On one of my trips to Wisconsin I laid on a hammock and looked up at many dragonflies zipping around at a fast pace to catch insects. I see them on ponds and watched them gliding over the water and resting on lily pads while canoeing in northern Wisconsin.
The dragonfly is a symbol of changing direction in your life. This piece was commissioned by someone who’s mother was going through a major life change. Here is the finished commission piece I completed in 2015.
Clients responded to this piece so much that I went on to edit it and change the colors and composition digitally to create two more pieces:
Black and White Dragonfly, Digitally Altered Collage Print, 2015
Giving this working artist bit a try, I have a lot of time to think all day now that my baby is in full day kindergarten… I’m also reading The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. It has led me to thinking about how to sustain creativity and health. What do we need to do to refuel our creative tank, be healthy and a productive art maker?
I think about Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and what he wrote about being your best self. He studied famous people in history, like Abraham Lincoln, to find out what they did to become fully actualized human beings. Maslow found that we need first to have our physiological needs met, then safety, love/belonging, esteem and only then can we have self-actualization and reach our highest potential.
Yoga, also, is a system for self-actualization. It helps your mind, body and spirit be the healthiest it can be. It helps your body to sit or stand comfortably for long periods of time while writing, painting, drawing or playing music. If I were to create a hierarchy for creativity, it would look something like the one below.
I feel so very lucky to have my basic needs, or bottom tier, met (thanks to my dear husband, his employer, and living within our means) and wish everyone in the world had theirs met too. How amazing would our world be if everyone was walking around with a full belly, a peaceful mind, and had the capacity to work on their creative projects?
For the sake of design, I simplified my little hierarchy to this:
Here is the papercut work in progress:
To find out more about Maslow and see his hierarchy, click here.
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On Monday, August 21st 2017, our family had a little solar eclipse party. But, first I spent a little time creating the eclipse art below by using the computer to merge two of my original collages.
We had read online about some fun, silly things to do during the eclipse, bought some paper viewing glasses and got our mason jars of water ready to get infused with eclipse light. My husband turned on a Dark Star compilation by Grateful Dead and drank Moon Man beer. We watched the eclipse and talked about our goals for the year. I’m so grateful to have this fun family and for all we have created! Happy Eclipse Day, USA!
Here is another version of the eclipse sans butterflies:
Did anyone else see this through their eclipse glasses? No? Hmmm… 😉
This was one of the most challenging commissions yet. Honestly, I got a bit of artist’s block at first, mainly due to thinking of all of the amazing Alley Art Fest posters of the past. I had a very tough act to follow doing a poster after artists like Chris Hodge (@chodgeart), Joanna Goss (@jowayseeker), Jaime Torraco (@kittensofindustry), and Don Picton (@friendprices)! The poster by Kittens of Industry last year, I felt, perfectly illustrated the bohemian charm of Aurora’s grassroots art fair.
So, I started looking for inspiration by researching past and present poster design, like the elaborate borders and symmetrical designs of Justin Helton (@statusserigraph). The Art Nouveau poster designs of Edward Penfield and Alphonse Mucha have long been some of my favorites. Then, as I was looking on Instagram one night, I happened to see Greta Bell’s (@gretabellart) beautiful interpretation of the Paramount Theatre’s ceiling light. I’ve often marveled at theater design and have taken photos of the decorative lights and murals. When I saw Greta’s painting, I knew I wanted to use the same subject for inspiration in my poster design (without copying it, of course). See Greta Bell’s beautiful Paramount Theatre light painting and other artwork here: https://www.facebook.com/Greta-Bell-114605011801/
It’s been so great to meet and learn from the artists in my community. I’m so grateful to have met so many talented people! Thank you so much, Marissa Amoni, for asking me to do the poster for this year’s event!
Here is my 2017 Alley Art Festival Poster Design:
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You know that I can do collage, but did you know that I can also paint? My degree is a BFA with a concentration in painting and drawing. Here are some examples of new and old paintings:
Above is a large scale mural I did for my sister. It went from floor to ceiling on their high, Victorian era home walls, and wrapped around half the room.
Below is a commission for a cute holiday festival poster I did for a Waldorf school using gouache paint. Gouache paint is lovely because it can be thinned to a watercolor consistency or used without much water, like acrylics.
This is an oil portrait painting I did using a photograph that I took of my grandma. She meant a lot to me and shared her love of plants and gardening.
