Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Q1 Gallery Show

My son Riaz took some beautiful photos of the Q1 Gallery show. It is on till Dec. 29th if you are in the area.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Some Small Pieces

Pieces up on the shelf waiting for the day( Reflection of Rust opens Dec. 4th).  Not all is done, I have a lot of finishing to do and I may have to edit a few pieces I just can't finish. The problem is when you are creating the ideas multiple. Which is why if you are ever in a stump you must just get busy doing something. This is not my problem now. I have to reign in the ideas and stop creating so I can do finishing....you must focus on framing , you must focus on framing....this is my motto for now.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Working Toward Q.arma Show

I have been sooo busy getting everything done for my show in Dec. at the Q.arma Buildings, Q1 Gallery!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

St Paul Art Crawl

Fire Tulips
I am at the St. Paul Art Crawl this weekend in the Tilsner Building fourth floor, Lowertown ....it is a cool building half being open from the basement to 6th floor.  The reflection in the window is me (a selfie?) with my art behind me.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Madison, there & back in a day

At A Distance
So we made a quick trip to WI to put up more art at the Fair Trade. It was such a gorgeous day I thought it would be nice to share. The coffee house is on State Street a few blocks from the capital.
State Street

Just around the corner is my very favorite art supply shop! Decisions decisions... so hard to limit myself, I want to buy them all.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Coming Home

Coming Home
I have been finishing up some more pieces for the FairTrade Coffee House show which will be on till the end of November.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Fair Trade Coffee House/ Lovely Rust Find

The Oil and Cold Wax pieces are up at the Fair Trade Coffee House in Madison, Wisconsin from Sept.-Nov. If you are in the area have a look and enjoy the great coffee.
Now that the Fair Trade Show is up I am working on the next....St Paul Art Crawl in Oct. I am thinking to frame the rust print paintings that I've done over this last year. I spend the morning going through them and picking out what I like best. Now to figure out how to frame them hmmmm.

On our way to Madison to put up the show we stopped at a little town in Wisconsin  called Hixton and found the best rusty bits!!! This mudding tool had the most wonderful marks on it and such beautiful color of rust.


Saturday, August 9, 2014

Sunday, August 3, 2014


Mixing it up, a break from the rust work, a little oil&cold wax on canvas paper.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

On The Attic Floor

I love the wood on my attic floor, a good background for some work I think are finished. 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

On My Desk

Still working on  collage I seem to have caught the collage bug. I am actually working on collage, rust printing, oil and wax, textile rusting and encaustic. I just move from one station to the next as it moves me...if you were watching you may think I was schizophrenic. Let's hope some good things come out of it:)

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Natural Stains

I was eating some beetroot the other day and couldn't resisting using the juices as paint. I painted on rice paper which is marvelous fun with beetroot juice and walnut ink then collaged it on a rust print. I apologize for the poor photo...my camera is on it's last legs, time for a new one.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

More Ladies

Two Ladies and a Baby
 I did some rust prints with tea and beetroot stains while back. To my surprise  they all had figures in them. Ladies to be exact. I posted the first two last time and after posting them I saw with the aid of the photograph  a baby on one of the ladies backs, tied on with a blanket as they  do in Africa.

My last lady is from my African memories. This is a older lady dreaming of her younger years.
Dreaming of Younger Years

Monday, April 28, 2014

A Song of Rust

This weekend I was showing at the St. Paul Art  Crawl, the artist next to me was a photographer Brenda Manthe, who photographs Urban Abstracts. Her pictures reminded me of this photo I took at Harriet Island which inspired one of my encaustic pieces. The photo is above, it was a chimney on one of the old buildings. The Encaustic piece is below. It includes oils pastels rust sheet music from the 1800's charcoal and a face page from vintage book. Oh and beeswax and damar resin of course.

a section of the piece

A Rusty Song

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Hanging in the Attic

I have been working on collage, not sure where it is taking me but it feels right. I've always like putting things together to make a whole (quilting ,sewing, knitting crochet all have that element). When a piece has reached a certain point I like to take a look at it from a distance. Have it there for me to glance at while working on something else. Light bulbs of ideas will pop up at odd moments without effort....I guess I am letting my spirit work on it by having it in the space but not being my focus. Hanging them on this wire that runs through the attic studio works perfectly for this type of meditation.
 I was surprised at this group of work this past week, they are all so different even though I am using the same basic materials.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

From Inspiration to Art

Pictures taken on a bike trip through Minneapolis is the inspiration

Rust Print
First coat of paint

Starting collage

More paint, rust printing, and collage

Not done yet.