Tuesday, December 27, 2011
While I'm not getting sucked into the Internet's black hole, maybe I'll find some time to clean up my studio and start getting myself ready for the collage class I'm teaching at the end of January. Now, that would be a big accomplishment!
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
Friday, December 9, 2011
If you are around my age, you remember a time before microwaves. And, you probably remember making popcorn on the stove!
I recently read an article in the newspaper about this activity. The writer helped me to understand why I have never liked microwave popcorn. So, off I go to the store to get some popcorn! I remember well making popcorn on the stove (ours was gas then, so it was a little easier to manage the heat) - opening the lid to let some steam escape, and watching as some popcorn bursts out of the pan - melting butter in the pan (we used Parkay Margarine then, instead of butter) - putting on the salt. Trust me, it DOES taste better! I've popped popcorn twice since I read the article, and I remember the pan we used - I think it was only for popcorn - and I've thought of the kitchen I grew up in (that house burned down after my parents moved out) - and I think of my mother. She passed away in 1993, but I think of her every day and miss her terribly!
After I eat popcorn, I always want something chocolate! My sister reminded me that Mother made fabulous fudge, and we would usually have fudge with our popcorn! What popcorn memories do you have?
Saturday, December 3, 2011
So I just was notified that I sold a print of this painting on Fine Art America! I hope this one goes through - but they did order the smallest print (approx. 8" square) on Canvas - so it should be ok. I'd love to see how this looks since the original was done on a piece of wood, all collaged with gloss gel medium. I think it would look cool! Anyway, it's nice to see another sale! Speaking of .. . we're having a small art show and sale after church services for the next 3 Sundays -- maybe I'll get lucky then!
Friday, November 25, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Saturday, November 12, 2011
I think I'm pretty well done with the face, so now it's time to work with the background. I must admit, I really thought the hard part would be the face, but I think it's going to be the background. You really need to have an imagination to do the next part, and I fear that I'm sorely lacking in that department! We'll see!
Friday, November 11, 2011
So, I started "Faces in Collage" - an online workshop by Sharon Tomlinson. This is the beginning of my first project. If you go to her blog, you can see all the gorgeous paintings she has done, beginning with magazine collage. I've got my fingers crossed that I can figure out just how to do it! By the way, it's never too late to sign up for this class, it will be there forever! Come and play with us!
Monday, November 7, 2011
So I just got a notice that a print of this painting sold today on Fine Art America! The buyer purchased the print on a gallery wrapped canvas in a 22" x 36" size. I'd love to see how that looks! The watercolor original painting was done on 9" x 12" paper, I think. Anyway, it's fun to get a sale - I've been on that site for 2 years, and this is the only 2nd print that I've sold. And a couple of cards. However, I watch it almost daily, and it's amazing how many people look at my art!
UPDATE: I just received a notification that the photo of this painting that I sent in is too low in resolution to enable them to make the larger print. They wanted me to take another photo and send it in, but I no longer own this painting - it resides in another state! So, no sale for me! Oh well, I was happy for a little while!
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Monday, October 31, 2011
Oh, and just so you know, I did receive the Birthday Flowers from my hubby, and they are gorgeous!
Thursday, October 27, 2011
So, today is my birthday! This plant arrived in the afternoon from my daughter (who lives in Kansas City) - I thought it was a little different, but I kinda like it. The card on it said it is a Money Tree. I called Serena and was describing the plant, and she asked me to send her a photo of it, so I did. Later, I received an email from her saying "This isn't what I ordered!" Later we spoke again, and she said she had called the florist here in Dunnellon, who told her that no, this isn't a money tree! It's some kind of gardenia. So, the florist will call me tomorrow to see what I want to do.
On top of that, my dear husband (who NEVER orders flowers) took it upon himself to order me flowers for my birthday this year. Of course, the flowers never showed up -- and when he called them, (long story short) they discovered that the order was never put through! So, after much huffing and puffing, he agreed to getting my flowers tomorrow - at a 30% discount, of course!
But, I did get a chocolate cake from my sister! That's the good news!
Thursday, October 20, 2011
This week I finished and delivered my first "Girl" commission. My friend, Becky, ordered a girl to give to her daughter, Hannah, for her birthday next month. I first met Hannah when she was about 2 years old - she'll be turning 10 in November. Here's a photo of her taken this summer at our Mystery Dinner Theater at church. She's such a doll! I hope I did her justice with my painting!
