Happy Holidays!

Ta-dah! Here is the result of my month of ornament making. Enjoy.

Holiday surprise No. 2 and 3

I’m loving the second ornament that I have received as part of the Creative Color Challenge ornament swap. I received this lovely clay one  all the way from an artist in Australia. Catherine, thank you so much! The ornament is so beautiful and elegant, and the accompanying Christmas card was sweet. I have it on my mantle now.

And surprise No. 3 was a complete surprise. I had received an ornament from Cynthia of Crimson Heart Studios in California. It is beautiful. I blogged about it here. I then took some of her packaging materials and crafted a greeting card to send to her as a thank you note. And do you know what she did? She sent me another fabric ornament. So, so lovely. And she included one her handmade cards, telling me about her holiday plans. People are so generous and wonderful. Thank you Cindy!

Happy Holidays, Ladies!

New work

For years, I’ve enjoyed creating works that are based on fractured space. I think that stems from my love of working with torn paper in the collage works I create. Taking things apart and reconstructing them in a way that makes the eye move around the piece is so much fun. I get totally lost in the process as I calculate which color, which piece will go where, as if I’m putting together a puzzle.

This new 9 x 12 work, “Silver Star,” was created using mixed media — pencil, watercolor and acrylic paint. I came up with the image working with the theme of “air” for December’s Creative Every Day Month. Can’t you feel the air moving around her?

Prints and greeting cards featuring the work are available  here.

Creative Every Day Challenge: Air

This month’s theme  for Creative Every Day Challenge is “air.” I have to admit that I don’t think much about air. What a luxury to take for granted, huh? Clean air. The ability to breathe easily. Space. A lightness. Freedom. Those of the things I’m thinking of as I focus on this theme in artwork this month. Here are just a few watercolor drawings and pencil sketches that have resulted so far.

Holiday surprise No. 1

I’m very excited! Today I received my first ornament in the Creative Color Challenge ornament swap. An artist from California sent it to me. She read my blog and saw that I like using music sheets in my artwork so she incorporated a music sheet in her sweetly packed ornament.

The ornament itself is beautiful, unique and fits me so well. It features pieces of fabric and wire work. And she included a note on a handmade card.

When I got it I savored every minute of opening it, slowly taking out each piece. It is so wonderful to receive something from a total stranger who took so much care in creating something for me. I love this wonderful swap. I hope the recipients of my ornaments feel as special as I do. Thank you so much Cynthia of Crimson Heart Studios!


Ornament Swap

Today I’ll be shipping off the handcrafted ornaments I made for the Creative Color Challenge Ornament Swap. Louise Gale’s inspired idea is that each participant creates four ornaments, limiting the color choices to red, green and gold. Each person keeps one and then swaps the other three with the other participants who have signed up.

This was a great challenge because I’ve never made ornaments before. Now I’m hooked. I made these using the clear glass ornaments found at a local craft store. I painted them with acrylic paint. The sparkly ribbons make them really pop, I think. What do you think?

My ornaments are off to recipients in Santa Rosa, Calif., Gordon, Australia, and Coventry, UK. I hope they like these. I’ll post the ones that I receive. Check out what others have done on flickr.

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