Saturday, December 31, 2011

Goodbye, 2011

Thanks for your challenges and opportunities, your joys and sorrows. You've been a good year, tough, but far easier to

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Friday, December 02, 2011

Art Every Day Month, Recap

Because I've posted some of my entries for Art Every Day Month in various places throughout the site, they can be

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Day 30 - And, That's a Wrap!

Here we are on the last day of November. Goodness, how time flies!

November has been Art Every Day Month. And what a

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Day 28 - Done or Not Done?

I've been working on this painting for the past few days, and I really like how it's progressing.

But is it

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Cyber Monday Blog Hop!

I love blog hops! You just never know where you'll end up.

The kind folks at Studio Waterstone have set up a blog

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Day 26 - Bit by Bit

Another day of making progress of several different projects. I've worked on a couple of abstract paintings, started on

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Summit ArtSpace Holiday Artwalk Fair

Summit Artspace and the Akron Area Arts Alliance are sponsoring a Holiday Artwalk Fair to coincide with the December

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Day 21 - The Value of Practice

After a slow day yesterday, today's been busy. Not so much for my own art - I managed to finish off only this
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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Day 20 - Scattered

Sigh. It's just one of those days. I have lots of time for art but can't focus on any one thing.

I've dabbed paint

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Colors and Lines, Candy

Is today Wednesday? I've been thinking all day that today is Thursday. I'm so confused.

Regardless, I do know

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Colors and Lines, Explosion

Day 15 of Art Every Day Month.

Another in my Colors and Lines series of 12x12 inch paintings on paper.


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Monday, November 14, 2011

Colors and Lines, Pearl

Another in the Colors and Lines series, this one cheerful and bright.

These are my paintings, so I'm fond of

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Colors and Lines, Fall


Another 12x12 painting in my Colors and Lines series. This one is very much inspired by the windy

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Holiday Open House, Dec. 2

Please join me for a Holiday Craft Show that will benefit The Kaumba Project, an organization that is working to

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Days 10, 11, 12 - Mat, Frame, Setup, Show!

Busy, busy, busy!

I've been doing lots of art and art-related activities, but haven't always found time to blog

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Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Day 9 - And A Box To Keep It In

Ok, I really didn't do this all today. But I finished it and took photos, so that counts.

Otherwise, I'm still

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Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Days 7 & 8 - Mark That Spot

Day 7 was kinda sorta art related- I wrote the newsletter for my local art group. Not really the kind of thing I wanted

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Sunday, November 06, 2011

Day 6 - Paint 'n Frame

Another productive day. I spent most of the morning working on paintings. Several are in progress and soon to be

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Day 5 - New Supplies and Lots of Painting

So I did some painting this morning and worked on some partially finished paintings. Several of them are now almost

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Thursday, November 03, 2011

Day 3 – Tying up Lose Ends and Recharging Batteries

Ah, much better. Got home while it was still daylight and had time to work in my studio.

The first painting is on paper, 7×9 inches.
The second is on canvas, 8×10 inches.

I’d started both of these last weekend, so I just finished them up tonight.

Even with the good camera, the colors on the second are odd. I’ll take better photos over the weekend in daylight.

The first is...

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Day 2 – Battery Snafu

So again, I get home after 9 tonight, and have just a short time to get in the studio and work.

Time well spent, though. I managed to finish something that I’d been hoping to get to, and I’m happy with it.

The photo doesn’t do it justice. No sooner had I grabbed the camera than the “battery empty” message flashed across the screen and the camera shut itself off.


So what next?

Art Every Day Month, Day 1

Today is Day 1 of Art Every Day Month, a challenge run by Leah Piken Kolidas over at Creative Every Day.
I’ve been all excited about this challenge, and was anxious to get home and do some ART tonight.

After a very l-o-o-o-n-g day, I arrived home at 9PM, exhausted and a bit deflated. Wasn’t sure what smidge of creativity I might have left.

Find out what happened...

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Arts & Crafts Fair in Solon, Nov. 12

small abstract painting in acrylic and inkJoin me at the Solon High School for their annual arts and craft fair. I will have a booth, along with more than 70 other vendors offering a wide selection of unique handmade items.

Hope to see you there!

