Virginia, United States
I guess you could say I was born an artist! My intrinsic artistic abilities appeared around the age of 1½ years old when I began scribbling colorful imagery on my bedroom walls, later carving designs and cryptic messages on my parent’s fine furniture. Over the years, I have continued my artistic endeavors working as a monotype printmaker, painter, mixed media artist, and jewelry maker.

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Sunday, July 31, 2011

New Lino Cut- Ivy

Today was rather productive. 
Last night, I drew out and planned my second print 
for the IPE swap. 

Today, the carving went well, I thought. 
Here is the artist's proof, "Ivy" a lino cut. 

Tomorrow, I plan on experimenting with color!

Friday, July 29, 2011

New Pendants

Please check out several new pendants 
just taken to the 
Taubman Museum of Art Gift Shop! 
Just ask for Dian!

"Wishes and Dreams"

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Collograph Printmaking- Silly Crow Tricks

     It is time again to send submissions off to the International Print Exchange. I did this last year for the first time and I have to say, it was a grand experience! There were so many printmakers from all over the world that participated in sharing their talent. Proudly, I received several prints from just a few of these printmakers, in exchange. Of course, if there are prints that you like, you can buy them from Green Door Printmaking Studio. All proceeds go to the studio for classes.


    The image I chose to work with was one from one of my collaged pins that I did back last year. Here is my completed plate. I started out by drawing the image and carving a lino-cut. I decided I was not pleased, so I tried the same image as a collograph. (A collograph, is a collaged plate, then inked and printed.)


I am please with the collograph...tomorrow, I will print. 

collograph plate


artist proof - day 1

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Showtime!

Updates on shows and galleries! 
       Late winter and spring, I have had time to work in the studio at long last. New works have been matted and framed and are now ready to show. This year I am still creating ink drawings on recycled papers, and due to popular requests, making collaged pendants and pins. 


        Here are the shows:


***47th Annual Bath County Art Show Opens Saturday July 16, closes July 24 @ 5pm. Valley Elementary School, - 
   The 47th Annual Bath County Art Show opens on Saturday July 16. This year organizers are expecting to have over 600 entries. Cathy Singleton is a board member for the Bath County Arts Association, which sponsors the show.
   "This year our judge is Dr. Edward Keel who is a curator at the Kreeger Museum in Washington D.C." she says. "We're very excited to have him judge our show, and we do award over $8000.00 in prizes to the artists that enter." 
     Entries for the show come from around the region including West Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and Pennsylvania. Last year 259 artists participated. The art show is a fundraiser for the Bath County Arts Association. All of the artwork at the show is for sale and the Arts Association receives a commission.
     The Bath County Art Show is Saturday July 16 through Sunday July 24 at Valley Elementary School in Hot Springs. It's open from 1 to 5 daily and admission is free. 

     For more information about the Bath County Art Show email bathcountyarts@gmail.com.


    
***  63rd Virginia Highlands Festival  July 23 - August 7, 10 am - 6 pm.
Open till 7:30 pm on Saturday, July 23rd and Saturday, July 30th.
The Festival hosts more than 100 artists and crafters who rotate in and out of this juried show, so come back often during this 16-day festival!
Galleries: 
Update coming soon!

New Blog-Southwest Virginia Artists

     I wanted to share a new blog!
 Southwest Virginia Artists


       I am truly excited about the creation of Southwest Virginia Artists. The blog is for local and regional artisans, musicians, and writers, etc. 

     I am meeting new artists, learning about techniques, and learning about the rich talent in the state of Virginia. This site features, fine art, fine craft, photography, musicians, writers, actors, and more all in one place! There are listings for galleries, classes, and other Southwest Virginia happenings. I refer to it as an 'Art Center' on the net!

     This site is a fantastic place to get your art out into the wide open and reach so many! I would like to encourage artists to visit the site and contact me if you are interested in being part of the site, or would like more information. 

     Here is the wonderful mission of the site!






Mission

To connect Virginia Artists and Crafts people with the World and each other. A place to find and make direct contact with the best Virginia has to offer.
A place where Artists of all disciplines and abilities can display their work, their Galleries and Businesses, discuss their opinions, ask for technical help, recommend a product, find a tutor, write a blog, find buddies to paint, sketch, pot, make jewelry or play music with.  A place to find art and crafts or advertise your own work.
A place where all the Folks and Businesses that support and appreciate the Arts and Crafts activities of Virginia can be found. We include in this, music venue of all types, from the Winery to the restaurent that has Jazz on a Saturday Night, to the Coffee shop that rotates local artists on its walls, to the guy that gets the framing just so and the list goes on…..