Time to Savor

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“Time to Savor” is another of the pieces made completely from collaged papers… no paint.  I love doing these little coffee and tea scenes, I think because they are so ordinary.  Just a little snapshot of everyday life.

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This art is on a 8 x 10 inch stretched canvas and is currently for sale at Tessera Fine Art Gallery.

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Thank you to everyone who attended my studio open house this weekend and helped my art overflow find a good home.  It was fun getting to visit with many of you!

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I also had fun this weekend at the Art for Arthritis event where the artwork of a junior artist and artist pair were auctioned off.  It was held at the beautiful Scottish Rite Center in Wichita, and proved to be a fun evening.

Here was our art…

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And here is the fun and talented junior artist that I had the privilege of working with photographed with the winning bid.  One happy little lady!

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Hope you have a happy Monday and your week is off to a good start!

Studio Tour and Open House

I made a video!  This may seem a small step… but it is a great leap for this middle aged woman playing technology catch up!

This weekend I am holding an open house to both destash art supplies and old art as well as to give tours of my workspace.  As a mixed media artist my studio is always cluttered with all manner of creative fodder.  I did manage to weed out some of the over supply so that I can share with other ecclectic artists.

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I am also weeding out some old art, as well as offering some of my regular current line up at 25% off this weekend only!

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Gridworks and Intersections

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“Gridworks” collage on 8 x 10 inch canvas.

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“Intersections”  collage on 8 x 10 inch stretched canvas.

It was fun to work in abstract collage and I hope to do some more playing around with it. Notice the materials used… especially how much the bits of Citra Solv altered papers add.

These two collage pieces are included in a show at LemoArt Gallery in Berlin which opens tomorrow.  “Mash Up My Thoughts” features 100 collages from all over the world.  It would be so fun to go see… along with all the other sights in Berlin!  This was my first time  to deal with showing pieces internationally, and it was great to gain that experience.  Always so many new things to learn out there!

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Another exciting thing this week…. Mr. Fancy Feathers won the Grand Prize in the professional division of Citra Solv’s latest art contest!  Woot!

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Today is also the first day of my Studio Open House and Sale!  I have been pulling things out and getting all kinds of fun things ready for you… along with some snacks and a chance to take a look at my studio.  Hope you can come!

Restocked at Bluebird Books

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Hutchinson, Kansas is so fortunate to have this cute little independent bookstore that is about as chock full of charm as you could get. This last week I restocked some of my items that they carry… cards, prints, smash books, journals made from vintage books, and bookmarks.

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Bluebird Books now carries a full selection of my art print note cards!

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Choose from smash books for drawing, writing, arting fun stuff, or the vintage book journal for more blank start pages.

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Reach Deep Inside and Touch Their Humanity

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“You have to reach deep inside them and touch their instincts, their humanity, for them to appreciate the paintings.”

Richard Davies, Wichita artist

This quote if from an article last week in the Wichita Eagle about area artists.  Mr. Davies is describing that connection between the artist and the audience of the art he produces.  Art is about so much more than a skillful replication of the subject matter.  To be successful, the artist has to touch on something within the viewer, what Mr. Davies refers to as their humanity.  How would you describe what it is that “good art” manages to connect to?

Day of the Dead ATC Card Workshop

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I will be kicking off October with an Artist Trading Card workshop on October 1, from 1 to 4pm at Tessera Fine Art Gallery.  Participants will have the opportunity to create a slew of Day of the Dead themed artist trading cards.  For those who have taken other ATC card workshops from me, this one will have several new features.  There will be enclosures, fold outs, and pockets for our cards, and we will also be preparing our cards with some fun new techniques as well.

It will also be the debut of my new Day of the Dead ATC card stencil set!  Workshop participants will be the very first to try out the nine new artist trading card sized stencils. Watch for them to be showing up in my etsy shop and at Tessera Fine Art Gallery as well!

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In addition, each artist will recieve my own designed digital papers to use in collage on our cards, as well as phrases, stamps, and other embellishments.  Optional swap at the end of class.

Workshop participants may also choose to enter their favorite card in the Day of the Dead ATC card challenge at the gallery!  Cards will be displayed as a featured artist wall at the October Final Friday.  Be watching for more details!

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To sign up for the workshop, call (316) 262-2435.  Hope to see you there!

Let’s Face It

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“Let’s Face It” is a purely collage piece on a 8 x 8 cradled wood panel.  The face was made from a stash of collage papers and a couple of old postage stamps.  The hair is made from Citra Solv altered National Geographic Magazine pages.  I enjoy the challenge of limiting myself to using only paper when it is so tempting to reach for a paint brush… especially when doing small details like eyes!

This artwork is currently hanging at Tessera Fine Art Gallery in Wichita and is $40.  Call (316) 262-2435 to purchase.

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