Monday, December 29, 2008

holiday greetings

Hello, and sorry for the delay on my blog. Is it just me, or was the holiday season especially crazy this year. I hope you had a lovely (not too hectic) season. At least I did a few special things with my family, like making cookies. Above is my 3 year olds first ever. I guess I didn't have much time for being in the studio, but watching my daughter painting her cookies and a few holiday pictures, that was all so worthwhile. Better hopes for more studio time in 2009. I'm working on a little something special. So stay tuned. In the meantime check out Rhonna's new blog. I love her design style and her digital scrapbooking kits are delightful.

Friday, November 7, 2008


I will be part of an open house/art show in East Dundee, Saturday, November 8. My employer, Sharon Bending, is hosting an intimate art show. There will be 4 artists, including myself. Paintings, charcoal drawings, jewelry and other hand made items. I would love to see you there. Here are the details:
November 8, 2008
1:00 - 4:00PM
211 Barrington Ave.
(the Bending Design office space)
East Dundee, IL

Thursday, November 6, 2008

the votes are in!

okay, definitely not nearly as important as the presidential election and the fate of our nation. But I'm so ecstatic to announce that I have been voted in as a member of the EtsyMetalClayTeam. I'm looking forward to the community and critique of these talented artists. As many of you may know, last Spring I made a commitment to my art, style and etsy shop. If you have a chance, check it out and let me know what you think.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween

Hello, and happy halloween! Above are a few pages from my most recent Encyclopedia swap. Conveniently the letter was H.
Below is a new addition to my etsy shop.

The wish cauldron is made of fine silver, with the simple word "wish" on the bottom encased in resin. Just large enough for a precious ring, or earrings, but big enough to mix up a batch of your favorite wishes.
And if you are in the mood for a bit more witchcraft, take a look at Julia's tempting puritan at her blog.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Rivaled Clairvoyance

After a month stay at the Women of Inspiration show, here is my piece. Dedicated to my Mother. A mixed media piece, combining new with the old sketches and studies. The text top left, going through the flower reads "not unlike her garden, letting each of us grow and take their own path" the piece is punctuated with the statement "her intuition rivals clairvoyance"

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Conscience Rising

Many of you know I'm part of a collaborative project with the "sisthars". An encyclopedia swap - which normally the foder is a letter or group of letters. This month's collage page was a bit different - the 1966 yearbook, an encyclopedia for that year. Well, I'm not really a history buff, and wasn't even born yet (but not much later) so I was having a hard time being inspired. So I started reading the encyclopedia. I came across this section, and was intrigued. I'm not naive enough to think that global warming, deforestation, air/water pollution and saving are natural resources weren't issues before it was considered TRENDY. But the facts in the yearbook provided dated almost 50 years ago, struck a reality cord. Are we really much better today? And what about tomorrow?

Monday, September 15, 2008

Hello, great people

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions - small people always do that - but the really GREAT people make you feel that you too can become great." -Mark Twain

It's you, reading my blog, inspiring me to follow my dreams, believing in and challenging my abilities. Thank you. I love this quote. I found it right before I actually started c-lyn studio, a few years ago. Thank you for all the support, inspiration and encouragement, especially over the last few weeks.
After a disappointing, soggy weekend, as some of you may know I was supposed to be in an art fair this weekend, but it was rained out. So I have all my work ready, with no place to go. If you are interested, I will be uploading a few of my favorites to my etsysite later this week.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Not Just a Wall Flower

My poor neglected blog - vacation and creation have drove me away from the computer. But I had to post this RAVE review. After the long weekend I came home to find the book I ordered from Kelly Rae Roberts ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC. When she posted a while ago that the first prints of her books would be sent out with her signature and a little piece of art. I knew I had to have it. I'd figure it would be a lovely book to add to my collection. But this is so much more. So heart felt, honest and chock full of inspiration, let alone a ton of techniques. I'm still pouring over the pages. But haven't had a chance to read it all. I highly recommend "Taking Flight, to give your creative spirit wings" to all artists.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Women of Inspirations Artist Reception

I've been scrambling a bit this last week, finishing a Mixed-Media Collage entry for "Women of Inspirations" show at the Palatine Cultural Center. I'll have only the one piece and a collaborative effort that will be on exhibit. But there are so many talented artists in the group, I'm sure it will be a nice exhibit.
This collaborative exhibit of work from the Collage Sisthars and the Book & Paper Arts Guild is dedicated to our mothers, sisters, daughters, and all women who have reached their personal greatness.

