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Sunday, October 28, 2012


 Art Chix Studio is a place I fell in love with before I even knew there was a group connected to the products. So for over a year I was purchasing the collages and enjoying them so much, but then I found out there was a group too! The people who purchase ART CHIX are always the most talented collage artists out there too, I learn so much from them. One day I decided to make something special for the owner just because she inspires me so much and so I sent her what I made, all the way to Canada! Then like 2 weeks later the phone rang and much to my amazement it was the owner Helga Strauss on the other end of the phone line. She called me just to praise my work and say thank you. She is such a sweet person and her ideas and talents are abounding, that she would take time just to thank me was such a shock. Then I got to know her better through the years she is such a great business woman and genuine person everybody loves her. Since then I have been not only artist of the month at Art Chix(some time back), but when Helga decided to drop her yahoo group to go face book, I offered to reopen another. She said sure I could and we call it the all collage artists are welcome. It's for people who are basically more comfortable with yahoo then face book , but still want to play with and swap Art Chix art. Recently we did a Halloween tag swap and I sent one to my tags to Helga and she posted it on her FB account! Thanks Helga you're still the best!!/photo.php?fbid=10151314492326654&set=a.351344426653.192733.163793896653&type=1&theater

Here's the larger garden piece finished as well.

If my brother and SIL don't want this large work for Christmas it will be for sale!

Hanging from the porch.

Honing in on the midsection.


Saturday, October 27, 2012

My painting of Tom's Garden finished!

This is Tom's Final Garden Painting
                                           Sure hope those Livingstons like it!!!! Love you guys!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Getting vulnerable with my blog friends...

 This was a difficult week for me as I had applied to the NHAA(New Hampshire Art Association) and they rejected my work. Coarse it feels more like they rejected me. Funny how to us artists it does feel that way like our art is us. In a way it is because we pour our heart , souls, and spirits into what we produce.
  I was so excited I drove all the way up to Portsmouth paid my check of 25.00 dollars of nonrefundable application money, looked around the gallery at the current artists and those also hoping to be jurried on board. I was thinking many of the artists there were not as good as some of my works and others were more advanced. Being somewhat in the middle I was confident I would be jurried into the Association. I was even straight across from my cousin Richard Lord who is a phenomenal photographer already in the Association. Coarse he was on a shelf with lights and I was stuffed into a dark corner.
  I brought four large works that were to be similar in size ,medium and presented just as they asked. My canvases were wrapped and the edges were painted, the canvases sealed and ready for hanging. My hips aren't the greatest so driving an hour and a half two ways, two days in a row took a lot out of me. Old lady I have become.
  I thought they were going to send me a nice happy acceptance letter stating I was jurried in but instead for 25.00 I got an email of rejection. Very disheartening indeed. Scoring was 1-5, 5 being the highest and they gave me straight twos. I cried for a few hours and felt someone had kicked me in the chest. They said my work was whimsical but that I needed to study the masters and get a teacher. Boy I thought that was really hard to hear, and didn't make too much sense to me since I have a BFA, and am constantly studying not only great current artists but the masters as well. Taking classes constantly as well as teaching others, and not too bad at that either.
  I am making myself very vulnerable here, knowing you could all judge me and say my art isn't good enough. Maybe think it's not valuable enough to like, love or even purchase because of this drawback. hehehe get it drawback! The reason is because it's a part of my process as an artist and I wanted you all to be with me on my journey. The life of an artist is not always easy, it never has been not for most artists that is, we struggle and face rejection constantly.
      Here I am feeling better as the days pass yet not quite completely healed either, wondering where God wants me to take my art. I know He gave me talent and a passion and it's exactly what I am supposed to be doing with my life, I have always known that.
   Yesterday I got a check in the mail from a small work I sold at one of my recent shows. That was encouraging, a larger sale would of really helped even more for my art esteem though!!! LOL I laugh because I think laughter is really good medicine. Truly though it's not funny it's hard, but I have courage. Together we can all take steps forward and succeed. Although I did not get excepted, my goal was to try therefore I succeeded. I am a success. My goal is to create more art and become more successful, to give others joy through what I create. Encourage others, show my children how to be creative in the face of rejection as part of the process. That crying is good sometimes, and even though not everyone is going to like us or our work- we still belong.
  So I started out with indignant anger, I wanted to phone those people and give them the what for but I ate some chocolate and allowed myself a day of grief and wisely decided against that phone call. Now I am going to study the masters even more, I have a million teachers at my fingertips who I will seek plenty of advice from once again this year. Not sure if I will ever go back to this group as I am still hurt, feel like I wasted my money on them because thier critique in my opinion was not correct. I heard them though, and I learned lessons. The  BIG lesson I learned is that no matter what they say- I am still great, my fans still love me, my kids are behind me, my husband is more supportive then ever, and my dad even took me out to lunch.
  I am hoping this letter of vulnerability will help someone else out there going through similiar struggles with there life weather as an artist or just a human being, Rejection is a part of this life, but to be in life we must keep on trying. Eventually they will see our greatness and feel our passion, in the meantime I will continue to create.
  I really need my friends support right now so comments are very important to me please leave a statement or two about what you think of this or even your own struggle. Hugs, Sanna

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Two spreads finished for Evelyns round robin Geisha journal!

