Friday, January 15, 2010


What does the word "sanctuary" mean to you?
Calm... Safe... Protected...
Those are the first word to my mind... I tend to think of holy or spiritual places. Beautiful ancient cathedrals filled with altars, candles,and the evidence of so much history and human spirit.
But I also think of the larger than life blue, blue sky while laying on my back in the sand, filling my complete vision and humbling my tiny humanness. Then there is the safe cave of my bedroom filled with art, cats, and love.
Where do you think of as sanctuary?
I made this piece in Nov for the X-mas season and it was a favorite of many. Sometimes when I am working I will start a piece with a specific word or phrase in mind, but often the piece will be almost finish before it tells me what word it want to complete it. That was the case in Sanctuary.
I really enjoy working in a very limited palette and exploring all the nuances of white, cream, and sepia. The base was a small wooden plaque from the goodwill turned backwards, so the back of the original piece became the front even including the original hanger as a decorative element. I enjoyed the pretty "Victorian" or "shabby chic" aesthetic in this peace with lots of buttons, lace, and vintage paper.

This piece found a new home over the holiday season, but I am sure there will be more like it in the future..
Peace and calm, Clarissa

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

iTs A nEw YeAr!!

The holidays are over and I feel like I can breathe again... Now I am bursting with too many ideas about what I want to do next, and I swear I sometimes exhaust myself by just thinking too much... Anyone else do that?

but First off ... THANK YOU !!! to all my patrons that helped support my art work over the holidays, with out you I couldn't do this plus I would be drowning in artwork literally...

Been doing some cleaning, purging, and reorganizing which feels great but never seems to end either...

Planning on scheduling a class soon... any requests? Art journaling? Altered doll in house?
Winged creature assemblage?

New Years non resolution.. I want to blog more regularly but sometimes really struggle with mental blocks around it and would also like to promote/ get more visitors to my blog... Any thoughts or suggestions????

OK It seems I am kind of chatty and looking for a conversation..

Hope the New Year finds you all happy, healthy, and peaceful..


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