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Painting Parties!

Painting Parties!

Did you know that I do painting parties? You know, those paint and wine kind of parties? Yep. Have you tried one? They are an absolute blast! I walk you through a painting, step-by-step and make it easy for you. Even if you think, “I can’t draw a straight line!” that’s ok. Straight lines are boring! […]

Discover Hudson 2016

Discover Hudson 2016

Imagine my surprise when I opened my Hudson Hub Times recently and found the Discover Hudson 2016 magazine inside – with my artwork on the cover! The magazine has a well-written and beautifully designed article titled “Art On The Green” about the artists in town. They interviewed Mary Kay Haneline, Kathy Johnson (of Hudson Fine […]

Book Club In An Art Studio

Book Club In An Art Studio

Introducing the Artsy Book Club, a book club in an art studio. Join a group of art lovers who like to read books and chat! Our first meeting will be August 9, 6:30-8:30, and our book will be: The Lady in Gold by Anne-Marie O’Connor This award-winning book tells the true story of Gustav Klimt’s famous portrait […]


What If Famous Artists Were Inspired By Our Clocktower?

What If Famous Artists Were Inspired By Our Clocktower?

You know how much I love our clocktower. I’ve been inspired by it often, and made many artworks with it as the subject. So I had to ask myself: “Self, what if other artists were also inspired by the clock tower?” Hudson has had lots of famous visitors throughout its history. I’m sure some of […]

Announcing: Uncommon Art!

Announcing: Uncommon Art!

Yes, I’m still Life Needs Art. But, I have a new studio space and am sharing it with two other artists now. We’ve joined artistic forces to create a combined studio, gallery, classroom space that we’re calling Uncommon Art. Dana Giel-Ray (Bellabor Art Jewelry) and I have invited Shannon Casey (www.shannoncaseystudio.com) to join us in this […]

One of a Kind Paper Bowls

One of a Kind Paper Bowls

And now for something different! Before I begin a new collage, I will often paint papers in bright colorful patterns, so that I can tear them up into pieces to use in the collage. I also hoard collect other interesting papers: old maps, books, handmade papers, and the like. These papers are really fascinating! Sometimes I […]


Not The Button Generation

Not The Button Generation

This post is an observation – not directly art related – but indulge me if you will. This year has given me plenty of opportunities to sit in hospital rooms, keeping company of those who are in need of medical care. Two thoughts: 1. Hospitals are awful places. Even the best hospitals are loud, noisy, impersonal, […]

Art Fair Aftermath

Art Fair Aftermath

Ah, art fairs! Aren’t they fun? Wandering among the booths, browsing wares from familiar artists and new makers, picking up something cool for yourself or a gift. Yes, and from my perspective as an exhibitor, they are fun to do. I love talking to people about my work, hearing what they enjoy, seeing what they’ve […]

52 Weeks, 52 Works Calendar for 2015

52 Weeks, 52 Works Calendar for 2015

I’m very pleased that my collage, “In The Garden“, has been published in this year’s calendar called “52 Weeks, 52 Works”! The full-color desk calendar is published by Academy Graphic Communication and features artwork by Northeast Ohio artists. Each week has an artwork on one page then the days of the week on the opposite page […]


2015 Wall Calendars

2015 Wall Calendars

Just in time for holiday gift-giving: wall calendars! Each month features one of my artworks on the top half and the calendar grid below. The artwork has all been done this year, and probably two of the pieces are so new that this may be the first time you are seeing them. The calendars are printed in […]

Looking For A Creative Gift?

Looking For A Creative Gift?

As we head into the holiday season, I would be honored if you would consider giving my artwork as gifts to your friends and family. The trend in gift giving is for unique, handmade items, which are perfect those hard-to-shop-for folks who seem to have everything. Stop by the studio and let’s see what we […]

Ideas and Inspirations: Nature

Ideas and Inspirations: Nature

One of the questions I’m asked most often is, “Where do you get your ideas?” It’s also a question I typically ask of other artists. I’m curious to know what drives people to create something. Because my art is usually abstract, the source for the idea might not always be obvious. Here are some of […]


So What Do You Do With A Polar Vortex?

