Taking A Break

Taking A Break

It’s been two months, and I have not written a blog post. I didn’t mean to take a break, it just happened because of all I’ve had going on. My garden has kept me busy, and sometimes I lose track of time. I have only a few vegetables, but there is so much to do. [...]

Why I Create Small Works

Why I Create Small Works

I plan on entering the National Collage Society’s Small Format show. The pieces can only be 4-by-6 inches, postcard size. Just what I like. There’s no jury, so everyone gets in. I love these small formats and decided I’d create some and enter the show. Collage papers and supplies I had some mat board cut [...]

New Beginnings

New Beginnings

I want to thank everyone that supported my art business and visited my website in 2021. Whether you bought a greeting card, a painting, a print, or are taking classes from me, your support means so much.  I was going to write a post about the new year and resolutions and how to keep them [...]

Changes

Changes

We all do it. It is what makes us such creatures. Everyone changes their mind. We do it when we are ordering dinner. We change our minds about what we will wear on  any given day. We will sometimes even change our minds about more serious things. What about buying a house or car, or [...]

Reflecting Back To Move Forward

Reflecting Back To Move Forward

There are themes and techniques in our work that will persist and continue through out our creative lives. Finding some paintings, drawings, collages or other art forms from years back can sometimes cause head-scratching, gasps, and overall feelings of regret. But there are learning experiences that can come out after some investigating. If you have [...]

Every Summer

Every Summer

Every summer when I was in elementary school, if I didn’t have summer school, my dad would give me math lessons from the dreaded orange arithmetic book.  Back in the late 50s, summer school was for kids that didn’t have the grades to pass. I did my time in summer school and I thought that [...]

My Natural Path

My Natural Path

I’m an artist. I teach private lessons and workshops and I’ve been creating some kind of art for about 65 years. I’ve always been drawn to nature.  I spent the last year searching for a new creative direction for my art and the resounding NATURE echoed in my head. I can’t live without plants, flowers [...]

Why Do You Paint?

Why Do You Paint?

I’ve been asked, “Why do you paint?” Sometimes people ask, “why do you create?” I’ve always answered, “I can’t not create.” But, I think there’s more to it. I think I’ve been holding back from my collectors, students, and people in general.  I’ve been thinking about so many things this past year. Thinking about our [...]

Pending Euphoria

Pending Euphoria

Rhapsodic From the Greek, from euphoros-healthy. From eu+pherein, to bear-birth, deliverer,produce.euphoria...a feeling of well being or elationTo be marked by elation by high spiritsRhapsodic...extravagantly emotionalEnthusiastic...filled with or marked by enthusiasmFrom the Greek, enthousiasmos, from enthousiazein, to be inspiredEnthusiasm...1. a belief in special revelations of the Holy Spirit. 2. A strong excitement of feelingPending...while waiting There’s [...]

Changing Direction

Changing Direction

At the beginning of the year, I created a vision board. I’ve been creating one or two a year for about five years. This one was all about what inspired me. There were things I thought I’d like to make and colors I was drawn to. It didn’t stay that way for long. In March, [...]

The Gelli Printed Codex: How to Use a Gelli Plate, Create Handmade Art Books

The Gelli Printed Codex: How to Use a Gelli Plate, Create Handmade Art Books

What: The Gelli Printed Codex A 2-day workshop with Aleta Jacobson When: Saturday, April 27, 2019-Sunday, April 29, 2019, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Where: Fallbrook School of the Arts Cost: Member-Early Enrollment: $184 Member: $230 Non-Member: $305 Materials Fee: $20 Register: sandiegobookarts.com

Moving On

Moving On

Sometimes we need to listen to what some call — the inner voice. Or you might say the universe is trying to tell me something. I have not been listening for awhile. I’ve told my students to paint/create from the heart. It’s in us. Everything you need is already there. It’s in all of us. [...]

See you at CHA!

Hello CHA Hoppers, Last year was my first time at CHA. I had no idea what it even was. For those of you that don't know the Craft and Hobby Association (CHA), here's the story: This association is "celebrating  75 years of connecting the creative arts and crafts industry. CHA Mega Conference and Trade Show [...]

2014 in review…Thank you to all who visited my blog/webpage

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 470 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 8 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the [...]

Texture In Art

Texture In Art

It's Monday. I have buried myself in papers for weeks. Collage papers, notes, grocery lists, articles about art, and notes for this blog. I have been digging out for a few days now and I have found some interesting things about texture. And I have been using it in my artwork. I love texture. There [...]