Tea Time Discovery


“Painting” with only paper can be a fun change of pace, and is a good exercise in really having to pay attention to color values.  I often like to throw in a little extra challenge and fun by adding images here and there for the viewer to discover.  In this collage, “Tea Time Discovery”, there are a dozen images hidden in the piece… I Spy style!  Can you find them?

  • crab
  • girl
  • sea shell
  • woman
  • gold llama
  • violin
  • dog
  • owl
  • red rasberry
  • guava
  • lizard
  • turtle

Happy hunting!

If you would like to purchase this piece, find it in my etsy shop here!

If you would like to make your own paper painting, I am holding a workshop this week at Tessera Fine Art Gallery, and I would love to see you there!


Participants will make their own 8 x 10 collage on a stretched canvas. I look forward to seeing what everyone comes up with!



Letter Home

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“Letter Home” is mostly collaged papers with just a touch of ink and topped off with a light coat of walnut wood stain.  It features a old envelope from the days when 8 cents would mail a letter.  The doilies under the vase and muffin, are made from a foreign newspaper while the stamp in the background as well as on the letter are from the United States.  The tag that dangles from the teabag is made from an old ticket.  A fountain pen lays next to the letter, as if it just finished writing.  Many of the pieces in the background, as well as an accent on the vase, and the wrapper on the muffin are made from the inside pattern of security envelopes.

The feeling is one of missing those back “home” but settled into new surroundings, enjoying a bit of tea with a morning muffin.  What we do today to keep in touch with old friends and family through social media on our computers and phones used to happen by mail.  I can imagine my grandmother (who loved lavender) sitting at this scene, enjoying letters from loved ones and writing messages of her own.

“Letters Home” is on a 10 x 10 inch wood panel, and is currently hanging at Tessera Fine Art Gallery in Wichita.

Coffee Break Collage Series


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“Spot O’ Tea”  collage on 10 x 10 inch wood panel

Tomorrow I will be teaching a “Paint with Paper” workshop at Tessera Fine Art Gallery, so as usual I did a little brushing up on technique this week.  I had been wanting to do a series of cups, and the subject matter seemed especially suited to collage.  As I created this series of three pieces, I gave myself the rule of using ONLY paper to not only shape, but shade my pieces.  No paint in these pieces, just bits of my paper stash.

I will say that some of the papers had been mono printed, or decorated with paint at some previous point in time, but I used them the same as I did my other found and purchased papers.  I love the slightly wonky look that seems to happen when I do collage work.

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“Morning Mug” collage on 6 x 6 inch wood panel

I enjoyed making this series of three different sizes;  10 x 10,  6 x 6, and  4 x 4 inch wood panels. All three contain at least one postage stamp in the piece…there are a total of 6 all together.  Can you find them all?

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“Cuppa Joe” collage on 4 x 4 inch wood panel

If you are interested in any or all of these pieces, they are at Tessera Fine Art Gallery in Wichita.

If you are interested in tomorrow’s workshop, call the gallery at (316) 262-2435 to see if there is a spot open.

Pass the Painting Please!


I belong to an organization of artists and May marks our final meeting before a summer break.  We try to do something fun and different at this meeting, so this year we had fun with a “Pass the Painting Please” party.  We painted for 15 minutes on a canvas board before passing on to the next person.  We continued for two hours, so each finished painting had the touches of eight different artists.  I was again impressed by the mastery of this women and what they accomplished in a very short amount of time!

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There were about 20 participants, here are just a few of the results:

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A fun project that encourages us to work quickly and intuitively without getting too attached to our concept for the piece!

My Gallery Wall

March wall

At Tessera Fine Art Gallery in Wichita, each artist has their own bit of wall space.  The gallery owner, Teresa, does an amazing job of hanging the new art that I bring in every couple of months.

This month my wall is packed with an eclectic batch of my latest works.  There are many still life flowers, one of which is quite abstract.  I have another of my regal ladies, this one from Kansas! (I have started on Texas and Cape Cod)  There are a few birds, the Salida kayaks that I started last summer and just now finished up.  The tiny little set of four in the middle are the legacy series. And of course there are a couple of elephants. One of the little black and white trio in the lower left was in a Somerset Studio Gallery magazine last fall.

Which is your favorite?

Morning Joys


Last fall I took an abstract drawing class from the talented Brian Hinkle at Tessera Fine Art Gallery in Wichita.  This is one of the charcoal sketches I did under his tutelage. I was pretty happy with this piece, so decided to turn it into a painting.

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I used mainly acrylic paint, but I did end up adding some highlights with pastels. It was a lot of fun, and I am considering doing more in this style.  I now have a much greater appreciation for abstract art!

If you would like a print of this piece, you can find it in my etsy shop.  The original is currently hanging at Tessera Fine Art Gallery in Wichita.


The Visitior

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I can’t decide which is my favorite part of this piece, the red pot made from some of my monoprinted paper stash, or the little bird who has come to perch by this pot of flowers. that I imagine sitting on a worn turquoise painted window sill in an old farmhouse.

The original mixed media painting hangs at Tessera Fine Art Gallery.  Find prints in my etsy shop.