Thursday, November 3, 2011

It always sneaks up on me
Not gonna let it happen this year.  In fact, we are participating in the festivities at Second Saturday Studio.

original oil by Betsy Ridout
available for purchase

 Getting in the mood yet? 

Check out this and other original art and handcrafted fancies during Searcy's Holiday Open House on (this) Sunday, Nov.6
1-5

see you there!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

etsy SCORE!

Hello, I am Micah Leigh and I am an Etsy-aholic.  Yap.  Tis true. (Pinterest-aholic post coming soon) 
You can find the BEST stuff on there. For those of you in the dark, Etsy is an online world of handmade goodies and supplies to make them.  yes, there are some left in the world who have not been properly introduced.  Go there.  wait, not yet...

 All those so called 'wasted' hours spent mindlessly scanning and window shopping finally paid off.  Much to the dismay of my co-workers who were seemingly let down when I ripped open the package at work,(for some reason,they think I'm a little wierd), THIS TREASURE is what I...(eh-hem) acquired
  It's a printer set from 1932!  Holy grail of vintage stamp crafty goodness.  You would've thought I was a 5 year old waiting on the prophesied coming of Santa on Christmas Eve while it was in route from Etsy to me.
I can't imagine how Lisa (seller)was able to let this go??? :) but she sure is a gem for allowing me the honors. 
This museum quality piece will be on display at the studio from Oct.31 till whenever.  Come see it for yourself! 
no, really.  I'm serious!

happy day! 

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Incredible Inspiration




Giraffe's are magnificent miracles of God's design.  Speaking of miracle's....watch this:



(new in studio)
happy day!

p.s. stay tuned for the SKETCHBOOK PROJECT...

Monday, October 24, 2011

It's Been Such a Long Time


Hello Again

I can't believe it's been.... months...since my last post.  Let me assure you, this has NOTHING to do with my procrastination issues OR my problems with attention.   (lie)  No, really.  

I had high hopes for the summer.  My plan was to spend tons of all the free time I was to have, painting and creating at the studio.  While I can tell you that playing at the studio is exactly what I NEVER GOT TO DO, I cannot tell you just exactly what I did do.  Can't think of one thing I accomplished.  Guess that was one lazy summer gone by. 

I'd had about enough of that by the time school started and, at the last minute,(which is just the time I seem to do anything),
I decided to....(drumroll here) HOMESCHOOL.  Yep, ME.  I feel it necessary to add that my SUPER mom is helping with Geometry and Biology.  Anyone who knows me would be scared for the poor child if they thought I was teaching him those 2 subjects. 

SO, once we were all underway and had some sort of routine, we decided to field trip-it out to the studio. 

Why not?  

I'm finally back.  A painting sat waiting that had been on pause since spring.  The poor neglected project had the old spring color palette, which was now all wrong.  Fall was calling my name.

Cherie (one of my sa-weet studio girlies) mentioned getting art out to a little outdoor venue last minute and I jumped on the bandwagon.  

It just occurred to me that I was never really invited.  I don't think she minded...

This was just what I needed to get back into the swing of things.  Here are a few pics 'o the day:


 

















 I drool over Cherie's creations (above).  Vintage tins that have seen better days are reborn into vibrant works of art.  
Magnifique Cherie!

We were packed like a sardines so there was no room for a camera. (or i forgot) Hence the poor iphone pics.

















Here are a few pieces in my repertoire of masterpieces. I never took French but somehow I picked up on a bit. :)
Most of these have been hanging around.  The Giraffe is my latest little ditty.  He inspired me to keep going as of late.  OH, and Cherie played a pretty big part too.  Thanks friend!!
that's all for now.  
be back soon.
happy day!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

School's Out for Summer... (almost)

I am always ready for the kids to have a break from the routine and pressure of school. 

(I have NO doubt they feel the same way)

Ahhh, the last full week of school.  Piano recitals, awards assemblies, and camp preparations.  All the hubbub reminds me of the holidays... hopefully we'll keep it all straight for once!



That means I have 2 more Monday studio days before school is out (so I'd better get crackin').
"Family portraits" on 6x6 squares.  Just a couple more peeps and 
1 border collie to make this a complete set.
  
Peace out
happy day!
 

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

16 Candles


Where did the time go?
  How in the world did we get here so fast?
It can't have been 16 years already! 

