Black Fry Day..

Hope you had a great day yesterday! Ichiro landed himself in the vet's office on Wednesday night.. hurt his paw. The vet put him in a bandage and rather than be one of those hero dogs that they show on know..the dogs that overcome adversity no matter what and do amazing things? Ichiro has elected to go on strike.. won't move. Won't walk.. he's in total protest that the bandage is on him..whining and barking until we pick him up and move him to where he needs to be. Please pray they take the bandage off tomorrow and all goes well..this is a mess. (Ichiro's meds make him we're up all night taking him to his water dish.) Needless to say...I'm fried.

Leopard print. Loves it.

Our Menu Has Changed.. #mixedmedia #ecourse #craft #DIY

Our new shopping cart

The Thanksgiving menu is not the only menu on my mind today...the shopping cart menu has changed too! What? Oh..yes... Instead of cooking and cleaning, I decided to embark on a new all days... See.. it all started because I wanted for sure to be able to offer YOU, dear readers, exciting, low low prices on online mixed media workshops this weekend.. that meant that I have had to fully integrate the shopping cart into the beautiful Squarespace features that are offered here.. I am done with frankenstein-ing paypal buttons, waking up at the crack of dawn to change code... we're now fully automated. Phew! 

Sooo..there are coupons coming... big, fat, juicy, lowest-prices of the year type coupons...and they are coming to all of my believed newsletter subscribers! I hope you're on the list. >wink<

Click here to join the newsletter...but act are being mailed Thanksgiving morning!

Click here to see all of the shiny new workshop pages. the not too far distant future, the PDF class files will be automatically emailed to you right when you pay for class! Fancy! Soon...also in that bright future...the classes will be instantly mailed to you too! Just not quite yet..I have to cook for tomorrow now.

Happy Thanksgiving to you! I am thankful you are here.

Exclusive Discounts for Newsletter Subscribers.. #ecourse #mixedmedia #art

Hi there! Sorry for my absence... seems that dreaming of things to sell at the upcoming Craft Bazaar are running rampant.. as are ideas on how I can offer you the best Holiday Weekend deals around..

I'm getting back to work on my website for the sales... but just wanted to remind you that these deals will be for newsletter subscribers only! Be sure to CLICK HERE to add your name to the list. 

Happy Thanksgiving Almost!

Fun Is Work in Progress.. #mixedmedia #art

I'm on my way... 17 new originals coming for sale at a local Craft Bazaar.. these are still missing their dimensional, gloss coat.. 

I've never sold at a craft bazaar before.. but my friend is fundraising and I thought the cause was off I go! If you're in San Diego, mark your calendars for December 7th, Noon - 4pm. I'll have signed copies of my book, homemade stationary, original paintings (small and large) all of which make awesome gifts! I'm set up to accept credit cards and everything... legit.

See you soon...back to the easel. 

Attention All Units...

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All cylinders are firing over here... I've got some progress on my craft bazaar inventory.. 17 panels now prepped, sanded, textured and collaged.. ready for paint!

Mark your calendars... Craft Bazaar is in Lakeside, CA on December 7th.. I'd be happy to see you there! It's an open house with TWENTY-FIVE vendors! One stop shopping..I can't wait! I'll have copies of our book for sale...I can even sign your copy too if you stop by.

Don't forget- we're open for business in the teaching network too! Lots of the mixed media courses make GREAT gifts.. are you making your gifts this year?

Classes with great Gift Ideas:

Mixed Media Variety Hour: Frame-able custom photograph wall art... Idea Books (These are always a HUGE hit when I give them as presents!)

Mixed Media Melange: Custom Vinyl sewn gifts? These look super impressive!

And of course...who wouldn't want an awesome painting made by YOU?? Check out the entire online workshop lineup here. We're open 24/7 with daily instructor support and NO time limits.

The Word on the Street..

Maria Sharapova for Halloween....

Yes...he sleeps like this sometimes... mama mia..

Always my first love...

Pink trees!

Happy mail...

I am working on my Craft Bazaar inventory... 17 small panels prepped and ready to go...but I can't sacrifice my usual painting style for a quick buck.. Can I pull off 17 paintings in 2 weeks? Plus Thanksgiving (and tennis of course)? I am really going to try..

It's also been the week of the insanely beautiful coffee table book over here...two treats purchased = great eye candy..I'll share more of those soon.. Happy weekend to you!

