Monday, December 29, 2008

moxie gallery

See more art and jewelry at MOXIE GALLERY
Find it HERE and HERE.

portrait in blue

Size: 11 x 15
Medium: Watercolor and Ink
For those who kindly wrote asking about "a bottle of ink in a pencil",
here is a photo of a demonstration on beginning portraiture. The class is about drawing the face and, painting it in colors that are and are not done in common "flesh tones." The "ink in a pencil" is very much like a watercolor pencil but is indelible. I draw onto dry paper and manipulate with sponges, or I draw onto a damp/wet surface to see where it takes me. The post below has a link with a photo of the pencil. This has been one of my favorite tools for many will find it used in many of my pieces.
If you would like to attend a workshop on DRAWING AND PAINTING REALISTIC FACES, please contact me at .

Saturday, December 27, 2008

summer evening

I did the drawing with one of my favorite tools, "a bottle of ink in a pencil" over a tissue collaged surface. You can see the pencil HERE. Went on to paint in watercolor along with refining the image using Caran D' Ache watercolor crayons and pencils. See these HERE. This painting was featured in a calendar a couple of years ago.
These tools are a staple in my teaching with them.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

moxie gallery

See more of my work on MOXIE GALLERY click here.

ten minute break

Size: 10x10
When I paint on a flat surface, I like to cover the surface with newspaper. One reason is that I like to paint beyond the edges of my work, the second reason is that I can use the newspaper to clean off my brushes and scrappers. The papers are dried and saved for later use in collages and other works.
I used one such paper to do a quick drawing demonstration and later finished it in watercolor.

Sunday, December 14, 2008


After teaching Altered Paper Surfaces in Colorado, I found a very nice piece of paper that had a wonderful surface texture with what reminded me of roots. Thus, the title of this mini collage. Only 3.5 x 5 this very simple collage delivers a lot of punch, and reminds me of the Rocky Mountains.
I will be teaching a workshop in Fort Collins in March 2009. Contact for more information. If you would like to see more mini collages, click HERE.

Saturday, November 29, 2008


MY ETSY STORE is now open. It's been a long time coming. This necklace was purchased just before it went on line. (thank you Ella)
I will be featuring jewelry, small art collages, and other objects of art. To shop this gallery you don't have to get out of your pajamas. I will be adding new art frequently so stop by...just click HERE.

Friday, November 21, 2008

fall attitude

Size: 5x5
Mixed Media Collage
This collage was part of a demonstration at a workshop in Colorado. It contains watercolor, acrylic, text, and altered paper surfaces. This collage is available for purchase. Contact

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

repeat performance

Size: 5x5
Mixed Media Collage
Several layers of collage papers over a sacrificial watercolor and repeated stamping make up this delightful mini collage. The rubber stamp image is from CORY ART STAMPS. This stamp and other images of art stamps can be purchased here.
This collage has been SOLD.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

new collage

Size 5x5
Mixed Media Collage
This small collage is one that was used as a teaching tool in class. The students learn the application of mixed media, the principal elements of design, composition, and color theory. New classes in all medias are open for registration. Contact for more information.
This collage has been SOLD.

Friday, October 24, 2008

drawing and composition

Drawing and Composition is taught as part of Exploration Mixed Media and my Watercolor Workshops. A photograph and a rough thumbnail sketch is necessary in order to compose what you are going to paint. The photograph posted here is good subject matter, but the composition is all wrong. The tree on the upper left forms a square shape as does the sky. The telephone post and wires are best removed. The interesting texture of the white bush is lost in the photo. The addition of background trees form a dark value against the white of the fence for a better composition. For information on Drawing Classes contact

Saturday, October 11, 2008

2009 calendar

Thank you all who voted. My painting will be on the 2009 calendar.
See the exhibit at

Saturday, September 27, 2008

my daddy's violin

Another piece done in honor of my father, who was a great music maker. The painting was started as a class demonstration on a study of shapes.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

one sweet blog award

ONE SWEET BLOG AWARD was given to me by Elizabeth Golden...thanks Liz. She too has a must see blog and you can find it here. It was not easy choosing five to nominate, there are so many websites I love.

THE PIONEER WOMAN is a cooking blog that I adore. Not only is Ree gorgeous...the woman can cook!
TISSUPAPERS is a fun blog. She shares a pattern for the cutest tie on slippers your feet will ever want to wear.
REBECCA BROOKS has a wonderful blog..this lovely and giving lady can write AND, make art too.
JOHN M. MORA , this guy has more fun on the computer than anyone....he produces WOW stuff.
SHARON and her muse Norah are always creating. A fun blog to visit, you will be glad you did.

