Peonies Are My Latest Obsession

You would think I’ve seen peonies before, and I have, but lately I have been obsessed with peonies. I was sad to miss the window in planting bulbs this year, but I’m determined to have a little peony garden next year.

So my latest art piece was based on this gorgeous flower. I knew I wanted to do something related to collage art (another one of my obsessions). I love how you can put multiples of something small together to make something beautiful on a larger scale.

I saw this plaque at Goodwill. Of course I fell in love with it because it is wood!!



Sorry piggies…I had to spray paint you silver…

I had seen this piece on a different Goodwill trip and thought the vibrant colors (and eventually the frame) woukd be great raw materials for something repurposed.



Upon dismantling the picture, I discovered that the painting was done on foam board. Not exactly the easy, quick project I was anticipating. However, unexpected surprises can lead to something beautiful.

Here is my finished piece!



Deciding where to put each piece was fun. Darker edges give the flower depth.



I love how the foam board pieces give it a three-dimensional effect. The best part? I still have so much more raw materials to make more down the road! Who wants one?

Have a Happy Monday!


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Wood Map of the Philippines

Last fall I picked up this sign from Goodwill for $2. I tend to fall in love with anything on wood with potential to strip and make a new canvas. This piece was absolutely perfect. It was a great size for something significant, about 1.5 X 1 ft. I originally wanted to make a sign for Christmas, but things got so busy that it ended up sitting in my office in a bag until now (yup, 8 months later).


Since I’ve been so inspired lately, I wanted to make a tribute piece to the mother land of my parents, the Philippines. I wanted something simple and classic. I know I’m stumbling along the way in figuring out how to repurpose things, so I knew this was going to be a flawed piece. However, I knew this was a piece I definitely wanted in my home, flaws and all would make it seem even more special to me. I think I treasure all of the pieces I do where I make mistakes, imperfect execution.

Stripping the paint was a nightmare. I”m not sure if it was the product I used, my technique, or both. However, I know I definitely was rushing and ended up puting tons of scratches in the wood when I was scraping the old paint off.


I kinda like the character the scratches bring.

Once I stripped the paint (which I still need to fix), I had a blank slate. I found a template for a coloring book page of the Philippine Islands online. Once I taped it, I had no clue of where to start. I had no exacto knife or sharp tool. So I took a screwdriver and started scraping the outline of each island away.

This was a small time-consuming task, but that’s the beauty of these projects for me. It is teaching me patience. It is teaching me to stop, exhale, and breathe. I’m slowing down and existing in the moment.

I desperately need this stress reliever.

With my Grave’s disease, these art projects are a form of therapy for me. Actually, meditation may be more accurate. Even if I can squeeze in 10 minutes of working on the piece in a day, I’ve spent those 10 minutes completely with myself and focusing on my art.

It does bring an inner peace.

Once I outlined, I filled it in with chalk paint.

It will be a lovely addition to a wall gallery I want to assemble.



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Inspiration from Renwick Gallery-

This past weekend I took a trip into Washington, DC to catch up with my cousin who was on her way driving back to Massachusetts.  I was in the area attending a dear friend’s 40th anniversary party for her parents.  I had a such a lovely time seeing old college friends, their budding families, and dancing the night away with my family. I concluded this was the first time my family as a whole, all 6 of us, danced together on the dance floor!  It was a lovely celebration of love.

So getting to see my cousin was icing on the cake.  DC was a much better meeting spot than a rest area right? In 2 hours we enjoyed the Renwick Gallery near the White House and a nice lunch at Cosi across the street.  The Renwick had come highly recommended by my dear friend due to their new exhibit “Wonder”. Designed to intrigue and inspire awe, it was a beautiful exhibit to trigger creative energy.

The installations were absolutely amazing. Completely a must-see!

Volumetric form and a representation of topography-handwoven net by Janet Echelman
Can you believe this is string? by Gabriel Dawe
These are index cards! by Tara Donovan
These0 are index cards! by Tara Donovan
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