Friday, December 30, 2011

Paint Party Friday.....Week 42....the last for 2011

It's been a WOW kind of year here and it's hard to believe it's almost over.
With all of the hustle and bustle of the Holidays I haven't been doing too much art the past week or so. 

I sat down with my journal a couple of days ago and wrote a short message to myself. I could have listed all of the material things I received this year but I realized the the greatest gift I have is my family.... and the time I spend with them. So I printed and cut out small photos of most of them and glued them to the pages. I outlined them with glitter paint ...because they are my jewels.
I'll add the rest of the family as soon as I get more Printer ink ....sob... 

Wishing you all a very
Looking forward to "arting" with you all in the new year :0)
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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Sunday Sketches

After all of the Angels that sometimes turned into dancers...I had to do a dancer straight out...and she had to look young....

Color requirements where..Pink and lavender and a little bit of blue.... 

I hope she looks young enough and I think I have the colors right.....

Have I mentioned before that I really don't like commission work :0(  I'm honored that someone likes my work enough to ask me to paint something just for them....but I always feel extra pressured to do what they want and not just paint what I'm feeling at the time. Hopefully I've painted what they imagined or at least close enough to make them happy.
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Friday, December 16, 2011

Paint Party Friday.....Week 40....

One more Dancing Angel
After sharing photos of my "Dancer"
with co-workers one of them ordered a smaller piece only he wanted wings on this one. 

So I whipped out another one and framed her. I'll be donating this money to the fundraiser too. 

She is a 9" X 12" piece.... When I delivered her to work another co-worker saw her and now I have two more orders to so by next child dancer and one dancing angel. Gotta love the Holidays for the sales opportunity...... but the additional stress I could do with out. 
Actually our Christmas with all of the kids is tomorrow so next week will be a lot easier for me.  Today is another story all together. I shouldn't be on here at all today :0)
So off I go to finish up all of the last minute craziness and to try and salvage another house plant from the "terrorist" cats. Why is it that they never knock over a pot when the soil is dry and easy to clean's always after you have watered and there is mud all over the floor :0( 


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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Tis the Season to be :0(

Christmas arrives at my house on in like..... less than 48 hours here and I AM NOT READY!
No where even close to being ready! 
I still have two gifts to  complete and the house looks like a tornado ripped through it and did a U-turn. 
My husband has been working an ungodly number of overtime for a month now so all the prep is entirely  up to me. Not a problem normally.....but this is not a normal year. 
So I've cut way back on the decorations....I mean who really needs to put out 87 International Santa's and a Snow Village with more buildings than the town I live in.....  and it's going to be a really low keyed brunch type meal the early afternoon. I love brunch food 24 hours a day....doesn't everyone? :0)
Since I'm scaling back on everything else....I'm cheating on the blog postings too....don't waste your time going to my other blogs....I'm just going to copy and paste this one to it and call it a day....after I eat the over cooked peanut butter fudge that looks like crap but taste very good :0)
So if you don't hear from me till next week don't panic .... the sugar will wear off soon and life will return to something some what normal.

Merry Christmas!!!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Paint Party Friday.....Week 39....

She's done :0)
I tried to give her a face ...but she wasn't having any of that business. So I just gave her more hair and highlights through out the whole painting and called it quits. She will hang on my wall until it's time to go to the auction. 
I showed her off at work and a couple of people are interested in a smaller version of her so I am working on that now. Who knows if they will turn out :0) I tend to get hung up of commissioned projects. Need to work on that if I ever want to seriously sell anything. 
For now I think I will just join the cats in their favorite pastime...

.....and just lay in front of the fire and snooze!
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Friday, December 2, 2011

Butterfly Effect ------Broken Pieces

I didn't get around to making anything new for this theme but I did want to share my Mosaic Pot with you.
I must first confess that I am a "Creative Supplies Hoarder!"  For years(12 or more at least ) I have been collecting broken pieces of ceramic and glass dishes, tiles, you name it .... I've saved it. Always with the intention of creating something. Five years ago I started this project and it got shoved aside as life got in my October while cleaning out the basement I unearthed it and decided it's day for completion had come!  I used the inner tub out of an old washing machine as the pot. So now I have a giant planter to set next to my fish pond :0) It will probably be the home of the Elephant Ear that you see in the last picture. 
I still have tons of broken pieces and an old water heater tank that will become my next mosaic masterpiece :0) I'm picturing either a tower or a bench....
What do you think? 

