Sun Series #1

Sun Series #1

Tuesday, April 26, 2016


As Yet Untitled
acrylic with collage

Finished, I think.  Took a long time.  Because of the size and because I have been in the garden and yard.
I find it difficult to get everything done in the spring...too many things dividing my attention.

There was a bit of experimenting going on here.  I added some pieces of a quilt I had made a number of years ago and then cut into squares.  They added some dimension and unexpected color.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Painting In Progress

Untitled Painting in Progress
acrylic with collage

I am finding that the larger the paintings are the longer they take.  Well, duh...I guess!
Even just applying enough color to cover the surface so I have somewhere from which I can work takes quite awhile.
So this is where I am now with this painting after 3 days of work.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

More Paint...Less Collage

"The Lesson in the Work"
acrylic painting with collage

Circles seem to be a constant in my work of late.
I did a sun series last year around this time and now am working with the circle in a larger format.
My goal is to work abstractly and from the gut, so to speak.
Emotional responses to the paint, the composition and the size of the canvas.

Paint hasn't been the main media in my work in a long time.  It is collage that has taken the front seat.
These new works are larger.  I haven't done paintings of this size since my under graduate days and while there is collage here, it is taking a back seat to the acrylic paint.

I must say that I am having fun but I have a ways to go.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Before and After

On the left is a collage in progress with the completed collage on the right.
Title of the finished piece is "A Confetti of Thought"    24x30"     mixed media collage.

I liked all of the open space on the right but once I started incorporating the 2 halves
together I knew that I had to let some of that go.
This is when the piece speaks to me and I must at least listen to what the artwork and composition is saying.

Some artworks, just fall together so easily.  Others need a lot of coaxing.
This was one of the coaxed pieces.
I can only hope it doesn't look like it was the struggle.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Ohio Collage Society Exhibit

"In Her Shoes"

I received an Artistic Merit award from the Ohio Collage Society for this work!
The show is at Art Walls, 43 Furnace Street in Akron.
A really cool space.

Thank you Ohio Collage Society!!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

A Little Self Promotion

   5 Day Encaustic Workshop for
                 the Fiber  Artist
              May 30-June 3, 2016
   2 Day Encaustic Intensive for 
                 the Fiber Artist
                  June 4-5, 2016

 In May and June, I am excited to return to the Quilt Surface Design Symposium in Columbus to teach an Encaustic with Fabric Class.

This class incorporates collage using fabric and paper with encaustic paint creating layered surfaces that have luminosity and depth.  By working on small boards the participants will be able to complete several pieces and really experiment with the encaustic medium.

The class is held at the Columbus College of Art and Design, a great facility.  The interaction between all of the various courses is stimulating.
Join us for 5 days or 2 days of creativity and art making!

For more information visit the Quilt Surface Design Symposium at
If you need more information or have questions contact Tracy Rieger at or


                   A Book in a Box
              August 20 and 21, 2016

               Morgan Conservatory 
                    of Papermaking
                    Cleveland Ohio

  Need something closer to home?
This 2 day class is taught at the Morgan Conservatory in Cleveland.  Another great facility with lots of wonderful classes and instructors.

In this class students will make a small box selected from pre-made patterns.  The box can be created from old drawings, prints or from
blank paper.  Collage, paint, colored pencil can be used to embellish the surface.

Once open, the box reveals the "book", text, or short story which can be sewn in or glued to the inside of the box.  Students supply the text or content for the book.  One has the option of making 2 or 3 different books or creating an edition or several copies of the same book.

For more information visit the Morgan's website: and click the workshop link.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Featuring John T. Adams!! A Novel Isomorph

A Novel Isomorphic by John T. Adams

                     My husband's work is being featured on the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh
                     Facebook page!    Check it out!

               You can also see more of his work on his website:

                                                     So proud of him and his work!