Finding Blessings In All This

Wow,  It took the C virus to really appreciate my students. It took the Corona Virus to really  make me feel the joy of teaching. I can’t explain it very well but I think it might have something to do with connecting with people who love to create and be a part of something in real time, in real person. There is a lot to be said about this. I am naturally an introvert.   And when the whole shut down happened I thought, I got this.  I can to this. It’s what I do!  But it wasn’t that easy.  I found…

The Tale of Three Benches

During this down time I have been able to get a lot done, as we all have.  But all this free time to ourselves is beginning to grow old and monotonous. I don’t want to go down the corona/ economy/ get back to work road.  I just want to let you all know I am eager to share all the new work I have been creating.  This stay – at – home season has allowed me to create some more elaborate work and that is always exciting to me. So the “Tale of Three Benches” is about these amazing mosaic…

Peace (be still)

Strange are these days.  I have been self quarantining but that is normal for me because I am an introvert by nature.  No big deal.  But I actually feel bad for those whose lives are abruptly edited.  I do not like that at all because it’s not fair.  But fair or not,  it’s not forever.  It’s difficult to stay put when someone tells you to stay put.  I want to do the opposite,  (It’s the rebel in me). Now it feels weird when I go out,  like I’m going to be questioned at the grocery store or the post office. …

The push, the pull….

When you plan for a getaway,  do you begin to tell yourself, ” I’m running out of time… I can’t go,… my house, my pets, my plants…. need me everyday”? Yes?  No?   I do. I always feel a push to get business tasks out of the way and a (constant) pull of tasks that seemingly need to be repeated.    So, before I take a much needed time off, I get very stressed trying to cover all my bases.  Somehow it all seems to work out.  But getting to the finish line can be exasperating. My nine year old granddaughter,…

Spring has Sprung!

Here in Tucson, we are in our spring..right now.  But don’t blink….for the 90 temps will be here shortly.  I have been loving the weather and trying to be out doors as much as possible. Either in my backyard gardening, smelling flowers, admiring the hummers and bees or hiking up in our mountains,  I love it all. Sunday’s hike up Pima Canyon:     My mosaic workshops and clay classes are in full swing now and the art shows are winding down.  I have a few more shows in April and a possible open studio in May.  I’m still deciding…

Trunk Show….Whats that?

Trunk Show….Whats that? A question I am often asked. First of all, I will be having a trunk show at Jane Hamilton Fine Art Gallery this weekend.  Saturday and Sunday, February 2 & 3 from 11- 3. I will be featuring my”MENDED HEARTS” (large wall art hearts) for Valentine’s day and my new bench design:  “POPPY FIELDS” I will also have small gift hearts and functional wares. Come see all the colors featuring red, bright red and everything made with passion.     Mended Hearts Poppy Fields Bench     So where did the term “trunk show” originate from? According to Google, in…

Red October

October being just a few days away, I would like to remind folks that October 6, next Saturday is my last mosaic workshop for the season.  It’s been such fun helping my students design, glue and grout! Boom! They were done and leaving with a really beautiful tile mosaic wall piece they could hang in their house or give as a gift.  I loved watching their excitement when everything started to come together… They all said, and I quote, ” I am so glad I took this class.” Ya see, I make all the tile up in advance. From cactus…

New Attitude!

This year has started off very different from the last 4 years. We are now 3 months into the year.  This is about the time we first measure how the year is going so far.   I’m not sure you will believe me or that I will bore you with my faith beliefs but here goes. Goal #1. To be bold in my faith! In the spring of 2017 I had such a difficult season working in my own strength. (My own strength? you ask,)  ” I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”  Philippians, 4:13. Yes, in my…

Tile Garden Bench, Welcome and Install

Tiled garden bench awaits you.

Murals, Paintings on Tile

Lately I have had requests to teach tile painting.  It’s been 5 years since I have done that technique.  Mural painting is a commitment.  It takes a bit of knowledge of how certain techniques work on a tile canvas.  There are many ways to paint a mural. Glaze and wax resist is one way. This is where you use a low fire glaze and outline a design with wax so the glazes do not touch or mix when firing.  This style you would see on tile trivets at souvenir shops or at Carly Quinn’s Shop in downtown Tucson. Majolica is…