Wednesday, December 30, 2009

White In Flight

This is my entry for Theme Thursday (Flying). This is a journal page I made from a photo of a red tail hawk in flight laid over aerial maps and the use of some nature stamps. I inverted the photo for an ethereal look and artistic filters were added in Photoshop.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Something Old /Something New

The theme at The Three Muses this week had me thinking about how I enjoy finding something old and making it new- giving the old item a new purpose or a new look. I found some very old brick pieces in my yard and decided to hand paint, rubber stamp and decoupage with (my decorative napkins again) and see what would happen. I saw a project like this in a Somerset Studio magazine some time ago and decided it was time to try it out. I love recycled art and was happy with these pieces. The same technique can be used with any masonry or decorative rock and used as an indoor or garden decoration. Totally fun! With the old year giving way to the new I plan to look for more things to alter and make new again, rather than just tossing away (New Year's resolution #1).

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Thoughts of Home

This is my entry for The Three Muses challenge this week where the theme is "Home Sweet Home". This is another fabric journal entry done both by hand and digitally. I stamped on fabric (Catherine Moore- Character Constructions) the doll with house-shaped hat , scanned it and colored her digitally. Background vintage Victorian house from (Dover). Added text and printed out again onto a finished fabric journal page to add to my book.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Peace On Earth

This is my entry for the Sunday Postcard Art challenge this week which celebrates the upcoming Christmas holiday. My digital postcard expresses my heartfelt feelings at this time of year- I wish peace to all and hope that the New Year will see progress towards a more understanding, tolerant and peaceful world. With our wondrous ways to communicate (blogging of course!) my world has grown so much bigger and more beautiful this year by the many new friends I have met through blogging from around the world. We really are all so much alike - and that is what I want to keep in my heart. Happy Holidays to all - no matter how you celebrate! My digital postcard is made from artist papers by Marah Johnson, US Postal stamp, digital text and gradient artistic filters.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Postcard From Tulum

This is my entry for The Three Muses challenge this week which is "Mail Art", one of my favorite subjects which began years ago with Nick Bantocks' work ( "Griffin and Sabine").

Well, having just returned from my first cruise to the Carribbean I wanted to share this photo I took while on a shore excursion to the Mayan ruins at Tulum just off the Island of Cozumel, Mexico. A fascinating tour and for me the highlight of the trip was to view these ancient structures up close and experience their scale and symbolism. This is one of the ancient temples which I incorporated with a background of decorative artist paper (Rusty Pickle), faux postage from (Provo Craft) and the little clay figure I made a while ago which is a Mayan bird holding the sun -made from Fimo clay, beads and a gold jewelry disc. Artistic filters added in Photoshop.
It's great to be back home, I missed my blog and am a bit out of sorts right now but hopefully I can catch up with all of the beautiful artworks I have missed and get ready for the Holidays!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Let It Snow

This is my 4x6 entry for the Sunday Postcard Art challenge with the theme"Let it Snow". I overlayed an image (Dover) of Dulac's Snow Queen and cropped images of the deer and digital snowflakes from artist papers (K& Company). I then mixed 4 layers of artistic gradient filters for a quiet , cold effect of a wintry snowfall.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Peace and Joy

This is my entry for Theme Thursday. A digital Christmas card with image from Dover and decorative artist papers from Creative Imaginations. Multi layers and artistic filters added.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Time Keeper

This is my digital "Time" entry for The Three Muses challenge this week.
Time is a vast and many -sided theme ; almost too big to portray easily in an art entry. I have a real love/hate relationship with time. I need it to bring order and accomplishment to my life yet it can be so restrictive and stressful . It is always present , marching on , sometimes running behind and for sure running out! Learning to manage it, save it and keep it- is something I think we all try to balance while trying to proverbally live in the moment. My collage trys to represent time through age with wisdom , control and synchronisity.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Antique Playing Card

This is my entry for the Mixed Media Monday challenge "Playing Cards". I am slowly trying to create a fabric journal and this is a page that will be added to it someday. I took an image of an antique playing card and printed it onto opaque"printer" fabric. "Jacquard" makes a whole array of (paper- backed) fabric for your printer! I then layered it onto the background fabric (with spray adhesive) allowing the print and color to show through. Finally I added cut metallic pieces as decorative trim.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Read Between the Lines

