Archive for July, 2010

back in the saddle again

my big mac (iMac) is fixed and so i can scan, scan, scan all the new,exciting stuff i’ve been making. don’t know where to start.
ok – haven’t shown a collision in a while or so. i guess i call this ‘a perfect union’. really like this kind of look for collisions. the old, tattered and spattered effect. delicate, too. 11″ x 3″ on card stock
think i’ll try some more like this

congratulate yourselves if you have done something strange and extravagant and broken the monotony of a decorous age. – my favorite rebel, ralph waldo emerson

so! you got the blues. you can’t work. you lost the enthusiasm. you wonder what ever made you think you are an artist. the nightmare of every creative individual!

how do you get over, around, past or through that horrible slump?
here are a few things that i do. and i look forward to any ideas y’all have and want to share.

1 – sometimes i just let it slump. wallow in it. forgive it and do something else. my creative mind needs a vacation, too
2 – work in another medium. one i don’t know much about, so i don’t have to be perfect. the photo above is papier mache. the materials are cheap so i didn’t have to go out and buy a bunch of stuff.
3 – do kid’s crafts – little kits that i buy at the dollar store and just play around.
4 – have a fellow art friend come over and create together.
5 – go on a photography field trip. even just using my iphone. no hassle, no complicated equipment. i stimulate my vision and remind my muse why it is we do this thing called art.

i would love it if any of you are willing to reach out to us other artists and share your thoughts about this. i wish you many creative days and nights and an endless flow of new ideas and inspirations.

phone books. remember them? delivered right to my doorstep. couldn’t ask for more!!!! haha

i have been so excited by challenges on other blogs that i decided to create my own. i don’t have a lot of peeps following this blog yet, but if you are, and you like this idea, please tell your artist friends about it. below is a photo of my favorite food. i took the picture myself, so it’s yours to interpret however you’d like.
i find these challenges pull me out of any rut i’ve been in; refresh and renew my artistic outlook; allow me to return to my regularly scheduled painting projects with a fresh vision and vigor.
email your finished product in jpeg format to
and i would love to post it on this blog. thanks for your enthusiasm.

hmmmm. update to this post. maybe you don’t want me to post your work to my blog so how ’bout we do this. on july 21st, everyone who wants to participate in this challenge, post your interpretation of the artichokes to your blog and let me know. how does that sound