Art Quote

"All art is autobiographical; the pearl is the oyster's autobiography."

Frederico Fellini

I collect aphorisms and quotes. When I read this one, I paused to reflect on the words and their meaning. I thought about how long art has been a part of my life. It is true that when you think about your art, you realize that it does tell the story of your life.

Monday, March 24, 2014

~A Change of Pace~

Card Making

I spent a weekend with my artist friend Ann.  One evening she showed me all the things you can learn on YouTube.  We came upon this card, which looked rather interesting.
It's called a "Waterfall Card".
 This was my second attempt.  I forgot to take a photo of the first.  It took some figuring out but it is so worth the effort.  Below, is a photo that I took off Google to demonstrate what happens when you pull the tab.  The card flips open, one little page after the other.

After two waterfall cards I was hooked~on cardmaking and YouTube!

The next card was even MORE fascinating.  The "Double-Pull out Card".
Imagine this closed, just the little owls showing; then pull the tab at the left and as the left comes out so does the right!   "How'd they do that?"   With a strip of plastic bag!!!
Now this took me several attempts before I could get the two sides to move at the same time.....but, practise makes perfect.  Well maybe not perfect yet~ but it helps a lot!

I folded some money and put it in the pocket of the right side pop-out.

On to the "Easel Card".
These start flat, then when opened can be propped up to stand like an easel.

I'm on a roll...... and the creative juices are flowing; with the help of Pinterest and YouTube....(and Michaels, JoAnn's and

~ each one of those itsy bitsy little jewels was put on one at a time.

Both of these cards were made with recycled materials.

#28   With two pockets.  Card made with a recycled gift bag.

I just completed #32 and there are two on my table ready to put together.  It sometimes takes hours  to pick out the paper combinations, embellishments and the best fold or design for a card. 
I have been card making for years....usually at I dug into my closet and brought out all the Christmas supplies.  I think I'll get a jump-start on Christmas cards.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

~2013 Art~

What an exciting year it was for me. Finding Art was the best gift I gave to myself.
I painted more this year than in any previous year and found the courage to get out of my comfort zone and try new subject matter.

My first attempt at painting an animal in watercolor.  It's a fair resemblance to my cat, Raji.

I painted 3 series this year~that's a first.  The Ishidori Series were all painted from photographs taken in the Alfred Kahn Garden in Paris.

The next four paintings were done from photographs by family and friends.


Bozeman, Montana in winter and summer.

Winter storm NEMO~ Bristol, Maine

The following paintings have "people" in them.  I never felt comfortable painting human figures.  Thanks to Art Tutor, that's changed!

I love owls. The one on the left is done with watercolor and pastel; the one on the right is watercolor and ink.

This is a sculpture at the Louvre Museum in Paris.

I took an "Imaginary Trip to New Zealand"...what beautiful islands with very diverse sites, culture and landscapes.

Mont St. Michel, France

This is a birthday card for a special friend.

Another series~ Dandelions

The last paintings of the year.  The Peru Series inspired by the photos of a special Denver friend.

I have a large file of ideas for "possible paintings" in 2014.   I'm ready to paint.