Monday, October 6, 2014

Ciao to Venice - for Now

Well - Murphy's Law, the best laid plans, etc., etc.  The last couple of weeks I've not been feeling great which culminated in a trip to the emergency room on Friday.  Had to have the billiary drain put back in, so instead of flying off to Venice in two days, will spend a few weeks recovering and getting my strength back.  If I could  just have cancer without all the side dishes, it would be so much easier!
We plan to reschedule, hopefully soon after the new year. I am so blessed to be married to the most wonderful woman in the world.  Margot is getting us through this latest setback with grace and aplomb and so much love.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Art Show Wrap-Up

Great show! Happy Art Girlz!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Art Girlz in Autumn 2014!

Today's the day!  Hope to see you at our 3rd annual
 Art Girlz in Autumn Studio Show.
10-5 at Altered by the Sea Studio, 
348 La Lolla, Morro Bay.

Friday, September 26, 2014

@ the Show!

If you've been following the blog this summer
you've seen what I've been getting ready for the 
Art Gilrlz in Autumn Studio Show.

Here are a few tantalizing glimpses of what 
Destiny and Margot have been up to.

The exquisite little handbags are Margot's creations.

 And the colourful pen and ink pieces are Destiny's. 

 These and a lot more available this Sunday

here at Altered by the Sea Studio in Morro Bay 10-5. 
Drop by and take a look!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Three of the Nicest Things about being Retired


Ginger Scones

Books, and the time to enjoy all of the above!

Monday, September 22, 2014

A Murder of Crows

Crow up a Tree  11x14"

Have finished the last pieces for this weekend's show.

Crow by the Numbers 11x14"

Using the same techniques, but done on 11x14" canvas panels.

Steampunk Crow 11x14" 

It was fun trying out different stencil patterns for each one.
Stencils are from Tim Holtz and Artist Cellar.

Cathedral Crow 11x14

Now that the creating is done, it's down to the nitty-gritty of printing labels, cleaning the house 
and displaying all the art.  Art Girlz in Autumn this Sunday, September 28 10-5 
at Altered by the Sea Studio in Morro Bay. Hope to see you here!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Crows on a Web

Crows on a Web  10x20"

Another crow piece, this one for the upcoming
Art Girlz in Autumn Studio Show.

Prepped canvas with gesso and old dress pattern tissue,
then painted with Golden Fluid Acrylics in
Red Oxide, Titanium Buff, Quinacridone/Nickel Azo Gold,
and Quinacridone Crimson.

Stenciled the background using the
  Mary Beth Shaw's Web design.
Then added the crows, which are stenciled with
Tim Holtz's Shattered layering stencil.
The crows' eyes are hitch fasteners from Holtz's Idealogy line.
The final touch - leaf shaped brads in
 a variety of autumnal colours.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Studio Table

When Seth asked us to post a shot of our studio tables, I thought "uh-oh it won't look messy enough!" I'm one of those odd creatures - a left brained artist.  I adore organization ( have my entire stash detailed on a computer "Master List" telling what cigar box, library cabinet drawer, locker basket, etc each type resides in).  Mixed media requires so many supplies and bits of ephemera that I'm really happy I have the ability to do this.  Anyway, I do tend to clean up my studio table after each project and sometimes, gasp!, even in the midst of a project.  So this maybe as messy as it ever gets - a piece I'm putting the finishing touches on and the supplies I used to get to that point.  Off to the right a small stack I'm amassing to take on my trip to Venice next month.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Our Venice Apartment!

This is where we'll be living for 10 days in Venice next month.  The cream coloured building to the left of the bridge, on the third floor - the one with the arched windows and a lovely view of the canal and the bridge.   Renewed passports have arrived, ditto electric converters and the shoe repair guy gave my classy walking boots (that I used in Venice 9 years ago) an overhaul and they look brand new.  Three weeks to go!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Underground London

 Underground London  20x18"

Here's the finished piece. The substrata, I picked it up at the local swap meet, is a shadowbox/faux type drawer kind of thing.  I painted the various openings in red oxide, titanium buff, and carbon black. Several of the openings have bits of The London Illustrated Times from 1860 (an eBay find several years ago) in them.

Then I used heavy gel medium to affix all 
the various pieces of 3D ephemera.  

How fun it was to go through cigar boxes, tea tins and 
vintage suitcases re-finding all these 
treasures that I've amassed over the years!

The final touch was to drip cream and red 
oxide encaustic wax over the piece.

It gives it a rather ghostly appearance, 
as on the number tag above, 
which seems to add to the illusion of history.

Underground London will be featured at the 
Art Girlz in Autumn Studio Show, 
on Sunday September 28 10-5,
here at Altered by the Sea Studio in Morro Bay.