Monday, May 4, 2015

Facing my ancestors in art journal spread

I finished my first spread in another artist's journal (part of my first "Round Robin" exchange). I'm about a month late and feeling sheepish. The theme (which I didn't realize at first) is "Faces." 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Steamrolled by inspiration in Tacoma

For my birthday this past weekend, I took myself and my husband 40 miles south to Tacoma, for a little creative inspiration. Look what I found!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Freezer paper masterpieces

What happens when you give a bunch of creative folks an old dictionary, cocktail napkins, acrylic paint, freezer paper, gesso, matte medium and all kinds of texture tools? This!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Old school bookmarks

book marks made of old yearbook photos
Every few months, I donate one of my upcycled book tablet cases to "Book'd in Burbank," a booklovers' event in L.A. I send along a giveaway to advertise my cases, usually bookmarks (which is ironic, since you can't use paper bookmarks with e-readers).

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Addressing lawn threats through mail art

I've been churning out strange postcards for the last week. Some are inspired by the junk mail I receive. I may have developed an unhealthy obsession with security envelopes! I'll be sending these out to unsuspecting mail artists from the "Mail Me Some Art" blog. I hope they like them.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Collage is in my DNA…or vice versa?

collage art using yearbook photosWhy does science keep sneaking into my art? I have no affinity for it. In high school, I tried (unsuccessfully) to convince my physics teacher that molecules didn't exist. I believe in them now, but don't like to think about them…or about other tiny particles that make me up. Like DNA. 


Saturday, April 4, 2015

A colored pencil class -- finally!

colored pencil class
Last week I took a one-day class on colored pencils -- a medium that doesn't get much respect in art schools, I gather, given how hard it was to find a class. I was thankful that the Schack Art Center offered one, only a 30-minute drive from home.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Postcards that go "arghhhh!!!"

Feeling sorry for myself in the midst of a bad cold, I made postcards that share my angsty mood. The last one is particularly tortured.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Color bind: Monochromatic postcards to swap

I just sent off these 4 postcards as part of the monochromatic swap on Mail Me Some Art. Each card is limited to shades of a single hue and must include at least 3 different media.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Paris street art


Paris street art
Recently, my good friend Ruth sent me photos of the street art she enjoys every day in her Paris neighborhood. 

I asked where these wonderful pieces come from. She says that, "in the beginning, art appeared magically, usually overnight, and in places that weren’t necessarily easy to reach. Some of the artists guarded their anonymity quite jealously, and were careful not to be ‘caught in the act.’"

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

My yucky muse -- making collages out of an old medical textbook

Collage from old anatomy bookI never wanted to be a doctor, nurse, or ultrasound tech. I don't like thinking about what's underneath my skin. Instead of blood, tissue, sinew and bone, I prefer to believe that I really am made of "sugar, spice and everything nice." 

So why am I so drawn to old anatomical drawings? Yucky images that make my skin crawl?

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Word collage

Yesterday our mixed media group gathered to try our hand at collages made from words cut from magazine pages. Unfortunately, I forgot to take photos at each stage. I got lost in the process. I'm happy with the grungy result. I think I'll title it "Danger Zone."

Monday, February 9, 2015

My round robin art journal and the Evil Eye


Evil eye
I've been obsessed with the "Evil Eye" ever since my mother told me about a sinister neighbor who she knew and feared growing up in Oakland. Her mother warned her to avoid the old woman because she might put the "Evil Eye" on her. 

What a delicious story for a little girl! (Me, not my mom, who was probably terrified.) No wonder, then, that the theme for I chose for my first round robin journal was "Looking." And that my first spread was all about the Eye.

What will my fellow artists think? 

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Mixing art and work

For some reason, I'm compelled to combine unlikely images in my work. These come from a book on industrial welding and a guide to the Louvre museum in France.
Collage mixing art and work

Collage mixing art and work