Monday, August 24

Not My Monkeys~

Occasionally I am asked to create a painting for someone based on a phrase or word (non-copyrighted). This past Spring I was asked to create such a piece for "Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys". I have to say that this piece challenged me in so many ways. It stood in front of my like a giant wall and I wasn't sure how to get past it. Well the only way out is through. I was completely over thinking the whole thing, to the point of paralysis. I started small, with a notebook and some sketches. I practiced the letters for weeks. I drew and erased the figures many times, and moved them around. Just when I had finished the pencil copy of the letters I realized that they were too large and wouldn't work with the rest of the design. I had to frog the whole thing and start over. My deadline loomed large and I wasn't even close to completing it. So, I walked away from it for a few days and painted other pieces. I needed to find my creative happy place again, and it worked. I was able to come back to this piece with a sense of refreshment. Things started to fall into place, finally! This piece became a real labor of love! I'm really happy with the finished piece and more importantly my client was too! 

All in all I am grateful for creative challenges, the kind that take you so far out of your comfort zone they scare you a little. I mean what's the fun in playing it safe? :)

Not My Monkeys is an 8"x10" Mixed Media Painting on canvas.

Tuesday, August 18


Hello dear friends! My apologies for my lack of posts lately. I have been crazy busy with kids and their summer adventuring. Isn't that the way it's suppose to be though? I'm just happy that they let me tag-a-long (i.e. chauffeur them). :) I am enjoying a huge dose of artful MOJO lately. It's about time really, I had a major dry spell for awhile. What I have come to learn is that I just have to pick up my brush, even when I don't feel like I have an ounce of creativity left in me. Do you ever feel that way? The great news is that I have a bucketful of art to share with you Lovelies! Hurrah!

Allow me to introduce you to SWEETLY. Her superpower is kindness. She is waiting patiently for her next opportunity to sprinkle sweetness on the world.

I called upon all of the usual suspects to bring her to life (acrylic paint, watercolor pastels, ink, stamps, found objects, pens, various papers, a sprinkling of magic, and a pinch of sleeplessness.) and there she was. Personally I am a wee bit smitten with her. 
Stay tuned friends, I have some awesomeness to share with you very soon. Until then. :) 

SWEETLY is an 8"x10" mixed media collage painting on canvas panel. 

Wednesday, July 22

#OneBookJuly2015 Week 3

I adore the planner girls with their fancy, decorated planners. They are so inspirational! I sadly and not one of them. My planner is mostly functional with a dash of pretty thrown in to keep things interesting. I have been watching several planner girls over on youtube and two of my favorite girls (Rhomany's Realm and Carie Harling) created the One Book July challenge, last year. This year I thought I would jump in with both feet and participate. The idea behind the challenge is to simplify your planning system and see if you can make it work with less. I created a new, smaller Shidori for the challenge. 

I started with a piece of veg tanned leather cut to my desired dimensions. This is the same size as a pocket Midori. 

I rounded the edges and punched holes in the spine for the elastic. Next I oiled the leather with jojoba oil. Then I stained the leather a gorgeous timber brown. I love how there are tiny differenced in the color, like marbling. Of course I forgot to put gloves on before I started working with the stain an ended up with brown hands for a couple days. :)

The leather is wearing so beautifully. I love every little crease and mark. I finished the Shidori off with white elastic (because it's what I had on hand) and a little silver charm. You can see what it looks like on the inside in the video down below, as well as my progress in this one book for July. Thanks for stopping by. 

Thursday, July 16

PenPal Pocket Letters 2~

After months of nonstop pocket letter madness things have slowed down. In fact right now I am mostly only making them for my penpals and I like it that way. It gives me a chance to really get to know them. I really have the best penpals a girl could ask for. They truly are the sweetest. It takes happy mail to a whole new level. Here is the latest that I have received and sent in response.

It was so much fun to create this sparkly Summer themed pocket letter. P.S. She loved it!

These are the goodies that I included. You can see it all in detail as well as the brilliant British themed pocket letter she sent to me in my Youtube video. Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, June 19

Another Mixed Media Pocket Letter Part 2

There isn't much that I love creating more than Mixed Media art, combine that with my obsession for Pocket Letters and it makes my little artistic heart go pitterpat! :)

9 pockets of mixed media goodness with some goodies thrown in! I kept it pretty simple. You can see the me create the base here. I just loving digging into paint and getting messy. I hope my swap partner likes it.


Thursday, May 14


It's a bird, it's a plane, no it's Goldilocks. She doesn't fight crime but she has really great hair! What can I say? Sometimes I don't have some deep message to convey with a painting. I just really wanted to use my gold paint. Teehee.


So, here she is foot loose and fancy free, living her life in a paint splattered world. As always thank you so much for stopping by. You rock!

Goldilocks is an 8"x10" mixed media painting on canvas panel.

Tuesday, May 5

That Thing We Do~

I know you're not going to believe it but I was driving home today from a playdate and I started thinking about painting (that's not the part you aren't going to believe. hee hee), which I haven't done much of lately. I had this overwhelming feeling that I needed to paint this chicklet with honey colored beehive hair. Where did that come from? Who can say? I'm just happy that I jumped down the rabbit hole and saw it through.

It's been so long since I've painted a girl that I wasn't sure I still had it in me. I guess now I know, it's that thing we do. Instead of thinking about it I just need to pick up a paint brush and get to it. No questions asked. And that's the story of how this BRAVE girl came to be and how I busted through my block and found my mojo. Let's hope it lasts. So, what's calling you? :)

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