Sanibel travel journal

For the past few summers I have made a little travel journal to document a special trip. Last summer it was my trip to NYC with Eliza and the summer before it was a sketch every time we went to the beach (which was a lot that year!). These aren’t big journals… just 13 pages or so for some visual reflection.

I planned to do one for our family trip to Sanibel while we were there, but it just didn’t click at the time. There was a very real chance it would not click, because I was so busy with work right after our trip. Luckily, over the past few weeks I have enjoyed looking back at our photos from that vacation and got into some watercolor sketches over gesso. Once I added a little heading to each page, it became a finished “thing”!

Click on the photos to scroll through the journal. I pasted in some ticket stubs and maps on the inside front and back cover and left space for journaling on the palm tree page.

Enjoy!

Summer blog recap!

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Art-wise I am currently in the middle of a few projects, that are not ready to share. Life-wise, I am busy. Let’s be real, summer is a balancing act!

So, I thought this week I would share a few favorite blog posts to celebrate my run of posting weekly blogs since February 2018! That’s a lot of content… Let’s review…

First off, I had a great 100 Day Project this year and while I’m still working at it, I posted about it here with a link to a video about my process. I also have some of the work in my shop.

I really enjoyed making a Space Zine in December 2018 and shared a flip through that month.

#carvedecember is always a fun project that I’ve completed for the past few years. I shared some stamps in this blog from December.

My Labyrinth Journal was a very special project and I shared a flip through here.

I loved my little Season of Ubuntu journal and shared the flip through here.

Oh, also I forgot about these oil pastel sketches I did last year. Loved those! They inspired some of my current oil paintings which I posted in my painting portfolio.

Plus, I have a few free online tutorials to help you all get started with making some art of your own.

I hope you will scroll through these links and check out some of my other content on my site!

In fact, by the end of August I plan to have a new collection of work ready to share. Please subscribe to my newsletter to get an announcement when that is ready to be released!

Happy Summer!

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100 Day Project Update - New Collection Coming!

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Currently, I am on day 79 of the 100 Day Project, which formally wraps up this month. To be honest, I am behind and might not ever catch up and that is going to be ok… in fact, I’m going to turn these lemons into lemonade!

I have wanted to try releasing my work as a ‘collection’ for some time. This means, rather than one at a time trickling onto IG when they are done, when the series is complete I plan to release the final 20 prints together here on my site.

I’d like to use this opportunity to let more people know about my work and to seek collaborative partnerships with interior designers and other professionals who cross promote artwork. If you know of anyone who fits this description and you think might be interested, please forward my website link along.

As a recap, I chose a select group of 20 from the first 79 days of the project to add to my shop for the time being, take a look here! These are very affordably priced and so sweet to have as a set or a single print in a frame.

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Thank you for your support!

Making an Impression - 16th Annual Printmakers Show at Newburyport Art Association

As a member of the Printmakers Featured Artist Group at the Newburyport Art Association, I was able to participate in their annual show this week. The reception was on Saturday and another printmaking friend, Cara Gonier, made a video of the reception. I asked Cara if she would mind me sharing the video here. It is so great, and gives you a feeling like you were there. Also, you get a glimpse of each artists’ work… really such a strong show!

Show is on view through July 7, 5pm.

Please take a look at Cara’s work, both paintings and prints. Her work is so beautiful, moody, and ethereal. She has a unique sensitivity to paint, light and color!

Ok - here is the video!

July Calendar Printable ... and a picture for your desktop or home screen (scroll down)

Happy summer! Finally, here in the Northern Hemisphere, we are seeing some summer weather. In honor of the sun and beaches, I am sharing July’s Calendar printable with a painting of a seagull. To print, download to your hard drive (right click and save) and then print from the version saved on your computer. Let me know if you try the salt/watercolor trick! Very fun!

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Bonus for visiting- Here is a shot of some beautiful shells from Sanibel, Florida. Save to your desktop for a screen saver or view on your phone and make it your lock screen image!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Creative Flow

Recent print from my 100 Day project

Recent print from my 100 Day project

This week I thought I would share a recap of some recent projects with links. I love making, experimenting, and learning new things. My regular creative practice includes a lot of experimentation in a range of different media:

Printmaking studio view

Printmaking studio view

Printmaking - I have a small space in my home where I've set up my inks and papers, to do hand printing. I have taught block printing and gelli printing, and made a few short videos on my current work which is a ‘transfer’ monotype using a plastic bag. With this method, I'm completing the 100 Day project with #100daysofprintmaking and really enjoying myself. 

Some links:

·       A quick video of my current process:

·       A short video on Instagram of a recent print

·       Two gelli printing tutorials on the Get Messy free blog: 

 

Painting – I paint using oil paints and cold wax medium, which thickens up the paint and allows for layering and mark making. Some of these pieces are in the portfolio section of my website here.