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Paint Party Friday.....Week 38......Work in Progress

Now that November is over I have decided to work on a bigger canvas. When I sat down and started painting this one I had it in my mind to do an Angel. The paint and canvas had a different muse going on and she became a dancer instead :0)
This is larger than what I usually work on. It measures 22 X 28 inches and when completed I will be donating it for an auction to help raise money for my brother-in-laws cancer treatment. The auction is on Feb. 4th so I'm hoping to get several more paintings done by then. 
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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Art Every Day Month----Day 30...The End

Day 30 and the end...or is it? I've really enjoyed the challenge to do something creative everyday and to be able to keep it up for as long as possible. 
Today I did more of the coffee trees from days 21 and 25. For some reason I really like drawing these funky trees with their twisting trunks. Once again I have used the colored pencils and inks. 
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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Art Every Day Month----Day 29

Only a few more left to do and all of the Christmas cards will be ready to mail. I probably wouldn't have gotten so many done if I hadn't joined this challenge. It has given me the kick in the butt I needed :0) 
I will miss these daily visit from and to has been a blast! 
Hope to see you on the weekly postings!!
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Monday, November 28, 2011

Art Every Day Month----Day 28

Still working on those Christmas cards :0)
Almost have enough made and then I can get back to other projects. I can't believe we are almost through the month of November already! I'll miss all of the daily posts by everyone...but I do plan to continue being as creative as I can every day! 
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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Art Every Day Month----Day 27

It's been a long weekend here with lots of travel and visits with family. Took my colored pencils and drew in the car while hubby drove :0)
It was a cold and wet weekend so bright sunny flowers were the order of the day. 
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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Friday, November 25, 2011

Art Every Day Month----Day 25

New pages for my journal. Painted the background with crackle technique first and then added the rest using acrylics, colored pencil and inks. 

I really like how these pages turned out and don't want to add words at this point cause I don't want to screw it up .... the words will come later. 

...or maybe I'll just add more art instead of words....

Who knows....
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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Art Every Day Month----Day 24

Another of those WIP  pieces I unearthed when I cleaned the studio. This one started life as a goddess but her face kept looking mean and demonic. So I threw her aside for a while. Last night I decided to work on her again and instead of trying to redefine her face I just made the whole piece fuzzy and unfocused. Now's she's just ghostly and not demonic . She's kinda growing on me now so I may just let her stay out with the other folks here. 
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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Art Everyday Month----Day 23

.....and the Season begins :0).....
todays post is the Christmas "Wreath"  that 
I made for work. 
Since I work in the paint department I always try to create something that is related to our department and what we sell. 
This year I used the paint sticks, a chip brush, Spackle,  and Martha Stewart craft and samples paints. 
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!
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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Art Every Day Month----Day 22

Working retail the week of Thanksgiving doesn't give very much time or energy for creativity. Luck for me the Tint Gods were smiling today and I was able to click a few great pics of the tint splatters. 

Every year I am amazed at the number of people who are at the paint desk ordering paint for their dining rooms and family rooms 2 days before Thanksgiving. Like didn't you realize last month that the walls look cruddy or the walls don't match the new furniture or what ever other crazy notion drives you to the paint desk in a frenzy....wanting that 1 coat coverage it a far out designer color....

...but that's ok ....cause I get all of these fantastic tint photos to use and share with my friends...
So keep right on painting and Have a great Thanksgiving!!!
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Monday, November 21, 2011

Butterfly Effect and Art Every Day Month --Day 21--- Fresh Coffee

It's Monday and it's time for Butterfly Effect and  Day 21 of AEDM and here is my contribution. Sounds so formal and important when you say it that way :0)
The category for Butterfly Effect this week is ...Coffee or Tea...Tea or Coffee.... or Tea and Coffee :0) ... 
"Fresh Coffee"
is a colored pencil and ink drawing on 9" X 12" watercolor paper. 
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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Art Everyday Month---Day 20

Almost forgot to post today...just too much going on at once :0)
Another ACEO size piece done with Prisma colored pencils and pens. 
"Mexican Sunflowers"
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