Happy Birthday to my favorite boy young man
(Ford and his sweet girlfriend Alison)
 Love YOU Poopsie Ford


Sunday, May 15, 2011

Contemplation



This painting is the result of "Portraits and Papers" workshop by one of my very favorite artists Jane Desrosier.  Her work is amazing and she is kind enough to share her experience.  Hopefully, I can take some of the great techniques she taught and evolve them into my own style.
This is my interpretation of a photo of a painting I found while flipping through one of Cheri's (my super duper artist friend) art magazines.
I am loving this workshop.  More "AHA" moments than I can count!  (Thanks Jane!)

 

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

CNO: April

I constantly crave the exploration of  different artistic techniques.  Many Craft Night Out'ers love to scrapbook so I thought it would be fun to incorporate pictures and journaling into a work of art. (These days scrapbooking has taken an art world of its own anyway!)  So, this month we are going to work with 
photo transfer. 

on the left is my son (a few years ago) making the serious decision of which pumpkin to pluck.  Also transferred on to the canvas is the journal page he wrote at school.  
 
Fun!
 

Monday, April 11, 2011

housework is waiting

'not alone'
mixed media painting 

 monday studio time

must...stop...and do...

laundry

practicing anti-resistance, aka procrastination
(tomorrow i start) 
 happy day

Saturday, April 9, 2011

play day!!



it's the official holiday "Second Saturday", did you know?

this little woman will be getting her hands all painty today

 ****The studio is open until 2pm today****
(or later if i get on a roll :)


Thursday, April 7, 2011

Hopi Indian

Kaya was a Hopi. 

She and other girls in the tribe wore their hair in this 'fancy do' as a signal of their eligibility of courtship.   
(It kind of reminds me of Princess Leia.....)  :)

*SOLD* (thank you)
"Kaya" 
14x16 mixed media on canvas board 
happy day!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Life's a CIRCUS

I love surprise studio days!  The salon is very close to my downtown painting sanctuary.  The great thing about that is when I get a last minute cancellation I can just run over there.  I am finding myself getting to paint more having the studio in such a convenient location.  The house is just far enough from town that I often find myself having to kill time around our little city waiting on the kids to finish their activities.   This is another time I have been finding myself scurrying over to get a little paint time in.  It seems like I have just enough time to get an image or two out of my noodle and onto a board or canvas.  

Another great thing about my little Arch Street Studio is that I no longer disappear into my little home studio every night the minute I return from work.  I am finding myself 'being at home when I'm home'.  Know what I mean?  

Today was one of those days.  You know, where you start out expecting to follow the schedule in front of you?  Cancellation(s) made way for a trip to Second Saturday for a little art therapy.  (Serendipity!)  One type of creative activity stepped aside for the other.


happy day!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Mixed Encaustics

whales and giraffes are all the rage in my sketchbook these days.



grand majestic gentle souls in massive form


8x24 mixed encaustic on canvas
$125 here




 16x20 mixed encaustic on wood
$135 here


Sunday, March 27, 2011

CNO with Mindy Lacefield


the workshop friday was a HUGE success, thanks to Mindy!  21 ladies sqooshed into our cozy little studio for some sweet art making.  upon thumbing through all the snapshots of the evening i decided to just put them all together in a little collage. (sorta like the way we were all crammed in the room...oops, my bad)

i have to say, i was so excitedly anticipating this special CNO and Mindy did not disappoint!  she was so cute and did such a great job, i really wanted to kidnap her and make her stay and paint all night.  don't really think she'd have gone for that!  we were lucky to have her here, even if for only a few blissful hours.

my wheels are definitely spinning with projects for the next CNO.  gonna be hard to top the last one!!  
(blossom tinkerings part deux in our future???)

p.s. if you'd like to receive info about CNO just send me a note.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

love is

many quest.  search all life long.

what is love?


"love is, above all the gift of oneself."
Jean Anouilh

smart guy, that Jean.

(vertical diptych, 8x16 mixed media on wood)

available here

Monday, March 21, 2011

inspiration location


we've been selling our art here for 1 year now.  it has been an amazing experience for me.  second saturday studio was a gallery of sorts but it is now......actually a working studio.  friends Kelly, Patricia, Cherie and I come here like it's holiday island or something. the studio is right up there as one of my top happy places for sure.
i'm super excited to have extra time this week (spring break) to spend getting my hands all painty and dirty and hopefully have a few friends drop in during the process.  the cherry on top of this highly anticipated week: Mindy is coming for the blossom tinkerings workshop we are hosting on friday! gonna be a goood time!!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Blossom Tinkerings Workshop coming soon to the studio!

