Bead making, behind the scenes

Learning new techniques for polymer clay beads is so fun with YouTube and social media. Its easy to be inspired by this community of artists. The little charms and jewelry are a delight with colors and shapes. I encourage you to search the hashtag #polymerclay and find some more artists you like. This post is…

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16 small paintings – sunny ☀️ work in progress photos

This series is bright colors with metallic acrylics. The loose canvas rectangles are cut from a larger piece. The main painting from this canvas was double sided. I will put photos of the original in the collage below. A Rumi poem inspired some of this work. Physical separation of the head with a cut canvas…

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Joyful old oil paint 🎨studio photos

You know that junk drawer in the desk?  I have something similar for oil paint. I haven’t purchased any new tubes because I’m moving toward non toxic art materials. Today I took some photos of the paint while I was working in the studio. It’s something I love, the oil painting process. Sometime the cap…

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Dog house size trailer plans in progress – Studio & Gallery

Some ideas hit and stick. This sticking point is the start of a thread that weaves itself through years of life never gets cut loose. You might call this an Axis mundi, an image that relates to the center of the earth (perhaps like an umbilical providing nourishment). Below is an idea of this center thread as…

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Yes! Space to paint! Before & after outdoor studio spring cleaning 🧹

Can you tell what’s before and what’s after in the studio photos? I’ve spent about 3 hours setting up to paint. The weather is finally cooperating and I can finally work in my outdoor studio. Today included brushing away the cobwebs and ripping out the weeds that have grown over the winter and spring. If…

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Spring cleaning the outdoor/mobile studio

My full outdoor and mobile studio setup is changing and evolving! A studio is both a place, a collection of materials, and a creative practice all rolled into one. The best way to design is by doing. Today a new low table design, that fits on top of the red wagon, emerged in the process.…

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Bike cargo trailer art studio – test run to Goleta Beach

I took my cargo trailer on a test drive today to Goleta beach. I packed it up with art studio supplies. I spent most of the morning to sorting and organizing what to bring and what would fit. I didn’t leave much time for actual art making so I just decorated a box that contains…

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Update on my outdoor travel art studio – adding solar power and other essentials

This Christmas I added a few things to my mobile art studio like a solar power kit to charge my cell phone, umbrella, grass mat, and a portable hula hoop. Mini travel size things are essential when you drive a tiny car and like to work outdoors. I’ve posted a lot about mobile studios since…

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mini 2018 holiday art gift series

Work in progress… on a series to gift this holiday season. I’m thinking about it as if they are New Year’s resolution bracelets. So you attach the beads on a string and then wear it as a bracelet until it breaks. When it breaks it means you completed your New Year’s resolution. There is a…

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How to care for ink pens

Ink pens are one of my favorites. However, I often forget to clean them. Thankfully the ink cleaning solution does the trick most of the time. I used ink on a light acrylic molding paste surface today. Can you tell what is clean and what is dirty?

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