Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Board Book

Recently I had the pleasure of joining 3 other ladies over at Linda Trenholm's studio to learn how to create a board book. Linda has some wonderful creations! My favorite were the ping pong paddles that she had picked up at a yard sale and turned into hand mirrors. How cool is that. Linda is actually on the board of Somerset Studio Magazine. She has a beautiful home and teaches out of her casita. Fresh air, wonderful company and an open environment. Everything just roams in and out of her studio including her cat, which was incredibly freeing and inspiring. This is my board book, which took me all day to create just these two pages. I was inspired to do flowers since her yard is full of them. I used images, stamps, acrylics, colored pencils, charcoal pencil, gesso and oil pastels.

Studio Chairs

The old
The new!

I finally managed to get the four chairs covered in what I'm calling my "studio" which is actually a spare bedroom. You should've heard the delivery men when I got the table a month ago. You want us to put the table in the bedroom? Are you sure? Yes....I'm sure! I am including a picture of what the chairs originally looked like. They had a brown seat cover. Now they have something vibrant and bright that just makes you want to create, well hopefully. A big thank you to my friend Mandy who came over with her staple gun and covering expertise.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Welcome Raylynn Ann

Yesterday my brother and sister-in-law Amanda had a new baby girl Raylynn Ann. I think she has the most beautiful middle name in the world, which happens to be her Aunt Mandi's middle name. She weighed 8lbs 11 oz and was 21 inches long. There is no stronger love than the love you feel for a child so I welcome her into my heart. She is in good company along with her sisters Bailey and Clara and her brother Ethan.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Peace for Jackie's Birthday

I finally get to put up this post because I've finally given Jackie her birthday present. Jackie's birthday was actually March 13th but since I hadn't given her this painting yet I couldn't post it. So here it is. I was really pleased with how it turned out. I used molding paste, gotta love that stuff, wire mesh and a peace stencil and painted over with various colors. Then...I added glitter. I couldn't resist I love shiny!

Friday, April 10, 2009


This video is dedicated to all of my friends and family who battle addiction. "The quiet scares me cause it screams the truth".

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Weekend with My Mom!

This last weekend my mom came to town for a visit. We had the pleasure of seeing "O" by Cirque Du Soleil. Right outside of the theater for the show is an exhibit by Richard Macdonald. He has a studio in Monterey where he creates his beautiful sculptures. I fell in love with this one titled "Blind Faith". It spoke to me and made me think for a moment is there really any other kind? Isn't all faith blind? Each one of his pieces is carved from an actual performers physique. Amazing!