Saturday, September 15, 2012

Craft Possessed

Howdy Do!

It appears as though I'm never going to quit.  Since way back in my earliest memories I've tried, or seems like i've tried it all.  Thank the craft fairies in my hallucinatory brain, it appears as though the end is not in site.  The supply of inventive artistic notions is everlasting.  This realization makes me happy and crazy all at the same time.  I'm pretty sure there is some kind of name for whatever disease I have.  Whatever it is, I was born this way, so I guess we can blame my parents.  ANYWHO... this is just a teeny example of what I've been up to up till now:

(annie sloan chalk paint, vintage book page flower/wire sculpture)

( a "little" painting with a quote from one of my favorite authors)

(burlap boo bunting embellished with crepe paper flowers, AND vintage orange pom pom trim which, btw, was an oh so happy flea market find)

AND last but not least:
(hand carved stamps just because I was bored.  The sound of sports on the tele makes me restless.)

What to do next week?

Happy Day!

Monday, August 6, 2012

My Junk Huntin', Angel makin' Daddy

My dad has always been a sweet source of inspiration for me. I grew up fascinated with his talent, making art from beautiful hunks of wood.  He made me an angel similar to this one about 20 years ago.  :) It was made from the barnwood of an old family homestead. She now spends her days tooting her horn over my fireplace.  (It measures close to 5' in length.)  Now that he and mom are retired, they enjoy treasure hunting as often as they possibly can.  Mom finds the goods and dad makes something of them.  I am pleased as punch to report that he is back to creating his angels again.  He's actually made several and I plan to hijack one or two to display for sale at the studio

In honor of dad, and his angels... today, once again I find myself doodling my own silly version of them.  
and then putting her down in paint.

Think I'll have him make me a sweet frame outta some of that great reclaimed wood.... :)
happy day!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

"Satellite" Studio Space

I've been a little frustrated about time management lately.  If I'm not at work, I'm running Miss Priss' taxi service or (trying) to stay on top of all the many other required home exec. duties. There is no time left to make any art.  Sometimes, it's as if I'm going to explode if I don't get some things out... know what I mean?  
So... with my sweet eldest "baby" boy all grown and off to Youth Challenge for 6 months and feeling a bit lonely for him, I've decided NOT obsess over staying on top of things at the house.  I signed up for a class (Pages and Paint w/ Sarah Bellamare Ahearn)
I grabbed a few basics from the studio and set up a little painting spot in the house.  The painting above was not actually part of the class BUT it was part of an "AHA" moment unknowingly given to me by Sarah.  I'm loving the class and already sad to see it on its way out the door.  Like a fried who has traveled from afar to visit with me and I'm sitting here watching her pack her bags to leave.  I'll sure miss our visits.  

These are a couple of the assignments from Pages and Paint:

happy day!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Letter Whimsy 2.0

I can't pass up a good Lettering e-workshop, and this one is no exception.  Teresa Mcfayden shares her talents in several great classes that are both enjoyable and easy to follow.  

Check them out here:

Friday, April 20, 2012

Crossing Over

I guess I'm due a post or two.  Yes, it's been a while, and yes, I've been neglecting blogger but what's new.  Lately, it's been more fun peeping in on all the much more well kept versions of all the serious bloggers in the land... of blogging.

So... in honor of my absence, and in hopes of a revival, here's a peek at my latest shenanigans:

As of late I feel as though I'm becoming a cross-over artist of sorts.  Crossing over one passion into the other.  Maybe it's more "carry-over".  

Yep, I'm painting a series on Plant Foods.  (You may think I'm weird but I'm good with that because weird is the new cool.)  

Who knows where this plant food crossing over fiasco will go next.  There is no shortage of all inspiring veggies, fruits and grains in this world to recreate in one way or the other.  

Moral of the story:  Feed your passion!  or paint it; either way

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Finding Treasures

I love this photo of my grandmother (center) with her sisters and friends.

My imagination just ran wild when I discovered it. I decided not to ask her to tell me about it until after I added my own little 'story' to it. Once it was finished she shared with me the story behind the picture. I loved watching her wheels turning as she put names with the faces. Her face lit up as she recalled the memories of days gone by. I don't think I could ever hear enough about the seemingly far away past as if it were really just yesterday. I'm starting to realize as I roll along creating the story of my life, the past starts to mesh with the present. I can already see myself sitting with my granddaughter, telling the stories of my old photos, recalling sweet times. Nonnie's birthday is next month. I think I know what she's getting from me. :)
Happy Day!