Sunday, November 30, 2014

6 September 2014 Journal Page

"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world...the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man." -
George Bernard Shaw

Saturday, November 29, 2014

My Table at BookArtsLA

11720 Washington Place Los Angeles, CA 90066 310-722-9004
I'll be here until 5!
Please wish me luck!

Friday, November 28, 2014

My Weekend

I'm hoping to find time to read one of the above two books this weekend (Amanda Palmer's The Art of Asking or Rebecca Solnit's Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness.)

Tomorrow (Saturday), I'll be vending at the BookArtsLA Holiday Festival from 10-5. I'm a bit anxious as I haven't sold my art in person in many, many years. My focus is always on the classes. I'll be there bright and early tomorrow to set up. I'll have journals ($25-50) and a very small handful of my self published books ($25) for sale. Any last minute tips would be appreciated! (I've got chocolate, business cards and flyers for the table.) I'm bringing recycled bags from home.

Thanks to everyone who has preordered my deck of cards and/or book or passed the information along. I appreciate it. I'm taking orders through December 7th. 

Also, fyi, Green Apple Supply carries my favorite glue sticks. I have nothing to do with them other than it's where I buy my glue sticks. I'd take advantage of this sale but I just bought a dozen a week or two ago: "Beginning today, everything in the store is 20% off our already super low prices — with free shipping too. Use discount code: cybergreen"

Happy Weekend, Folks! 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Where I Have Been All Day

Making. Working. Scissors. Paper.
Thinking. Being.
by Mary Oliver
What did you notice?
The dew snail; the low-flying sparrow; the bat, on the wind, in the dark; big-chested geese, in the V of sleekest performance; the soft toad, patient in the hot sand; the sweet-hungry ants; the uproar of mice in the empty house; the tin music of the cricket’s body; the blouse of the goldenrod.
What did you hear?
The thrush greeting the morning; the little bluebirds in their hot box; the salty talk of the wren, then the deep cup of the hour of silence.
What did you admire?
The oaks, letting down their dark and hairy fruit; the carrot, rising in its elongated waist; the onion, sheet after sheet, curved inward to the pale green wand; at the end of summer the brassy dust, the almost liquid beauty of the flowers; then the ferns, scrawned black by the frost.
What astonished you?
The swallows making their dip and turn over the water.
What would you like to see again?
My dog: her energy and exuberance, her willingness,her language beyond all nimbleness of tongue, her recklessness, her loyalty, her sweetness, her sturdy legs, her curled black lip, her snap.
What was most tender?
Queen Anne’s lace, with its parsnip root; the everlasting in its bonnets of wool; the kinks and turns of the tupelo’s body; the tall, blank banks of sand; the clam, clamped down.
What was most wonderful?
The sea, and its wide shoulders; the sea and its triangles; the sea lying back on its long athlete’s spine.
What did you think was happening?
The green breast of the hummingbird; the eye of the pond; the wet face of the lily; the bright, puckered knee of the broken oak; the red tulip of the fox’s mouth; the up-swing, the down-pour, the frayed sleeve of the first snow-
so the gods shake us from our sleep.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Taking Pre-Orders: Layers of Me: A Deck of Cards AND Pieces of Me: An Artist's Book


Due to popular demand, I am offering my Deck of Cards and Artist's Book for sale again! 

I'll be having them reprinted on December 8th. If you are interested, you must place your order on or before December 7th. After that, I cannot guarantee if I will have any extras to sell.

Layers of Me: A Lesson in Unraveling

Late last year I created my first self published book which quickly sold out (more on that below.) Now I'm excited to offer something that I have been wanting to make for a very long time, a unique deck of artist's cards!

You can order a copy in two forms:

1. A printed deck of 26 high quality, full color cards (52 different sides.) I am using a local L.A. printing company whose work I am just over the moon for!

-#1 also includes a pdf file that's ready to be enjoyed now (see below for more info)

-The deck will be shipped on or before December 15th.

Print Copy + pdf is $30/deck. Shipping is additional.





2. A PDF file of all 26 cards (52 sides/pages) that's ready to be enjoyed NOW on your computer, e-reader or even smartphone. Along with that pdf file you will receive a link to a ready to print pdf file for those of you interested in printing out your own copy. 



I am also taking orders for a third printing of my Pieces of Me Artists Book.

(This is what I wrote late last year and it hasn't changed!) I'm excited to announce my first book, Pieces of Me. Yes, after years of wanting to make a book that you can hold in your hands (or read on your e-reader), it's here. It's not a how to or an online class. It's me in journal form. It's a twenty page journal full of raw, honest truths, my truths. These are pages that will not be published on the blog. Above are four sample pages that I hope you enjoy.

