Do you miss going to galleries and museums?

Stratum mixed media collage NCS National Collage Society

Not to worry. You can take these gallery tours from your couch. Many venues are putting up online shows free to the public to enjoy. I currently have work in the following two online art exhibitions. National Collage Society’s 23rd Annual Small Format Exhibition This year marks the 23rd anniversary of the National Collage Society Small …

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Just a pigment of my imagination

botanical hide and seek, cold wax CWM mixed media painting

It’s weird how some paintings come into being.  The artwork below is one such painting. It came about through three unrelated experiments into a single, colorful work of art. One:  I offload my leftover paints onto sheets of paper instead of throwing them out. Sometimes, I can use these paints in my collage work. This particular paper …

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How to be creative when in a funk

Botanical Tidbit collages Kathy Ferguson mixed media

The dilemma of the creative process for me is that I impose pressure to make impressive, or at least good, creations. I worry they must be meaningful and pleasing, and if they aren’t, then self-doubt, fear and discouragement paralyze me from working. In many ways, this quarantine has been a positive experience for me. I decided …

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Checking in on you. Are you safe and healthy?

I am writing to check-in and see how everyone is faring in their remote corners of the globe, and hoping that you are safe and well. I’m currently sheltering in Florida with my hubby, where I’m fortunate to be able to walk and bike outside. I fill my days with art-making, cooking, reading, and enjoying …

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5 tips for a less stressful holiday

holiday fire relaxing socks hot chocolate

Starbuck Christmas cups are out, storefront windows are decorated, and holiday sales are cluttering our inboxes. Though still weeks away, holiday stress is starting to build. Life will soon be filled with cards to send, presents to buy, entertaining, and decorating. But this year, I have a plan to help me simplify so I can …

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Belskie Museum Exhibition for NLAPW

Belskie-museum-exhibit-art-show-NLAPW

An exhibition by sixteen accomplished artist members (I’m one of them!) of the National League of American Pen Women, founded in 1897 initially when women journalists were not permitted to join the National Press Club. It eventually became a professional organization for women writers, artists, and composers. The works on display include painting, sculpture, copper …

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How to have a relaxing holiday

Want to relax this holiday season? Then consider getting your holiday shopping finished early. The Plaxall Gallery in Long Island City, NY is hosting an “Off the Wall Holiday Art Fair” from Nov. 7 – Jan. 12. Hundreds of affordable artworks available from both emerging and established artists. Pick something up for your family and …

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Purchasing work from my private collection

Though I sell the majority of the artwork I create, there are some paintings that I don’t want to part with. I save these works into my private collection. They are all special to me in different ways. Some I loved so much they became works that hung in my own home. Others were the …

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Developing final art from a digital sketch

This spring, I used my iPad, and the app Procreate to develop some painting ideas for a commissioned beach-themed artwork. Painting digitally is helpful because you can work with the client to try out different ideas without actually applying paint to canvas.  You can easily go back and remove the changes with just a click of …

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