Here you can see all my layering and the window of vellum, I drew the Geisha fairy house on stilts and cut it then painted with acrylics as I did with the Rickshaw. I used Graphic 45 papers I bought from Lisa Bush for the cut out flowers and the colored edging both pinks and blues. Not sure if you can see the sparkles on the fairy wings but they are pretty in person. I used Chinese lettering cut into strips as they read from up to down. I also bought a book with a Japanese story in it from an antique store up near Portsmouth NH. All kinds of neat words like Tiger and Wang and other sweet tantalisation's.I pressed on some pretty blossoms from several different embellishment makers too!
Here on the second half of the first spread is a lil something about peach blossoms under the vellum window. Lots of pretty layers and I painted the edges with acrylic instead of my usual stain because the edges were very delicate! Had to use a nice soft brush.

Here's the entire first spread revealing the bird and cage,it doesn't show in the picture but I also glued the word sing to the Birds front side. A bright color combination as well using turquoise, pinks and red.

Here's the first half to the second spread. The fairy is carrying a sign to celebrate the 'bird Song" Also from Graphics 45. The little nest is from ArtChix.

This is the last half of the two spreads. Here I made a geisha fairy trapped under the vellum and she is stating her need to "Sing her own Bird Song" The attach bird cage with the bird on the outside as a dangly for this journal I added to symbolize her freedom finally! I used a real American stamp that came out this past year with a Japanese Bonsai tree. This was my last journal in this round robin so I had months and months to think about it. I was partially inspired by this stamp and also by a wonderful book I bought my children last Christmas about tree houses. The Geisha fairy girls came as a wonderful afterthought. Again the love birds are from Graphic 45 Bird Song Collection!

This is the back of the tag I made for Evelyn's journal...

And This is the front of her tag!

Isn't Evelyn's journal beautiful, fat and juicy!!!

Here are her other tags together with my tag, so pretty!  I imagine Evelyn will be so pleased!!!!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Some little Atc's I did of Tom's garden. Enjoy!!!

Another walk through Tom's garden

An ATC a little 2.5x3.5" hand made card, used for swapping or giving to other artists and friends. These particular cards are made with acrylic and then sealed with Golden's matte gel medium.

The Wheel Barrow on the black Monster Cover

Tom's Pumpkin

Swirling Sunflower

Red Gladiola

Walking Through Tom's Garden

Pepper Plant

The Chair by the Old Oak

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Tags I received from my gals at the Chix sister site!

 They are spookalishous, I will hang and photograph tomorrow!


All the tags I got, a lucky 13!!!!

Some tags I wrapped and gave to a few friends!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Went apple pickin with some friends, my son and father!

 There I am trying to balance my apples and my non apples arm! Emanuel my friend who helped me carry most of the way right behind me. He's always a great helper to me. Thanks Emanuel!
 Picking up some apples (someone) kicked over! DAD!!!!
 There's sweet Anna finding out info on our picking adventure!
Thee were folks from Granite Pathways, they didn't even know I was going to meet them so it was a surprise attack!! So cool too because they were pulling in the exact same time as we were. otherwise whenever would a found them since there are three differentt apple orchards at Max farms!

 After we did that, Dad , Garrett and I went to this huge flea market something I haven't done in years! I got some stuff to make art with and Garrett got a cheese burger!!!!

Next stop was home where I planted some tulip bulbs, and then Grandpa left. Ron and I went to the pumpkin fest with Garrett. I got a few Christmas goodies, something for NATHAN.and a few others. Baby Nathan's mom is gonna love what I got him! It's darling!!!!
  We ate a cupcake split three ways and man was it yummy, red velvet! Then we visited Sensai Bob and his set up. Next to him was a gal named Cynthia and she was a conservationist,she had made the cutest little bear bats and was selling them to help fix the bat problem our country is having. All the little bats are dieing from a terrible fungus in their hibernation caves, this is very bad because we need the bats. They are an integral part of our Eco system. I bought one of the bats and I am gifting it to a bat loving friend this winter. Keep up the good work Cynthia.

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