Monday, December 30, 2019

2020 word of the year - meditate

I created this 8x10" canvas panel for a "word of the year" art challenge with Marabu Creative and Stencil Girl. Using products from both companies, ten artists are making something to celebrate their word for 2020.

My word is meditate. I need to do more of it every single day! This piece started as my "wipe board" during a Marabu demo I was doing at a local art store last summer. It was filled with random spritzes and splatters of Art Spray colors. The great thing about Marabu Art Spray is its permanence when dry - you can work over it later without reactivating.

I rubbed black Marabu Art Crayon all over the left side of the painted board, then removed some of the black through two Stencil Girl stencils - Closed Leaves and Rooted in Nature Grass - with baby wipes.

Then I rubbed white Art Crayon across the tips of the bristles of a large round stencil brush and brushed the color through the 3-Ring stencil in a repeat pattern on the right side of the board.

I finished it off with some splatters of metallic paint.

I wrote a poem about meditation that this piece illustrates:

In the darkness behind my eyes
Bits of light pop with glowing colors
Random thoughts are floating adrift
Like autumn leaves in the wind
Snippets of conversation link together
Some real…some imagined
My mind wanders as weary travelers do
Searching for focus, that emptiness
The simplicity of being nothing but present
And I marvel at the moments of clarity

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!