Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Yay Me!!

I am published in the newest Somerset 'Gallery'.  Cant wait to get my hands on it!!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Back in Class!

After not teaching mixed media classes for about a year....i was slipping through the cracks and not playing with messy glues, papers and paints at all....oh how i missed that Mod Podge!
Sooooo...after finding the perfect space to teach....i invited 12 students to join me for six weeks of fun mixed media techniques.  We are using an old book for the weekly substrates and it has turned out to be an amazing way to document the class!  i love it!
i am grateful for my students for they are truly my teachers and they have led me back to the passion of mixed media artwork.
this is class #3's project....fun, right?

Wednesday, May 25, 2016


good morning bloggers...
as usual...it has been eons since i wrote in my blog!
my son is setting up a website for me, lorrimarie.com, and i need to keep this current for the blog....good luck, right?
well....i am represented in the newest 'Gallery' magazine with some of my handcrafted books....it should hit the newsstands June 1st!  so exciting!
AND...i have been playing with digital artwork...I will have a piece published in the September issue of 'Gallery' too!  This is the one they chose for publication...'Racing Roosters'...a very fun piece...yes, it is already SOLD but I am tickled it is being published...it is the very first piece I made with Adobe Photoshop!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Back in the saddle

Spent a lovely weekend in the Sebastopol area...beaches, hikes, redwoods....just a wonderful getaway!  It is our first mini vacation since moving into the house.
Lots of inspiring things to see...came home with some great art ideas.
I was going to catch you up with the house photos but got bored with that...
Working on a dress series..vintage dresses dipped in beeswax...so here is what I worked on yesterday...this dress had been cut up so I reassembled it with book pages and some new/old lace...a little heart and some rusty barbed wire from some exploring we did this past weekend....
I do love dresses!
Have a great Tuesday everyone!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

WingingIt: You have got to be kidding!

WingingIt: You have got to be kidding!

You have got to be kidding!

I have not posted anything since last February?  Shame, shame on me!
We probably started purging the big house in Benicia about then...put the house on the market...sold it...moved to Vallejo...and have been working feverishly on our new 1940 bungalow...love it!
I won't overwhelm you all at once...here is the kitchen, newly painted after removing lovely wallpaper...yuck...and bringing in new...yes I said new...buttercup yellow appliances!   Oh...and tiger lily marmoleum flooring....yep...love it!
I will bring you up to date a little a pt a time...so much has happened in the past year and a half!
Big creative Hugz!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Take three? What?

I had my advanced class last night...these girls are so amazing!  I got to play with them!   It was great fun AND  I have another very cool art piece!  I love being the teacher and the student all at the same time!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Take one of take two....does that make sense?

When I am teaching a new technique...I like for my students to make a take one...with my guidance...then a take two...with their imagination in the lead...it is amazing how much you can learn from one project...what colors to use, not to use...what images to use, not to use...what focal points work, don't work....well you get the idea!   This is a fun, new background technique that I just played with!   So much fun...my advanced class is going to have fun doing this Monday night with me!

Started the beginners class!

So I have been teaching mixed media classes here in benicia for just about three years now.  I am lucky enough to have some of the original students twill with me!   The classes are six weeks long...filled with fun and silly play time...no room for perfectionism...for certain!
Low and behld, so many new students have signed up for the class that I needed to divide the class...beginners and advanced.  Yay!   Thursday night was my first class with the beginners...they were awesome!   Nine out of the ten students had never done anything like this before...how fun is that?!  So we started with simple techniques and covered a composition book with layers of paper paint, mod podge and images...then we finished the piece with melted beeswax....a great adventure for anyone, right?   The class was fantastic and there are some happy fledgling artists sitting on the edge of their seats...waiting for Thursday to come!   I love art!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Day two with the parasol!

Just got up and I have a busy day....but just wanted you to see the progress on the parasol...what is going to happen?  Where is this going?   Only time will tell!  Stay tuned!

Almost the end of February...

Time to start another mixed media class.....I have so many wonderful NEW students that I have created a beginners and an advanced class!  Now that is fantastic, right?   I have completed the project for my new fledglings...
I am really excited to have the  opportunity to start off slow with these courageous women!  We will tqke our time and learn what about some fun supplies, techniques, silliness....oh, you know...the usual play date stuff....this project is going to be done on the front of a composition book so that they will have a beautiful piece of artwork to enjoy, show off and kee valuable notes it!   We will start off our class on Thursday creating a color wheel...always fun to make new colors, right?
And then last night I ran across this fun parasol...going to turn it into an art piece...oh yes I am!
Have a great hump day....I hear it might rain here in California....that would be fantastic!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

The perfect Christmas gift!

I have been trying to figure out what to give my grandaughters for Christmas...something handcrafted, full of love, inspiring and inter active!   GOT IT!  I put together a collage kit.  The substrate is finished on a piece of wood with text, gesso, and distress ink.  I cut out a bunch of images that will be color copied.  The instructions will lead the recipient through a simple layering process with images and paint and then embellish with some washi masking tape.  I am sooo happy I thought of this!  And now, because I am who I am...I am selling these kits for $25, complete!
Let me know if you would like to order any...I am leaving town in a few days so this offer is available until Tuesday only!
Happy happy holidays and a merry Christmas to all!
I LOVE the holidays!

Friday, December 13, 2013

A vintage Christmas!

About 12years ago I splurged on a sparkly, aluminum Christmas tree and color wheel.....so glad I did!   We just replaced the color wheel...let the tree shine on!    I love the holidays!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Sunny spot for open studios!

I started out with lots and lots of creations for sale on Saturday morning....
By Saturday at closing time and the suitcase of dolls is nearly empty and the art  table looked much better....
I had a sunny spot and people braved the cold....it was a great weekend!  Thanks for all of the support!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

BIG DAY TODAY!

It is cold and wet outside, but that has never stopped me before.   I will arrive at 955 Jackson with a car load of handcrafted items.  I will have cookies and apple cider for those that are brave enough to come shopping today.  My entire inventory is 50% off today???please come and support all the artists that create for living!

Friday, December 6, 2013

For example!

This piece originally priced at $350 will be $175 this weekend!

Open studios. This weekend!!

It is going to be a cold one but I will be at 955 Jackson street here in Benicia with some hot deals!  50% off my entire art and handcrafted items!!!   Don't miss this event...lots of artists are participating...fun for all...and I will have some spiced cider too....