2" x 3" mixed media collage
-with the following ingredients, some hope and imagination:
a piece rubber shelf lining (painted with *Modern Options)
aluminum sheet (run through crimper)
Radio Shack resistor
multi-color seed beeds
metal heart(painted with *Modern Options)
"hope" metal ephemera
knock out seal(painted with *Modern Options)
As you see here "Hope" comes in all shapes and sizes.
Here's a photo I took off of Highway 67 in Ramona, CA just after the Cedar Fires in 2003. I wasn't living here then, but we had happened to take a weekend drive and I came upon this photo op. It was fitting for the time and it seems fitting now.
Hope for 2008.
we find each other in good health
we are surrounded by loved ones
we continue to share with others
we reach out to those in need
we practice kindness
we find forgiveness
we practice peace
in this spirit, we are happy
To my friends, Happy New Year! 2008 ... thanks for the visits and your kind words on my blogs :"The Way I See It" and "The Artful Eye"
Monday, December 31, 2007
Saturday, December 29, 2007
4X4 canvas Golden Fluid acrylics, gel medium,
7 gypsies-rubber stamps Alpha Stamps - collage sheet
"Surprise"! another from my clown series. I will be posting more from this series in the upcoming weeks.
It's been a cold day here for San Diego, CA. I don't believe the temp has gone above 55 degrees. and I'm enjoying the fact that it feels a bit wintry. Now I'm sure my sunny socal friends would shoot me for saying this and my midwest/eastcoast friends are laughing because these temps are balmy... but this is what I miss about the seasons. Now if it would just snow a teeny, weensy bit.
I guess I need to head back to Julian, CA for snow. Don't forget to stop by my other blogspot for news just in from : "The Way I See It"
Friday, December 14, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Friday, December 7, 2007
How bad do you want to make your buddies feel on your next fishing trip? Well here's a 'fishy tale' for y'all about "the big one" or should I say the basket o' fish I had caught on a fishing trip in the Maroon Bells in Aspen, CO. (area was just like this)
One day before I transition from this life, I'd like to try fly fishing in Montana standing in a 'cool river' with full set of hip waders, casting my fly rod into the chilly waters, as I gaze into the great blue yonder, hair blowin' in the wind, surrounded by puffy white clouds- that look like this...
Oh.. and did I mention I like "Fish and Chips."
Thursday, December 6, 2007
I know as artists we've all stumbled upon this quandry at one time or another where you see something you like and think, "Hey I can make that.. then the next question is, "But will I really?" and do I have time etc. etc. You know what I mean. Well this was one of those times for me. A friend of mine had come to work with this really cool vinyl bag and I immediately fell in love. Then after some precise fondling and carefully perusing over the details of how this bag was made I immediately sprung into action. I went to my desk, sketched the details and went to work. I already had the newspaper, I had collage material, I needed large grommets a sewing machine and aquarium tubing and ViOLa! A vinyl bag was born.
Another view and both sides are collaged.
So when the urge strikes, just do it!
(Now do I have to pay Nike for this?)
Oh.. and for those inquiring minds the store where my friend
purchased her bag was Anthropologie a fine purveyor of drygoods.
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Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Vineyard Haven, MA on Martha's Vineyard
"In the present circumstances, no one can afford to assume that someone else will solve their problems. Every individual has a responsibility to help guide our global family in the right direction. Good wishes are not sufficient; we must become actively engaged."-- His Holiness the Dalai Lama
If you had a question for the Dalai Lama what would it be?
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Monday, December 3, 2007
and you just can't do it without the white stuff.
Here's another acrylic block 2"X 5 ". Reverse painting, collage imagery, gel medium. I'm telling you these are so fun and rewarding you must give this technique a try.
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Wednesday, November 28, 2007
My friend Graciela and I have recently created a challenge for ourselves. The idea was for each of us to write down a topic, question, thought, random word, group of words, anything that came to mind. We each had to come up with 50 topics. We placed them in a bag and each week on Friday we both draw from the bag, one of these topics. Our challenge is to create a journal page on the chosen topic. We work on our journal page independantly until the following Friday when we get together to share our journal page and thoughts about the topic. This journey is about finding out who we are, getting to know each other and to produce some critical thinking. We never know what topic we'll pick so there is no planning ahead.
This week's topic was "A Place for Everything and Everything in It's Place".
