The Gratitude Project

The Gratitude Project

It’s so exciting to announce that The Gratitude Project is now officially for sale at amazon.com and at The Artists Gallery. What is this? The Gratitude Project is a 3-month journaling commitment with a focus on gratitude each and every day. Unlike most gratitude exercises and challenges, this one keeps you going for the three months because the gratitude prompts are personal and relevant to YOU. How can a published journal be so personal?...

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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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Have you grown up yet?

Have you grown up yet?

Throughout all of our childhoods, we are asked what we want to be when we grow up.  I wonder, have you grown up?  And what did you become? Whenever someone asks me what kind of artist I am, what kind of art I make, my answer has always felt like a joke.  “I like to experiment and haven’t quite figured out what I want to do when I grow up.”  And it has been true.  If you click to the Gallery tab on my website,...

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Show some Sass!

Show some Sass!

Have you heard of the Red Hat Society?  It’s a national organization that was originally inspired by a poem called “Warning” written by Jenny Joseph.  The mission of the “Red Hats” is essentially to connect and play!  Though they take the Play element seriously, there is no question that the Connection is what this organization is truly all about. To me, the Red Hats are all about finding your tribe. Why is a...

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Who is the Master of Words?

Who is the Master of Words?

Every January, The Artists Gallery holds an exhibition called Fabulous Forgeries.  It is my favorite!  Our task is to copy a master’s work, create a new work in the style of the master, or add some sort of twist when we copy the original. When your medium is altered book art, which is a relatively new art form, there are no old masters to copy!  What is a person like me to do? I turned to the book world and pondered the great masters of...

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