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Sunday, January 29, 2012

My Interview With Art & Soul Artist And Radio Host, Lesley Riley

Lesley Riley 

Lesley has done it all!  She wrote a book, created instructional DVD's, and  had introduced Transfer Artist Paper™ affectionately known as TAP™,  the state of the art technology for iron-on transfers to fabric a couple years back.  We are so very lucky to have this creative diva in our midst!  I loved t his quote of hers found on her blog:
Lesley feels, "There's magic in art. Making art makes us happy. Creating fulfills the eternal longing of the soul. Our soul craves expression. Art is the soul made visible. I create and show my art so that others can get to know the real me. Through my art I hope to inspire others and share the magic."

Sign up for Lesley's class at Art & Soul,   

VA156 - TAP into Exploration (5 Spaces Remaining) 

What 4 tools can't you live without? 

Four tools? That gives me freedom of choice!

#1 will be my hands. No matter what I'm doing I am going to need those. And I can't resist getting my fingers in the paint when I am painting.

#2 would have to be a needle as I usually make my mark with thread

#3 = TAP Transfer Artist Paper so I could transfer my favorite images and text on almost any surface I choose to work on.

#4 is going to be a practical choice - my scissors!

Do you have a favorite technique?

There are so many to choose from but if I look back over the years I think it is obvious that my favorite technique is transferring images. There is very little (if any!) of my work that does not have a transferred image or text on it.

Where do you get inspiration from?

I am driven by a desire to translate beauty, memory, color and the things that hold wonder for me into work that evokes similar feelings for others. That drive is my inspiration.

Tell us about a current project, what challenges are facing you in bringing your vision into reality?

While I still make art it has really taken a back seat to my driving passion and current project, which is to make things happen for other artists. When I "went public" with my art 12 years ago, my main focus was to inspire other women to uncover their creativity and discover their own artistic voice. I spent my first 40+ years trying to do that myself, and I wanted to do everything I could to make sure other women didn't miss out on the joy and sense of completeness that I had discovered through my art.

Sharing that passion has propelled me on a journey and such an amazing career as an artist. Rather than share the how-to to create the art, I now share the how-to to create the artist. I want everyone to reach the level of success they aspire to with their art.

What challenges do I face in bringing that vision into reality? Having the time and the means to get my message out into the world. So thank you, Cheryl, for this opportunity to spread the word some more.

After art, what is your passion?

My family is my noisy, outgoing, energy draining passion. Reading + gathering knowledge and then writing and sharing that knowledge is my quiet, alone, energy creating passion. I can never get enough of either one. 

Leave a comment related to the last interview question Lesley answered. 

On Jan 31, I will pull a random generator number, and that lucky person wins the jammed-packed-full-of-goodness ephemera pack!

Make sure your email address is current, so I can contact you, and get your prize to you.  

Prize donated by Artistic Artifacts....
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My interview is next!! check it out on Christine Atkins blog tomorrow and be sure to leave a comment!
If you missed yesterday's artist interview and your chance to leave a comment there and qualify to win a prize, just quick go to 
and catch the interview of artist Cheryl Strait.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

In The Spot Light: Emily Shoey

The Magic of Emily Shoey's Pottery

Early last summer I went over to visit with my friend and potter, Emily.  She has been working in clay for many years and has a love for terra cotta.  Emily has her own studio space in a country setting right outside her wonderfully authentic farm house.  I enjoyed my visit and wanted to share with you some of her magic......

Art & Soul BLog Hop Interviews Continue!

Artist Cheryl Strait interviews Serena Barton regarding life, art and her workshops at Art & Soul, Virginia Beach, Virginia this March.  Check it out!

Artist Jen Crossley

Serena Barton interviews Art & Soul workshop presenter Jen Crossley.  Check it out on her blog in the next line up of blog hops, giving away prizes along the way!!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Talented artist Catherine Anderson is interviewed by Jen Crossley regarding her classes at Art & Soul Art-Is You Art Retreats.

Read Jen's great interview with Catherine Anderson here and don't forget to leave a comment!! : )

ARTIST Jenni Horne interviewed by Catherine Anderson About Her Art & Soul workshops! oul la!

Listening for the Whisperings: Scattering joy through paint.fabric.metal: Jenni Horne's byline: scattering joy through paint, fabric.metal reminds me of what creating art does for me - it makes me feel joyful...

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

An Earlier Artist Interview....check it out...The Backporch Artessa Interviews Barbe Saint John for Art & Soul Blog Hop and Giveaway!

The Backporch Artessa: Art & Soul Blog Hop and Giveaway!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Art & Soul Blog hop continues with artist in the spotlight Kari McNight...interviewed by artist Jenni Horne

Jenni Horne Studios: Art and Soul Virginia..A Blog HOP!: Today you are in for a little treat! In just a few short weeks Mailey and I will be flying off to Virgina Beach to teach at Art and Soul. Ve...

Friday, January 20, 2012

Belle Armoire Jewelry Sneak Peak March 2012

Sneak Peak

This is a great metal reycling article and was a much fun project to do as well.  I am truly excited and encourage everyone to get the upcoming Spring issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry Magazine to see this complete feature about shotgun shell bezel rings.  

As well, this issue will contain a segment from a wonderful artist, Ruth Rae.  Ruth will be featuring her etched metal rings.  She is one of my favorite creative mixed media artists.  I own and treasure a ring she designed and will be sporting it at a variety of events.


Sunday, January 15, 2012

Win This!

Win This Little Metal Chapter Book Pendant!

I'm giving away this little book, pages waiting for your ephemeral creations!  Register for my workshop at this year's Art & Soul Retreat, Virginia Beach, VA this March and you will be eligible for my pendant and lots of other fabulous prizes, all donated by participating workshop instructors.

Follow this link and good luck!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

A Suess Truism

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Not JuSt BoTtles ANyMore

Wearing Secrets

With all the holiday hustle, neglected to post these wonderful pieces I finished BEFORE CHRISTMAS!  

They are perfect for holiday dress...or just to wear to the grocer's.  Gotta love carrying a secret scribble around your neck!


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Chunky Charms Classes Here!

Sign up for my local workshop classes in February.  Register online at