Below is an owl illustration commission, painted on a puzzle. This was done for a pastor’s church sermon. Everyone got a piece of the puzzle to assemble as a group.
If you are interested in commissioning a painting, mural or a portrait, please contact me.
In 2015 I was asked to create a bighorn sheep collage for a baby boy’s nursery room by my cousin who grew up in Colorado. We took many trips to Colorado in the summers to visit and I never saw a bighorn sheep. My family was huge on spending time outside and visiting National and State Parks growing up. Even on those trips, I never saw a bighorn.
Finally, in May of 2016, I went on a trip to South Dakota with two friends. We saw so much wildlife at Custer State Park, but no sheep. Every time we ventured out from the hotel, we saw a sign that read “Bighorn Sheep Crossing,” but no herds were to be seen.
On the last day of the trip, we went to the Badlands on our way home. Our plan was to go hiking through the hills. We drove around a bit and that’s when we stopped to see an overlook. There on the steep cliffs were the sheep, soaking up the sun! It was so exciting to see some in nature after studying them for the collage art. It was spring so they didn’t have the horns yet, however. Next time I want to visit in the fall to see the beautiful horns!
Watching the sheep.
Sign near Hill City, South Dakota.
Visit my shop to purchase prints of the sheep and see other woodland and mountain animal art.
I also have a digitally altered color set of prints too.
Objects that we create seem to have some of our own inner magic infused. I wish you could see this flower still life in person because you can feel how magical it is with 15 flowers made by the cutest preschoolers in Aurora, Illinois (and 2 by their teachers). Here is one of them: It was so much fun talking to the kids about art and the shapes they saw in the flowers. They cut out shapes and used some of the shapes I provided too. Then, used gloss medium with paintbrushes to create their flowers with minimal direction.
When I first took the flowers to my studio after working with the kids in their classroom, I was a little nervous about how I was going to make the collage look like a cohesive design. All the flowers looked so different, and some were so abstract it was hard to make out a flower shape, which I loved about them, but also felt challenged. Something else that I love about the flowers is that they are unpredictable, beautifully textured and layered.
I didn’t want to add too much to the kids’ flowers for a few reasons. 1.) I wanted them to recognize their flower art and be proud of it. 2.) I feel like changing someone’s art may make them feel as if their art/they aren’t good enough. In the end, I did add to a few of them for design and composition purposes to make a more cohesive piece that may draw more money for the auction. They are all so beautiful!
Here is the finished piece:
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The mid century modern style flower artworks I did for my sister are deeply meaningful. I loved discovering that flowers are a secret language. My sister and I don’t always get along, but it was so nice to create these pieces as a way to offer peace and strength to her. Here are some of the meanings for the flowers I used below:
Reeds symbolize music
Garlic symbolizes courage and strength
Star of Bethlehem symbolizes atonement
Periwinkle symbolizes sweet memories
The image on the left shows the original collage colors. On the right, you can see that I like to play around with color on the computer too. Changing the color gives the pieces a whole different feeling.
Here is another flower collage using some of the same flowers:
Reeds symbolize music
Garlic symbolizes courage and strength
White Tulips mean forgiveness
If you’d like your own flower painting or mixed media art to give as a meaningful custom art gift, please contact me. If you’d like to buy a print of one of the flower collages above, please visit my shop.
Happy Valentine’s Day! Here is my latest, silliest collage based on Pheobe’s, of the show Friends, lobster love idea. Pheobe says to Ross regarding Rachel when he gets sad about her possibly dating another guy: “She’s your lobster…. It’s a known fact that lobsters fall in love and mate for life. You know you can actually see old lobster couples walking around their tank and holding claws!” Aw, Friends.
This collage was made for two musicians in Milwaukee, Michael Clobes of Cold Sweat and The Brew City Horns, and Chrissy Dzioba of The Whiskeybelles (I’m a huge fan!). My good friend, Chrissy, commissioned the illustration art as a Valentine’s Day gift and wanted to represent the cities where they are from in the collage. Santiago, Chile is on the left and Milwaukee is on the right. Michael plays an Edwards trombone and the guitar in the art is Chrissy’s custom Gibson SJ-200 Bob Dylan Player’s Edition. They are just two cute lobster musicians floating around in their row boat, and so in love.
If you’d like a custom collage with your lobster for an anniversary gift (paper year, perhaps?), engagement present, or any other occasion, please contact me. And, don’t worry if you haven’t found your lobster yet. I never thought I’d find mine, but it happened. Love to you all!