Saturday, November 17, 2012


The hardest part of just about any task is beginning it.  I know you know what I'm talking about...the closet that needs to be cleaned out, the note you need to write.  It's no different for me with my art.  Sometimes I have to just sit at my desk...or on the floor...or in the grass outside...and make myself begin something, anything.  Most days the momentum gets going and I suddenly realize I'm in the zone.  

That's how it works for me most of the time.  I don't do a lot of preliminary drawings for my jewelry pieces.  My collage works tend to be rather random and spontaneous.  I like being surprised.  I like to let a piece tell me what it wants to be.  

I am happiest when my art and my life are one and the same.  Lately I crave simplicity and order.  This desire is showing up in my collage pieces.  I increasingly find myself reaching for a pen or a paintbrush, instead of hunting through cluttered boxes of ephemera to alter and layer.  

Instead of stencils and stamps I look for everyday items to use as tools.  An empty toilet paper roll dipped in paint makes a great blobby circle.

For me, Fall is a season of decluttering...of simplifying and appreciating organic and simple things.  It is a time of preparation and making space.  Fall is my season for nesting.

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  1. Terrific mixed media tags Janice Happy PPF, Annette x

  2. Beautiful tags! I think there is a trending towards simplicity, order and scaling down!
    For what ever reason there seems to be real change in the wind towards this! You are not alone. I crave that too!! Along with visual beauty!

    Hugs Giggles

  3. I love how you talk about the need to declutter and not wanting to look through the boxes- I feel that way sometimes too! Sometimes I think of getting rid of all my stash of supplies and just starting over.

  4. Nice nesting, yes me too feeling like uncluttering is the order of the day...xox

  5. I like your painterly tags! Don't declutter too much though!

  6. Beautiful tags. I love how your nesting shows up in your art.

  7. Very nice! I like the toilet paper roll circles.

  8. Hi,
    I just discovered your blog and I think your art is AMAZING!! I think I am going to show up from time to time now... :)
    I really like how you worked out the day and night theme...

    Greetings :)

  9. Thanks, everyone! LOVE it that you stopped by! I think I made to each one of your blogs this weekend. Thank you for all the amazing inspiration! You are a very talented lot!

  10. I feel the same way about starting a new piece of art, sometimes I want to make or paint but end up doing everything else but! then other times I get a flash of inspiration and off I go! I love your view on art and how it fits into your life, simplicity and order with a good does of spontaneity! Good luck with the de-cluttering:)

  11. love this: "I am happiest when my art and my life are one in the same." There's such an integration in that, and I think I strive for that too. Or maybe by just doing my art ( and getting past the difficult step of beginning that you talk about) is the thing that helps my life and art integrate. Not sure, but you've given me something to think about. I really love looking at your art, btw, and I didn't know that about gel medium on fabric making it like paper. I love working with fabric in collage. For sure I will try that! Thanks.

  12. Love your style of art..beautiful tags and great colors and birds.The backgrounds of your tags are simply amazing!



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