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What happens when schools out for summer?

You  get a LOT of work done….this is a piece I was working on before my sunset inspired me and I finally got it done tonight.  I expanded on my cubist theme and added some beading which you see in the close ups. I love my beads…my husband hates them!!!  I also added foam board to create two different layers on the board.  By the way my husband also hated this….have I mentioned my husband has terrible taste in art!!!  Seriously I love to hear his input because it’s so different from mine and he keeps me grounded.  So below is the result of my next cubist inspired piece to add to my collection.  I’m really obsessed with this but it’s also nice to be creating a nice cohesive body of work considering how ADD I usually am….but don’t forget Windy you’re also playing around with encaustic on the side…so the  ADD isn’t completely gone and probably never will be!

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Gallery Opening

Ok, I have my Galley Opening tonight at Mistletoe Gallery. Yes I’m nervous.

It’s actually a small gallery that is in a Medical Area and they use Art for Therapy so they wanted an adjacent art gallery for their patients that they are working with to see how art can be used to express themselves in many ways.

So it’s actually not just about looking at the art and selling it (which would be nice as well, I’m not complaining 🙂 but it’s also in an environment where art is being seen for it’s real value…expression and beauty from within yourself. So that adds to my excitement!

The show runs until June 30th, so I’ll have pictures up on tomorrow’s post.

These are the pieces they asked for:

2nd in a series of floral collages

3rd in a floral collage series



So as you can see they went very floral and “naturey” with the exhibit.   The other artist does much more formal floral and tree work so the contrast is interesting.  Should be fun!

I hope you are doing well and your day is AMAZING! You deserve it! WK

Peace by Piece

I found this great download for free….I love collage so I had to have it!

Download your copy here!

Final Tip for Multi-media Artists…

First I have to share our first spring roses…..
First batch of spring roses

Finally the 5th tip I have for us all for Multi-tasking as a Multi-Media Artist:

    5.   Find those moments…(Reading Creative Illustration Workshop)

This is an easy one…find five minutes here and there to create when you are multi-tasking

The other day I was waiting for my husband to get ready to go out and run errands, so I got one square done on a the geometrical square piece you saw earlier.  My son had an orthodontist appointment and I emailed three artists from Cloth Paper Scissors on my phone.  Not to mention taking my journal with me everywhere I go for ideas and inspiration. 

It takes five minutes to put a layer of paint on a piece, wipe it off to your satisfaction, maybe add more here and there then leave it to dry when the kids are FINALLY ready for soccer practice. 

Use those moments.  I especially love commercial breaks!  Even though we don’t watch much TV….during a commercial I can run down to the studio and get one little thing done, I can work in my business journal or my personal journal….sketch, zentangle or devour a few pages of Somerset or Cloth Paper Scissors….those moments add up to finished pieces and if you’re organized like we talked about in suggestion #3…you’ll already know where everything is!

So there we go…5 ways I stay sane in my ADD Amazon Addicted Artistic Worldwind of a life….

Now nothing I’ve told you here is mind blowing…it may be things we’ve all heard before, but I wanted to share how I personally make use of these techniques in order to keep up with the crazy artistic mind I live in. 

Like they say, So many books, So little time…and each book leads to a project…and each project leads to another inspired idea and so on and so on….so I need some way to keep it all in focus.  I hope seeing the way I handle my crazy world helped you in some small way.

So we have:

1. Just because it’s pretty, doesn’t mean it’s practical

2. Out of Sight, Out of Mind

3. If there’s paint in that brush use it!  Waste not, Want Not!

4. Ask for Help

5. Find those moments and use them!

However, If I had to pick one tip to stick with out of our five, it would be  ASK FOR HELP! We are not alone….we’re in this together….let’s comment, let’s critique kindly, let’s support without jealousy, let’s share abundantly, let’s take care of each other.  We are Artists…We are family.

Peace and Light….Windy Kai

Stages in a piece inspired by Art at the Speed of Life

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These are the stages in a piece inspired by Art at the Speed of Life…

Stage One

Stage Two

Stage Three

Stage Four

Stage Five

Stage Six

Stage Seven


Completed Image

Behind the scenes peak

OK guys…spring break is over so getting to work with my own art instead of my student’s art is a LITTLE more difficult but here’s a work in progress…the middle is a paper towel that I’ve used to clean many-colored paint brushes, saved, flattened and dried then adhered to my substrate, the blue tape is just my way of sectioning off to paint various squares over several textures…it’s very similar to the process I used for my piece called Friends which can be seen or purchased at White Pines Gallery….

Work in Progress

Stay in touch for the fourth tip in my Multi-Tasking for Multi-Media Artists coming this week…Peace and Light to you all this week…don’t forget to comment 🙂

IF there’s paint left in that brush…USE IT! 3rd Tip for Multi-Tasking Multi-Media Artists

OK so let’s recap…..Multi-tasking as a Multi-Media Artist!

1. Just because it’s pretty doesn’t mean it’s practical… 

2. Get out the duct tape and divide up that room….If you can’t see it you won’t use it…Out of sight out of mind… Collage Lab by Bee Shay

OK today we’re on number 3 of Multi-tasking as a Multi-Media Artist

3.  If there’s paint in that brush use it!!  Waste not, Want not….With Art at the Speed of Life by Pam Carriker

Forgive the Silver Patron shirt in the video!  I won’t lie…it’s one of my favorites!!!

  • Things you’ll learn in this video…
  • 1. Creating a Substrate
  • 2. Book: Art at the Speed of Life
  • 3.  Why Home Depot is the coolest store ever for under-funded artists
  • 4. How paper towels can be so cool!!
  • 5. Don’t put that brush in water until it is as empty as it gets! 
  • 6. And you don’t have to always use expensive products to do the cool projects in these great books!





IF there’s paint in that brush USE IT!!


A substrate I’m working on for Art at the Speed of Life…love the background, we’ll see what the foreground has to hold!! But I didn’t waste an ounce!!




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