Family Heirlooms

I’ve been saving pieces from all the broken glass Christmas ornaments that go all the way back to my great great grandmother. This year I finally used some of them to create memory necklaces for all the women in the family.  Our personal connection to our ancestress’s balls.  It’s simple to create and makes a very special connection for all of us. Hope this spurs ideas for you!


Upcoming classes with local artists at The Sow’s Ear Studio & Gallery

I recently came across this painting. Although it looks very similar to me to the Susan Pear Meisel flower paintings, the signature is only Meisels,  No first or last name and it has an s on the end. Is anyone familiar with this artist?  Thanks! Mystery Artist


I’ve been absent from this blog for quite awhile now and thought I’d finally fill everyone in. Altered art and mixed media are still definitely in the picture.  The past couple of years though my main compass has been pointed at what I like to call Intuitive Abstract Painting. Some of my pieces can be found at The Sow’s Ear Studio & Gallery in Schenectady, NY.

The Sow’s Ear Studio and Gallery

Between working full time, settling into a new place, and trying to find the time to paint, the blog has been getting lonely. This is a new attempt at reviving my virtual connection with the art world. My intent is to find the time to put up posts that should interest myself and this blog’s followers. It may be feast or famine. Only time will tell!

I always end up using my hands at one point or another in a painting. Love this guy!  Wish I could understand what he’s saying, although you certainly don’t need that to appreciate his talent.


Meet Veritas, created from an old headless Barbie doll. She’s no Barbie anymore. LOL This was in response to a challenge for an annual charity fundraiser. Veritas is a modern witch from the urban jungle. She earned her name because of her main power which is an infallible ability to discern the truth. You cannot tell a lie in her presence.


Here are the results of my first experiment with this technique.  Basically, you place tissue paper on top of plastic bags to save the work surface and keep the paper from becoming a permanent attachment to your table. Spritz lightly with water.  The rest involves layering using matte medium, paints, inks, stains, etc. and anything you think might become permanently trapped between layers.  These paper are three layers. I threw in netting, shredded papers, coffee grounds, ribbons, string, holographic flakes, etc.  As you can see, the middle three papers are the same. The pics show that one side is flat, the other shiny, and when held up to light, it is still transparent.

symbI know this is a bit off-topic for this blog but have been given this pendant and can’t seem to find this symbol anywhere. Can anyone identify it?


Aries Checks Out the Big City

“Aries the Owl”


A friend of mine became enthralled with an owl at a local nature preserve. She named him “Aries” and posted a photo for her friends to play with. This is the original photo. To see her artwork and other’s interpretations of Aries the Barred Owl, go to: