Our Summer Sale ends July 5! #mixedmedia

Fair Food.... marketing sucker! #SoCal

Kate's art teacher entered a painting that she had made during the year into the Del Mar Fair! It was pretty exciting to receive a free ticket... I had  not been to the fair in about 15 years or so.... I'm not the type of person who eats a lot of junk food, so it wasn't the food that called to me.. but I have to tell you..the COLORS of the fair were pretty amazing! I was mesmerized by the menu boards.

I kept thinking to myself... man...the people behind the marketing of this stuff really hooked into me! The colors, typography...combined with the smells of it all... I'll admit, my mouth was totally watering. I ate one spiral cut potato thing on a stick and got the hell out of there..

What do you guys think? The colors? The smell? What gets you at the fair?

Don't forget.... we're running a HUGE sale on all of our workshops. Click here for the sale info.

Summer Rain... HUGE workshop sale! #mixedmedia #art

Like #mixedmedia paintings? Chris Cozen and I host a barrage of really excellent workshops... Professionally edited video, no time limits EVER and full instructor support whenever you want..it's true! Check out what we've got here..there is something for everyone.

Now thru July 5 save $15 off of our already crazy-low workshop prices! Use the code SUMMERDAY at checkout! We hope to see someone like YOU in class this summer. Click here to see the class line-up.

The painting pictured above uses techniques explained/demonstrated in the Layer Love v2.0 online workshop.

Every Summer... #mixedmedia

Every summer I find myself on creative break... Every summer, I try to force myself out of the break.. I think that I need a change.. and that if I find a new direction, the creativity will flow back with gusto.. and every summer, I spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars going all in on the new exploration.. I'm on to myself.

I've realized that I know I can paint.. I know that if I take a painting break, painting will come back to me.. I know that in summer, I have to play the roll of enthusiastic cruise director for 8 weeks.. I kind of like it. A lot. So until then, I take breaks.... far and few between (cruise directing is exhausting!).. and do a little project here and there. Slap some paint around... sew something quick.. (super proud of myself for HEMMING my short wardrobe)... Plus...while helping students in our online mixed media network, it seems like I never have stopped painting.

Annnnd.....Here's Chewie! Weighing in at over 10 pounds now..he's doubled in size since Easter when we brought him home. He's doing AWESOME in obedience class.. and I think he's changing color.. I think he's turning more gold...which is pretty cool... we're having a great summer.

El Anatsui from the MCSD #art #sculpture #anatsui

Feast your eyes on the beautiful works of sculptor El Anatsui, recently shown at the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art:

"Gravity and Grace" responds to a long history of innovations in abstract art and performance, building upon cross-cultural exchange among Africa, Europe, and the Americas and presenting works in a wholly new African medium. 

They're pretty big.... For reference, 9 year old Kate stands 4' 10" tall these days.

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Much much inspiration...

The image above was my favorite.. Reminiscent of Millefiore Glass.... I can't take my eyes off this combination of color! The piece lends a totally different look from across the room (below):

Photos with permission from the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego.

Symbols.. #mixedmedia

Gorgeous layered backgrounds are useful across all of my art and craft projects.. They are sophisticated, intriguing, and mysterious.. They take time to make, but to me it's worth the effort.

Learn gorgeous backgrounds and the best ways to layer acrylic paint in a variety of our online workshops. Layer Love v2.0, 8 Great Paintings, and more! Click here to see the line up..and know that whatever the class you choose... we're going to show you something really great.

Use the code #summerbreak to save 10% off your order! (Now through Tuesday, June 16th.)

It's a struggle for sure...

My breakfast... Sunday - Friday. Saturday is reserved for waffles.. (vegetable bread, avocado, Nespresso)

Puppies are cute..but they are so much work. When you have several days of great days...you can get caught off guard by a random behavioral set-back.... sometimes that makes me forget about the progress we've made.. I know that I shouldn't. Add to that the fact that I am so sad to leave him here at home while I run errands, etc.. makes for a really tired mom. Really tired.

My daughter will be leaving third grade this year....we are looking forward to 4th grade in the fall. The child is in school... but I always think I am too.. the study sessions and guidance do warrant a vacation for the parent(s) too...right? We've come a long way.. Is it easier to continue working or stay at home?

I've been slowly (and I do mean slowly) working in an art journal.. I made about 3 pages last month.. I have to keep reminding myself that it's not really my time to create right now.. and whereas there is absolutely no room for more paintings here in the house, the art journal is a distant substitute.. because pages are meant for quick excursions.... not thorough fine art paintings... and that is what I struggle with. The camera is my new friend.. I can take pictures where I go...edit them and keep them on file here until I print them.. satisfies the little craving for art... it isn't much... but it's something.

Embroidery + Baby #sew #gift

It's been a while since I have received a baby announcement...

I was so excited to find one in my mail box the other day.. I perfected my blanket embroidery skills.. I'm really happy with how this turned out.

The owl is made "on the hoop".. so fun!

Found these affordable labels on Etsy.. Love that dot - dash stitch too!

