FAQ: Do you do commissions?

FAQ: Do you do commissions?

The answer to this question is absolutely YES! In fact, I just recently created a page on my website that shows the range and possibilities of custom-made art.  Check it out and then come back and finish reading. Working on a commission is both frightening and fun.  It’s the ultimate challenge.  In some cases, the client has a complete vision of their own and sometimes I’m given a very basic idea and total free rein.  What ensues is...

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Other People’s Problems? Easy!

Other People’s Problems?  Easy!

Isn’t it easier to solve someone else’s problem? Another artist and I were groaning about writing an artist’s statement for an upcoming show. We both agreed that it would be easier to write each other’s  than to write our own. I actually do believe I could whip one out for Lynne quicker than I could write one for myself. Have you experienced anything like this? If a friend is going through a problem, you can see all kinds of...

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FAQ: How did you make that?

FAQ: How did you make that?

I was very honored to find out last week that Starry Night Light won the Award of Merit.  It’s a working lamp made from leftover paper from a few different book art projects of the past.  The big question that night, the question I always get, was “How did you make that?” With today’s FAQ, come on in my studio and see the process of this lamp. The idea started in the aisles of a thrift store.  A torn “Japanese...

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Lost and Found, then Lost and Found

Lost and Found, then Lost and Found

Last week I told you the story about how I became fully involved in making art and painting. If you look at my portfolio of paintings though, you can see that my work is all over the map. For years, I’ve been painting landscapes, house portraits, pet portraits, acrylic, pen and ink, abstracts, realism, and on and on. I could not settle on a genre, a medium or even a cohesive color palette. Though I had found my studio, found my passion, I was...

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A Gripping Tale

A Gripping Tale

In the class I’m taking right now, we were asked to write our stories—the story of our art. This has been an unusually challenging task for me. But here goes… In the mid-90s, I started dabbling in painting and art. No matter how much I painted, art continued to be a free time activity. It generally took a back seat to whatever else—everything else—that was going on in life. Then in 2011, I received an unexpected email that set a huge chain of...

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A Matter of Trust

A Matter of Trust

Last week I wrote about being inspired by the challenge of working out a new idea for a piece of art.  Problem solving is one aspect that I truly love about this medium of altered book art.  Good thing I like the challenge! Recently a customer contacted me and asked for a custom piece that would be  a gift for a friend.  He wanted something like a school of fish with the folded book style.  Sure–why not? I started with a line drawing of a...

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What inspires you?

What inspires you?

People ask me questions about my book art all the time. There is no doubt it’s an unusual medium, and not the kind of art you typically see in someone’s home. When a visitor is in my studio, they always want to know how I get my ideas, how I learned to make the books, what motivates me and more. For a few weeks in my blog, I’ll share some of those questions and my responses. What inspires you? In a nutshell: solving a problem. When I...

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A Helium Hand?

A Helium Hand?

Don (my husband) says that I have a Helium Hand. He has observed that whenever someone asks for a volunteer, my hand goes up… all on its own. He was definitely on to something there. The first part of a solution is identifying the problem. And to be honest, after his comments, I got a lot better about saying no to all the volunteer opportunities that are flung my way. (He just agreed when I told him I was blogging about this topic.) A more...

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Take Action (even imperfect action)

Take Action (even imperfect action)

Have you ever found yourself wanting to do something but holding back until you are sure you will get it right? My main lesson with IMPERFECT ACTION happened a few years ago with creating a website. I knew it was the next move, but month after month it wasn’t done because I wanted to be sure to have all the ducks in a row and have it all just right before going live. Then I joined a mastermind group with business coach, Theresa Ceniccola and...

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