 

blockprinting meets journaling

blockprinting meets journaling

Collage/Mixed Media Journaling - Collage holds a special space in my daily making. I love experimenting with combining papers, enhancing patterns, and of course using my own stamps and prints in my collages. I find this so relaxing and enjoyable. A few pages have been shared in Brush Magazine, and some are on my website here.

 

Public Art: I also completing a public art project for my church this fall which will be a labyrinth on 12’ x 12’ canvas. During the process I have made a journal about the process and a full size labyrinth out of sticks in my yard. I'm loving this and excited to see where it leads. The end date of this project is October 16 when it will be presented at a community reception.

Buddy with the Labyrinth this Spring

Buddy with the Labyrinth this Spring

Some links:

·       Labyrinth Journal flip thru: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iu1RdiWEXKk  

·       Walking the 12’x12’ Stick Labyrinth in my yard: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfQtI3_CK_M&t=46s

 

Illustration - Although I am doing less of this at the current moment, this informs my work, my comfort level with color mixing and watercolor. I have some examples of watercolor illustration on my website here.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little trip through my art making world. Feel free to email me with any questions!

Fabric Journal "Before" Video

I’m sharing a fabric journal I recently made over on my YouTube Channel this week.

I have had this stash of fabric sitting on my desk for a while now, and just didn’t want to get out the sewing machine. A few sewing projects piled up on my desk last week, so I finally got it stitched together. I see this book as just filled to the brim with stitches, ephemera, and other interesting trinkets over time. So this video is the “before” in a way. Added some talking to this one to add some detail about my process.

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Spring 2019 Journal Flip Thru

I have been working slowly through this small journal that I made back in January with my good friend Lily at our DIY retreat, which I wrote about on the blog here.

I’m just about done with this little book, so I am going to share few of my favorite spreads. There are some in here that I don’t want to share, because after all this is a visual ‘journal.’ Visual journaling is such a personal, calming, and evolving practice that I love to do at the end of a busy day. There is room in here for exploring materials, themes, thoughts and feelings and that is what makes this type of journaling practice so wonderful. Not every page is social media worthy, and maybe these aren’t either…but I love them still!

If you are intrigued and would like to learn more, I am teaching a class on visual journaling on June 15 at Newburyport Art Association 9-11am. Cost is $20 for NAA members and $25 for non members. Register at their site here. This class is perfect for any level of artist. In the class, I’ll share a few tips and tricks for getting started with visual journaling and techniques I love to use as well. Plus it is really a nice morning with a bunch of other creative folks! I hope you can join me.

Ok, on to the journal! Enjoy!

June Calendar Printable

Yay! Summer is here! And also, the calendar printable is here for June! Note, the fun art project at the bottom. Why not give it a try?

Subscribers to my email newsletter got this last week. Go here to sign up!

To print, right click and save to your computer. Then go to the file and print ‘to fit’ based on your printer settings. Enjoy and thanks!

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100 Day Project - 50 days complete!

I have been happily rolling along with the 100 Day Project this year and thought I would share a little round up of some recent posts. I picked #100daysofprintmaking as my focus, and I have for the most part explored transfer monotypes. I shared a short process video on my You Tube Channel here. Please subscribe to my channel to be notified of future videos.

I have more recently been incorporating stencils cut from Dua-Lar film that I had on hand for other projects and I am liking the silkscreen effect that is coming across. I shared a link to this product on my resources page waaay at the bottom under ‘other recommended supplies’ if you are interested.

Hey, don’t forget! Prints are for sale too! They are $40 each which includes a backing board and mat cut to 8”x10”. Easy to slip into any standard frame that size. Or I could also send to you or a friend in a simple, matte, black wood frame for another $35. An example of the framed option is below the gallery. They look so great in the mat and frame!

The full collection of prints is on my Instagram page and many (but not all) are also on my shop page. If you see one on IG that isn’t on the shop yet, email me with the print number and I will get it set up for you. I’m making them faster than I can post! Thanks and enjoy!

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Labyrinth Walk Thru Video

I shared this video at the Haverhill Cultural Council grantee reception last night. If you weren’t there, have a look. Enjoy the bird song, early Spring crunchy grass, and some crazy spring snow sounds!

Here is a link to my channel. Subscribe to get notified of upcoming video posts!

Labyrinth Project - Journal Flip Thru

I am currently completing a project to design and create a walkable labyrinth for use by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Haverhill. In my process of learning about various type of labyrinth patterns, I began by sketching out ideas into a visual journal that I originally made in a class with Orly Avineri last fall.

This journal was so fun to work on - I love the mixed media aesthetic. In the journal, I carried through patterns, stamps, and owls. I am sharing the flip thru video this week!

Here is a link to my YouTube Channel. Please like and subscribe to get updates when I post new videos!

Enjoy the video below!

There are two upcoming important dates if you want to experience this project in person:

May 15, 7-9pm - The Haverhill Cultural Council is hosting a grantee reception (10 Welcome Street, Haverhill, MA). I will be there to share this journal and more about the process so far.

