Wednesday, October 31, 2007


Not great photos but these are the 24x30" paintings I've been working on. They need to rest while I decide if they're done.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007


I've given myself a 'painting vacation' from the fabric work and I am enjoying it immensely. These are a couple of the little 6x6 paintings I've done recently. These are pieces that I'm keeping for myself. I've sold 3 in the last week at Fire and Water. Also in the pipeline are some larger paintings of a field in Lowell off Alden Nash Road which I'll post as they get finished. I'm supposed to be painting today but I'm fighting bronchitis and it's left me pretty wiped out.

Friday, October 26, 2007

featured artist at Fire and Water

I have the honor of being the featured artist at the Fire and Water ART Showroom (219 West Main in Lowell, Michigan) for November. Come in and see my work this month (and every month) at this fabulous art showroom!

These are a couple of the mixed media pieces I have on display. I work in a wide range of styles and I enjoy the variety. Some may think my work lacks a single focus, but I like the freedom to experiment! I don't want my work to be confined to one genre or media. There are too many wonderful things to play with in the art world these days!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Linda Witte Henke

My friend Linda Witte Henke just gave me some feedback on the banner- excellent comments that reinforce some of my own. I knew the design needed tweaking, I was just relieved to get it done! The large one will be more complex. Since I'm newish at this fiber arts stuff, I'm getting up to speed. If only I knew how to do what I want to do!! but I'm learning. Check out Linda's website: How blessed I am to get feedback from one of the best! Also check! She's been a great encourager. Also, Betsy Carlson, my quilting instructor at Lakeshore Sewing is funny and patient and tolerant of a newbie. Such a wonderful group of fiber artists. Fiber artists may be, as a group, the nicest artists I know!

Monday, October 22, 2007

Anastasis icons

These are two of the traditional icon treatments of the subject of Anastasis or resurrection.


is a title that has often been used on pictures of the Resurrection of Christ. It means "to stand again". That is the theme for this banner which I've been working on for a few months. This is just the mockup. It's a quarter size, but it helps us see what the shapes and colors look like together. Now I need to show it to people at Park Church to get the go ahead for the large one. Then I have until March 23 (which is Easter in 2008- early this year).

Interestingly Anastasis is also the title of a beautiful tapestry at Park made by church women. It has as it's theme the Phoenix rising. I think it was made after a fire destroyed part of the church.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

so close...

I am very close to completing the maquette or mockup for the large banner commission. THEN I can blog some sketches and discuss the process. Lakeshore Sewing and Betsy Carlson have been very helpful in helping me reaccess my sewing skills! Also, going down to Saugatuck a few weeks ago and visiting with Nellie Durand at Good Goods Gallery was a real inspiration (google her and check out her blog!) She was very generous with her time and knowledge.

Sunday, October 07, 2007


Here is a dresser I found abandoned on the side of the street. It's a Bassett with dovetailed joints and a beautiful walnut veneer. A week of elbow grease, a little bit of $$ and help from my spouse and here we have a dresser suitable for a cottage! Fun to make a change like that! This has consumed my energy for a while. It's nice to have it finished with such satisfactory results. On to other things!