Wednesday, July 9, 2014

around here

flowers, sunshine, and art.
directing creativity with movement and sensation 
painted papers all inspired through this cluster of happiness!
what inspires you to move energy?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

mixed media project

art card 
a playful mixture of mediums.
Inspired by our talented artist's here The Studio- artist community 
cultivating this colorful art card project for our event was tons of fun!

Monday, June 16, 2014

DIY- tissue paper art

:: child's play :: 
art in an hour

No doubt about it, life has been good to me.
The joy of grand-parenting over these summer months, has me limited to the artwork I will be producing in my studio. 
Yes, blog posts are not on a regular basis either... 
it is a "give and take" with time and energy for me. 
In the end, it is all worth it. 
As for you, my readers, please be patience. 
I am here... 
Enjoying moments like this, I know you understand. 
I decided to keep myself inspired and also share the experience with my precious 2 year old grandson. 
I am finding fun, easy, less than an hour art projects to work on together. 
Already putting plans into action for the weeks to come... I am excited! 
This art project series with be called- Art in a Hour 
There will be several that will consist of recyclable materials, have a home decor theme, and will be crafted using simple art techniques.
I will brake them down into hourly art tutorial steps, which I will create on my own, or have the help of little hands.
These beautiful papers are created from tissue papers. 
layer upon layer....
cutting up shapes and applying Mod-Podge (watered down) between each layer of tissue papers. 
Once dry, it becomes transparent paper. 
 tissue paper art
delightfully easy to craft.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

talking to yourself...

do you paint by numbers?
is it a image you remember, outside your day?
a piece of cloth, a pattern, or texture that helps you capture the moment in art?
as for me... wishful thinking.
sometimes, not all the time, just applying wet paint gets me going.
honestly, I spend more time having to talk my way through... 
convince myself that it is all worth it in the end. 
do you talk to yourself? do you listen?

Friday, May 23, 2014

gathering up...

bits and pieces- canvas painting.
Yes, from my latest post written about: my point of view from my rocking chair  
to this so far... and the painting is still not settled. 
The story has yet to completely unfold. 
I am randomly seeking, desperate for what is needed to help it along. 
Why? because this is how my life is right now too. 
I am rob and stripped from even the simple pleasures of sanity and comfort.
It is reflecting in my work as well... 
It is like wanting to fall off the edge of a cliff... without get injured, impossible right? 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

grateful smiles...

pocketbook- art book project.
the wording seemed perfect for this collage piece, what a wonderful thought
don't you think? 

This pocketbook is a really fun project and was incorporated as a swap, which I hosted for our artist community group- The Studio
Using junk-mail envelopes, cardboard, and painted paper from my desk top... 
makes for the perfect art project any day of the week. 
Makes for "grateful smiles" towards anyone. 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

point of view from a rocking chair...

painting - 
Yes, still is a work in progress. 
This is the same canvas I have been working on, this time from my rocking chair. 
Building layers by applying several of the human senses- see, hear, and touch.
The story is building...
I am drawn inward by the attachment and the emotional display captured 
throughout this canvas. 
A lot of thinking has been worked out here.
I truly enjoy my old rocking chair. 
Old, to me... over a decade. 
Ive moved a few times, traveled from place to place and so has this chair.
My Son put this chair together for me. 
He is not around to tell anyone the story.
He would tell you how much he wanted to anything else, but build this chair. 
Now... that he is deployed overseas, all he wishes is to come back safely and sit in this rocking chair.
Porch to deck. Ive kept it out of the weather. 
This rocking chair has been a favorite to all my kids. 
Now, they are all grown up. 
Now, no one sits in my rocking chair but me. 
I laugh inside, because there was a time... 
I would hear them argue about who gets to sit on it, I sat there first, you had it last time. 
I bet the rocking chair misses that just as much as I do. 
To have a purpose. To know you being there is needed. 
To shelter you during the storm and move you out into the sunlight... because it is the right thing to do.  

I can not deny myself any longer. 
To act or as I would put it... "pretend" so that others can feel comfortable 
is causing me great stress, because it is not me. 
Being unrealistic, lowering my standards, and exceeding my expectations 
is not meeting in the middle. It is all an act leading you down a ONE WAY STREET.
Ending up at a dead end... because you can not be yourself. 
Oh my rocking chair, you and I have a history together. You know me well. 
Many have sat here with you, you are a great listener. 
I look through the transparency of the layers on this canvas.
I see it. I feel it. It is coming together.
** rocking back and forth in my rocking chair is soothing to my soul ** 
The next layer I applied on top of this... blew me away. 
I will save it for a future post. 
all this from my old rocking chair.