Thursday, February 28, 2008

Oil Pastels and Etsy

I ordered a set of oil pastels the other day. The idea of working with them by blending with mineral spirits really intrigues me. Aswexpress has a wonderful sale going on until tomorrow, I simply could not resist. I ordered the Sennelier brand, which are the ones Picasso helped to develop. I hope they get here soon!

I worked on this watercolor today. This is an exercise where you make a sketch and then do a multi-color wash over it. Then after it dries a little you come in and paint the negative space behind the subject using the same wash colors. Its really cool to see the subject begin to pop out as you paint the negative space behind it. This was fun!

Also, I gathered up my courage and listed some of my paintings at my Etsy shop. I heard that Etsy is going to be featured on Martha Stewert tomorrow. I hope I get to watch it, but I probably will forget. My youngest has a half day of school tomorrow, so I probably won't remember. Grr!! As I said in a previous post, my kids never have a full week of school!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

It's a major award!

Oops! Not that one!

Renea was kind enough to give me 2 awards! The art award, above, and the Make my Day award, below.

Thank you SO Much Renea, I am truly honored. And the best thing about these awards is, I get to present them to someone else! I love that!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Art Journal

I recently got this really cool book called Art Escapes. It is a book about keeping an art journal and trying to work in it every day. The idea is to keep your self fresh and having fun, and to record new ideas etc. You are supposed to do it just for yourself and without the intent to show it to anyone.
The lady who wrote the book is mostly a watercolorist. Perusing through her pages I was really inspired to get out my watercolors. Now I have virtually no experience with watercolors, but being the extreme art stasher that I am, of course I have a watercolor set tucked away somewhere. It was in the basement.

So I pulled it out. (Oh and by the way, I also have a gorgeous hardcover watercolor journal just sitting around here too. If hubby only knew!) I intended to just play around a little bit, but instead got carried away, and well, it turns out that this watercolor is all I am getting done today! The kids will be home in about an hour and its time to figure out dinner. I don't think spending all day on one "doodle" was the intention of the art journal. But man I had fun! :)

I've been tagged!

ooo I feel so a "part" of bloglandia now! I was tagged by the gorgeous and amazing doll artist Nina Mason of Nina Mason Dolls.
Thank you Nina, I'm so honored!

Here are the rules:

1. Link to the person that tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Share six non-important things/habits/quirks about yourself.
4. Tag six random people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs.
5. Let each random person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their website.

OK, here are my 6 things.

1. I write 3 pages of long hand journaling every morning before I begin to work. I find this really helps me clear out all of the extraneous thoughts and "stuff" rolling around in my head and helps me have room to create. It also helps me focus on what I need to do that day. These writings make no sense and are complete ramblings.
2. I live in the same town I was born in, barely a mile from my childhood home, where my mother still lives. Its a small town and we are part of a traditional catholic community where my kids go to the same school where my brother, a catholic priest, is the principal .
3. I am a shy person-uncomfortable in large groups, but great one-on-one.
4. I love to make soup from scratch. It takes me all day and the whole house smells wonderful!
5. I make my kids look at my newest painting every day first thing when they come home from school! ha! ha!
6. I always read at night before going to sleep. I have a huge and unruly pile of books and magazines on the floor next to my bed at all times. I read everything, and the kids often have to look through my pile to finds their favorite books.

ok. I know its supposed to be 6 things, but I have 1 more thing to share. Probably because this is on my mind this morning as my dh was just teasing me about it yesterday.

7. I never, ever get caught up on laundry. And the things that are not clothes, like rugs and extra blankets get thrown on a pile and I never get around to washing them. My husband calls this the "do not wash" pile!

OK now I have 6 people to tag, so here goes:
Michelle at The Blackberry Briar
Jenn at Noodle and Lou
Monique at Inside Number Twenty
Renea at Pocket Full of Pretties
Sandy Mastroni
Sylvia Anderson

Monday, February 25, 2008

More Snow!!

Snow Queen


I cannot believe we are getting another foot of snow! This is clearly the longest winter that will never end! My kids are expecting yet another snow day tomorrow. I do believe there is a conspiracy out there to make sure that kids are NEVER in school an entire week. My 3 youngest kids attend 2 different schools, and at least one of them has a day off or a half day every single week. Or there is a snow day. Or one of them is sick. I love my kids-don't get me wrong-but it is very hard to create art with constant neediness surrounding you.

I am bittersweet about this subject. I am getting to the point where I can see a light at the end of the tunnel. In less than 5 years I will only have 1 teen left at home. And you realize I have been at this parenting thing for over 20 years. I am ready to play artist full time and mommy part time. But I know I will miss them terribly.

OK, enough venting. I will go back to my sunny self. Lets see..ok. Ahem.

"Oh joy! Rapture! a snow day tomorrow! Yippee!"

Do you ever get to the point...

where you just have to take a step back , give it a good look, and then admit your work has problems?

I worked on this one all day today. There are some things I like, but it has some major composition problems. Probably because I didn't really sketch it out well before I started. I was too excited about the cool background I wanted to try. See the little polka-dots back there? That was created by laying circles punched from contact paper lightly on the surface, and then painting a wash over them. I allowed the paint to seep under the contact paper and it created a very subtle design. I learned this technique while reading a collage book by Claudine Hellmuth, last week when I was sick. I couldn't wait to try it out.

