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SUNDRIP – Art for Life is a site that expresses in every media possible an intimate look into the life of a person living with major trauma. The issues addressed in art and writing include Dissociative Identity Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Lupus and CRSD. Despite these issues, I intend to move forward, through and out with honor, grace and creativity.


They're made of acrylic oil and saw dust on square wooden boxes. The "hiders" can also be arranged on the wall vertically or diagonally, matching edges as you want. I like to make large earth like wall collages out of them by matching up the browns to look like an island and the blues to appear as water. There's no set way to place these squares.

To get a better idea of what the texture is please see the pieces called Rolling Hills, Out West and Three Oceans.

To create an abstract painting with sawdust follow these simple steps:

Items you'll need:

...continue reading "Square Box Junk Hiders"

"Home" is a simple oil and acrylic painting with a childlike feel.  The idealistic setting of a white house and white picket fence is painted on textured cardstock. Instead of brightening the rainbow I used darker blues and a darker red then added a dark frame. This adds a nice "grown up" feel to a timeless setting.


"Home" is now available in my Etsy shop.

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Faith Magdalene Austin


sisters on vacation

The little sister to the big sister says,
“I’m mom’s favorite.”
Big sister: “What? No you’re not.”
Little sister: “Sure I am, she told me just yesterday.”
Big sister: “She can’t like you too much, she made you come out here in the middle of nowhere in this blazing heat.”
Little sister: “I can’t argue with that.”


Playful, colorful and fun is two sisters laying around on a lazy day in the sun. The big sister looks so annoyed by her sibling's so-called family status and strikes to burst her bubble with a bit of reality. Family vacations, they're only fun when you cartoon them.

Painting details: High texture, high color, solid black faces, exaggerated features such as ears and eyes, large eye lashes, floral buttons, polka dots and swirling water.

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Three Oceans Three Pearlspurple blue
I purchased polymer clay for $1.79 and liquid adobe clay for 90 cents. I then formed the clay, baked it for 20 min at 250 degrees, let it dry, painted it, sealed it and added hooks. These quarter size pearls were created specifically to match the three paintings I called Three Oceans which are shown in the above photograph. The paintings and the medallions have an earthy feel which is exactly what I was going for.

...continue reading "Three Oceans, Three Pearls"


I wanted something cuter than a regular plastic bag holder  so I added an African-American rag doll with angel wings to a bag I already had.  The doll itself is hand stitched and hand painted. I painted her skin with burnt umber oil paints then allowed it to dry. She was heat treated then sealed. I then added facial features and hair from a doll purchased forever ago. I have to say I like the finished product. I think what I like about her is she has a slight primitive appeal.  I really like primitive black dolls but for this project I only wanted soft prim.

My plastic bag holder is currently hanging by the door so I can remember to return the bags for recycling when I go back to the store.

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Tulips To Music is part of my Flower A Day Project.

On a canvas sheet I printed the music to the song Beautiful by Christina Aguilera. I then painted open tulips in oils, added a few minor details digitally and viola, there you have it, "Tulips To Music."

One of the details I appreciate about this painting is the hint of a heart in the clouds above the flowers. The oils used really make this painting shine. They were a gift that has been much appreciated.

Spring may be far off but flowers are forever when planted on canvas.

Faith-Magdalene Austin


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Watch Over Our ChildrenIt usually doesn't take me 7 or 8 days to complete one painting but it looks like this one will need even more time. Seven days now but I'm getting closer.

The painting shows a young African-American child walking through a field of sunflowers and wildflowers while being guided by an older Black angel.
Painting Details: The sky and flowing water meet and roll around her skirt into a field of flowers. There are two small butterflies floating above a sunflowers, one single white daisy. The child has small green leaves as trim for her clothing and is holding a tiny little flower.

I believe the final version will make a slight distinction between the sky and water. I may also add a few tiny details to the adult angel but other than that Watch Over Our Children is nearly completed.


Ah yes, it sometimes takes awhile but the end result is worth it.

Watch Over Our Children (final)

The colors have been changed dramatically as were the flowers but I like this version best.

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Garage Sale Gone WrongWe all know one, love one, a person who can't walk away from a garage sale. She'll turn the car around in the middle of the street or leap over fences to grab a cheap doodad.  There we are spectators in her compulsion. Helpless to stop her we choke on the dust she leaves behind as she dives for that very special doily.  Thirty-five cents, a quarter, the sound of such words makes her drool. Will she ever stop? Is there help for her? Will there ever be a Garage Sale Support Group for people addicted to other people's junk sitting on the side of the road? If there is such a group surely they can help the woman in this painting who totally lost control when the homeowner extended her sale by one day.

Title: Garage Sale Gone Wrong
Art by: F. Magdalene Austin

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