About Debra Maerz

A mixed media artist and decorative artist, there is not a technique or surface that does not interest me! I should probably be a little more focused but diversity in mediums, surfaces and techniques has kept my interest and creative process expanding over the years. Never one to sit still after art school I dabbled in glass etching in commercial buildings and residential homes. Until the birth of my first child, which way laid my art endeavors for nearly eleven years and I stumbled upon decorative painting. A way to channel my creative yearning even though I was too exhausted to actually "think". Following others drawing patterns and painting instructions decorative painting satisfied my muse until my children were older and I had more energy to devote to my art. Now with an empty nest and the down turn in the economy I have so much more time to entertain my muse with all sorts of creative energy! So stay tuned you never know what you find posted in my blog or for sale in the Etsy shop!

Sunflowers, Dolls and …

This morning I went out in my garden and the sunflowers are blooming! So pretty, this is the first time I have planted sunflowers so I don’t know how long the flowers last, but I will plant more, I just love them.

Sunflower 1

I have been working on my art dolls and will hopefully complete one for the Hoffman challenge again.  The challenge fabric is the Mandalay collection and this year I purchased the main challenge fabric and the accompanying fabrics.  It is a rather busy print collection and I have finally decided how I am going to proceed, it took me awhile to come up with a vision for this doll.  I have to admit it has been a bit of a  struggle and I think it is because there is not one solid fabric choice and that made my head spin! Once I was able to find a solid fabric I began to visualize the costuming for the doll.  I did spend a great deal of time painting the faces.  I really do not like a seam going down the center of my doll faces and I guess I could  “skin” them, but that is so frustrating for me.  I instead like to use a clay over cloth technique and then finish the face by layering with gesso and sanding in between each coat of gesso, similar to the technique I learned in the Byzantine Icon class   This creates a very smooth and nearly flawless finish.  Once the base is completed I paint the features.  I use the same technique for the hands, which is really a challenge because they are so tiny.  I have one more set of hands to complete, for the pink body and then I can really start to put these girls together.  The costuming is the most fun.

Art Dolls

Art Dolls

The Coke Bottle Santas are selling – I have five left and it is not even close to Christmas, although someone posted that there are only 20 Fridays until Christmas 2015,  yikes – I wish we could slow the time down a bit.

That’s all for today -thanks for visiting!!