The blanket is about 34 x 34" square.. with the baby's name in one corner and "Sweet Dreams" in the opposite corner. Sew your label and embroidering onto one side first, and then sew the two pieces of fabric together, right sides facing each other. Sewing minky is a little tricky.. I was very careful to use a lot of pins (about every inch) and to avoid puckering, I pinned two sides, stitched them up and then pinned the other sides using a long, straight stitch. I sewed on the slowest setting. The decorative top stitch was added after I turned the blanket inside out.

Holding Our Book Is Nice, but.... #mixedmedia #acrylic #art

Our book, Acrylic Solutions, mentions a whole bunch of techniques. In our workshops, you get to see us use them in real time! Look at all of this online workshop goodness:

Holiday weekend..that means big fat online workshop sale! Use the code DEALTEN and save $10 off every workshop we offer! You get handouts, great photography, excellent video.... BUT did you know you can come in and ask us questions about your art whenever you want AND for as long as you need to??? That's right! oh..I almost forgot... when you complete checkout? The material is emailed to you INSTANTLY. Boom.

Get in while the gettin's good! Click here to see the workshops.. and don't forget- DEALTEN will save you now through Monday! Happy holiday weekend!

Rain! (Rain Workshop Sale!!)

The last two days have brought a lot of rain to San Diego! Measurable, luscious rain drops.. we hardly ever see it. 

Cheers to falling asleep while listening to big fat rain drops... and to being cozy inside!

...and cheers to puppies who insist on drinking from puddles rather than their water dish..

Since we're indoors... why not make some art with us? This weekend only, save $10 off your purchase! Use the code SAVETEN at checkout! (I'm not a mathematician..but $10 off our classes makes most of them around $58... I assure you...you can't get a better online mixed media deal like this anywhere!)

Click here to see the workshop lineup. I hope to see you there!

Do Not Adjust Your Television Sets...

"Chewie" - 4 mos.

"Chewie" - 4 mos.

Around here, Chewie got his first haircut...

Before, After

Before, After

And we're learning new things every day. He's a really good dog. We're really lucky to have him here.. 

I shot a little video of our latest trick learning session... so fun. :)

Art Journal Review.... #mixedmedia

From my first art journal... 2007. Remember why I started doing this? I wanted to teach myself how to use acrylic paint. Journal was the affordable way to experiment. I was wrapping up my time with rubber stamps and card making..

In the same journal, I decided later on that I although I always purchase sugary collage materials (I'm a Sanrio Child), I didn't think they were a good fit into my art.. I started to experiment with image transfers.

Landscape format called me next... still hanging on to those sweet embellishments...but struggling to find my own voice. By this time, my "voice" was published in a few Art Journaling magazines by Stampington and Co.. that was fun.

Then making my own books... stencils were coming in to play a little more... spray paint too.. I think by this time, the embellishments were making an exit..and making things my own was my preferred method.

Painting the covers of some books.... pushing and pulling between finished fine art and quick page... Art eventually wins.

Still attracted to collage..and less enamored with paint...

And 2015 on the table. What's next? Stay tuned...

It's May Already! Here's a Weekend #mixedmedia Deal!

8 Great Paintings Online Mixed Media Super Workshop

Think about this for a second: I'm going to teach you how to make these EIGHT paintings.. I'm not going to give you any time limits.. I'm going to give you some really outstanding video with every lesson. I'm going to be around to help you within 24 hours every day... and you're going to learn a HUGE number of techniques in each painting..that you can mix and match and mix and repeat and skip or add and use forever in your art.... all for only $68?? Yah...usually...but this weekend only, I'm going to give you all that for $58!!!

Click here for more info. Use the code MAYDAY to save at checkout.

15 Minutes of Fame. Over-crafters Anonymous

It always starts the same way... get an idea. Think about purchasing the things for the idea.. talk yourself out of purchasing because you have every supply known to man...proceed with making the idea. Of course your expectation is set so high, you end up making things twice.. maybe 3 or 4 times even.

There is a severe addiction to Mine Craft here in our house.. if she is not playing it on any number of devices at one moment, she's talking about it. I decided that I would allow her to play the game in 15 minute increments... and she would get 10 of those sessions per week.  After we talked about it, we decided that this rule would apply to all device usage.. (I prefer outdoor activities... especially tennis.) So my intention with these official "tokens" was to give her an allotment every Sunday that she could use during the week. When she redeemed the token, I would use my day date stamp to stamp when she used it on the back.. like an old fashioned library card if you will..

Except I have not seen my day/date stamp in about 4 years... the hunt for it enabled me to find the bottle caps pictured below.

Ooohhh... I could make actual "tokens"! Which was my idea in the first place!

I love this idea better.. These will sit in a cute jar on her dresser.. and when she wants to "cash" one in, she can give it to the "banker" - Me.

Bottle caps with scrapbook paper.. Dymo label "15"'s and covered with a thick application of Diamond Glaze. (No affiliation with these products or vendors.)

42,837 Stitches Later #whydoidothis

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There was a request for donations from Kate's school... Kitchen themed.

I thought some embroidered dish towels would be a nice touch... but these were extremely labor intensive... and time consuming... so I gave up and bought an item at Target instead for the donation.

It is beautiful though..and I still have one more dish towel to embroider... I need to reign in my "doityourselfitis" and stay under control though..... too many things going.. does that ever happen to you too?

If you're looking to download patterns for your  machine to embroider...I find this website very good. Fair prices, great digitizing. No complaints.