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


Sunday, June 24, 2018

Art demo at Riley Street

 
Earlier this month, I demoed lots of yummy Marabu products at an annual celebration at Riley Street Art Supply. Everyone loved playing with the Art Sprays, Art Crayons and stencils. I created a couple pages in my art journal as part of my demo to show people how much fun it is to layer colors and patterns.



Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Painting on silk


Every other Monday night, I host a Mixed Media Mixer Meetup group at my home. We experiment with different products, techniques and surfaces each time. This was my playtime with Marabu Silk Paints and also the Contours & Effects Liners on plain white silk, stretched across a 12" embroidery hoop.  Really fun blending colors and it's a bit unpredictable, too!