those days for sure, as I am sure many do. Color is so powerful. One color alone, or specific color combination, can create mood or stir emotion, recall a memory, it can even change your heart rate. Truly amazing!

Some days I feel like I need ALL the colors! As many as possible. I love them all. I want them all. xo

Vintage Book Page, Pen & Ink, Prismacolor Colored Pencils (approx 4.75"x7.25")

Monday, April 28, 2014

the Lord is my rock!

The Lord is my Rock....and Thank God that He is!! Everyday my relationship with the Lord grows and in that, I grow as well. As a mother, a friend, an artist, a person. I have learned patience, forgiveness, compassion, faith and so, so much more. I am Blessed.

"The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge..." Psalms18:2

Vintage Bible Page, Pen & Ink, Prismacolor Colored Pencils (approx 5"x7.5")

I have been creating artwork on vintage book pages for a very long time now and have recently been adding to the collection, almost daily. I have always been in love with old or vintage books and papers and years ago when I came upon a few vintage books that were falling apart with missing pages, I knew I was going to bring them back to life using my artwork. Using vintage book pages is nothing new in the art world these days, but you will often find them used with something printed on top of them, versus an original piece of artwork. I didn't want to do that. I wanted to create something that was unique, original, beautiful, accessible, and affordable. On the creating end, I could take a limited amount of supplies with me (like I often do with ACEO's) so I could work on them almost anywhere. Working on the Bible pages have especially been rewarding for me lately, allowing me to spend even more time in the Word. It's a win-win!
Blessings to you!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

for the love of ink

No matter how often I engulf myself in paints, brushes, fabrics, papers, or a universe of color and textures....I always find my way back to pen and ink. Black and white. Simple. Clean. Precise. Detailed. Meditative.

I have always doodled or used patterns in my inky art and although I still combine pen and ink with paints, colored pencils and ephemera, I will always love the beauty and  high-contrast of black and white using pen and ink. These are some of the pen and inks from my Moleskine from recent. Forgive the poor photo quality.
May your days be filled with Blessings! and of course, ART!

Friday, April 4, 2014

barn owl beauty

  'Barn Owl Beauty' Acrylic 20"x20"

Exploring I have been. And I do love where this is taking me. Oh, the colors! It's amazing how a color can change the way you feel. Can set a mood. Love it!

This little guy makes me happy. Something about his face. His surroundings. The colors. I loved the process of building it all. I put the brush down, once again, and used my fingers mostly and all kinds of objects. It's not a new process for me, using lids from bottles or jars, bubble wrap, crumbled papers, tubes, old gift cards...anything I could find that would add dimension, depth, design. It is such a freeing process and I am especially enjoying this continued exploration. I am especially enjoying painting objects and characters of nature lately. I always have, really, but especially now. So peaceful. There is so much beauty to be found in nature. Can't wait to see what I find next.....

Thursday, April 3, 2014

elephant painting

I was just reading through my posts and realized soooo much has occurred since I last posted here. Too much, really, to be able to catch everyone up completely. How about a quick overview...we moved (always so much work!), school started for the kids, participated in a little art show that I almost sold out of everything I brought (it was exhilarating!), sold every single wearable art handbag I talked about over the past several posts (They were a big hit! Getting ready to paint and sew up some more!), I started a fantastic job with Wine and Canvas where I get to teach groups of people to paint while we sip wine, eat, sing and just have the best of time (I love it!), and among other things, I found time to paint and create!!

  'Elephant Majesty' Acrylic 20"x20"

I really loved working on this elephant. Well, I always love working on whatever I am working on at any given moment. It's like falling in love...over and over and over again. The mystery of the blank canvas. The excitement of the blank canvas. The first touch of paint to the surface. The textures. The colors. Explorations. Transformations. The growth. The comfort. The building of layers until something amazing transforms. It becomes you. How can I not want to experience that all the time, right?

This year I am trying to work differently than I have in the past. Working on getting out of my comfort zone. Loosen up. Paint from deep inside. I also want to take my work away from my studio. Go to the park. To the Slough. Change my surroundings. I know these things will take me places I don't even realize yet. For my elephant painting, I put the paint brush down through most of it and my hands became my main instrument. I loosened up and just 'experienced' the painting at a different level than I have been used to. Get that type A personality out of the room and experience the process, the birth of the elephant, the colors, the layers. I didn't want to lose my style, my techniques. But I wanted to experience something new. I have had a lot of positive feedback and inquiries, so I guess I am heading in the right direction. It's exciting.

I have several more to post and I promise..I really, really post those over the next few days.
See you then....

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

wearable art shoulder bags galore!

Bags, bags and more bags. Here are some more!

'Spotted Floral' OOAK Handpainted & Embellished Artsy Shoulder Bag



'Vintage Floral' OOAK Embellished Artsy Shoulder Bag



'Sea Treasure' OOAK Handpainted & Embellished Artsy Shoulder Bag


Monday, July 1, 2013

paper art earrings

I love wearable art!!
In all its forms, in all its styles, created by artists from around the world. A little piece of artistic expression that you can wear or carry to embellish an ensemble or a mood or event. Special and unique, often one-of-a-kind and hopefully treasured. Sometimes these little treasures are affordable! And that's my goal...

'Blue & Green Dangle Paper Art Earrings' - OOAK Handpainted Watercolor & Pen/Ink

Other Dangle Paper Art Earrings - OOAK Handpainted Watercolor & Pen/Ink

These earrings I started quite some time ago and for one reason or another, just never got around to completing them. I finished quite a few and these are just some of them. There are many more in my Etsy shop now. I wish I had taken photos of the process though. They start out as a watercolor. Nothing specific. Just a collection of beautiful merging colors and shapes. Then I add layers of vintage book pages onto the backs of the watercolor paper.
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For all of these earrings, I used pages from a beautiful vintage bible that I found years ago that had most of it missing and was completely falling apart. I really think it adds to the beauty of these tiny pieces of art. Next, I start cutting the paper into specific shapes. I try to match up pieces that have similarities in color once they are cut. Then I get to add pen and ink work to them. I love this part. The watercolors and shapes of the paper tend to dictate my design and essentially I have no idea what I am going to draw until I see the colors and designs from the watercolors. When all is said and done, I add layers of thick, clear, archival safe resin. Of course, this isn't where it all ends. Nope! The final stage is adding the jewelry findings and embellishments.
Whew! That's a bunch of steps.

No two earrings are alike. They are delicate, yet sturdy and they have such beautiful movement when worn. Photos just never do justice. My confirmation though, was when my 14-year Hannah told me..."Mom, these are sooo cool. I love these! Will you make me some?"

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

more wearable art shoulder bags

As promised, more bags ready to post. Many more to post...stay tuned!

'Funky Floral' OOAK Handpainted & Embellished Artsy Shoulder Bag


'Natural Beauty' OOAK Embellished Artsy Shoulder Bag


'Bird of Blue' OOAK Handpainted & Embellished Artsy Shoulder Bag


'Floral Trio' OOAK Embellished Artsy Shoulder Bag


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