Monday, September 15, 2008

emerging colors

Size 5x5
Mixed Media Collage.
Bits and pieces of paper that are too small for my large collages become fodder for theses tiny compositions. They become elegant pieces of art when embraced with a four inch mat and framed under glass. This little gem is available for purchase.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

student paintings

These two paintings were done by two of my local students. The first one by Anthony Hall is a life drawing done in conte over a black and sepia ink pour. He allowed some of the ink forms to become shaded areas for the figures. White conte was used to emphasise the highlighted areas. Good work Anthony....
The second painting is by Ella Holland. Ella started as an oil painter and has moved on to watercolor and mixed media. The small collage using hand altered surface papers by Ella is definitely eye candy. Contact for class information.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

take a look

A small peek at what I have been doing...Art Unraveled has come and gone and now it's time to submit for next year. Ten days before convention I fell ( not so gracefully) and injured both knees. Sooo....I have been sitting a lot making art jewelry and painting small watercolors in preparation for some workshops. I will be posting some of the pieces on both of my blogs.
Also, don't forget to register at The Artist's Nook website for the third on-going Exploring Mixed Media workshop to be held in November at Fort Collins, Colorado.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

happy birthday kayla

Happy Birthday Kayla
This is Kayla's first watercolor/collage, that's a painted half of a paper plate (found object) on top of her watercolor painting. I have used a photo of her and her painting, paper napkins from a trade, watercolor paint, and butterflies because they are her favorite. My collage to her is 11x15...what you see is just a portion of the painting.... she will be 5 on July 17.

dream mythology

Size: 3 x 9
Mixed Media
One of many faces demonstrated at a How To Paint the Face workshop. The workshop includes the use of handmade papers with emphasis on design. The stamped images are from the CORY art stamp line available from AfterMidnight Art Stamps.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

klimt challenge

Gustav Klimt is one of my favorite artist's. When Sharon Tomlinson suggested a challenge inspired by Klimt, I jumped at the chance. The approach to the 5x8 collage, is not the norm for me. (another challenge) I started with a scrap of an old watercolor painting, layered some transparent and opaque handcrafted papers, and proceeded to paint the face and hand with acrylics. Circles were cut from magazine pages and collaged in jig saw fashion along with two three dimentional doodle motifs. Handpainted textures finish the background. Visit Sharon's Blog to see her fun and wonderful artwork. You might even like to join the challenge.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

#4 frottage mini tutorial

Here is a close up of the Frottage Painting. When I did the rubbing on the icon, I positioned the rubber stamp so that I would get a halo effect and avoided rubbing wax onto her face. The piece of frottage that is glued to the upper right corner, has silver wax lines that stop at the white and blue shape. I continued the flow of the lines using white acrylic to unify. There are three gold spots that break up the large orange shape. Line and shape was used to keep the viewer inside the painting. Scroll down to post #1 to read the tutorial. Go to to see the finished painting.
If you have any questions or are interested in taking a workshop, please contact

#3 frottage mini tutorial

Rip and arrange your frottages (rubbings) into a pleasant composition paying attention to the elements of design. I teach using five elements, line, shape, color, value, and texture. Move the images around until they feel right to you, and glue them onto the substrate with a light application of good old Elmers glue. I have used this glue for years and have not had any yellowing of my papers. Note: The bottom section of the icon frottage was ripped off and part was used on the upper right and mid left side of the collage. Unify the shapes using colored pencils, acrylic paint, chalks, etc. On this painting I used white acrylic paint and added a touch of gold leaf. Detail on post #4.

#2 frottage mini tutorial

Choose the tactile surfaces to do your rubbings. I chose one of my art stamps, and a clear plastic texture sheet.
Look around you and experiment rubbing differant surfaces. I also chose a photo from an old newspaper and rubbed it on the large stamp with a block of silver and blue encaustic. You can see a piece of it on the lower left hand corner. You can use crayons, candles etc. If you are going to use your rubbings for collage, you will need a substrate. I cut an old watercolor collage that had been in incubation for years into small pieces. I collaged on a 9x6 piece. Gather your collage elements and go to the #3 post.

