Mixed Media Artist

Archive for April, 2011

Passion Flowers And Chrysanthemums

This is a  20″x20″ mixed media painting on wood. The sides are 1.5″ deep and are painted red.

This painting is SOLD

In anticipation of  Mother’s day … a painting with passion and ‘mums’.

Not to many days left for the April give away! Go HERE  to enter!


The Feathered Hat

This is a 9″x12″ mixed media painting on wood.  The sides are 1.5″ deep and are painted red.

This painting is SOLD

Katie Burley hats available HERE.

I really hope Katie doesn’t mind me painting another painting of one of her beautiful hats.

I could NEVER  actually own a hat like this. My cat Beijing would go crazy for it. He attacks anthing with feathers, fur or wool.  No surprise, he is an indoor cat. Poor thing.  Although come to think about it, he doesn’t  just go for natural fibres.  He has a thing about the girls Ariel doll with the long red hair. He carries her around by her hair.  He IS a ginger, so I guess he is partial to red heads.

The Little Princess

This is a 5″x7″ mixed media painting on paper. The sides are 1.5″ deep and are painted red.

This painting is available HERE.

Deep in thought …

Being a princess isn’t always easy…

The Feather Robe

This is a  8″x10″ mixed media painting on wood. The sides are 1.5 ” deep and are painted red.

This painting is available HERE.

The trapeze artist waits backstage in her feather robe.

Soon, like a bird,  she will soar through the air, with the greatest of ease.

Whisper Me Sweet Somethings

This is a 8″x24″ mixed media painting on wood. the sides are 1.5″ deep and are painted red.

This painting is available HERE

When I was a little girl, I know  I have mentioned this before, I would draw for hours, making up stories about the character I was drawing. I would talk out loud to my self.  Perhaps reciting the imagined dialogue I was giving them, changing their costumes, hair  and make up.  This was my favorite thing to do.  It was so much fun, I never bored with it.

Sometimes you forget that ‘fun’ part when you grow up. Sometimes you just start going through the motions, not engaged in the moment. Why do we do that, when it is so much more fun to be engaged?  To fully immerse yourself in it.

(Ha, ha I could be talking about cooking dinner, couldn’t I?  We can just apply this to anything and everything).

This painting is a reminder that, my favorite thing to do is to paint characters. To make-believe these character and  then try my best to breathe life into them.


She had long tired of sweet nothings.

How many nothings had she heard in her life time?

She longed for somethings to be whispered to her

Slow,steady  and sure


told to her in truth

Lasting somethings


wishing nothings

The Magnolia Hat

This is a 9″x12″ mixed media painting on wood. The sides are 1.5″ deep and are painted turquoise. This painting is available HERE.

I love Magnolias. They are the most beautiful trees. Their crooked limbs and thick white flowers. Who wouldn’t want a hat made out of one of these flowers?

Spring really feels like it has arrived. The sun is out, and has been for a few days now. It makes me happy. I can noticeably feel the difference in my mood.


Love all the ideas for foodie movies keep them coming and have a chance to win this months’ giveaway!  I found this website that listed their top ten foodie movies. There was some good ones, like Eat, Drink, Man, Woman ( I have to watch that one again) that I had completely forgotten about and they mentioned ones that you guys have already suggested.

I watched the movie Bella last night.  Pretty good indie movie. Nice story, although very sad.  Parts of this movie  revolve around food, Mexican, mmmm…. yum!

Givng You Hopes And Desire For April

‘Hopes and Desires’ is this months giveaway.  It is a fine art reproduction of my original. Printed on bamboo paper with archival inks and  mounted on a 3″x4″ wood stretcher.   (VALUE $25 on ETSY)

So recently I watched the  2001 German movie  ‘Mostly Martha’. I have seen it before but not since I have had children. I had forgotten how sad it was, even though it is billed as a romantic comedy.  I found myself literally sobbing for the eight year old girl in the movie. I guess that is what becoming a mother will do to you, it is unbearable to watch children suffer. Not that it was bearable before I had children but now, I literally feel physical pain in my heart when I hear about a child suffering.

Besides that, because , that is not what I wanted to talk about, this movie was a foodie movie.  Martha is a OCC head chef in an upscale restaurant in Germany.  The way she talks about food and the process of making it is just brilliant. I love watching the FOOD channel , I collect cookbooks and EPICURIOUS is my favorite APP on my iphone, so this movie really thrilled me.

Do you have a movie that has thrilled you like this? Taken something that you have a passion for and made it part of the characters’ life or the background through out  the movie? OR has a  book made you feel this way?


If you have anymore foodie movies or books for me, please share. I am having a craving for them…


I’ll put you name down for the draw at the end of the month and you might just win



Lost In Your Dreams ( A Work In Progress)

This is a 18″x14″  mixed media painting in wood. The sides are 1.5″ deep and are painted red.

This painting is SOLD

This painting is not a work in progress. It is complete. Our subject, however,  just may be a work in progress, just as we all are. Living our lives on a day-to-day to basis. Doing the best we can.

I had a lot of things going around my head as I painted this one.  I was thinking about how when we are young, we sometimes give up our authentic selves  in order to be accepted in a group, or perhaps by a love interest. Sometimes we try so hard to become  what we feel we need to be,  we totally lose sight of who we really are. We try to blend in, to fit, to please, not realizing that, being untrue to who we really are will never lead to happiness.

As a mother of two young girls, intellectually,  I realize that helping my children to have self-confidence and self-respect is crucial.  Emotionally, however, I find it difficult when they question everything that I tell them  and make choices that I would  not make.  If I don’t let them make their own choices about these small things at this young age, how are they going to have the skills to make good descion when the stake are higher?  If I expect them to bend to my way, all of the time, why would I expect that they wouldn’t   bend to other people as well?

It is like walking a tightrope, trying to raise children that are considerate and respectful but also have their own ideas and purpose.

These are the titles that I wrote down as I painted this one:

Falling Into You

Becoming You

Becoming Me

I Become You

You Become Me

Blending In

Falling Into Me

Lost In Your Dreams

Lost In You

Don’t Forget You

And The Winner Is…

… KATIE! Congratulations to you! I love Dogwood trees too!
Happy Sunday everyone and keep your eyes peeled for the next GIVEAWAY!