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Thankyou to all of you friends and family that are taking the time to check this out. I know I am a BIG TIME NEWBIE in the world of blogging......well actually anything computer wise and otherwise on the big wide world of internet, so thanks for being patient, kind, loving and understanding. Please feel free to help me out with insights and instructions and even suggestions.........just as long as they are nice. (smile)

This is me...............

This is me...............
What a beautiful place I live.....see that lake and mountians behind me!

About Me

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Shasta Lake/ Hayfork (always our real home), Northern California, United States
Love, love, love art. My favorite art theme is Jesters/Jokers, Gemini, Drama masks and gnomes/fairies. I Love my art friends. I Adore my hubby Bill, my 4 kids and my sweet doggie Uno. I love to read, travel, sports, music and most of all I LOVE TO LAUGH.....even at myself!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

multi medium 4x6 post card/ journal page

Multi-Medium Collage/Altered Art:
Theme is Nudes
Size is 4x6" (post card)

'Fairy Flight'
These three pieces are the first in a series that I am working on for a swap with other artists. They are a multi-medium, altered art/collage style.....which is what I love to work in most. The only swap requirements were the size and the theme is Nudes. I chose to make my 'nude' beauties into fairies, which I also love.
'Call Me Violet'
The background is hand painted in acrylic paints. I used pigment ink pen, markers and distress ink to make the accent drawings. I collage the vintage photos and other images into the designs.......first laying them out and playing around until I liked the arrangement.

I covered the entire pieces with a glitter glaze that adds a shimmer and shine to them.
I added a dimensional medium to give them a depth and fun texture, as well as a thicker glitter to two of them. I always enjoy making things that are fun to touch and feel, as well as look at. I used small beads to accent as also, making the projects 'chunky'. The wings, crown, and other areas stand out and are not flat looking. They are so much more colorful and 'deep' in person. I wish that they scanned or showed better in a photo. Because the glitter glaze makes photos glare, and the thicker glitter and beads make a scan distorted and not as 'clear'. It is only of concern if you
are displaying your work on the Internet or making images for some reason. I am sure there is also a way to get clearer and nicer photos of the art, I just am not aware of any.

'To The Moon'

Some people like to do collage and altered art styles like this, but they do not use the pigment ink pen and markers to do outlining and pen work. I myself, like to do the hand drawing, shading, outline, lettering and scroll work. It is a way to add so much more personality and character to the piece. It is also a way to make your art work 'personal'. We all write, draw and doodle in unique ways and abilities. Our artwork becomes recognizable to others. With out the pen work, collage can begin to all look the same. The objects, accents, painting, drawing and other work all come together in a very one of a kind and stylized piece. Each of us gravitate to items and supplies, that capture our personal tastes even when using the same themes or mediums. I love playing around with different mediums, textures and styles all together.........blending and coming up with something that is 'me'. This type of project is small enough that you can do several objects at the same time. Because of the size of the items you can accomplish a finished piece of art in a fairly short amount of time. If there is a piece that you are not happy with, it makes it easier to set it aside and focus on the other items you made. You can even start over it you need too, without feeling like you have been drained of all your artistic energy and have used up your time. That is the joy of these mediums and the smaller size.

Monday, February 1, 2010


I am finally out of the artist slump, block or burnout mood............I took a long break from my artwork to recover from the projects I did to sell, the gifts I made and just the crazyness of preparing for the holidays. and if that was not bad enough, both my husband, my son and I got the wonderful flu and was down for 3 weeks. thank god we were alive and well on christmas. It was a blast to have our son tyler and his love megan, kryston our daughter and our oldest son travis with his girlfriend sopheak with us on christmas day. the kids and megan actually stayed the night so that we would all be up at the crack of dawn together. we also stayed up watching movies and playing games late into the night, I could still hear the kids talking and laughing long after bill and I finally went to bed. it was one of the best christmas' ever, much like when the kids were young and bouncing off the walls until santa came. I have to admit my kids, bill and I are still young at heart and look forward every year to santa coming (still) and the fun of being together christmas morning.

I finally was able to get busy with my artwork. I finished a painting for my son tyler. he really liked an abstract painting I did several monthes back and asked me to do him one. the other had red sky and ocean, with green moons floating above. since he is always going to miss the mountians that he grew up in, I did the red sky, black mountians with moons and black pine trees. it is still abstract, but it also has a touch of our home in trinity county. I used acrylic paints, a dimentional medium on a canvas. the dimentional medium was added to the trees and the moons so that they have depth and stand out from the sunset type background and mountians. I was glad he really liked it and has it hanging in his front room now. I only wish my ability to take pictures was better.........the painting is much more colorful and has much more depth to it in real life.

'lady jester' ATC

'lady jester' ATC
pen/marker pigment ink drawing