Depression and the Artistic Temperament

If you’re an artistic soul, then you’ve battled depression, this enemy of soul. You’ve got this light, bright side most people see and admire, and then there’s the dark place only those closest to you know you crawl into at times. Berit Grogard D.M.Sci., Ph.D.’s article, “Positives of Depression on Artistic Expression,” presents a scientific …

How to Make a Plaster Cloth Masquerade Mask

This post features how to make a plaster cloth masquerade mask. Here is a suggested supply list: Rigid Wrap Plaster Cloth Sculpey polymer clay Vaseline Card stock You will need to create a clay mask to use as a mold. Please refer to a previous post, "How to Make a Masquerade Mask." READ THE ENTIRE …

Warrior Princess, New Mask Painting in Process

I’ve been working on a new acrylic painting, Warrior Princess, inspired by a mask my daughter, Elya, made and a poem and post I wrote. Far from finished, this painting has truly been a delight, as I explored contrasts of black and white and the use of bold colors, such as orange and red. Here’s a few …

How to Paint a Masquerade Mask

Here’s 5 helpful hints on how to paint a masquerade mask. I'm finally finished with an acrylic painting I've been working on for weeks and thought I'd pass on some tips on how to paint a masquerade mask. My daughter, Andrea, recently delighted me with the news that she's taken up acrylic painting. She asked …

The Pretender, Masquerade Mask Painting in Process

The Pretender is an acrylic painting that honors when hiding who you are feels right. I started by painting the top parts of the mask and thoroughly enjoyed the challenge. Today I realized how far the project has come. Here’s a photo of the painting in the early stages. I find acrylic painting a fun and fascinating …

Does Painting Cause Wordlessness?

I’ve noticed an interesting change in my creative composition. The more I become enamored with acrylic painting, and want to paint, the less words I have to write. It’s the oddest thing because I’ve never been at a loss for words or lacked something to write about. In fact, I’ve processed my thoughts, feelings, and …

Forest Adventure: Mask Portrait in Process

Forest Adventure is my recent portrait painting in process. Lately, I’ve been on a roll with portrait painting, so I decided to use one of my photographs as the inspiration for this new painting. My daughter, Elya, painted this mask and is the model in the photo. One of the many reasons I love this photo so …

For the Love of Texture: 7 Mixed Media Tips

When I was a little girl, I loved all things soft and natural and feathery. Even though I’ve grown into woman skin, the little girl inside still delights in touching different textures. This is one BIG reason why I seek to explore and experiment with mixed media art. Mixed media gives me the opportunity to …