Saturday, December 25, 2010

dc necklace

Title: DC Statement Necklace
available for purchase

This is the result of de-cluttering my work space....made a necklace and...did not finished de-cluttering.
This piece will be featured on Etsy.

Am I the only one who does this ?

Friday, December 17, 2010

art unraveled 2011

I am happy to announce that I have been selected to teach a beginning watercolor on August 9, 2011 for Art Unraveled. I can not wait to see some old friends and make some new ones. Registration opens January 2011...hope to see you there.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

abs december challenge

Title: The Enchanted Garden

The Enchanted Garden necklace is my contribution to the Art Bead Scene December Challenge.
Do you know a bead maker or make beads yourself? Go HERE for information on the monthly challenge and to view some beautiful jewelry by very talented bead artists.

Friday, November 26, 2010

jean renewal

Are you the kind of artist who can not do just one thing? I am... I have started a series of totes. hand bags and purses using recycled jeans and applications of motifs using canvas and paint. It's like eating potato chips..can't stop at just one. A couple of the totes have been posted to Etsy, take a look...send comments, love hearing from you. SOLD

Are you doing any recycled art?

Thursday, November 04, 2010

make it pop

From this

To this

Make your artwork "pop" by changing the background. Click here or here or for a tutorial.

Monday, October 25, 2010

layers of lilies

Title: Layered Lilies
Size: 15x22
Transparent watercolor

After incubating forever it seems, I finally pulled out the unfinished painting and gave it some finishing touches. Paintings that incubate seem to know when it is their time to become a work of art.

Monday, October 18, 2010

rose bud bangle

New bangles will be featured on Etsy along with other new bracelets. I just delivered some bags and jewelry to The Purple Lizard Boutique. It is located at 15th Ave. and Thomas Rd. A must see boutique full of great art, clothes, jewelry, and accessories.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

no model no problem

Title: Our Lady of the Roses
5x5 collage

Sometimes you find yourself without a live model, that's when I go to my photos or in this case an image from a magazine. Use the image to inspire your mindful of copyrights. Do not draw an identical image. This 5x5 painting is enhanced with collage and stamping. The background is an altered watercolor, stamped with parts of a rubber stamp image from my own line. My stamps are available here. The veil is collage from handmade parchment paper.

Saturday, October 09, 2010

tire yard

As you probably heard on the news, Arizona, the valley of the sun, had lots of rain, hail the size of golf balls that caused major damage, and two tornadoes in one day. I was about 20 minutes from my house when it hit, and what normally would have been a quick trip, took me three hours and fifteen minutes through flooded roads, heavy traffic, and no street lights. Pretty scary!
What does this have to do with the above photo? Well, the next day I had to replace a tire and this is part of the tire yard. Composition found it's way into the photo and I could not have designed it better. The white area is a great lead in to the bits of color on the upper third of the composition. Subject does not matter when the design works.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

out of the box



Yes... I have gone way out of the box and am enjoying every minute. I am using a very limited palette and doodle art. The hardest thing was allowing the human face to morph into an animal like figure.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

work in progress

This piece has been incubating forever...I pull it out once in a while and add more layers of paint and stamps. It has been turned so much that I'm not sure where that first layer is any more. I am starting to like it...maybe one day it will be a finished painting...maybe.

this is not ordinary art

I make hand painted canvas and denim purses, yes... they have a copyright. Some are as large as a messenger bag. Seven year old Kayla walked in one day and went directly to this bag. Oh grandma she said "did you make this book bag for my birthday?" Of course I said yes. Little does she know that she is probably the only second grader with an original, expensive book bag. She loves it...

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

20 minute watercolors

Title: El Guapo
2o minute 5x5 watercolor collage

Watercolor paper, stamped and collaged tissue paper, drawing done with a sharpie marker, layers of transparent watercolor and other collage papers.

Title: Mari Elena
20 minute 5x5 watercolor collage

Watercolor paper, stamped and collaged tissue paper, drawing done with a regular black ink pen, layers of transparent watercolor, facial highlights emphasized with white acrylic and layered with watercolor washes.

Title: Don Sergio
20 minute 5x5 watercolor collage

Watercolor paper, stamped and collaged tissue paper, the image was drawn with a black sharpie pen, and layers of transparent watercolor were applied.