Saturday, November 12
10:00am - 4:00pm

Solon High School
33600 Inwood Road
Solon, OH 44139

Art Every Day Month, 2011

October 30. Is it really the end of October already?! Unbelievable.

The end of October means that it’s about time to flip the calendar to November. (Now, that's profound, isn't it?)

November is Art Every Day Month, led by Leah Piken Kolidas over at Creative Every Day.

Have you done Art Every Day Month in the past? Are you doing it this year? Leave a comment with a link to your blog so I can follow along.

Join the conversation over here:

Hand-Painted Necklaces

Can I just tell you how much fun I’ve been having making these necklaces!

I’ve always admired art jewelry when I’ve been at shows, so I just had to give it a try.

These are hand painted – yes, each one is unique. No prints or copies here.

The painting is done with acrylic paints, and then sealed with a triangular-shaped piece of glass. The edges are rounded and soft, and the top is ever so slightly domed. They’re really pretty – at least I think so.

Each one comes with a silver-plated chain, 18 inches long, which is a nice length to wear.

They’re available in my Etsy shop, Necklaces section :

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Colors and Lines, Purple

Colors and Lines, Purple abstract painting

More fun with the colors and lines paintings!

12×12 inches on paper, just like the others. This has some wonderful purple and turquoise colors.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Colors and Lines, Circles

abstract painting with bright colors, dark lines, circles

I just love this one! I guess I’m supposed to say that about all of them, but I really like this one.

I used several layers of paint so that the colors have a lot of depth.

The ink has made such interesting shapes; the whole thing is very satisfying.

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Hand-Painted Necklaces

I’ve always admired art jewelry when I’ve been at shows, so I just had to give it a try.
These are hand painted – yes, each one is unique. No prints or copies here.

The painting is done with acrylic paints, and then sealed with a triangular-shaped piece of glass. The edges are rounded and soft, and the top is ever so slightly domed. They’re really pretty – at least I think so.

Each one comes with a silver-plated chain, 18 inches long, which is a nice length to wear.

They’re available in my Etsy shop, Necklaces section :

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Colors and Lines, Yellow

Now this one is just slightly different. After painting the colors and dripping on the ink, I added another layer of paint on top, and then more ink.

You can see the first layer of ink just peeking through the paint in several places, but especially in the lower right. I really like how it shows through ever so faintly. The lines are so delicate.

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Colors and Lines, Pink

I’m like a kid in a candy store with these paintings! I can’t get enough of them.

This is painted again on pre-printed scrapbooking paper that has been printed with a larger dot pattern. You can see some of the dots in the upper left, ever so faintly.

See the detail images here >>>

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Colors and Lines, Red

Oh, am I having fun with these! I love the ink against the colors.

This one is painted on a 12×12 inch piece of scrapbooking paper. I bought a big stack of paper, the kind that’s pre-printed with stripes and swirls and plaids. This piece is printed red with tiny white dots. You can see some of the dots faintly peeking through around the edges.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Colors and Lines, Green

See the previous “Colors and Lines” post for the backstory here. This one is painted in cool shades of green, with bits of red, yellow, white, and pink.

The black form was made by dropping India Ink on the paper and blowing through a drinking straw to push the ink around. It’s formed these wonderful jagged shapes.

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Colors and Lines

Recently, I was doing some collages and wanted a way to add a fine dark line element to them. Something that looked like it was drawn but not so…controlled…as a line drawn with graphite or pen.

So, being a former seamstress, I fired up the old sewing machines and ran some free-form lines of stitching across them. See “March Morning” or  “Surf” for examples. LOVED it.

However, I’ve been wanting to work larger, and I couldn’t figure out how to make a larger artwork fit in the sewing machine. Besides, how would a stretched canvas fit? It has wooden stretcher bars, after all. Hm…

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On The Horizon

Most of the time, when I start a new piece, I have maybe an idea for a starting point – a color or technique – but it’s usually fairly vague. I enjoy the exploratory process of creating an artwork.

Only once in a while do I know exactly how I want the finished piece to look.

Here's how I got there >>>

Friday, August 26, 2011

Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap, The Wrap-Up

The postcard swap has been fun. I sent off cards of my artwork with a little note on the back. Then, every few days, I’d get a delightful surprise in the mail – a new postcard with a wonderful image on the front and a note on the back. All the cards came from artists I hadn’t met yet, either in person on online, but each one is unique and fascinating. I’ve received 6 wonderful cards from nearby states to as far away as Australia.

