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Archive for March, 2016

Digital Playground

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I have so much fun playing with digital collage! It is like a virtual playground where I can create what I imagine. When I see other artist’s digital collages, sometimes I am inspired to try to create something in the same style just so that I can learn new techniques and push myself. It also helps me to use those new skills to then develop work in my own voice…whatever that winds up being.

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Recently I have been very inspired by the work of Maggie Taylor. I have been listening to interviews and watching as she shows Photoshop explanations of how she creates her work. I can use Photoshop, but lately I have been hooked on using my Procreate App on my iPad to create layers and other apps to add texture. I can achieve a similar look…though not as detailed as hers. She uses over 200 layers sometimes. Whew! I don’t think I have that much patience!

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The evenings seem to be the time when I am inspired to work on these compositions while I “watch” TV. It’s SO much more fun to work on art that to be entertained!

 

Published in Belle Armoire Jewelry Magazine…Again!!!

IMG_4796 I am tickled and blessed to announce that I have been published in Belle Armoire Jewelry Magazine for the second time! My article is entitled “Bohemian Dreaming” on page 56 of the March 2016 issue.

IMG_4797Many thanks to Natalie Way, the editor of Belle Armoire at Stampington for the wonderful opportunities that she has given me and for the beautiful publication in which I have had the honor of being included.

Upcoming Classes- Friends In The Making

 

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Coming up next month I will be teaching a jewelry making class along with my talented friends Jim Poag MFA and Michelle Moraczewski AIA who will be teaching watercolors in a day long workshop. Come and try your hand at new skills or add to your knowledge and enjoy the experience.

Go to my teaching website: Friends In The Making for all of the details in sign-up info.

An Opportunity Seized

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You may recall the post that I did last year with this beautiful old house that is a couple of miles from where I live. For almost 30 years I have driven past it and wanted to go in and see what it was like inside, but I didn’t want to trespass and I wasn’t sure what kind of critters may have taken up residence. Last weekend as I was driving past and noticed that there where three vehicles there so I quickly swerved to the side of the road and took the opportunity to check it out.

IMG_4535It turns out that it was the owner and a contractor discussing the possibility of restoring the house. There has been so much vandalism and weather damage that it will be a huge undertaking.

IMG_4547People have kicked in many of the doors and stolen mantles from the fireplaces. Such a shame. It is easy still to see the former charm of the house.

IMG_4548The woman was telling the story of how her aunt and uncle had lived there and her fond memories of the place.

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IMG_4550_2A flood from the creek across the road had buckled some of the floors into waves.

IMG_4552The fireplace in the kitchen was huge! She carefully climbed a couple of steps of the rotting back stairway and said that her uncle had had a workshop up there until he moved it to a shed in the back.

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IMG_4554The layers of old linoleum and wallpaper showed the changing styles of its history.

IMG_4555The back porch reminded her of when the chickens would try to roost on the rafters and her aunt would shoo them down with a broom and take them to the chicken house.

IMG_4556I will be anxiously watching to see if she decides that it is worth saving. For now I will save what is left with my photos.

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