Next week's topic- "What I know about fishing...
I will post a new journal page every Friday. If you feel like meeting the challenge, please do.. no rules, no committments, just do it when it feels right. Post a comment with a link to your page.
Cheers, off to Monterey until Sunday.
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I'm perking up...I just got done posting on my other blog when I decided to look outside and check on our local raging Santa Ana winds. (You know those winds that help fuel all our firestorms in sunny California) and once I recovered from the electrical shock I received through my body from all the static electricity due to the dryness and lack of humidity. I found not one but TWO packages left by UPS on my doorstep.
Inside first package- 3 humongous catalogs from
Rio Grande filled with tons of goodness to buy. Can't wait!
Inside second package:
My recent order from : WholeLottaWhimsy
I'm officially an addict, a "silver clay addict" that is...see my syringe of clay, rubber block, agate burnisher, 45grams of pure silver clay, cork clay, a .999 stamp, 2 cute red containers of smelly liver of sulphur and a gift baggie of candy.
I'm on the mends! New mantra "must get better soon, must get better soon..."
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Monday, November 26, 2007
(collage between 2 pc's. of glass x2)
The pitched roof of side panels measure 4" X 7"
(collage between 2 pc's. of glass x2)
The lower side panels measure 5"X 7"
(collage between 2 pc's. of glass x2)
---some sewing included
All individual panels were copper foiled and soldered, then panels were soldered to form the house. The house sits over a "tap" light that can be turned on to illuminate the imagery.
Thought for the day-
"People who live in glass houses should not throw stones."
--- something made of glass can easily break; it is vulnerable. We are all vulnerable in different ways. Sometimes we forget our own vulnerability and "throw stones" at other people in the form of criticism. In other words, check yourself before casting a stone or an unkind word.
I bet you're far from perfect.
BTW -No one lives in this glass house, just good 'ole friendly spirits of the past.
Thanks for stopping by!
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Sunday, November 25, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
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Thursday, November 22, 2007
This particular painting is acrylic on panel.
2) to see what a wild turkey really looks like
"The Wildlife & Nature Art of Latham Studios
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Tuesday, November 20, 2007
5X5 Acrylic Block, vintage photocopy,Golden Fluid Acrylics
My plan is to work 1/2 day tomorrow- Wednesday.
There..I wrote it down, that should bring me closer to my intention.
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5X5 acrylic block, Golden paints, gel medium, vintage image
This is one of my favorite all time projects. I took a class awhile back from Chris Cozen at Stamping Details. Chris is a working artist for Golden Paints. If you ever get an opportunity to take a class from her, just do it. I loved this project so much that I went out and bought sheets of 1/4- 1/2 inch thick acrylic and had it cut up into many assorted block sizes so that on any whim I can create a little masterpiece. When these pieces are placed near a window they look like stained glass.
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Sunday, November 18, 2007
What you'll need:
coffee can (who drinks canned coffee? check around the office)
sharp nail or awl
10 or 12 gauge wire
I spray painted a cleaned out coffee can to look rusty. (inside and out) Using a combination of matte brown, green and copper Krylon spray paint (any brand will do) You can use sandpaper to scratch through some of the paint and add some worn looking texture to the can.
Once dry, fill the can with water and freeze to a solid mass. Now here comes the fun part...
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Tasks, Overwhelming, Overload. It's that time of year folks, where there is "TOO" much going on, "TOO" much to prepare for, "TOO much stimuli, "TOO" much food. Aye... why does it have to be this way...and I have so many excuses as to why I'm here at "TOO" time. Only to blame myself. Lately, I've really tried to pay attention to how my days are spent and I was surprised by some of the many 'timewaster' activities that distract me. Try it sometime, try to pay attention to your every move. You'll see what I'm talking about. TOOday I'm trying to stay on task. TOOmorrow is another day.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
This is an 8 X 8 wood board, about 1/2" thick. I started this piece with absolutely no plan. First I spackled board with heavy gel medium to create texture, leaving a circular area in center for something. Then I gesso'd the board. I starting laying down color- starting with my usual Golden favs and then got bold and threw in some Cobalt Blue. I did a gel medium transfer on top of the color. Used rubber stamps with Stazon and layers of collage pattern paper.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Taught by the fun and fabulous: Tim Holtz here at Stamping Details