Saturday, November 29, 2008

Christmas Treasure Hunt!

If you are anywhere near Sherwood, Oregon you must visit next Saturday (12-4) for the Christmas Celebration!!!

There will be a treasure Hunt in Old Town Sherwood. I have posted the cards here.

This is a no miss celebration with lots going on!!

Happy Hunting!!!!

Saturday, November 22, 2008


I have added a link to the Regional Arts council. It is a great link for Artists to find opportunities and calls to artists. Take a peek and see if there are some opportunities for you or for someone you know!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Lord Byron

Byron is the only one of my cats that I have not done painting of. He has a great face that I will definitely have to get down on canvas...

Also I posted a link to Karl Yost site, he does ceramics that I swear look like fossils. Saw his work at the White Bird Gallery in Cannon Beach Oregon.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Copper and Cassandra

The artwork is a early piece I did with copper.

I have added an link to Cassandra Barneys website.

I have seen her work in Cannon Beach, Oregon several times. It is better in person of course. What you cannot always see on her website is the crackle finish on her work. It is a very fine crackle that really enhances the work. Check her out at


Sunday, November 16, 2008

Rising Water

Rising Water:
Water color and ink

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Living Water

Living Water is a watercolor and ink work that I did in a series. It is only 9x12. I say that because I was at about the same time working on a 18x24 abstract watercolor and ink work, which was taped to my kitchen table to avoid warping during the water color process. Obviously I got a little too comfortable with it being there and with the fact that I have a few cats. I absentmindedly left a half a cup of coffee on the table and went out. I should have remembered that I have a tiny tuxedo cat that loves to stick her head into anything that contains liquid! I returned from my errands to find that she had indeed stuck her head into the cup and due to the fact that the cup was a bit too small for her head (and she is stubborn) it appeared that at some point it stuck on her head and she got it off (somehow) and wound up spilling coffee all over the 3/4 done water and ink drawing. I think I could have saved it, if someone had not walked through it, and I think but cannot prove, SAT in it! Smearing ink and watercolors and coffee all together....... I learned my lesson that artwork and liquids and cats do not go together. You can combine any two of the three at any one time but all three together is a disaster just waiting to happen!

Friday, November 14, 2008


This is a small mixed media piece that I did while back. I took the drawing of the butterfly and broke it up and then transferred it to the canvas. The texture was added as I built up the surface with tissue and paint. I then went in and painted the Butterfly.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Artful Birdhouse

Today I thought I would share my Copper roofed birdhouse. I started making these because I wanted one for my backyard as we get a lot of bird visitors. I added the copper to the top of the birdhouse as an accent and to prevent water leakage into the house itself. (Oregon Rain). I made the sides easy to open so that they could be cleaned when the birds were finished raising their young. I had a bird family that moved right in this past spring and they made a fine nest inside, it was great and so fun to watch! I have sold a few of these in all different sizes and I hope that everyone put them up and provided a bird family a home.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Dancing Cats

This is my dancing Cats quilt I made a while back. All of the fabrics with the exception of the skirts is hand dyed by me. Since I don't have a lot of space and was fearful of my own clumsiness, I used a technique that involved mason jars. You mix up your dyes in small mason jars and then stuff your fabric into the jar. That way you can put a lid on them while they soak in the dye. If you really scrunch it in there as it absorbs the liquid, it is surprising how much you can fit in a small jar. I used dye ready muslin that I purchased through Dharma trading in California for the fabric. You could also just use pre-washed muslin as well. I really enjoyed making this one!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Okay Here goes my first post into my blog.... I wanted to start this, to begin posting all of my Misc artwork into a blog. I am hoping I do less talking and more posting of work.... I am determined to make my art happen (hence the title) and this is a great way to keep me focused on it.