Saturday, January 5, 2019


I had been working off and on a series of 6 - "Faces of Mary" Original Mixed Media Art Paintings in 2018 and I made it my goal to get them finished before the end of the year. I finished #6 on 12/31/2018 - a feat I am rather proud of since I am a bit of a procrastinator. I finally got them listed in my Etsy shop today and wanted to share them here on my blog.

#1 is a 12" x 36" gallery wrapped heavy duty canvas with 1.5" Stone Gray painted sides: 
                        LIVE YOUR BEAUTIFUL LIFE

#2 is a 16" Round wrapped canvas with .5" sides
                           IF NOT US, THEN WHO?

#3 is a 12" x 24" Birch Wood Cradle Panel with 1.5"sides

#4 is a 16" Round wrapped canvas with .5" sides

 #5 is a 12"x18" Birch Wood Cradle Panel with 1.5" sides painted blue.
                       JOY COMES IN THE MORNING

#6 is a 12" x 36" Gallery wrapped heavy duty duck canvas with 1.5" sides painted Stone Gray

 I am now starting the new year with new blank canvas. I hope you are starting the new year with new blank canvas of your own and may it be one filled with new journey's, discoveries, peace, love, joy, health and happiness for the New Year ahead!

Monday, December 10, 2018


Every story has a beginning and an end and every story has the possibility of change. This story began with a 12" x 36" stretched canvas on a wood frame and three stencils from StencilGirl Products. 

                                                            The beginning

                                            I  love this stencil by Carolyn Dube,
                                    "Words to Live By"
               It was the perfect choice for the top of my painting.
                      Here she is still becoming.
 Her Heart is a  stencil called "Love Collage" by Traci Bautista. I knew this be a perfect fit. It is also one of  my favorites. Clicking on the link will take you right to it at StencilGirl where you can see more of the actual stencil.

Right away, I can see she was going to need something to 
frame her face, so I added a bit of lace and butterflies.

I actually really loved the black robe (in the 4th photo) but I wanted her to look like she was wearing some beautiful fabrics, possibly made from tapestries that would compliment the added lace around her face.

The stencil at the bottom says: "Live Your Beautiful Life". This stencil is by Maria McGuire from her Brave Girl Collection. One of my favorite things to do is to make Cyanotype prints. I use these often in my art.
Next, I added a Halo and some gold illuminations above her head.

 I am very happy with my finished piece. There were certainly a lot of changes along the way and there was fear and anticipation. I have learned to "Not" be just satisfied with what is, but to listen to my heart that says, "go further, you can do more". I am being open to taking more risks with my art and in life, and to answering the voices of challenge. In doing so, I learned that the reward is outside your comfort zone.
Thank you for being here. If you visited, please leave a comment, I would love to know that you were here. 
Be Open, Answer the Calling of Your Heart and Live Your 
Beautiful Life!

Tuesday, November 27, 2018


Today I wanted to share with you how much fun I had working in the small disc bound journal by Joggles using the Graphix Aqual Watercolor Pens by Marabu. The journal pages are fine watercolor pages that are easy to pop in and out of the journal and make placing your pages and working on them flat, a snap.

This journal is 3"x5" and I loved the size of it. The birds I used are from Joggles Art Parts, already cut for you in the same quality watercolor paper. This little journal was brought to life by Graphix Aqua Watercolor pens and Fineliner Pens by Marabu. These pens deliver intense color and are easy to use. I have used them on several projects now and the pen and brush tips are still amazing and the color is still delivering. 
  The first thing I did was to cut the small tabs on the birds and remove them all from the page they come on. Next I drew their faces and body designs right on the birds using a black PITT pen. On some of the birds, I used small rubber stamps.
Once all my birds were designed I used the Aqua Watercolor Brush Pen and a water brush and colored in my birds. I then set them aside to work on the background of all my pages.
 It doesn't really take a lot of the watercolor when working on a page, if you use a water brush, you can spread around and blend the colors with ease.  
 Once my background pages were completed and dry, I went back and added a stamp to some, wording and doodles. On each adjacent page, I then glued on a bird using matte medium and added words and other doodling on the page.
I was extremely pleased with the bright colors packed in the little Bird Journal.
                             Back and front of Journal

 If you haven't had a chance to try these products or just need to refresh your supplies, a little bird told me that all Marabu Products are on Sale NOW saving you 50% at Joggles.
Happy Creating!