Saturday, March 28, 2015

New Art Created from finding Muse

"Red Sails" Mixed media abstract acrylic painting on gesso cradle board

"Delphine" Mix Media acrylic painting on canvas

Mix Media assemblage in metal

Bird Necklace in metal, polymer clay bird

Bird necklace "Freedom"
 I've been busy since getting my strength back after a long 4 months of no desire to create.  
Took a few classes with Chris Cozen and Riki Schumacher at Liz's Loft over the past month or so.  A few things I've done on my own.  "Red Sails" and "Finding Joy" I started in Chris' class and they ended up not looking anything like what it started out to be.  "Red Sails" is abstract which I don't do often because I find it difficult.  I much prefer to work on a subject I can recognize like "Delphine".  I will have them scanned and maybe sell them.
The bird subjects were in Riki's weekend long workshop.  I love taking classes and learning new techniques.  I never get enough...
The little bird in a cage was created around a metal box which opens, perhaps a pill box originally.  It stands about 10" and since I collect odd bird items, this was a perfect addition.
The necklace is large and a bit heavy but definitely makes a statement.  I hung mine on the wall among my bird things.
I'm now taking an online class to learn to paint animals.  I have my four fur babies and I can practice on them.  Watch for them...

Sunday, March 15, 2015

"Finding Joy"

I've been really wanting to paint lately and learn more about the products I'm learning about by applying them to my paintings to see what they do.  I find that painting an intentional subject is more my style so among the 4 paintings I started, this is the one I finished first because the others are abstract and I simply don't know what I'm I'm playing.

In this painting, the flowers are painted and collaged and I stenciled some trees but they're hidden by the tree in the foreground.  A lot of what I paint is instinctual and even though I may have an imagine in mind, it rarely turns out to be what I envisioned.  I just go with what's happening.  I always have words in my paintings, collaged written or scribbled.  To me, the Word is ART.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

It's been about a year since I've posted and so much has happened in that year. I closed my gallery, had surgery that changed the way I eat and function, lost a dear friend and now look at life from a different perspective.

I made a decision to close the gallery because of illness that had me in and out of the hospital 9 times since it opened in November 2012.  The doctors just could not fix what was causing the blockages.  I would go into the hospital, come out again, feel fine then end up right back in several weeks or a few months later with the same condition.  So, closing the gallery was a bitter sweet decision but I knew intuitively that I couldn't do it anymore.

The gallery closed June 30, 2014 and I was back in the hospital in September in worse shape than ever before.  The timing was creepy.  It was this last time that a liver oncologist happen to be on call and knew finally exactly what was wrong based on my past medical history.  I was very near my end as the blockage had completely stopped everything from existing my body including fluids so it was on an emergency basis that I was brought into surgery.

I had colon cancer over 10 years ago and my colon was replaced with what they call a "J pouch".  I then had a complete hysterectomy in 2011 and a month into the healing, my intestines fell out of my vagina while in a calligraphy workshop with 20+ other women. (So relieved there were no men taking this class.)  I was rushed to UCLA and had 2 feet of the intestines that dropped out removed.  

Okay,so now I'm missing my colon, all my female parts and approximately 2 1/2 feet of intestines.  I wonder what's holding everything up in there. :^) In any case, that's a lot of surgery and with every surgery there is scar tissue.  Because of where the scar tissue is, those areas got blocked and twisted.  In the past, it would correct itself after about a week with no food or liquids.  This last time however, nothing was able to pass through and after 5 days in bed at home I instinctive knew I was in trouble.

After the final surgery and 7 more days in the hospital, I was sent home to adjust.  Okay, this adjustment is a whole other story and not a pretty one at that.  Suffice it say, I am doing okay now and am grateful that I escaped narrowly with my life.  I feel that God has something more for me to do since I'm still around.  I just have to figure out what that is.  My dear friend JoAnna Pierotti did not escape and died February 16th after her second battle with breast cancer.  This is the first death of a close friend for me and I am taking it pretty hard.  I really miss her creative energy and sweet spirit.  I think about her every day.

I wasn't able to create anything from June of last year until December between having so much to do to close the gallery and the intense healing that seemed to take so much time.  Since then, I've created a few things that I thought I would post so there is something more of interest then a gloomy prognosis of health issues.

So here it goes...