                   ("Kiwi" by Mindy Lacefield)

Living in small town Arkansas definitely has its advantages.  One of those is the presence of community.  Folks here always come through for one another anytime there is a need.  Opportunities, however, often have to be made.  
In late 2009 a small group of cohorts gathered with me in my grandparents 'party room' and together we launched our first monthly Craft Night Out.  
Since then we have painted, glued, soldered, hammered, sewn, sanded, stapled, ALL WHILE laughing, visiting, sharing, eating AND drinking.  We've been tangled in burlap,  lost in paperclay, and smeared in paint.  We are having a ball! 
A few months ago we moved to the studio.  Our group has grown along with our creative appetites.  Which leads me to this post.  This March's CNO is HONORED to have Mindy Lacefield at the studio.  She will be leading her Blossom Tinkerings Workshop on the 25th.  I can hardly contain my excitement! I've admired her artwork in several of my favorite publications for a while, AND guess what?? She is from right up the road, a mere 50 miles away! AND she went to college here! AND she has family here!  She graciously accepted an invitation to put together and teach this workshop.  The next CNO just can't get here fast enough! This is going to be FaBuLoSo!!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

i heart onion?

Practice is a must, even for those in which artistic talent is innate.  Spending day after day with an unquenchable desire to create can make one ca-razy when life gets in the way.  I am in pursuit of finding creativity in everyday tasks.  That's just gonna have to do some days.   You find yourself looking at colors, and shapes and how they change in different lights.   During the course of the day I often find serendipitous moments that bring smiles to my face.  (Sometimes i scream out "serendipity!" and my co-workers and friends do the eye-roll thingy.  That makes me smile too :) The more I notice, the more I look for.  (vice-versa too) Here's what happened while peeling an onion for dinner the other night.  (D.H. thought I was nuts when he caught me taking a picture of an onion...and that made me smile! heehee) 
The task: peeling a stinky old onion.  serendipity: a happy accident while making dinner!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

March Workshop at Second Saturday Studio

We are thrilled to have artist Mindy Lacefield in  the studio Friday, March 25.  She will be leading the "Blossom Tinkerings Workshop".  If you are a tinker-er in all things paint-y, glue-y, and messy blissness you will not want to miss this!  Class must be limited so don't dilly dally around folks! Here's all the info and registration.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Book Recommendation

Miss Priss was diagnosed with Peanut Allergy when she was just 13 month old.  The Dr. in the E.R. gave us the official diagnosis, treated her, then sent us home, completely unarmed with any safety information.  We were careful at first.  Made sure there was an epipen in the nurse's office at school, let the teacher know of the allergy and let the family know.  A few years passed and we made an unspoken decision that she had probably outgrown the allergy.  I mean, the worst reaction she had was whelps, swelling, wheezing, and redness.  Jeez, it wasn't like she stopped breathing.  We were just careful enough, we thought.  (even though we'd had several warnings such as reactions from a kiss on the cheek after her dad ate a PBJ). 
Until the big one:  When she was 6 she was with a friend and decided to try a peanut m&m.  No one but her little friend was aware of this, until her face swelled, she began vomiting, coughing, wheezing and then... stopped breathing.  It was the scariest moment in her young life.  We were only 2 minutes from the E.R.  She was OUT when we busted through those doors.  Needless to say, we now take her allergy very seriously.  We realize it is up to us to be her biggest advocates.  Through blood test that are now available we now know that there is no likelihood of outgrowing this allergy.

Here's the thing:
If we were that laxed about the life or death situation she was in, what must the rest of the world around her feel about food allergies?  It can be very scary for her.  Anxiety is huge whenever food is around.  Cross contamination (ex. one spoon is used for several items, or a turkey sandwich is prepared on a surface in which a PBJ was prepared earlier)  Many times servers give the infamous eye roll whenever we get to the food allergy question portion of the ordering.  (On another note, we have found some establishments that are very accommodating... ReFrEsHiNg)  We've found ourselves in the position of leaving places, we were even asked to leave once after the server returned from speaking with the manager of a restaurant.  They felt like it could be a liability for her to eat there.  Guess we should have been grateful for their honesty but poor little Miss Priss was embarrassed and disappointed. 

Many of you may be in the same boat.  If so, I'd love to hear from you.  
The book pictured above is by Sloane Miller of 
She has become one of the best advocates of food allergy folks.  Her book will help in her (and others) pursuit  to better understanding of this scary issue.  I highly recommend this book, even if you don't know anyone yet with a severe food allergy.  Chances are that in your lifetime you will know someone whose life you will need to help protect.  Click on the book for ordering info.