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Saturday, March 19, 2011


This painting is a take off from my "Swimming in The Gulf" painting that I based on the oil spill and our reaction to the destruction of sea life. Again I am reacting. The baby dolphin have been dieing in record numbers and I adore dolphins so am saddened by this ending of the purest of sea life in the gulf. The scientists suspect that while the mother dolphins where pregnant they swam through the oils and it hurt the fetuses. So now the new born baby dolphins are dieing off and beaching themselves onshore to let the humans know what we have done. Hence my sad but true mermaid tale. She is crying because her favorite babies are not surviving. I added loads of texture and bright colors as there's hope still for the future if we will just take better care of our planet earth.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Ok it's all done I added the beads!

But does she need a ring and if so on which finger should it be? Also wondering if I should add prints appearance with tiny flowers stamps all over the fabric... or not?

Monday, March 14, 2011

I decided to paint a beautiful Pakistani woman...

This Painting is titled "just be beautiful" , because all women everywhere can be beautiful if they only believe that they truly are! It's the inside that makes us appear beautiful on the outside.
I just have to seal this painting and add some real seed beads to it to add a little specialty dimension! I love how it came out!

because I went to the dermatologist and had the spider veins lasered off my face. I told the doctor I used to be pretty when I was young and he was so sweet and said "you still are Pretty!" Made me feel beautiful still. It was Valentines day and I asked him if he got any cards or gifts and he said no. I said me neither but I sent out a bunch and I gave my family gifts. He said he did the same so I gave him a hug. The laser surgery was 500.00 dollars and if he missed any it's another 3 to have them done. So I decided to make him this painting and see if he might take it in trade instead. He inspired me because he's from Pakistan and he does plastic surgery. I love his personality though it seemed as if he believes all his patients are already beautiful people. A very genuine man. When I went on line and looked up beautiful Pakistani women I saw a lot of horrible atrocities. Women who have had their faces burned off with acid and other horrible;e things done to them by mad men. I had to wonder if maybe the reason my doctor went into his field was to help women like this?

Monday, March 7, 2011

I am finally caught up peeps!!!! Here's my last spread for a long time!

Well Rachelle you were the host and my last spread maybe ever. I hope you like it. I tried to learn about the play through questioning knowledgeables like Tristan- Robin Blakemen and reading up on the play. Here below you can see the King in the background with a Paper Whimsey crown. I thought since the King was an onlooker it would be good to have eyes upon his head so this crown was perfect for the job. I hand drew Ophelia and painted her with thinned acrylics. She's mad and peering through the flowers with barefeet... cause everyone knows mad people don't like to wear shoes(I sure don't)! You can also see bits and pieces of the play in the words on the paper I dyed and glued down from the tiny Opera book I had on hand. This was a great challenge. In the begining of creating I dreaded it because I know not much about Shakepear. Both times I have had to do spread about one of his plays I have learned a lot and actually loved what Shakepears makes me think about life and all about what to do about nothing. Oh and everything at the same time! The bird and the flowers bring it to life. Hope it's not too busy!

So since I did comedy and tragedy for my center pages I wrote quotes all around them with either a joy, or sadness theme from Shakespears' different plays. It's so cool in person because I sanded and made it really 3d with special textured paints like a stone wall so the faces appears stone like with indents for the eyes and mouths. It looks simple but took some time for all the details. I hand penned with a calligraphy pen all the words and sanded more and added distressed inks and paints to age it up a bit The edges are distressed Ep's too! Love those distressed Ep's with the inks to match such cool effects. Thanks for that Tim Holtz!

Instead of two pages I did four for Rachelle because I hate the thought of my fronts or backs remaining unfinished for eternity.

Here you see Ophelia has drowned and is still covered in the flowers she had been entertaining her unconsolable mind with earlier. In the background you see the Ghost father and Hamlet looking onward. I used pages from an Opera booklet I had and I was lucky Hamlet was even in there! I also had these pictures I cut from some magazine somewhere along my way they worked out perfect. It looks better in person too because you can see the Utee over Ophelia so she looks submerged in water with splashes. The embellished bird is the one who was talking to her in the play.

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