Most of my work has been gifts for family and friends. I enjoy all kinds of mixed media work. I love to work with found objects and lately I have been incorporating pictures into my work.
Because I am self taught, I'm really not sure what "something" is "suppose" to look like. I find when I can touch and feel another piece of work it helps me to see what the texture and finished piece is. Now heres a good question. Am I a budding artist or a crafter? Oh boy!! Some say artist and some say crafter. Does it really matter? Actually, to be honest....I have always been a frustrated creative type. My creativity would come out in decorating my home. You know, changing the furniture...often! Whenever I went into a craft store, I would leave empty handed and extremely frustrated. Where do I start? How do they do that?
Then one afternoon a friend of mine brought over her rubber stamps to make Mother's Day cards with my children. I was a home school mom and I thought this would be a great project for "them". I was hooked!! Grabbed! I actually made something. It reminded me of fourth grade when we did some kind of art and my page made me smile, happy and excited. Then I remembered how the teacher didn't pick my project to be displayed.
Once I made the card and saw that I could make something, like I said, I was hooked. I bought stamps, paper and ink. Then, back to the doubt and feelings of not measuring up, I spent the next few years "playing" and wondering why I couldn't make cool stuff like others? Now that a few years have passed and I have realized that it's not about me! It's about the process. The way it makes me feel. The therapy as my husband calls it.
I now have a wonderful studio. It is stocked rather well thank you to yard sales and family and friends who keep me stocked. I am still learning and having fun and yes, I still have times of total frustration. I have been very blessed with a super supportive husband and family. My mom collects the coolest stuff for me. That is a great blessing. I have many local friends whom I love very much. We get together when we can to "play". I have also met some great artist on the internet.
I'm looking forward to growing, learning, playing and participating. I know there are blogs out there with challenges. I'd like to get involved. Be challenged and to have the courage to get involved and show my work. Isn't it funny...writing to n where about some of my inner most feelings.
Well, thanks for "listening". I'd really like to add your link to my blog so please leave a comment with your blog address. Thanks for stopping by.....
Twenty three years ago today was a tragic day for me. I was a terrible mother, young and alone. Searching for love, acceptance, understanding, dodging fear, lack of confidence, lack of who I was. I lost something ... a piece of me. I've tried so many ways to fill the holes. Not knowing consciously that was what I was doing. It takes someone special to care for twins...a double blessing...and I failed. I failed them and I failed myself. Jessica and Melissa, I am so sorry. Forgive me. I love you, Mom
This is a 6 x 6 stretched canvas. You can find it for sale in my Etsy Store . It has a quote from Michel Angelo "I'm still learning"
Our daughter J.J. (Jennifer) graduated from the School of Worship this past Tuesday!! I am so proud of her. When I think of J.J. one of the first things that comes to mind is COURAGE.
Her outreach team is leaving for New Orleans this Tuesday. My prayers are with her and her team. She has met some wonderful, lifelong friends and has traveled more than many at just 19.
J.J. and Mae in Thailand... 2005
My good friend and terrific artist Crystal asked this question on her blog. Crystal's blog
I'm pretty well known for re-arranging my furniture. Well, actually for re-arranging the entire house. I just recently moved my studio back into our family room. I have a wonderful view of the Saratoga passage. Here's a few pictures of my work space. I'm usually pretty organized until I start to create something.
This picture is in between projects. I have a piece of acrylic on my desk with letters from my husband and children, family photo's and a piece of artwork I purchased from D.J. Pettitt. I just love her work. D.J. Pettitt website D.J.'s blog
These pictures are at the end of one project and starting another. I took the one picture and my husband asked me what I was doing? "taking a picture of my desk, duh" He took the last picture, he said it truly represents my work table. :) I love my work space! I still need to replace those ugly blinds though!!