Thursday, October 13, 2016

Fall has Arrived

It's official, autumn has arrived in Albany.  The third season of the year is showing it's colors and they are splendid!  Below are two autumn trees made with cut paper.  I just had make some trees.
These trees have some visitors.  Because a tree is just more of a tree with a bird or two sitting in it.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Rainy Day People

This heading makes me think of that Gordon Lightfoot song of the same title.  Hmmm, funny how things come back to you.  Well, anyway here are my rainy day people.  I like to think they are friends heading off to get a nice coffee or cup of tea together.  Probably lots of new things to discuss.  The rain does not seem to bother these two.
At any rate, this is a new piece I just finished for my art show, going on now.  This is cut paper and it's about 5x7 in size.  All the paper was hand painted by me.  Well, the music was printed paper I found in an antique store and then a little bit of notebook paper in the corner.  Even the paper that has writing on it was made by me.  I used a rubber stamp and stamped the design after paint was applied.
Thank goodness you can't see my studio.  What a mess!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Making Art

I'm busy making artwork for an upcoming art show in October.  I've had this little bookstore in my head and in my sketchbook for awhile.  So, now it's come to life in my studio.
You can also see my messy art table where I work.  Lots of snips of paper.  To tell you the truth, it's been a lot worse than this.
Here is a small piece that I'm also planning on putting in the show.  Hope you enjoy looking at them.
Have a good weekend everyone!

Thursday, September 1, 2016


As you can probably determine for yourself, I'm not shy about using color.  The funny thing is, I've been watching a workshop video by a well known collage artist.  Who will remain anonymous.  Anyway, in this workshop the artist says to always mix your acrylic colors with white before using them in a piece of art.  Yikes!!!  I guess that's fine if you want a bit more muted color.  But, to tell you the truth, I like bright colors and I think kids do too.  So, the workshop was very informative but I'm not going to do everything she suggests.  I think I'll use my artists license and just go for it!
This piece is quite small, about 5x5 in size.  All the papers used were painted and stamped by me.  I did a little mixing.  But not much.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

A Girl and her Cat

This was originally a small sketch and now a full color cut paper piece.  Now that I see it up on my computer it looks a bit like a chalk board in the background.  Maybe, I'm thinking about back to school time!  I also used a little bit of sheet music for the background.  I always find music interesting to look at, even though I don't read music or play anything.
Anyway, this is small, maybe 5x7.  I think I'll frame it and add it to the stuff for my upcoming art show in October at Gallery Calapooia in Albany, Oregon.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Bike Ride

There is nothing like a relaxing bike ride.  Especially, if you are lucky enough to ride in a yellow basket with the wind in your ears! 
Just a little something I whipped out today.  I was experimenting with some old looking newsprint for the background.  I painted it and then glued it down.  I hope the lumps dry up and go away.  At any rate, it was fun to make.
Hope you enjoy it!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

A Visitor in my Garden

Something new to show you.  A study of zinnias and a nice yellow cat that visits my yard sometimes.  He only visits our yard if Lois (my dog) is in the house.  I'm sure if he hung around for awhile Lois and he would make fine friends.  It is her fondest wish to have a cat friend. 
Anyway, this was done with paper I painted myself.  Which explains why it's so bright.  I tend to go for brighter colors.  It's just the way I roll.
Hope you enjoy!