Saturday, December 13, 2008

moxie gallery


More ART has been posted HERE

line and shape

Breaking away from "the norm" was really fun. This combination of shapes are from items on a still life table.
This method of painting is one of several that will be taught in March 2009 at Fort Collins, Colorado. Contact for workshop information.

Saturday, November 29, 2008


MY ETSY STORE is now open. You will find other views of this necklace by visiting the gallery. I will be featuring art jewelry, small collages, and other objects of art. Please stop by and visit, you don't even have to get out of your pajamas....just click HERE.
Click here to see another piece of jewelry that got sold before it got on line.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

blue botanica

Size 5x5
Mixed Media Collage
The background layers of this piece were demonstrated at the November Exploration Mixed Media workshop in Colorado. The foreground layers were demonstrated for the Wednesday class at my studio. This collage is available for purchase. Contact .

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

winter comes calling

Size: 5x5
Mixed Media Collage
Those who took session two of Exploration Mixed Media, the workshops in Colorado, might recognize a demonstration paper peeking though in this collage. The demo pieces are sometimes sacrificed and persuaded to become collage. These collages are available for purchase by contacting More collage samples may be seen here.

Friday, October 24, 2008

collage class

Title: The Fifth Wall
Size : 5x5
You are invited to join us for the third session of Exploration Mixed Media at The Artist's Nook in Bellvue, Colorado. For workshop information click here. The workshop concentrates on Art Fundamentals, Drawing, Composition, and Design. Click here to see a sample of drawing and composition. Emphasis for the third session will be Watercolor Basics and Free Form Collage. Contact: for more workshop information.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

2009 calendar

Thank you all who voted. My painting will be in the 2009 calendar.
See the exhibit here...

Monday, October 06, 2008

playing my way

Size: 22 x 30
Watercolor and Acrylic
My method of playing is called Free Play. I teach this method to help the students "loosen up" before they start planning a drawing. Many times I am asked if it is, just layer upon layer of manipulated paint.
As you can see in most of my mixed media paintings, I love to use the element of line. And, the figure or a face is usually drawn somewhere within the layers.
This painting is available for purchase.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

the music makers

Mixed Water Media
Watercolor collage on Arches 140 lb cold press paper.
This painting is one of several done in honor of my father who was a wonderful music maker.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

one sweet blog award

Elizabeth Golden nominated me for a blog award...thanks Liz. You will find the links to the blogs I chose on CREATE WITH MOXIE. they are must see blogs for sure.

Monday, September 15, 2008

edges and borders

Size: 11 x 15
Medium: Watercolor
EXPLORATION MIXED MEDIA is on it's third session. the workshop is November 14-16 2008 at THE ARTIST'S NOOK in Fort Collins, Colorado. Emphasis will be on watercolor techniques, watercolor crayons and watermedia stamping. More photos and workshop information here. The stamp used in this painting is a CORY Stamp available from After MidnightArt Stamps. Come join the fun and produce original works of art.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

the crystal ball

Sure had fun doing this one...maybe it was the wine? An 8x10 mixed media altered...layered...painting...drawing...collage...transfer... and all of the above. This piece has been SOLD.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

mixed media

I have not posted a painting in quite a's time. This painting was started in almost total darkness, allowed to incubate for a few months before it was picked up again. This time I drew the figure, worked out the composition and finished it in less than three hours. Seth from The Altered page has features some of my work...check out the artist's registry on his website to see some fabulous work by more than 95 artist's. You can start by clicking here.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

recycled redefined recreated


An antique brooch of flowers in your favorite color of blue, each centered with diamonds....faux of course. The pin back on the brooch wandered off, so now it shines as a pendant on this delightful necklace of mixed metals, beads, charms and a couple of safety bundles that hold the vintage chains in place. A vintage blue glass bead, a small metal cross and a tiny heart dangle ever so delicately from a found metal circlette. The chain is 28 inches long so it does not need a clasp. The dangling fringe measures 2 inches below the pendant. This item is available for purchase. Contact

Monday, July 28, 2008

we have a winner

DEB from is the winner.

Thanks to everyone who commented and were willing to pay it forward.