This is my entry for the Theme Thursday Challenge where the prompt is to make a 3x5 colorful(skinny). I decided to make a small journal like page made from bits and scraps of paper, text and old scripture elements. Woman image is from Dover. Digital artistic filters are added.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Landlady

This is my entry for The Three Muses challenge this week where the theme is 'key'. As a landlady ( I manage 22 rental units) I tend to view the business from my perspective; which at times can be harrowing, exhausting and supremely frustrating! That having been said, I decided to do a digital piece as seen from the tenant's viewpoint with a little humor thrown in. Looking out through the keyhole a stern and somewhat annoyed landlady stands ; do we let her in or pretend to not be home......
Background image from Character Constructions, woman image from Dover and key and lock from Lost Coast Designs, all cropped, layered and artistic filters added. I added the keys around her waist from a personal photo.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Chamber Music

This is my 'Music' entry for the Sunday Postcard Art challenge this week. This is a digital 4x6 postcard made from a travel photo (wikimedia), sheet music clipping cropped and scanned and the cello image is from a paper napkin hand cut , cropped and digital artistic filters added.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

These Dreams

The theme at The Three Muses this week is 'Dreams' and this is my digital dreamscape. Dreams for me are very symbolic and in this piece I represented some recurring symbols in my own dreams (flight, fear- monster, portals and the appearance of non-sensical objects. I do dream in color but it is often muted or hazy with undefined edges. Dreaming is creative and uninhibited (a little like digital art) in the sense that you manipulate images to unrealistic proportions and meaning. Very cool but challenging theme this week!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Paperdoll Dreams

This is my entry for the Mixed Media Monday Challenge "Fashion". These are journal pages composed of fashion magazine articles, rubber stamping (Character Constructions) and some digital highlights added. Hand and digitally painted.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Rose Garden Fresco

This is my entry for the Sunday Postcard Art challenge this week where the theme is "crackle".
This is a digital collage and I began the layering with an old crackle artist paper as the background and cropped and overlayed rose images and the image of the woman's face (Dover) on top. I added a postal stamp and text and reduced opacity enough to let the crackle through for the effect of an aging garden wall fresco. The crackle effect is very definative when the picture is enlarged.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Altered Bottles

This is my entry for the SaWo challenge this week. This is a nail polish bottle that was cleaned out and covered with turquoise colored Fimo clay . I gave the clay a hammered copper look by using the end of a nail punch. I baked the clay bottle in the oven (about 30 min.) and when completely cooled I painted with a copper metalic paint and added bead embellishments. The top is left open and can hold a tiny spray of dried flowers.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Sharing Dreams

This is my entry for the Three Muses challenge this week where the theme is couples or a pair (of friends) in this case. When I saw this image I was immediately taken back (more years than I want to count) to my Ballet days and remembered the special 'bond' that happens when young people are engaged in the same dreams and studies- both hoping for recognition. The similarities rather than the differences are the basis to the friendships and serve to support and help each other grow. This is a digital collage made with artist papers (Character Constructions), Dover images, digital tassels and multilayers of artistic filters.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

"Odalisque" Lord Frederick Leighton- Gothic Arch

This is my entry for the Gothic Arches challenge this week using an image from Lord Frederick Leighton -his "Odalisque" done in 1862. This is a handmade arch, embellished with feathers, beads and a few digital butterflies added!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

All Hallows Eve

There is a secret hour of the night
when the goddess rises in the moon,
the great queen of all humanity,
full of power and majesty.
She shines on us, and all of us
are enlivened by her. All of us:
animals, both wild and tame,
and plants and trees, and even
rocks and clouds and oceans,
for everything has its rhythm,
everything has its ebbs and flows.
Whether in the air, on earth, or
beneath the sea, everything is hers.
- Apuleius
This is a digital collage I made to honor Samhain (Halloween) - the night when the veil between the worlds is at it's thinnest and the gateway when the old year ( now fully harvested ) and the new, must begin. There is an eclipse as the goddess receives the moon's light and the candles are lit for those who have passed on. This is my entry for the Darkness Inspiration Challenge.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Barnyard Blues

