I know that the world we live in makes brand names nouns of the non-proper variety, meaning most out there reading will realize I mean any mp3 player when I say iPod. This has been a cultural phenomenon that I have avoided until this came along. I don’t call any brand of toilet paper Charmin. … Continue reading What’s on your iPod or mp3 player?
I realize I work from home. We had a period – way too long a period – of time where business calls were coming into my house at all hours of the day and night. I was getting desensitized to the phone ringing at odd hours. Well, the other day, I finally figured out how… Continue reading Early Morning Phone Calls
Another process from Julia Andrus’s Paper Transformed is hammered copper (or gold or silver or probably bronze). I love the look of this technique and tried it on a couple heart diecuts. The diecuts are from a Sizzix die. The copper used is Pearl Ex.
Patina – by definition – is a film or incrustation, usually green, produced by oxidation on the surface of old bronze and often esteemed as being of ornamental value. I have always loved those “fake” patinas that artists create. I was so excited when I saw that learning to create a patina look was one… Continue reading Patina
As those of you who visit often might recall, I am doing a year long workshop based on Mary Todd Beam’s book Celebrate Your Creative Self. I am tad bit behind the group but was catching up by doing a painting using sand in gesso. I agree with Todd Beam in that the one thing… Continue reading Sand in Gesso
My mother loves roses so this piece I dedicate to her. She talks to me like understand. She ought to know I can’t even keep a cactus alive. Plants and I are mortal enemies and since I am still kicking, my guess is I have killed the plants. I am not totally sure I am done… Continue reading A Rose By Any Other Name
I know it will seem late to a lot of you but the graduation season has started here and that means congratulatory cards for many. I have been known, since my oldest graduated from high school five years ago, as the one who makes all the cards. I have gotten lazy, lost instructions for various… Continue reading Graduation Art Weekend
The challenge this month at The Latest Trends in Mixed Media was jewelry. I am slowly making several pieces but want to include some items I have made previously. I am big on pins, which I consider jewelry though others may call them artist trading pins. Most of my pins have been made using dominoes. … Continue reading Jewelry Making
Not only do I love to read, I really think that is what summers are all about – friends, family, maybe a beach or two, tons of music and good reads! Some of my favorite summer reads have been discovered by accident. I love Jimmy Buffet’s novels. Two summers ago was the discovery of this… Continue reading Summer Reading
I can remember the weekend in July, all through childhood, when I wanted to be in Cooperstown. I was the son my father always wanted but never got – a tomboy through and through until I was suddenly a mother at the age of 23. I loved baseball as a child and loved trips to Cooperstown… Continue reading Hall of Fame Game Gone