The artist reception is Saturday, August 23 - between 2-4.
Northwest Cultural Council is located at 500 N. Hicks Road, Ste 120 - Palatine, IL 60067. ph # 847-991-7966. The exhibition is August 19 - September 23.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Delicate Distruction

One of my many passions is gardening. I'm not fanatic about it, but I do enjoy watching my plants and trees grow and intermingle, year to year. After an extended weekend a few weeks ago, I noticed my beloved River Birch leaves looked all brown on the backside. I thought it might need water, but upon further inspection, I noticed thousands of japanese beetles (shown above inhabiting my oriental lily) have made my tree their home. I was so disappointed and wanted them away at all costs. But even as gross as they were (procreating in my tree!) They left behind a delicate lacy leaf. Evidently the veins of the leaves were too tough even with their ravenous appetite. It inspired my next piece for the spoken truth series. "See beauty in all things".

This necklace and earrings were created from the skeletons of the River Birch leaves. I encased the leaves with fine silver and for the earrings layered a resin coated lacy leaf to create "Delicate Destruction". I hope you also try to see the beauty in nature, no matter what the cost.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Homage to my Glamorous Grandmother

I was planning a different entry for this week but instead of rushing to finish my piece, I'll share this page from my encyclopedia swap with the Sisthars Collaborative
While talking to my Mom this weekend, getting some information to finish my altered encyclopedia page for the letter g, paying homage to a beautiful picture of my "glamorous grandmother"- I asked if this was her high school picture, my Mom reminded me that my grandmother only attended school to the 8th grade. She quit to go to work to help the family (like many young people did during the depression). But later she attended and graduated from beauty school. She never was a practicing beautician, instead met my grandfather and started a family. But she renewed her license every year.
So here is the spoken truth. "Knowledge, pride and accomplishments are worth more than any stock you might have. They don't depreciate either. An investment in yourself is always wise."

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

healing heart

week 6 - spoken truth "Buzy hands help heal a heavy heart" - the piece above is entitled "the healing muze". One of my earliest postings was explaining how creating something with my hands helps me cope with serious tragedies around me. This piece is dedicated and will be given to my sister-in-law's mother. Who is fighting thyriod cancer. I know she will be okay. But I wish she wouldn't have such a hard path in front of her. The cure is often worse than the sickness itself. She is so spirited and truly a wonderful person. If only that was enough, then many friends and family members would have not left this earth before. My heart goes out to everyone that is fighting their battles, I hope the healing begins for all.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Roll with the Punches

week 5 - okay, I kinda glanced over week four, but I'll try to catch up. Here is the spoken truth "take chances and roll with the punches" - a phrase my Dad always says. This bracelet is called "At Play" it was started from components I made at the Bead and Button Workshop I attended the beginning of June. The instructor/artist - Susan Lenart-Kazmer was amazing. I originally wasn't going to go to the Bead and Button show this year (just too much to do) but I went onto the B&B blog and saw a post from a lady that was trying to sell her ticket. Unfortunately she was in an accident a few days prior and wasn't up to the class. So after running around getting the ticket and with only 24 hours to prepare, I was off to Milwaukee. And I'm so glad I took that chance. "At Play" is a symbol of how not to take life so seriously, enjoy and make best with what you have. But more so, try not to hesitate, take chances, seize opportunities and roll with the punches.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

short attention span

I was catching up on my podcast listening this week. Craftcast with Alison Lee is one of my favorites. She was talking to her guest, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee and asked the question, "how many projects is she working on at the moment?" And instead of answering her directly, she explained that she has many and "It's not a moral failing to have a short attention span" Isn't that a perfect affirmation. It's permission and acknowledgment that as artists we have many projects started, and that's okay. If you have been following my blog a bit, I've started a series called 52 spoken truths. But I haven't posted yet this week, I'm working on it and that's okay. I'll get there. So how many projects do you have started?