This is my entry for The Three Muses challenge this week (Chickens). My Rooster is a Coucou bleu (Holland Breed) . I blended the image over the background (artist paper-Creative imaginations- Christine Adolph), and used multi layers of coloring but tried to keep the feathering intact. I then added a 'Difference' gradient filter for a 'batik' look. There are an amazing number of beautiful breeds of chickens - I always enjoy going to the county fair here in the summer and being blown away by some incredible 'fancy 'breeds that you don't see on the common farm.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Vintage Hallowe'en Postcard

This week I wanted to try and re-create a vintage type Halloween postcard for the SPA challenge. This is a digital collage made from artist papers (Christine Adolph) for the background, (Dover )copy-free clip art and 4 layers of color filters and textures in Photoshop. I digitally added the 'old' spelling of Hallowe'en . I love the revival these past few years of the old vintage Halloween art that is showing up in art and decorative items in the market. The newer things for sale can't compare. Happy Halloween to you all!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


This is my first entry for Theme Thursday "Faces" challenge. I had just finished this piece yesterday as I was working on creating a Vampire piece. Old Goth meets high fashion digital collage! Mixed in Photoshop artistic filters/shadows added. This Vampire also works for the TGIF theme this week!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Long Ago and Far Away...

I couldn't help thinking and seeing those giant words "in a galaxy far, far away" (Star Wars) when I saw the prompt for The Three Muses challenge this week. You can't
really go further back or farther away than space! I layered a spiral galaxy onto a black canvas and used gradient coloring for depth. I know that time doesn't exist in space but I added the image of the old clock to represent looking back in time (as everything we see in space is from the past) through its portal, and the human face represents consciousness but not yet fully formed.

Sunday, October 18, 2009


This is my entry for dans ma maison il y a un papillon. This is a hand painted journal page with a house made from assorted artist papers, rubber stamping , bamboo and mixed ephemera. The butterflys are from Dover, were cropped and placed as if exiting from the opening to freedom.

Saturday, October 17, 2009


This is my entry for the Gothic Arches challenge this week "Ris-que". The image is from Luna Girl and the background is a photo of a vintage Moorish building. I added feathers and beads to the arch. Background is from mixed artist papers layered and hued in Photoshop. I added a spotlight for an old photo quality.

Spirit House

This is my 4x6 digital postcard for this week's theme at SPA "Gothic Grunge". Grungey indeed with lots of shadows and spooky spirit faces peering through the windows! Dover images, artist papers, Artchix vellum all mixed in photoshop with artistic filters, (fresco, grain and gradients).

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


As I write this post, the first storm has hit us here on the coast of California bringing lots of (needed) rain but wow this is more like the middle of January! It is however cozy and conducive to making some art. This is my entry for this week's challenge at The Three Muses - ( Hair). I made a digital collage using a face image from (Dover), assorted snips of artist paper and my maiden's hair is made from some antique fern images that I cropped, colored and arranged . Organic hairstyling! I added gradient filters for a "mossy" feel to the piece.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Blackbird's Halloween Ball

This is my digital 4x6 postcard for the Sunday Postcard Art theme (Blackbird). Artist paper was used for the background with 3 different layer filters added. The blackbird and mask are rubber stamped images (Character Constructions) on white paper (background erased out). I added swirls , pumpkins and made bats digitally for fun!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Time Traveler ATC 9' ner

This is my entry for the SaWo challenge ATC 9'ners. I used travel and time for my theme dividing it into 9 interconnected ATC's . Fantastic new challenge for me- I hope to work on some more!

