Mixed Media: La


While away on sunny Vashon Island this summer, we had two days of pouring down rain. Perfect, I thought, and pulled out all my art supplies from the back of the car. The whole piece began with strips of color painted on newspaper.


They looked a little like the rings of a palm tree trunk, and it grew from there.













Heal IBS naturally!

On my path to optimum health at 50, I have been studying under Dr Robert Morse, ND. Foundational to his natural biochemical viewpoint: treat acidosis by eating an alkaline diet, increase herbs for amping up of the lymph/adrenals/kidneys/skin/endocrine systems. I felt different after 3 days with this new focus. The #1 thing I noticed is no more brain fog!


The SAD diet, standard american diet, is acidic, and causes the conditions/diseases we carry. Most of us have bodies that suffer, one way or another from an overall acidic condition, which creates the environment for toxicity that causes all conditions/diseases. Not to mention tons of reactivity to various foods like meat, dairy, sugar, gluten –even enzymes!

My new focus: regaining an alkaline system that will be supercharged to fight toxicity including all bad gut bacterias, all inflammatory conditions (IBS, mucus, brain fog, aching joints, headaches), and disease. Want to create a system that regenerates every cell in a healthy way. How? Mainly an alkaline diet, with lots of raw ingredients. If your digestion has been comprised, you can’t eat all raw, your poor bod just won’t handle the load. But eat as many alkaline foods as possible (google a big list, its easy to find).

Examples of Alkalining Vegetables: Beets, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Celery, Cucumber, Kale, Lettuce, Onions, Peas, Peppers, Spinach
Examples of Alkalizing Fruits: Apple, Banana, Berries, Cantaloupe, Grapes, Melon, Lemon, Orange, Peach, Pear, Watermelon
Alkalizing Protein: Almonds, Chestnuts, Tofu
Alkalizing Spices: Cinnamon, Curry, Ginger, Mustard, Sea Salt

Consume as much raw as you can, but don’t worry if you need to cook stuff for now. Make warm soups, heat up apple sauce, and I do eat eggs every few days, and baked fresh fish when I want some bigger proteins.  I cannot drink smoothies–too dense and cold for my body to digest.


Several other quick tips: get to an herbal store and start taking tinctures for you adrenals and your lymph~major sources for energizing and sanitizing your blood and your lymph. Gotta detox.

If you’re into herbs, be sure to seek out Dr. Morse’s website and his “fab 4” for the lymph/endocrine/kidneys/bowels. Crazy strong, so be ready for rapid shifts.

Don’t be rigid about diet and little bits of this or that. Try having a cheat day once a week, and let yourself indulge–it actually helps release the tension.

Take a 30 minute brisk walk 5 days a week.

Brush your skin for 3 minutes/day with a loofah and bathe every few days in sea salts and mustard.

You will probably feel clearer, with more energy in a few short days. I could not believe how fast things started shifting for me. Our bodies are healing machines and all you have to do is get the junk out via elimination and lymph, and get the good stuff IN–via alkaline foods and herbs. All the best to you!


MIxed Media: stages of portraits

IMG_2494I discovered Lynne Hoppe’s wonderful portrait work. I got intrigued by her process and focused in on her tutorial. Here, I am moving through the stages, starting with dictionary paper, bleeding dye papers, and white acrylic.(above)

IMG_2495I enjoyed playing with eye placement, shaping the long, angular face, and scraping paint with a trowel.

Without a brush to control the paint, the trowel creates surprising effects, often raw, which I love.

Portrait 2


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photo 2


Imp ~on Cardboard

IMG_1801I ran out of canvas and wood but got an urge to paint and so used cardboard. I worked pretty fast on the background and her body, using big thick strokes with a loaded brush for her hair. I forgot to paint her other arm for a long time. She has an impetuous quality that I like!






Mixed Media~Wishing

IMG_2196Here I am working with a horizontal line and placement of the wishing girl. From “101 Thing to Learn in Art School” by Kit White: Lesson #27 “The relation of the figure to the ground is the most basic compositional device and describes to the brain the most basic conditions of any image.”

I modge-podged newspaper and then used green along the edges of her face~ cool colors recede~ helping the front of her face to pull forward.