Monday, January 19, 2015

The next step for my Triptych ....applying tempered glass and then adding grout to that.  I love the way that it deepens the colors and adds more mystery.
After curing for at least 24 hours, I will add a sealer and then apply finishing touches....Stay tuned. :)
Here is a photo of "before" the glass and grout....

Sunday, January 18, 2015


It's been so long since I wrote on my blog, that I've forgotten how much I enjoy sharing my work and my thoughts! 

Lately, I had been asked to share photos of my art work on my Face Book page, and so over the last 10 days I've been looking back over all the years...and enjoying  the different stages and the progress of my work, with the perspective of time.  I feel so much gratitude that I found the medium of clay all those years ago.
Over the past couple of years, I've begun to dabble in painting.  I really like that I don't know how to paint, and that there is a new learning curve for me. 
It's frustrating, but challenging.... and I had been missing that in my doll art. 
And now I have fallen in love with painting. 

 I took an online class from Flora Bowley and I learned so much, particularly about building up interesting background layers.
I love online classes.  I love that I can gather tips and methodology from painters who have developed a style that I respond to, and then I can take what they share and interpret it in my own way.  When I began in the art doll world, there were no classes, no sharing on Facebook or on the internet, so it took many many years of trial and error to formulate and find products and methods that worked for me. 
In one way, that was a blessing because I developed my own style and enjoyed the challenge of learning  over the many years.  However, now that I am older, and time is more precious..... and I have this strong desire to paint.....I so appreciate those that will share what works so that I can jump start my painting journey.  Flora Bowley's class is such a gift.  Her style is interesting, and her method for building up interesting layers of background is fun and easy to learn..... and then allows me to go wherever I wish with my own style.  If you've ever wanted to paint and didn't know where to begin, I highly recommend taking her course.
And if you do...let me know what you think.

Here are some paintings I've done recently.  I'll post my new work in progresses here on my blog. 

It's good to be back chatting with you, here on my blog.  I've missed this sharing...... :) Let me know what you've been up to.
Marilyn :)

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Recommened Writing dear friend

My great friend Marcia has a new website:
She is a wonderful writing coach!  If you've ever wanted to write, take a look at what she offers.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Last online class....

I have been teaching online for about 6 years now. And this will be my last class for a while as I am going to take a break....time to refuel.
The class started on Dec 3rd and runs through Jan 14th, however you can download the lessons and work at your own pace. It's a great class offering lessons in sculpting, painting and working with apoxie sculpt and mosaic…so it's an all around class.
Hope to see you there....

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Magical connections....

Just wanted to share a posting of my art on a blog. 
The blog  "Tongue in Cheek"  is one that I have followed for years.  Corey is a woman who was raised in California, met a French man, and moved to France 25 years ago.  To say that she has a gift for writing is an understatement.   I love reading her blog.

When I first discovered her blog, France was something that was far out of my reach of making a reality….but somehow, her writing and sharing slowly and gently opened the doors for that far off vision to become a reality.
I just returned from my 4th trip to France.

Last year she decided to randomly choose 7 people and open her home to each of them…and a friend…to come and stay with her in the south of France, for a week.  I was one who was chosen! 
It didn't work out for me to stay with her this trip, but as fate would have it, Corey was in Paris when I was, and we did meet for a wonderful lunch and dinner and I got to visit her apartment that she is renovating in Paris.  She shares a new artist each Saturday on her blog and at our lunch she asked if she could share my art.  And so…today she did. 

 I love serendipity !
 ".... the consequence of serendipity is sometimes a brilliant discovery: (happy) chance, (happy) accident, fluke; luck, good luck, good fortune, fortuity, providence; happy coincidence."  

All those years ago, discovering Corey's blog, and reading it daily.....traveling to France in my mind, created threads that connected us.....and when we met, in France, it was like we had always known each other.  Serendipity. 
The magic of Life.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

New photos

The conference was such fun!  And there was a wonderful professional photographer that took great photos.  Here are some.....

These pieces are all available for purchase.  If you have any questions, just send me an email and I'll tell you more about them.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Off to the Niada Conference!!

Off to the Niada conference!   Hope to see you there!!   This is what I'm bringing for the show and sale....and some Bone Faeries too.  :)

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Monday, May 13, 2013

Online Classes offered....!

My class in creating a MaryHoonie is beginning soon.
It is made up of two lessons and is a great way to prepare for another class coming in June called "Pandora and the Seven Sins."
Of all my pieces, Pandora is one of my very favorites. 
I love the size….and the complexity and inter-action of the piece.  It's just fun!  And always makes me smile.
Choose your "Sin" for the day by reaching into Pandora's belly!  :)
This piece was published in a wonderful article in the Spring 2009 issue of Art Doll Quarterly.
"Pandora" sits on a turntable base so that the piece can be turned to show all the Sins, when they are out of Pandora's belly. ( and "Hope" which always is there, safe within ) The lessons include directions in sculpting, painting, costuming, creating a base, collage work, and the art of the final touches. The materials will include apoxie sculpt, paverpol, polymer clay, and many of the products that I have come to  trust and use, over the years.  It is divided into two parts:  First, Creating Pandora and then creating the individual Sins.

I have used a gourd to create Pandora, however, if gourds are difficult to come by, you could use two plastic bowls for the form.  One for the lower part of her body and one for the upper part of her body.  Then you could create her torso out of aluminum foil.    I'm not sure if the hinging would work with the plastic bowls, but that isn't really necessary.   I have found, with foil and apoxie sculpt, one can do anything!  :)  And if you decide to use this alternative, just contact me with questions and I can add directions in the forum or through email.

Hope you can join the fun!   


Tuesday, April 30, 2013


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