Sunday, December 25, 2016

Moo-ey Christmas Y'all!

This guy down the street was gracious enough to pose for me yesterday. I couldn't help dressing him up for the season!

Happy Holidays to you and yours!


Thursday, November 17, 2016

Taking a Break

You may have noticed a significant absence from my postings lately, not that consistent blogging has ever been a strength.

My amazing mother is nearing the end of a long struggle with leukemia, so my focus right now is on enjoying the time we have together and spending time with my family, especially during the holiday season.

Creating for me is usually a way to manage the stresses of everyday life, but right now I seem to be frozen, even for that. I am acutely aware of the changing of the season as the plants in the garden start to die back after a spectacular summer. My faith in Mother Nature assures me that there will be life again in the spring. But, right now, like my garden, I need to retreat and rest. And, kitty tickles. I need those too đŸ˜ș.

Laughing it up at Em's birthday party

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Something Wicked This Way Comes...

There hasn't been much going on in the studio lately. The summer was winding down and my muse has apparently been off on a vacation relaxing somewhere.

But, I did find time to honor my favorite holiday with a new series of Halloween prints. I wanted to do something mindless and fun. Lots of layers, favorite images and some spooky text. Maybe this will draw my muse back to the studio :).

Friday, September 2, 2016

Fairy Dresses

It took me a while to figure out what to do with the fabulous papers from my eco-dyeing session. I decided to turn them into Fairy Dresses for the woodland nymphs living in the forest. Beautiful papers and fabrics, a little paint and a few stitches. Here are a few to start. I'm sure there will be more to come...

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Dog Days of Summer

Colored papers waiting to become a masterpiece...
We are squarely in the dog days of summer where it just seems too hot to do anything that doesn't involve air conditioning or water. My mind is on vacations and new adventures and it isn't translating into much studio time. There are plenty of ideas, I just can't seem to get them out into something tangible. In the meantime, I have been making colored pages that will (hopefully) show up in a future project.

I did have the opportunity to do some fabric and paper dyeing this past weekend to try out my new skills. They turned out as wonderfully as they did in Colorado! I was thrilled with the results and now I want to make a shirt. Like I need another thing to learn how to do...

Monday, June 27, 2016

Immersed in Nature

Sometimes you just get to get away to take a break from the everyday. I did that this past weekend in Redstone, Colorado. I attended a workshop hosted by Laura Roberts (aka Hasty Pearl) at her home on the Crystal River. Books and dyeing are not things that I had done before, so it was completely new to me. But, great instructors and a weekend in Colorado - I was in!

The instructors were the fabulous and talented Roxanne Evans Stout and Leslie Marsh. They collaborated to create a fabulous mixed media book made from eco-dyed fabrics and papers as well as nature collages. Nature was the big star of the workshop as it featured prominently in everything that we did - even lunch was by the river. Both ladies are amazing artists and they shared so many new techniques. I also made a bunch of new friends who also made the trek for this great adventure!

I stayed at a B&B in Redstone called Crystal Dreams. It was a dream as advertised. Lisa has a beautiful home, great location and her breakfasts are to die for. I spent some part of every day soaking up the sound of the river. You can see the back yard by the river in the photo. Just heavenly!