Saturday, July 23, 2016


Sleeping Journey
It is the end of week 4 of camp already. Only 4 weeks left. Then we get to go out to Arizona for 10 whole days! Of course I am already excited about that. We get to go for ten days this time since that is the amount of time between the end of camp and the beginning of school. Argh school. Let's not go there. Walgreens is already stocking up on school supplies. Nooooooooo.

I can't wait to see all my lizards and other wildlife! And the rains. The glorious rains and lightening storms. Last summer we spent a lot of time watching the storms. They are amazing in every sense of the word. And Mount Lemmon. I can't wait to go up there and ride the ski lift to the top. One of my favorite summer activities.

I have been very faithful about making a collage every, single day. This one is a little bit larger than my usual small works. It is 11" x 11". I am trying to go a little bigger but there is something nice about the small ones too.

Well, enjoy your week!

Friday, July 15, 2016


I have been making quite a few of these rather smallish collages. They are fun and instructive and since they are so small, I don't waste a lot of time if they don't come out well.

They are a good distraction from all the horror in the world and the horror that will come next week in Cleveland.

It has been very hot here and I am mostly inside in the AC. A rarity for me but when it is hot like this the city air is quite putrid.

Here are a few more:

Saturday, July 9, 2016


Zen Collage
We had a lovely weekend in Maine over the fourth of July. It was really windy on the lake but we did eat lots of our favorite foods including lobster, lobster and lobster......

I came home inspired as I usually do when I go away. I have been painting a lot using a printing brayer. I love how you never know what you are going to get but you can pretty much guarantee an interesting mark making session. I think the pieces on either side of this collage look like mountains. I could not paint that if I tried but the brayer gives it to you and then some!

I have also been binge watching Jane Davies videos! I swear that woman is the most generous artist with her art tutorials. I always learn something new no matter how many times I watch them. I found one I hadn't seen before on making a batch of celadon. These two below are samples of my celadon experiments:

Tuesday, June 28, 2016


It is hard to believe that June is nearly over already! We have been invited to Maine for the weekend of the 4th of July so that should be a nice little get away.

I have been trying to make a new collage every day. They are smallish so it is doable. It keeps me in the creative mindset anyway.

My grandson is busy working at camp now. He likes being a counselor and I am happy about that. I just read somewhere that teens these days aren't working at summer jobs as much as in the past. I think it is a great thing for helping them gain maturity. I can't imagine letting him sit around all summer playing video games. That would not be good.

I hope everyone has a lovely July 4th! See you next week!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016


I have been enjoying collage making lately. It is a great way to practice composition as you can "rehearse" the placement of images as opposed to painting where if it is in the wrong place all you can do is paint over it and over it and wait for the paint to dry etc.

I love moving things around and seeing where the perfect placement is. When they land there, you know it and there is no where else it should go. The sweet spot so-to-speak.

This week will be a bear for driving as my grandson will be going to his camp for orientation as a counselor. Camp is over an hour away and in rush hour, well........He has been going to the camp for many years but this will be his first year not as a camper. I wonder how that will be for him. I know he had wanted the older kids but he is in charge of the first graders. So hopefully it will all work out. And hopefully no head lice as the younger kids usually always get those going around.

Anyway, once camp starts for real next week things should settle down and I won't have to drive since he will take the bus.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016


Seth Apter has a new DVD out that turned out to be quite a game changer for me. It is called "Top Ten Collage Principles". As it turns out it could be called Top 10 composition principles since these ideas can all be applied to painting as well.

The DVD is downloadable, which I what I did since I am so impatient to wait for the delivery of things. Anyway, they are the same and once I add it to my itunes playlist I can watch anytime I want to. I watched it through once and then I watched it again while working. There are 10 different small collages that you create. Each one represents one of the "Principles". They are not meant to be finished works of art, just samples in the event you become stuck and are finding it difficult to move forward with a piece. These are just a few of the samples I created from the class. They are each labeled on the back as to which principle they represent.

For $20 you cannot beat the price and Seth is a great teacher. For someone like me who cannot get to classes and workshops all over the world, this DVD was a really great find!

Thanks Seth!

Monday, June 13, 2016


Here is another quick little collage done using only black and white, titan buff and pyrrole red. I am enjoying cutting up these starts from Nancy Hillis's class and using them for collage rather than covering them up with paint.