Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Journal page inspired by a book

Did you receive your copy of Misty Mawn's book "Unfurling"?
I did. And I read it cover to cover and will probably go back to soak up some more of Misty magic. 
I took my journal; played with texture; quickly carved a stamp; tried not to use all colors in my paintbox; added some found "poetry" and finished happy.
 Misty was always a huge inspiration to me and I'm really happy that now I can reach for her book whenever I want to. 
Let me know if you have the book too.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

On Bubble Top Trees

Thank you for the comments on my previous post. This is not the first time that my blog helped me realize that I am not the only one in the world thinking the way I do... I appreciate the support and 'permission' to explore and stretch and change and be. You are very cool!
Thank you!
On Bubble Top Trees - 30"x30" (3 canvases 10"x30" each) -

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Can't make up my mind

They say it is very important for every artist to have their style, a body of work that is connected, that is immediately recognizable... I've been painting a good number of years now, and it hasn't happened yet. I wonder will it ever happen, will I ever be able to make up my mind.
I painted this extra busy, highly textured, colorful abstract yesterday,
 and this calm, light toned, simple painting today.
I wonder what does it say about me...
One interesting thing - I finished this painting and placed it in front of the TV so that I can look at it (and see if I want to change anything) and watch the final Oprah show at the same time. Can you imagine my surprise when she walked out in a dress almost the same size as my painting? It was cool. 

Sunday, May 22, 2011


I made these and I was extra proud of myself. You can make them too, it's really easy.
Just click here and here for the recipes.
 These are a new favorite - jalapenos stuffed with cream/feta cheese, prosciutto and a hint of garlic. I forgot to take a picture of them after grilling...
 Love this flower.
 This one too. It was such a tiny rose plant when I received it two years ago.
 I don't think I showed this before. A happy place...
 I might turn this elegant guy into a crazy, colorful creature in my journal later today....
I hope you're enjoying the day! xo

Friday, May 13, 2011

Breathe in

I opened a favorite word book to find words for this painting. I love that process.... sometimes it takes me a long time to find words that feel right, but not this time. On the first page these words "Breathe in
 every joy of the world" from three different places on the page - just jumped right at me.
I love Fridays! Wishing you a happy weekend!
12"x12 on gallery wrapped canvas.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Show your colors... Bloom True

As you know from my previous post, I was lucky to spend the weekend in Flora Bowley's workshop. I'm still in that special space/mood/feeling as I was over the weekend.
You know the feeling you get when you are in company of someone that is authentic and real and present? Amazing, right? That's how I would describe Flora Bowley. She teaches without trying... And as she laughingly said - these were life lessons dressed up as an art workshop. I couldn't agree more. It was so much more than "just" painting. 
What surprised me the most was that while she paints intuitively, she was still able to dissect her method and teach it step by step. Intuitively... but in a way that we can understand, and learn and implement. That was pretty amazing! There were spontaneous applauses after some of her demoes because it was very relaxing to watch her paint and the results after every demo were simply great. 
The workshop was held in a lovely place that recently opened in Berkeley called Teahouse Studio. It is a beautiful, spacious, artistic space that Stefanie ReneĆ©Mati Rose and Tiffany Moore dreamed up. All three of them were friendly and sweet and made sure that there was an unlimited supply of coffee, tea, fruit and chocolate... not to mention the amazing catered lunches that we enjoyed sitting outside, relaxing in the sun, with the view of a beautiful park...
If you look through my blog you'll notice that I love color and use it freely, so this was happy-land for me! Enjoying the process, painting to interesting music, moving with the flow.... What can be better than doing something where you can't make a mistake? Here are some of the stages of one of my canvases:
This is how it looked when I left the Teahouse studio on Sunday. I knew something was missing on the top... but I didn't know what. After I brought it home and looked at it for a while, it was obvious that it needed a bird. I know, big stretch - me and birds....
Here is the finished piece! It is big.... 30"x30" and bold and colorful and I completely love it.
So, at the end - I think I'm going to thank our dear teacher not only for painting lessons but for something else. I went to the dentist today without the usual horrible anxiety... and I think it's because I implemented some of the things we did and talked about over the weekend (simple yoga moves, breathing techniques, feeling gratitude). Now isn't that something - painting and healing at the same time... Flora Bowley rocks!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Future giveaway?

I'm thinking about creating a new workshop... It's been five months since I launched "Mixed Media Playground" and I'm in a mood to play some more. I started dreaming a color scheme that I would like to use, and I have a basic plan, but don't have the full workshop thought through yet. 
I wondered if you have any wishes? Ideas?
How about if we make this more fun.... like - you write what kind of workshop would you like to see, and I pick a random number and give away some of the future art that I will create for it?
Is that confusing?
I am giving a piece of art that I didn't create yet, but I will... that should be interesting (or weird).
Can't wait to see if it will be birds, portraits, journals, canvas art... or something completely different.
You can also say that there are already too many workshops and that I really don't need to add another one to the list and that will be fine too.
I'm wishing you a happy weekend!