my 30 paintings in 30 days…

if you’ve read my previous posts, you know I took part in a ’30 paintings in 30 days’ challenge in the artists’ group HeARTspace on Facebook (created by artist Jeanne Bessette). the challenge ended yesterday and I’m proud to say I completed the whole challenge!

I won’t lie – sometimes I didn’t post one photo each day. with both my mom feeling under the weather (again), then my mother in law being hospitalized (again), my mind was often occupied with other things and I couldn’t get myself to finish artwork in front of me. but I played catch up, staying up late when needed. one day I posted four (or five?) paintings all in the same day in order to catch up!

here are all 30 pieces. I still consider a couple of them to be unfinished, but the purpose of this challenge was (I think) to dig deep into our creative selves, paint consistently and purposefully, and see what we learn about ourselves in the process.

I’m still marinading over what I learned about myself, my work, and where I want to go with it. (another blog post for sure!)…in the meantime, here are group shots of all the pieces. Look for much better individual photos to come, as well as most of these new pieces being available for purchase! 😉

’til next time…

paintings 1-15 of 30 paintings in 30 days challenge...

paintings 1-15 of 30 paintings in 30 days challenge…


paintings 16-30 of 30 paintings in 30 days challenge

paintings 16-30 of 30 paintings in 30 days challenge


playing with my Gelli Plate…

i won a Gelli plate on the Crafty Chica Cruise in April and i’ve had so much fun playing with it! i wanted to share some pictures from my first time using it.


i started with gathering up some items i thought would make cool impressions: angel wing die cuts, flower shapes, ribbons, feathers, a piece of tulle, beaded necklace, bubble wrap (my favorite!), and yes – those are the triangular thingies that come with your delivered pizza to keep it from sticking to the box.

then, i just experimented on white cardstock.  my very first print was using bubble wrap with my favorite paint color, Americana Calypso Blue…(click on photos to see larger images.)


my favorite effects were the simplest items: bubble wrap, a simple piece of ribbon, and shapes i hand cut from card stock.



the more i use my Gelli plate, the more possibilities i find.  i can’t wait to start incorporating it into my mixed media pieces!


the size i used here was the 6″ x 6″.  well, this past weekend my husband bought me the next size up – the 8″x 10″ – as an early birthday present.  i can’t wait to use it!