Thursday, 17 January 2019

Reduce, reuse, recycle, repurpose...

...renew, upcycle - whatever you call it, making the old into new is a passion of mine.

'I Should Have Listened to Mom' cafe curtains

discarded wine bottles and glasses into table art, 


cigar boxes into keepsakes,

empty paint tubes, beer bottle caps, vintage hair clips and outdated costume jewellery into paintings

wine and beer bottle caps into gardens, 

torn and pages-missing soft cover books into a table sculptures,

and the list goes on and on.  My passion  obsession for making the most of things means that I look at everything with an assessing eye, knowing it could be something entirely different.  (Don't worry, John, you're safe . . . so far.)

Word has it that there is going to be a Trashion show here in town in May, where artists are encouraged to turn trash into fashion.  Anybody got any used dryer sheets they can spare? I feel some new clothes coming on.

Thursday, 10 January 2019

When I think about celebrating... first thought is always about friends and family, because they are lighthouses that I return to all the time.

Alice Saltiel (linked to her blog) Marshall has been a friend (think sister from another mother) for many years now, so today I'm celebrating her, her artwork, and her extraordinary be-ing.  When you check out her blog, you'll see that she has been dealing with cancer for the past few years; yet she remains a vibrant light in this world.  Her generosity, kindness, and zest for living are incomparable.

Alice has been a long-standing mentor in my art world - her facility with a paintbrush is pure magic.  Some of my favourite paintings (and she has done, literally, thousands of them) by her include:

'Creation' 8 x 24 © Alice Saltiel

'Stem Dance' 6 x 6" © Alice Saltiel

'Dancing Queen' 5 x 7" © Alice Saltiel

'Fireweed at Grassi' 7 x 10 © Alice Saltiel

'Crimson Blush' 6 x 6 © Alice Saltiel
'Midnight Magic' 12 x 9" © Alice Saltiel

'Icicles, Claresholm House' 12 x 16, oil  © Alice Saltiel

'Lily Bright Light' 8 x 10" © Alice Saltiel

'Portes de Roussillon' 22 x 30 © Alice Saltiel
'Alice in Wonderland' © Alice Saltiel

'Market Sunflowers' © Alice Saltiel

'Red Hot Harmony' 18 x 24" © Alice Saltiel
From abstract to wild animals to florals to mixed media whimsy and still life, her passion for painting and life shines through.  Alice's life philosophy can be summed up with this Charlie Brown cartoon:

Do pop over to Alice's blog, check it out and give her some love!  She's just the best and would love to see your comments.

Thursday, 3 January 2019

2019... definitely something to Celebrate!  And if that's not a large enough clue for my word of the year, let me show you some photos...


It's a word that has been coming up for me since mid-October making its celebratory way into my psyche, and letting me know that it's something I neglect.  So 2019, I'm celebrating you, my family, my friends, a creative life, the beauty in the world, colour, pattern, texture, line, mediums (mixed or not ☺️), opportunities, travel, and much, much more.  I'm grateful for every chance to do so.  Thank you, Universe - more please!

Thursday, 27 December 2018

We're nearing the end of the year...

...and in our family, it's the silly season.  We've played Cranium, done half a dozen puzzles over the holidays, and a little 5 x 5" thingy that looks like studio play even if it wasn't done in the studio.

Patterning in gel pens on black cardstock

I rather suspect that working on a Klimt puzzle of this Adele Bloch Bauer painting is what has me, once again, pattern crazed.

And because we've been playing so much, I don't have a video tutorial for you today, so I'll give you a video gift of silliness to end the year...this one is all about me learning a new trick.  For years I've wanted to learn how to break an egg one-handed (just because my son can do it), and here's the proof that I did it at least once.  Warning:  mild profanity.  Outtakes included at no extra charge.

That's it for 2018, my year of pronoia.  Tune in next week for details about my word for 2019.  And in the meantime, I'm wishing you the happiest possible new year.  May it bring everything your creative heart could desire!

Thursday, 20 December 2018

I'm just crushing . . .

. . . this paper thing!

I played with a few kinds of paper to get a variety of background effects.  Well, truth be told, it was just to watch the paint run - there's something about it that's really mesmerising.  From top left clockwise they are watercolour paper, copy paper, artist tissue, a coffee filter, and Hammermill 80 lb. colour copy paper.  There's quite a change from paper to paper, and I'm especially loving the warm glow in the watercolour paper.

To see how it's done, check out the video:

And since this is my last post before Christmas, I'm just going to leave this here, along with a wish that the season bring you all the light you need to find your way to loved ones near and far, that you travel safely, and bring the light home with you in your heart.

I'll see you again next week, and expect to hear all about your rejoicing!

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