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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Teaching at Random Arts, Saluda, NC. June 2013

I am so excited to be teaching at Random Arts in Saluda, NC. Jane Powell contacted me about teaching there on January 1, 2013! What a great start for the New Year!! I will be teaching my technique of working with plaster and layered fabrics (vintage of course) and then painting a figure or a portrait using watercolors, alcohol inks, pastels and gesso. I will be demonstrating how I create my faces with gesso and alcohol inks. Each student will have a completed mixed media art piece at the end of the workshop. I will be supplying a template of a face drawing that can be used as an image transfer if you are new to making portraits.
I recently took a trip up there to drop off samples and it is such a warm and stimulating environment. I loved the atmosphere and look forward to teaching more classes there.
Here is their website to check out

March is just flying by...what I have been up to

This is a music cover I have been working on for a friend of mine. What happened during this process was something very magical. I was so concentrated on creating the figures in particular the muse and the artist that I had no idea that I created this face within the grim reaper form! It just appeared. I initially created this image more as a design element and never even approached painting a face there. As I was creating the folds of the cloak and the hood I saw the face! This is the miracle of art. I now have so much more respect and gratitude towards the power of my higher consciousness. Now the lesson is to tap into this power in every single aspect of my life!
This is a 16" x 16" painting on wood. I used acrylics and some pastels.

These are two journal spreads I am working on in Juliana Cole's Extreme Journaling class. Is this ever fun and addicting! I was never much of a writer and never really journaled before, but now this process is part of my creative ritual. What I really love about working in a journal is I can use all my cheap craft paints I bought from Michaels. There are so many colors so I can experiment with all of them. If there is a color I really like, I will get my Golden's out and mix that color using those paints for future fine art pieces, but in my is legal to use these paints! I love laying down lots of color and then  rubbing alot of it off. That can create great texture. I never really worked with colored pencils or watercolor pencils before but I did in these pieces and what fun they are. I like to take the pencils and scribble into the wet acrylic paint. Juliana has introduced me to the world of masking tape! Love using the tape and I even purchased som washy tape. I want to get better with my lettering. I never liked my hand writing. I am trying to let go of the judging and just play with lettering. This is hours of fun and frenzy and meditation!