Gothic Theater

I was very excited to be asked to host Rosie and Linda's Big Art Adventure challenge this month where the theme is ( Make A Theater)! My inspiration for this piece came from both a love of paper dolls and all things Gothic. So I began by searching for wonderful artist papers and images that lent well to my theme. I used the box dimensions to trace and cut out the "wallpaper" so to speak. I took the cut pieces and spray glued them to the box dimensions - I like using the spray adhesive (like a photomount product) that goes on clean and stays tacky for a while. Once the paper is down; use a rolling brayer to remove any air bubbles. After all of the box surfaces were covered, I glued the removable doors to the side of the square box to create "wings" to the stage.To create the roof trim details I cut out Gothic designs and affixed them to heavy water color paper for sturdiness and glued along the perimeter of the box and wings. I supported these roof designs temporarily until they were dry. I then had fun adding trim (footlights), stickers and cut out my paper dolls (actors) and made a paper stand (attached to their backs) to make them stand up.
I totally had a blast making this theater and it was not too difficult as I had a stong idea of what I wanted to see. I went with a theme that appealed to me and used elements and techniques that I was familiar with.
Materials used:
1 6x6 unfinished wood craft box (with sliding removable doors-lid). Mine was from Ben Franklin Crafts.
Assorted artist papers. Copy -free imagery scanned or copied to size.
"Aleene's" spray tacky glue. "Jewel-it" clear fast-drying glue.
Ruler, scissors, rolling brayer.
Colored pens and pencils. Decorative trim, stickers.
Water color paper (40lbs.)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Sacred Geometry

This is my entry for The Three Muses Challenge (Numerology). It depicts how numbers bring order and form to design and function in our lives. Numbers afford us balance and accountability in all that we do; paving the way for creativity to flourish.
The background is made from ruler paper, over- layed with architectural renderings (artist papers). The scholar's face and compass are dover clip-art. I experimented with different artistic filters and then inverted the layers and added a gradient hue which gave the piece a "blueprint" look.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Mind Mapping

I'm still in a bit of a Zetti mode and decided to do a digital collage for the MMM theme "Maps". I used some antique maps for the background along with a vintage botanical palm tree image and Dover image for the face. Dreaming of travel and maps (someplace tropical in mind) !

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Anatomy Journal

This is my digital 4x6 postcard for SPA ( Skulls and Skellies). I made it to resemble an old , stained Anatomy class type journal page. The background is made from scanned artist papers and an overlayed antique skeleton image. I then scanned in my magnifying glass and played around with the image until it became "see-through" as if to magnify the bone section.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Zetti Princess

This is my entry for The Three Muses challenge this week ( Zlightly Zetti). This was a fun and experimental challenge for me (new to Zetti-style). The interesting part of the challenge for me was to create something in a very well known and recognizable style but still make it my own and represent what I like to do! The background to this piece is a journal page made from decorative paper napkins and clipart. The face and Kimono images are from Dover. The symbols, hat, coins and Zetti swirls were added digitally.

Sunday, September 27, 2009


This is my Gothic Arches entry for the theme "Autumn". I love Autumn, and where I live in the wine country in California- nothing says it more beautifully than the grapevines in their full glory. The colors are fantastic just as the "crush" begins to happen in late September . I made this Gothic Arch with some of the colors and elements that symbolize this time. I wanted it to have the look of a wine bottle label which I love to collect!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Dance Fest '09

This is my postcard entry for SPA (Stripey Legs). I decided to make a poster-type postcard this week using a great rubber stamp (Teesha Moore) , scanned and altered ribbon elements and the background is sheet music that I altered digitally. Digital text added.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Grunge With Alcohol Inks

This is my entry for the SaWo theme. Artist papers were used for the background of this journal page and the woman and cross are Fimo clay pieces that I made that are finshed with alcohol inks and metallic pigments.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Window To the Soul

When I first saw the prompt for this week's theme at The Three Muses (Windows) my mind went to that old proverb "The Eyes are the Window to the Soul". I googled the quote and had a hard time finding the author (the information runs from an old biblical reference to William Shakespeare) so I'm not sure- but I like it! This is a digital collage made from a (Dover ) image , a personal photo of a window in my home with the sun coming in (erased out background) and a photo I took of an ornamental piece at Grace Cathedral (sky element). I added digital text and gradient filters.
I have always been drawn to a person's eyes as an immediate (and I have been wrong) sense of their essence or nature. A downcast eye (shyness) or a bold square look into your eye (truthful, honesty) rings true most of the time. I think a lot of emotion and inner signals make themselves apparent through our eyes- a sort of window to our inner being.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Postage Nichos

This is my entry for the MMM challenge (Metals). These are metal Nichos or shrines that I altered with paint, postage stamps and added bead embellishments and metal patinas.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

