This is my happy spot, where I create my art. Come join me for a walk through!
I love these birds...
You can see them at the W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary in Augusta, Michigan.
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It was all fun and games until the dog rolled in something...
This morning I woke to the trill of a Red-winged Blackbird.
Spring is here.
ps... I realize that a foot of snow still blankets the earth.
For two weeks I've been on my back, recovering from surgery, and I wonder - How did Michelangelo DO it?!
I've been creating new designs with the drawing pad held above me and my arm and shoulders ache!
But I am truly excited about the new Fall pieces: several large Halloween wall and tabletop pieces as well as Happy BonesTM, Wood 'n Things Skeleton Paper Dolls. One of my many loves is All Things Steampunk, and steampunk and skeletons are a fabulous match. So, guess what's coming this September...
Warm weather. Finally. The tulips seem to be growing in front of my eyes, as if they are trying to catch up with the daffodils nodding next to them in the breeze.
The dog and I walked out back to our small gold fish pond. What did we find? A snake, of course. Soaking up the heat of the stones on the path.
Makes me think of Halloween and the beautiful (shed) snakeskin I am using in the making of a lovely dress. Photos posted soon. I promise!
I love decorating. Any event, every season.
When very young, I was given two gifts that have shaped me in ways that, I suppose, the givers would never have anticipated.
The first was given me when I was four years old. It was a windy summer's day and I was riding my bike down the sidewalk near my home in Suttons Bay, Michigan. A tall blue-haired lady waved me down. Smiling, she handed me a Christmas box filled with a dozen delicately painted china bells.
I have been collecting ornaments ever since.
The second was on my seventh birthday. My parents dug me a small pond at the bottom of the hill behind our house. There I built villages. Clam shells became carriages pulled by delicate twig ponies. Horsetail grass became the logs for moss-roofed cabins while tiny birch bark canoes bobbed beside lily pad docks. After a bad storm, I got to start my pond village all over again, complete with new houses, new characters and new stories.
My art evolves from rough thumbnail sketches, typically about 2x3" in size. If the piece is to be laser cut, I redraw it in Illustrator prior to cutting. I finish each piece using a variety of materials including watercolors, wire, found objects, hand made paper, moss and leafing.
Inspired by nature, my work is illustrative in style. Celebrating beauty and often having a whimsical theme, I hope to make the audience smile. Most pieces are signed, limited editions.