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Big purple flowers

Spray painting with stencils and objects has become my new obsession.
First, I sprayed a selection of keys.

Which was cool, but I wasn’t sure where I would go with this.
So I grabbed red paint and added a few hearts, but that seemed dumb so I made lots of hearts.

And the more I looked at this mass of hearts the more I saw big Dahila-type flowers.

And the finished result makes me ridiculously happy.


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keeping my balance

I have started my principal internship at the online high school I work for, along with additional classes for another degree. You’d think completing my master’s degree would be enough but then I realized I had a head start on this next step in my education since many of the classes I’ve taken apply to this degree. Plus, I wasn’t ready to pay back my loans yet 🙂

However, it’s a lot of work and if it wasn’t for my supportive husband, I couldn’t do it. This week as I find myself chained to a computer I get the feeling I will be clicking to my grave.
This painting started as a sketch of my pc mouse at work on a notepad.

As I started the painting I could imagine my mouse devouring me and adding some little teeth. It’s a bit darker than my normal and it really reminds me of a Frida Kahlo painting with lots of teeth.

The words around the edge “remember that technology is only a tool”.

A gentle reminder to unplug and take care of me a bit.

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I discovered the free workshops offered by Strathmore Papers this month and signed up to take Traci Bautista’s “doodle’s unleashed” class. It’s very fun, it’s FREE, and it’s pushing me beyond my boundaries. As an artist, I have to paint something, some tangible thing. With this class I’m experimenting with different ways of making marks, creating/using stencils, and trying to let it “flow”.
Here is how my painting evolved.

Step 1: spray painting with liquid watercolor, then adding a few details.

-adding some red

-using oil pastels

-adding more details

-the finished painting

I am pretty happy with the final results, it did evolve into a flower with leaves which inspired me to add the words “bloom, grow”.

Week 2 is coming up!
There is still time to sign up for this free class!

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I finished my art journal that I had started last summer.
Here’s a quick look through my video.

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Had the opportunity to spend Thanksgiving at the Farm with my family.
The view of the Tetons from their place.

My brother playing the upright base.

The chickens we love. All of us get a lot of enjoyment out of these girls.

From an old bird watching book.

The railroad tracks “in-town”.

My dad’s bluegrass group. Growing up, there was always music in our home. My dad playing, practicing with my grandma. My dad just got back into playing music a couple of years ago and it’s so wonderful to hear him again.

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November Journal

I finished up my last journal in December. Here are some of the pages from the end of November. I started out with one of these.

Then I altered it some. Here is the completed journal.

I’ve mentioned before that my journal is more than one thing, I use it for sketching, note taking, planned my research project with it, grocery list. etc..
My Mantra


Inspired by Diego Rivera- sort of.

A sketch of an idea for a Christmas gift for my husband documenting our first year.

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It’s happened. My big art/craft table has been cleaned off and is being put to a new use.
No more will there be piles of projects waiting to be finished, brushes sitting nearby to use.

Now, it’s a work table, a place for all of my computer stuff, room to work on papers and read text books.

This felt a bit like a loss, as if I was closing the door on one part of my life to focus on another part of my life. As I cleaned and packed up I realized a few things:
* I have a hoarding problem, I don’t need intervention yet, but it’s a problem
* I have enough water color paper and journals to paint for years
* I have so much stuff I can’t hardly function in this space
* I have to focus on my graduate studies and family and something’s gotta give
* I have to create, make things

So, I have kept out a small case of essential supplies handy

Not only is it cute and vintage, but it’s just the right size to pack anywhere.

Inside I have my current journal, half pan water colors, caran crayons, pens, adhesive, brushes and pencils.

Let’s see how this works……

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