Mosaic Mural; Corrales, New Mexico Style

  A finished mosaic back splash is a perfect touch to a custom home, Corrales, New Mexico style.  Incorporating handmade tiles of barrel cactus, flowering Yucca, flowering agave, and flowering aloe, along with a Jack Rabbit, butterflies, purple cactus, a family of quail,gecko, hummingbirds, and the sun peaking through the clouds. The project took two days to install.  The owners were so gracious to me as well as their 6 well behaved cats.  Since I never got around to Go Pro-ing the installation,  here are some still shots of the process.               My travels…

Arroyo Garden Murals

Last week was the completion of the tiled murals I was hired to make and install.  This is my first commercial job and it actually went pretty smoothly.  No different than installing for homes.  Well… maybe a little different.  It’s  a mans world in a construction zone.  Being one of the 3 women…everyone was very respectful and helpful. As promised, I told you I would post pics of the project.  I didn’t have a Go-Pro.  I wish I could’ve had one but maybe the next project, which is coming up this summer. I decided to have professional pictures done of…

Planning Your Summer Staycations

Another couple weeks and school will be let out for the summer.  The weather is heating up (in Tucson) and ya’ll are preparing to make a list of places you want to go and things you want to do for fun.  Yes, fun!  It’s supposed to be fun in the summer.   May I make a suggestion?  How about take an art class.  Get the family together and have a family art reunion, where everyone gets to make something.  If you have never done such a thing, you could call it the 1st Annual Family Art Reunion!  Do you have…

Springtime in Tucson

These days are gorgeous with our spring season upon us.  Here is a quick update to let you know the new items I just restocked the local galleries with.  Right now is the perfect time to walk, skip, or ride bike  over to Tohono Chul Park.  I was just there today and the wild flowers are amazing.  It’s so inspiring. Here are a few pieces at Tohono Chul Park:  http://tohonochulpark.org/ And there are some fun ornaments or souvenirs for Easter gifts and winter visitors. By the way, I do custom work. If  you see anything here that speaks to you…

3D Workshop at Santa Theresa Tile Works

I feel honored to be invited to teach a workshop at Santa Theresa Tile Works in the month of February!  A 2 day workshop on Thursdays, February 20 & 27.  3 hours each. It will be a 3 dimensional clay class on how to build a flower shadow box. My ceramic shadow boxes look like this; As you can see, some are more complicate than others but I will be teaching beginning and intermediate levels so not to worry. I take you step by step and you will come away learning a new technique and a piece that will beautify…

Rewarding

Tuesday’s mosaic class has come and gone way too fast. I am teaching a new  6 week session of clay tile mosaics to 4 inspiring and fun loving women.  The class goes by so quickly that I am almost sad to see it end.  And ya know what?  They inspire me. After they all left tonight, I sat thinking about how these gals come to be taught and be inspired by my creations and their ideas inspire me too.  It’s a win/win situation. I am delighted at the ideas that are beginning to stir inside of them as they birth new and…

A Big Thank You!

It’s been a week since the Tucson Open Studio Tour.  And I am just starting to feel normal again.  I needed the whole week just to do nothing but flop on the couch after work or go play with my grandkids or have tea with me girl friends.  It aint easy working 3 jobs (technically 2 but my studio work always feels like full time plus overtime).  I felt honored for those of you that came to my studio/ garden to view and purchase stuff.  It was a real success!  So thanks again for taking the time to come. And now…

The Smell of Orange Blossoms

March is almost over but the smell of orange blossoms linger in the evening air. Almost every evening I take a walk with my little doggy, Pip.  No more bundling up.  Just grab the leash and go.  Our walks are a time for me to saunter and contemplate about all the blessings in my life and to gaze at the moon and feel like everything is perfect in God’s plan. I have been very busy and overwhelmed, so just taking snippets of time to reflect fills me with gratitude.  Some times I speak with God, and Pip wags his tale…

Balance

I am always seeking balance between a part time job, full time artist, running a business and all my other life that happens in between.  I am often talking with God and seeking his wisdom.  This year my desire is to live an intentional life. What is an intentional life? I got the idea from listening to Family Life Radio, Dr. Randy Carlson,  www.flr.org.   I have decided to take the challenge by working through the stubborn procrastination that lingers like a shadow, always following me like a bad habit.   I choose to be intentional about facing not-so-fun tasks…