Thursday, October 20, 2011

Nancy Panaccione 2011

It is such a joy to be part of ILMA, and to have the opportunity to share with you some of the things that I have been working on. Here is a small sampling of what I will be bringing to the ILMA show this year. (click on the image to see it larger) Hope to see you at the show. Smiles.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

art is everywhere

Art is everywhere. It can be as simple as arranging pots of flowers in your courtyard.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


journals can be a great way to record your art journey

Monday, October 3, 2011

2011 ILMA Show-November 12th-NEW Location!

We have a NEW location for our ILMA Show this year! We will be showing at the Faith Arts Village in Orlando. It is a really cool, centrally located venue with plenty of parking. We will be there loving our art, we hope to see you there.
If you need directions go to

Friday, June 24, 2011

new exploration

I have been enjoying doing paintings and drawings exploring the relationship between circle, square and triange.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Saturday, March 12, 2011

some words about making art

   After completing the six session I Love My Art Lessons (email for more information), Wendy asked me to recap some of the things we talked about regarding making art. Here is what I wrote back, my first thoughts:

   look at art books and museum web sites (guggenheim, moma, etc.) to see how many different kinds of art are out there already, and accepted, even, worth a lot of money. this means when you make something you have never seen before, that is totally good, following the right track. those people had never seen what they were doing. they weren’t copying anything. 
   follow what you are drawn to do. do something, make a mark, and then respond to it. to get started just start marking, not “making art” or doing “good”...just moving the stuff around on the paper. think about little kids coloring with paper and crayons. scribble. then you can respond to it. “now i feel like putting red there” or “i want to cover that part up with white paint” or whatever. keep going til you don’t feel like doing anything anymore. this could take minutes or days or months. have it up where you can see it when you walk by. don’t do something just to do something. do something that you feel pulled to do. sometimes that is put it in the collage bin and cut it up and use it on something else.
   let your art have a life of it’s own. don’t try to copy something even from your own brain. for me, i make it then see what it is. but the process is different for everyone, so honor your process as you evolve.
   remember, not everyone will “get” it. that’s ok, but you don’t have to show it to them either...the more you get grounded in loving it yourself the easier that will get. but “even” (: for me, sometimes i am very sensitive about something someone says or what i “think” they will say or think. so just keep going. it is an evolving process (progress not perfection)   :)
   above all, only say what you love about your art. even in aren’t quite sure how it is going to turn out, but you love it along the way.
   (: i love you and your art,
      Leanne Thomas

2 x 2 inch painting

this is a recent 2 x 2 inch painting that i did on paper with acrylic and pencil.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Tennessee Crossroads John Petrey (2434-2)

this is so inspiring! you all remember peggy homrich/petrey? this is her husband john petrey. shawn, you will love what he does with metal! Leanne

Sunday, February 13, 2011

ILMA visits Teresa Disney

ILMA went to the Janine Taylor Folk Art Gallery in Sanford, FL on February 5th to meet artist Teresa Disney. Inspiring and exceptional. See more of Teresa's work at the gallery link.

Friday, February 4, 2011

God Laughing

I gave this piece to my friend and neighbor, Pat, for her birthday yesterday. I call it "God laughing," after a quote from a Hafiz poem, "Laughter," translated by Daniel Ladinsky. This is part of the poem:
"What is laughter?
It is God waking up! …
What is this precious love and laughter
Budding in our hearts?
It is the glorious sound
Of a soul waking up!"

Thursday, January 20, 2011

sewing as art

i love to sew. it's another creative way to express oneself...the yellow pillow was easy and fun to make.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

art on the go

my friend nancy and i met for coffee and art. a really nice break from the routine.