Thursday, December 31, 2015
Sunday, December 20, 2015
My blogging (at the moment) is a bit sporadic. This is because my personal life is in a bit of an upheaval. The property my home is on was sold (quickly and quietly) to the Grinch/Scrooge. The heavy equipment is not sitting outside my door as of yet... but will be soon. So, instead of decking the halls, I pack the rooms (albeit slowly). Work schedules, weather, and arthritis pain keeps it at a slow pace.
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
The results have been posted on Grumbacher – Official Fanpage on Facebook for the Art Swap #41 Theme: Zodiac. This month's ATC swap received 56 entries... the most so far. All of the cards are great and yes, I have some favourites and hopefuls for the one I will get in the trade. I must admit I waited not-very-patiently for it to be posted!
Saturday, November 28, 2015
We (in the U.S.A.) just had our holiday of Thanksgiving and it is over and done. But it got me thinking about what I am really thankful for. And aren't we supposed to be grateful every day? I know I am. If I go through a day without being thankful for things, I find myself getting cranky and stressed.
Saturday, November 21, 2015
I have been experimenting with night photography (other than the multitude of moon shots). To be honest, I don't know much about the camera settings and I learn something new every time I play with them. Tonight I learned that I like the results when I have the flash on even with a long exposure.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
I am really enjoying these ATC swaps. I have also done a few printmaking exchanges in the past few years. I like sending my artwork and seeing what I get back. It is always a surprise and I haven't been disappointed yet.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
My Show and Tell post for today is just in time for this year's Hallowed Eve. It is a serigraph (screen print) from my first printmaking class in college. I had a lot of fun making it and was very happy with how it came out. It is still one of my favourites.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
I have known for a while that I need to upgrade my internet presence if I want to sell more artwork. I must admit my effort has been a bit slack for a while. I could blame work, life, problems, etc. but that is just a poor excuse. If I really want to succeed, I need to present my work in a manner that is attractive, affordable, and simple.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Saturday, October 10, 2015
I made another trip to my favourite thrift store last week. This time I took my favourite daughter-in-law Rosa. She had never been there and we were having a day. I love to dig through the piles and boxes in the toy room to find the creepiest ones to use for projects. And there are always some really cool doll parts in the crafts section.
Monday, October 5, 2015
I did NOT want to go to work today and for one reason only! It was because I knew that my prints from the International Print Exchange 2015 (with Green DoorPrintmaking Studio) would be in the mailbox. Others were arriving around the world and I just knew mine would be here today.
And it was... YAY!
Sunday, October 4, 2015
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Saturday was a monumental day! We installed a new mailbox! This may sound like a simple thing but to me... it is important to enjoy everything that I can. I love living in the country surrounded by nature... birds, frogs, cows,... everything!
Monday, September 28, 2015
Friday, September 18, 2015
Friday, September 11, 2015
I recently posted ATC Fun about my fun with artist trading cards. I had just participated in a monthly card exchange Art Swap #37, Iconic Toys Theme sponsored by Grumbacher - Official Fan Page on Facebook.
Sunday, September 6, 2015
The painting 'Celestia' has roots going back to my beginning as a serious artist. I had moved into a TINY (19 foot) camping trailer onto friends' property in the mountains. When I first acquired the trailer, everything was brown.... and I mean everything! The walls, floor, ceiling, cushions, counters, everything, was some shade of brown. I immediately set to painting the ceiling with light blues and lavenders and stencilled on gold and silver stars.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
I am searching for Kaye Alene
This blog post is not very art related, but it is the only way I can think to get this to show up in the search engines. I lost touch with a dear friend many years ago and have tried several times to find her by using the internet.
Friday, August 21, 2015
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Trees like to dance! At least they do where I live. The slightest bit of wind and the fourteen oaks, along with walnut, apple, pear, cherry, plum, maple, and aspen trees sway along and sing with the most delightful voices among the leaves.
So when I was working on ideas for International Print Exchange #7 by Green Door Studios, I came up with a dancing tree.
Thursday, August 6, 2015
For this Show and Tell post, I am showing a series of three prints instead of just one piece.