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

keep reaching

week 3- spoken truth series. Whew! Finished these Friday night. 23 of the skinny portrait pages for the Collage Sisthars swap. This portrait symbolizes me and my thoughts and goals. A young girl reaching for the sun – or her bright future. She is teetering on a stack of rocks – her passions and acquired knowledge – as she is reaching and extending towards good things to come. I used many techniques on this mixed-media piece. Deckle edged paper, hand made stamp background, original illustration, then gocco on vellum, paint, color pencil, some mixed media paper, sewed the vellum, grommet a painted flower, tied on a charm and poof! done. Hope the sisthars enjoy them. The group is truly talented, I can't wait to swap and bind my book. Here's all of them:

Monday, June 23, 2008

spirtual truth spoken from my daughter

week 2 of the spoken truth series is inspired by my daughter. Until recently we didn't attend church regularly. But we found a church that seems to fit us. Our daughter confirmed this fact a few weeks ago. We were about to turn into the parking lot of the church and she starting kicking her feet excitedly. saying "my church, my church!" This is one of the many projects that was incomplete on my table, a hand made thank you card to the team at Westridge. Our church.
I have also been working on my skinny collage sisthars pages, as I mentioned in a previous post. I need to finish 23 pages by Saturday. I'll be busy painting and assembling the final pieces this week. I'll post them Sunday, so not to spoil the surprise.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

spoken truth series

This year I challenged myself to create everyday, and as a graphic designer, making jewelry, painting/creating collages, I have been happy with my progress. But, I counted my projects this weekend - I have no less than 9 projects out on my many desks, started and in various stages of incompletion. And countless others in drawers, cabinets and written in sketch books. But now, I'm making another commitment to find my true artistic voice in a evolution of completed works. A series I'm calling 52 spoken truths. The inspiration for these works are the words and sayings of the people that matter most in my life. My daughter, my Mother and ancestors, loved ones (past and present) and my own journal entries. I have been inspired by many artists that create daily paintings or complete 21 day challenges. But my hopefully achievable goal is to complete a piece of artwork a week that reflects a "spoken truth" of the people and places around me. The image above is of a collage page in an altered encyclopedia swap. But I've also used this statement for other personal work. I believe it's an appropriate start to this series, which is a journal to finding my voice, focusing my work and singing my song. good luck to everyone that is also trying to reach their goals by establishing achievable steps.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Self protrait collaboration effort

Another fun collaborative effort from the collage sisthars collaborative. A skinny sisthar book. 22 artist will create a 23 self portraits, to be exchanged at our June 27th meeting. Each contributor will get one illustration from each person and a final piece will be exhibited at the "Women of Inspiration" show at the Northwest Cultural Council in Palatine.
I'm excited to report that I cut down all my paper today! And even some extras (I learned from the charm swap, that it's better to have a little room for error or lame ones)
I know it's not much progress, but for me (I LOVE Paper) it's everything. I just about used anything I had with a deckle edge. Beautiful hand made papers and water color papers. Cut all the pages to reflect the wonderfully imperfect deckle edges.
They will all be different. at least I hope so. I'm most likely going to do an ink illustration, then gocco it, then paint and collage over it. The gocco is only 4 X 6 and the finished skinny book size is 4 X 8- so I'm not sure how I'm going to work the extra space. I'll post the progress, or atleast the outcome here.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Are you done yet?

