Day of the Dead Artwork

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I did this 11 x 14 mixed media on paper for a local shop’s Day of the Dead celebration. (Find out more about The Workroom’s event here.) This festive gal is a melding of ideas from a couple of other pieces I have done recently.  Beads and feathers from one, face from another, with a sugar skull painted on for the occasion.  I love the combinations of the dark Citra Solv background with the stark white of her face and the turquoise, gold, and red accents.

from my art journal:

Day of the Dead

If in Wichita for Final Friday this week, you can view this piece and my Frida canvas at The Workroom, 150 N. Cleveland, from 6 to 9pm. However, I will not be there as I will be attending the opening of The Arts Council Annual Juried Art Show at City Arts, 334 N. Mead Street.  I can’t wait to see all the wonderful pieces there!  Then I will stop by Tessera Fine Art Gallery to see my new pieces up on my wall!  Hope to catch you local folks at one of those locations!

Throwback to October 2012


In October of 2012, I was thrilled to have my artwork and accompanying article featured in Somerset Studio magazine.  Though I have had work in many magazines since, that was the first and I still feel a sense of gratitude for the opportunity.  That little bit of success played a part in the turn I chose to take in my art business in 2013.  As I arrive at the same time of year once again, I kind of sit back and review my journey and contemplate where I want to go next.

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I have created more pieces than ever this year, and continue to live my dream of creating on a daily basis.  I still love mixed media, using Citra Solv and incorporating words, but I have grown in my artwork and improved my skills and techniques. I also recognize that serendipity still plays a huge role in everything I do… my part is to take those unexpected windows of opportunity and run with them!

If you are interested in the Sept/Oct 2012 issue of Somerset Studio magazine, with Poe themed artwork, it is still available here.

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“From ghoulies and ghosties and long-legged beasties and things that go bump in the night, good Lord deliver us!”

Scottish Saying

The original framed 8 x 10 inch piece is currently hanging at Tessera Fine Art Gallery. If interested call (316) 262-2435.

Flights of Fancy Redo

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A couple of years ago, I painted this 20 x 24 inch watercolor that I called Flights of Fancy.  I liked the concept, and an incomplete vision of it in my mind, but I was not wild about how the piece turned out.  It was a bit too anemic, maybe a little too rushed. Not every piece is a winner… Since I still liked the concept. rather than discard it, I decided to attempt a redo.

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I made the birds and the face a bit more realistic so there would be a contrast with the fanciful and whimsical surroundings.  I made the background darker and added a ghost of stenciled image.  I added more leaves to the tree, and around the woman’s face. I added some shading to the tree, and a little bird snuggled into the leaf “hair” of the woman.

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So what do you think? Which do you like better, the original watercolor, or the new mixed media version?

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Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo

With Day of the Dead soon approaching, it seemed appropriate to pay a little tribute to an artist from Mexico, and who better than Frida?

This is a simple little mixed media portrait done on a 6 x 6 inch chunky canvas. It can sit on a shelf or hang on a wall.

I have been working hard on my portraits, and am just getting brave enough to attempt making them actually look like someone specific!

This piece will be hanging out at The Workroom for about a week, so if you are interested in the piece ($35), call (316) 295-4520.

Rejoice in the Lord Sunday Doodle

Today’s doodle finds me trying out some flower looks in my sketchbook and all those cheerful blossoms made me think of nature rejoicing!  So I added words from Philippians 4:4 in the corner for today’s Scripture Doodle.

Phil 4.4

Feel free to right click on the image and print to do your own coloring!  If you are an art journaler, stick the page in your art journal and paint or color however you wish for a quick page!


For my page, I used Tombow markers with an aqua brush …. they really are as good as everyone was telling me!

Happy coloring!




Wedding Bliss

Wedding Bliss watermark

I have been meaning to do a bit of wedding art for some time.  I keep being asked for wedding cards and I just didn’t have any!

I recently went to a wedding and when I received my pretty paper napkin at the reception I knew that it was going to go home with me and end up in a piece of art, and what better than a wedding piece?

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As you can see, I persuaded my family to save their napkins as well! Motivation for tidy eating!

Here is an in progress shot….  you can see that I am still playing with her hair, and haven’t done a lot of shading yet.

wedding bliss in progress

Since this was done from a photo, it gave me the idea that it would be perfect to do a commissioned piece with napkins or fabric from the wedding and colors and seasons….I could even incorporate bits of the wedding invitation…. What a perfect anniversary gift!

As for my cards…. what should the inside message be?

If you are interested in this 11 x 14 original on paper, or in commissioning a piece, email me at 

NEW! 52 Card Pickup Kit

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Introducing my new 52 Card Pickup artist trading card kit!  I have worked hard to gather and prepare a nice set of goodies for you to create your own mixed media artist trading cards using a standard deck of playing cards (included) as the base.  I have made oodles of these cards myself, and love the fun format of using playing cards.  For one thing, 52 cards (there will be a few extras) is a perfect number for making a weekly art journal project in a nice little bite size project.  They can be kept on a binder ring (also included in the kit) or in the box that the kit comes in, or in the popular pocket pages.  So many options for using these!

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The kit comes with everything you really need but the paint.  The little box is chock full!

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  • Standard deck of playing cards. These are 2½ x 3½ inch cards to use as the base of your artist trading cards.
  • Plenty of precut papers to paste on the card to make a base layer.
  • The ephemera pack is full of little hand cut treasures and bits ready for you to glue onto you cards.
  • A cute little bottle of multi medium matte is the perfect glue for your small project and can also be used to seal your finished cards.
  • The collection of embellishments can be glued onto your cards to add a dimensional touch
  • An unmounted rubber stamp
  • The stencils include atc sized punchinella, plastic canvas, and a texture sheet.
  • The binder ring is a great option for storing your cards by punching a hole in the top

I am especially impressed with all the little HAND CUT ephemera all ready for using on your cards.  I have spent hours cutting tiny little pictures out of magazines and gathering stamps, tickets, and any other interesting little bits.  This will really speed up your own creating!

etsy atc ephemera

I am also exciting about introducing these in time for the holidays.  These would be a great gift for the budding or experienced artist, crafter, or scrapbooker!  Or, a great, doable sized, weekly project to begin for 2016!  I think I may give one to myself and add a family photo (wallet size are perfect!) to a card each week.  By the end of the year I would have a great little artsy scrapbook memento of the year!

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If you would like to purchase, contact me at, or visit my etsy shop here!

Song Bird

song bird

It has been awhile since I put words into one of my art pieces.  I love words, and have a respect for the power they hold.  I decided it was time to work some words into my artwork again.  This quote seemed suitable for my bluebird with reverse painted leaves.

“A bird does not sing because it has an answer.  It sings because it has a song.”

That is much why I paint….

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If you are interested in the original or a print of this piece, contact me at