Thursday, November 15, 2012

Trenton Artworks 10x10 Benefit Art Exhibit

Trenton Artworks
is having a fundraiser!
From the website:

"Red Dot + Artwork = Support. The Red Dot shows support of Community Arts in Trenton. Come to the Artworks Red Dot Fundraiser and put your red dot on the art that you love.
Over 100 Trenton area artists created artworks on 10″ x 10″ canvas. The work is dynamic, diverse and all created especially for Artworks. Professional, teacher and student artists created works in oil, acrylic, mixed media, photography, pastel, watercolor and more.
Each artwork sells for $100 with the funds raised going to support Artworks.
It is a chance for the novice to test the waters of the world of original art and an opportunity for the collector to build their art collection."

I am an excited to be a 
first time participant! 
 I won't be able
to attend the opening reception
because I'll be in Maryland
celebrating my 
Special Birthday
but I will visit the 
show once I get home.
Who wants to go with me?
Here is the process behind
my piece

First, came the 
brainstorming drawing:

  I used
various stencils
on the canvas
while drinking wine and 
listening to jazz.
That is always 
a perfect recipe 
for creating!!
 Next the focal point,
a non gender head
full of healthy words,
ideas and self talk!!


 Fooling around with
tissue embellishments:


 Considering a torn tissue
heart and crayon higlights 
came next
I decided against
such a literal message.
The title of this collage is
"The Greatest of These is Love".
You know, out of all the 
positive attitudes and emotions
rolling around in our heads,
the greatest of these is, 
um, well, love.
Feel me?
I knew that you could.
I'm not feeling the 
traditional heart shape for this
and the anatomical was too harsh.
So I let that go.
I love words. I use words
in my art prolifically, so
I went with the word.      


Torn tissue added to background.
And a gratuitous close up,
cuz that's how I roll. 
 I decided to add a piece
of vellum to
the bottom half of the figure
to give it some color.
I finished the piece with 
glossy gel medium, but
I covered the vellum piece
with matte gel. It gives the 
piece very nice contrast. 


 Letters on tissue 
over ekg paper.

 The eye and the 
background dots technique
get revealed on
my next post.
And Here it is Finished!

 Hope you enjoyed
seeing my process!
Please support
The Trenton Artworks!
Thanks for visiting!!

Friday, November 9, 2012

A Good Time Was Had By All

It's true!
The artist reception at 
was a Good Time!
I'm so honored I was
asked to participate!
There was a great crowd!
The show was well supported
    by the gallery partners!  
These first two pics
are from hanging day.
     I learned a lot that day!    

I love the reds in 
Tracy's art! 
I used my grandmothers
picnic basket to display
prints of my ATC's.
Some got chuckles...
and some went over like 
a fart in church.
Art is in the eye of 
the beholder.
And sometimes that eye is 
open to twisted humor,
and sometimes it's only 
open to classical fine art.
And that's A OK.
I was asked questions about my art which was really fun.
I met some wonderful new people
and was grateful to be 
supported by my family
and local friends,
Denise, Donna, Ellen, 
Chris, Debbie and Bill,
and by my Art Sisters,
JoAnne, Jacquie, and Marge.
Your support made my night!!
    Thank you so much!    
  Below are two 
equally amazing pieces 
Above and below the mantel:
Tracy's Snake Charmer
and Kathy's mosaic altar.
My picture does not do
either justice! I am
looking forward to seeing 
pics taken by Tracy's sister.
  My cell phone pics are lame!!     

My lovely sparkly scarf,
an early Birthday present
from my sister, Linda!

More Gorgeous
Mosaic clayworks from

I always get a pic
of the food table!!
This is a side room off the gallery, with more original art
and prints and cards
sold by the gallery partners.

These are my two walls
with titles and price tags.
Principle Architect sold!  

My two helpers
and biggest supporters!
Samantha and Jeremy!!

Thank you to 
Home Fine Art Gallery
and the gracious partners,
special thanks to
for giving me this
dream come true experience!
Thank you to Kathy Casper
for your support 
 and for baking outrageous vegan
mexican chocolate cookies! 
  Thank you to my friends 
and family and the browsers
and buyers! 
For anyone who missed 
the reception,
the show will hang
until November 30.
Please visit and do some
holiday shopping!
    Buy Local!     
Buy Handmade!
Support the Arts!  
Thanks for visiting!