The Dancer - Mixed Media on canvas

"Here" - Take my heart mixed media on canvas

Gratitude - Mosaic collage in shadow box frame

Mixed media bird

Fun beaded key chains

Necklace - etched, soldered and wire wrapped

A variety of necklaces - had fun creating

"Light of my Soul" - first attempt at intentional abstract art

I'm so glad to look at some of what I've created in these several months since I always feel like I'm so busy and have no time to create or I don't feel well enough.  Taking a class with Stephanie Lee really helped me get back into the swing of things.  I absolutely love the teaching process and learning new techniques to apply to my own art.  It's so gratifying to know how to achieve what I envision.  Life is good...I'm blessed to be an artist. 

I'm inspired to continue blogging now so...see you next time.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Two more mosaic collages...


Paste paper used for the 2" square collage pieces with ephemera collaged onto them.  The word Abundance is spelled out with a letter attached in sequence to each square.  Inspiring quotes throughout.



Paste paper used for the 2" square collage pieces with ephemera collaged onto them.  The word Serenity is spelled out with a letter attached in sequence to each square.  Inspiring quotes throughout.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Gratitude...Mixed Media Mosaic Collage

I'm creating my Mosaic collages again.  This one is "Gratitude" which is a word that is the most popular.  I've sold at least 6 pieces with this word.  My next piece will be "Abundance". 

Monday, March 11, 2013

What's happening at The Word is ART

March-April 2013 Newsletter

What’s happening at
The Word is ART Gallery
9349 Venice Blvd.
Culver City

With March already well on its way, I decided to add April events into the mix.  On Saturday, the 16th, from 6-10 pm Jennifer Goyette is hosting an event “Define the Moment” featuring 3 artists.  Here’s what’s interesting about this event…

Join us for a unique art event where you get to Define the Moment. Normally, we look to the artist to explain their work, but this time we want you to decide what moments you think three different artists are capturing in their art. 

The 3 artists are Patrice Springer, Landscape Painter
                     Gonzalo Algarate, Bronze Sculptures
                     Rick Robinson, Pop Metal Sculptures

Also on our March calendar is an Art Doll Exhibit, “Dolls as Art”, starting on the 25th through April.   These handmade, one of a kind dolls are made from a variety of materials ranging from fabric, polymer clay , air dry substances such as PaperClay and taxidermy.   These are not dolls for children to play with but sculptural in design making them art treasures.  We will be hosting a “meet the artists” event on March 30th from 4-8 p.m.

In April we start some of our many art classes at the gallery.  The first 2 of which will introduce 2 forms of doll making in honor of our doll event.  Both these classes are on the same day, Saturday, April 6th, back to back.  These are enormously fun and you come away with a finished product.  The sock creature class will be fun to take your  child or grandchild to.  I’ve done it with my 8 year old grand daughter and had a memorable time.

Paul Murray will be teaching his “Vintage Tin Can Dolls” from 10:00 to 1:00 for $85

Joe Carrion’s Sock Creature class is from 2:00- 5:00 for $60

All you have to do is show up for these classes as all materials are included in the fee.

For more information, please go to our website here

Or, you can stop in The Word is ART Gallery, pick up a flyer and sign up there.

On April 15th, we are excited to have LEK Namnath who transforms her love and talent of fine art into one of-a-kind wearable fashion apparel.  Her fabulous hats alone will have you indecisive as to which one looks the best only to purchase more than one.  I know from experience.

Go here to see more…

Lek will have a trunk show on Friday, the 19th from 4-8 so if you want to meet this wonderful artist, mark your calendar.

On the 21st, Carrie Imai will be teaching us the art of Italic Calligraphy.  If you have always wanted to learn how to beautifully address your Christmas cards, birthday cards or perhaps you are getting married this year, there is no better teacher than Carrie Imai.  Being a professional calligrapher myself can tell you that this is an opportunity you really shouldn’t pass up.  See more information here…

If all this wasn’t enough, we have one more guest spot to announce.  Our very own Karrie Ross will be our featured artist staring on April 15th and will be featured in our windows.  See Karrie’s vibrant art here….

We are in for a full month of art my friends.  I do hope I’m not scaring you away with too much art activity.  I sometimes over do things but I’m also trying to be fearless and take advantage of opportunities coming my way. 
I'm sure some will say "What, is she crazy?!" and some will say that I am brave to take this on.  Depending on the day, I've said those exact words about being crazy to myself.  And, some days I feel brave and proud.  

I guess it's all relative.  I just want it all to get easier.  At least, that is my intention.  I figured 2 intense years of learning curves, falling down and picking myself up, feeling scared and feeling fabulous will be the norm and maybe all in one day.  All I know is, that in the end, I will be able to say, "I did it" and hopefully with no real regrets.

I hope see some of you at the gallery...