Mixed Media Artist

ballet

The Flamenco Dancers

The-Flamenco-Dancers

8″x12″ mixed media painting on stone paper. There is a .25″ border.

This painting is available HERE


Simply Exposed

Ballerina Fixes Her Hair

This is a 8″x10″ pen and ink drawing on stone paper. There is no border on the piece.

This work is available HERE

Usually, my art is not about simplicity. It is about layers, textures. It is about building and changing the image as I go.  I never worry about my initial drawing because it can/will be changed.  I am not a minimalist.

This is also apparent when you come into my house.

I am starting to get worried that one day the door bell will ring and one of those  Hoarder TV show camera crews will be standing on my door step.

Once I heard one of those hoarder specialists say that if you even have one junk drawer then you are on your way to being a hoarder…uh, oh.

I think that it is time to purge.  We need to get rid of stuff and we need to stop bringing stuff into the house that we don’t need or is basically, um … junk.  I am tired of trying to find a place for everything (hence the junk drawers…at least I am not sweeping the stuff under the rug…well, not yet anyway). It is making me ill. This stuff is toxic (most likely in more ways than one!)

This made me think about my process and how it has changed over the years.  I have slowed down, my paintings are taking longer  to complete.  I have not considered this when I question why have not produced as much this year when I had more time with Scarlett in school all day. I think that knowing I have more time has made me take more time when I am creating.

So, I am going to start doing  small pen and ink drawings ….not every day… I don’t need more pressure or rules to put on myself.  Maybe I will do more than one a day!  Who can say.  I do know that theses drawings are very hard for me. I feel so vunerable….exposed… here I am with out any of my magic tricks, with out all my distractions (those being the use of collage and colour).

hopefully I still look good naked … yikes ….here is ‘the full monty’ … ‘the minimalist monty’?  You know what I mean.

Enjoy!


Dream Patterns

This is a 16″x20″ mixed media painting on wood. The sides are 1.5″ deep and are painted red.

This painting is available HERE.

Dream crushers.

I have blogged about them before. Those people who feel it is their duty to tell you that you really shouldn’t bother with your dream as it is so unlikely that you will ever be able achieve it.  After all, they are only doing you a favor, they are just trying to spare your feelings and wasted energy.  Why would you want to inspire someone to do better, to be greater , to be their best if it is just all going to be a waste of time in the end.

I will tell you why.

Because it is never a waste of time to be your best, to work harder or to be greater than you ever thought you could be.

It is important that we inspire and instill that in our children

And guess what?

As a teacher, that is your job.  That is  your job to every single student in your class. It is way to easy to simply inspire the obviously gifted child, the challenge is, for a teacher to realize that they need to inspire the child that may not be self motivated or show special interest, 0r to  make sure not to discourage or overlook the child that is inspired but may be a little shy,  or have gifts that are buried a little deeper or just haven’t developed yet.

Yes, it is my job as a parent to do this as well.  I know that,  but teachers must realize the power that they wield.  As a parent, it is very difficult to undo the well-intentioned advice or  the effect from complete disregard that a teacher can inflict on my child.  They are just that powerful.

Life is the process. It is not the end result. Don’t diminish one child’s possibilities  in order to bolster another’s. In the end, no one knows what the future has to hold for that child. But right now, to inspire and motivate a child to be the best, better than they can even  imagine themselves, is so truly  honorable.

I saw this recently during Imogen’s performance in The Midsummer Night’s Dream.  She struggled with a lift that she had to execute with Puck holding her high in the air above his head. Her legs  had to be held out straight with  her toes pointed. Her choreographer worked her hard. She believed in Imogen and gave her the gift of achieving something really difficult.  That Choreographer is an inspiration giver, a dream believer and a self-esteem builder.

WOW.

Now that is something to strive for as a teacher.  Be that.  BE THAT.  There could be no greater gift than that.


Ballet and Postcards…

Here are a few backstage photos from Imogen and Scarlett’s ballet performance this weekend.

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Also, I have 18 images that I have made into postcards. They are now available in my etsy store for $2 each or $10 for 10 (+shipping of course).


Ballerina Pink

12″x12″ mixed media painting on stone paper covered wood cradle. The sides are .5″ deep and painted red.

This painting is SOLD

These poppies reminded me of ballerina’s great big fluffy tutus.Spring and ballet have been on my mind lately …so this is not surprising really. The girls have their big performances this weekend. They are excited. I can’t wait to see their costumes, it is always a surprise.


The Ballerinas In Blue

This is a 9″ x12″ mixed media painting on paper covered canvas. The sides are 2″ deep and are painted turquoise.

This painting is available HERE

Ballet on the mind.

‘Twas The Night Before Christmas this weekend.

One Teddy Bear.

One Toy Soldier.

The List

New hair nets

White eyeliner

Black eyeliner

Russian red lipstick

Ballet pink tights

HAIR SPRAY!

Break a leg!


The Backstage Ballerina

9″x11″mixed media painting on paper. SOLD


Last Minute Touch

This is a 9″x11″ mixed media painting on stone paper. .25″ border.

This painting is available HERE.

Still playing with  stone paper!


Rock, Paper, Sciss… no really, ROCK PAPER

OMG!  I have just discovered this wonderful paper made out of stone. Yes, you heard me, it is made out of stone and it is the most amazing stuff! The weight of the paper is very odd. It is very heavy and feels almost like you are holding a wet piece of paper.  I must thank Kim at The Paint Spot  for getting me on to this amazing new, did I mention GREEN, product.  I think it may just have a future in my studio!

For more info on terraskin paper.

9″x11″ mixed media painting on stone paper.  .25″ border.

Available  HERE


Ballet Class

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