Monday, November 26, 2012


Some fun stuff in my studio. The metal plates on the shelf are by Mattel...the original plates from the Creepy Crawly toy. The long wooden box holds photos to use in art.

I usually work at a large antique counter but I set this smaller space up just for working on watercolor illustrations for a specific project. I see this area and I know it is designated for this project. I sit down and work. Trying out new ways to keep from getting distracted and/or jumping from one project to another. I found the wire carrier at a flea market. Perfect for holding my water jars to rinse my brushes.

A messy bookshelf. Don't we all have those? The stack of books in the middle are ones I recently read.

This is the end of the big old antique counter I usually create at. The front has 12 large deep drawers for holding art supplies and papers.(Whoo hoo) This side holds my camera collection.

Another antique shelf that holds sketchbooks, paper, prints to mail, clayboard, etc. The top has a pull down door and inside are two more shelves to hide stuff.

This is just a bit of my studio space. I'll show more later. (Might have to clean up first...)


Saturday, November 24, 2012

Dawn's Journal Journey

This is an art journal book I am creating. I have made the cover and first page to reflect Dawn's Journal Journey theme for November. Click on the photo in the left sidebar to go there and visit Dawn's blog, plus see the other participating artist's work.

I like being a part of this journey adventure with her and others. I've found some great blogs there which I revisit now for inspiration and friendship. I met Dawn a couple of years ago in the Strathmore workshops. It was my first on-line class and I'll always remember how Dawn felt like one of those neighbors who'd drop by with a basket of chocolate cupcakes to welcome you to the neighborhood. She just sent me a piece of art and a little bag of goodies to use in mixed media art. I didn't win a giveaway...she was simply thanking me for participating...November is the month of thanks. Thank you Dawn!

Hugs and Namaste,

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Seth Apter's "The Pulse of Mixed Media 5x5 Project"

Seth Apter, mixed-media artist, wrote the book, "The Pulse of Mixed Media." The book is a creative representation of an artistic community where artists shared their secrets and passions, and their art. Seth had such a great response that he is doing an online version of this on his blog, The project is titled "5x5, A Collaborative Art Project."

Seth asked artists survey questions and the artists had to create art (5x5 piece) based on their answers. The questions were:

1. If your artwork could talk, what would it say?
2. Who has had the most impact on your creative life?
3. What is the one thing you have never shared with the creative community?

Seth will be posting each submission every Sunday through the months of November and December. Part of the 5x5 project was also featured in the November/December 2012 issue of Somerset Studio magazine.

I submitted art to all three questions and my first piece based on question #3 is posted on his blog now. I would post a photo here but it is more fun to find it on his blog, plus it is worth the trip over there to see the other work. This has been a goal of mine to be featured on Seth's blog, so scoot on over there now and take a peek!