January 2008 – Although I am happy to share my art with you throughout this blog please be aware that these images are protected by copyright law and should not be reproduced or used without expressed written permission. Feel free to leave comments or questions, I am always excited to get feedback. Enjoy browsing and thank you for visiting my blog!
Posted by L.M. on January 23, 2008
So I thought today I’d share a couple recent pieces that I finished and show a bit of the stages it went through along the way. Both these pieces are currently hanging in the gallery at the Blackford County Art Center in Hartford City, Indiana in my show titled “”Cairns & Other Repurposed Treasures” – along with another 26 pieces that are part of my “Wood | Stone | Metal” series. The beginning inspirations were a set of rocks that I painted last month:
In addition to those larger, detailed pieces I also had painted several batches of smaller, colorful, messy, drippy, watercolored stones:
Deciding on the composition is a trial and error process for me, first one layout, then another, tweeking the arrangement and inclusion of stones and material as I progress. This shows an early layout vs. the final version for each of the two pieces.
The third rock in the set is still in the studio, waiting for inspiration to lead me to it’s final destination, who knows where it will end up!
Posted by L.M. on September 19, 2016
This year I am doing something a little different! Instead of scheduling formal classes I am going to open my studio for a “play date” every few months (sessions will normally be on the third Thursday of the month, followed by a session the next Saturday for those that need a weekend option). Topics will change each month and all will be fun & easy and each only $10 per person to cover the material and supplies.
For September the studio is open for play on Thursday, September 8th from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. as well as Saturday, September 10th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. I’ll be working on preparing some new pieces for the show that opens later that month so materials will be out to paint rocks, create pieces on wood or sticks or just paint – whatever sounds like fun to you! Please reserve your 2-3 hour times slot as your schedule allows, I’ve got room for 3 or 4 people to work comfortably at the same time. The cost is $10. Visit the Online Reservation Form to sign up.
Your entire $10 fee will be donated to the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) to promote education about, and research for, Huntington’s Disease. Many describe the symptoms of HD as having ALS, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s – simultaneously. There is no cure. We have two family members currently battling this deadly disease. I will be participating in walks in Indiana this September (for our son) and Knoxville, Tennessee in October (for our grandson).
I hope you are able to come out and play on one of these dates and help me raise money for HD at the same time!
Posted by L.M. on August 22, 2016
I’ve been uploading a new (free!) downloadable coloring page to my website each month this year, feel free to go snag one, two or all of them if you’re interested. This tree image is the most recent.
They can all be downloaded from THIS PAGE.
Posted by L.M. on August 18, 2016
Posted by L.M. on April 17, 2016
Posted by L.M. on February 9, 2016
As part of my “Creative Every Day” challenge for this year I’ve been working in an old book that was cut down and had a hole punched through the edge so it can be clasp shut with a chain.
Here are a few of the first projects I’ve done in it:
I also did a two-page spread of this lovely lady and her funk and funky hair:
I have done a few other things since then but I’ll save them for another post. Have any of you been following the “Creative Every Day” challenge? What have you worked on?
Posted by L.M. on January 20, 2016
So this year I’m just feeling a little more loose & free with the idea of classes, teaching and hosting events in my studio. Instead of “formal” classes I’m going to have a few dates throughout the year where I open the studio, have out supplies for certain projects and let you come, create and play in a relaxed atmosphere!
I hope you’ll join in one or more of these sessions, as I determine future topics I’ll post updates. All dates are subjected to change.
Of course I’m always available to schedule a specific class for you if you are interested, you can see a list of possible topics right HERE. I have “add more topics” on my to-do list but haven’t finished that project yet so you might want to check back in a few weeks!
Posted by L.M. on January 12, 2016
Starting this month I’ll be making a free coloring page available for download each month on my website. Here’s what this month’s image looks like:
When you are ready to download/print, visit THIS PAGE on my website to access the file.
Happy New Year and happy coloring!
Posted by L.M. on January 4, 2016
So the last month or so I’ve been yearning to get back to being creative on a much more consistent basis. You know, like daily. 🙂 A friend of mine found this wonderful challenge page that just seems to fit the bill. One, it’s low-pressure and (most importantly) it’s not just a single media but ALL creativity. You know that fits well with my meandering bend! Here is a link to the page if you are interested in signing up as well:
Creative Everyday Challenge byLeah Piken Kolidas
I’m hoping to document some of the projects on this blog but, honestly, I am all about the “low-pressure” aspect so don’t expect to see daily posts by any means.
Do you have goals for your 2016? What are they?
Posted by L.M. on December 29, 2015