Today, this rainy Wednesday, my husband took my 2 year old daughter to see her grandparents, so I could have a bit of time in my studio. But I know when he gets back, he'll ask the question as he always does, "Are you done yet?". "Not quite yet" is always my response. And it's not that I haven't done anything for the last few hours, on the contrary, I have done quite a bit. But the answer is more directed at my process as an artist. I'm never really done. I'm always starting a new project, trying to master a new technique, finishing up a commissioned bracelet or just reflecting on my ideas and starting anew. To be fair, as artists, are we ever really done? We are constantly growing, changing and reinventing ourselves. To be better craftsman, artists and people. So I'll continue on the path of growing, changing and reinventing - knowing, understanding and embracing the fact that I will never really be done. And I'm happy with that. My husband on the other hand probably will never understand - I'm okay with that too. Have a productive day.

Monday, March 31, 2008

Creation Inspired by Mornings on the Lake

Here is another mixed media and Precious Metal Clay creation. "Tranquil Sunrise" was inspired by my longing for our visits to the summer house Up North on the Lake. Even though I know winter is still in the air in Wisconsin and snow is most likely still on the ground - I dream of the early spring mornings when the pale silvery peach sun rises and reflects over the dark teal green water promising a beautiful day.

As an artist, I attempt to bring my unrelenting curiosity for new things to life in a myriad of ways. Mixed media fosters that creativity. Each of my artistic disciplines inspires ideas for the others. In this piece - ”Tranquil Sunrise” - a ring made from Precious Metal Clay, mixed media art and resin, I have created a wearable painting of the beauty of nature. In this piece as well as others in this series, I’m trying to give a sense of warmth, a place of belonging and a vision of personality to the small wearable canvas.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Beauty, not without consequence

The name of my latest mixed media bracelet creation is "Beauty, Not Without Consequence" It reads : "I would have sent roses, but you were bothered by the thorns" And thanks to my dear friend Suzanne's encouragement, has been completed in time to submit to the Art Inspired by Nature exhibit that will be at the Fine Line Art Center starting April 18th. I have read something similiar to this saying a while ago. I love the truthfulness in the words. I think it relates to many things in nature and in life. You must accept them both, otherwise you might not have either.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

My Goal. Focus.

Revisit, refine and remember my creative voice.

This week I'm working with a sketch that keeps coming up in my doodles. Looking closer, the doodle reminds me of scattered longstem roses. I've done a print technique working with these doodles on a large scale. Actually creating my doodles in glue, letting it dry, applying ink from acryllic and stamping ink, burnishing the print onto watercolor paper, pulling the print and adding detail with watercolor.
The second illustration, I started a while ago, but will be part of a charm and jewelry series.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Try, TRY AGAIN - a 21 DAY challenge

Okay, I realize there are many challenges out there, but I tried my first one last fall. I was a newbie to the last 21 Day Challenge from Rhonnadesigns. And I believe, as usual, I took on too many challenges. Which is a reoccurring problem. So try, try again. My everyday challenge is FOCUS. I feel I have so many passions, commitments and general LIFE. I get overwhelmed. But interesting enough I have TWO submission deadlines, one 3-21 (the last of the 21 days) and one the 29th (about a week after). These are personal artistic goal deadlines, the ones that seem to get pushed when life gets crazy. My goal is to have artwork (FOCUSED artwork) for these submissions. Thank you Rhonna for the inspiration, reassurance and your "voice".

Sunday, January 20, 2008

procrastination pays off - sometimes.

Finished! Wow, I have been working on this piece for a while. Okay, it's been on my bench in a semi-finished state for a while is more like it. This bracelet called "Anything but Square" is a commissioned piece for a dear customer/friend's very dear friend. I wanted it to be different and reflect her personality. And before this week, it just didn't seem right. I almost just put a clasp on it and sent it before Christmas, but something made me second guess that decision. And I'm glad I did. After taking it apart at least twice, melting and destroying a few components in the process - it's finally what I envisioned. Procrastination I think is a enemy of many artists, but in this case I'm really glad I waited until the moment was right. I hope my patient customer is as happy as I am with the final results.