Italian pastry & collage


I loved making this piece. Ala Christy Tomlinson, I loved using homemade gelli papers (how smoothly they modge podge on), and using fun graphics like the layered cake. I never dreamed a red-white & blue piece would visually work for me, and that I could capture a European quality to-boot. As my mom would say.

Have you taken a color/personality quiz yet? It was fun & easy and here’s what they say about us BLUE people:

“You rely on your intuition; it will never fail you! But, you probably already know that. Others may perceive you as overly emotional, and you may even have a reputation for being a bit sensitive or touchy, but you actually just have an incredibly high emotional intelligence. You can be a bit melancholy at times, and you need time and space to recharge your emotional energies.”

Italian Pastry began like all of my pieces, with lots of layers of papers and modge podge and dabs of acrylic paints.




Cutting and painting the paper roses, and shading them was super duper satisfying. I love it when my own process surprises me. Thrills!


I added stencils, stamps, rub ons, and some doodling. I opted to keep her mostly featureless, with large colorful cheeks.


I like taking photos of different parts. I like the different compositions, and different tones, and aspects get amplified in ways that I wouldn’t have thought of.




And finally, the Italian pastry queen.


There’s a tiny crack opening up in me, a protected zone melting. I’m so grateful to Misty Mawn and this quote:

“to make art that is meaningful you need to be true to your feelings and let them flow from you into your work

1989, beaches of Vashon Island



Mixed Media: Swimmer


I love perusing old black and white photos, and collect them when I can. I found a huge bag of them at a yard sale over 10 years ago. Looking at their faces, I’m often moved when I realize how they have already lived out their lives. For them, its all come and gone. Their whole lifetime is over~all their children grown, all their work done, all their art and writing over, all their funerals. I’m amazed at how we just carry on, how we just keeping living, hoping, trying, making babies, dying. My life feels so short suddenly. I want to live and give everyday a unique flavor and fill it with all the things I love. Such as…





I also love old b&w photos! The Swimmer was inspired when I found a series of swimmers in their thick, awkward bathing suits, chubby thighs, funny bathing caps, and heavy black eye make up.

It begins with one of my favorite processes: the background



The whole piece really took a jump forward when I made some red & white striped gelli papers for her bathing suit.


Her face was especially satisfying to work on. I used GAC, an extender, mixed with several shades of warm rusts and browns to create a translucent effect with her skin, lips, and cheeks.



I thought I was done with this piece, without eyes, just the impression of her face. A week went by and I had to see what would shift~for better or worse~adding a closed lid. What do you think? I’ve been tempted to erase them again.


Mixed Media: Fox


Backgrounds create so much complexity to work with, sometimes I can make it work, sometimes not. Here are the visual stages of capturing Fox on the run.




I loved using quinacridone azo gold, reddish gorgeous-ness, for his fur. I added painted paper stripes to the leg and various parts.



Mixed Media: Owl


Naomi and I were walking through Whatcom Falls Park, here in Bellingham, and looked up to see first one owl, and then another. And then another. Three sets of large, quiet, watchful eyes, peering down on us. Such mysterious beings~we got all quiet and kept moving–really sweet to see them all posed up in the trees.

I’m recycling older canvases to create some newer works these days.

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I used a glaze mixed with green oxide to give the background some real pop.