Wednesday, December 19, 2012

My Latest Project

We've had some big changes recently so its been a while since my last blog post.  I've been fully devoted to the adorable little guy in the photo below.  Our son was born in November, and I have decided to take some time off from shooting professionally, mixed media projects and my blog.  Once he is a bit older I look forward to returning to work, but for now he is going to be my one and only subject to photograph.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Beach at Sunset - Mixed Media Project

I noticed a few of my recent mixed media projects had a similar theme & palette to them - they involved pink flowers and a green background.  For this project I mixed things up a bit!  I started with a photograph which I converted to black & white in Photoshop.  Once the photo was applied to the canvas I used pastels and acrylic paint to enhance it.  I printed out some text from a recent surf report and applied it to the canvas with gel medium.  I then painted some tape using acrylic paint and applied to the canvas when dry. Before brushing the entire canvas with gel medium to finish it, I splattered some white paint drops on the corners.

Finished canvas - The Beach at Sunset

detail #1 
detail #2

detail #3

detail #4

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Pink Rose Mixed Media Canvas

Here is one of the mixed media projects I recently completed.  As always I started with transferring a photo onto canvas using gel medium.  The original photo used for this project can be seen in the blog post on July 13.  After transferring the photo I worked on the canvas using lots of acrylic paint, pastels and watercolor pencils.  Sandpaper was used to add a worn look to the background.  I continue to experiment with adding text and for this project I decided to paint some masking tape and then use handwritten text on top.  Once I applied the tape I brushed a coat of gel medium over the entire canvas. Below are a few detail shots of the finished canvas.

finished mixed media canvas

photo transfer on canvas - before paint, pastels and watercolor pencils

painted masking tape with handwritten text

detail of canvas

acrylic paint,  pastel and watercolor pencil detail

detail of canvas

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Walk along the harbor

It was a gorgeous day today so I went for a walk in the afternoon.  After working on the computer and running some errands it was a much needed break.  Walking along the harbor always leaves me feeling refreshed and relaxed.  I took a couple of quick photos with my iPhone, then used the Photoshop Express app on my phone.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Happy Saturday

I just love flowers!  These made me smile & although yellow isn't usually one of my favorite colors, I absolutely fell in love with these.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

New Mixed Media Work

Here is one of the new mixed media pieces I have been working on over the past couple of weeks.  I started by transferring a photograph of the flowers onto canvas with gel medium. I then added multiple layers of gesso, acrylic paint, pastels & watercolors.  The words were stenciled onto heavy card stock, painted and then adhered to the canvas with gel medium.  Pastels and pencils were used to outline the text boxes.  I have a few other canvases in the works and will post about those once they are finished.

"grow bloom create" mixed media on canvas

detail #1

detail #2
detail #3

Saturday, August 11, 2012


I've been watching the Olympics over the past few days so thought I would post a project completed a while ago.  The original photo was shot in London years ago while we were on vacation & is quite bad.  It was shot with a point and shoot camera before I studied photography.  If you look closely at the original photo you can see my husband in the phone booth.  Not only did I Photoshop him out of the picture, but I used several different filters and brushes and also worked with adding color and contrast. Unlike my most recent mixed media projects which are done completely on canvas, this was done entirely in Photoshop.  I really like the idea of revisiting old photos and giving them new life.
London phone booth
original photo

Friday, July 13, 2012

Pink Rose

Here is a photo from a recent walk.  I'm thinking I might use this photo for a mixed media project.  Speaking of mixed media, I've got a couple of projects currently in the works & will post about them soon!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

4th of July

Happy 4th of July from Boston!  This morning Old Ironsides made her way into the harbor, escorted from behind by the USCG Eagle, a Coast Guard ship.  So cool to see this ship from 1797 out on the water!  The weeklong festivities in such a historic city make Boston such a great place to celebrate the 4th!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Around the Neighborhood

Here are a few iPhone shots from a recent walk around our new neighborhood.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

The North End, Boston

Yesterday afternoon we spent some time walking around the North End, one of our favorite Boston neighborhoods.  I took a few quick shots with my iPhone, but am looking forward to spending an entire day wandering these streets with my camera!

