Let Your Imagination Run Wild

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This is spread 25 in my little junk journal. When it was bound with all my fun bits of this and that, here is what it looked like:


The lines in the map page kept looking like a dog to me, so I decided to just go with it!  I am usually happier with the results when I let my imagination run its course.  But I have to admit my inclination is to keep it in check.  To do something more “normal” and less “out there”  but I am learning to just trust the process…. especially in my art journal.  After all this is my playground.  My place to experiment, to create, to expand and grow.  That doesn’t happen without putting it “out there” and seeing what happens!  I never know how these kind of pages are going to turn out, but I do enjoy the process.

Coming Up Hearts


Wouldn’t it be fun to be able to give a piece of original art in the place of a card?  That was my thinking in creating these little 5 x 7 mixed media heart canvases.  They all have sweet little messages on them, perfect for a loved one.

They are available at Tessera Fine Art Gallery in Wichita, along with a number of larger pieces.


And I missed posting my faces from last week on Saturday, but I am still on track, though some are certainly much better than others!  Here are faces 22 through 28, plus an extra one back there that my granddaughter did to help me out.


The contour face is one of my favorites again… I think I may try one in color… I also like the washy looking black and white in the bottom corner, done in about a minute and a half with a stabilo pencil and water brush.  I too often don’t get the proportions quite right, then the whole thing is sunk.  Taking time to get off to a good start proves more important to me than making the perfect features.  I am learning!

For those of you participating in a challenge, how are you coming along?  If not so good, don’t despair… just jump back in today!

Happy Birthday Kansas!

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“Bison of the Plains”  11 x 14

Today commemorates the date that my home state Kansas joined the United States.  Kansas is often underappreciated, so I am making an exception to my usual schedule to give a nod of gratitude to the place I live.

The best thing of course is the people.  For the most part they are kind and friendly and I feel blessed to rub shoulders with them.  I also feel blessed that there is space between people when I so choose!  I live near a small town with little traffic and no lines at the store, or bank…. where of course everyone knows your name.


My second favorite thing about Kansas is the sky.  It is huge!  The sunrises and sunsets are beautiful, and the stars are bright and numerous.  We have majestic displays of all kinds of cloud formations.  Below, the trees and grasslands hold their own number of treasures, with a multitude of wildlife of every kind making an occasional appearance.

To help us celebrate, I have created a coloring page… free to download, print, and use!


Have a blessed day, full of gratitude for wherever you live!

“give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thess. 5:8

Crow Flow

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This collage and paint piece on an 8 x 10 inch cradled wood panel was lots of fun to make. I did some finger painting, doodling, pasting and dripping. What a colorful little world this fellow ended up in!

Tonight is the Final Friday Art Crawl in Wichita.  I will be at Tessera Fine Art Gallery…. be sure and stop by to say hello!

Tell Your Story in Collage


Several months ago I visited the Red Barn Studio in Lindsborg, Kansas, home of artist Lester Raymer. I was very inspired by his eclectic body of work.  One thing that especially attracted me were his shadowboxes.


In these he used a variety of 2D and 3D items as symbols and representations to tell a story.  I found them so intriguing as I pondered his chosen elements.  It made me feel a connection to the artist I have never met.

It gave me the idea to create a two dimensional “shadowbox” style story of my own life.


We all have a story to tell, and what a great way to connect our story to our families, and to all who take time to look at it.  There are so many ways that this can be implemented!


Hope you can join me as I explore the possibilities in the upcoming Collage Your Story workshop at Tessera Fine Art Gallery.  Saturday, Feb. 11, 1-4pm.  Cost is $35, all supplies provided. If you want to bring small scale photo copies of any special mementos, or would like to work in your art journal instead, feel free to bring them!  Call (316) 262-2435 to sign up!


Creativity is a Way of Operating


“Creativity is not a talent, it is a way of operating.”

John Cleese

I just finished this spread in my little junk journal last night.  I am having so much fun art journaling these days. I make sure that I get at least a little time each day to doodle, draw, glue, paint…. whatever strikes my fancy!  I often work on my lap in the morning or evening unwind time.


Here is this spread in progress..


And here is how it looked as originally bound into my journal:


Hope you have a great day of creative living!

Paper Mosaics


When I hear someone mention mosaics, I usually think about ceramic tiles or bits surrounded by grout like this table top I made from broken dishes.  I love the idea of scraps and bits coming together to make something beautiful.. just like life!

The same idea can be accomplished with bits of paper glued down with background paper showing through to make all manner of designs.


Or you can get more funky with it like I did in my art journal …

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I am also excited about adding in words or other images like in my kitchen backsplash…

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These could also make some really fun Valentine’s Day cards, don’t you think?

So many possibilities for us to explore in the February 11th workshop at Tessera Fine Art Gallery!  Cost is $35 all supplies included (though you can bring your own journal to work in if you wish!) Call (316) 262-2435 to sign up!