Two mediums come together digitally

I didn’t realize how long it had been since I had done a post……much longer than I thought.  But today I decided it was time to get back to it.

I haven’t been creating too much art this past while except for some water colouring in my sketch book but I am starting to feel more inspired to get back to mixed-media.  Over the weekend I thought I would see what I could create digitally and decided to take the water colour painting from my last post and incorporate it with one of the sunset pictures I took while spending time in Mexico this past winter.  So here it is.

Bliss is a beautiful sunset

Bliss is a beautiful sunset

I used the sunset photo as the background then selected the girl from my water colour painting and then added a photo of one of my Encaustic paintings to add a more painterly look to the sunset along with a couple of little butterflies.  I used a number of different filters to get the effect I wanted.

Here are the image layers I used to create this in Photoshop Elements 10.

Lo de Marcos Sunsetencaustic painting     Until next time, happy creating!


Inspired Arts and Gifts

“You are never too old to dream a new dream.”

I am so happy to announce that I have five of my original mixed media collages for sale at Inspired Arts and Gifts located at 42333 Yarrow Central Road, Chilliwack BC.  This is a delightful store that supports local artists by giving exposure for their art.  There is incredible art for sale –  everything from pottery, jewellery, stained glass, antiques, handmade furniture, body care products, cards, photography and much, much more.

If you are looking for a unique hand-crafted gift for a special Birthday, wedding gift, etc.  this shop is really worth checking out.  So if you are on your way to Cultus Lake for the long weekend be sure to drop in and check out the many unique and one-of-a-kind pieces of art created by very talented local artists.

This canvas is one of the five that I have for sale at the store.


16 x 20 mixed media canvas created with collage papers, ribbon, acrylics

16 x 20 mixed media canvas created with collage papers, ribbon, acrylics

So the next step is getting ready for the “Free to Be” Artisan Show & Sale I will be participating in on May 17 @ the Sunrise Banquet & Conference Center, 188th & #10 Highway, Surrey, BC from 10 – 3 pm.  Free Admission!

Until next time, happy creating.


Altering Your Art Digitally

Each day, every day, live in the moment, take time to DREAM – LISTEN to your HEART- Live, Create & Imagine…

This digital collage is composed of my scanned artwork that I did previously including a photo of dandelion puffs I took early in  the spring.  I have been continuing my practice using the filters and shadow effects in Photoshop Elements along with experimenting with different light filters.    I started out with the following scanned art which I placed in individual layers and then manipulated with filters, inverting colour, etc. The wings are created with digital brushes.

The photo above is the finished collage.

Until next time


The Markets of La Penita and Rincon de Guayabitos – Mexico

While on vacation in Mexico in Lo de Marcos which is about an hour and 20 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta airport we did some day trips to some of the local markets that are held during the week.  The first one we went to is held on Mondays in Rincon de Guayabitos which is a short taxi ride from Lo de Marcos, mabe 15-20 minutes – the cost for four of us was 20 pesos each . I was surprised that Rincon de Guayabitos is actually quite a large city with lots of traffic and quite a large tourist population.  The market is very large with everything from handcrafted items to fruits, veggies and lots of nummy baked goods.  We only made it around the stalls at the front of the market and that took us a couple of hours and by this time we were ready to get some lunch.  The vendors were not aggressive like I have experienced in Puerto Vallarta and Cancun markets which made for a very enjoyable time. Something to note is that there is a time change travelling just that short distance north, it was an hour earlier.

After the market we walked down to the beach, and what a surprise to see how busy it was, lots of vendors, children playing and families enjoying a day at the beach but still not as busy as the beaches in Puerto Vallarta  and Sayulita.  My friends had been to Rincon a number of  times so they knew of this great little restaurant, which I don’t remember the name of, that had a delicious tortilla soup – they were so right it was delicious and very filling.  After lunch we browsed the streets and some of the shops – if you need kitchen items there are lots of stores  there that carry a huge variety.