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
I showed some of my stuff to Nancy Meyers at Grumble's House on Monday - and she agreed to put my "Girls", these 2 paintings that are on 12" square wood, and my fabric bowls and coasters in her shop through the Christmas season. I'm hoping that after the first of the year, she'll have some space that I can rent, and put all my stuff in there. I'd love to have a place to show and sell my paintings and other crafting that I do. Right now, I'd just love to be able to get all these things out of my studio! And, Grumble's House is the busiest place in this little burg. They have customers that come from all over the state. Wish me luck!
Friday, October 14, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Now, this is a photo of my Studio! How in the world did it get to be such a mess? It seems like I clean it up and organize it several times a year, but still it manages to get to this state quickly! Do any of you have this problem? Yikes! No wonder it's hard for me to get in there and try to create!
Saturday, October 8, 2011
So, when Ziggy vanished, she felt it was my duty to save this little cat. I went there yesterday, and the kitty was so sweet and loving - so I took a chance and brought her home. And now, she has decided that I am the enemy! Lots of growling and hissing going on.
I've kept her out on the screened- in pool deck, but all she really wants to do is get outside! This morning, though, she came to me and rubbed up against me and wanted to be petted. Progress! Then I let my cat Penny out and it was kinda cool. They just ignored each other till Penny gave up and came inside. Unfortunately, my dog, Barney got out and scared her to death! Two steps back. Now, it looks like rain.
I think it's interesting that she is a tortious - just like Penny. Except Penny has long legs, tail and face while this one has short legs, tail and a kind of Persian shaped face! I'm still trying to figure out a name for her. Sure hope she warms up soon - I'd love to get her in the house and become one of the family!
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Mid-morning yesterday, I looked out my back window and saw a large coyote in my back yard! I made a noise, and he just stopped and looked at the house - and stood there until I started yelling at him to go away! I've never seen one during the light of day - which makes me think that he was the one that got my poor little Ziggy, and was coming back for more. So, from now on, Penny will never be going outdoors. She can go back to spending time on the screened in pool deck, and if that isn't good enough -- Tough!
Friday, September 30, 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Bill will be going into the hospital Sunday afternoon, and his surgery will be on Tuesday morning. I'll be staying in a hotel in Gainesville all next week, so I should have plenty of time to work on this computer. I am glad that I now have a laptop to take with me -- I'm sure I would have gone in withdrawal if I didn't have a computer with me!
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Last night, we had another Florida Thunderstorm. I was trying to comfort my dog who barks incessantly when there is thunder, and lightning struck really close! Of course, I hadn't unplugged my computer (like I usually do) - so it got fried! Off I go to Best Buy today, and spent three hours getting terribly confused - I think I'm too old for this! Finally, it was done - I bought a new laptop. They're going to transfer all my stuff from the old computer, so that's a good thing. However, I'm learning that most of my programs can't be transfered, so I have a lot of work to do before I'm really back to where I'm comfortable!
Today, someone in line at Best Buy reminded me that things happen in threes - I really didn't need to hear that. The only thing coming up is Bill's surgery next Tuesday. I hope it isn't jinxed! I think I'll go now and have that meltdown that I've been feeling all day.
Friday, September 16, 2011
Ziggy had proven to me that he would not run off - he always stayed close to the house, with an occasional visit next door with his cat-friend, Max. And, he always came when I called him.
He usually was in the front yard when Barney and I went for our daily walk at about 9am, but on Tuesday, he was not there. I figured he was with Max. Then, we needed to leave at 3pm, so I called and called, and nothing. So, when we got back at about 7pm, I called and called again - no luck. So, we started searching. More nothing!
We live in an area of town called "The Woodlands". It's called that for a reason - there are areas in the neighborhood that have lots of trees and woods. It's why we spot deer once in a while. Also, there have been known to house coyotes and foxes - and this year, there has been a black bear running around. But, for some reason, I was never worried - of course, I never let the cats out in the dark, either! Don't bother beating me up - I'm doing a fine job of it by myself. Yes, I KNOW BETTER!!!
