Fifty Phrases Series – #1 “Relax”

This piece was part of my preparation to send my first daughter to college, which happened yesterday.  It was also inspired by our current journey through the teen years with my younger two children, now almost 14 and 17.


“Relax” – 12x12x1.5 in. Mixed media on cradled birch panel


detail photo

This piece was fun to create.  I started with a base layer of collage papers and created a peeled paint effect with Vaseline and layers of contrasting color.  I finished by adding the stenciled word with drips and yellow stenciled designs to make the color story more cohesive.

I’d love to hear what word or phrase you say to yourself when family life gets stressful or challenging.

Thanks for visiting my blog and have a great day!



Tribute to my mom – Chanel inspired collage

In my last post, “What do you do when you’re uninspired?” I had started a collage girl in honor of my mom, who left this earth on Christmas Eve.

Using Christy Tomlinson’s “She Art Girl” instructions, I started this collage:


Initial placement of collage pieces

I can’t even begin to write about the amazing woman my mom was….at least not now.  She never wore a Chanel gown, but if anyone deserved to, it was her.


Finished collage, 6×12 on canvas  


Close up of top – “She was brave”


Close up of feet – (my mom always had to special order shoes because she wore a 9.5 narrow!)

Thanks for visiting my blog.  If you still have your mom, give her a hug and tell her you love her.





Many Waters Cannot Quench Love – Saying Goodbye to my Mom

There’s a part of me that finds this difficult to write and share.  My mother passed away on Christmas Eve.  There are few words right now for all the memories and emotions.  But in the meantime, there is art.  When my mom, Sara, got sick two years ago, I flew to Texas to be with her.  In a quiet moment, I sketched her sleeping.


Mom sleeping

I still remember the little yellow flowers on her hospital gown.


One yellow flower in watercolor pencil

Looking back, it’s a gift to have these sketches.  They’ll always remind me of her.

Living 1100 miles apart, we got to spend very little time together.  In recent years, her health issues made it difficult to communicate.  This picture was taken in 2004.  It’s one of my favorites of us together.


Mom, me and my daughter, Amy Kate – 2004

Although we were parted in life and are now parted by death, I have the hope of seeing her again in heaven….and many waters cannot quench love.  She will always be my mom, and I will always be her Mellie.

Thank you for reading my blog and letting me honor my precious mother.

Have a wonderful New Year,