What's Your Color Theory? #mixedmedia

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Look at this color! These roses are probably about a day too old, but the color..I can't get enough of it. Look at all of the different pink tones in this small bouquet!

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No filter in post for these.. just raw, rose, beautiful color..

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These petals...they mirror how I like to paint.. Analogous color, blended smoothly from one color to the next. I can show you how to do this..

Do you hesitate when choosing color in your art? Do you need help blending so that the color in your paintings looks like these petals? Our huge online workshop, "Color: Beyond the Basics is the class for you.. learn everything about the paint you already have in your house...or we can recommend some for you to pickup if you are starting from scratch! Once you complete all of the lessons in this'll be painting like mother nature...and it will be easy.

...and just because it's Halloween week, I'll give you $10 off Color: Beyond the Basics if you purchase it before Sunday morning. Click here for more info.

It's Bazaar..

I'm thinking about stockpiling up some inventory and heading to vend at a local craft bazaar in December... I'm also thinking about just going to shop at said bazaar.....

I'd probably sell small paintings, sewn stuff and various bric-a-brac items that I have collected over the years...probably some art cards...

But first I have to go to breakfast. Blueberry GF pancakes are on the menu for this morning.. I can't wait. See you later!

The Energy is Where?

SOLD ; Techniques featured in the Layer Love online mixed media workshop. Click here for more info.

SOLD ; Techniques featured in the Layer Love online mixed media workshop. Click here for more info.

About a year and a half ago, I started playing tennis once a week.. I played tennis when I was a child, mostly against my parent's garage door here in San Diego.. but now in my 40's, tennis has become something that I really get excited about. I love it so much that I am playing 5 days a week now.

Prior to being reunited with tennis, all I thought about was painting. I spent every moment dreaming of colors and shapes... when I closed my eyes, I would see tomorrow's new painting.. now I dream of the perfect backhand or serve..

Art suits certain moods.. journaling when I have a lot on my mind, painting when something sparks my imagination.. of course I am surrounded by art every day in the teaching network..but my personal energy to create.. a lot of it is being spent outside on the court. Throughout my creative career, I can look at artwork and remember what was happening during my life at that moment... and that is something that I appreciate about art very much. There has been lot of stuff going on in the last 9-10 years.. all a part of my specific roadmap.

So if I had to put one of the two onto the top rung in the ladder, I would choose tennis at the moment.. but the art is here.. it's a part of me..teaching art is a big part of me also... so it's not going anywhere.. but I wanted to ask you....I know it's easy to read blogs like mine and think that all I am doing is painting...but it's not true.. Is art at the top of your ladder? What do you do when you are not creating? Join the conversation on Facebook. I'd love to hear from you.

What a week...

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I feel like I have not stopped moving all week... there were so many things packed on to my schedule this week.. I. Am. Exhausted.

It's time for me to pick up my paint brushes again. Rather than start with my 24x24's, I grabbed some 8x10's to try and get back into the swing of things. There are three new small paintings that I will put up for sale next week.. a great low price if you want to start your original art collection. Pictured above is one of the paintings.. I'll place it into my sale gallery soon. 

But...look at this!

Fuji X-pro 1 ; F 1.4, 35mm

Fuji X-pro 1 ; F 1.4, 35mm

I feel like I won the gardening lottery! My friend gave me this orchid last year...and without any attention, it threw up some blooms for me to enjoy this week! My eyes almost popped out of my head when I saw the plant out in the corner of my garden with this glorious spike. I have terrible luck getting my orchids to re-bloom... love a surprise like this.

Come back and see me again soon.... or stop by and say "hi" on Facebook.

Let there be grunge... #mixedmedia #ecourse

One of my favorite online workshops is up and running for only $57! The Act-Natural workshop explores techniques and ideas on how to create natural, realistic aged pages and paintings! You get unlimited instructor support...and no time limits on the class. It's true! Find out more information by clicking here.

Stencil Inspiration

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A look at some of my journal pages and digital art using stencils over the last several years.. Stop by tomorrow to see some new encaustic mixed media art that I made for StencilGirl using their product designed by Michelle Ward. Hope to see you then!

(I have not received free product or compensation from StencilGIrl in exchange for this article.)

Hanging Canvas Panels #mixedmedia #DIY #Craft

The fact that canvas panels are relatively inexpensive as far as substrates are concerned, makes them attractive to artists of all levels.. but what to do with them once they are finished? I like to be able to get all of my art up onto my walls...or your walls. 