Our first stop was Bricco Panetteria to pick up some fabulous proscuitto & parmesan ciabatta bread.

Next stop was Salumeria Italiana for some herb marinated mozzarella and soppressata.  They had some fabulous looking bread on display in the window & lots of other Italian specialities in the store.

And no trip to the North End would be complete without stopping at Mike's Pastry for a cannoli!

Monday, June 4, 2012


We have made the move from CA to Boston!  It took longer than anticipated to get settled & unpacked (doesn't it always?!) but we are finally enjoying our new place.  I've got my creative space set up so that means I can finally get back to shooting photos and working on mixed media projects!  I've got a few projects on my to do list & will post them soon. The first thing I did was go to Barnes & Noble to pick up a few of my favorite sources of inspiration........

Thursday, April 19, 2012

A new adventure

I am taking a break from my blog for the next several weeks while my husband and I move from the west coast to the east coast.  We really enjoyed living in southern CA and have many great memories to take with us!  This next chapter in our adventure takes us to the city of Boston.  I am excited about living in the city and look forward to all of the new opportunities it will bring.  Once we are settled into our new place I have a list of mixed media projects that I am looking forward to working on.

Friday, April 6, 2012

The beach this week

Tuesday was another gorgeous day at the beach!  I saw 2 whales, several dolphins and lots of surfers.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

More tilt shift

I'm having fun shooting tilt shift.  Here's a shot from the other day.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The beach this week

I love walking on the beach.  Not only is it extremely relaxing, but its a great source of inspiration for me.  I don't always bring my camera with me, but try to at least once a week.  After a few rainy and cold days the sun and the surfers were out.  

Lone Surfer

Saturday, March 17, 2012

More Mixed Media Art

Recently I finished a few more pieces in my Venice mixed media series. 

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Tilt Shift

Here are a few shots taken with my point & shoot camera using the tilt-shift mode. What a fun function!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

New Mixed Media Artwork

There has been a flurry of mixed media activity over the past week.  I'm posting 2 pieces that I just finished from my ongoing Venice Series.  Along with each piece is a detail shot showing a closer view of the canvas and the texture of the wax. Check back later this week for more new work!

Friday, March 9, 2012

The beach this week

I'm not sure if winter is going to show up or if its taking the year off.  The unseasonably warm weather has been absolutely fantastic.  This was snapped with my iPhone during a walk to the beach.  Happy Friday!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Fun with Point & Shoot

This weekend the weather was unseasonably warm and sunny so I just had to be outside.  I grabbed my pocket sized point & shoot camera and headed out to a fantastic spot that overlooks the harbor in Dana Point.  I decided to play around with a few functions I hadn't tried yet. 

This panoramic photo of the harbor was taken using stitch assist.  The stitch assist was very helpful with lining up the horizon in all of the photographs.  This made it really easy to combine all 6 photographs together on my computer.  This is a very cool function and I can't wait to use it again.

I then played around with the tilt-shift function, which is definitely cool!  I'm going to play around with this function some more this week & will have more photos to post. 

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Mixed Media Article

 The March/April issue of Somerset Studio is on newsstands!  I am very excited to have an article in this issue along with one of my pieces featured on the cover.  The mixed media artwork I created was made using photographs taken during our trip to Venice.  Pick up a copy at Barnes & Noble or Michaels to read about the process.  I've got a few more canvases that I'm working on and will post photos of those once they are finished.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

More Mixed Media Beginnings

Experimenting with photography in the darkroom is where my interest in mixed media began.  I was very interested in altering photographs and especially giving them a dream-like quality.  The images below were again shot with film and done by hand in the darkroom, no Photoshop or digital alterations.  A custom negative holder was created to give the photos very soft and 'torn' edges.  The negatives were exposed through a sheet of tissue paper, which gives them a very soft and distorted quality. 

It has been quite some time since I've shot & experimented with film, maybe its time to get out the old Pentax or Holga.