Sun Series #1

Sun Series #1

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Encaustic Workshop at QSDS

mixed media encaustic and collage

Thanks to everyone at the Quilt Surface Design Symposium for the great week of classes!
This includes the organizers of the event, the other teachers, the students, the artists who put on a wonderful faculty exhibit, and all of the artists and participants who donated work to the auction which raises money for scholarships.

I had 2 classes of talented and industrious students.
Below is some of their work!
I learned a lot for all of you and look forward to seeing your work in the future.
And maybe you too!

 Some of these pictures were taken as the work was in progress.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Jewelry for Mother Nature

"Mother Nature's Jewelry: Beachcomber's Necklace"
mixed media encaustic on coffee filters

"Beachcomber's Necklace" (detail)

This series of sculptural jewelry has been both insightful and challenging.  After experimenting with a few different light weight and transparent papers I settled on white coffee filters.  They are surprisingly durable, yet semi transparent and malleable.
They also offered me the pleated edges that resemble the wavy edges of seashell.

Incorporated into the necklace are some very tiny shells I found on a beach along Lake Erie as well as some
I found in Jamaica.  I like that the shells came from places both near and far from my home.  The paper shell shapes were dipped in encaustic wax which enhanced the transparency of the
paper and acted as the adhesive for the small shells.  The writing on some of the shells is from Anne Morrow Lindbergh's book Gift From the Sea.  I have read this book a number of times at different junctures in my life and find her words
to be encouraging and life affirming.

Using some quotes from Lindbergh's book was not the inspiration for this piece, but once I started making the
paper shells her writings immediately came to mind.  Her words speak to solitude and strength,
to living quietly (when one can) and to recognizing one's own inner stillness.  My use of white...white paper and white fabric, references the ideas of stillness and solitude.  The wax provides strength to both the materials I am working with and the ideas behind the work.

This work became a meditation for me.
The repetition of the making of shells...
The smell of the encaustic wax which was almost like church...
The stitching and coiling...
It was the creative process at its best for me.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018


mixed media collage on paper

While the tulip leaves are finally up I can't wait for the blossoms to appear!
It has been so cold that I am grateful for temps above 32 degrees and some sunshine.
But I wasn't thinking about that when I made this piece.
It was pretty much a "fly by the seat of my pants" creation.  In hind sight I can see my desires for Spring
to arrive and to getting back into the garden was definitely in my subconscious mind.

I will continue my diligence and know I will be rewarded.

You can find this work and a few other new collages on my website.
Small collages are $15 plus shipping.  A deal!

Monday, April 9, 2018

Starting with Black

"Adjacent Angle"
mixed media collage on paper

While working on a larger more time consuming piece, I like to also make some smaller works.
This collage is what I came up with yesterday as a break from the tedious hand stitching on another piece in the
"Mother Nature's Jewelry series.
Mostly collage with a bit of colored pencil and oil crayon.
On black paper instead of white.
That turned my world upside down!!
While I often start a collage with remnants of a painting, I hardly ever start with a solid dark color.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

It All Starts With a Seed

mixed media collage

Last November when I finally had put the garden to bed and was too tired to even rake the leaves in the yard, I was so ready to not do any gardening.  I just couldn't imagine how I would muster the energy to start all of the gardening over again in April, a few short months away.

But it is now April and I am eager to get started.  I have already planted peas which got snowed on yesterday.  Also the onions are in and the garlic is up.  A week or so ago, in thinking about the garden I started these small simple collages.  I incorporated the directions from some of the seed packets along with drawings of the plants.
Fun pieces to tide me over until I can actually get out there and get my hands dirty!

Friday, March 30, 2018

Hello, Spring!

This year my Christmas cactus managed to be a complete holiday cactus.
It bloomed at Christmas, Valentine's Day and now for Easter!

Happy Spring!
Wishing you all  the joys of the Easter and Passover season and the
Spring that is sure to show up soon in Ohio!


Wednesday, March 28, 2018


"Mining the Sketchbook no. 3: Flight (detail)"
mixed media collage with found materials

Working with old sketches and drawings from my notebooks and in this case, with a previous work that fit the theme of flight, I elaborated on the concept of flight or the notion of not being able to take flight.
In the larger detail of the work you can see that the child has wings on her feet; wants to fly.
But there are other obstacles...the rock also attached to her feet, the heavy adult-size hands that don't want to let her go.

The smaller work on the left in the overall view shows running feet but also a falling bird. Perhaps a premonition of what can happen when one takes flight too early, when not completely ready.  But is that the child's premonition?  Or is it that of the parent or guardian?

Lots of questions and ideas imbedded in this work.
It is on display at Hoyt Arts Center in New Castle PA until May 24th.