Intuitive Painting

One of the most relaxing painting styles that I have ever engaged in is based on Flora Bowley’s painting style. It was introduced to me by one of creative mentors, Kathleen Kvern, on a wintry weekend in Minneapolis a few years ago.

As I entered Kathleen’s studio, I was struck dumb and was completely intimidated by the sight of a 24″ x 24″ blank, white canvas hanging on the wall.

I was told to just start applying paint wherever I wanted to with no intent of an image. What!??Kathleen explained to me that the first layer of paint would either be cool colours or warm colours. My brain stopped. I still struggling with colour theory. Kathleen gave me several different explanations about basic colour theory. I finally was able to grasp it as I began to equate warm colours such as orange, yellow, red and bright green as summer colours that you would see at a campfire, the sunny sky and the buds in Spring on all of the plants. Cool colours were Winter colours such as the shadow of snow, the darkness of the sky and the contrast of the pines so blues, purples and dark greens make up the cool palette. Finally, understanding struck!!!!

After overcoming my initial intimidation, I set down my reservations and let loose! I was allowed and encouraged to collaging paper and other objects onto the canvas, use stencils and stamps, turn the painting around frequently and I learned to let go of a favourite spot. Working on two paintings at once allowed the the alternating warm and cool layers dry which prevented muddy messes.

I have come to love this painting style that brings calm and peace because I don’t have to have a definite outcome, I don’t have to try to control the image and it doesn’t have to be perfect.

Each layer creates absolutely new possibilities . I find that allowing the next layer to be applied I might come up with something even better than the wonderful layer that was covered up. I also know that the next layer may be even better yet. Perhaps the next layer covered up mistakes, places that I didn’t appeal to me and sometimes something even better happens to appear.

Enjoy the images, some are finished paintings, some are just in their beginning stages. I encourage you to give this a try!

A work in progress. On this piece I used acrylic craft paints, Golden liquid acrylics, different brands and thicknesses of acrylic markers, stencils, stamps. I am not sure what weight the paper is, maybe sketching weight, it is a journal that I got from I love their mission!
Thi s several layers in and jyst may be done. There is a collaged mental health survey on the right.
This is the result of using up a students’ paint that they left on their pallette. I added the metallic gold later.
This painting started as a to-do list. So many wonderful, accidental things occurr in the layering process. Once I begin to see images I start to enhance them. This may be done or I might work it some more.
Step 1: a warm layer with a collaged set of directions from a food box.
This is step 1 of a cool layer. I really liked the plants that I inked in but will go boldly forth and cover them with a warm layer. By building with translucent layers the plants may continue to show or I will make something else. “Oh, well” is a great attitude to adopt…
Vintage music paper, old receipts and mark making was integrated. I see that I ended up with three strips in the background. Go warm or go cool? Enhance one or enhance two?
The metallic markers really deepen colours, I love seeing the magic that occurs when laying new colours over previous layers.
Call this photo A. You can see the vintage music sheet that is collaged in one of the cool layers. See the progree in photo B.
This is photo B. It is a successive layer in which I outlined collaged papers. The stencils from the previous layer are still evident and I began to play with mark making in this layer.


I want to thank everyone who has supported my art in the last year by supporting me, being encouraging, sharing complements and purchasing my work in 2019! Last minute shopping is available available! Contact me for last minute gifts!

Celebrating the The Moon Light

A long time ago I used to create new moon and full moon jewelry.. The jewelry was to celebrate the money light. I have come back to create a lasting legacy of each moon phase. Each piece is truly unique. The October 27, 2019 piece celebrates the 300th day of 2019. Today signifies our ability and victories over our own personal enemy. The enemy may be anything that you may be challenged with. It may be material, spiritual or emotional. You will know when you lay your eyes on this necklace and your heart opens up. Each piece includes significant stones, gems, colors and symbols to guide and assist the owner of the piece. Reservations can be made for future Moon Phase dates.

Visit Our Home Show

Many new creations are coming about as I prepare for a home show on November 9th. I am one of the featured artists and will be offering my birch bark creations and many more earth-inspired art! Phyllis Schuit wiil be sellling her stitching paintings and muliple fiber wearables, Denise Lobb’s fiber creations will be available and Pat Garske will be featuring whimsical bags and wearables.

So mark your calendars for November 9 and I look forward to seeing you from 9am – 4 pm at 7164 Clawson Drive in Hazelhurst, WI.

Creative Week

This little chickadee porcupine quill and birch bark box will be available this weekend, along with the encaustic work of Susan Barakat and a one time selection of eearrings handcrafted by Edith Barakat. We look forward to seeing you on Friday, Saturday or Sunday from 10 – 5!

Northwoods Art Tour

The Northwoods Art Tour offers visitors an inside view of artist’s processes and creating art. The Tour makes it’s way through the beautiful Northwoods of Wisconsin where Mother Nature has been “painting” our forests with vivid autumn colors. My studio will be open from 10 – 5 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Stop by and be enchanted!

A Day In My Studio

A huge thanks goes out to everybody who stopped in during the Northwoods Art Tour this past weekend! I really appreciate all of the purchases that help to support my artist life!

Today I’m in my studio working on some of my 1st loves. Birchbark, procure pine quells and pine needles. I can’t wait to share the finished products with you! Stay tuned…

Enjoy Local Art During the Northwoods Art Tour.

Come visit Wisconsin’s northwoods artists that working in their studios during the last day of the July Northwoods Art Tour. Watch them create and learn about their processes.At the Burger country art studio which is listed as number 9 we are working on many different mediums. We have birchbark baskets and treasure boxes in progress, encaustic painting, and Viking knit jewelry processes for you to learn about!