SOC Week 2

The colors for Week 2 of Summer of Color 4 are Coral and Teal with smudge, splash or pop of Bright White. Love, love, love these colors! I’m in love with painting faces lately, so I did a girl with a sweet little owlet. I used Faber Castel Gel Sticks and Acrylics, stamps, tissue paper, […]

SOC Week 1

The colors for Week 1 of Summer of Color are Aqua and Yellow with a smudge, splash or pop of pink. This turned out to be an explosion of yellow, (which really doesn’t show in the photos – it’s so much more vibrant in reality) and which was totally unplanned.  I started with the aqua […]

Collector of Memories

Collector of Memories Loose journal page Mixed media using Faber Castel Gel Sticks, acrylic paint, gesso, stamps, tissue paper, etc., on 9×12 water color paper. The message: “Everyday moments become cherished memories” “collector of memories” “Remember the wonderful parts” I started this to practice relaxing about “messy looking” backgrounds. … I made myself stay away […]

Inspiration Block – Be Yourself

Recently I picked up Julie Nutting’s book, Collage Couture. I love the book and I  love her collage girls.  This inspiration block was my first attempt at it.   This block also marked the first time that I actually loved the background that I created with torn papers and paint. While I like the girl […]

One Cup At A Time, Inspiration Block

A new inspiration block.  I love these little blocks of wood. Piled up cups.  I’m sure you’ve seen them before or maybe even created your own cup art.  There’s just something about tea and coffee cups and what they symbolize.  Slowing down.  Taking time to have a cup of tea and have a conversation with […]

Shine Your Light

Shine Your Light Done on 9 x 12 mixed media paper with acrylics, Faber Castell Pitt pens and brush pens, Faber Castell Gel Sticks, gesso and gel medium.  This wasn’t what I had in mind when I started this.  Totally different and I really like her.  She began to develop when I added the collar […]

She Had Faith In Herself

A new girl I painted over the weekend. I cut her out when I finished painting her.  I painted a background page and added her to it, along with some scraps, sentiments and washi tape.  I painted over it more than once.  I struggle with mixed media backgrounds so this was a great exercise for […]

Art Journal – Your Best Friend

I’ve started Tamara Laporte aka Tam Willowing’s free course,  ‘Art, Heart and Healing’  over at It’s exactly what I need, especially after the doubts and fears that went through me before I started working on the inspiration block I shared with you last week. The first lesson wasn’t easy.  Tam makes you face the negative […]

Inspiration Block

Hello My Friends! I can’t believe it’s been almost one year since I last spoke with you all. Obviously, I’ve had a lot going on in that time and while I haven’t been creating art as much as I would have liked to, I have set the ground work for new happenings in my life […]