"Art is my vehicle through life; may we share the ride together." Ron Wickersham

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Wink of Stella Brush Marker Review

Wink of Stella Brush Markers are much like water brushes but are filled with scrumptious, shimmery pigment.  Want to learn more about these new, awesome brush marikers? Check out the reviews by the LBH Media Team (including yours truly) on the Little Blue House blog - the posts from yesterday and today (www.thelittlebluehouseblog.blogspot.com).  Each of us shared different techniques and ways to use these markers, which are available in many colors at the LBH or online www.thelittlebluehouseonline.com.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Baby Grant Update

I am still in Albuquerque with my daughter and her family as the baby is still in NICU. Dana came home on Feb. 1, but she isn't able to drive until the end of this week. I have been taking 2 1/2 year old Drew to daycare in the morning, then taking Dana to the hospital for the 8:30 am feeding and staying through the 11:30 feeding. She stays for the 2:30 pm feeding, I pick her up in late afternoon and then get Drew from daycare. My son-in-law goes after work for the 5:30 feeding and they both return for the 9 pm. It's a busy schedule and doesn't leave much time for anything else!

The photo above was taken late last week after the IV, oxygen and bilirubin lights were removed. We were so excited to finally be able to put him in a T-shirt and hat and he could be swaddled! He's steadily improving and is now about 5 1/2 lbs. He's nursing and bottle-feeding well but still not taking the full feedings as he gets very tired! Who knew it was so exhausting to eat!  We are praying his stamina improves as he won't be able to come home until he is eating independent of the feeding tube.

I am loving this special time with him just cuddling and holding him. And I'm loving spending precious time with Drew especially when his mom and dad are so busy.

Saturday, January 31, 2015


Our third little grandson was born Thursday at 2:47pm - 5 weeks early! We weren't expecting him until March 4th! He weighed in at 5 lbs 4 oz and is 18 inches long - very tiny compared to all my own babies and my other grandsons. He's in NICU for awhile on oxygen and some antibiotics but is otherwise healthy. My daughter is doing well too - it helps to be in good shape and a marathon runner. Of course we hopped the first possible flight to Albuquerque to be with them. He was actually born just before we boarded and I received his first picture as I found my seat. Very exciting! Now we can hardly wait to get to hold him and snuggle. Still waiting on his name...

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Featured Designer Today

I am one of the featured designers on The Little Blue House blog today! I won't repeat the post, but to learn more about me and see a few of my projects, check it out here.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Documented Life Project Week 3

January 17

Art Challenge: Color Wheel

Journal Prompt: "I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way." ~Georgia O'Keefe

This week was a challenge for me - I just couldn't achieve the colors I saw in my mind.  After a few do-overs, I ended up with this. I blended acrylic paints from red through the color wheel to violet, then sprayed some inks in places to enhance the colors. When I applied gesso through a harlequin stencil, some color seeped through to color the gesso.  I used a sprayed scrap of paper for the quote and cut it up to glue in place. The color wheel is a computer printout.  For the planner section, I punched numbers out of an old calendar, colored the circles with watercolor crayons and wrote details of the week in white Uniball Signo pen over black paint.

Friday, January 23, 2015

One Little Word - 2015 - What's Yours?

In 2006 Ali Edwards started a tradition of choosing a word for her focus for the upcoming year. Her "One Little Word" has become very popular and has grown into yearly workshops.  Choosing a word to focus on, meditate on and think about all year can have a huge impact in your life and decisions you make all year. Do check out her website and blog to learn more.

I have never done this before so I decided to jump on the bandwagon this year. After much thought, I have chosen the word "GROW."

I want to grow this year - in my spiritual life, my artistic process, in my personal relationships. I want to learn new things, try new artsy techniques, make more personal art. As a second (and related) word, I could have chosen simplify as by simplifying my work space and my time, I will be able to better achieve my goals to grow, especially artistically.

So many people are choosing their own words that this will be the focus of my next Mixed Media Workshop at the Little Blue House on February 6.  Students will create an 8" x 16" mixed media canvas to coordinate with their own word which will be custom-cut.  Here's my sample canvas and the information for the class.

          "One Little Word" 
           Mixed Media Workshop  
 Do you have one little word that you start off the new year                  with... or even just a favorite word? We are introducing a new Mixed Media Workshop called "One Little Word" with Susan Tidwell--- Come express & explore through Art.... Customize your 16x8 Canvas and Pick a Word of your own in this Workshop!
          Class Details:
            One Little Word Mixed Media Workshop

         Friday Feb. 6th 10am-1:30pm or 6pm-9:30pm
Cost: $40.00 

               Call or Come by to Sign Up for this upcoming Workshop! 

Hope to see you in class!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Documented Life Project - Week 2

Continuing on with the Documented Life Project, here is last week's page.
Art Challenge: Gesso
Prompt: "The beginning is always today." Mary Shelley

I used gesso to prep both pages and then applied several acrylic paints randomly over the pages. Then I continued to add many layers: using gesso through a stencil to act as a resist; stenciling with modeling paste, stamping with different stamps as well as the edge of a credit card; adding spray inks; and freeform doodling. For the calendar section I cut book pages into an irregular scallop border, whitewashed with gesso and outlined with paint. The dates were handwritten on punched circles of painted papers. I painted the quote with diluted black paint and the end of a paintbrush.