Thursday, December 8, 2016

Graffiti in Detroit

I have always enjoyed seeing Graffiti even though the nasty language is way more than I want to see!! This slideshow of images is from a recent trip to downtown Detroit. I have NO idea what any of it means, so if anyone thinks I should take it down, let me know. I've admired graffiti in Italy, Argentina, tunnels and bridges across the U.S.A. and the walls of Detroit.

I just wonder about those who created the graffiti....are they frustrated artists? I imagine they are irritated with their own lives ...could the graffiti represent their voices shouting loud?   Do the locations have a special meaning or are they just convenient with no one to stop them?

It's baffling how some graffiti appears in precarious locations....did they climb there by themselves or was a team of people involved? So many questions behind these expressions.

Wonder what a convention of graffiti artists would look like? We probably stereotype these people as street "urchins." Wouldn't it be funny to show up at a convention and find out that they are "suits" - college professors, business people, high school coaches? Or maybe they are "starving artists" yearning to be seen! Sadly, I realize that many of them are probably parts of gangs, their so-called "family." The graffiti may have just been done on a dare. I sure wish my handling of a spray can of paint was as good as some of these people!

Destruction of property isn't  cool but I still enjoy seeing the layouts of the painted walls and saying a silent "good job" to many of these creations!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Eco-Printing Addiction


I call it "cooking leaves" but it's officially Eco-Printing. Mine is done with heavy weight watercolor paper but it can also be done on fabric. 
Paper is my first love in the art world, so that's my choice for this technique of sandwiching materials such as leaves, twigs, rusty nails, etc. and steaming the package of goodies for 2 hours.

I have a really nice two-tiered vegetable steamer - it's now my tool of choice for steaming the paper.....vegetables will get steamed in the microwave now. My steamer is not too large but it's perfect for me for now. I enjoy making mini-albums, cards, postcards, and small works on canvas so I'm happy staying small.

There are lots of techniques on YouTube for doing this and wonderful artists who teach. and create beautiful prints, such as Jacqueline Sullivan, Trish McKinney. Check them out.

It's very difficult for me to walk past my steamer and not get something "cookin'"!! I even have leaves and bits of flowers in my freezer to get me through the winter. My 7-year-old granddaughter was enlisted by me to collect materials from her yard in North Carolina and a friend fulfilled my request for magnolia leaves. I'm using them in another project but one or two will end up in the steamer.
The reveal of each paper is intriguing and I've re-steamed them with other materials if I didn't like the first one.
Give it a try and post what you've done! Now I need to put more of my finished ones to good use.

Happy steaming!


Thursday, November 24, 2016





Saturday, September 17, 2016

Special Event for Nine of Us

Nine women from around the county joined together for Bible Journaling at The Cheese Lady, as a kickoff to the study I lead at St. John Lutheran Church in Rochester, MI. The study (every 3rd Saturday) is open to anyone who wants to attend. We alternate locations...usually between church and my home studio. The Cheese Lady put together a nice tasting board of foods mentioned in the Bible such as dates, figs, almonds, honey, and cheeses from goat, cow and sheep. (We added some dark chocolate "just because.")

Each received a list of Bible verses mentioning these foods. We also shared Matzo crackers and fresh Challah bread with an explanation of the symbolism of the Challah bread to the Jewish people.

Our devotion focused on "Feed Our Faith" so we can follow Jesus call to "Feed My Sheep" based on John 21:15. We also had a quiet time devotion following along to the written lyrics and listening to the hymn "Feed My Sheep"

Our artsy time included using colored pencils with pre-drawn graphics to be attached to our Bible pages or traced in. We also added ribbon to paperclips for bookmarks.  

I truly enjoyed our time together and getting to know these sisters in Christ. Let me know if you'd like to join us in October.


Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Praise in the Park

The rain went stayed away, the volunteers set everything up, the people arrived and a beautiful event was underway last Sunday.

Annually, St. John Lutheran Church here in Rochester, MI hosts a community event in the local park. There were more than 1,000 participants this year! What a glorious (but humid!) day. 

The service is delivered from the pavilion, as guests sit comfortably in chairs or on blankets on the hillside.  Since our church has 5 services, this is an opportunity to see some of the friends we miss on a Sunday....For example I DO NOT do early morning very well, so it was nice to see the 8 o'clockers!! <grin> With wonderful music filling the air, a tribute to our cherished veterans and first responders, the whole experience of worship and fellowship was moving and exciting. 

There were a lot of opportunities to stick around after the service - free picnic lunch of hamburgers, hotdogs, bratwurst and salads, popcorn and ice cream! Vintage vehicles were on display as were decorated bicycles. The children brought their bikes so they could participate in the annual parade and perhaps win a prize. This year the cyclists seem to be all decked out as much as their bikes!

A wide variety of activities were offered  -- face painting, balloon sculptures, photo booth,family games, and health/wellness information.

This year a new tent was available to artists to display their work. This included a display of Bible Journaling materials and a hands-on opportunity to complete bookmarks which were examples of how to Bible journal. Watercolors or pencils and crayons were used. Praying in Color materials were explained distributed, as well.

One of the highlights of the day was the stack of shoes in the worship area. Participants brought shoes for St. John's mission partner - Gifts for All God's Children. All loose change offerings also went to their work in Southeast Michigan.(Sorry, my photo didn't turn out well.)

With donations from local businesses and individuals and the contributions of time and talent of volunteers and staff, this event is a meaningful, joyous community event. 

Pastor's message recorded at Praise in the Park is at this link. - Praise in the Park Hope to see you there next year!