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Sunday, December 6, 2015

December Gluebook Party with Bare Branch Blooming

Prompt #1: Blue and White

I always enjoy the monthly collage / gluebook

The parties run from 8:00 - 10:00 pm EST
on the first Saturday night of each month.

There are always four collaging prompts
and two giveaways.

Prompt #2: Antidote for Chaos

Prompt #3: Song Lyrics

Prompt #4: Reflection on 2015


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Hope you'll join us in January 2016!

Art & Soul | Fall 2015 Series | Women Writing for (a) Change Jacksonville

I have really enjoyed the Art & Soul series
facilitated by the very talented Jennifer Wolfe

Today we celebrated the end of another
semester (my third) with a public reading
and display of art at


The following collages and poems were created 
by me during the Fall 2015 semester.

the wrong god home,
we may miss
our star.

the illusion
of constant productivity,
we miss
the full depth
of our lives.

We congratulate
on amassing possessions;
the clutter stacked up
like a fortress
behind which we hunker down
to fend off the unknown.

Our energies
are spent
on the care
and maintenance
of an idolatous ego;
clinging to
a self-proclaimed role;
the strong one,
the reliable one,
the one who could
be counted upon
but for her inattention.

We must stop
wasting time
and energy
on bridging
the irreconcilable
of who we think we are
and who we really are.

We must re-center
our inner compasses.

I arrive at this time,
needing to exercise
my voice
and hear
what it has to say.

Have I been asleep
and dreaming,
my voice silenced
by the dull,
repetitive slumber
of routine
and habit?

Silent no longer, 
I must embrace
the inner wisdom
that spills out, 
both flooding
and lifting up
my consciousness
and experience.

Real living
is both joyous
and devastating,
and constantly
in decay.

To shore myself
up against
even the worst of it,
is to deny 
my humanity;

The richest gift
that this unholy ghost
has been given
by the universe.

I’m drawn intuitively
to circles
and spirals
and the non-linear,
as a child to the womb.

The sharp, straight
lines of 
our short dash
from birth to death
are but the streaking
tail of a comet,

circling back
in its ancient orbit
to pass this way
and again.


Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Commonplace Book | Visual Diary Update

We are spiritual beings having an earthly experience.

If we are quiet and focused, we can transcend our bodies
and access limitless wisdom.

The challenge is finding quiet in the chaos.

The gathering of wisdom and information is
one way of meditating in the absence of peaceful solitude.

In the noisy world we inhabit, sometimes it is enough to collect and absorb 
information in order to synthesize our way to clarity and truth.

Quilt Studio!

Now that I'm a partial empty-nester, I've expanded by art studio
into newly-flown bird's bedroom for use as a quilt studio!

My first project is a baby crib quilt for said birdie's baby.
We'll find out in three weeks if it's a boy or a girl.
Either way, this will be a much-loved grandchild!

I found these two cubbies at various thrift shops in the last couple of weeks for $2 each!

The move-in was fun and relaxing, with this beautifully serene pink
paint on the walls, courtesy of the hubs, who painted the room for me to maximize
the natural light from the southern exposure window.

I've got two Arrow Gidget II sewing tables, one with a Singer Sonata
sewing machine I received as a high school graduation present in 1983
and a Bernina 1230 I received as a gift from my mother-in-law.

The Singer is my quilt top piecing workhorse and the Bernina is my quilter.

Here's the luminously clear pink I selected for the walls.

This quilt studio is a happy space!

Friday, November 13, 2015

A Work in Progress: My Commonplace Book

Since the summer, have been working in this little (7.5" x 10") art journal that I constructed from loose card stock cut to fit a vintage book cover that I re-covered with old architectural drawings and masking tape.

I'm using a ring binding system, with gradually larger rings as the book grows.

The book serves as a visual diary and a place to play around with various art techniques and to practice composition, color, proportion, etc.

Art therapy is a very effective way to work out emotions. I work in this book every day, even though I don't necessarily finish an entire page every day. Some days, I only add a line, a smear of paint or a single image or word.

