Peek into my Studio – Mixed Media Paintings and Some Sorrow
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Peek into my Studio – Mixed Media Paintings and Some Sorrow

I’m having a difficult time writing this week. I’ve done some painting but have been disrupted by sad family news. My older brother is nearing the end of life, and it breaks my heart. Currently I’m making plans to try and see him before it’s too late. I knew he had been admitted to the…

In the Studio This Week – Creative Slump, Mixed Media Portrait, and Metal Leaf
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In the Studio This Week – Creative Slump, Mixed Media Portrait, and Metal Leaf

In the studio this week, I spent most of the time working on several layers to develop a mixed media portrait. This will be the first in a series in what I hope will define my artistic voice. I have been in a creative slump! I also visited the Tempe Festival of the Arts and…

In the Studio This Week – Artist’s Block, Spring Cleaning, and a Mermaid
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In the Studio This Week – Artist’s Block, Spring Cleaning, and a Mermaid

In the studio this week, I suffered from artist’s block. I’ve been feeling less than motivated for a few weeks. I took a break from painting for a few days and focused on some Spring cleaning and organization. Oh! I did manage to squeak out a mixed media painting of a mermaid keeping with the…

In the Studio This Week – A Horse, An Octopus, and A Birdhouse
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In the Studio This Week – A Horse, An Octopus, and A Birdhouse

In the studio this Week I finally felt better after the short illness and feel a little more motivated. I went on to finish the horse painting I had nearly completed before being hit with the bug. The next lesson in the Mastery Program directed the use of metal leaf as a mixed media tool,…

In the Studio This Week – Flashback to the 60s and Dustin Hoffman
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In the Studio This Week – Flashback to the 60s and Dustin Hoffman

Time in the studio this week was limited as I was away from the studio for two days and felt like I lost my motivation a bit. I am behind in the Master Program by about a week and a half, leaving me feeling a little anxious. Thanksgiving in the US is coming up as…

In the Studio This Week – A Magical Equine and Gesture Drawings and Self-Doubt
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In the Studio This Week – A Magical Equine and Gesture Drawings and Self-Doubt

In the studio this week, I focused exclusively on the Milan Art Institute lessons as I’m trying to get ahead of the syllabus schedule. That and all the little life annoyances that have recently cropped up in my life. I had some ups and downs both in my artistic growth and my personal challenges. The…

The 3 Best Apps to Boost Creativity and Healing
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The 3 Best Apps to Boost Creativity and Healing

So many resources are available today for personal growth and healing.  I am a big fan of those that can be easily accessed from your phone via an application.  I’ve tried many over the years and like to find free apps – try before you buy!  The following are my favorites and all three are…

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SoulCollage®

This week I taught a class at our Evergreen Arts monthly meeting.  The topic was collage, specifically SoulCollage® although I did introduce and share many of my collage practices.    What is SoulCollage®?  SoulCollage® is a unique blend of spiritual practice and the fun of collage. It is an intuitive collage process created by Seena Frost that is easy for anyone…