Monday, December 09, 2013

Solo Exhibition in 2014

I'm thrilled to announce that I will be exhibiting at the Glendale Community College Gallery in March of 2014. The show is entitled
Paper Trail. The work is composed primarily of constructed paper, with a few encaustic pieces. I hope you will join me at the Opening on March 15.

Family Portrait  2013, woven letters, 96" x 96"

Family Portrait hung in space
Family Portrait in scroll form

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Encaustic Rust and Burn Workshop-August 25th

I'm teaching a one day workshop on August 25 at Wax Works West. This class is inspired by a class I took from Richard Elliott years ago at Cabrillo Arts, entitled Frankenfabrics! On day one, Richard taught us how to rust fabric and I was hooked! Rust works on encaustic medium, encaustic gesso, and encaustic paint. We will also be burning paper and fabric and wood in this class with torches, wood burning tools and incense sticks. It's going to be a blast, and will be a few more tools to add to your encaustic tool box!

Here is the actual class description:
This innovative class addresses the techniques of rusting on paper, fabric and directly onto the encaustic surface. We will also burn paper, fabric, and occasionally our substrates with a variety of tools, such as incense, torches, wood burning tools, and more. Rusting works beautifully on encaustic medium and encaustic paint. We will also experiment with rusted and burned paper and fabric as collage elements. To see more visit our Pinterest board on Rust and Burn.
Prerequisite: Encaustic Basics
Wax Works West Studio
133 Hames Road
Corralitos, CA
The workshop is $135, is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and we supply everything, except lunch. Register at Wax Works West

Friday, April 05, 2013

Encaustic & Text Workshop-April 28 at Wax Works West

At the end of this month, on April 28th I'll be giving a workshop at Wax Works West on one of my favorite topics, Encaustic and Text. I hope you'll join me for this very fun day.

This workshop is for those of you who journal, are inspired by words, text, letters, typography, or simply want to expand your visual vocabulary! 
concealed language  Strata 1, 12 x 12, encaustic on panel

We will focus on revealing or concealing language in encaustic, and explore the many ways to employ text in your work. We will incorporate many encaustic techniques, some of which will be new to you, like embedding chipboard letters in dry wall mud. We will also use stencils India ink, and hot wax stylus pens. Bring your journals, love letters, papers, alphabet stamps and favorite pens! 
We'll be using my favorite tool-the hot stylus pen to write text.

India Ink is a marvelous tool on the wax-draw it, brush it, stamp it, etch it.

Transferring text and writing directly onto the surface, stamping into the surface,and using oil paint or alcohol ink.

Painting wax onto the surface using sencils, and scraping them flush to the surface.

Stamping paper letters and collaging them onto the surface.

Embedding chip board letters in dry wall mud, allowing it to dry, then painting encaustic medium over the sanded mud.

Wall in Turkey-text stencil

word stencil from Stencil Girl

Here are a few of the Stencils we'll be using, from Stencil Girl Products
And we'll talk about apps on the iPad with text
Away With Words
I'm working on a Pinterest board to give you a little inspiration.  I hope to see you at Wax Works West later this month. It will be a blast!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Text at Logos Bookstore

A display of USED books at Logos. Each used sign was different. Can you see the small white hand drawn used signs atop each book? It tickled my funny bone and makes me think about my upcoming class-Encaustic and Text at wax works west on April 28.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

CODEX 2013

Sammy showing her 3D book to Kate, Anthea and Angela

I visited CODEX with my dear friends from Australia, Angela and Anthea,  for the first time on Monday. We were over the top thrilled-the show was super inspiring. I want to point out several of the artists there that really wowed me.

At the very first table, under the press' name, Heavenly Monkey, an artist by the name of Claudia Cohen was showing a collaborative book, Cutting Paper.  If I saw only this work, it would have been worth the drive. The book absolutely took my breath away.
Down this same first isle, was Studio SMLk. An artist by the name of Sammy showed me her 3D books that were articulated like precious jewelry. Her vision, concept and craftsmanship were superb.
Next, the work of Diane Jacobs, a Portland artist, whom I know through the late poet, Kathleen Flowers. Diane is mega talented in several directions.
And last, but certainly not least, The Seager Grey Gallery, showing a variety of artists, with our home girl, Jodi Alexander. I am especially a fan of Lisa Kokin's work, which shows talent, humor, intellect and impeccable execution. If you can go, today is the last day!

Saturday, November 17, 2012



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Melody Overstreet look alike in spice shop!

This man took all day to cut the grass with a pair of shears.

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