Fancy Feathers-Owls

Adding another owl piece, I can’t stop seeing these faces – they keep peaking out at me!
I had fun creating this background with collage, acrylics and stencils and then poof they appeared. They are a fun pair with their “Fancy Feathers” – enjoy!

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This was a piece from Alena Hennessy’s online class “a year of painting II” that I finished up this past year.

We shared collage pieces with other artists in the class using them to inspire a collabrative piece. My fox face, sun and leaves came from Alexis in Oregon I moved these pieces around till the fox image caught my attention and then had fun creating a space for him to play.

First time to do a collabrative piece – great fun!

Trunks up – Good Luck in 2016!

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This wild elephant was the out come of some exploration in a class this past fall at Reston Community Center. Karen Mullarky taught Remix Mix Media and lead us through the exploration of many types of intuative background creations. This one was using spray paint floating on top of water that was then lifted out or printed onto paper. I saw the image of this happy soul and brought him to life.

Wishing everyone a creative and fun new year!

 

 

 

 

 

Support the local art community this year – shop the “Gifts from the HeART” at Reston Community Center – Lake Anne.

The holiday shopping event will include tables of artists selling their creations along with the items in the gallery and showcases. (the gallery and showcase items will be available for viewing and purchase all month)

 

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There are many beautiful pieces from amazing local talents!

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I have two pieces in the gallery and some smaller assemblage pieces in the show cases (be sure to walk down the hall to the built-in display area). A portion of my profits will  benefit a local charity – Cornerstones helping those in need lead productive lives.

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Make shopping meaningful this year

in more ways than one !

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For the past two years (wow – can’t believe it’s coming up on two years!)  I have been taking an online art class from Alena Hennessy, a wonderful artist and teacher. She started a class in 2014 called “A Year of Painting” which I enrolled in hoping to learn some new techniques and to get inspired by ….what happened over the course of that year was astounding!

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Not only did I get just that, I connected with a community of artists from all over the world doing the same things which in turn branched off to different paths of marketing our art, starting off on new career adventures and all spurred on by Alena…she kept taking us down this wonderful path of creativity.

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She was approached to publish a book about it and generously invited her students to submit their work to the editors for placement in the book.  I am honored to say I had three pieces placed in the book along with the outstanding work of others in this class. You can see more from the book on Amazon at this link:  http://www.amazon.com/Intuitive-Painting-Workshop-Techniques-Inspiration/dp/1440342407

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These three paintings I have shared above are on these pages:

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It is with sincere gratitude I thank Alena and wish her all the best as she moves forward with her creative teachings! It has been an awesome experience of learning to keep your eyes, windows and doors open to new experiences!!

Two recent pieces from this fall….both mixed media pieces with ink, acrylic, collage and pen&ink…a shout out to Alena Hennessy and her Year of Painting II online class along with her Autumn Soul Retreat. IMG_2934

This little grasshopper appeared at the Soul Retreat happened in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The moutains were a perfect backdrop for inspiration as was guest artist Mati Rose who taught us some techniques for collage. The grasshopper has a bit of a back story: we had done a spirit animal meditation prior to going to paint and I was not convinced about my thoughts. Upon arriving in the studio here is what awaited me ~

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How could I ignore such a greeting! As the details of his spirit were told to me by a friend, it became more apparent that his visit was not by chance …get off your haunches, jump , you have more power than you know….so here’s to you little guy! ( I still may add verse to it but for now he has found his place!

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rainy day giving me an excuse to stay inside and play …inspiration piece….


…an old geli print for a background and voila …the lion greets me.


Wishing you a wild, fierce, and free day!

In the next few days I will be participating in an Art Retreat lead by Alena Hennessy in beautiful North Carolina. I am looking forward to spending some dedicated time to painting…thought I’d do a little warm-up this weekend …starting to feel it!

  

August is rolling along and I thought I would post a few summer projects. First in the line up is a collage piece from my on-line class: A Year of Painting with Alena Hennesy. The assignmente was to create your own collage papers and then use them to create a new piece. I used acrylic inks and gel pens to finish it out.IMG_2206

 

This little creature is ode to the rabbit family that nested in our back yard – fortunatly for my flowers they have moved next door to the neighbors yard!
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The summer brought with it two amazing trips to the Malibu Canyons to see this amazing sunset…show stopper…DSC00104

and a nephews woodland wedding…DSC00310

Always a treat are the summer blooms I can never get enough of!IMG_2418

 

Happy Summer Time!