#1 frottage mini tutorial

Frottage: A rubbing technique where print images are obtained by placing paper over a tactile surface and rubbing it with wax, crayon, or pencil. The elements on this post are: a newsprint photo of an icon rubbed with silver and blue encaustic wax over the large stamp, white handcrafted parchment paper rubbed over a clear plastic texture sheet with blue encaustic wax, and a yellow and red handcrafted tissue paper, rubbed over the modern angel stamp and the circular shell stamp using encaustic wax. You may use any paper you like so long as it is not too thick...experiment. I love doing frottages over newsprint. Please overlook my stained stamps, they get a workout. Art Stamps by Cory and encaustic wax are available from

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

the turquoise frog

Polyclay...haven't worked with this medium in a long time, so I chose it for the Mixed Media Monday challenge. All except the tiny beads is done with polyclay. The frog was made using a mold which I also made from polyclay. Great molds can be found here.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

future artists

Kayla and Skyler...remember those names, Kayla is going to be an artist (she already calls herself an artist) and Skyler will design video games. They are my great grandkids....they love to come to the studio and paint.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

vendor special

One of many pieces of jewelry and art that will be offered on vendor day at Art Unraveled 2008 in Phoenix, AZ and at Fireweed 2008 in Alaska. Many styles are available. Contact for more information on sales and classes.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

free to roam

Size: 5x5
Mixed Media Collage

Making mini collages is likened to eating chips, can't stop at just one. This one is appropriate for Mixed Media Monday whose theme is maps. I used old maps, hand crafted papers, tinted tissue, foils, and transparent layers of ink and acrylic to design this collage. This item is available for purchase by contacting

Sunday, May 11, 2008

going postal

The title of this collage is GOING POSTAL. I used translucent handmade papers, inks, watercolor, and a cancelled stamp image, all under a sheet of stained vellum. Mixed media Monday chose transparency as the challenge. This 5x5 collage is available for purchase by contacting

Saturday, May 10, 2008

happy mothers day

This tiny collage honors my mother...the most creative person I ever knew. She taught me to see beauty in everything, applauded my every creative efforts and left me all to soon. The images in this little collage remind me of the teeny flowering weeds that push through the cracks of the cement walkway, staying minutes it seems, just long enough to bring beauty and pleasure. I miss you mom....

Thursday, May 8, 2008

theme thursday

I have been demonstrating collage and the principle elements of design for my evening class. This collage is about texture. Among the bits and pieces of collage papers was an empty tea bag envelope. As everyone knows, if it doesn't move, it will get glued onto a collage surface. Theme Thursday's challenge for this week is tea/coffee. I stamped in the word tea along with hand made papers and two images from my line of art stamps.
My art stamps are available here.

Monday, May 5, 2008

mixed media monday

This 5x5 collage was a demo piece for one of my classes. I have titled it Bound by Tradition and is available for purchase. It includes hand painted tissue papers, watercolor, acrylics, and stamping.
It is part of the mixed media monday challenge.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

rice paper collage

THE MOVEMENT WITHIN is the title of this 8x10 collage. Several types of rice papers were used in layers and painted with transparent watercolors

Saturday, April 12, 2008

celabrate women series

The title of this piece is Defiance, it is part of the celabrate women series that I have been working on lately. The focal is collage and watercolor. The handcrafted beads are faux resin. I will be teaching these techniques for Fireweed Retreat, October 2008 in Alaska. This piece will be available for purchase at the convention. Contact

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

deliberately mismatched

He thought she wore an aura of acquiscence. She was born under the sign of moxie. He gifted her one earring at a time, hoping to intice her and win her charm, but.....she wore them beautifully mismatched, she's no pushover.
Deliberately Mismatched is my new line of earrings born from a collection of single orphaned beads, odd handcrafted beads, charm stuff, and other creative stuff. They will soon be available for purchase...will you dare?

Saturday, March 22, 2008

moxie movement

Moxie Movement is in full force...the students who attended the first session of Exploration Mixed Media in Fort Collins, Colorado got a taste of creating an original design, painting in mixed media, art stamping, watercolor basics, collage, and much more. Each student introduced personal images into their work and left with an original work of art. Upon their return in July for the second session, home assignments will be evaluated and new techniques and processes will be introduced. One process will be painted out doors, you may see a photo sample titled "Napa" on the homepage of my website,
and, we will paint bold watercolors with emphasise on texture. More photos and information can be found on as well as on this blog,
As an added bonus, I will hold an Evaluation Session the evening before the workshop for any one who would like to have their personal work critiqued. A small registration fee and a limit of three pieces of art are required. You do not have to attend the workshop to participate in the Evaluation Session. Contact Christine at to register.

wild sunflowers

WILD SUN FLOWERS is the title of this 10x13 subliminal painting whose technique and process will be one of two processes to be taught on the second session of Exploration Mixed Media. These workshops are held at The Artist's Nook in Fort Collins, Colorado July 2008. You can see another sample photo on the homepage of titled "Napa"
Contact for more workshop information. This process is very easy, very messy, and very spontaneous. You are all invited to attend.