It's satisfying to work in series, which I hadn't ever done before. Even though it's only for me and only "practice," it's still a body of work and I can witness my evolution as a collage artist very clearly in these pages.

This "visual meditation," has become an integral part of my life and a much-loved creative ritual.

Friday, July 31, 2015

ICAD 2015 ~ Complete!

I had a wonderful time, as always, participating in Daisy Yellow's
Index Card A Day (ICAD), which involves creating a small piece
of art every day during the months of June and July.

This year, I mixed it up a little and created mixed media collages
on Rolodex cards.

I hope you will join in the fun next year!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Where Bloggers Create Party 2015

I'm super happy to be joining in on the "Where Bloggers
Create Party" on Karen Valentine's My Desert Cottage Blog.

I'm a mixed media and collage artist.

I'm sharing tiny vignettes of my creative spaces, which include
a converted sun room, where I store my stamps
on shelves put up by my fabulous husband...

I love Mermaids and have a tiny, but growing, collection.
The pink mermaid was custom-made for me by the
lovely and talented Zie Campbell.

I also collect vintage globes, and have five of them around the house.

The vintage glove form was purchased at Renningers Antique Extravaganza
in Mount Dora, Florida this past February.
My good friends Sandra Kaye and Darlene Winter and I
all bought a glove form to commemorate our fun
time together and will each transform our "hands" into
mixed media art pieces.

Stay tuned for the finished pieces...

I'm a little obsessed with Washi Tape. 

This is only a fraction of my collection.

I've got some of it organized on this thread rack
I got at JoAnn Fabric (with a coupon!) for $9.

I'm also a stencil fiend.

My hubs bought this spinning rack for me on Amazon.
It's great for storing small stencils.
I keep my 12' x 12' stencils in a plastic project box,
which you can find on sale at Michael's periodically for $4 each.

You can never have enough pens.
I'm embarrassed to say this is only about 5% of my total pen stash.

Same thing goes for paint brushes.

...and acrylic paint...

I've got a full set of 12 Dylusions Acrylic Paints
purchased from A Small Cleverness
in Orange Park, Florida.

I pick up pretty baskets and containers wherever I find them.

I got this basket at a thrift shop.

The pretty rolled-up art paper came from Reddi Arts.

I incorporate my kids' art work and projects into my
creative space.

These decorative paper tape tins were purchased at
Dick Blick in San Diego when I was there in December.
Talk about a kid in a candy shop!

I'd rather have my stuff out where I can see it,
versus stuffed away in a drawer,
so my shelves are bursting with trinkets
and small projects.

I have a collection of art books,
some of which were written by artists
I've met - and all of whom I admire!

I ADORE hexagons.
I got this aluminum hexagon tub on clearance at
The Container Store in Orlando. Score@

I love the quick efficiency of punches, so I have a lot of them.

I love this Golden Acrylic Paints color chart, handmade by
their employees. 

I also love my fiddle-leaf fig tree and this cool Chinese
fish thingy I got at Bungalow by the Beach,
where I have some original art and jewelry 
for sale. Ahem.

I'm a big Stampin' Up fan.
I think I have all the stamps in their 
2013 - 2015 catalogs. 

I'm a sucker for decorative scrapbook paper.

This shiny tape is foil tape from the hardware store.

Hardware stores are a wonderful resource for
mixed media art supplies!

I'm all about texture!

...and birds...

Last, but not least, my IKEA Raskog Cart.

I love it so much, I ordered another one today, in cream color.
It will arrive in a few days.


I'm also a newbie quilter, being taught by the
fabulously talented (and endlessly patient) Sandra Kaye.

For now, my quilting space is actually in my bedroom.
I use this Singer Sonata sewing machine I got for my
high school graduation present in 1983 for piecing my quilts.

I've also got a Bernina 1230 gifted to me by my
generous mother-in-law. I use the Bernina for
free-motion quilting.

My tiny, but growing, fabric stash!