See the postcards...

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Drawing Exercises

I love drawings of all kinds – graphite, ink, black & white, color. Doesn’t matter. I love a gorgeous expressive line. Is it any wonder I was a drawing major in college?

Read about my quick draw marathon...

Monday, August 15, 2011

Throwing My Toys Out Of The Pram

When I’m working on an artwork, it always seems to go like this – it starts out great and I’m jazzed about working on something new. There’s an initial ramp-up period where I fumble a bit, but once I get into a rhythm with the new work, things hum along.

Then about half way through, the painting stops cooperating. It doesn’t respond to what I’m doing. I don’t know what it needs and every thing I do seems to make it worse. I call it “those awkward teenage years”. It’s just a phase. A little perseverance and patience, and we all come out better than when we started. 

Yesterday, I was working on a collage. I had started it about a year ago and set it aside when I ran out of ideas. I picked it back up yesterday and decided to try a different approach.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Fun Little Doodles

So, I’ve been having fun playing with my little mini watercolor palette. Here are some colorful little doodles that I’ve been doing.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Mini Watercolor Paint Palette

I’ve never been one to paint outdoors or in public, though I admire the paintings that are done that way.

But I’ve been taking classes in journaling, and following blog posts about sketching in public, and I’m gathering up the nerve to do it.

My reading has led to a variety of websites that talk about the supplies that artists take when working on location. Maybe having the right supplies will give me some incentive to try painting in public.

Find out how to make your own mini paint palette.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

A Kind Gesture

I had an unexpected moment of kindness today. The Clothesline Art Show was today in Hudson. When I stopped at the show this afternoon to work my shift, the members of my group told me that a family had been in, and one of their daughters had spent some time looking at my drawings.

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Ooo, Look What I Bought!

I’ll admit – it was love at first sight. I came ’round the corner, and, ah…there it was.

At the Avant Garde Art & Craft show last Saturday, I wandered away from my table to see the other vendors. I went out one door and when I came back in the other, there was Andrea Rogers at her Blue Highways table loaded with gorgeous blank books. I mean GORGEOUS!

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Clothesline Art Show, June 17-18, 2011

Hudson Society of Artists is sponsoring its annual sale of small, unframed, original artwork on June 17-18, 2011. All artwork is by members of the society. Typically, the show has about 250 pieces ranging in price from $10 to $200.

The show is held along with the Garden Shop which is part of the Hudson Home and Garden Tour.

The shop is at the Middle School, 77 N. Oviatt Street, in Hudson. Hours are noon – 5PM daily.

Get a map and directions to the show.

Find out more about the Hudson Home and Garden Tour.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Miles of Paintings

Ah, the sense of satisfaction of completing another batch of paintings for Art-o-mat! Miles and miles of cheerful little paintings just make me happy, no two ways about it.


Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Avant Garde Art and Craft Show, June 11

The summer art show season is upon us!

Come see me at my booth at the Avant-Garde Art and Craft Show on Saturday, June 11.

The show will be at the Middleburg Heights Community Center, 16000 Bagley Road, Middleburg Hts, OH 44130.

For details:

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap

Kat, over at The Kay Eye View, is having a  postcard swap.

It’s open to artists of any medium. All you have to do is send in 5 printed postcards that feature your artwork, and you’ll get 5 postcards in return.

Details are on her site:

It sounds like fun, plus you get to put your artwork in front of new people and get to see some new art in return.

Win, win, and win.

I’ve already signed up. Hope you’ll join us!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Muses Magazine

Muses Magazine ( delighted me recently by doing a feature on me and my artwork in their April 18 issue.

Read all about it here:


Muses is a really gorgeous magazine showcasing art and design to provide inspiration for your lifestyle.  It's such a treat to browse each issue.

Unfortunately, I missed this particular issue as it was published while I was on vacation. Thank goodness they post back issues on their web site!

My thanks to them, and best wishes for continued success.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Wish You Were Here

The National Collage Society is holding its annual postcard show, running April 8 - May 14, 2011.

