Sunday, March 8, 2015

Dirty Footprints Studio: Art Journaling? Or Visual Journaling? What's the ...

Dirty Footprints Studio: Art Journaling? Or Visual Journaling? What's the ...: The lovely and talented Kristal Norton  asked a group of us artists  "What's the difference between art journaling...

I am sharing this post because I just finished watching this wonderfully done video.  It is powerful and these women are so well spoken and really exemplify the beauty of the artist perspective.

I have to agree that, in the end, it is all about intention.

Have a lovely day.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

And the beat goes on....

I have been thinking about this Sonny and Cher song for the better part of the past 2 weeks.  For real. It's so true.  The song is 50 years old but it still holds true today.  I'm pretty sure I'm going to make this my new ringtone.

Here is my DLP Journal and the response I have to week 2, which was to use gesso and respond to a quote about being able to start anew each day.  My pages are primed in white gesso before I begin anything since I don't know where I will end up, creativity wise.  I also did some stenciling with gesso here, atop the collage and paint layers.  I am very happy with the winged hear page element!!!

I have decided that this work will be mostly in acrylics, so I can improve my use of this paint media.  I am a little intimidated about working with it so this year long project will give me lots of chances to improve my skills and find my personal groove with it.

La da da da dee.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Happy 2015

My first post in oh so long.  I'm rusty!! But not rusted or busted or dusted....

I want to return to my blog after far too long a time of not blogging.  I have been remembering my early days of blogging and how I loved it.  The friends I made in bloglandia.  The wonderful creativity I see in bloglandia.  The amazing stories I read on blogs.  The beautiful places I see on blogs.

When Facebook came along for me it seemed to be the easier softer way.  And there is no denying the convenience of it.  But the time is right for me to step away from that and step back to my authentic love of the blog platform for sharing things that interest me, my creative journey, and opening myself to new friends.

I am participating in The Documented Life Project 2015.  I lurked around in the project last year but didn't participate as I had hoped to.  This is a wonderful project administered and curated by some the  very talented artists of Art to the 5.  Please go visit to see lots of beautiful artwork, hear authentic stories, and learn about growing both personally and artistically.

I am using Dyan Reaveley's Dylusions Creative Journal for my project this year.  I love this book!!! The paper is fantabulous for mixed media work and the size is great.

I have chosen to keep the emphasis of my planner directed toward my artistic growth and pursuits this year.  Our challenge for week 1 was to incorporate book text and to address the prompt of "Be your own goalkeeper".  Rather than use the word GOAL I am substituting the word VISION.  I am a visual person, I love looking at and creating visual art, and a vision is a much less emotionally loaded viewpoint for me {as opposed to a goal}.

My intuition has guided me well for many years and through many different circumstances.  Over the last few years my art practice has been sporadic at best, and has taken a back seat to other negative and stressful forces at work in my professional life.  Those forces are still at work, unfortunately, but in the past 12 months my perspective on it has changed immensely.  Suffice it to say that I am returning to my love of creating and my need to create regularly. The process is driving me now, rather than the product, and this has given me a great freedom and, more importantly, a greater connection to being guided by my INTUITION.

I am using found text to document each day.  The text is from a beautiful book I purchased on my last trip to Brattleboro VT {where my oldest daughter resides}.  This book will be the source of the found text for the entire DLP Project.

The pictures do not adequately describe the beauty of this book.

The most important creative vision at this time is to create everyday!!!! JUST DO IT.  

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Setting Intentions

Here are some photos with the process of creating my intentions for this month.  This is a good practice for me and I think I'll do this each month.

Enjoy xx

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

I have a story to tell….

Thank you for stopping by.  My story needs to be told.
In words.

Interspersed with images.
And some artwork.

It is difficult and scary for me to begin.

I have been steadily employed in corporate America since 1979.  Not always with the same corporate employer, mind you. As time has passed, and employers have changed, and now policies have changed, several common threads are blindingly apparent to me.