So What Do You Do With A Polar Vortex?

So what do you do when the temperature drops to a negative double digits? You can’t go outside because your parts might flash freeze and fall off. You can’t just sit around and listen to the furnace run, right? You take photos. Of the cold?? No, of the frost that formed on the dining room […]

52 Weeks 52 Works Calendar

52 Weeks 52 Works Calendar

If you’re still looking for the perfect calendar for 2014, allow me to recommend the “52 Weeks 52 Works” desk calendar published by Academy Graphic Communication, Inc. The full-color desk calendar features artwork by Northeast Ohio artists. Each week has an artwork on one page then the days of the week on the opposite page […]

Collage Ornaments

Collage Ornaments

So I’ve been fascinated with collage lately (see here), and the thought hit me: Why stick to 2-dimensional objects? What about 3-dimensions? (Cue the sound of a lightbulb going off.) Why not combine collage with Christmas ornaments? To help celebrate the season, I’m offering handmade collage ornaments to decorate your tree, home, office: anywhere you […]


Little Mini Paintings

Little Mini Paintings

Fun with minis! I haven’t painted any tiny paintings in a while and was craving smallness, compactness. Here are a selection  of 4×4 inch paintings, done on paper and mounted on extra-deep gallery wrapped canvas. Some are on scrapbooking paper, others are painted on maps.Acrylic paints and inks, with lots of texture. Lots of personality […]

One More Postcard

One More Postcard

This is a delightful surprise! One more postcard from the swap JUST arrived in my mailbox. When the swap ended, I knew I was one postcard short – you send in 5, get 5 cards back from participants, plus one from Kat (the organizer). Doing the math, that’s 6 total. I only received 5 (see […]

Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap, 2013

Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap, 2013

I love the postcard swap. Why? I love getting mail – real handwritten mail – in my box. I love postcards – bright, colorful, cheerful. Postcards are the best kind of mail because they’re symbolic of something special. I love art – ok, that one’s a given. I love connecting with other artists. All that […]


New Mini Watercolor Palette

New Mini Watercolor Palette

Last  week as I was cleaning my studio, I ran across two small eyeshadow compacts that I’d intended to turn into watercolor palettes. I have a tiny palette made from an Altoids tin, which I use often, and somehow forgot about these other palettes.  Click the link to see that story. The one on the […]

New Necklaces

New Necklaces

Making these necklaces is so inspiring that I just can’t stop!  A whole new collection will debut later this week at these 2 shows: Art for Water Friday, November 30 4:00-9:00pm 755 W. Parkway Blvd. Aurora, Ohio 44202   Cleveland Handmade Market at Tower Press Saturday, December 1 10:00-6:00 1900 Superior Ave Cleveland, Ohio 44144 […]

Postcard Swap Blog Hop

Postcard Swap Blog Hop

The postcard swap is finally over. Six postcards have arrived in the mail, and are comfortably posted around my studio. This swap is so much fun. I’m still a kid at heart – I love opening the mailbox and finding a real piece of mail, from a real person with a handwritten address and note. […]


Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap, 2012

Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap, 2012

Ah, time for the postcard swap again! I’ve been looking forward to this for a while. Kat Sloma, over at Kat Eye View, is hosting the swap as she did last year. The concept is simple: print up postcards with images of your art. Send 5 cards and stamps to her, and she sends back […]

You Know You're An Art Geek When...

You Know You’re An Art Geek When…

You go to a wine tasting, and get more excited about the really awesome cool appetizer plates they offer than you do about the wines. Yup. That’s me. Sigh… These plates are very sturdy clear plastic, about 8 inches square. That notch in the corner is designed to hold a wine glass stem. You put […]

Show of Hands

Show of Hands

My friend Jane, over at Maiden Jane, was thinking recently about her hands and all they do – all the hard-working, dedicated, complex things. She posted a challenge to see other people’s hands. Ok. I’ll bite…here you go. I used to have nice hands: long thin fingers and long nails that rarely broke. Those days […]



 
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