Fridays In The Studio – The Art Knew

It is Friday in The Studio with Patchwork Chicken Studio!

This week will feature something brand new (not even listed on yet!), and it comes with a little story…

Wednesday night, I was prepping canvases for my morning routine of painting despite paintings rapidly taking over my apartment. I was going to give a base coat of white to several of the canvases. At the last minute, I decided to go with an indigo color instead.

While applying the color to the first canvas, two thoughts occurred, “It looks so streaky, it is going to need a second coat” and “It looks like denim and would look amazing with an array of pinks”.

The second thought gave way to the thought, “That is SO Susabelle!” Susabelle is one of my closest friends, a fellow writer, and the founder of Patchwork Chicken Studio.

I ended up painting three canvases with the base effect of denim because the effect has potential.

Yesterday morning, I created a lovely pink abstract flower upon one of the denim canvases. One of the two other denim canvases had an unfortunate mishap with the array of paint tubes covering 85% of the main work desk in my studio and will be repurposed/reused with a different, much darker, base color.

Susabelle is away, visiting her hometown, and has been gone barely a week. Even so, it would seem that I miss my friend. While I did not realize this consciously until after I completed the painting, the art knew.

Art always knows.



Poetry Wednesday – Turn


Turn the night green
Wash it clean in absinthe
Pouring out from eyes
Lost sight of justification
Longer than nighttime
When stars arise
Silver paint across
Night tattered unclean
Turn the night green
Wash it clean in absinthe
Just to hear it scream

Mosaic Monday – Gemini

This week’s bead mosaic is Gemini. Happy Birthday Gemini! One of my closest friends is a Gemini, and I suspect she is probably disappointed that there is no pink in this mosaic as it is her favorite color. Alas, Gemini is represented by Air, the color yellow, and Quicksilver.


The 5 inch by 3 inch by 3/4 inch wood tray was painted with yellow acrylic paint. It features assorted glass beads, citrine gemstones, metal beads, an acrylic bumblebee button, and a metal Gemini charm. The finished box was sealed with a gloss acrylic sealant.

Mosaic Monday – Wanderlust

This week’s bead mosaic is Wanderlust. It came into being after I found a duo of very adorable compass charms. I thought one of them would look great with the shell flowers I had previously acquired. A few days later, I unearthed the wanderlust text charm in a bin at my local arts & craft store. The design was set and in the works that day. The other compass hasn’t found a home in a mosaic just yet but there’s always a possibility in the future.


The 5 inch by 3 inch by 3/4 inch wood box was painted with turquoise blue acrylic ink. It features a metal Wanderlust charm, a compass charm, and shell flowers & beads within assorted glass seed beads. The finished box was sealed with a gloss acrylic sealant. There is a metal hanger on the back so it can be hung on a wall.

Wanderlust is available for purchase at products/bead-mosaic-wanderlust

Poetry Wednesday – Rougarou


The enemy shared
Betwixt our hearts
Calls home the Rougarou
Glass souls calling out
Our names in hex
One less immolation
To worry over in delivery
As we ascend offerings
Must appease Rougarou
Feasting along riverbeds
Flow through soon forgotten
The enemy shared
Betwixt our hearts
Plucked and presented forth
To the maw of Rougarou

Mixed Media Monday – Turquoise Llama I

It is Mixed Media Monday. Today‘s featured piece is Turquoise Llama I. The creation of llama-themed mixed media pieces started as an idea after a conversation and because llamas. Llamas are llamas….does there need to be more of a story?

Turquoise Llama I

This turquoise llama piece consists of an 8” square stretched canvas, acrylic paint, acrylic ink, cardstock, glass beads, and shell flower then sealed with an acrylic overlay.

If you are interested in purchasing Turquoise Llama or another piece of my art, please visit Patchwork Chicken Studio’s new shop. Patchwork Chicken Studio Art & Home is an Artists’ Collective I joined at the beginning of the year.

Friday Flair – Ocean Sun

This week’s art piece is Ocean Sun. I really enjoy creating little pieces of abstract art as part of my morning wake up routine. Ocean Sun is one of last week’s pieces.

Ocean Sun

It is a 5″ square canvas panel with soft body acrylic paint. This piece involves different application techniques using palette knives and four different colors of paint.