Then I went forth with my painting and 3/4 of the way through realized my bird was floating in mid-air. And not flying either-that would make sense-just sort of aimlessly floating there. So I gave him a branch. And that made the rest of the space look too empty so I added a couple more flowers. Then I only had one leaf in the whole thing, just one little bit of green. This bothered me so I added green polka dots on all of the sides. That was ok, but my branch just ended abruptly at the edge of the canvas, while the flower wraps around. Oh what to do! I could continue to paint the branch around the side, but then the tongues at the top and bottom seem to end abruptly. AAhhh!! So now I am toying with just painting all of the sides black. But should I try to remove the polka dots and the flower wrap around first?
And just now, while looking at photos of my piece, (which is a good way to get another perspective), I am thinking AGAINST painting the sides all black. I think I could wrap the tongues and branch around the sides. I would only have to remove 2 polka-dots. Or maybe collage right over them? Hmmm...I don't know. What would you do?

Friday, February 22, 2008

A good morning...

and that was all. I painted this little painting and then went back to bed.Funny how that was my one priority. OK, well I did do the dishes but that was it. I laid in bed all day reading books about collage art. (what did I say about prioroities?) I didn't get my errands done, so tomorrow I have a lot to do. Sunday is a brunch for my Mom's birthday, she is turning 82. We are also celebrating Isabel's birthday which is on Tuesday. So I have to go get a gift for my mom and make 2 quiches for Sunday. Here's to a better tomorrow. :)

I like this little painting very much. I think I am getting better. I am not ready for prime time yet, but I really find all this painting so exciting. It makes me very happy. :)

Thursday, February 21, 2008

I feel lousy!

I have a stupid head cold. Last night I took some Nyquil and it made me feel drowsy and out of it all day today. I only took half a dose too. I didn't paint at all or get anything done really. And tomorrow I have to run around all day doing errands. Blah! That means I only got 1 painting done this whole week. That stinks.
I feel really down and out of sorts. Maybe I will try to paint tomorrow morning and do my errands in the afternoon. Isabel is going to a friends house after school which essentially means I have until 5:00PM before I have to be home. Yes, thats the ticket. I can work until at least noon or 1 o'clock.

I spent a lot of time today looking at other people's work and trying to feel inspired. Do you ever do that? Cruise around bloglandia just looking for inspiration? Its kind of fun. But today I was feeling so lousy I just got depressed that all of these artists are getting so much done while I am sitting here~a worthless lump~getting nothing done. OK, enough of that! I have learned not to go there! Better day tomorrow, right? I will post a pic of a past creation just to make myself feel better, and maybe it will inspire someone else!
These dolls are a set of twins I did in 2006. I like their collars. Is it me or do they both look like they smell something bad?

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Art Happens

The top picture is my empty planter that has been hanging out in my dining room waiting for spring. Isabel deposited her latest drawing there and it just looks so cute! I love it that our house seems to be brimming with creativity lately. I have really been feeling great and getting so much art done, Isabel is loving her drawing class. Chelsea, my truly talented little artist has been painting again, for the first time in a couple of years. We all seem to be working away happily in the evenings while Aidan is writing at the family computer, and we are all listening to music that we mutually like. Lately it is a mix of old and new that Aidan has on his ipod. Things are blissful around here, if a little messy.
The second picture is my 4th painting I have made in the last week. I just can't stop painting. Every time I finish one I have an idea for another and I have decided not to be a killjoy and make myself do the art I think I "ought" to do. I'm getting out of my own way and just letting it flow! It feels great! Yay for me!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

To all of my friends...

Old and new! Happy Valentines Day! You all brighten my day! Thank you so much for visiting!

To all of my friends!

Old and new! Happy Valentines Day! You all brighten my day! Thank you so much for visiting!

New designs are ready!

Tulip of Love punch needle

Entanglement punch needle

Tulip House done in Crescent Colors. To purchase contact me
Thanks for looking!

Friday, February 8, 2008

My Valentine Girls

I finished a mermaid painting for my other daughter Chelsea today. She loves mermaids. I am so excited at how both of these turned out. I can't believe I have fallen in love with another new medium. I have got to pick one and concentrate on it. Jeez! I blame it all on Tascha, if I hadn't stumbled across her you tube video I would never have been bitten! :) Here is my mermaid:Here are both of my valentines together:

And here are my 2 valentine girls, Chelsea on the left and Isabel on the right. Happy Valentine's Day my darlings!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Snow Day!

We have had about 10 inches so far and it is still snowing. We didn't even go to church to get ashes for ash Wednesday. This must be the first time I have not gotten ashes since I can remember! Anyhow, I was inspired by a little video on the Time with Tascha blog. The kids were all home and I knew I wouldn't be able to concentrate on the pattern writing I should be doing, so I decided to try a little painting instead. This is a valentine for my 8 year old Isabel. What do you think?

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

And now for something completely different...

Here is Abbie!
Abbie is just in thyme to welcome spring! She is ready for adoption at ebay!Click the sidebar to see her auction.

Here is Abbie!

Ready for adoption!Just in thyme to cheer you into spring! Check out her auction on ebay in the sidebar!