Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Merry Christmas!

This year for the Christmas window at Ten Women Venice we all did ball ornaments in our own individual medium.  I made about 20+ mixed media balls in a variety of textures, etc. but was working a bit too hard and didn't have a chance to photograph any of them before I had to bring them into the gallery.

However, as the window ornaments sold we all had to create more to fill in.  These were the last ones I created inspired by my friend, Denise Bledsoe, a fabulous doll artist and who is also one of the artists at the gallery.  They were lots of fun to create since I don't work on my art dolls too often anymore.

Wishing you all a joyous holiday and a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year...God bless you.

In gratitude always for your support and wonderful comments throughout the year.  Much love, Renee

Monday, December 6, 2010


About 2 years ago I submitted one of my mosaic collages to be published for a challenge in Somerset Studios.  I was accepted and to my surprise they published my piece again in Artist Cafe.   I got a thrill to see my work published again.  I should really submit and try to get published more often...so much to do, so little time. 

Here are a few current one I did for the gallery.  Some photos are before framing.  It's just easier to take the photos without the glass.
There is an infinite variety of ways to create these mosaic collage.  All I do is start with a word...

Monday, November 22, 2010

Luarie Doctor

The weekend of the 13th-14th, I attended a workshop with Laurie Doctor, an extraordinary teacher and artist/calligrapher.  I signed up for the class soon after it was announced as I knew it was going to get filled up quickly.

It was an exciting 2 days and everyone turned out these incredible works of art.  The techniques I learned I will be able to use in a lot of the mixed media work as well so I was thrilled.

Here's my final piece...although I did do more work on it after this photo was taken.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Jane and Tarzan

When I was at Art and Soul Portland, I took a class with Julie Haymaker Thompson called, "Walking Rusty".  It was a one day class so Julie handed out kits so we would come away with a finished piece since there were a lot of different elements to complete this project.  The photo above is what I created from Julie's kit.

Since I loved the project I knew I wanted to make my own version of it.  The pictures of the other one is what I created when I got home.  I call it "Jane and Tarzan".

Friday, October 15, 2010

Collage your Pet

My portrait of Monty Luigi in the class "Collage your Pet" with Susan Schenk.  I had such fun creating this...

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Art and Soul Portland

I returned home this past Sunday from ArtandSoul Portland retreat so filled with enthusiasm, inspiration and contentment that it has been challenging starting my momentum getting back to work.

I had a full week of classes with artists that I admire and follow.  It was a great pleasure to reconnect with Julie Haymaker Thompson once again and take 2 of her classes.  Here's what developed in the class...

 Walking Rusty

My Paper Heart

Both classes were incredibly fun and inspiring.  I am so filled with ideas and with the techniques I've learned,  am looking forward to some spare time to get started with my own creations.  

It was also great spending time with Julie again and meeting her sister, Lori.  We had a fun evening drinking wine, eating and chatting about all sorts of things only a group of women can do...lots of laughs.  I also got to meet Ginny Bolou, who I was supposed to room with and who is a friend of Julie's as well.  Ginny and I were invited to come to Julie's in Santa Fe to play art.  What an incredible treat that would be.  I hope that event comes true.

At Art Unraveled, my first art retreat in 2009, I was introduced to the art of Susan Lenart Kazmer and was blown away.  I purchased one of her necklaces and wear it whenever possible.  I have never worn it without getting at least one compliment.  
Not being a jewelry artist, I didn't think it was necessary to take her class.  Then I decided to at least learn some techniques from her since taking the online class, Towers and Turrets with Sharon Tomlinson and Deryn Mentock and learning how to make jewelry using my own art.  You can see one of the designs in my previous post.
So, I went ahead and signed up for Susan's Resin class to learn more about resin and what to do with it.  Again, Susan blew me away!  Her class was fantastic!  Here's the piece I finished in her class...

I took two more classes that were just as fun and technique filled.  One with Susan Schenk, called "Collage your pet" and one with Tory Brokenshire, "Can I do that Michelangelo".   I didn't finish the collage I started of Monty Luigi, my Jack Russell Terrier, nor did I finish the piece I started in Tory's class.  However, I had a fantastic time in each class and learned more techniques that will serve me in my future art.  I will post photos when I complete the pieces which will be soon as I intend to finish what I started. 
There are pictures of Tory's class in her recent post and one of my piece as well.  Bet you can't guess which one is mine?  A hint...I was wearing a gray striped shirt and it was peeking out in the photo.

All in all, I had a fantastic time and can't wait to do it again.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Current art for Ten Women

 A large canvas of mixed media collage.  It's called "Look within" because the answers are always inside of us not outside.
 This is a wood collage about the only thing that truly matters...loving oneself.  It's the key to life.  Technique learned in a class with Karen Michel.

This is another Towers and Turrets collage from Sharon Tomlinson and Deryn Mentock's online class.  I've gone forward with it and created some jewelry and made a frame for it to make it mine...
 Some jewelry I made from the collages I created in the Towers and Turrets online class instructed by Deryn Mentock and Sharon Tomlinson.
 A small painting of a terrier dog...just because.
The finished framed piece from a collage created from Towers and Turrets class...  I learned the techniques for creating the frame in a class with Julie Haymaker Thompson.    It's make out of foam core board.  I will be taking 2 of her classes at Art and Soul in Portland.  She's one of my favorite artists/teachers/people.

I'm gearing up for the holiday months and will be putting new art into Ten Women Venice Gallery this week.  It will be interrupted by a trip to Art and Soul, Portland on October 4th which I am very excited about. 
So, between working on calligraphy jobs before I leave, creating new art for the gallery and packing for 5 classes at Art and Soul, I'm making a list of new things I want to work on.  Whew!... I truly think I'm A type, hyper nuts and somewhat crazy all together.  It seems like I just don't stop!  What's wrong with me?

The truth be told, I just don't get enough pleasure from other things in my life to warrant using my time.  I do enjoy spending time with my dogs (limited).  I also enjoy spending time with my grand kids who are at an age where they are busy with their own social calendar.  My friends are busy with their own lives and my husband is busy earning a living...still.  What's a gal to do but do art...and I do it most days, all day long.  I never tire of it.  I think I'm beginning to resent anything that interrupts me in my creating.  Uh oh!  Did I just say that?  Obsessive maybe?  Should I worry?  Nope!  I'm a happy camper...

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Thoughts to Remember

The ' T E '  Things

As you might remember, the head of a company survived 9/11
because his son started kindergarten.

Another fellow was alive because it was 
His turn to bring donuts. 

One woman was late because her 
Alarm clock didn't go off in time. 

One was late because of being stuck on the NJ Turnpike
Because of an auto accident. 

One of them 
Missed his bus. 

One spilled food on her clothes and had to take
Time to change. 

Car wouldn't start. 

One couldn't 
Get a taxi. 

The one that struck me was the man who 
put on a new pair of shoes that  morning
Took the various means to get to work 
But before he got there, he developed 
a blister on his foot. 

He stopped at a drugstore to buy a Band-Aid. 
That is why he is alive today.
Now, when I am

– Stuck in traffic,
– Miss an elevator,
– Turn back to answer a ringing telephone
– All the little things that annoy me.

I think to myself, this is exactly where God wants me to be 
at this very moment.. 

Next time your morning seems to be going wrong,

You can't seem to find the car keys or
you hit every traffic light,
don't get mad or frustrated;
It may be just that
God is at work
watching over you.


May God continue to bless you 
With all those annoying little things 
And may you remember their possible purpose.