July 24, 2009

A chance to win...

Last chance to win an original painting by Diahn! Go here for more details. Good luck!

July 21, 2009

Funny Girl

I like to make dolls out of odds and ends. I've got a nice collection of vintage child-size shoe forms which make great feet. The legs are wooden textile spools which I've cut down and painted. The face is made of fabric, needle sculpted and painted. I drew the hands on Shrinky Dink plastic. The shoulders are made from an old Japanese ruler; arms are chopsticks (cut to size) that I bought on a recent trip to Chicago. The body and crown are made of upholstery fabric.
Here's a detail shot of the face. She's painted like a clown. I made her wings using the Sunday comics - thus the name Funny Girl.

July 19, 2009


Book pages painted and stamped with acrylic paints. Image drawn with pencil, painted with acrylic paint and markers. Doodles added to left hand page. I adhered the buttons as set forth in the instructions. I chose to add the edge treatment only on the top of the page and down part of the side. My intention was to make the buttons look like additional flowers flowing from the hat. Working with the wire is very frustrating - at least for me! Using wire and getting it to lie flat will take lots of practice.

July 18, 2009

Fruits of My Labor

I recently joined the EveryDayMatters Yahoo group. I'm having a great time drawing and being inspired by all the wonderful artists in this group.

I draw and paint using my altered book as a substrate. (graphite, acrylic paint, colored pencils)

July 17, 2009

Another Give Away

Art by Diahn is having another original painting giveaway this weekend. Check it out here. Good luck!

July 16, 2009

Drawing With Needle and Thread

Often times, I start out with a pencil drawing and then “draw” it again using my sewing machine. The background fabric is cotton painted with water colors and soy milk.

July 15, 2009

The Artful Diva's Dilemma

My initial dilemma on how to upload pictures to another blog was the inspiration for this drawing.

July 11, 2009

Original Painting Giveaway

Art by Diahn is having an original painting giveaway this weekend. Check it out here. Good luck!


My husband and I attended Cirque Du Soleil's "Saltimbanco" show last night. It was fabulous! The costumes were colorful and exciting.

I've been working on an altered book and thought last night's performance would be fun to add to the book.

The background pages were painted with a mixture of wheat paste and acrylic paint. Once dry, I sketched the performer, colored it using acrylic paint, color pencils and Staedtler fineliner pens.

July 3, 2009

Beach Walk

Sunday mornings are reserved for my beach walk. I get down there before sunrise and have the whole beach to myself, with the exception of a few fishermen on the pier. On this morning, the tide was out and I had thought to bring my camera.

I think these "moon" shots are really neat.
The moon was so bright - lighting up the entire beach.

Here you can see ibis feeding on a sandbar. Pilings lined up like tin soldiers.

This view is from under the pier - cool, huh?!