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DIY Aluminum Star Christmas Ornaments

DIY Star Christmas Ornament

If you have a few aluminum pie pans left over after Thanksgiving for recycling, here is a simple DIY aluminum star Christmas ornament to make with them. What you’ll need: scissors a couple of empty aluminum pie tins thick needle embroidery thread (red or green) a small phillips screwdriver hammer (optional) First, cut off the bottom of the pan from the sides. This will leave you with a flat, circle of aluminum. Using a pencil, draw a star on it.…

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Two Ravens Painting

Two Ravens Painting

This little painting on light blue painted reclaimed wood is titled “Two Ravens Sit & Reflect IV.” I’ve drilled two holes in the end and strung some wire for hanging but I think it looks pretty cool sitting on a shelf with other fun items. For sale in my Etsy Shop UPDATE: SOLD

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Painted Magic Wand

I love making things and collecting things. Sometimes I’ll see something and think to myself, I could make something out of that. That’s what I thought when I found this piece of cactus wood. I was thinking of maybe making a mobile out of it. But then I was moved to paint it. And then when I picked it up, it felt like a magic wand. I’m sure it’s filled with creative energy. 🙂 It’s for sale in my Etsy…

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New Digital Doodle Art Prints now available

I’ve started listing some of my new Digital Doodle Prints on Etsy. I love combining my Photoshop skills with my art! I’ve taken my original paintings, scanned them and then posterized and enhanced them with digital white doodles in Photoshop. I print them on a natural white canvas paper which has texture to it so they look like a real painting. They are unstretched canvas prints. I really love the look of them.      

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Be inspired – Secret to Life as an Artist series

What fuels your creativity? For me, it is nature, pattern, texture, color, swirling lines, symbolism, contrast, duality, energy, animals, flowers, forests, mountains, peacefulness, play, joy and….my list could go on and on. This is my Secret to Life as an Artist series and one principal to live by is “be inspired .” Fuel your creativity with this inspiration. We are all creative beings. We are all artists! Be inspired everyday. Here’s a little creative wording to remind you about fueling…

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A Quote I Like

“My tapestry would be draped on the wall of an ancient castle; it would have been started long, long ago and it has recently been discovered unfinished. It is a celebration of my life, my past lives, my dreams, insights and experiences…” – Polly

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A painted mailbox project

This mailbox came back into my life recently and I am thrilled to start using it as our family mailbox for our Prescott home. I painted this mailbox back in 2001 for the Creative Department where I worked. The project was to create a mailbox that could be used for the employee of the month. The special person would put it on their desk for a month while they were temporarily spotlighted. I was chosen, or maybe I volunteered, I…

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100 Blog Topics for Artists

This is a blog post of 100 Blog Topics for artists. It is for artists who are trying to come up with ideas for what to write about. I’ve noticed I’m not blogging as much as I have been in the past and it’s partly because I’ve been having a hard time thinking up topics to blog about. So I thought maybe there are other artists having the same problem and could use some help with Blog Topic ideas. There…

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See My Curiosity Cabinet

I came across a website called Trackingwonder.com There is a pdf one can get for free that is about 5 Ways to Rally Criosity, Delight & Dee[ Connnection into Your Creative Profession & Life. in a nutshell # 2 was: Keep a personal or professional curiosity cabinet I had an ah ha moment when I read the words Curiousity Cabinet. That is exactly what I made one time but never had a word or title for it. I just alled…

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Some of My Favorite Etsy Shops

I was just reminded today that not everyone knows about Etsy.com. I was talking with someone and they hadn’t heard of it. So I explained what it was. I’m sure my enthusiasm was shining through because if you know me, you know I love browsing Etsy! It’s fun to see what other creative people are making! Etsy.com is a place to find handmade items! It is the best place for finding all things unique and creative! To give as gifts…

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Whimsical Peace Tree Paintings

This time of year is a reminder to me to hold Peace in my thoughts and prayers for others and the planet. I’ve been feeling the peace and quiet around our house because we have lots of snow in the yard. It feels quiet and still in the morning. Peace has been on my mind lately. I find it very peaceful to look at the snowy trees. And the snow on the mountains. I hope it snows some more because it…

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12 Steps to Making a Christmas Ornament

Every year the Tumalo Art Co. artists make or paint handmade Christmas ornaments. It has become a much anticipated tradition and I look forward to it each year. Usually a couple trees are put up at the gallery and ornaments are hung from it. This year, I’ve painted white ceramic stars and snowflakes with a spiral shape. People who know me, know that I adore the spiral. So I thought it appropriate to put it on my ornaments. To me,…

