Off and running    January 14 2022
So here we are in 2022 and who knew we would still be dealing with covid two years later. I have been grateful for the slower pace of life which has allowed for more time in my studio. I have also really reduced the amount of time I will be on the road traveling and am instead focusing on boutique, home workshops in my backyard! These workshops have been wonderful as they are limited to ten people and are two to three days long which allows for more comprehensive class instruction. I just completed another in a series of large panel board pieces that combine collage techniques with polymer clay. I am having so much fun experimenting with new techniques and have many ideas for further experimentation. It is hard to know what to call these pieces other than mixed media because they aren't really mosaics and while I incorporate "clay appliqué" details, they aren't entirely polymer pieces either. Perhaps, clay collage is the best description. I am also enjoying this new body of work because I am painting more and that is something that I truly love doing. Hope you are staying well. Here's to a very happy and healthy new year.

Fall update    October 15 2021
The months just pass so quickly, here we are heading into the holiday season once again. I just recently conducted my first two boutique home workshops that had been postponed from early 2020 due to covid. I decided to do both workshops back to back and really liked how that worked out, so going forward that is what I will be doing. The student's work in both classes, Illuminated Triptychs and Hand of Mysteries was excellent. It was so fun to gather in person outside. My next two classes will be in March of 2022. Please email me for more information if you are interested. On the studio front, I have been very busy working on some larger pieces that have taken me down a different path. I am using collage techniques to create a background and then doing a process I call clay applique to add pieces of polymer clay to it. I have so many ideas using this technique and can't wait to have a bit more time to explore. We would have been leaving next week for what would have been the 10th anniversary of our retreat in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. But once again we had to cancel due to covid concerns. We are planning on returning for Day of the Dead in 2022! Stay well and Happy Halloween greetings!

Summertime 21    June 28 2021
As we roll into the summer (a hot one indeed), our lives have resumed a somewhat new normal pace. The quiet days of last year have been replaced by a frenetic schedule of road trips and socializing. While I am finding it harder to carve out time in my studio, it is so nice to be at a place where we can be with family and friends and hopefully travel abroad one day in the near future. I finished shooting a new online class called, Wall Dolls in Polymer Clay. This is a fun, figurative approach to creating in polymer. This class will be launched in mid-July through Create Arts Online. They do a super job of producing first rate instructional videos and I am so happy to be working with them. I also have a Stencil Girl blog post being released on using my sacred heart stencils to create beautiful collaged cards. Making your own cards really saves money and adds a nice personal touch that the receiver will be delighted with. This blog post will be released on July 9th at Stencil Girl I hope everyone is staying well and enjoying the lazy days of summer! Happy Independence Day to all.

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