Saturday, January 30, 2010

Shiva Paint Sticks

This is my first attempt at using Shiva Paint Sticks.  It was challenging at first but I got into it especially after driving all over Los Angeles looking for who sold them.  I had no idea they would be so hard to find.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Letters California Style 2010

Each year, usually in February, the Society for Calligraphy (SFC) has a mini Conference in Pomona, California at Kellog West Cal Poly which is very much like the big conference held in different parts of the U.S.   We bring in about 8 teachers to teach classes over a long weekend.  Brenda from Paper & Ink Arts sets up her mini shop and teaches a mini class and the artists have a chance to sell their art as well.  Ward Dunham comes to sell pens and wax seals and it's all really lots of fun and gives us a chance to get together and schmooze in a large arena once a year.

We also invite artists to donate a piece of art for the auction to raise money for our Southern California chapter.  This year I donated an original mixed media on wood with sculpted letters, entitled "Love of Letters".  I hope it bring in a worthy amount.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Misty's class

I'm taking an online class with Misty Mawn, and I'm really enjoying it.  I haven't done much sketching...I didn't feel like I had the patience to do both mixed media and working with pencil.  But, here I go, never say never.  There is so much to learn.  I will be working in Shiva next.  Another thing I've never done.

Only one of these didn't have a model to guide me...can you guess which one?

Monday, January 25, 2010

Spending time with the grand kids

Yesterday I picked up the kids at their perspective homes, James in North Hollywood then Izabella in Altadena.  We headed out to Huntington Gardens in Pasadena and spent a glorious afternoon running around, playing hide and seek, seeing carnivorous plants and coy fish and just spending time together.  After the storms of last week, the weather was glorious and it was good to be out in sunshine.




They're growing so fast and I'm happy that they will grow up knowing each other. 

Thursday, January 21, 2010


I want to take a moment to say thank you to the followers and visitors of my blog.  I find it hard to put into words what your support means to me.  Everytime I receive a comment I feel like a little kid who comes home from school to show what I created today and feel so proud when I am complimented and encouraged.  The feeling is addicting.  I once joked with my friend about how she had become a blog slut (pardon the expression) because she couldn't get enough.  Well, it takes one to know one.  The feeling is so rewarding. 

I truly am a kid...a 63 almost 64 year old kid who hasn't grown up yet.  I'm also someone who so much appreciates the privilege of doing art for a living.  It is definitely my one saving grace in my life.  When all else fails and I can't take my life, I dive right into my art where I know I'm safe, where I can forget all my troubles and feel embrace by this unknown miraculous experience every single time I pick up a pen, brush, pencil of any kind, any tool, any medium at all and put a mark to any surface and boom!  the world is wonderful again, everything is fine.  How lucky am I!

Before the holidays, I visited a site and it gave some guidelines on how to let the people you care about via internet get to know a little about me.  I thought this a wonderful idea and kept meaning to do it but busy is the only word that comes to mind as to why I didn't.  So here and now it goes........................

5 Things you might not know about me that I want to share

1. I did not graduate high school but attended college on my own terms taking courses I wanted to learn.

2. My second husband and I are together 40 years, but we were only married 3 of those years, divorced in 1990 but still very much together.  That should really tell you something about me. ;o)

3.  My 2 sons have children that they are not raising.  They are adopted by 2 lovely couples and I am fortunate enough to still have them in my life.  It is a very happy situation.

4.  I still have all my childhood girlfriends in my life (from the Bronx) since we were 12 years old even though most of us live in different parts of the US.  We have reunions every 4-5 years and act like teenagers when we are together.

5.  The only time I am truly happy is when I am creating art.

5 Things going on in my creative life

1. I purchased a very expensive printer to use to create prints of my art and a card line using both my mixed media art and calligraphy.

2. The start of Inspirational Retreat has encouraged me to get connected to the various artists whom I admire and to be brave in my attempts at feeling equal.

3.  I am planning on sending art in to be published to the various magazines this year. 

4.  I plan do some videos to share how I make various creations exclusive to me. 

5. I am planning on starting a selling blog.

5 Things that inspire me

1. I get so inspired by visiting other artist blogs, their flickr and websites and become encouraged to do the same by sharing.

2. I am truly inspired by taking hands on workshops and meeting the artists and physically seeing how they work at their art.

3.  I love taking online workshops because I can go at my own pace and see how everyone else is progressing by their sharing.

4.  I am inspired by looking through all my favorite publications (almost all Stampington) Cloth Paper Scissors, etc. and reading the articles, absorbing the techniques and trying some that appeal to me.  I've grown so much by this.  I also have purchased many books published by my favorite artist.

5.  I also love and am inspired by being surrounded by art so I purchase from some of my favorites (within reason of course, budget allowing).

I'm going to add one more thing to this list because it truly warrants being mentioned....

6.  Being part of an artist gallery is a privilege and blessing and continually inspires me to be the best artist I can be.

I hope that by sharing a little bit of myself personally will bring me closer to all of you.  I will always welcome your comments, negative and positive, as I want to be the best I can be and hope to grow from the critique.

Again, my humble thanks for all your support.
Much love and gratitude.....R

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Getting geared up for Valentine's Day

Ten Women will be doing a Valentine's window for February so I'm creating some canvas work for that....

These are 6x6 canvas', gallery quality and I had such fun creating them.  A more casual style then I'm used to.

The Fruits of Life

This mixed media collage painting was very challenging for me.  I started it so long ago on heavy watercolor paper and was trying a new collage technique that didn't quite work out but I liked the images so I kept at it.  I had no idea where I was going with it once my failed attempts were fixed so every day I did a little something to it and this is the result.  I even added a little something else to it after I took this photo but was too lazy to set up the camera again before I took it into the gallery. 

After I finished it I mounted a natural handmade paper on wood and then mounted the painting on top and attached some wire to the back for hanging.  It always amazes me how I start out with a certain direction in mind and it turns out to have a mind of it's own.  I do wonder how I manage to accomplish things sometimes.
Oh well, I got it done and that's what counts in the end.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Samuel's Birth Announcement

In the 90's I created custom framed birth announcements such as this one by the dozens.  That was way before all the new stuff for scrap booking came out.  I would get the announcement and depending on the theme would draw all the little characters,etc., water color them, cut them out, collage them and create a one of a kind, dimensional keepsake.  However, this one was mostly created with store bought scrap booking ephemera with the exception of the waves and clouds.  Each one was further personalized with my dimensional Roman letters that are drawn, scored, cut and shaped.
I had created 2 others for this client way back when and she contacted me when her daughter was due to give birth with her third, unexpected child and wanted them all to have a similar keepsake.  I don't remember what the others looked liked so I'm hoping this one will fit right in.


New beginning - new work

This is a mixed media painting on canvas which was really fun to do.  Ten Women will be doing a Valentine window in February so I'm creating some pieces for that.

Monday, January 4, 2010


I am really excited about 2010.  I feel that this year will be a really good one for all of us. 

New Year's eve day I moved up front at Ten Women Venice Gallery.  I'm very thrilled to be in my new position because of the additional exposure and possibility of more sales.

The gallery has a main area and then there's a small area that is divided by a partition making it an additional room.  For the past year I was in the additional room and did well.  Since moving, I sold an original and smaller items already.  I truly feel that the sales will continue if we get the traffic.  Like anything else, it will ebb and flow but I'm in a more advantageous position when the flow arrives.

There are empty spaces already that need to be filled.  Gotta get to work...see ya soon.