As you know...except for a few teaching collages and small ones at that, I have not painted for at least 18 months. That's how long it has been since my granddaughter Nicole passed and since I lost the lease to my studio. I have mainly dedicated my time to making art jewelry for teaching and for my ETSY store.
This morning I had the pleasure of looking at a blog by an awesome artist. Her portraits are such an inspiration that I had paint something immediately. The above paintings are the result. Thank you Myrna for inspiring me. I invite you to view her work too will love what she is doing.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

moxified eco cuffs

While I made this ...

My great granddaughter Kayla made this....
Kayla will be seven on July 17, 2010. She picked out the components, watched what I did and followed my lead... it was her turn to create.

Kayla wearing her awesome wrist cuff...good job Kayla.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

moxie mona

The fourth of July is just around the corner.....Mona and I want to wish everyone a happy fourth. Hope everyone has good weather on that day. I'm in sunny Arizona...110 degrees tomorrow.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

purse pileup

Hello...long time no see. I have been busy recycling jeans making functional art. My fingers are sore and am caught beneath a pile of finished and unfinished purses, some large enough to carry your journal and other fun stuff. Getting ready for AU. Hope to see you there.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

more journals

Getting ready for AU vendor day. Want to see? Click here and here.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

teresa's journal

After returning from a very successful art gathering, Artiscape in Columbus, Ohio...I took a wonderful one line class with Mary Ann Moss on making a journal from fabric and papers that have been incubating forever....this is the first attempt, a gift for my cousin Teresa who was kind enough to house me and taxi me around Columbus. Thank you Teresa.

The cover of the journal is a scrap of upholstery fabric and the inside of the cover is a place mat, and yes, that's me in the photo.....

The white on white embossed paper pocket is made from off the wall materials...will put up a tutorial on my other blog soon.

Junk mail, lotto ticket, collage papers, doilies, photocopies, and the never ending number 13.
Other pages contain old airline tickets, photos, receipts, my own photocopied art, encaustic scrap paper pieces, and lots of pockets and writing space.

Two sets of 12 page signatures and the pencil being held by painted scrap canvas.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


Size: 15x22
Mixed Media SOLD

This painting started out as a demonstration on texture and ended up unfinished in the incubation bin. Months later it was retrieved and the process continued. The unfinished piece had the feel of standing pools of water and weeds...just the place for some kind of bug or insect.
The grasshopper was drawn on a separate paper, painted, and collaged. Adjusted the overall values and ta daaa a new painting was created.

Friday, February 19, 2010

personal symbols

Title: Personal Symbols
Mixed Media Collage

This is my favorite way to work... a blank canvas, a variety of painting tools, absolute quiet, and no preconceived idea of what may or may not turn out. After about three days of free play, the symbols began to appear, each one silently whispering to me, I continue to glue and paint, add and subtract until the shapes and symbols take a life of there own. Sometimes an emotional healing will take place, or a message is conveyed to me or the viewer. At this time I know that it's time to move create something new.

Personal Symbols...detail of work in progress

Sunday, February 14, 2010

the winners are...

First I would like to thank each person who so kindly left a comment for the OWOH Giveaway.
Please stay tuned for a personal giveaway that I will be posting in April 2010.

The winner of the turquoise bracelet is KRYSTAL RUSSELL from Omaha, Neb.
The winner of the black bracelet is SUSAN HARTLEY HIMMEL from Massachusetts.

Please send your mailing address to artwithmoxie (at)cox (dot) net. Thank you so much for participating.
If I don't hear from you within two weeks, I will draw another name.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

new on etsy

A new spring line of jewelry is being added to Moxie Gallery on Etsy. Mini statement necklaces that have no need to shout in order to be noticed. And, they will not break the bank....most start at just $20.00 plus shipping. Lightweight and fabulous, Creative, Original, Recycled, just for You.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

second one world one heart giveaway

Second One World One Heart Giveaway
Deadline February 15, 2010

Due to the high volume of comments for the One World One Heart giveaway, see photo here,
I am adding a second giveaway. The winners name will be posted on both blogs on February 15, 2010. I will also be posting the dates for a new Moxie Giveaway coming up soon.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

one world one heart 2010 giveaway

One World One Heart 2010 Giveaway event is in progress. I will be giving away a fabulous bracelet. Click Here to participate and to see a photo of the bracelet. Good luck to you.

Monday, January 18, 2010

new arrivals

Size: 4x6
Mixed Media Collage

Took a break from making jewelry to make some small collages. This one is only 4x6 but packs a very colorful punch. Great for embellishing tiny spaces. Includes faux parchment and encaustic monotype. This collage is available for purchase.