Friday, December 9, 2011

Mail Art: Recent Postcard Designs

Title: "Art"
Media: Pen & Ink, Cut Paper
Date: October 2011

Title: "Around and Around"
Media: Mixed Media
Date: November 2011

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Drawings with Names

Title: "Claire"
Media: Marker
Date: January 2011

Title: "Ella"
Media: Marker
Date: January 2011

I made these drawings as gifts for a cousin's daughters after visiting them around the holidays last year.  Ella, especially, saw some of the black and white, non-objective drawings I like to create and started calling them "quilts," which was apparently her connection and what she thought of when looking at the drawings.  So, I decided to create a drawing for her and her sister but draw in color to match of their rooms.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

One Local Fair

I entered two pieces in a local fair in September and won 2nd place on both pieces.

Title: "Musical Texture"
Media: Pen & Ink, Acrylic Paint, Sharpie Marker
Date: September 2011

Title: "Smooth Vibrations"
Media: Acrylic Paint, Sharpie Marker
Date: September 2011

Graphic Design: Sweet

Title: "Sweet"
Media: Digital Photography,
Photo Studio 5.5, Picasa 3
Date: September 2011

Friday, October 7, 2011

Some Updates

My blog, (and I,) just celebrated a birthday on October 3.  My blog turned 3 years old since I started it in 2008.

I have been working on a few projects, and I was able to enter them into 2 local fairs.  I will try to post pictures and results in the next few weeks.

I have been back in school, after summer break, teaching art now for about a month and a half.

Most of my time for working on projects has been spent helping a couple friends with pictures, creating a blog, and creating a picture calendar.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Title: "Smalls"
Media: Pen & Ink
Date: August 2011

Title:  "Landscaping"
Media: Pen & Ink
Date: August 2011

These drawings were gifts for some new friends, and I tried to create patterns, designs and images reflective of them.  He works in landscaping, and she has a great sense of Interior Design and Decoration.  The letter S represents the initial of their name.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

A Unique Project: Tee-Shirts

Title: "Artist Tee-Shirt"
Media: (Original Design:) Pen & Ink
Date: July 2011

Title: "Music Tee-Shirt"
Media: (Original Design:) Pen & Ink, Photo Studio
Date: June 2011

I decided to create pen and ink drawings that would be suitable in size, shape and orientation, to be printed on tee-shirts.  One is for me and the other was a gift for a friend.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

I Called It a Collage

Title: "Marks"
Media: Pen & Ink, Acrylic Paint
Date: July 2011

This piece is approximately 11"x14" and was a housewarming gift for a friend.  I incorporated some colors that are visible in the home with some variation in their shades.  When I was thinking through the idea of this piece, I first thought I would use more of a collage technique with some 'hodge podge' techniques on the background by using gel medium and speciality papers.  However, when I finally began the art-making process, I started 'printing.'  I used found objects to apply paint in specific places and in particular shapes to create the grid.  Each time I printed a block, I used a slightly different amount of paint and different amounts of force, which helped to create the texture and negative spaces.  I used open and closed shapes to create implied texture seen as shapes, dots and lines that touch and overlap.  Finally, I added some details in the negative space, (words and drawn textures,) which reflect interests of my friend as well as thoughts and concepts associated with faith and a peaceful home.  While you may see a 'collage' of shapes and colors, this piece is actually not a collage at all, in the strictest sense, but a non-objective composition created with printing techniques.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Initial Pen & Ink

Title: "L"
Media: Pen & Ink
Date: May 2011

Title: "C"
Media: Pen & Ink
Date: July 2011

I am continuing to enjoy drawing non-objective compositions with pen and ink, and one of the easiest ways for me to personalize a composition for a gift is to incorporate a monogram or initial.  These two drawings were gifts for some old friends and former co-workers who I have known for more than 12 years. 


Friday, July 8, 2011

Digital Photography Compositions

@ Niagara Falls in Ontario, Canada

 Title: "Double Promise"
Media: Digital Photography
Date: June 2011
 Title:"Bright Celebrations"
Media: Digital Photography
Date: June 2011
Title: "Naturally Composed"
Media: Digital Photography
Date: June 2011

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Self-Portrait: Digital Photography Composition

Title: "Self-Portrait"
Media: Digital Photography
Date: May 2011

Location: Historic Kenmore, Home of George Washington's Sister in Fredericksburg, VA

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Summertime & Art: Postcard Designs

Title: Art

Media: Pen, Marker

Date: May 2011

Title: Summertime

Media: Pen, Marker

Date: May 2011

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Postcard Designs: "Here Fishy, Fishy"

The shape, color and texture of fish inspire me. So, for a couple of my latest postcard designs, I incorporated images of fish.

Media: Digital Photography, Marker

Media: Colored Pencils, Marker, Pen & Ink

I also altered my usual abstract pen and ink style and used the process to create a border around my original photograph and then to create texture and stylized scales in my drawing of a fish. Both designs incorporate overlapping of images, shapes and colors and give the impression of depth.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Clay Bowls

My students and I recently created these clay bowls for an Empty Bowls Project, sponsored by the Second Harvest Food Bank. Second Harvest Food Bank holds a luncheon, and donors buy a ticket to the lunch to help raise money for the food bank. People attending the luncheon choose an empty bowl to take home with them as a reminder of the problem with hunger many people face today as they 'figuratively' look into empty bowls day after day.

Mixed Media Postcards

Title: "Over the Sun"

Media: Pen & Ink, Marker, Acrylic Paint

Date: May 2011

Title: "Falling to a Pattern"

Media: Pen & Ink, Marker, Yarn

Date: May 2011

These are two of my latest postcard designs. I incorporated images that reflect my journey as a student, teacher, and artist. I also incorporated several of my favorite media and art-making processes: drawing abstract designs with pen, weaving, and creating texture with mixed media processes.

Monday, May 9, 2011

"Skill," A Postcard

Title: "Skill"

Media: Tempera Paint, Marker, Ink

Date: April 2011

Friday, May 6, 2011


Title: "Art Teacher"
Media: Sharpie Markers
Date: May 2011

As part of a basket of tools and supplies for her classroom, I designed the art on this mini-canvas for my student teacher who finished student teaching in my classroom this week.

Mixed Media Postcard Design

Title: "Create"

Media: Paint, Marker, Ink

Date: April 2011

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Mixed Media Postcards

Title: "Seek Out"

Media: Digital Photography, Sharpie Pen, Gel Medium

Date: February 2011

Title: "Again"

Media: Digital Photography, Sharpie Pen, Gel Medium

Date: February 2011

These are recent postcard designs.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Photography Contest

My photograph, "Reflective Atmosphere," which I blogged about here, won 1st Place and $75 in the Northwest Regional Library Annual Photo Contest. My photo will be on display for a year and travel to all libraries in the Northwest Region along with the other photographs in the 2011 Traveling Exhibit.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Monogram Pen & Ink

Title: "Calebria"

Media: Pen & Ink

Date: February 2011

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Photography Contest Entry

Title: "Reflective Atmosphere"

Media: Digital Photography with a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT

Date: February 2011

I recently entered this photograph in an annual contest.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Recent Postcard Designs

Media: Sharpie Drawing Markers, Black Gel Pen,

Highlighter, Colored Pencil, CitraSolv Print