In 2009, I visited the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport with my dear friend Paula. I love that place! I took a lot of photographs that provided me with some great images to use for artwork. A few months later, I did use some in a printmaking class at university, where we were learning to do intaglio etching. It was required that we choose a theme for each term so I chose aquarium images.
Sunday, July 12, 2015
My first experience with Artist Trading Cards or “ATCs” was in a drawing class in college. We students were interested in learning illustration and were fortunate to have a professor who knew the industry and was willing to teach us for two terms. (J.B. is a wonderful artist and you should see her work at Jessica Burke Artist.)
Thursday, July 9, 2015
I meant to post this a couple of days ago on July 7th for my daughter's birthday. I was busy working and didn't get it put together in time.
This piece reminds me of a fun time when my daughter Sarah and I were visiting Tucson, Arizona in 1985. We were on Mt. Lemmon and she had fun scrambling around on the huge rock outcroppings along the path.
Thursday, July 2, 2015
Every year, on July 4th, we Yankees in the United States celebrate the day in 1776 that we announced our escape from England's rule. (I sometimes wonder what our world would be like if we remained part of the British Empire...) Every year we gorge ourselves with hot-dogs (except me, I don't eat them,), suffer sunstroke and sunburns, watch our families fight over the BBQ, and listen as the fire engines scream down the road en-route to the latest idiot's Roman-candle accident.
Friday, June 26, 2015
Thursday, June 18, 2015
When I die, I want you to go to a thrift store and buy an urn/vase/box/whatever for my ashes. Put it in a cart and roll me around the aisles for one last trip. My favourite sections are: house wears, textiles, books, kitchen utensils, craft, baskets, wood, camping, shoes, skirts, and... most important... toys!
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
|Farm Cat 01|
In my blog posts, I have been using my own photography (unless otherwise indicated) mostly to illustrate my artwork or processes. But photography is also an artistic discipline. There are some incredible and beautiful images created by some very talented people and I feel blessed to know some of them.
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Beginning 3D Design was a course at university required for my arts degree. I had no idea just how much I was going to fall in love with mixed media. It was so much fun and so many artistic opportunities were opened up to me. We did projects using wire, paper, and the last one was called 'Personal Space.' I was to take a box... any box... and make it all about me.
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Another painting finished!
Continuing with my using dolls and toys as subjects, my model for this painting is a troll doll. It is special to me because I had a couple as a teen. Wish I still had them (my favourite had white and grey hair). They would be worth a bit of money now.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
I didn't have anything to post this month for the Compassion project. I have been busy with other paintings and working at the non-artistic-but-pays-the-rent job. As an artist, I have made paintings for #1000 Voices Speak for Compassion twice: The Angel of Compassion and The Nurturing Heart.
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Flag Painting: Order and Chaos
I recently created this painting (May 2015). For the army men toy shapes, I photographed, printed, and traced each one individually to create the 'stars' and overall pattern.
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Sunday, May 10, 2015
As a mother... I made mistakes. I bumbled and fumbled and fell flat on my face. I made so many mistakes I lost count. I did things I shouldn't have and I did things I regret. I didn't do things I should have and I sometimes wish I could do it all over differently.
Thursday, May 7, 2015
I am working on a few paintings I have going right now. Nearly there... then I can begin more! I will be posting about them very soon. So while we wait, here is a favourite that has been (quite literally) hanging around...
Friday, May 1, 2015
Some of you know I have been working on a few paintings lately. There were four (and became five when I did the “C” painting for a soon arriving baby, see For Margarita). I made myself a rule I could not begin any new ones until I finish those I am working on. So... today I finished one up... three more to go!
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Cecilia will be here around May 8th.
Family and friends (including me) all wait
to meet her and love her.
Proud parents will be there
to raise her, nurture her, and love her.
Two brothers will be there
to help her, pick on her, protect her, and love her.
We will all be there to love her.
Monday, April 20, 2015
Today is posting day for 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion. The first was February 20th and the response was so great it was decided to keep it going. The founders Yvonne Spence and Lizzie Rogers, along with a team of helpers have gone so far as establishing a website 1000 Speak for Compassion.
Thursday, April 16, 2015
|Me in my studio|