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“defective triangle”

acrylics on watercolor paper. this is very small, about 5″x5″ it’s for sale for $7.00





discussion of my collages

fruit basket

i started making collages last year. i started out slowly, but began to advance after awhile. this is one of my favorites.
it’s all about composition. i spent a really long time shuffling things around and cutting out this or that, trying decide on papers (especially handmade paper) and making lots of decisions. it’s hard to start. i usually don’t have anything in mind other than one element or one color. with this one, i started with the black paper in the background and the accordions.

sometimes i come up with really cool things to use like, accordions, or in another case a pearl handled derringer, or lady’s hand fans. once you have something like that to focus on, then other things start to fall into place. i had the apple among some already cut out pieces. flowers of the right colors are often useful  in defining a collage. the thing that gave everything come together  and inspired other parts, was the yellow swath of handmade paper with trees with buds on them. it gave it a shape to work around.

i got excited as it fleshed out. i could tell it was going to be a good one!  i glued things down when i was pretty sure i knew where they belonged, on the paper and in relation to one another. i layered them, to create add depth and to place them in a way that some stand out more than others.

though i haven’t made a collage lately, i still count them as one of my favorite mediums to work with, if you have the patience!

more of my collages….

dragon dancepuffer fish collage


"dance on paper
“dance on paper

bird house


a discussion and explanation of ATCs

ATC chronic pain a high pain day

this is an ATC aka Artist Trading Card. they are meant for artists to use what ever medium and style they want on a standard size card, 2.5″x3.5″ the same size as most trading cards like sports cards and comics trading cards, and trade them to other artists who have done the same. i don’t make them just to trade. although i’ve made some wonderful trades. a lot of the time i like to use them as a little piece of orginal art to give as a small gift.


the cards have lots of accessesories like plastic sleeves to protect them, little bitty envelopes, rubber stamps to use on the back for a place to put the title and medium, etc. if you have are collecting them, it’s great to get a 3 ring binder and plastic sheets, again for sports cards, but they work becautifully for these cards, too.

ATC the spot

i use watercolor paper for the cards, usually. you can buy the cards premade, in packages of 10. they’re really expensive that way. i tend to mess a lot of them up or use them to expieriment with so i cut them myself out of bigger sheets of watercolor paper. i use a paper cutter to do that, so it’s easy. i could never do it well by hand, but if you can, or have a paper cutter, it’s waaaaay cheaper.

ATC feathers for ms. cd

i really enjoy making ATCs. i make the same kinds of paintings that i make in larger sizes. it’s not the kind of thing you usually find on a trading card. i think my ATC paintings are better than my larger paintings. i like working small. i can make a lot more detailed work on something so small.

ATC black squiggles

when i paint on the cards i usually use watercolors, inks, or high flow acrylics. it’s partly because i use watercolor paper and those mediums work (for me) best with it. once in awhile i’ll use regular (heavy body) acrylics with them.

if you’re an artist who hasn’t tried them, you should give them a try!

here are a few more for your viewing pleasure…lol…

ATC chronic pain break through pain

ATC let the diamond show

ATC color in the dark

ATC commision quartet 1