Saturday, July 05, 2008

free necklace

He loves to gift her with diamonds and colorful precious gems,
She loves to wear seduce him with her gypsy flair,
She keeps her diamonds under lock and key,
Security my

Floor sweep beads have been persuaded to show off again on this delightful necklace. A bit faux, a bit brassy, slightly imperfect, with a bit of alchemy. Want this necklace? It's Free. All you have to do is leave a comment and, agree to pay it forward by making something with your own two hands and give it away for no reason. You do not have to own a blog, but if you do, please share your giveaway. You have until July 28, 2008, 8 pm MST to leave your comment and your email address. I will announce the winner on this blog.
I was the lucky winner of a beautiful pair of earrings by Ruth Rae in her pay it forward giveaway. You can see them and her other wonderful creations here.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

frottage collage

Size: 6x9
Mixed Media Frottage
Frottage: Spanish from frotar - to rub. French from frotter - to rub. Also called rubbings, a technique of creating a print by rubbing crayon, or pencil over a tactile object placed underneath a thin paper. Crusade 21 challenge is to make a resist using crayons. For this Frottage Collage, I used Encaustic Wax. I also wrote a mini tutorial on the Frottage Collage process. You will find posts one through four of the tutorial here.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

the crow

Size: 11x15
Mixed Media
Those of you who attended the first session of Exploration Mixed Media at The Artist's Nook might recognize the background to this painting. I demonstrated my method of Free Play using watercolor, an art stamp, colored pencils, tinted text papers, and an incising tool on watercolor paper. Upon my return to Arizona, I drew a crow on a branch, using the line meet line method of drawing, to unify the shapes. The second session of Exploration Mixed Media will be held in July 2008. New sample photos and workshop information can be found here. Please join us for three days of play.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

the warrior

Size: 22x30
Medium: watercolor
For years I have used a palette of sixteen colors. Eight warm and eight cool. The assignment for this workshop was to paint a 22 by 30 watercolor using only the warm side of the palette. Also, emphasis on the use of strong color values. No wimpy wishy washy pastels for this assignment. This painting has been SOLD.

Friday, May 16, 2008

no highbrow stuff

Size: 5x5
Mixed Media Collage
In art I pull no highbrow stuff, I know what I like and that's enough...William W. Woollcott I love this quote so I included it in this collage. Emphasis on this week's class demonstration was to use text on the collage, but to integrate it into the design. Layer upon layer of transparent hand made papers make up most of this collage.

Friday, May 09, 2008

blue karma

size: 5x5
Mixed Media Collage
Another of many 5x5 collages that I make from class demonstrations. If you interested in classes, you may find information here. I also teach an evening class in my studio in Glendale, AZ. Contact for more informatiom.
This piece is available for purchase.

Monday, May 05, 2008

chemical transfer

This is a watercolor that was painted on cold press paper, reduced fifty percent, and chemically color transfered onto hot press paper. A black and white image of the same was transfered as a top layer along with some text.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

flores de maria

Size: 15x15
Medium: Transparent Watercolor
I painted this watercolor to honor my aunt Maria. She had the most beautiful flower garden. I always thought that she was blessed with magical powers because she could plant a rock and it would grow for her. She planted banana trees in the front yard of her home in Arizona that actually produced bananas. She lived to be 100.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

celabrate women series

I have been doing a series of artwork called Celabrate Women. The figure has always been foremost in my work. This piece is only 3x4 with some even smaller that are becoming the focal to my art jewelry line. This piece is collage and stamping, plus a charcoal and colored pencil drawing of the face. This tiny piece of art is available for purchase.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

deliberately mismatched

He called her Daisy, she was a daring and mysterious soul who loved romantic encounters. He enticed her by gifting her one earring at a keep her interested and waiting so he thought...but she wore them beautifully mismatched, she waits for no one.
Deliberately Mismatched is my new line of earrings born from a collection of single orphaned beads, odd handcrafted beads, creative stuff, and charm swaps.
They will soon be available for purchase.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

the shadow side of yellow

Size: 11x14
The shadow side of yellow is a demonstration and painting done last night for my Wednesday class. It is a combination of watercolor, ink, fluid acrylics and transfer done over tissue collage.
This process will be taught as part of the Exploration Mixed Media
workshops being taught at The Artist's Nook in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Contact if you would like to be part of this on going workshop.