October 16, 7-8:30pm - Reverend Frank Clarkson, Bets Robertson, and I will be hosting a reception at UUCH, (15 Kenoza Ave, Haverhill, MA) with the finished labyrinth, a talk about the meaning of the labyrinth, and time for a walking meditation.

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Haverhill Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

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The 100 Day Project - Printmaking... a Process Video

I’ve been having fun experimenting with my 100 Day Project this year. I focused on printmaking, and came across a few videos by artist Dan Tierels where he uses a plastic bag to make his prints. Have a look at his youtube channel for his style and technique.

I decided to give it a whirl. I want to work loose and abstract for this project and experiment with color combinations. I made a video of my process completing a recent print (which I shared over on Instagram a few weeks ago).

Here is the link to my YouTube channel and the video is below! Like and subscribe to get updates when I post new videos!

May Calendar Printable ... with a Rooster!

May is here! And with a new month I am sharing a new calendar printable!

To print, click on image and right click to “Save Image.” Save to your hard drive and go to where it saved. Open file and select print. In your printer menu, you will want to check are that it is printing “full page” and/or that it will “shrink to fit.” For me, both work. Let me know how it works for you!

Check out the little crafty tip on the calendar this month too. I’d love to see where you hang your calendar and the projects you complete so please tag me on Instagram!

Spring 2019 Classes - a few spots left!

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Blockprinting in SALEM - I am teaching my Intro to Blockprinting class at Circle of Stitches in Salem, MA May 1, 7-9pm. This is a great location with plenty of parking and would be a fun activity to break up your week. Register at Circle of Stitches site today!.

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Visual Journaling in NEWBURYPORT - We have been having some fuunnn over in Newburyport on Saturday mornings. There are two more classes left this spring - Saturday mornings 9-11am.

Two more classes to choose from:

  • May 18 - Self Portrait Vision Board

  • June 15 - Intro to Visual Journaling

NAA has set the price very low for these fun classes so there is not going to be a better time to try a class! Sign up over at the NAA Education page on their site.

I hope you can join me this Spring for some creativity!

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Thoughts on #The100DayProject and new work!

Split, from the universe series, oil and cold wax monotype 2019

Split, from the universe series, oil and cold wax monotype 2019

Have you heard of this project? It is an online (mostly Instagram I think) accountability exercise to do something for 100 Days. Can be anything, eat vegetarian, go running, learn a skill, meditate, clean out your house… or also art related projects. Last year I did illustrations, see the blog post here and here.

I considered doing those again, but my heart just wasn’t in it. I also have been trying to learn ProCreate on the iPad, and thought maybe that could be a great way to learn. In the end I picked something that “lights me up” a bit more and I have really been having fun with it. See more over on Instagram. I did post a few new prints for sale in my shop at very reasonable prices too.

Marsh Side, from the line and pattern series, monotype 2019

Marsh Side, from the line and pattern series, monotype 2019

This project can have some challenges. I was most worried about getting too busy for it, or getting burned out on my project theme. I chose #100daysofprintmaking for 2019 because I am loving working on printmaking right now and also I can do some of this work in batches, which helps for those days when I am swamped with work and life.

My first series of work is my “universe” series of monotypes using oil paint mixed with cold wax, and exploring resist and pattern. They are deceptively simple! Definitely exploring more here, especially with the subtle resist effects.

The second series which I just started sharing on Friday, are monotypes using a plastic bags to apply the color. Artist Dan Tirels shows some excellent videos on the process at his YouTube channel. Messy, loose and fun, I am exploring color and pattern in this series. Also, I’m working small here… finished prints are around 5”x7” and they really very sweet.

All prints are for sale, of course, and will be in a few upcoming exhibits this summer!

Accordion Journal Flip Thru

I made this accordion journal back in 2018 and loved the background so much, I thought I would never be able to cover it up. Basically, I took a large sheet of paper and painted, made marks, sprayed water, let it drip and dry and then did it all over again. It took on a weathered look with nuggets of good color, texture and pattern.

To make the book itself, I tore down the large sheet of paper (once painted) into three equal strips and carefully glued them together at the ends. Folded it up evenly as an accordion, and viola!

During this most recent Get Messy season (Season of Celebration) I picked up this little journal, and just didn’t put it down. Lots of mark making with Posca pens, watercolors, acrylic paint, stamping, and collage in here.

I shot a quick video and am sharing this week. Please subscribe to my YouTube channel for future videos!

April Calendar Printable

It’s Spring! We made it… April! Ahhh….

This is one of my most favorite times of the year… (ok, yes, also summer and fall :-) ).

For this month I’m adding one of my favorite owl paintings to the calendar printable. I saw an owl at Plum Island State Park a few weeks ago and have been drawing owls ever since.

To print, click on image and right click to “Save Image.” Save to your hard drive and go to where it saved. Open file and select print. In your printer menu, you will want to check are that it is printing “full page” and/or that it will “shrink to fit.” For me, both work. Let me know how it works for you!

Also, check out the little crafty tip on the calendar this month! I hope you enjoy and have a wonderful April!