The Fortune Teller

This is my entry for the Sunday Postcard Art challenge "Gypsies". It is a digital 4x6 card made from assorted copy-free clip art and artist papers. I also included a couple of (fortune card)tags that I made. Digital layering and filters added.
I have always been fascinated by the Gypsy lifestyle ( although I'm sure that the fascination is fueled by a very romantisized - Hollywood or book version rather than one based in reality). The fortune teller or seer was always portrayed as a wise and mysterious woman who read cards or gazed into a crystal to tell you your fortune (for a price , of course)! Having learned the Tarot myself I now realize that the best reading is one you do yourself- an intuitive, insightful exercise - that certainly can be aided by someone knowledgeable in the card meanings - but one who lets (you) give the cards their meaning and power.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Magician

This is my entry for TGIF this week- the theme is Magic. This is one of my digital Tarot Cards - The Magician (1). This is composed of art papers for the background and a tag that I made using(rubber stamping and hand painting) and then over layed. Assorted copy-free clip art and digital text was added. The Magician , follows the Fool in the major arcana and represents magic along our path. Any good magician knows that magic is fueled by intent and right desire along with the use of corresponding elements that align with the wanted outcome. We are all magicians when we set forth on our journey to achieve and by pulling all of our sources and knowledge and intent together for an expected outcome- magic happens and we get our desired results.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Sitting Pretty

I admit it. I own far too many pairs of jeans! Dress jeans, torn jeans, skinny jeans, fat jeans; yes I have them all. One of the things that I realized that attracted me to some of my jeans are their back pockets- which are often quite fancy and detailed. So, for The Three Muses challenge this week (Pockets) I took photos of the back pockets on 5 different pairs of my jeans and made a digital collage from them. I cropped, arranged and added artistic filters and some digital text for fun. Some day I may look back on this collage and wonder - how did I ever sit down! Such a slave to fashion!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

The Sea Ghost

My husband and I built a home in 1992 on the Pacific coast in Mendocino California. It was a glorious setting and it was a vacation home for our family for about 9 years. I named it "The Sea Ghost". Among some of the antiques that we found in nearby Fort Bragg ( a quaint fishing and lumber industry town) to furnish the place was this old steamer trunk (above photo). I remember the musty smell inside but was really taken by the mystery that it held. I now owned the Key to unlocking its hidden past, its travels, its prior owners.
I decided to make a digital collage using my own photos for Rosie and Linda's Big Art Adventure in which the theme this time is "Key". A key is a powerful piece of hardware. It leads to joy, sometimes sorrow, and sometimes through a door of no return. It can answer long held questions and give insight to past times and perhaps even future ones.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Skull and Butterfly

This is my entry for the TGIF theme (skull). A digital collage made from a photo I took of a plaster skull which I then cropped, erased and painted digitally. Artist papers and butterfly images added. A little graffiti Halloween spirit!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Moonlight Musings

I do enjoy the romantic theme challenges! This is for The Three Muses this week - the theme being"Moonstruck". I built the background from 2 layers of artist papers then added cropped images (background erased and altered) on the woman and fern images. The rubber-stamped moon is from one of my journal pages and the butterflys I created digitally. Gradient filters added.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Twilight Garden

Ah- Twilight or Dusk as some call it. That wonderful in-between time when the sun has just set behind the hills but you can still see enough to dream. Here in Northern California we are just entering late summer into fall (another in-between time) and the sunsets are amber in hue and long golden shadows spread over the landscape. Definately my favorite "Time of Day" and season to boot! I made this digital collage for Mixed Media Monday and it represents twilight in my garden- where I am often visited by Barn Owls (some that I rehabilitated and released when I worked at Wildcare) and others looking to nest (I still have a nest box on my property). Twilight is a magical time for rest , reflection and connecting to the darkening world around us!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Art Academy Postcard

Early September and school begins again. I always enjoyed starting back to school with all new pens, pencils, binders and organizers (things didn't stay organized for long!) ; looking forward to a new year of learning and new experiences. Looking back I was always very practical minded about the courses I took but wish now that I had taken more art classes or gone to Art School... On the other hand I think our art developes with time, out of what we know and learn reflecting who we are and what we have become. With Art School in mind, I made this digital collage for the Sunday Postcard Art Challenge "School".