Tag: Nature

Energize Your Artwork with Natural Texture

When I’m taking a walk in the woods or strolling on the beach, I’m aware of the colors of nature, but also the look and feel of natural texture: glossy leaves, velvety moss, rugged boulders, and spiky grasses. Nathalie Kalbach is a fan of texture too, and she interprets it in the coolest, most unique…


This snapping turtle was painted by first painting and undercoating of yellow and orange in acrylic.  Then I painted it with two coats of acrylic medium.  Finally I painted the turtle with watercolor and sprayed with a clear matte spray when done.

Woody Cradle

Almost anything can start a mini story in my mind.  Living in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina, Nature is my biggest playground.  I love entwining tree trunks.  After getting a cool photo of one, I played with it using Photoshop and a bit of imagination.

Transparent 2

"Transparency" is taken from a blog post I wrote a while ago, which you can read here:  http://beautifullybrokenme.blogspot.com/2009/03/transparency.html   This is one of my first attempts at doodling and lettering.  The background was made using watercolor and sea salt.  I first pooled watercolor onto my canvas, and while it was still wet, I sprinkled sea…

Late Season Flowers

I have always wanted to experiment with a needle felting project that incorporated dryer lint, so I decided to use two different colors of lint I saved from the clothes dryer for the earth and sky.  I hand embroidered the piece with various colors, used flower buttons for the flowers, and yarn strips for the…

mini soldered, dried flower keepsake book

This was so fun to do I am hooked! my mini book is just 2 by 3 inches solder on a brass sheet then my bezel filled with plaster and dried flowers then coated with resin glazes. Inside I coated mixed media papers with plaster, pressed flowers from my garden then washed with colors and…

A Meager Scallop in Bloom

This work started as a handful of harvested Dan loins and Day Lily leaves which i gathered from my own yard. After working the steps to produce a pulp, I hand cast this work on a shell . The fact the creation is made from paper seems to invite the need to add words to…

Pick Me

 Picking blooms and pressing  them in my book,  they became the focus of this mini picture.