Everything But the Kitchen Sink…

Expanding My Mixed Media Repertoire I have never produced as much work and worked so consistently as I am now. I’m in some kind of flow and that means every piece I make informs the next. I think it was natural, then, to begin incorporating torn paper collage and paper cutting into the mixed media works I’m making. It started with this piece I created for the … Continue reading Everything But the Kitchen Sink…

Rocks, Snow, and Ice and New Directions

Guess what I saw outside my window today? Big fluffy snowflakes. It’s melting now but it was pretty while it lasted. This is the second winter in a row here in Germany where it has hardly snowed at all, which is really sad. Maybe that’s why the big boulder and rock forms I’ve been sketching are starting to turn into chunks of ice.   I’m … Continue reading Rocks, Snow, and Ice and New Directions

More Sketchbook Pages…

Ta-da, the last page of my current sketchbook! I’m going to admit it. Until now, I never filled up a whole sketchbook. I always envied those artists who seemingly pour art out onto the pages night and day, filling up one book after another, everything unified, each page complementing all that came before. I would always buy a sketchbook and, intimidated by its pristine pages, tentatively … Continue reading More Sketchbook Pages…

Am I grown up yet? How about now?

I am currently reading M Train, by Patti Smith. After reading Just Kids, about the extraordinary young life Smith led with Robert Mapplethorpe, living in the Chelsea Hotel, and trailblazing as a musician, it is a relief to know she has days  like the rest of us mortals. Like when you’re walking down the street and yesterday’s dirty sock falls out of your pant leg. Oops. Anyway, M Train … Continue reading Am I grown up yet? How about now?

Library Mural Project Complete! Here’s the Play-by-Play

I’m so fortunate to have found a job where I am free to be creative. Sure, I’m making half the salary I was making as a defense analyst, but I’m so much happier now. This month as a library tech, I got to: redesign the library newsletter, teach a class for adults in mixed media art, and …[drumroll]… finish this big mural in the children’s room. I … Continue reading Library Mural Project Complete! Here’s the Play-by-Play