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!

Florida Gourd Show 2016

In one week ( February 26-28) the Florida Gourd show will be at the Azan Shrine Center in Eau Gallie Florida.  I feel so fortunate that it is held so close to home.  There are gourd growers from all over the country selling gourds, vendors selling gourd supplies and classes for beginners and experienced artists as well as a juried show.  I will have a few of my gourd creations in the show this year and am  completing the last three.

Here is one that has to be completed, cleaned the outside of the gourd, drew the basic design on and cut out the basket handle.  I also scraped and cleaned the inside of the gourd, and decoupaged paper over the inside to seal it.  Then I refined my drawing and  wood burned the design, which took me quite a few days.   Now I have to paint the inside and add some transparent color to the overall design. I hope to finish it and enter into the show.

Basket gourd

Basket gourd

Here is another gourd that is completed but I am not entering .  I basically went through the same process.

Gourd bowl with gold leaf

Gourd bowl with gold leaf

Hope to see you at the show !! T hanks for visiting !!

2016

A new year 2016, and I sure hope it is a good one, 2015 was full of some not so good surprises, so hopefully we will have none of that this year!

First of all a big thank-you to all of the you that purchased art at the Sebastian River Fine Art and Music festival this past weekend. After the violent weather we had on Friday, Saturday was picture perfect but Saturday night and early Sunday morning proved to be even worse weather with many artists arriving Sunday morning to find their tents no longer standing, some in the river, and artwork destroyed. I was very lucky, but of course, we had prepared by securing the tent and taking all the gourds home Saturday night,

Today was another rainy and gray day but great for testing my new “Woodburning buddy”, a fan and filter to eliminate smoke while using my Colwood wood burner.  It really worked great, very little smoke odor and kept the smoke away from me. Definitely a good purchase.  Here is what I did today-

Floral Gourd 2Inside the gourd where the stem was attached it looked like the center of a flower so I painted some petals and created a flower, a surprise when the gourd is opened.  Love doing that, finishing the inside of a gourd to me, is so important.  Many gourd artists don’t spend as much time finishing the inside, something I always do to complete it.

Inside Floral gourd 2

Holidays are near….

Gallery

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When I can spend an entire afternoon doing nothing but working in my studio I am so happy !!  And that is what I did today I finished working on Christmas ornaments and some Santas .  Since I had started … Continue reading