I have been a long admirer of Stephanie. SO long I almost don't remember when I wasn't her biggest fan. Except I do. I remember seeing the book,  Semiprecious Salvage come out and being smitten. I created every single project inside those covers, learning so much and really boosting my confidence as an artist. And that's the thing about Stephanie. She really is your biggest cheerleader, wanting you to succeed in your artistic journey. I consider her my artistic soul's mentor. And she can be yours too! Right now, her new course "Creating Real Confidence as an Artist"   just opened and is available for instant access! And without further ado, please enjoy Stephanie's meaty answers to 10 Questions for Artists : 1. Favourite artist. Living or dead. Picking a favorite may just be too much to ask of me because there are artists whose work excites and inspires me but of whom I know nothing about and there are artists whose work isn't as captivating to me but...
I wasn't feeling very Musing today so thought it might be fun to revisit an older post. This one from back in March of 2015, was rather appropriate seeing as I just finished up a plaster and wax piece using one of these herring tins. (And I still can't stand the smell, or sight, of smoked herring. Ugh!) Regarding my new piece, it is the prize in a Giants of Nova Scotia giveaway next week. In case, yknow, you'd like to enter. Anyway without further ado...  Shrining My husband loves ...LOVES... herring. Pickled. Smoked. Pickled AND smoked. Actually I have no idea if that's even a "thing" because I'm never EVER in the same room with him when he consumes 'teh stinky'. But. After seeing these tins pile up in the recycling bin, I realized that the herring tins were kinda cool. Perfect shape for small shrines. And so ... I now have that recycling pile on my work table.   This is the first of many, I'm sure. Above is a close up of the interior which...
I remember exactly when I discovered Jane's work. Stephanie Lee had reposted a piece Jane was working on from one of  her awesome online plaster classes.  I gasped. I thought, 'Who IS this person and why don't I know her?!?!' (Yes. I really am that obnoxious!) And then I swooned, immediately followed her, and have been completely smitten ever since. Jane is able to take typical mixed media components... vintage photos, assorted ephemera, buttons, sewn elements and turn them into something extraordinary. There isn't a week goes by that I don't gasp (again!), exclaim, 'Why didn't I think of that?!?!' and swoon all over again. I'm thrilled to call her friend and to have her answer 10 Questions for Artists ! 1. Favourite artist. Living or dead. I'm not sure if I'm bending the rules too much here as he was an architect rather than an artist, but I'm choosing Antonio Gaudi . My professional background is in housing and part of my degree i...
There's been a lot going on around here so thought I'd take a few minutes to just let you all know What's Up. Homage to Bri. Encaustic mixed media.  1. I now have TWO ways of getting my latest information into your inboxes: Newsletter : Travelogue of an Artistic Mind . A low-volume, not too chatty not too sales-y, once a month email direct from me to you. Exclusive sneak peeks. Discounts. And more. You can subscribe here . Friday Musings : A weekly email with a short synopsis of any posts that have been made on the blog. You can subscribe here . 2. A new feature 10 Questions for Artists which will be posted on a random basis as artists answer my questions. So far it has just been myself and Bridgette but there are a slew of amazing artists in the queue so you might want to bookmark the page. You can find it  here . Also. If you'd like to be featured, I'd love for you to join in. Simply email me and I'll send you the details. September Sunflowers. Encaustic. 3...
  I've been friends with Bridgette since 2004 when our paths crossed on Live Journal. We've participated in art challenges and collaborations, shared life's trials and tribulations through births and deaths and moves, artistic ups and downs and I can't think of anyone I'd rather have as my first guest on 10 Questions for Artists .   1. Favourite artist. Living or dead. Ahhhh, already overthinking this one! Hmmm. There’s an artist I have followed a long time online that whenever she posts on flickr, my heart beats a little faster. Her work is conceptual, beautiful, haunting, the mark of her hand is evident in the work, and just pulls me in. Ines Seidel 2. What’s one thing in your studio you REALLY should throw out? I have bins of saved textiles that I have dreams of turning into things….but yeah, they’re just taking up space. 3. Best studio snack. (creative nutrition is important!) I don’t eat in the studio. 4. Favourite studio smell. I actually love the sm...
In the April Edition of Between Artists: A Conversation with Bridgette Guerzon Mills , she asks: When I’ve taught workshops before I always tell people- we are here to create and we are here to learn and we are here to make mistakes. Mistakes are gifts- that’s where we start to find our voice. Can you share something that you stumbled upon that was a “mistake” but then now it’s become part of your creative process?  Very early in my art making, I was doing the "Art By the Inch" challenge or the equivalent of NANOWRIMO we cooked up on Live Journal, ARTSOMOFO. Creating something FINISHED everyday is indeed a challenge and often ends up as a frantic whirlwind of paper and glue and paint and, well, a mad scramble to get SOMETHING out there. And I remember my art table being an absolute diabolical mess with finished pieces being interspersed with works in progress and scrap paper and drying paint and glue. But out of chaos, comes ingenuity and discovery and truth. At some point...