Buried Treasure

Buried Treasure

Hi there!  If you have come here from The Altered Page – or not – WELCOME!  I am really happy you stopped by.  I wish that I could meet you and talk with you and ask you about your creative journey, because I know you are on one.  We all are, no matter what we actually “do” in our lives we are on a creative adventure.edited 1

My Buried Treasure this time around is just below the surface actually! Check out my BIg Danged Kentucky Derby Hat , if you haven’t already!   It was so much fun to make and that big old crazy thing just makes me so happy every time I see it.  Hope you enjoy it as well. I love a flattering photo as well!  Ha!


Encaustics are back on my love, love, love list.  Always were….it’s just been a little while since I’ve had the time and space to pull them out and experiment.  Been playing with adding dimensional paper (i.e. paper flower!) dipped in plaster layered with wax.  What do you think?  I kind of like it.  I think I will do a white wax next time instead of the natural beeswax to give it a little more brightness, but it’s heading in the right direction for me.


This little scene which is actually a lot wider ( 7×20) just appeared as I was playing with thinned out acrylic paints on the background, paper, book text, incising with burnt umber paint rubbed into the grooves – along the lines of an intaglio printing process without the printing part.   Makes me think of OBX in North Carolina and the rows of beach houses.


Taking a course about drawing portraits and am really out of my comfort zone,  but it’s kind of a thrill.   These faces just start to appear as I work and have an expression and features that are purely imaginary yet completely captivating to me.  This is Girl #3 so I haven’t gotten very far.



On my nighstand is Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards who has also been my teacher lately.  I have never felt like I could draw like I want to be able to draw..  I can be creative, I can do mixed media, I can photograph things, I can paint, but draw?  Not so much.  I am anxious to see how her techniques, considered groundbreaking, impact my perception about my drawing ability.  Stay tuned.


Been fooling around with painting over old paintings and this little guy showed up.  Not sure what I make of him but he’s been fun to have around.  Will he stay or will he go?  It’s a work in progress.

DSCN9006Gorillas, butterflies and giant jungle flowers have dominated my brain for the last couple of months as my girl has been costume interning for Tarzan with Character Works Richmond.  I have been driving her to her work days and decided to stick around and help out.  I have learned so much about sewing clothes!  Well, costumey kind of clothes.  I have sewn so many pillows, drapes, cushions, quilts but never something to wear.  Again, out of my comfortable place.  It’s been good to stretch the edges of my abilities.  Met some really great creative people as well.  Opening night is this Friday and it is going to be fantastic.  It is staggering how many hours, people, ideas and creative goo there is flowing into this production. Something to behold and all done in the most fun, family oriented, wholesome environment I am honored to be a part of.  Tickets are still available, if you are interested.  Show runs through June 22.


And lastly, another book companion I have been spending a lot of time with lately is Uncertainty by Jonathan Fields.  Being an artist is nothing if not uncertain.  Learning how to harness, manage and use fear to your advantage as you put yourself out there for comparison and judgement is a skill I am learning  to master.  I am “uncertain” I will be able to pull it off at all times but I am learning that fear can be a catalyst when combined with a healthy dose of perspective. I am preparing myself to take some leaps, praying the net will appear and needing to embrace the uncertainty that comes with being brave.

Thanks to Seth for sending you my way.   He is a role model for all artists in how to give openly and often. I want to be like him when I grow up. Thanks to you for reading this far.

Please ….join my subscribers if you want to (believe me, they’d tell you, your email won’t be overwhelmed) and you will be able to follow my uncertain summer into my uncertain creative career….that should be a shove off of the cliff.  More people watching…

See you along the way,


11 Responses »

  1. Great post chock full of info and inspiration.
    I grew up with the “I can’t draw” message running through my head and am working hard to overcome that…
    I find it challenging and I really want to draw but I guess I had hoped it would come easier…
    so I could relate to what you said about that…
    fear can certainly stall us!

    • Patty, take a look at Betty Edward’s book as there are specific exercises that are geared to help you unlearn the “bad” methods and learn a new way of seeing. Enjoyed your altered Mermaid shoe…very unique!

  2. You have a lot going on in your studio. I really liked the flower you dipped in plaster, then wax. That’s something I need to try. Thanks for the inspiration. And of course, I fell in love with your “Derby Hat.” It is fantastic.

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