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Our Backyard Garden in Bend, Oregon

A couple weeks ago we went on Bend’s Backyard Farm Tour. It was really fun. I think there were about 18 backyard gardens to go to. There was a handout and map to follow. We hit about 7 or 8 of them before we had to be somewhere else. Backyard farmers are a happy bunch. They love sharing their knowledge and the fruits of their labor. I got some great seeds from one farmer. We talked to a Master Gardner…

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Art with Texture

I love texture in a painting. I thought you might like to see my work up close and see some of the texture I put into it. I’m often asked how I get the pattern in my paintings that you see in the background. My process involves using wax paper that I paint and then scrap into with my fingernails, and then press onto the painting. I let it dry for a bit and then run it under the faucet…

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Painting and Making Whimsical Recycled Garden Art

One way to bring a little color into your home is to make colorful garden planters using paint and recycled washing machine drums. I painted the one above last year. It’s great for cactus because they don’t need much water. I made a bright flower motif one this year. I’ll show you the progression of one I decorated with a cactus design below. I started with an empty washing machine drum that I cleaned up to look like this. Next…

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Going Bananas in Baja

Last year we transplanted some banana trees in a new garden in front of our casita. It was one of the last things we did before we headed back to Oregon last year. Before we arrived this year we wondered how much the garden had grown. Everything really took off and especially the banana trees! I didn’t know much about how bananas grow before we had banana trees. So I thought you might like to know more about them too.…

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My Little Red Bird Print is in an Etsy Treasury

My little red bird print,  “She Felt the Sum Beaming”,  is garnering some attention over on Etsy.com. She’s in a beautiful bird Treasury picked out by the Hola Greeting Card Company. Hola Cards makes fun greeting cards and many of them have spanish sentiments on them. They’re very unique and they’re not printed, they’re made by hand! That’s what I love about Etsy…the unique handmade items that an independent artist is making just for you! Love that! ♥

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Dragonfly Babies Sure Are Cute

I found this drawing from 1999 in one of my sketchbooks. I don’t remember where or why I was drawing these little dragonfly babies but they sure are cute. Maybe I should do a painting of them. Cuties.

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More Colorful Art Bookmarks and Inspiring Things

I did a blog post about my colorful, whimsical art bookmarks back in November but I’ve made a few more so I thought I would share them with you. My bookmarks are printed by me on a heavy fine art paper card stock and coated with 2 coats of satin acrylic varnish which protects it, brings out the vivid color and gives it a smooth finish! You can buy them at the Tumalo Art Co. in Bend, Oregon and at…

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Part 3: One Artist’s Journey – 20-30 yrs old

This continues my 5 part series about my path as an artist. Part 3 is between the years 1979-1989. In 1981, I graduated from college with a Bachelors in Fine Art from Washington State University. There was a professor in college who sat me down and made me decide if I wanted to take the academic Fine Art route or go the way of Commercial Art. Thinking I needed a way to make a living, I chose the Graphic Design…

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The Way of Art and Healing

I have always felt art has the power to heal. At one point in my life I thought I wanted to be an art therapist. Art Therapy is a form of therapy that uses art as the tool for helping people heal. The wikipedia definition says, “Using their skills in evaluation and psychotherapy, art therapists choose materials and interventions appropriate to their clients’ needs and design sessions to achieve therapeutic goals and objectives.” I talk more about this in my…

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Writing My Artist Statement

I have an artist statement. In fact, I have multiple versions of it. I usually have one that I use on my website and one that I use for my promotional materials. And then I will write one for a specific show that I am having such as the one I’m working on for my show in January at the Black Butte Ranch Lodge in Sisters, Oregon. My artist statements seem to be evolving and changing. It reflects my growth…

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Postcrossing.com Postcards and Travel

I do love to travel! But since my purse strings are tight right now, I decided to join Postcrossing.com This is a website where you send and recieve postcards from all over the world! And a great way to discover new places to travel! I find it very inspiring. It’s fun to see the stamps and images from the cards and getting a hand written message from someone. I also love getting mail. Real mail that you get in the…

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Whimsical Snowflake and Birdhouse Christmas Ornaments

The Tumalo Art Co., the gallery where I exhibit my art in Bend, has put up three ornamental Christmas trees for the artists to hang their handmade ornaments that they have for sale on. I made some mini whimsical snowflake paintings… and painted some tiny birdhouses as my ornaments. They look cute hanging in a tree outside our house. I brought them down to the gallery today and hung them on the Christmas trees. Happy Holidays!

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