Monday, March 2, 2015

Mixed Media Monday - ROSE TOILE

Mixed Media Collage - 9x12 canvas panel

I collaged and painted a blue toile background, mounted a rose cut from one of my original watercolor paintings and added some hand painted rice paper for more texture in this mixed media piece.
I used a 9x12x1/8 in canvas panel so that the painting can be displayed as is on an easel or slipped in to a standard size frame.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Art Connects Friends

Watercolor Collage - 15x22

Art is a wonderful way to connect us to our friends. When our kids were small a couple of my girlfriends and I would get together for Craft Night and spend an evening working on whatever art project we had a the time, talk about our lives and share creative ideas.
For the last fifteen years I have been lucky enough to be able to share my love of watercolor with many, many students who I also consider to be my friends. Here are some of the ladies that attended my last watercolor batik workshop where we had a wonderful day filled with fun, laughter and the joy of creativity!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Art Connects Family

Watercolor - 11x15

Art is great way to connect with your family and let them connect with each other. When our three kids were small we would drag out the fabric paints and decorate t-shirts or embellish photos for their scrapbooks. 
Several years ago whenI was Guest Artist for the Breckenridge, CO Arts District both Lisa and Scott were able to hang out with me and work on some watercolor batiks. 
It is so much fun to be able to share something that I love so much with my family so I encourage you to share creativity with your loved ones!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Art Connects Us

Watercolor - 8x10

I am a firm believer that art is a great connector in life. It can connect us to ourselves, family friends and even strangers. I often have new students that say that they have always wanted to connect to their inner artist but were afraid to give it a try. It is NEVER too late to allow your self to make creativity a part of your everyday life. Open yourself up to the possibilities and enjoy the journey!

Monday, February 23, 2015


Acrylic Collage on canvas panel - 9x12

I had so much fun with this mixed media painting. I used acrylic paints for the poppies and some of the background and then collaged on decorative paper for added pattern. I used a dimensional paint for the black lines around the flowers and rectangles for a bold look. I have been painting with watercolors for so many years that it was great to step outside of my comfort zone.
I painted this piece on a 9x12 canvas panel so that it can be displayed as is on an easel or will fit into a standard 9x12 frame.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Be Loose and Pour!

Watercolor - 11x14

We often want to try and control everything in our life which can lead to stress and unhappiness. The same is true for art, especially watercolor painting. If we are too rigid and tight in our approach to painting it can be hard to receive any enjoyment from it. So, loosen up, relax, use a big brush, go crazy with color and let the paint take you on a journey!

For Adobe Connection I poured the watercolor on to wet paper and let the colors flow, mix and mingle to create a glowing underpainting for the adobes.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Yoga For the Brain

Watercolor - 11x15

I think we all strive for a calm and balanced life where we are not feeling stressed all of the time. The beauty of art is that it exercises and keeps flexible the part of our brain that is in charge of creativity, light and calmness. In a sense, art is yoga for the brain. Make painting, crafts, knitting, cooking, decorating or singing a part of your everyday life and see how you begin to relax and enjoy the beauty around you!