Farmhouse Rehab – Wabi Sabi Rustic Reclaim

old door cleaned and with some Annie Sloan Old White chalk paint

I have been mostly absent from everything except working at the farmhouse and working in my office.  We are inside, sanding walls, painting walls, trimming out windows and doors and thinking about what to use for the kitchen cabinets.  Even though we had a stockpile of wood in the barn, much of it is oak and thick and so heavy.  It might become kitchen, it might not.  Reclaim is a marvelous thing, but the sorting and selection, cutting and sanding and installation take up lots of time and … [Continue reading...]

Painting Just Because — Conversations


Painting just because...conversations. Stamping, scribbling, painting, connection, conversation.   … [Continue reading...]

Art Journal — Journal as Mood Board


I’ve been away from the studio table for several days while working on the farmhouse rehab.  This weekend I was noticing a blush beginning in the trees, the goldenrod beginning to fade and the daylillies drooping to the ground.  As I sat on the new deck and looked out at the yard of the farmhouse […]

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Studio Table, Living Beings and Trees


Seth Apter has a call to take a photo of your studio table and play along with over 100 other participants today.  Seth is always great for group activities and he makes everyone feel most welcome.  My studio table is actually pretty neat for me, since we are moving soon, most of my studio is […]

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Painting — You can’t see the trees for the forest


A little twist on the old saying “you can’t see the forest for the trees”.  In my version you can’t see the trees for the forest.  My forest is a bit on the overcrowded side.  But in my backyard, the forest is overcrowded.  No maintenance is done on it so you really can’t see the […]

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Mixed Media Alchemy — Lucky Star Art Camp


November is fast approaching and that means I head on down to Texas for a romping good time at Lucky Star Art Camp, November 5-9, 2014. Time for daydream believing and sleepaway art camp for grown-ups.  What could be better you say? Well getting to teach of course.  I am so LUCKY to be in the company […]

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Art Journal — In the Landscape of the Living Dream


In the landscape of the living dream there was a turret for protection. A chair to sit and ponder A garden of alliums A mirror to ask for wishes in a sage green room A cottage window to gaze out of and some lovely tea Just for me Magazine collage, stamping and ink pads, digital […]

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Art Journal — Living, Growing, Blooming

living, growing, blooming

Living, growing, blooming.  All wonderful things.  But sometimes I forget that this is what life is about.  Too concerned with the day to day have to’s that I forget to live, grow and bloom for myself.  Taking a moment to step back into life and enjoy the simple joy of it.  Living, growing, blooming, breathing, […]

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Stitching — Painted fabric and stitch

Faces second side

Creating the liner for the vintage laundry cart today.  I stitched all the painted fabric pieces I had fashioned for the pattern, leaving extra room for some “sag”.  I did not want to stretch on the seams when the cart was full of my fabric stash.  So I fitted it out with clothes pins and […]

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Art Journal — Life is a Hive


Living beings – thanks Valerie for this theme at Art-Journal-Journey.  Life is a hive. The busier I am, the more I get done.

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