Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Here is "Red Sparkle" and she made her way to Suze just fine.
I made a mini version of my paper doll by reducing it.
Making a mini was Suze's inspiration.....I copied her.
She is attached to the red ATC. You know I had to share just in case you missed it on Suze's blog.
Maybe you noticed the paper doll sheet at my Etsy. It is not the mini but the full size original.
Maybe you also noticed that I have started listing some prints made from my canvases.
More about that later.
Last Friday when I started "The Sisters Reunion" painting and did my Friday show and tell, I was just so excited about what was bouncing around inside of me that I assumed that you were in there too and would know or remember where the little images that I was leveraging came from. So, back tracking a little, here is a picture from last December. I painted angels on these little wooden scraps and then I sold them on my Etsy. Before letting them go I had so much fun playing with them and stacking them and rearranging them and in various rows. Then I thought to scan them in groups.
No telling how long I will be playing with these. I think it is becoming a "Sisters" series or collection. Because many dance in my head doing all sorts of things.
I received a new canvas order today. Only had one 12 X 12 on hand.
I'm wondering if you would like a little challenge for the weekend. I'll be finishing up another "sisters" painting and if you are stumped about what do do next, here it is. Take your camera outside and find something in your yard, park or cemetery that inspires you. Photograph it and then incorporate it your next work of art. Earlier this week I noticed this cute little rabbit right outside my kitchen window. I can tell you that it is already on the canvas.
Hope to be showing you tomorrow. But for now....
Oh oh oh, one more thing. Did you notice my new banner? And did you notice my bbff tweaked it a little for me cause she is the bestest and I was out of time.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
I have that "balloon about to burst" feeling.
I tell you I've had enough of this desk and I'm counting the hours for the Weekend to commence.
How about another weekend challenge?
Leverage your art.
Make it new again.
Select something that you have done before and use it anyway you like in a new piece of art.
That's what I'm excited about.
The inspiration didn't start with that thought but when Norah'S around...
well she grabs it and runs and I can feel her inside me
inside my stomach
inside my heart
inside my head
inside my fingers
Enough for now,
Thursday, February 21, 2008
My friend Susan, made my Valentine Day with this sassy paper doll that she made. She used a stamp for her face and cut the arms and legs from a discarded pattern book. Now, that really reminds me of when I was a kid cutting out and making my own paper dolls from Sears catalogue.
Suze in Oklahoma made my day. We decided to swap ATCs. And look what she made for me using a reduced copy of her paper doll, Rose. She is laying on the front of the way cool mail art envelope. I love her Suze. Thank you. The ATC on the bottom is made with a sample of Suze's paper towel/mod podge paper. It's amazing. You can't really tell with a blog picture. That's why she sent me the ATC so I could see I-R-L.
I'm going to pass it on to Kal Barteski, Shona Cole (another Texas blogger) and Kathy Wasilewski. I think you will really enjoy a visit to their blogs.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Friday, February 15, 2008
Here you go: 1. Find a photo in your local newspaper that inspires you. Like I did with the photo of a girl gardening. The thing that inspired me with this photo was that she was looking down and also the way the photo was cropped. It spoke to me instantly and I went home and did a sketch on this canvas.
That was maybe a couple or more weeks ago. Then I heard about "the Cousins" reunion AT OUR HOUSE...TOMORROW.
When I received the generous packet from Rosemary this week and saw the napkin, again I knew instantly where it would go.
So that is the second part to the challenge. 2. Find a paper napkin or tissue paper that you can incorporate in your painting.
If you scroll down to the post with the scan of stuff that Rosemary sent me, you will see the card of Fort Payne Depot. I wanted to use it too; so, I scanned the card and printed on plain paper and did a plain paper transfer with it. You know where you use soft gel medium like you are going to glue the picture face down on the canvas and then rub rub rub a layer of paper off and the ink transfers to the canvas. That's what I did.
If you would like a third part to the challenge: 3. Add a plain paper transfer to your composition.
There you have it a weekend challenge. Here is a suggestion, if you find a newspaper picture that you really like but don't want to do a sketch. Then scan it and use it as your plain paper transfer and paint it as if it is the sketch.
I won't be able to get back to mine until late Saturday or Sunday because I will be enjoying the visit with "the Cousins". They are really cool cousins and they always bring really wonderful pot luck dishes.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
I received this lushious package from Fiona. We swaped ATC Valentine Paperdolls. Isn't her little dancer so sweet. She put on her skirt and twirled all the way from Scotland in a package of goodness and fun. I managed this one photo with dead camera batteries.
So I had to scan this wonderful stack. This came from Rosemary. You remember Rosemary who won the "Retro Pinkie" drawing. My word! I never expected her to send me anything. And I'm sorry you can't see all in this scan. But you will definitely be seeing these beautiful bits in my future ART pieces.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Here is what is going on.
Tuesday I learned that dh's cousins are gathering for a reunion next weekend. AT OUR HOUSE!!!
I shouldn't have to tell you that I have done nothing except ART for about a year and a half.
I tried real hard to be mad at him because it seems that he has known of this date since last fall.
It took me just a few minutes to remember "that nothing ever happens until it is time". And I guess it was time I know.
The first thing I did yesterday was attack our bedroom. Sounds strange but our bedroom is like grand central station and happens to connect to the kitchen, den, and studio. Like I said grand central station.
I stripped the bed because it was the day that I wash sheets...not because I have company coming to sleep with.
You know how I always say, one thing leads to another? It did.
Do you ever buy those bed-in-a-bag sets? If you do, then you know that the skirt ruffle is sewn onto paper stuff. WHY? I don't know. Makes no sense. Anyway, little by little the ruffle tears off until it is hanging by a few threads hear and there. If you are really having fun playing ART all the time....who cares? Right? OK, now I care because I have company coming. So I get Tim to help me remove the top mattress and proceed to fetch an old 45 year old white wedding gift double bed flat sheet to use to reattach the ruffle to. I've done this before. So I did it.
But before putting the bed back together, I reasoned since the top mattress was off, now would be a good time to chase all those dust bunnies that I know are under there. I mean after all, what if the company looks under my bed.
As much as I hate it, I stash a few things under my bed. Like the kitchen window screens, one leaf to the dinning room table and some beautiful plates that I wish I had a wall to hang on. And oh yes, one more thing, I apparently keep one of Tim's socks, one chocolate chip, and herds of dust bunnies under there too. Gosh I sure slept good last night knowing if there is a bed-looker-under cousin in the group, mine's lookin good.
Next. Windows. Yes I did that too. Well I did the ones that bother me the most and now I can take bird picture from my chair or kitchen window. But I didn't get the screens done. I hate screens anyway. Maybe I should put them under the bed.
That's all for now, I'm going to rake leaves and rediscover the patio that I know is out there.
Thursday, February 07, 2008
This publication is full of wonderful blogs. Many of which I have visited and many that are new to me.
I'm having a hard time for words at the moment and part of that is feeling my gratitude for the blogging community. It really is mind boggeling. More than one blogging friend offered to send me the publication. You recall, my copy didn't arrive in the mailing package and I had no idea it would be hard to find in my area.
But Mo'a had already e-mailed me that she bought an extra to send. Thank you so much Mo'a. My heart is very touched today.
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Sunday, February 03, 2008
here is my second "finished" shot. I just had to blend and blend a little more in the face. The change is very subtle but I came very close to messing it up.