“I love texture. I love all the bumps, spikes, ridges, scratches, swirly grooves, twisting branches, and overlapping scales that make my pieces so much more interesting. You already know that I’m constantly inspired by nature, and it seems that everything I find captivating and beautiful to look at either has a texture or a pattern — and textures are what we’re talking about today. continue reading
Hello! I recently made a birdhouse for my mom (Oma), since she loves to work in her garden, more than anything. I am looking forward to Spring and seeing if any little birds make their nests here, to keep my mom company. I thought I would share it with you, as an idea for Valentines Day presents this week.
Here are the steps for making a simple garden birdhouse: continue reading
This weekend I decided to make more painted tin boxes. Last year, I invented a new way of decorating tin with nail polish. I had the sweetest old tin box, and I had a whole set of nail polish that I was not using… the rest is history… continue reading
Don’t you love wood? Wood is the substrate for many beautiful pieces of art.
Here is a modest example of painted wood art: a Swedish plate that depicts a rural scene and windmill, my cedar box, my bird house pickled blue, a fruit still life painted on a wood cutting board, and a folk art cow panel, that I saw in Gilroy recently: continue reading
I recommend the books, The Zen of Seeing and The Awakened Eye by Frederick Franck, to artists and art lovers everywhere. Essentially Franck tells artists to let real life guide your drawings. Using the principles of The Zen of Seeing, I sketched my cat G.B., doing my best to remove my ego and preconceptions from what I drew. continue reading