Making Holiday Gift Wrapping – Part One – A Party

I got my hands on Gwen’s holiday stencils and the ideas immediately started going round in my head. I mean, look at them! And yes, those are fairy lights shining down on them. I do so love to have fairy lights shining down on my desk.  First I stenciled on white paper. Then on a …

Welcome – Artist Tribe Blog Hop

Welcome – Artist Tribe Blog Hop

Welcome to my post for the Gwen Lafleur’s Artist Tribe Blog Hop. Today and tomorrow each of the members of the Artist Tribe will be posting a project to their blogs. You will see a wide variety of styles and projects all using materials carried by Gwen’s shop. See the links at the bottom of …

Connection Between the Work and the Words

Connection Between the Work and the Words

Shoup, Lynda Diane. Work in Progress. 2017, Private Collection of the Artist. One of the concepts that struck me when reading about writing an Artist’s Statement is the discrepancy between what the artist wants to achieve and the actual artwork itself. I have seen the opinion voiced that a statement that promises the world paired with art …

Using Literary Genres in Thematic Writing about Art

Using Literary Genres in Thematic Writing about Art

This piece was done as part of a biographical study. The image is based on a detail found in a painting of Marie de Rabutin-Chantal the Marquise de Sevigne. Another way to approach writing about your art is to address the themes you deal with. Frankly, this aspect is more difficult for me. This is …

Changing Blog Title

Changing Blog Title

Art journal page prompted by Rae Missigman’s #artmarks30daychallenge While I haven’t been posting to my blog in a while, I have been fairly active on Instagram. Even before the last post, I made I started considering where this blog was going and some changes I hoped to make. Changes I hoped would make this blog more interactive.  …

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day journal page. The prompt I was working on was “primary”. The librarian in automatically thinks of primary documents. So I chose two from the National Archives – one of suffragettes marching on Bastille Day (they ended up in jail) and the amendment to grant women the right to vote. Keep marching. No …

Background Knowledge

Background Knowledge

I recently came to the conclusion that I need to add more layers to my work…that I just don’t push forward as far as I really want to go. I wrote a blog post about it. Well, this week I started trying Morning Pages again. It is an exercise that comes from The Artist’s Way by …

Blogging for Connection

Blogging for Connection

From time to time most bloggers ask themselves the question.  “What question?” you ask. That question.  Why do we blog?  If you are asking this question, pull up a seat and have a cold glass of peach infused ice tea.  “Why this tea in particular?”you may well ask. “Why not plain? Why not coffee? “Because …

Flip, Flops, Pockets and Cut Outs with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer

Flip, Flops, Pockets and Cut Outs with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer

It’s getting to be a tradition for me – a class at Kept Creations in Whitman, Massachusetts each summer. This year my daughter took the class with me! Double the fun. Notice that even after washing up we were covered in paint. This year I took a class called Flips, Flops, Pockets and Cut-outs with Julie Fei-Fan …

The Mad to Glad Tea Party

The Mad to Glad Tea Party

Welcome to the  Mad to Glad Tea Party 2016 These days there is so much to be mad about, sad about, absolutely devastated about. Wherever I look I see people questioning why… wondering how we got to this place…. wondering if the things they do matter… if they matter…. and they do. They do matter.  You matter.  …