Monday, June 15, 2015


I am entering this piece, Inner Selfie, into a show about portraits and selfies.She is taking a selfie of her inner spirit guide.  I have always loved the Whorls that Navajos used to wear.

Sorry but I took this photo with my iphone and gold leaf is hard to shoot.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Sleeping in the Clouds

Cleaning out my studio allowed me to rediscover an old painted background and a cast figure. Since the figure was cast with Creative Paperclay® I thought it was a perfect start to a project. I have always love the odalisque or reclining figures you see in baroque art. They made lying around look good. I think a contemporary reclining figure would be on a couch watching TV. Not quite the same.


Creative Paperclay®
polymer medium
platinum rub
silver leaf

First I used a small wad of paper clay to attach the figure to the background. Next I added a pillow and a snake-like ribbon.The story was finished with clouds, small cast flowers and a moon. Detail was added to the pillow and all the clay edges were smoothed with a little water on my finger. When it dried I filed some rough areas with Sand-Its.

After this picture was taken, I added one more cloud.

I decided it needed some small details so I used dimensional paint. What a difference it made. 

I finished it off with a stain, some platinum rub and a little silver leaf. 

Monday, June 1, 2015

Step by Step Art Technique Tutorials

So many of you have asked about available classes even though you may live out of the area. So this month has been busy taking a workshop on Etsy (instead of painting) and putting together my shop - MixedMediaWorkshop. It has been a lot of work but fun going through all the art techniques again. Currently I have eight classes in the shop and am working on more. Through July 15th I am giving a $4 discount for the lessons. The code at checkout is FUNWITHART. Enjoy. 

This example is Old Leaf Techniques #3 on tarnishing gold leaf/metal leaf and image transfers on the leaf.

Is the Future Mine to See?

I love the imagery that fortune telling/divination has. So perfect for the creation of a story. While doing this piece, I also wanted to do a painting with the color of the year - Marsala. Forward Thinking, 24" x 36" mixed media on panel.