You can order a copy in two forms:

1. a physical copy of the artists' book (20 full color, high quality pages, paperback)

-#1 also includes a pdf file that's ready to be read now (see below for more info)

-The book will be shipped on or before December 15th.

Print Copy + pdf is $25. Shipping is additional.





2. A PDF file that's ready to be read NOW on your computer, e-reader or even smartphone. Along with that pdf file you will receive a link to a ready to print pdf file for those of you interested in printing out your own copy. 



This is a pre-order for physical sets of the book and the deck of cards. Your book and deck of cards will be shipped on or before December 15th.

U.S. Shipping: $5


Outside of the U.S. Shipping: $10


If the above paypal buttons do not work for you or you have any questions or concerns, please email me at

For those of you who order, you will receive an email from me with the information that you need to know within 24 hours. Everything is done by hand by me! If it's not in your inbox, please check your spam box. If it's not there, please send me an email. Thanks!

Thank you for your interest!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

4 September 2014 Journal Page

“It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tired into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one destiny, affects all indirectly.”
-Martin Luther King Jr

Monday, November 24, 2014

A Closer Look at November and December Classes

Here's my list of classes that I've booked so far for November and December 2014.

I'm ALWAYS looking for new teaching venues so if you know of any that may be interested, I'd love to hear. I have taught at stores, museums, schools, backyards, garages, studios and private homes.

My workshops are always process-based learning while creating a unique product. I am well known for not traveling light and bring a large variety of supplies including (but not limited to) collage material, rubber stamps, stencils, pens, markers, tape and more. Please note the small supply list for each class. 

If you're not near where I'll be teaching, but you're interested in taking a class, I do offer a variety of online classes (23 different online workshops as of Spring 2014.) You can find out more info on the right side of my main blog.

I hope to see you there!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

1 September 2014 Journal Page

“Every artist is born in a place, within a family, and though she may leave those sources far behind, they remain within her.”

and there's also this one:

“We don't often see our own stories. Good artists are the ones that whisper our own stories back to us.” 

-Tori Amos, Tori Amos: Piece by Piece

Saturday, November 22, 2014

New Book Love

Last night I took a little break from my Big To Do List and trekked with David to Burbank for their, "Holiday in the Park" on Magnolia. It was a lot of fun! We've been to their event Ladies Night Out several times where all of the shops are open late and small vendors line the street. Last night they even had strolling Christmas carolers. 

We popped into one of our favorite bookstores, Dark Delicacies where I was happy to see that they still had a handful of copies of "The Art of the Book of Life" signed by Jorge R. Gutierrez (director and writer), Douglas Langdale (writer.) I love making of film books. They're chock full of art and inspiration. 

We also picked up soda (Americana Root beer for me and Sprockets cream soda for David) at Rocket Fizz (love that place) and wandered up and down the street wandering into new stores to check out their offerings. 

When we're in Burbank, we always pop into our favorite used bookstore, Iliad in North Hollywood. I have been to a lot of bookstores and this one is always my favorite. I (finally) found two Damon Runyon books (I am a huge old time radio fan and The Damon Runyon Theater is a favorite.) I also found an art book that had been in my wishlist for a bit called, "Seeing With the Mind's Eye." I didn't notice it until Dan (the owner) pointed out that the book was signed (and had been owned by) Frank Kelly Freas (Mad Magazine readers will recognize that name. He was a well known science fiction illustrator.) I also bought a couple of flower and photography books to cut up. 

Speaking of collage, issue #1 of FABA arrived yesterday. That was fast. I just blogged about it a couple of days ago. I've only flipped through it but I like what I see so far!

What books and magazines are you reading?

Friday, November 21, 2014

31 August 2014 Journal Page

Busy weekend ahead. I'll be prepping for my class on Sunday at Scrampers in Torrance and selling at the Book Arts LA event Thanksgiving weekend. Working on finishing up my journals for sale. I'll be bringing some to the BALA event on Saturday (11/29) and some I'll have on my blog very, very soon (I'm aiming for the first week in December.)

People often ask where I get my images. I have a post here (this is under my essential supplies post button that is always on the right hand side of this blog) that talks about not only where I get my collage material but also other supplies as well. As far as the flowers, I hit my local used bookstore (or library sale, thrift store, etc...) on a regular basis and head towards the gardening section. Hope this helps those of you who have asked.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

More Thoughts on Collage

“It’s not where you take things from—it’s where you take them to.” -Jean-Luc Godard

Collage isn't simple "cut and paste" as some say. It's figuring out how to put the pieces together in the best way to say what you need to say at that moment in time.

