Saturday, February 28, 2015

"Sing Me Home"

8" x 8" Collage on Gallery Wrapped Canvas

I was inspired to make this collage after I saw some similar pieces in a gift shop.  After making it, I realized that I was also inspired by all the Encaustic Art that I've been seeing lately.  I really wanted it to have that hazy, dreamy quality, but didn't know exactly how to get it.

So, of course, I had to find out all about this wax-using art form!  I've been reading every book I can find on the subject, and watching every YouTube video there is on encaustic.  I'm finally ready to bite the $$ bullet and just go for it!

My goal is to make some small encaustic works that I can sell in Mount Dora (that's always my end-game!).  I've got so many ideas in my head that I'm about to explode!  But, I've never even seen an encaustic piece in person, so I don't know how it would ship -  or how it would look in a shop setting.   I hope it works, cause it is an expensive undertaking.  Stay tuned............

Friday, January 9, 2015

Watercolor Practice

I haven't played with watercolor for a very long time.  But, I might be starting a Beginning Watercolor Class in February at a local shop.  To that end, I thought it might be prudent to see if I can still use the medium!  

I chose this subject from a watercolor book - and discovered that while my drawing skills still need improving, I did truly enjoy painting the piece!  I will play some more, and hopefully, be able to help students learn to love this type of painting.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Pottery? Nope!

So, after 4 weeks of pottery lessons, I have concluded that I will not be a potter.  I still LOVE pottery, and will just have to get used to the idea that I will have to purchase it, not make it.

I discovered that throwing pots was just too strenuous for me -- it takes a lot of muscle to do this!  So, I thought that maybe hand-building was the way to go, but I soon found out that I wasn't very good at that, either!  Also, I'm an Instant Gratification girl.  If it can't be finished in a couple of hours, I'm just not interested.

Unless you own your own kiln and wheel, you have to take weeks to get a finished product.  And, those things are really expensive, so that's out!  Oh well, I'm glad I took the lessons.  One more thing off my bucket list.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Another Rabbit Hole!

Well, I've fallen down yet another Rabbit Hole!  My friend, Rebecca, and I went to our first pottery lesson this morning!  These are the 2 pots that I made on the wheel (with a lot of help)!

The one on the left has a nice gash that I accidentally made - but we decided to keep it.  It really looks cool, and I think that the finished glaze will make it look even cooler!  Next week, these will be dry, and we'll start learning about firing and glazes.

I will admit that throwing pots - while being fun - is also very physical.  My hands and my arms are screaming at me!  But, I brought home some more clay and tools, and I'm going to try my hand at hand-building.  That might be a little less strenuous.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

A New Start

You know how sometimes you're walking through Kirkland's or Pier 1 - and you see a piece of art for sale that just grabs you, and makes you want to paint something like that?  Well, that's what happened to me a couple of months ago.

So, I went to a painting club a few weeks ago (dragging all the stuff I thought I would need) - and I made this "start".  Collaged on papers, then painted over and just messed around.  The background is still not finished, and I'm not sure exactly what will go on top yet, but I'm liking the way it's starting to look.  This is a large painting (24" x 26"), and I have another canvas the same size that I would like to do something that would go with this one.  Usually, that doesn't happen, so we'll see.

But, I did discover that painting club won't be for me.  I realized that the way I like to paint requires me to have EVERYTHING close by - since I never know what I'll want to use!  So, unless I go back to watercolor, I'll be painting alone.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Haley's Turn!

I've been spending a lot of time this weekend with my granddaughter, Haley, and her brother, Truman, while my daughter and her husband are on a little trip to see my grandson in Pensacola, FL.  Haley loves to draw, and is very good at it!  I was looking at her sketchbook, and told her that I wanted to scan her drawings into my photo program, and then print them out and use them in some collages!

So, that's what we did today!  I think they turned out terrific!

Haley's Mermaid

My Collage using Haley's drawing - "Be the Sparkle in Someone's Life"
She definitely is the sparkle in mine!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Studio Finale!

Finally!  My art studio is pretty well put together.  Still a few boxes that I don't know what to do with, but all in all, I think I might be able to get busy soon!

I'm so lucky to have a practically full basement to use!  Here is my little sitting area and gallery.  Don't you love the ballroom floor!?

Where the work happens!  Still trying to get everything just where I want it, but for now, it's OK.

And, my little sewing area - cause I still love to sew stuff!

Finally, here are some mantras for me to use in the coming weeks - "Pick Me Ups" -  little sayings that I put together at Under the Cherry Blossoms in Mount Dora!  Gotta keep positive!

Monday, August 18, 2014

More Boys in the Studio!

Yesterday, my grandson, Zack and his cousin, Will came over to mow the grass for me.  Then, we got to play in the studio!  They both wanted to paint, so we had a little fun!  They were great students, and I think they did really great!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Truman's Painting

Finally got into the Studio today - with my grandson, Truman.  I helped him make a Collage/Painting - "Winter Tree".

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

New house, lots of boxes!

So, we finally moved into our new home in Blue Springs, MO.  The movers came a day late, but all is well and we are trying to dig out from under all the boxes!

Below are photos from the basement, which will someday be transformed into my studio!  I felt really sorry for all the boxes that the movers had to carry down there!  But, they were great, and didn't mind a bit.

And, would you believe  - there is a full kitchen in the basement!  No bathroom, though.  I just might to try to teach some classes down here.  We'll see if I can ever get it going.  I'll post again when I have it all set up.