Mixed Media Artist

Archive for March, 2009

The Autograph

imogen-and-shawnImogen gets Shawn Horcoff’s autograph at the March 12th Oiler ‘s game.  Pretty cool hey?

IF ‘Poise’ Balanced

balancedI did ‘Balanced’ a little while ago but couldn’t help but think how perfect it was for this topic!


Ballet Class


White Crow-In Progress

photo2Loved the smaller version of this so much have started a large canvas of the same subject.

IF ‘Subtract’ – Fog

fogSubtracting him from her was painful but made her whole.

More Mural Photos…

Not quite finished.  Here are some more photos of the mural in progress.  You’ll have to wait just a little bit longer to see it all done…ha,ha,ha. (It is like a cliff hanger isn’t it!)

By the way, these photos were taken by Trish Walker.


Mirror, Mirror On The Wall

This is the mirror that I have painted for the Dentist office.  It will hang directly across from the completed poppy mural at the ‘smile station’. Say ‘CHEESE”!mirror2mirror3mirror4mirror5

Girl With White Crow (I Will Protect You)

girl-with-white-crow-i-will-protect-youThis is a 11″x14″ mixed media painting on wood from my Too Small series.


Free As A bird ( I Wish I Could Make It All Better)

free-as-a-bird2This is a 18″x24″ mixed media painting on wood from My Too Small series.

The image of a bird cage just keeps popping into my head and on to the pages of my sketchbook but, I until now, I have not included it in an actual painting.

I love the see-through quality, and delicate  wire bars of this Victorian birdcage. As a sculpture,  a birdcage is rather beautiful and decorative. (Indeed, many people collect birdcages just for that reason.) However, I can’t help looking at an empty birdcage without feeling a little sad.  Like something is missing. (Well, a bird obviously!)  Perhaps I just need to try thinking about it differently; that the bird has escaped its captures and is free.  This would make me happy if I was not so sure that a bird that was once caged would most likely not fair so well out in the wild.

I worry about being over protective with my children. How will they fair if I never let them fail? I constantly try to protect them from any hurt or nastiness that this world may bring them.  Will they be able to make it all better for themselves?  Comfort their own hurt?  How can I teach them these skills? And, indeed, is it already to late?  If I keep them caged up now, what chance do they have?  At the same time, I want their childhood to be magic, innocence and joy. Childhood should be paradise.  It should be free of worry and sadness.  It is the only time that we are truly allowed the freedom of those feeling.  When I see children that are deprived of those things my heart aches.

It is such a balance isn’t it? Just finding that perfect balance is a life’s work. A mother’s work. (And father’s too, of course).

Pillow Art by Sandy Mastroni

photo1This is the cutest pillow in the whole world!  It was created by Sandy  Mastroni and when I saw it on Etsy I just had to have it!  I think I am going to frame it in a shadow box frame and hang  it in the girl’s room …so they don’t fight over it!