Sunday, May 24, 2015

So I had this idea...

I've had this old drawer forever. For years it's been in my studio on it's side and I used it as shelves. I re-decorated my studio and a lot went, including this drawer-turned-shelf. So I've re-purposed it as a little area to add plants on my deck. I love how it looks out there! I know it's wood and raw wood at that, but I don't care. When it goes it goes. I think I will be using these flowers as reference photos for some future paintings.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Feels so good to make art!!

It's been a long time since I've made any art. Life has a way of happening and before I realize it, it's been months. Since my husband passed away so suddenly 9 months ago, my life changed, For a time I thought I would never make art again, as my heart was broken and my life was shattered. Slowly, the pieces have started to mend.  I am very gentle with myself these days.  The stress of life and loss had forced me to do so.

This is a commission piece. It felt so good to get back in the saddle and create again. I felt a bit of my old self today while making this. Boy did that feel nice! I wasn't sure I would ever feel like creating again.

I love this saying and isn't it true? It DOES take a long time to grow a friend.

Monday, March 23, 2015

birthday card

This card reflects my latest color crush:  blues and browns. I can't seem to get enough of the combo.
I want to decorate a beach house with these colors.  Anyway- this is a pretty card I just made for a friend of mine. The flowers are from Heartfelt Creations dies. The ivy stem and leaves is from Spellbinders, as is the 'Happy Birthday" die cut.

happy crafting!   And to quote George Harrison:  Little Darling, it's been a long cold lonely winter,
Little darling, it feels like years since it's been here, Here comes the sun, here comes the sun and I say it's all right.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

pretty card for Spring... I am so over winter!!

My friend Heather gave me this beautiful stencil of the bird and I made a card out of it. I painted the bird a pretty aqua and the tree a light brown. I made the flowers using die cut flowers from Heartfelt Creations daisy die. The 'thinking of you' is Tim Holtz. the stencil was put on a book page and I tore it to fit an A2 size card. All in all, it reminds me of spring.

Monday, February 9, 2015

mixed media face painting

"Live in the sun shine,
swim in the sea"
mixed media on paper
I bought a new craft book and I am really enjoying it. It's called:  Drawing and Painting Beautiful Faces, by Jane Davenport. What a fun book! There are great stepped-out photos with easy directions to paint faces using all kinds of media.
This is my first face I drew and painted using her book. It's a mermaid and she is underwater. I created it by copying one of her faces in the book and following her directions. Lots of fun using markers, acrylic paint pens, colored pencils, name's on here!  If you look close, you will see a crab along with sea horses in her hair among the bubbles and plants.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Merry Christmas to All and to All, a Good Night...

Merry Christmas to one and all! I made this little creche this year to remind me of the reason for Christmas.

Having just lost my husband 4 months ago, I have a heavy heart and wasn't up to decorating this year. So I made this little creche and put it on my dining room table with a small light. It was perfect. Just enough for me to remember why we celebrate. Christmas was my late husbands favorite time of year and so that makes this first Christmas without him all the harder.

The creche is made of 3 ATC's that I decorated on both sides and then put together as the triangle. The figures are tiny miniatures i found at Hobby Lobby. I used snow and glitter glue to glue them down. Then I covered a wood block with papers and added the whole thing to a slice of birch to make the stand.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

paper leaves

I made some really pretty paper leaves for my dining room table for autumn. I love how they turned out. I first glued vintage papers onto card stock and painted them all with Azo gold acrylic paint. Then I die cut the leaves. Then I added more colors of paint to make them look ages, coppery and vintage. Then came a little diamond glitter. The end result is a pretty vintage-y looking paper leaves that really look nice against the wood table. Click on the pictures to see them up close- all the colors...

Have a blessed Thanksgiving...