Archive for June, 2013

Loving Mindy Lacefield these days!

Posted in Artistic Endeavors on June 29, 2013 by Patti

Loving Mindy Lacefield these days!

If anyone had told me I’d be so excited by neon paints back in my walnut ink phase, I would have laughed them out of town… but just look at me now.


Play time at the studio

Posted in Artistic Endeavors on June 20, 2013 by Patti

My friend Ophelia came over for an art play date today. We had a blast playing in our art journals with paints and mists and stencils and stamps and crayons.

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We are both doing a Mindy Lacefield class online, and had a great time experimenting with some of the things we’re learning. Mindy is the bomb!

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It’s always so much fun to play with Ophelia! I come away super excited to make art… and buy new art toys, but that’s a different story.

I made fun things, too!


It’s good to have an art day.

life is good

Posted in Everyday Stuff, Misc. on June 18, 2013 by Patti

life is good

hanging out reading with my dog Lily

By the Sea

Posted in Everyday Stuff on June 17, 2013 by Patti

Two posts in one day! When it rains, it pours. I was actually going to include the beach news with the previous post, but it was getting a little long, so I decided to split them up.

The beach trip was interesting this year… Duck was wonderful as always, and it’s always a joy to be at the beach, but it was a low-key trip. Several of us came down with an icky cold and I was still a little out of sorts from the allergic reaction I had at my art retreat, so things were a little more mellow. Not that I’m complaining. We’ve been renting the same house for years, so it’s not like being out of sorts in a strange place – which is never fun – but like laying low at home… only with the ocean right outside your window. The beach has always been my happy place, so that was a pretty good deal for me. My son got to come down, so I managed to spend Mother’s Day with him for the first time in several years. That made me very happy. Read cheesy books and laid about watching the waves and the pelicans. Toodled about to our favorite shops and galleries, bought clothes and jewelry and art, did some early Christmas shopping. Took the ferry to Okracoke Island. Had a date day with Bob where we drove the length of the beach road and went for lunch on Hatteras at our favorite burger joint. Ventured down to Manteo for an afternoon. Wiggled my toes in the sand. Made puzzles. Got my Duck Donuts fix for the year, and paid way too many visits to Duck Cottage for a delightful coffee beverage called a Peep-in-a-Cup. Good times!

To sum up…

shiny beach toes

beach rainbow
and joy

What more could I ask for?

Well, I guess that’s it… see you next spring.

Catching Up

Posted in Artistic Endeavors on June 17, 2013 by Patti

So, I’m noticing a pattern here. I seem to update this blog mostly in the spring, probably because that’s when I’ve got the most to share from Art & Soul and our annual beach trip. Obviously, I’m not breaking that pattern this year because here I am. Let’s start with Art & Soul, shall we?

This year was great fun. Classes with Misty Mawn, Serena Barton, Jen Crossley, Ty & Marcia Shultz, and Mindy Lacefield… pictures to follow. I’m also happy to report that I’ve finally learned to schedule myself so that I am not totally pooped out by the time the retreat is over. Took me how many years to master that one?

Started out with Misty, who was a delight as always… working on faces this year, hardest thing to practice because I don’t feel like I’m any good at it but am trying.

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faces with Misty 3faces with Misty 2

Took a fun evening class with Jen Crossley where we made pendants out of old fuse tins. Jen is a blast! She’s so funny and just a lovely woman. Really happy to have finally managed a class with her… and I got to make festive stuff too.

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That reminds me, I need to add those rhinestones to that second pendant.

Took a mold making class with Ty & Marcia Shultz. Not gonna lie, the morning started out confusing and a tiny bit frustrating cause my brain didn’t want to process the info, but by the afternoon I was cooking with gas and really enjoying myself. And the best part? I’ve wanted a mold of one of my dresden dolls for years… and now I have one. Yay!

mold making

Love-love-loved my encaustics class with Serena Barton!!! Cannot say enough about how much fun it was and how lovely Serena is and how much the process helped me think about light and shadow and layers in my painting. So worth the price of admission! I actually produced a portrait I truly love!! *squee*


Sadly, I do not get to play with encaustics going forward because I had quite a nasty allergic reaction to the resin in the wax medium. *pouty face* It was so worth it for the experience though.

My last 2 days were spent in a workshop with Mindy Lacefield in a class called Journal Play. Just let me say now that if you ever have an opportunity to take a class with Mindy, you should rush right out and sign up! I don’t have words to tell you how much I got out of this class and how much I enjoyed myself in the process, so I’ll just toss out a few pics…

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journal play with birdie

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I think I’m finally getting to a point where I’m ready to stop trying to learn every new shiny thing and really spend some time integrating what I already know and practicing and playing and seeing what kind of voice I develop in my art. My pattern thus far has been rush about in a frenzy trying to learn everything at once and end up with no time to practice the new skills; and while I love to discover new techniques and new materials, I think it’s time to leave all those other voices behind and just sit in my studio, be quiet, and listen for the voice I want to speak with. That’s the goal at the moment at least. I’ll try to remember to let you know how I do.