Dick and I have made some big changes for the year to come!! We are downsizing to free us up to do the things we have always wanted to do ..... that is.... free to travel, spend more time together, follow His lead for new adventures, no more retail store after 27 years, more time with kids, but still MORE ART and probably some sewing classes for girls ..... that is a dream right now ..... but the ART won't stop, it will be here on the blog as soon as we finish remodeling our NEW/OLD smaller home about 20 miles away. SO STAY TUNED ... we'll be having a big sale and beautiful house and property SALE in the SUMMER!! MORE FREEDOM ON IT'S WAY!!! WooHoo!!! And THANKS for all your support the last twenty seven years in my shop!!!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


Here is a peek of what was supposed to be a self portrait .... a journal page ... which quickly became a larger piece ..... and as usual I made it more than it was going to be! I'll explain some of the little details when I finish it. These pictures are the pieces and some of my art glued on a wrapped canvas, size 12x24 ... a little larger than a journal page. Doing part of it made me tear up ... it really struck a cord in me. I felt very thankful. I will now start to embellish it and add color and drawing on top... I think anyway ! There must be something in my personality that likes to take a mess or broken down house or something thrown away or of no visual value and try to make it into something special. We'll see if I can do it with this. Of course it may only be special to me....which is the driving force behind us artists! How we see... what we see. Hope you enjoy it... so far that is ....keep in touch to see the final results .... good or bad! Have a good week!!

Thursday, January 8, 2009


I was so tempted to do Misty Mawn's 31 Day Challenge ..... but with a 24" x 24" area to do art on until my studio is ready .... I felt it might be too much pressure ..... but I kind of wish I'd done it anyway! I am going to pretend I'm doing it just for my own sake and see what I produce under pressure ..... I am even going to try a self-portrait. You should check out Nelda's self portraits she has done for the challenge.... I will post as I go. I have been reading where a lot of artists have picked a WORD for the new year and have made it their word to try to live up to for the year 2009. Well, I came across this word "CONSIDER" ..... and I decided it would be my word for the year 2009. It is a word with a lot of possibilities for anyone ..... so give it some thought for your self and feel free to share any profound thinking you've had on it. This is a journal page ... to be put into a journal when I have enough pages done .... I do everything backwards! I always find a fabulous old funky frame and then create art for it. Frame shops don't make much money off of me! This piece is watercolor, pencils, oil pastels, water based markers, black ink and some cut out leaves and flowers .... on a heavy watercolor paper. I'm new at this, the collage part and mixed media with new materials part.....and just being spontaneous is new for me.....my art is usually over planned.....so just enjoy it for what it is and I'll continue to experiment and learn how to use more new materials.....my most familiar medium has been ink and watercolor and prisma color pencils.....and I'm also trying to shed the fact that everything needs to be perfect. Funny, I don't know why because I have never produced perfect work!?!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

The Main Reason You Haven't Heard From Me...

I LOVE SUCKING ON MY BLANKET.....My Stinky Pinky....it's bed time.... OPPS! WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THAT LIPSTICK COLOR?! MY KID AND HIS BEAUTIFUL WIFE AND CHILD!! GRAND DAD BUILT THIS PLANE SIX YRS AGO FOR ALL THE KIDS TO ENJOY!! Yikes....it's been more than two weeks since I posted!! So sorry.....but now you can see WHY I have been busy....her name is Peyton...and she was here for the last week.....we had fun....as you have now seen. AND....AND.....AND.....I'm redoing an area for my STUDIO.....!!! I promise PJ!!! I think my friends have given up on me....but truth is......I have out grown my old area .... (TOO much clutter and not enough table space) .... plus I need a fresh start on NEW ART .... I am excited .... I may have to have that HUGE garage Sale in the Spring .... I have so many great fabrics .... relics ... etc ....but I hardly sew anymore....and I must PRESS ON to the new goal ..... and NOT LOOK BACK ...... I think that is sort of quoted in Phillippians 3:13,14. Sooo many things can block you or get in your way of doing the new things ..... so I hope to let go of the past in many ways .... and give up projects I'll never finish .... and move on! I made it a MAJOR prayer tonite ....to help me get on with what the Lord has in store for me this year .... He wants the clutter gone too! However, some things will be put in jars or boxes for those collages .... new art .... don't worry I haven't gone completely mad! But my garage sale should be good ..... in March or April .... now back to cleaning that new studio area!! I'll take some photos soon.....