Frame shops or craft stores carry a lot of frame and matte sets. Most often, your canvas panel will fit inside one of those frames pretty easily. If you want your canvas panel to float off of the wall for a more contemporary feel, you can try this easy frameless method for a couple of bucks:

Cut two pieces of 1x1" wood to size as shown. Attach them to the back of the canvas panel with liquid nails or similar adhesive product available from the hardware store. While you're there, pick up some  "Screw Eyes"; I like 1/2" and screw them into the side of the attached 1x1. Securely wrap wire from one of the eyes over to the other and you're really to hang this on the wall. I picked up some 22 gauge wire from the craft store for this purpose and have not had any issues using that for even my larger paintings.

Hope this inspires you to get some of your art up on to your walls too! Have fun.

Know When to Hold 'Em

"Prehistoric Afternoon" 12x12", stretched canvas

"Prehistoric Afternoon" 12x12", stretched canvas

When I was just starting to experiment with the world of mixed media and art supplies, I allowed the internet to consume me. I spent hours looking at art, bookmarking things, and trying to replicate what I saw as a way to learn how to use my paint. There were many times when I grew frustrated with my painted results... and many times I quit art.. for a little while anyway.

After some time passed, It dawned on me one day.. that there were/are so many people making art like I wanted to make at the time... so many blogs, photos, etc... that there had to be an easier way to accomplish the things I wanted to try.. easier than say pulling my hair out late every night. I quickly steered away from following vague, magazine step-by-step tutorials so precisely.. to thinking that I can achieve the same "look" in my own way. Has this happened to you? How many times have you stopped mid "recipe" to grab a coupon, run out and purchase something listed on a magazine supply list... only to find out that you have something on hand already that may perform the same task? Sing it with me in your best "Frozen" song voice..... "Let it goooooo."  

The feeling is amazing. It's like giving yourself permission to be yourself... let me tell you something.. once you decide you want to take off the training wheels, your art will change.. you can feel your way around a painting more. You can discover TRUTH in your own art and find your own way of doing things..

So back to those tutorials... know when to hold them at bay... know when to try them once, and then to adapt them to your own needs. Know when to discount everything they say. Yes..I said it. Know when to make them your own.

Where did you get that? #mixedmedia #craft #art

"Fragments" 24x24 Mixed media on gallery canvas

"Fragments" 24x24 Mixed media on gallery canvas

Every once in a while, someone will ask me where I got a specific image or paper or text.. and almost always, it is something that I have made for myself. I thought I would take a minute to list some ideas on how you too can make your own embellishments to use in your art. 

Word Probably my favorite tool is the ol' computer. Using any word processing ap, you can type words, copy and paste them into any arrangement and print them using toner. These toner copies make rad image transfer materials that you can use again and again. Want the look of "rub ons" but tired of the scrapbook feel that is available in mass market? Viola.

Copier Grab a piece of printer paper, scribble all over it, copy it. Boom.. more fodder for image transfers. I use more image transfers in my art than collage, so a seemingly invisible application of text onto a painting is very attractive to me.

Photoshop Photo editing software sounds difficult, but it doesn't have to be. Use these apps to reverse images, crop, flip and rotate and layer images OR text. Sister photo storage apps like "Adobe Bridge" offer an easy way to organize and store all of your new files. I have an "art vocabulary" of common words that usually end up in my art. Use different fonts to print and flip the words so that you always have a stash on hand to use.

Stencils Take a day to cover the garage floor with deli wrap and/or papers. Spray paint basic shapes (I like common shapes like letters and numbers because I can fit them into any arrangement) repeatedly, taking a moment every two or three sprays to mono print the stencil onto more paper. Think black too... black paper with white paint makes a statement in your art. For extra credit, use ledger paper under the spray paint too!

Journal page with spray painted and mono-printed stencils on vintage ledger paper.

Journal page with spray painted and mono-printed stencils on vintage ledger paper.

Pencils and Ink No copier or spray paint? Use charcoal pencils to scribble and make marks all over paper that you can use as collage in your art. Spray fixative onto the papers before you use them in your paintings. Make sure the ink you are using is archival.

Hand made papers. Scribble pencil or charcoal and use as collage.

Hand made papers. Scribble pencil or charcoal and use as collage.