Thursday, March 16, 2017

ART&TRAVEL - Join the Virtual Adventure

Travels, Journeys, Adventures...they create feelings of excitement, anticipation, and planning.

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Take a virtual trip around the world in this new blog series: ART&TRAVEL.  I will be sharing various mixed media art inspired by different places and cultures around the world.

Photo courtesy of Conjerdesign @
I enjoy reading novels about people who travel and go on adventures, who meet interesting people and learn a lot about themselves and what they are capable of.  I enjoy reading about their struggles and how they overcame them, how they travel lightly, and without fear.

As a child and teen I traveled with my parents and siblings.  As an adult, I traveled both with my husband and children, and alone with my husband.  I went new places, tried new things, got out of my comfort zone, and enjoyed different cultures, colors, and flavors of the world.  There are so many places I have not been, that are on the someday list...the bucket list.

Every place I have gone has had unique characteristics that set it apart from other places -- the culture and history, the colors, flavor of foods, flora & fauna, language, and landscape. Many photos have been captured along the way to remember these wonderful experiences.  Looking at the photos and through my travel art journals, brings me so much inspiration.  I also captured photos that wouldn't be put in an album, but of things that inspired me, such as doorways, designs on wall tiles or cobblestone streets, plants that were unusual that looked like they would be fun to draw.  I saw a species of plant on a cruise ship that I guess was inspiration to Dr Seuss at one time.  It looked like a hairstyle for some of his characters.

As an artist, I am very in-tune with my senses, especially visually. I am now collecting all my travel experiences and putting them into my art, in some form or another.

With that in mind, I am creating a new blog series: ART&TRAVEL. Travel the World through a Virtual Art Experience.  The blog posts will be filled with photos of cultural mixed media crafts inspired by my travels.

Photo courtesy of Jose Antonio Alba @

I would love for you to join me in this adventure (I don't like to travel alone) as I would love to see where ART&TRAVEL inspiration takes you.

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I look forward to seeing you there.

Creatively yours,


Sunday, March 5, 2017

Emergence of an Angel

I love to draw and paint faces.  That was not always true.

My first face drawing experience, like most people, was when I was young.  Chalk, crayon, pencil, and whatever paper I could find.  There may even be some in a box somewhere in my parents house.  They were nothing out of the ordinary for any child.  I was not gifted with the skill of drawing.

Once I was a teenager and seriously became interested in drawing better, I sought out drawing books at the library and learned how to draw the human figure.  Then I used magazine photos as inspiration for my drawings.  But the features of the face seemed so intricate and detailed that I frustratingly gave up and moved on to landscapes.

It was 30 years later that I decided I seriously wanted to learn again how to draw and paint faces. That's all it really takes....desire.  Once you have the desire to succeed at something, everything will fall into place.  You find the way.

So I started all over again.  The faces I drew I didn't like.  I practiced and practiced and practiced. I knew I needed some help to get the faces to look more like what I visioned in my head, so I took a few on-line classes.  I breeezed right through the classes because I only needed that special something to make the faces the way I had been envisioning them.

Finally I started making faces that were acceptable to me.  And I learned that the "flaws" in my drawings and paintings were not actually flaws, but my style.  I learned over time that I didn't need to perfect the drawings and paintings to make them look realistic.  They were who they were.  And the more I drew and painted faces, the more personality I saw in them.

Sometimes I work on completing a face over a course of a day, sometimes a few days, sometimes a month.  I have some uncompleted for much longer than that.  I do not really plan how they are going to turn out.  They seem to emerge on their own.  My daughter once asked me where I get the ideas for my paintings, and she was perplexed when I told her they are in my head.  But they are.

 I would love to hear about your struggles with drawing and painting faces.  You can use the comment box below.

Creatively yours,


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Painted Tags

Hi everyone,

Just a little gift here for you.  It is a free digital download, no strings attached.  I created some painted tags and wanted to share them with you to cut out and use.

I use these in my art journals, my planners, and as collage pieces in my artwork.  You can print them on any type of paper that your printer can handle.  I prefer white cardstock as it creates the thickness of a tag.  I use them to highlight words, to use for titles, quotes, etc.  I also use 2 identical ones to attach to the edge of the paper to create a tab so I can find something quickly, or just for decoration.  Print them out on sticker paper, then cut out to use as labels, and name tags.  The possibilities are endless.

Click on the link below and it will open up the PDF.  Download it to your computer, or perhaps you can just print from there.

Painted Tags Digital Download PDF

I would love to see what you create with them.  Just leave me a comment below and/or tag me on your instagram posts.

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Creatively yours,


Friday, February 24, 2017

Sailboats and Sunsets

Standing on the dock, overlooking the sailboats on the nearly still water, with the sun setting behind them, I feel the wisdom of the flow of life.  It's the end of the day.  The adventurers have returned their sailboats to the dock from a beautiful day out on the water.  Now all is calm and beginning to rest in preparation for the next day ahead. I feel peace and calm.

Photos take me away to another place and time.  They make me daydream of being somewhere I may have never been before, or to a place I long to return to someday.

In a daydream I add elements and senses that a photograph does not provide.  In this photograph, I daydreamed of the sound of the small calm swoosh of little waves against the hulls of the boats, the faint aroma of fish, the seagulls flying overhead, calling their fellow gulls to head home, and the changing color of the sky as the sun slowly sets over the horizon.

Ah, what a nice way to relax.

Creatively yours,


Sunday, February 19, 2017

My Big Dream Journal

I wanted to share this journal with you.  It is a Big Dream Journal.  I have created one each year for the past 3 years.  This one is my favorite.  It is inspired by Traci Bautista and her online art classes (  Enjoy, and please leave me any questions or feedback.