On Thursdays there is a market in La Penita which is a short distance past Rincon.  La Penita appears to be the next largest city after Puerto Vallarta with lots of traffic and it has the closest bank to Lo de Marcos. The market is huge, I think even bigger than Rincon’s but with a lot of different handcrafted items and if you venture deeper into the market you will come across places where you can buy fresh seafood, meat, veggies and more.  My friend even got a great back massage there – a full 30 minutes by a registered massage therapist for $15.  She said she was in heaven when it was done and so relaxed and her back felt so much better.  We never made it to the beach in La Penita but I would expect that it is a pretty busy place taking into consideration the number of hotels and tourists that were around.

Between the two cities I preferred Rincon de Guayabitos only because it wasn’t as big and busy and had much less traffic.

This post wraps up my recent Mexico vacation.  If you are thinking about visiting the Pacific side of Mexico really think about venturing a little further north of Puerto Vallarta, which is an easy distance to go to find pristine beaches, less crowds and reasonably priced accommodations and food.  It is relatively easy to even catch a local bus from the airport to any of the cities I have mentioned in my posts for as little as 40 pesos compared to taking a shuttle or cab which can cost you $40+ person or more. We took the bus back to the airport and it only took an hour and 25 minutes and it was 40 pesos and dropped us right off at the airport and it was just a few steps and we were inside the terminal.  If you are looking for more information on the area there is a new website for Lo de Marcos by our new friend Ara Acosta who resides in town, she was a wonderful help to us when we were there and she will even pick you up at the airport for a charge of $80 per trip, up to 6 people and stop at the Mega Mart if you need groceries, etc.  She is very knowledgeable of the area and what is for rent, etc.  Her phone number is 011-52-1- 322-155-1462, Ara speaks excellent English and the website is .

I have to share this photo even though it has nothing to do with the markets – it is just a photo of this horse standing patiently on a street in Lo de Marcos so funny!

Hasta luego


The tranquille little town of Lo de Marcos

Sunset in Lo de Marcos

I have just returned from a lovely two-week vacation in Lo de Marcos, Mexico which is located about 1.5 hours north of Puerto Vallarta.  I have friends that have been to Lo de Marcos a number of times and they raved about what a wonderful little piece of heaven it was so I decided to meet up with them this year.  It is a small, quiet little town for sure but it has a number of RV parks scattered along the beach and some  have bungalows for rent. The RVers spend 3-4 months, and the bungalows are great for friends that are coming for just a week or two.  We stayed in bungalows at El Pequino Paraiso one of the RV parks at the south end of Lo de Marcos.  It was a very nice location, just a short walk to the mostly deserted beach and the bungalows were clean and had cooking facilities and a nice balcony, nothing fancy but certainly adequate and the price was definitely right at approximately $35 CAD a night.  It is a bit of walk into town may be 15 minutes at a slow pace.

It reminded me a bit of Barra de Navidad, only smaller, where you can walk on the streets and when a car comes by you just move over to the side.  There is only one out of the 3 main streets that is paved with cement and only a few cars parked on the side here and there.  There are some good restaurants in town – Luna’s Pizza which just opened recently, and is run by a young man from Italy and his lovely wife and another friend from England.  The italian fare is unbelievable, you would think that you were in Italy not a sleepy little town in Mexico.  The pizza was authentic italian style,delicious thin crust and the spinach salad incredible.  They offered a number of other Italian dishes and a special of the day – if you visit Lo de Marcos you definitely have to stop in there. Every night there was waits to eat there, and the service was always great and friendly.  .

Another fun place especially on Wednesday evenings was Tia Juana’s when they had live entertainment and the restaurant was filled to capacity with snowbirds enjoying the tunes from the band Sons of Beaches – a group of retirees from British Columbia and the US who have a love for music and play together during their stay in Mexico.

A great place for breakfast was Clarita’s, it is only open Thursday through Sunday another place where you may have to wait for a table.

The beaches are clean and very few people except when the waves get big and then it becomes a little bit of a boogie board haven along with a few surfers.  There is a surf shop in town next to Claritas for those wanting to rent a board and try out the surf. The locals are very friendly and helpful and I never felt unsafe walking along the streets at night.  If you like a quiet beautiful atmosphere and just want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the bigger tourist areas, Lo de Marcos is an excellent choice. You can catch a local bus right from the airport for 40 pesos and it will drop you off right at the town centre.

I will be posting about some of the surrounding towns we visited in the next couple of days.

Til next  time