Monday, March 20, 2017

Lace Hummingbirds and Some Great Advice from Deep Sea Creatures

I had the idea to make Lace Hummingbirds. Originally I thought I would use lace patterned doilies but found that to be too messy when trying to keep them within the tiny body size of a hummingbird. I had lace stencils though, so I used them and the photos below are of what turned out. The neat thing about painting animals and other creatures with eyes is that when the eyes are painted that is the moment that the animal seems to come to life. I am working on making little frames for each of these pieces and I'm touching up the hummingbirds themselves. I found an old children's book about hummingbirds and decided it would be perfect for collage work on the frames. It always feels hard to cut into an old book but I think they were meant to be enjoyed and that doesn't always mean sitting on a shelf. I am so excited that I was accepted into the Doylestown Hospital Artwalk.  It is a beautiful hallway art gallery.  When I first walked through it I felt like I was in a solarium filled with art and  I just had to communicate with the directors.  I submitted my 6 series piece about one woman's life and story (posted on a previous blog entry) but they only wanted 4 pieces and couldn't use the piece with the topless women! They liked the hummingbirds and, whenever someone likes my art, I am so grateful so I quickly said yes to submitting the birds.
  Today I listened to The Jealous Curator's interview with Jenny Brown.  It is so validating to hear Jenny and the show's host, Danielle Krysa, talk about sticking with the art you think is beautiful.  That doesn't mean not taking feedback and it is always good to continue to improve upon your style, though.   Jenny uses vintage papers and other ephemeral items to collage with her sea creatures (who are also very ephemeral).  People in the art world told her to change her style or used the word "crafty" which isn't necessarily a positive description in the art world, I suppose.  She realized that what one enjoys drawing and creating is what one is meant to do and over time the right stage for that artwork will appear. It has worked out for her and  I promise I'm not stalking Jenny!  There is just something about her art that makes me so happy. It is so other-worldly beautiful!

Monday, March 13, 2017

My art made it into a magazine!

I've submitted art to many "calls to artists".  I have only officially started identifying myself as an artist (in my own head at least).  I am sure I haven't worked at getting my art out there for half as long or half as hard as so many other artists.  I do know that everyone has to start sometime and it is challenging to find different publications looking for art submissions and to create different artwork based on whether the calls are for specific themes. Some publications let you know when your submissions have been chosen and some don't. I was so surprised when I got the most recent issue of Just Mixed Media magazine in the mail and saw "Burlington Rooftops" in the table of contents! Two photos of my artwork made it into the magazine. It's exciting to see your own art in print and to know that someone (other than yourself) likes your artwork. I love reading other artists' stories and feel proud of other artists when they get continued success in their art career and dreams. All art makes the world better. Everyone has different tastes and varied styles speak to different people. I know I'm not writing anything that hasn't been written before. It can't be said enough though. Art makes the world more beautiful. Art makes people feel special.  Art gives people confidence and a sense of purpose. I'm thankful to be able to create art and to find healing in it. Art adds sparkle to this world and artists scatter it. Every day needs glitter in it.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Jenny Brown's art

I found the artwork of Jenny Brown and I just love it all. She paints pictures of flora, fauna and undersea creatures. I decided to order one of her prints and it was hard to choose which one!  Her work can be found at or on her website:

Above is the print I chose and it looks so lovely hanging up. This picture does not do it justice.  I would love to see a whole show of these colorful beauties. I can only imagine what it must be like deep under the sea if these are the creatures who live there. Thank you, Jenny, for adding such loveliness to the world. 


The above 6 pictures are a series.  They depict a woman over her lifetime.  She starts out as a little girl with only a few pages from her "story" and on each piece her book pages get thicker.  The last picture is at the end of the woman's life.  Her book has fallen and some of the pages have scattered and blown up toward the girl on the upper right side. The woman still has a few pages she is still holding onto though. The verse that is written across the 6 pieces reads "All this time/while I thought/I was writing/my story/I was also adding/pages to hers." These are some of my most favorite artwork that I've done. 

Fairy girls

This is artwork I made for my lovely coworker, Cathy.  She asked for something about fairies for her granddaughters and this is what came about after I sat at my art desk and started to create. I didn't make it all in one sitting or one day.  I find that it's helpful to step away even if it means I have to tear myself away from working on something.  When I look upon what I've made so far, I see things I didn't notice before or come up with an idea that I think is better than what I originally planned. This was fun to make-anything with fairies involved is!