Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Playing with a fan brush

Just experimenting with different sizes and shapes of brushes to see what effects I can get. This is Marabu Art Spray on Dura-Lar.

Monday, July 15, 2019

The absence of color

One of my favorite surfaces is a canvas board and some of my favorite mediums are the Marabu Art Crayons and Art Sprays. These are some small pieces I created while demonstrating at an art store - experimenting with layering, blending and removing color. And baby wipes are one of my favorite tools!

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Nighttime Galaxy - mixed media collage

This 8x10 canvas board was super fun to make with Marabu Art Sprays, some Easy Marble inks and an assortment of other mediums. I love using sea salt to get sparkly effects!

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Sunshine Universe - mixed media collage

This was a fun canvas to make - a stenciled background and collaged planets, made with Marabu Art Sprays, Art Crayons, Easy Marble and Graphix Aqua Inks. I really like this quote by author Brian Herbert, too!

Friday, March 01, 2019

Purple roses - an abstract painting

I took a great class with Casey Rasmussen White that helped me loosen up and learn how to paint an abstract acrylic floral on a wood panel. I love these colors together - and her best words of wisdom were about splatters - they can pull an abstract piece together and make everything look more cohesive.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Card cuteness overload

Whenever I go to my friend Liz's Cards & Coffee get-togethers, I go as rogue as I can - she always inspires me to try different artsy techniques with stamping. I like putting basic stamp images together into interesting compositions.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

My obsession with pears

Pears are my go-to shape for sketching and painting, and especially for doing classes and product demos. It's a simple, organic shape that is super fun to make more abstract with color, texture and pattern.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Emoji Candle

What do you do with a plain white dollar store candle? Paint it like your favorite emoji, of course! These Candle Liners are so easy to use - wax-based paints that will melt smoothly right along with the candle.

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Meditating in the nude

This painting is on an 8x10" canvas board, using a variety of mixed media products from Marabu. I stenciled the textured background with Acryl Mousse and colored with a bit of Art Spray.  I painted the nude woman with several colors of Art Crayons. A bit of a departure for me, but it sure was fun to do!

Saturday, July 07, 2018

A proud day!

July 4th was extra special this year for many reasons - but mostly because a public art project that I've been working on for over a year finally was unveiled for the City of Concord - a larger-than-life bronze statue of the city's founder, Don Salvio Pacheco. He stands proudly at the entrance to Todos Santos Plaza to welcome residents and visitors to our fabulous downtown area.

As part of the Sesquicentennial Committee, I managed the Call for Artists to find and hire our fabulous sculptor, Paula Slater.  I helped the committee with publicity and fundraising, too.  It was really wonderful to work alongside so many wonderful business and civic leaders in town.

After marching in the local July 4th parade, we held an unveiling ceremony for the statue and I showed my brother where my name is engraved on a plaque at the base of the statue. Every time I drive through downtown, I get to see people enjoying the statue and its surrounding patio - being part of such a historic public art project has been such an incredible experience and I am so grateful!

Sesquicentennial Committee - from left: Leslye Asera, Florence Weiss, me, Marilyn Fowler, Nellie Meyer, Brandy Leidgen, Ron Leone, Suzie Swift, Carol Longshore, Ray Barbour, Joann Fryer, Carlyn Obringer, Julie Marquardt, Justin Ezell