The path has brought me here, right now.  I am sure of that.  I have been employed by a large urban school district since 1997, and still am employed there.  I am a science teacher currently holding credentials for Biology and Chemistry.  I love science.  I fell in love with its majesty, complexity, simplicity, sensibility, beauty, immensity, and curiosity at the age of 16.  I knew then and there that I would center my life around this academic discipline, in some fashion.

And I have done that in my professional life.  I worked in healthcare for about 15 years, at two different and very large medical centers.  I'm sure you have heard both their names, they are in the news frequently.  I decided to change careers and become a teacher, which I began in 1997.  My teaching career has been very successful, with thousands of students I have had the privilege of spending time with, making connections and laughing while working very hard and overcoming difficulties and celebrating successes.

All corporate structures have a defined hierarchy of positions and various policies regarding employees and practices.  I get that.  It must be so, in order for that corporate entity to function.  The first common thread is that the welfare of the entity comes before the welfare of the individuals which comprise it.  

When I became an educator I had a very strong sense that 'I wanted to make a difference in the lives of my students".  I still feel that way.  However i have been betrayed by the corporate structure where I am currently employed.

In the spring of 2012 I was sitting in my classroom, working and listening to internet radio.  A song by Van Morrison came on and I heard it down to my very soul.

When listening to this I realized that was exactly how I was feeling about my teaching work.  Specifically about my employer, not so much the teaching and my students.  It all seemed so wrong. So disappointing. So frustrating. So unjust. So unfair.  So immoral. So wasteful.

Many untruths have been told.  Collaboration is a thing of the past.  My self-confidence, professional pride, classroom practice, and employee loyalty have been shaken to their foundations.  

After a deep depression and dehumanization at work, alongside my employer's lack of valuing my talents and services, I am feeling much more MYSELF than I have for a very long time.   I have been on a medical leave since November and am preparing to return to work in few weeks.  Same employer. Same situation. There is a big difference now though.  

I am not the same as I was when I left in November.  Thank goodness.

I am ready to bloom.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014


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Friday, January 4, 2013

MailArt 365

In November I joined a blog called MailArt 365. As I looked at the enormous variety of original mail art pieces shared there I realized that this would be good for me.  Why, you ask? I enjoy creating small art, like ATC's, 3 x 3's, inchies, etc, and am able to create them pretty quickly.  Making one each day, for 365 days, yeah, I can do this.

THEN I fell behind!!  AAAAGH! Undaunted, I carry on.  I may or may not make a piece every day, especially as I rethink and reorganize my time approach to my creative life.  However I will make 365 pieces by the anniversary of the date of my first post there - Nov. 22, as inquiring minds want to know. When I visited with Hanna on this post I was so pleased to read that she is approaching her '365' in a similar way!! Made me feel so much better. PLUS her 365 will be very cool, as she is always up to cool creative stuff!!

As I was working on some ATC's recently I knew they needed SOMETHING else but could not decide what.  I am not short on materials either, but as I sorted through my stashes nothing felt right.  I dug further and decided to construct some flowers for layering onto the cards.  They are made of canvas and I have a quick tutorial here for you.

I used these things:     Artist's Canvas  - on a pad that I got on sale foreverago
                                   Spray inks - I used Dylusions, GlimmerMists, and Walnut Stain?
                                   Acrylic Inks in bottles - Daler-Rowney, Liquitex
                                   small detail paint brushes

These are the canvas sheets that I used. I like the weight of it and the fact that it is all ready primed.

After the inks were sprayed and dried, I turned the canvas over and drew my shapes on the reverse side.

Start cutting!!

I went with flowers, circles, and four-leaf clovery things.  

I used a spray fixative to keep the inks in place, so any additional media on top would not change the ink colors.

Here they are, with additional shimmer painted on!!

ooooh - pretty!  

I don't like edges that look unfinished so I made sure to paint them too!! 

The finished ATC!!

The whole process here took me 2 hours, tops.  And I still have canvas flowers, circles, and four leaf clovery things ready to use another day!! Love that.