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.

Thursday, June 9, 2016


Cloud and Rocks
Sometimes it takes adding a new color to your palette to change things up a bit. I recently discovered Pyrrole Red. It is very similar to Cadmium Red but more transparent and without the toxicity. I have always loved Cadmium Red in spite of the care needed when using it so this is a great discovery for me. I can coax some lovely hues out of it with only the addition of Titan Buff and Bone Black.

I can see that I will be using this color for some time while I experiment with it in a variety of ways.

Friday, June 3, 2016


The class I am taking with Nancy Hillis ended this week. I wasn't really able to give it my all since we had so much going on family-wise. My dad ended up in rehab for two weeks with a compression fracture in his spine. Not fun for him or anyone else. Today we brought him back home to his wife of 67 years (I know right?). So they are happily together again and hopefully I can get some art made now. Although next week my husband has a couple of procedures happening and I am the designated driver. Oh fun....

Then come finals and school will be out. My fingers are crossed that my grandson won't have to go to summer school and can do the camp counselor job. We won't know until the bitter end though.

Until next time.....