It takes the same skill and knowledge as every other art form does. Playing. Experimenting. Asking questions. Exploring. Making and learning from mistakes. Pushing.

To dismiss it as being a purely simple art form diminishes what so many of us do. Any artist's work evolves and changes with time as much as we do on a human level. The more you work at something, the better you become at it. The more you show up for your work, the more you show up in your work.

Collage is not simple. It's the art of transformation. It's taking materials and tools and piecing them together in a way that creates something that never existed before. It's painting with paper. It's composing with paper and paste. It's sculpting and molding. It's all of this and so much more. 

“The beauty of the collage technique is that you’re using sounds that have never met and were never supposed to meet. You introduce them to each other, at first they’re a bit shy, clumsy, staring at their shoes. But you can sense there’s something there. So you cut and paste a little bit and by the end of the song you can spot them in the corner, holding hands.” -Jens Lekman

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

30 August 2014 Journal Page

I just added another event to my November schedule. I'm not teaching but I will be selling my handmade journals as well as working in my journal at the Book Arts LA Holiday Sale on Saturday, November 29th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. I have not sold my work in person at a show for many years now so, if you're interested, catch me while you can. I will also be selling my journals online very, very soon (between the week of Thanksgiving and the first week of December is my goal.)

My class this Sunday in Torrance is a go! I hope to see you there.

Blog Love:
Gate A-4 (best thing I've read on the internet this week)
I ordered two new (to me) magazines this week: FABA (collage) and Mabel Magazine. No new Flow yet. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

AFI Fest 2014

Last week, David and I attended the AFI Fest (a film festival in Hollywood.) We had known about it for years but did not realize until a couple of weeks ago that it was free and that you didn't need to spend hundreds of dollars to attend. I scooped up several free tickets every day to a variety of films. For five days, we were in a little bubble in Hollywood going back and forth between the Egyptian Theatre and the Dolby Theatre (where the Oscars are held.) 


Sunday night, my good buddy, Connie, raced me home from teaching in Arizona in time to catch Chuck Workman's Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles. I've raved about Workman before and if you haven't seen Precious Images, it's worth the seven minutes of your time.

I enjoyed seeing the film. I loved seeing the clips of Welles and those who knew and loved him. I was very happy that Peter Bogdanovich was in attendance (I would've loved it if he had been on stage with Workman instead of answering questions from the audience.) My biggest complaints about the film would be the focus on Welles' weight (enough already) and the time wasted listening to folks (whose work I like but...) who didn't know Welles, blather on about how wonderful Welles was (Richard Linklater, for one.) They also overlooked Welles' politics in the film. All of that said, I was very happy to see the film and it is definitely worth seeing.

 Monday afternoon, David and I trekked back to the Egyptian to see Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni in Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. What a film! I loved it and would definitely recommend it. Fun to see on the big screen.

We quickly left the theatre, ran across the street to grab dinner (pizza at Stefano's which I wouldn't recommend) and got back in line to see one of my all time favorites, Cinema Paradiso.

The only thing you need to know about this film is that if you see it (and you should), make sure that it is the 124 minute cut. Trust me on this one.

We go to the Egyptian a lot and I've never seen this before. Most of the theatre was reserved for folks in the business. We found out when we left that not only did we watch the film with the director, Giuseppe Tornatore in attendance but Al Pacino was there, too! It's not every day that you get to watch a film with Pacino! Danny DeVito had a seat reserved in the front row next to the Italian Consul! Here he is doing a little dance for me:

 Director, Giuseppe Tornatore introduces the film:


On Tuesday, we were in Hollywood by 3:30 but were told that we could not line up until 6:30. Well, it turns out that they let folks line up about 6:10 once they cleared the insane line for Selma. It wasn't done in the safest way as we were all hovering across the street and we were nicely "in order" over there. David and I were about the tenth and eleventh people in line. Well, a woman screamed that we could line up now and people started RUNNING across the street. Not so safe, people. We ended up being 39th and 40th in line by the time they started handing out the damn tickets (people saving spots for their friends!) My biggest complaint about this festival is that (like San Diego Comic Con's Hall H Line) tickets need to be given out AS people get in line. Not an hour or so before the film starts. We barely made it into see the not so secret showing of Clint Eastwood's American Sniper.
Clint Eastwood spoke for about two minutes before the film began. It was great to see him in person even if it was only for a short period of time.
I'm glad that I saw it but it was awfully hard to watch. I had no idea going in that it was based on a true story. I would recommend if you don't know anything about it and you plan on seeing it, don't read anything about it until AFTER you see the film. David summed it up best, "It was interesting to see but I wouldn't see it again."