All entries

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

March Morning

This small collage had me thinking of a typical morning in Marc - sun coming up through the cold air, trees still

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Friday, March 11, 2011

Mini's in a BOX

The Ohio Collage Society Show, 3.5 x 2.5, opened tonight at the BOX Gallery in Akron. It's a show of small

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Wednesday, March 09, 2011


This collage is made of bits of torn paper with some machine stitching along the bottom. The large white threads

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Tuesday, March 08, 2011

In The Distance

This collage reminds me of looking across the ocean toward the hills in Puerto Vallarta. It's made from bits of

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Monday, March 07, 2011


This paper collage has a bit of stitching along the bottom. It reminds me of the waves in Puerto Vallarta, where

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Sunday, March 06, 2011

Moon Rise

I've been working with collages lately. This one is bits of images cut from magazine photos and store flyers,

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Saturday, March 05, 2011

Every Vote Counts

During the 2010 election campaign, I got so much literature from people running for office - it was piled up in

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2011 Members Art Show

Hudson Society of Artists is having its annual Members Show. Stop by and see the wonderful artwork by local artists.

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Spring Omen

Spring Omen is a collage made from bits of paper, a photo, some leaves, and a few lines of machine stitching. I

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Sketchbook Tour Dates

The Sketchbook Project, sponsored by Art House Co-op, opens Saturday, Feb. 19.

The project, as you may recall,

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Sunday, February 06, 2011

Art Studio

I have a great little studio. Want to see?

I was planning to take photos after I'd cleaned it all up and made

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Saturday, February 05, 2011

Studio Mascot

In honor of one of my words of the year, I've adopted a studio mascot!

This clever little character is sitting in my

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Monday, January 31, 2011

2011 Words of the Year - Step, Cupcake

Now that the year is 1/12th over, I'd better set my goals and intentions. I always set a Word Of The Year to be my

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Cheeks and Noses

This sketchbook project has made me realize that I need practice drawing people in general, but cheeks and noses

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Sketchbook Project - Sherri

My friend Sherri is the cover model for the sketchbook.

Take a look at the finished

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Friday, January 28, 2011

Sketchbook Project – Amanda

Amanda and Kevin responded to my twitter request for help with the project.

Check out their web

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Sketchbook Project - Spencer

My nephew Spencer.

Take a look at the finished

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Sketchbook Project – Virginia

My friend Virginia.

For reasons I can't figure out, this looks nothing like her. Drats.

Take a look at the

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Sketchbook Project – Ted

My brother-in-law Ted.

Take a look at the finished

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Sketchbook Project – Heather

My friend Heather.

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Sketchbook Project – Kevin

Kevin and Amanda are also twitter friends who volunteered to help me with this project. Amanda's pic will be up

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Sketchbook Project - Vanessa

Vanessa is a wonderful artist I've met through Twitter. She was kind enough to help me out with the project.


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Friday, January 21, 2011

Sketchbook Project - Rose

My friend Rose.

Take a look at the finished

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Sketchbook Project – Me

Over the next few days, I'll post photos of the individuals who are included in my entry for the Sketchbook

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Monday, January 17, 2011

Sketchbook Project 2011 is Finished

My sketchbook is finished! I've kept you all in suspense long enough, so the full story is below. I will continue to

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Life Needs Art Blog has moved

If you're wondering why the blog is looking a little...slim...these days, it's because I've moved it into my web site. Full posts are over here: Life Needs Art .

This blog will continue to have snippets with a link to the full post. You're welcome to stay with me here or join me over at the new address. I appreciate your readership either way.

Sketchbook Project - Lisa

It's funny how different these pages look when they're scanned and reduced in size and viewed on a computer

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Sketchbook Project - Ollie

Isn't he just the cutest thing ever?

Sketch is done with pencil on a page taken from an old redbook map (trimmed

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Tuesday, January 04, 2011

2010 Accomplishments

I’ll be frank – 2010 was a rough year personally. My mom was in the hospital frequently and then passed away in

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Saturday, January 01, 2011

Goodbye 2010. Hello 2011!

I sit here ushering out the old 2010, though it is almost 18 hours gone. I fear it might linger, so I feel the need to

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It's Cold Outside!

Anne, from MetalWorksJewelry on Etsy, has been kind enough to include one of my ACEOs in her treasury called "It's

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