Monday, November 28, 2011

Changing Seasons

The seasons are changing just like they do every year but this year, for some reason, I've been noticing a recurring color combination on some of the farms that I drive by on a regular basis.

I've been noticing the gray metal of outbuildings that are tinged with rust amid the leftover burgandy and green shades of the overgrowing vines and the fallen leaves. Not being a person that loves this time of year it really surprised me that I was so drawn to this color combination. But I've found 2 scribbled notes in my purse now with this same color scheme written down so rather than ignore it, I used the combination for the background of my latest painting.

My family is dealing with some personal decisions regarding what is best for our elderly mother (age 93) so it helps to think of this line from the song by Lauryn Hill "His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me". Whatever you may be going through or may be coming up that you are not even aware of remember He watches over you too.

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Marcia, Marcia, Marcia

The remarkable Marcia (aka Tumble Fish Studio) has been at it again. Hot off the proverbial press and on sale today is the new "Freestyle 2" image kit. Here are a couple of my sample cut & paste pieces using the new images.


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Lots of new, fun images for your digital or cut & paste pleasure. See these sheets and more at

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

November Girl

So I have to admit - Facebook really is a fun place to hang out. I was holding out on joining until just about a month ago and then finally succombed to the peer pressure. In this particular case it was not so much peer pressure as it was pressure from my kids who were sick of relaying messages to me from their Facebook friends. Now I don't know how I got along for so long without it.

I was reading posts in one of my groups the other day (Magically Mixed Art Community) and spotted a post from Amy McDonald in which she invited me (well anyone really) to come and watch her live mixed media portrait class. Never one to turn down a free invitation I went over to the classroom and, of course, wasn't there at the right time to catch the class LIVE but Amy kindly recorded the session so I was able to watch it at my leisure. She's been doing these live sessions for the past couple weeks and is currently sharing her altered book techniques - you should check it out here.

During one of the sessions Amy talked about Lynne Hoppe and how she admired her work and that Lynne shared her portrait painting technique on her blog. So off I went in search of Lynne Hoppe's blog. What a great place - you really should go spend some time there yourself. Lots of eye candy and inspiration and you can find it here.

While at Lynne's blog I was inspired by her tutorial on the way she paints her faces. I didn't end up using her exact technique because I didn't have all of the same supplies however I was inspired to do a face of my own and that's what mattered to me.

So... thank you Amy McDonald, Lynne Hoppe and, I guess, Facebook for inspiring me to this painting. Now I have to run because it's my turn to move on Words With Friends (on Facebook)!

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

anything can happen...

Checking in for right now with a quick post of my new altered envelope for November. All of the images are from Tumble Fish Studio and most of them are from the new 'freestyle' image kit (available now at I have several more pieces to share from the new kit and will do so soon.

For now just remember...

anything can happen ...

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