I had convinced myself last night that Ziggy had probably met his demise by one of the critters, and I just had to accept it. Then, I had a dream that I saw him at the neighbor's house, and he was hurt. I woke up with a new purpose! I figured that no one would be able to pick him up (he runs the other way whenever anyone tries) - and we live in a very small town without a shelter. But, IF he was attacked and hurt, maybe someone would take him to one of the vet hospitals in town! I just knew that he was sending me a sign! I impatiently waited till they opened and called, expecting him to be there. But, alas, no one has brought in a sweet black cat with white paws. So now I'm back to trying to accept this. I miss him terribly.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
And here's Patsy, made for my hairdresser. I'll be taking her to Patsy tomorrow - along with the cards I made of all these girls!
Saturday, September 10, 2011
My friend, Gretchen, came up with a super idea for me to make these girls to order for gifts. More on that later!
Friday, September 9, 2011
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
I did discover that I like it when I use a friend or family member as a muse. So Kathleen was made for my friend who takes care of my dog, Barney, whenever I need it. She used to have her own shop - "The Barktique" - here in Dunnellon when I first moved here. She's just a delight, and writes a column for the local weekly paper. I don't know what I would do without her to take care of Barney - he loves her, and it makes me happy to know that he's very well taken care of!
And, I also like the idea of giving these pieces to the person that inspired them! It certainly is better than having a ton of them take up space in my studio!
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
I finally figured out how to crop them for the cards. I'll post a card next time so you can see how they are turning out.
It's been raining here since 4:00 this morning, so it's a great day to get into the studio and play!
Monday, September 5, 2011
So, here is Isabella! These are so addicting! It reminds me of when I was a little girl and I would design paper doll clothes out of old wallpaper books! I would have to have just the right paper doll - she had to be an adult, with her arms away from her body, and have on a strapless bathing suit. I was so picky! I wish I had some now to look at!
I'm working on Jenny now, and she should be ready by tomorrow.
I wish Blogger would quit changing things - it's very disconcerting for an old dog like me!
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
I met Gretchen in Houston in the early 80's, and we were both in advertising at the time. We became fast friends, and even though I moved away in 1988, we have remained close. When I had my quilt shop, I would visit with her and her husband, Sam, every October during Quilt Market. I remember her visiting me in Kansas City during a snowstorm, and she walked our dog in the snow. Having lived in Southern California and Houston, she never really got to experience that kind of snow! Then there was the infamous road trip that she took with us from St. Petersburg, FL, up the coast to Destin. I got so sunburned, I laid in the hotel for one solid day! Fun times!
And, of course, when I needed a name that began with "H", who else would I choose but my wonderful granddaughter, Haley! I blogged a bit about her when she came to visit this summer, but I have to tell you I think she's just great! Just starting to be a teenager, so mood swings abound - but we had a grand time anyway! She loves to draw, and she was moved up to Art 3 (instead of Art 2) right after school started. Love her!
As far as the paintings go, these were done on 6" x 12" canvases, and now I know why Christy likes them so - the size is just perfect for these little gals. Unfortunately, they're not the right size for me to use them for cards - so I think I'll do a little creative cropping, and I think I can make them work.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
"Francine" - 9" x 12" Mixed Media
Also, Christy does her art on 6" x 12" canvases. I ordered some and they just came yesterday. So, the first two were done on 12" x 12" canvas, and I didn't like it -- too much background, girls too little. These were done on 9" x 12", and I like them better, but am anxious to try the smaller canvases.
One way that I have personlized these little girls is in the phrases. I've tried to come up with phrases that express me and my life. So, we'll see how the next phase goes. I might figure out a cool way to make it mine - or, I just might change it all together!
Thursday, August 25, 2011
On another note, we had a post-op appointment for Bill today, and the news isn't very great. Looks like we will be seeing a big operation in his near future. I won't get into the details, but life as we know it will start looking a lot different soon. To his credit, I'm sure that HE can handle it all - I think I'm just worried about ME! Gulp!
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
I'm still not quite where I want to be with this technique, but I have a lot of goodies coming in the mail that just might help me. And, I still have several of Christy's videos to go through.
I have a goal of making a lot of these gals, and I hope I don't get side-tracked by some other new, cool technique! Pray for me!
So, for the last couple of days, I have been glued to my monitor, watching videos of Christy teaching this marvelous way she has of backgrounds, textures, girls and words! While I waited for the videos to load, I went into my studio and started playing around in my art journal. So, the first of my She Art girls, "Anna", was born there. And, I'm not too happy with the background, but I still love her!
There is still a lot more to learn, but now I will be putting these girls on canvases, and exploring what else I can do for them. Stayed tuned!