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Since every Mixed Media Artist  likes to incorporate “Mixed Media” into their work.  I’m no different, punching my paintings with just about anything I can think of.  It could be metal, threads,  papers, etc.

I’ve been working on deli wrap papers to paint, stamp on, cut up, tear up, and anything else I could think of.  It’s the kind of prep work that numbs your mind, but has to be done.


It isn’t finished yet, but the inspiration came from a few samples of fabric I found, and a pile of yarn.

Fabric samples

Fabric samples

What to do with the yarn?  Well I was thinking of making the yarn serve as texture…..  I guess I have a problem with adding things to make texture.  I will try it,  but at the moment I couldn’t tell you exactly where to put it, or what painting to use it on.

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Oh so much fun, but so little time!



Thursday Time Out For Art


IMG_3510After an exciting week last summer in Sante Fe, New Mexico with

Cathy Carey, my inspiration, and creative energy has taken off.  There is nothing like saturating oneself in creative energy!

My studio has been filled with talking paintings.  Some are not just whispering a few words, some are screaming to me.  So I’ve been trying out various and unintended styles just to see what will happen.

This painting was started in very neutral tones, and stenciled in two corners. I didn’t have any idea what would be next until I decided to do a little abstract.  After roughly sketching out a person, and throwing in some color, this is what I have…..

Maybe I’ll do something larger next time, or push the limits even farther.  Bob Burridge always says, “If you find yourself not knowing where to go next, make a sharp left turn, and keep going!”  Wise words to an artist, don’t you think?


New Class/New Style

Abstract Universe

Abstract Universe

A few years ago I took a class with Mary Beth Shaw at Art Unraveled in Phoenix, Az.  This was the best class, with carving, stenciling, using molding paste, and collage all worked into one piece.  It was very inspiring, and gratifying to complete this piece.  And for a first time, I think it turned out pretty well.  The trick seems to be to go back home and do more of the same.

So back home I went…..

Music of the Universe

Music of the Universe

and,  created  Music of the Universe.  The process took me a little longer, but when I finished it was so gratifying to have created this on my own!

I started working on another piece, and another piece, and even another piece, but the inspiration has bypassed me.  Presently I’m waiting for my muse to show up, and kick me in the pants.  Oh I will do it, I think what seems to be missing is the right subject or abstract idea.  I’ve been spending time sketching, and meditating on my back patio, so I expect before long…..BAM…inspiration will hit, and off I go!

In the meantime, I’m getting out my molding paste, papers, some acrylic paint, and a hard board.   I’m going to start playing like I was three years old, and see what little Karen can come up with!