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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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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Class: How to Make Folded Book Art

Class: How to Make Folded Book Art

Make the most unique gift ever!  Join my online class on how to make your own folded book art.   I give you all the secrets for making your own heart book.  This self-paced course is available on my website and you can revise and review the videos any time.  After completing the hour of instruction you’ll be on your way to completing your own book.  Want to expand your creativity?  Other designs are available after you’ve taken the...

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Copying van Gogh

Copying van Gogh

The 2017 Fabulous Forgeries challenge was to find a painting by one of the Masters, and either copy it, re-create it with a “twist” or paint my own original composition using the style of the master. I was determined to find a master’s work that had a book in it—you know, being a book artist and all.   The best masterwork I found was Vincent van Gogh’s Still Life with Bible. Like Vincent, I painted it in one day. Also like Vincent, the...

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Books on Exhibit

Books on Exhibit

My books just went on exhibit at the Oceanfront Library in Virginia Beach.  They will be there until Oct. 1, 2016 and then will move to the Slover Library in Norfolk after the first of the year.  If you know of a library that would like to have an exhibit, please contact...

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The Making of “Original Sin” (a carved book)

The Making of “Original Sin” (a carved book)

The Challenge: Create a second work of art in response to the current exhibition, “Turn the Page: The First 10 Years of Hi-Fructose” at The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). Caveat–make this piece in 5 days! The Opportunity: From the moment I found the second copy of The Book of Virtues I was excited about the idea of carving it.  (I almost abandoned my other concept because this book was begging to be carved.)  So imagine my...

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10,000 Lights

10,000 Lights

Last week there was a small article in our paper.  It was a small excerpt from a January BBC article about 10,000 refugee children who are missing.  Yes, 10,000 migrant children are currently unaccounted for.  I’m appalled at both the content of the article and the fact that it was barely a mention in our local paper.  My heart is just aching with everything that is wrong here, yet I feel helpless to do anything about it. What can I do?...

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Classes for the Business Side of Art

Classes for the Business Side of Art

Click Here for classes about the business side of art. Ready to take your art to the next level?  Want to connect with your audience?  Sell more paintings? Business of Art   Winter 2016 Schedule Each session is $30 ($25 for Artists Gallery members or if you register on my website).  Feel free to bring a bag lunch.  All classes are at The Artists Gallery in Va Beach.  Register on line below or call The Artists Gallery at 757-425-6671.  Email...

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