Friday, February 29, 2008

the bead buffet

THE BEAD BUFFET is a necklace that came to be because I have this not so great habit of tossing orphaned beads into a box as I am working. In lieu of sorting, I decided to use them as they were...I found beads of all colors and sizes, charms I made and a couple from a swap, a pendant with a clay face, buttons, sewing notions, pearls, handcrafted faux resin beads, and much more. It is eye candy and conversation all wrapped in one. This item is definitely one of a kind and availabe for purchase. contact:

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

elements and imagery

Size: 22x30
This is one of my favorite pieces. The line drawing was exaggerated using a tool called "ink in a pencil" with emphasis on line, shape, and pattern.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

beads beads beads

This chunky necklace looks heavy, but is actually very light. Large beads, small beads, round beads, tubular beads, all hand crafted from faux resin and collage.
This item is available for purchase by contacting

Saturday, February 02, 2008

one world-one heart

This necklace titled Painted Memories was offered in the One Heart One World 2008 Giveaway on Feb. 14, 2008. The winner of the draw was The Conspirator, from A Conspiracy of Blessings. The winner has until Feb 19th to send me a snail mail address in order for me to mail your prize.

encaustic to wear

This necklace will be part of an encaustic class that I will be teaching for Art Unraveled 2008 called "Those Blooming Encaustics".
Encaustic painting, embellishment suggestions, and a demonstration on how to "faux patina" a wire wrapped bead will be part of the class.
Each student will create one of a kind pieces of wall and wearable art.
More information on
Any questions? Contact

Saturday, January 26, 2008


I will be teaching for:
ART UNRAVELED - Phoenix, Arizona - August 3-10 2008
FIREWEED - Juneau, Alaska - October 13-18 2008
THE ARTIST'S NOOK - Fort Collins, Colorado - March 14-16 2008
More information as it becomes available.

Friday, January 25, 2008

those blooming encaustics

These are samples of an Encaustic class that I will be teaching for Art Unraveled 2008. The first part of the class will dedicated to painting with hot colored wax using a new technique and templates. The second part of the class willbe dedicated to making an encaustic necklace pendant. I will bring other sample necklaces to inspire you and show you how to add embellishments to your necklace. Go to for more information and registration or email me at with your questions.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

registration now open

March 14-16 2008 will be session one of an exciting series of three day workshops called EXPLORATION MIXED MEDIA to be held at The Artist's Nook in Fort Collins, Colorado. These photos along with photos on the next two posts and photos on the registration site are examples of art produced using class demonstrations. Each student will produce an original body of work using a variety of techniques, personal guided imagery, line meet line drawing methods, custom lessons, lectures , evaluations, indoor and outdoor hands on demonstrations and how to use five elements of design to produce strong, original, works of art. Fearful and not so fearful artists of all types and levels are welcome and encouraged. If you enjoy painting, altering, constructing, collage, abstraction and/or realism, you will benefit from these hand held workshops. Register early and get a price break. See details, information and registration at or contact Cory at

exploration mixed media shape

22X30 mixed media

This is an example of a finished piece demonstrated during a field trip using the element of shape. The use of shape is only one of the many lessons to be demonstrated during the EXPLORATION MIXED MEDIA workshops at The Artist's Nook in Fort Collins, Colorado starting March 14, 2008 Details and information may be found at or contact

exploration mixed media texture

Title: OLGA
8x10 mixed media
This textured and layered technique will be one of the first included in the EXPLORATION MIXED MEDIA workshop to be held at The Artist's Nook in Fort Collins, Colorado beginning March 14-16 2008. Personal imagery will be used to tell your story in collage form. These workshops have been successfully taught in the southwest and the west coast for several years. The participating students, now full fledged artists, are showing in galleries, winning awards and teaching. Come join the fun, every session has new demonstrations and lessons available. Information and registration on or by contacting