Published in Somerset Studio, Fall 2012

Surprised and delighted to have a little something of mine published in the new Somerset Studio.

The challenge for this issue was to create art in honor of Edgar Allen Poe.

I submitted this mixed-media piece based on his poem “The Coliseum”…

This issue has some really beautiful collage papers included…

Many thanks to the folks at Somerset Studio for including my piece in this issue!

I finally got a FB page up yesterday!  I’ll be posting drawings and photos that don’t make it onto the blog so be sure and go give it a click and ‘like’ it!


I’m working on some sketches for this year’s Candy Corn Queen and wishing fall would hurry up and cool things off.

Hope you’re having a great week and thanks for visiting!



Inspired by Poe

Somerset Studio put a call out for art inspired by the writings of Edgar Allen Poe a few months ago. I decided to try make a small art collage inspired by one of my favorite poems.

“The Coliseum’ is not one of Poe’s more famous poems, but I discovered it when we went through ancient Rome for the first time in our home history studies.   I’ve never been to Rome but I’d love to go someday.  When I read this poem, I can just imagine how it must be walking up to a huge crumbling structure like the Coliseum, so full of history and ‘swarthy bats’.

Here’s the first few lines of the poem:

“Type of the antique Rome! Rick reliquary

Of lofty contemplation left to Time

By buried centuries of pomp and power…

I kneel an altered and humble man,

Amid thy shadows and so drink within

My very soul thy grandeur, gloom, and glory!…

Here, where a hero fell, a column falls!

Here, where the mimic eagle glared in gold,

A midnight vigil holds the swarthy bat…”

I layered an image of the Coliseum over an image of flying bats, along with a photo of me with a veil and a line from the poem.I printed the layered photo onto a transparency and mounted it onto heavy card stock, old newsprint, and then cardboard. I printed out the text and mounted it separately. Then I inked the edges and stamped around the whole thing.

I thought this chain looked sort of antique so I used it to embellish the side, along with sheer black ribbon.

I searched through my entire junk drawer and pulled out  a few things that could’ve conceivably been found on the floor of the Coliseum: a piece of gold jewelry lost by a wealthy spectator, a carved wooden amulet belonging to a slave kidnapped from his homeland, a cross from a Christian martyr, a tooth from one of the beasts set loose in the arena, and a piece of string from a net used to entangle a gladiator. With just a little imagination….

I’m still working on more ideas for art to donate to the hospital. I have way too many ideas and not enough time.  Hopefully, this weekend I’ll have some time to get some of those ideas sketched out and colored.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and have a happy Thursday!

Art Collage on Polyvore

I recently learned about the artistic possibilities of Polyvore from Sheree Burlington of MuseWare Pottery. She wrote an great article about it in the Spring 2012 issue of Digital Studio.

The top photo was my first attempt at making a collage.  I had absolutely no idea what I was doing.

My second one was a little better…

I’ve been playing around and having a great time experimenting. I don’t have it all figured out yet, but it’s pretty cool so far.  In fact, it’s a little bit addictive because it’s like fast food art.  You have a limitless number of images to choose from and you can just click and create to your heart’s content.  And then start another collage.

You can find out where each and every image in a collage is from by going to the site (I’ve added a link over on my right side-bar) and clicking on the part of the image you’re curious about.

You’ve probably seen Polyvore collections if you’re on Pinterest. If you like combining images to make art collages, you’ll love it!

Here’s one I made today.  I discovered that you can search for text items as well as images.

There are so many awesome textures and backgrounds available.  And you can pick your color palette, too!

I even made a Hunger Games poster (because I love the story just as much as my teenager does) and it only took a few minutes.
Have any of you read the entire trilogy? What did you think of the ending? I thought it was bittersweet, a lot like when Frodo sails off to the undying lands at the end of Lord of the Rings. But that’s just me.

I’ll post some photos of my new submission to Somerset Studio up next, thanks for stopping by!