Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Of Towers & Turrets Session 3

another alteration!
I'm working on a little tutorial for you.
But I have run out of morning art time for today.
What I really want to tell you about is:

Of Towers and Turrets
Session Three
is now open for registration!
This is the wonderfully successful class that Deryn Mentock and I created.  And it is back by popular demand. 
The class will begin on December 15th and all of the videos will be posted the first three days of class.  
You might want to gift someone this wonderful online class that is full of mixed media
mixed metal
Or you might want to gift yourself. 
Class example

Remember these pendants?

You will learn all the skills to create one for yourself in 

For more information, and a paypal  button, visit my class site on Ning,  All Norah'S ART.
I'll be watching for you,

Sunday, November 27, 2011

about lemons sort of

I don't have a title for her yet. I must sit and stare for a while to hear the title.  She is "an alteration of a basket of lemons".
My Faces In Collage students saw it.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Student Showcase

Faces In Collage
Images Inspire the Story

Do you believe this amazing student ART?  Oh my!  And there is more.

I have added a special "Classroom"  for those of who may feel like they are not ready for the "Gallery".   This classroom is a place to share works in progress at any stage and ask specific or general questions.

It is a place where no talking is allowed except by the Artist and Teacher.

An example:

Hello Malinda, First of all, I don't know why you feel a struggle with acrylics because It certainly doesn't show here. You have created a powerful and dramatic story with these images.
♥She is mysterious.  And I think the juxtaposition of her with her swans is very interesting.  In the moonlight, they are "black" swans....sorta like her.  I think you might define the swans right where the body is touching the water with a very tiny tiny hint of a white (irregular) line.  In other words, separate them from their shadow. It is like a little reflected light at their edge.
♥The mystery of where she is continues and we are wondering, if that is a window to her world.  I think you could give the bars a hint of being a window with a dark line at the bottom of the bar where it connects to the horizontal bar.   And then a miter/diagonal line at the corner.  That would be enough but if you wanted to carry it a little further, load your brush with a very very light load of paynes gray and run a very tiny stripe of it on the left side of each bar and along the inside bottom bar. It will add a little depth to the flat bars.
♥I like the drama of this piece.  I like that she doesn't look like Jennifer and I would not have known if you hadn't told us. I like love her green eyes. And her voluptuous lips.
♥The limited color palette works wonderful.  I can see just a hint of her lip color in the cityscape of her world and I wonder how maybe a few more tiny dots of that would work.  I wonder if it would be like markers on a map. Part of the mystery.
You have created a wonderful story with the few images you chose.  Next time we want to see the "before".
When you feel like you are all done, please do show in the Gallery because this piece makes us want to respond to it. That is what ART should do.
Hello Students, just wanted to remind you that this is the Classroom where no talking is allowed.  Just watch over our shoulder and then when the piece is finished, the artist will post in the Gallery where talking, shouting, clapping and jumping up and down is most certainly allowed, appreciated and encouraged. ♥
Her response:
Oh Sharon! My husband is laughing at me now because I am crying tears of joy! I never imagined you would find it a powerful and mysterious piece, even though my husband had told me the same thing and his usually pretty honest.
What he can't give me is all of your  very detailed and thoughtful feedback. You look at EVERY aspect of the piece and then give suggestions. I really do love your way of teaching ; ) and I am going to add those touches you've suggested. Wonderful suggestions, each one of them made me think, huh, I should have thought about that! Thank you for doing the heavy thinking for us ; ) And thank you for your compliments, that should keep me on another cloud for a couple of days at least!!
And yes, I'm disappointed too that I don't have the before shot, that's half the fun. I won't make that mistake again.
Warmest regards and hope your coffee was perfect this a.m. I'm sipping mine as I type from my bed with my MARTHA STEWART magazines that just came in the mail while I was responding. Now I can find cool things like bowls of lemons and stuff ; )
With much warmth, Malinda

Now, I'm going to finish a masterpiece. I'm having a great 4 day weekend!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Bouncing Last Week

 Last week, I found my self bouncing. 
 From one thing to the next.
 It happens when inspiration and panic set in at the same time.
And when things are not going just right,
I abandon it.
Let it sit.
In a mess.
On the desk.
And then I calm myself with stitching.
Stitching dragons in moons.

