Although the mosquito is not an endangered species, this piece is based on the following quote, "If you think you're too small to make a difference, try going to bed with a mosquito." - Anita Roddick or Dalai Lama (unknown who said it first) I believe each and every one of us can make a… Continue reading Mosquito
This piece is one that has been looming in my mind for awhile, and really started to come through to me after the Santa Fe School shooting in Texas. Until recently, children may not have been aware of the threats. But with school shootings on the rise, and active shooter drills, even schools aren’t safe.… Continue reading Innocence II: Their Fate is in Our Hands
Ever since the school shootings this year, I’ve been haunted by the fact that one of the most endangered species on the planet is the human child. I wanted to take this anger, sadness and anxiety and put it out there for everyone. Throughout my paintings this year, there’s something about working on the first… Continue reading Before We’re Gone: Innocence II
It's been about 2 weeks since I started on the Waterfall. I wish I had taken a photo before I painted so you could see what it looked like with just the fabric pieced in place. Pretty boring and abstract. In fact, it was a little hard to tackle until I decided to paint. I'm… Continue reading Waterfall I
“If there is magic on the planet, it is contained in Water.” – Loren Eiseley I started last week looking through my photos from a trip to Lauritzen Gardens a couple years ago. I came across this photo of a quiet, meditative spot along the main path. I decided that I'd try my hand at… Continue reading Waterfall Magic
There are times when I'm driving that I wish it was easier to catch a great photo. Like the other day, I saw a crane departing one of the nearby lakes. Of course, there were other cars on the road, so dead stopping to grab my camera wasn't a choice. Once in awhile, I get… Continue reading When the Skies Open Up
Secrets. We all got 'em. But when someone shares one, it's really hard to keep hold of it, especially if it's surrounded by great expectations. It's like the trip to San Francisco back in March, a couple of times I caught myself almost slipping when talking to Jim. Somehow, JD, Erin and I kept it… Continue reading Excitement
I belong to several internet trading groups for fiber artists. I hadn't signed up for many swaps in awhile, so decided to jump back into the game. Today I worked on a color swap, Turquoise and Orange, an open swap (create whatever you want), and a Coral Reef-Fish postcard swap. Below are the results of… Continue reading Finding the Mojo!
A much anticipated (surprise) trip took the Settles' Family to the beautiful Bay Area for Jim's 39th! We landed in San Francisco, did some sight-seeing and headed for Santa Rosa, aka MECA for Peanuts fans! Sunday we came back to San Francisco for the touristy things to do (Golden Gate Bridge above). I think Art… Continue reading Inspiration can be found Everywhere!
Sometimes artists create with the end in mind. Sometimes we just let the paint flow. And sometimes, it's a little of both. I've been fortunate to teach "silk scarf painting" to many folks in the Omaha-Metro. One of the things I like best about the class is that participants play with color combinations, patterns, and… Continue reading with the End in mind