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 Decorate a Masquerade mask with Mixed Media

This lesson will feature how to decorate a masquerade mask with mixed media. I demonstrated how to sculpt a mask out of clay in How to Make a Masquerade Mask Part I. Here are the supplies you will need: A clay mask, plaster cloth mask, or paper mache mask Golden's Regular Gel (Matte) An assortment of …

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 …

Life Branding: Focused Fresh Starts

There’s something special about the new year with its fresh starts and blank canvases. For a moment, you hear life’s urging to brush your dreams across the space of possibility. When possibility presents, you only have a brief amount of time to break from inertia and get into motion. Soon, everyday living will squeeze out motivation. …

Warrior Princess Mask Featured in Somerset Studio Magazine

Today I went to Barnes and Nobles with my husband and noticed the current issue ofSomerset Studio magazine.  I had submitted a piece of artwork last spring for this September/October issue, figured I wasn’t chosen, and so opened it to see who was. There on the “Letters to the Editor” page, I saw a photo of my …

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 …