Petcasso!

A few months ago I was invited to create a pet sculpture for the upcoming Petcasso event in Cincinnati. I decided to make a Galaxy themed cat. She turned out all glittery and fun after layers and layers of paint and glitter and a final trip to the auto body shop where she received a thick clear coat. (thick and shiny!)  

She will be hanging out at the Cincinnati Art Museum until the final auction in November.  

ROAD TRIP!!!   Heading to Cincinnati to deliver Galaxy Cat to the Cincinnati Art Museum Petcasso event. 

ROAD TRIP!!!   Heading to Cincinnati to deliver Galaxy Cat to the Cincinnati Art Museum Petcasso event. 

Live 360 Art Studio at Great Northern Mall

My latest project has been collaborating with Great Northern Mall to create a free community center, art studio, free art classes and gallery space.  This has been an exciting adventure and I am still finding my balance with it all. 

Here are a few of the latest pictures from the space.  Artist Reception with local artists - a pic of one of my sold art pieces, set up for the free art class and some of the birds from the event - still working on hanging the pieces!  

Love this opportunity to be out in the community sharing art in a calm, nonthreatening environment.  Just stop in, check it out, make something and enjoy the process without pulling out your wallet or signing up for a weekly commitment.  

Murals on Kelly's Island

I was invited to paint scripture murals at Camp Patmos on Kelly's Island. It has been a whirlwind of a month, so I scheduled it for my only available weekend, the morning after driving to Cincinnati and then Kentucky and home in one day on Friday. In fact the morning I was leaving for the ferry to get me to the island, I realized I should probably bring a change of clothes and all....

Needless to say I was not thinking this all through clearly.... until I was surrounded by this.

The two buildings I was asked to paint....well, actually I was asked to do the big one - two windows and I asked to do the door and the door of the small one. They are so cool. 

The two buildings I was asked to paint....well, actually I was asked to do the big one - two windows and I asked to do the door and the door of the small one. They are so cool. 

It did not take long to acclimate. Talk about plein air painting, this was the most amazing weekend.

 

 

Painting by the water, wind blowing, ducks and so many other birds, like the blue heron that walked along the dock a few feet away from me. Sunday morning I even startled a tiny fawn that was sleeping by my mural. Refreshed and renewed from deep within. Even though I painted for most of the time I was there, not once did it feel like work, felt like therapy and a vacation all rolled into one.   

Big boat house door - John 3:16

Big boat house door - John 3:16

working on the two window paintings as the sun set over the lake. seriously. 

working on the two window paintings as the sun set over the lake. seriously. 

The beginnings of the small door - anchor and guide lines....

The beginnings of the small door - anchor and guide lines....

Had to move into the medical office where my daughter works as the camp nurse - such a cute space. The storm kicked up FAST...and then just as quickly was gone. 

Had to move into the medical office where my daughter works as the camp nurse - such a cute space. The storm kicked up FAST...and then just as quickly was gone. 

The finished door - after a revision or two. You can't see it, but the waves were crashing so much the water was hitting me as i finished up. 

The finished door - after a revision or two. You can't see it, but the waves were crashing so much the water was hitting me as i finished up. 

Under the Sea - Over the piles

So many interesting projects in the works - very unrelated, but fun to see all mashed together in my space.  Jellyfish galore, seaweed hanging from hula hoops, an oversized rooster sculpture, tree paintings and now a flamingo set to paint, and wire rabbits.

 

 

jellyfish for Little Mermaid production

Rooster is READY

I am painting a rooster for the Saint Clair Superior Development Year of the Rooster public art project. And I am SOOOOO excited!  My fancy fowl will be perched outside of Dominion downtown for the world to see. :)

Mr. Rooster is currently sitting on my dining room table, right in front of my front window - like the major prize that he is, but will soon move to a place more conducive to painting and epoxy....  

The theme for this proud fella is "Putting on the Ritz"  ......updates will be posted. :)     

Here he is (front and center) with the rest of his flock - separated the family for a good cause. They will all by reunited at the Asian festival on May 20th downtown. 

Here he is (front and center) with the rest of his flock - separated the family for a good cause. They will all by reunited at the Asian festival on May 20th downtown. 

Meet the Maker

In addition to the Little Black Dress project this month, I have been faithfully posting my instagram responses to the March Meet the Maker event. 

Well, one stumped me, (the hyperlapse video) but I will come back to it eventually!  

I love these prompts for the opportunity to meet so many great artisans. I am amazed at the variety of "makers" participating.  Flower farmers (love this!) seamstresses, fellow painters, illustrators, fiber artists... all the fun stuff. 

9 more days!   Yikes, that means only 9 more days in March. 

Anyone can join in, or follow along by searching the hashtag #marchmeetthemaker2017 or just #meetthemaker.

Creativity Series at Great Northern Mall

So, I kicked off the Creativity series at Great Northern Mall this past weekend with a large drawing class for all ages in the middle of the mall. 

I had to wear a wireless mic and everything. I was verrrry nervous as I put the mic on, but once I started teaching, it was a breeze. I loved the experience!  Shocked myself at how comfortable I was directing people and teaching.  

I love the vision Great Northern has for community engagement, and am excited to say I am going to have a part in it. :)   - more to come. 

My nerves were going nuts at this point....looking out at all the tables, knowing anyone walking by would be able to hear me .... introverted, artsy me.... But then I started teaching and all was good. :) 

My nerves were going nuts at this point....looking out at all the tables, knowing anyone walking by would be able to hear me .... introverted, artsy me....

But then I started teaching and all was good. :) 

Little Black Dress project

Sometime in February I started to take note of something called the Little Black Dress project. The idea behind it is to wear a black dress every day for the month of March and draw attention to the plight of the millions of children and adults trapped in slavery around the world. Trafficking is a huge problem, that I only had peripheral knowledge about.

Rather than post a picture of myself in the same black dress everyday, or fill my Instagram feed with statistics of trafficking, I decided to draw an illustration a day - all wearing black of some kind.  I have been including quotes and song lyrics, scripture verses and my own prayers to the sketches to draw awareness in my own way. 

Another part of this awareness campaign involves raising money to help those on the front lines of this epidemic rescue and redeem the trapped. 

I am supporting a21 - "the new abolitionists" run by Christine Caine. - I am also pointing people to the lbdproject itself - not too late to join in, learn, donate and share! 

 

This first sketch was going to be the only drawing, but each morning as I slip on my black dress, and sit down to journal, another image forms. 

This first sketch was going to be the only drawing, but each morning as I slip on my black dress, and sit down to journal, another image forms. 

Ride Your Ostrich

Ride your Ostrich.

Yes, whatever your big, intimidating moving target is in your life....Hop On! 

This was one of my favorite pieces to create. The colorful paper feathers of my fancy ostrich and book page girl looking directly into the eyes of this magical creature makes my heart happy.  

Who are you?

Art is where I find the most satisfaction in life, whether I am simply looking, teaching, making for others or doing personal pieces like this one, I know I have created to create.  I am an artist.

BUT

Oftentimes the "shoulds" take over and I find myself shirking back from the very thing that brings me life. The very thing I was made to do.  Well, I have made a lot of resolutions over the years, I do so love fresh starts, blank slates, new projects, goals, visions, dreams....this time though I did what many people have done and choose a word for the year. 

DISCIPLINE 

Not my favorite word, but a necessary one for this flighty artistic creature (and I am not talking about the ostrich.)  I have had this quote on my social media sites for years...

"You do everything, the way you do anything."  

Adding discipline in any area, will help ALL the areas of my life.  RIDE YOUR OSTRICH - but hold on tight!