I'm thinking I will be taking a little blog break this week.
Unless I have time to paint a masterpiece that I simply can't wait to share. 

Friday, November 18, 2011

Student Showcase

It occurred to me that art retreat teacher come home and showcase their students class art.  So, with permission from my online students, I'm posting a few Faces In Collage.

Since this class is ongoing with new students arriving constantly, I look forward to sharing more in a Student Showcase. 

I debated about weather on not to show the "before" collage but it is just so interesting to see how they started. Aren't they all so fabulous!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Goddess of Sea and Earth

Goddess of Sea and Earth

The second group of videos were added early this morning to Faces in Collage. And all my wonderful students are knee deep in collage papers and faces. Goddess of Sea and Earth was the subject of today's videos. The creation from start to finish is all there. 

It's not too late if you would like to join the group. You would be so welcomed. 

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Faces In Collage - Me

Me in Collage
Yesterday, I wanted a new profile pic.  I'm finally getting OK with taking my own picture, droopy eyes and all.  I recently discovered my bathroom is a great place to do this.  Good light.

I could be the last one to figure this out but here is how I do it.  Maybe you can tell I'm holding the camera.  Well, I'm sitting in front of a big mirror and I'm holding the camera lens facing me.  I can see the camera view screen in the mirror and I can see when I'm in the right position and have an OK facial expression and my double chin is stretched and I can't do anything about the baggy, droopy eyes.  Then, without moving anything but my eyes, I either look straight into the lens or away.  And snap.

I have even videoed myself...........this way.....
I'll share.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Granny's Spirit

small  pocket folders on my desk
I have discovered being "organic" in my new class gives me a little blog fodder too.  Today, I posted an impromptu tutorial that I worked up last night (not the folders) which led to a discussion about decorating our folders with collage.  Of course I had to show my little pocket folders. 

However, what I want to tell you is the little picture that is clipped onto the front of my letter/folder holder is my Granny and me (circa 1982).  I keep it there so I can feel her spirit.  Flowers was one of her personal symbols too.   

ps....I know someone will ask, the little Klimt inspired doll and owl were made by and gifted to me from Jacky.
silly me profile pic today

Profile pic today is obviously before my nose job.  Do you see how crocked it is?

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Feeling Gratitude

silly me profile pic today
Today, I'm feeling gratitude. I am so full up to the top grateful for the excited group of kindred sister spirits who have gathered to enjoy my new class, Faces In Collage.

I'm already getting great reviews after the first group of videos.  Like this one from Kate,
Sharon, I am so happy I am taking this workshop! So often I never know where to start and I can see the magic in this process. I am getting ready to go over my stash. My husband always teases me about all my loose magazine images. He just doesn't get it! Happy, happy I am in this class!
".....I can see the magic...."  that's my favorite part.  Because it does feel like magic!
Thank you Kate and thank you to all of my students. And thank you to all of my blog followers too.  I am so grateful for all of you.

Thursday, November 03, 2011


this is me today. it's a crop from a
larger piece.  I call the crop
"big mouth"
I'm already having so much fun at the workshop, Faces In Collage. And class hasn't even started yet. 

If you are as confused as I have been, you will be glad to know that the Start Date is TOMORROW!  It seems that I have posted conflicting dates and my wonderful students set me straight.

Yes, we are already busy talking and interacting.  And that is the fun I'm having.  Each morning, I have been adding a little early morning audio just for fun.  And I have been changing my profile pic each day. More fun.

If you haven't already joined me, I hope you will. OK, I'm going to ask. Will you join me where "images inspire the story"?
♥ Sharon