I did this painting a week or so ago and put it to the side in frustration and guess what? I discovered this going through my pile last night, picked it up and fell in love. Go figure. I bet this happens to alot of people..So I am calling this one "Discoveries" Hope everyone is having a great day and having fun along the way.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
LOL! I have been busy but I am being creative! I wish I can get on the blogs more but work is so hectic this time of year. I am lucky enough to telecommute but I get nothing done! I have been able to squeeze something in the past few days.
Friday, December 16, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Hopefully the people on my gift giving list are too busy to read my blog this holiday season because this weekend I created a calendar that will be their gift. YAY! I designed one for a gift swap we had last night at our Art (that matters) collective and in the middle of doing it figured out a way to do it faster. The one that I created for the exchange is the original art, as that was the critieria for the gift swap (which I understood). So, I am going to recreate and print the months off my color printer. I attached a few photos to show how the calendar for my artist gift recipient came out. I used an Ikea frame that is one of my favorites but I guess I could use any type frame. Maybe I will do that so that the gift is less generic..
|There are more months you can view on my Flickr photostream|
I had so much fun doing this and want to do a couple of other designs to mix it up some more, or perhaps change up the colors. I just feel relief that I know what I am going to do this year. I told some people they were getting homemade and I was racking my brain. I am still going to give some paintings as well. I love giving art as a gift! I also love getting art too! I received a terrific piece at the gift swap last night and will post that soon. My first gift of the season...its starting! Have a great day!
Sunday, December 11, 2011
I have a few more to make....will see what more I can fit into this day.
Friday, December 9, 2011
I was a day late last week with my Take Care thought and glad to be on track today and linking up with Lynn's blog! I felt like there were so many moments for me this week but I would have to say that a little note I received today was my 'aha!' for the week. I have just started trading some ATCs (little 2.5" x 3.5" works of art) with some terrific artists and I received a card today from April Cole. She sent me a wonderful little package of goodies along with the card. Most importantly she gave me a wonderful message and that is to always remember that "Art Heals". You have no idea how much I needed to be reminded of that. I saw this just last night with my husband. He has been working so hard and gets so stressed out with work. When he got home last night I could tell he'd had it, work, long commute, you name it, was bugging him... Oh, he was so grumpy. However, he had to practice Christmas songs as he is in a group that is performing at their Christmas party next week. Well, after singing and playing piano for five or six songs, a wonderfully happy man emerged. His art truly healed him that evening. It was just amazing how he transformed! My art does the same thing for me. It calms, me, takes me away from my troubles and lets me s t e p a w a y.
Thank you, April.
And I love my card!
Thursday, December 8, 2011
So I've put my brushes and pens down for a bit. Work is getting super busy now that the year is ending. Its hard to focus on being creative for long periods of time. Once upon a time I was a rabid scrapbooker and I am left with a huge box of papers and more ephemera to know what to do with. I can open a shop! I am seriously in love with paper and literally have to hold back when I see scrapbook paper or any other for that matter. I have been really pretty good these past few years with the paper hoarding..So during the holidays I try to make a few cards for people. I don't do everyone on my list but try to do ten or so.So I'm doing little things here and there. I take a quick 5 minute break and punch some snowflakes here, stamp and glitter reindeer there. I broke down this past weekend and got this GREAT stamp and glitter kit at Michaels 50% off. So it worked out to be $10. A great deal right? Well then I discover shortly after that I won a scrapbooking basket at a church fair. It was an auction and I only put one ticket it! My scrapbook store grows!
I think the dots are terrific. They looks so great against the dark background, reminding me of lights. I saw lots of twinkling ones on my walk this evenig. My husband has been giving Einstein nightly walks for the past few weeks I do the mornings now...I took him for a walk tonight and it was cold but clear and beautiful. Everyone has their decorations up and on:) This time of year is so nice....
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Sunday, December 4, 2011
|Some of my ATCs|
I went to visit a cousin this weekend about 3 hours north of where I live. I took my son and we went with my parents. It was great to see everyone and catch up on how family is doing. I was delighted to find out that my cousin's two older girls are so creative. The two of them are artists and very talented! The older girl paints in an expressiontist type of style and the younger girl likes making manga art. It was great to talk art with them.
|Joe goofing around|
|My Aunt's handiwork - here is some of her beautiful cross-stitchery|
Happy Sunday and have a good week everyone!