Wednesday night found us in line again extra early for the big Gala tribute to Sophia Loren. By the time we got in line, we were 59 and 60. By the time they handed out the tickets, we were 119 and 120. WTF, people?! 

We sat in the orchestra section, about six rows from the stage. Neither one of us had ever been in the Dolby Theatre before and I was surprised at how small it was. (This is where the Oscars have been held the last few years.)

Sophia walked across the stage in high heels to thunderous applause and a standing ovation.
It was great to hear Sophia tell her tales of working in film. When asked about Marlon Brando she said, "Meh." She explained that she was always the first on the set. Brando was always late. She didn't like that kind of attitude about the projects that she was working on. Loren said Chaplin asked Brando if he was going to continue being late and if so, he would get another actor. 


We left after Sophia spoke as I really wanted to see Jauja with Viggo Mortensen in attendance. I will never forget the look my husband gave me when it was announced that Viggo wasn't going to be there.

I loved the film. It's definitely not one that everyone will appreciate. It was worth it for scenes like this one (my favorite shot from the film):  

If you didn't know already, Viggo is a visual artist as well as a poet and photographer. I bought his art books and loved listening to him talk politics before I found out that he was also an actor.

The last film of the week for us was Foxcatcher. We ended up second row orchestra on the left hand side of the Dolby Theatre this time. I took a few photos of the crew and cast (Steve Carell is in the above shot.)

This was another film that I knew absolutely nothing about going in. David told me that it was about wrestling and I just rolled my eyes. The acting in this film is freaking amazing. It's totally an actor's film, completely character driven. You've never seen Steve Carell like this before! Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum were also amazing (especially Ruffalo.) I would recommend seeing it but again, if you don't know anything about the film, don't read up on it before you go. 

(From Cinema Paradiso and how I feel when I watch a film.)

It's always surreal going to a Comic book convention or anything that puts you in a little bubble for a short period of time. You even go through withdrawals afterwards. You feel like you should be running to a panel or a film instead of standing in line at the post office.

I'm not one to watch a film (or read a book or make art) because I want to escape. I watch films because I want to be open to possibility. I want my eyes, ears, heart and hands open to the world around me. Film is a way of looking at the world and seeing how others around me see it, seeing the potential that all of us have and wondering how we can reach that potential. It's not just sitting in the dark. It's having my eyes wide open.

How many more days until AFI Fest 2015? 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

28 August 2014 Journal Page

"A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
-Albert Einstein

Saturday, November 15, 2014

What I'm Reading this Weekend

When I'm not teaching or curled up with my journal this weekend, I'll be snuggling up with these.

Friday, November 14, 2014

25 August 2014 Journal Page

What a week! I'm all prepped and ready for my classes this weekend in Westlake Village and Santa Ana. As soon as I can catch my breath, I'm going to write a post about my experience at the AFI Fest (film) this week. It was a great week. It's always surreal to go back to everyday living after several days spent in a little bubble. More on that in a few days.
Happy Weekend!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

In Memory

Thinking of Lisa Engelbrecht and her family. Lisa will be very much missed. I will always remember her as having a big smile on her face and open arms. She was a class act.

"Sometimes people ask you: "When is your birthday?" But you might ask yourself a more interesting question: "Before that day which is called my birthday, where was I?"
    Ask a cloud: "What is your date of birth? Before you were born, where were you?"
    If you ask the cloud, "How old are you? Can you give me your date of birth?" you can listen deeply and you may hear a reply. You can imagine the cloud being born. Before being born it was the water on the ocean's surface. Or it was in the river and then it became vapor. It was also the sun because the sun makes the vapor. The wind is there too, helping the water to become a cloud. The cloud does not come from nothing; there has been only a change in form. It is not a birth of something out of nothing.
    Sooner or later, the cloud will change into rain or snow or ice. If you look deeply into the rain, you can see the cloud. The cloud is not lost; it is transformed into rain, and the rain is transformed into grass and the grass into cows and then to milk and then into the ice cream you eat. Today if you eat an ice cream, give yourself time to look at the ice cream and say: "Hello, cloud! I recognize you."
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