Drips and Dabs

Wood Block Pumpkins Project

September 29, 2018

At Art Play Day this month (September 28) we created sets of three wood block pumpkins. Made from 4" x 4" lumber cut in different lengths (3.5", 5", & 7.5") and painted to resemble jack-o-lanterns. We added a short wood dowel for the stem, some brass wire for the curly vines and a few wood leaves (bought at the craft store) to finish off the effect.

They turned out so cute. You can see a set in person at Egg River Restaurant in October.

Next month we will be doing some projects for Christmas. It's a secret - you'll just have to join us to find out what it's all about.

Call me: 925-270-7224 to reserve a space in the next Art Play Day the last Friday of October.

My Bio - the plain and simple truth

February 14, 2018

A long time ago and far, far away when I was in high school, I majored in art and dreamed of becoming an artist.  But I married, had children and a career. Then suddenly something miraculous happened: I retired! Thinking retirement was as good a time as any time to embark on a life of doing whatever I wanted, I bought myself a brand new FJ Cruiser, got a BA in English Lit., got married, moved to a new state (Oregon), and took up art, once more.

I threw myself into anything art.  I learned how to paint on slik,  make journals, work in mixed media, acrylic & encaustic paint, and fused glass art.   My work has been shown in local galleries (Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River, Oregon, and The Dalles Art Center in The Dalles, Oregon, local businesses, restaurants and the Hood River Library.  I participated in the Gorge Artists Open Studios tour in 2019 for the first time and serve on the GAOS board of directors.  

 I teach art classes and instituted Art Play Day once a month in my studio to encourage people who are interested but have never had any art instruction to come and play.  I provide the place, supplies, instruction and encouragement.  This is our third year and our group keeps growing,  I've added glass fusion to my itinerary of classes to meet the demand.  What a problem!  I dream of a larger studio/gallery built, someday, on our property, where I can have more room to paint, show my art, and teach. 

My husband's not sure how that's all going to happen - where the money is going to come from and even if the county zoning commission will allow us to build a gallery/studio on our property. Not to worry. It's going to happen, and that's all there is to it.  

My studio is open by appointment for a visit or a learning experience..  Call 925-270-7224.  I will be happy to show you around my studio and talk about what I love about doing art;


My Story - In Haiku

August 11, 2018

Crayons make scribbles

Lines form meaningful patterns

Color adds spirit