painting: mixed media abstraction

abstract_mixed_media_collageFor the first time in a long time I painted a completely non-representational abstract. I crumpled and applied this brown shipping paper first, for texture. The whole piece is in acrylic which allowed me to move quickly through the layers. I painted with feeling and very little thought.

It reminded me what I love about painting. I was able to fully relax and create with freedom.

Happy arting!


If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing.”

– Marc Chagall 


art journal: journal52 abstraction

After the ICAD Challenge ended I took an impromptu blogging break. It was only going to last a week (that was my bday week) but then the longer I went the harder it was to get back into.

Week 31 of Journal52 is ‘friendship.’ I got stuck and stayed stuck for 2 1/2 weeks. Plus I’m in a love/hate relationship with my journal right now.  journal_wk_31_spine As you can see it’s busting at the stitches and getting really stiff. I won’t make a journal with this paper again unless I make one with fewer pages. But it’s all a wonderful learning experience.journal52_wk_31_side_profileI love the pages from the side and I look forward to making the cover once it’s finished. This thing is going to be so thick!journal_wk_31Here’s week 31. I used watercolor and acrylic paint. It’s totally abstract and nonsensical but it was exactly what I needed to get out of my rut.

Happy arting!



art journal: journal52 ‘positive words’

Week 30 of Journal52 is ‘Positive Words.’ Words have such an impact on our everyday lives. Recently I’ve become more aware of my inner dialog and how it affects my creativity. journal_wk_30I started this spread with simple acrylic paint swatches. Then using a micron and a PITT pen I wrote positive words all over. I also chose a few words that aren’t necessarily considered positive but I want to change how I see them: like ‘change,’ ‘practice,’ and ‘weakness.’ Next I used the PITT pen to draw flowers. I used the amazing Dr. Ph. Martin’s watercolor to fill them in. That stuff is so pigmented that the swirls around the page are from paint left on the brush! I just kept dipping it in water.

Happy arting!!



ICAD wrap up 2014

I did it! I made it through 61 days of ICAD! It was such a wonderful experience and I already miss it. ICAD_all_the_cards Here are all 61 of the cards spread across my dining room table. It’s fun to see them all at once like this. Clearly I had no specific theme or style throughout. It was just so much fun! I highly recommend trying the challenge next year! Or going through the DPP and starting now! Continue reading