Friday, March 21, 2008

gaming 13

Title: GAMING 13
Size: 8x10
This mixed media piece was part of the process taught at The Artist's Nook's first session workshop. It was also chosen for the Mixed Media Monday challenge. If you wish information on the second session of Exploration Mixed Media workshop, contact

Friday, March 7, 2008

class sample

Size: 8x10
Mixed Media
This is a sample of a process that I will be teaching starting March 14, 2008 at The Artist's Nook in Fort Collins, Colorado. More information on or

Tuesday, March 4, 2008


Size: 11x15
Medium: watercolor
Was going through my incubation bin and found this old painting that was used to demonstrate basic watercolor, line meet line drawing techniques, and hard edged portraiture. I am still teaching and using these principle elements, though my painting style has changed.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

mixed media monday

This piece was done for the Mixed Media Monday Challenge. The key word is "school." The substrate is altered paper with parts of the alphabet showing. A transfer of a "school teacher" with see through text in her face. The blue green design is stamped with one of my art stamp designs found at The tag hanging from the wire embellishment reads TEACHERS, MENTORS, and MUSES. This piece is available for purchase.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

polyclay necklace

This is one of my early necklaces done in polyclay and featured first in Belle Armoire Summer 2001 and again in Jewelry Volume One.
This item has been sold.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

one world - one heart

Collage to Wear
This necklace was for the One Heart One World 2008 Giveaway.
The drawing was Feb. 14, 2008. The winner was Bear from Bears Emroidery Den, Adelaide, South Australia.
Stay tuned for next year's event. Thank you to all who participated.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008


Title: Michael's Mandala
Personal Collection
Mandala: A circular design containing concentric geometric forms, personal images, or symbols. The image of Michael was used in this watercolor demonstration on "How to Create Personal Mandalas" to be used in meditation.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

wear my art

WEAR MY ART is a series of jewelry based on my love of painting. I alter, collage, paint, layer, and embellish pendant like shapes that I use to construct these delicate one of a kind necklaces. Earrings to match upon request. These items are available for purchase by contacting

Wednesday, January 16, 2008


Title: Birthright
Size: 8x10 before matting
Altered and layered papers, finished with acrylic drawing.
This item is available for purchase by contacting

Sunday, January 13, 2008

the pleasure of seeing red

Using tiny bits and pieces of transparent papers, text and musical notes, this delightful double sided abstract is encased in glass. One faux red resin bead dangles from the bottom while two more hand crafted beads swing gently as you wear it. Treat yourself to a Valentine present. Not as tasty as chocolate, but with zero calories, you will have the pleasure of seeing red.
This item is available for purchase. Contact:

Friday, January 11, 2008

the silent song

I just finished several pieces of jewelry that will be for sale on vendor day at Art Unraveled 2008. This piece started with a vintage brooch in the shape of a feather. I added a glass charm with a little black bird that someone sent as part of a charm swap held last year. (wish I could thank that person). The bead dangling at the bottom is from a class that I teach called Faux Resin Beads. This delicate little necklace comes with earrings to match. Just in time for Valentines Day. Contact if you would like to purchase this item. SOLD

Thursday, January 10, 2008

quick sketch

Did a quick sketch in my journal for today's Create Every Day challenge. Please overlook any smudges, see through stuff, and fingerprints. This is all part of the design and does not take away the value of the piece. This is a 10 minute drawing using a black marker. Oh, and some of my brushes really do look like that. For sure they are not Jack Richeson Brushes, his hold up much better...been using them for 30 years, love them, love the company. That's it...have to go work on some jewelry.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

art stamp collage

ART STAMP COLLAGE is the title of today's Create Every Day challenge. I used my own rubberstamp image called "Not Ordinary Art" available for purchase from These and other art stamp images may be found in most of my art pieces. Look for them on and

create every day

Create every day is exactly that. I will create a small piece of art daily. It can be a doodle such as the photo, a painting, a collage, an assemblage, or a piece of jewelry. The idea is to be creative daily. This was not my artist friend Maryanne posted something similar on her blog and of course I had to do this. (as if I don't do art everyday anyhow)
This doodle started as a contour drawing of an entertainment center in my house. The challenge was not to lift the pencil when drawing, to choose five colors that I normally would not put together. and, allow myself twenty minutes to complete the work. I then turned it upside down for a better composition. Join the challenge.. check the links for details.