Monday, September 19, 2016

Collection Painting

I love the idea of creating an artwork using one of my other passions, collecting objects and nature of beauty.
I collect everything, really everything. I would call myself a gatherer of beautiful things and like to surround myself with inspiration for art and visual contentment.

The pieces in this painting are found in antique shops or specialty shops, received as gifts, handmade or found in nature.

Thursday, September 15, 2016


Being inspired by other artists is one of the ways that drives the "maker" within me. When I see something that stirs my creative heart I like to keep the ideas close by in my notebook. Over time the materials will be gathered and the moment to begin, will arrive.

The Sharpie art was influenced by the book, Sharpie Art Workshop: Techniques and Ideas for Transforming Your World by Timothy Goodman. Of course there are many more enjoyable ideas within, though drawing on plates happened to resonate at the moment. Most likely pulled from memories of my own melamine plates drawn in childhood.

The following are a couple beauties created by my daughter!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016


Washi tape is eye candy! I love all the colors, patterns and the soft texture! 

Though, what can I make with it? Researching on-line I discovered a Japanese artist, Nasa Funhara* that recreates famous paintings using Washi tape. They looked intricate and beautiful. I wanted to try it myself!

The rabbit was my first try. It was more difficult than I thought!

While making the rabbit, the Paris ink drawings that I drew last year came to mind.  I printed one and began filling in the shapes with a multitude of color and patterns as if it were a page from a coloring book. 

At first I thought it wouldn't be discernible and as I placed the last of the sky and chimneys the image became more distinct.

I loved to play around with the washi tape and why stop, so I found a couple photo frames to give them an extra pop of color! Hmm, where can I stick it on next?

*An on-line portfolio of Nasa Funahara's art:

Friday, September 9, 2016

Natural Abstract

While up north it is easy for nature to crawl inside my creative spirit and run wild. Standing on the dock overlooking the large lake while my husband and son were fishing I began to take photos of them and everything around when something moving and ever changing caught my eye. 

Abstract images kept fluttering through my soul, awakening all my senses and playing with my mind to create something tangible. Shapes move into the following images and either disappear completely or  slowly evolve into another form.  

For now, the titles to the artworks are not included, so you have time to see and be with your thoughts without being distracted by mine.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Swedish Museum

Our family spent a few hours at the Swedish Museum and always love to lavish ourselves with an ample amount of time on the terrace. There is a harmonious feeling evoked through the beautifully designed seam between nature and the constructed.