Friday, April 30, 2010


This piece was inspired by my grandparents collection of kokeshi dolls (Japanese wooden dolls) that has now been handed down to my sisters and me.

I collaged the foreground with newspaper clippings from Japan and used fluid acrylics to paint the rest. I cut out the kokeshi doll from illustration and when I was done painting her, I covered her with a thick layer of tar gel to really make her stand out. Its hard to tell in the pic, but she definitely looks more dimensional.

I'm loving the whole creating process with my pieces!

Thursday, April 22, 2010


This piece was inspired by the artist/instructor Pam Carriker. I'm currently taking an online art journaling workshop with her. Rendering in acrylics is kinda new to me, so I'm really pleased with how the pear turned out.

Sunday, April 11, 2010


There a internet group called "Creative Therapy". Once a week, they put out a catalyst and encourage people to play along with the theme. I deeply believe that creating art is incredibly therapeutic. It has done wonders for me, and I feel like I'm just getting started! So, anyway, this week's catalyst is "Are you proud of who you are?" My creation is what follows. I like it so much, I might use the theme in Mother's Day cards!

Thursday, April 8, 2010


I struggled with this four panel piece! I love how the leaf turned out with the vibrant colors, just not keen on the burnt sienna border. It looks too country-ish to me even though I love the color. I'm finding I could work on a piece until the cows come home (again, country!) but I want to be content and move on. So, onward to the next art piece!