This is a place where I share my art and thoughts of the day!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Yesterday when my son got off the bus...

he was so excited to tell me about how his little friend Chloe taught him a neat new way to draw 3D hair on people! My mind thinking you have a mom who is an artist and ya learned how to draw people hair on the bus through a ten yr old girl expert? WHA??????? Where did I go wrong!!!! Then I thought oh ya peers matter more soon! Maybe already, Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa my youngest is turning the page into almost a teenager.(well he will be eleven in April). Already having had apologized for the way he will be treating me soon. LOL!
So then I went to get the mail and Yippee , Jane Davenport's book about faces came! I decided to open the book and show my son Jane and I could easily top his little friend. He even agreed to sit down for a quick pencil sketch study! So we opened Jane's book and went to the first page that has step by step how to draw a face! My son and I had fun doing this side by side together the sketch journal he takes onto the bus to overcome extreme boredom! Afterward I added some quick colors to mine. He was mad I wrote "GIRLS RULE" on my page(mother of three boys needs her occasional digs) so I added some words to his page too then he was "cool"!! Here are our pages, I love his and then he drew "BOB"! hehehe
Remember in all fairness I drew my girl upside down and at a strange angle so my son could have rightsideup while we were side by side. So unlike Jane's face mine has a huge chin! I love my sons studies!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Juliette Crane is offering an opportunity for a free class!
 I love Julliette's art and instruction, she has a book too! I also have purchased her art and prints!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

This year I shall cast away fear

and gather up joy!
The self enveloped  painterly sealed art for my gentle intentions for the year

the back of the envelope before I attached it to the main piece

Here it is showing the folds

and the words I sealed into my intention piece

before adding the envelope

showing the spot I covered in relationship to that part of my page
envelope attached!

My intention art for 2015!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Just a little experiment with lettering!

Working lettering from my notebook,

I got this quote from a very old tongue twister book and thought it was perfect for my stinky lettering. This class is helping me.

art from Lifebook 2015  tHE word were practice the pictures are all mine!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

My completed art work for ARF went postal yesterday!!

Here is the finished product. A two page spread to raise money through auction, an idea from the great and generous Kitty Miller!

no need to beg

be sure to read your leaves!

tiger sun

I love orange tiger kitties
Open a door for a fury friend support ARF

Love is a home create one for a pet!

Let go of even just a little bit to help them find their way!

What do you hold on to?
We all have room in our hearts to love the animals!

Anyone who might be interested in giving to a good cause? Art that is, if so read here, this is from my friend Kitty Miller:
My idea is this:
To have 45-60 artist send me 2 pages. The pages would be originals. You choose the subject matter just remember this is to raise money for charity so put some real love into it. The pages need to be 11 and 3/8 by 8 and 1/4". I would like to receive them by 3/30/15. I will then have them digitally scanned for the second half of this project. ( I will discuss that right after the original journal.)
I will then glue them into a Dylusion Creative Journal with 64 2 page spreads. That original journal will then be auctioned off online. You will all be able to bid on it and let your friends know to bid on it too. I will advertise it on Facebook and all over the place. The proceeds from the online auction will then be sent to ARF in all of the contributing artists names.
The digital scans will then be sent to my friend who owns a publishing company. He will print me 200 books as his contribution or gift to me and ARF to support this project. We will be able to include 45 of the entries. Each contributing artist will get a copy out of the 200 books he will print for me for free. I plan to give the remaining books to ARF for fundraising purposes.
The book and the journal will both need a cover and an end cover and my intention is to let all of the artists who have submitted their art to me for the journal vote on which entry we will use out of all of your entries for the front and back cover. The cover will be a digital scan of the pages that are being used inside the book with the title, and credits smile emoticon.
I will post each entry on here as they are received. The entries should be mailed to me with tracking info just to make sure it gets to me safely. As I know we all put a lot of love and time into our art as it is a piece of each of us.
I truly believe that art can heal the world and this is just my first idea on how to help. I was blessed to participate in HeArt the traveling art journal and it inspired me. I have set the deadline for 03/30/15.
Kitty Miller
955 Cedar Way SE
Salem OR 97302

 Latter I will post information on how you can bid on the journal!

Monday, January 26, 2015

I started this little picture on a canvas 3 years ago and hated it too much to complete but then...

 I saw a piece by Jane Davenport from the Life Book 2015 CLASS, and she inspired me with her angel wing! So I decided to revisit my poor little unfinished hated art work. I think it's a little immature but I like it better now! Smaller canvas than most of the others I have worked. Hope you can enjoy the playfulness
I will add some updated versions later as I worked a tiny bit longer after these photos.

The Sun!

Janes Wing was more watery and lovely!

See the glitter in my cloud(dreamlike)

of this art.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Tags I made this month!

Using old scraps and some post its I doodled upon, and a few other odds and ends. Another inspiration from LIFEBOOK 2015! These tags were mostly about using one word sentiments mixed with some easy art and stitching!!!
Two Peas In A Pod

is give peas a chance!
A sacred heart I gessoed under and stitched around and on top of! Simple but beautiful!

Be Still(back)

Sewing pattern

back of simplicity

Pattern yourself after The LORD

  Love the Spirit, this was to mean God's Spirit, but we should also love the Spirit within ourselves, she is part of us. If we love God so is He!
An empty cutout left over from an old art project! Never waste materials!
Since these pieces were mostly one word statements, I loved using the preexisting words of the patterns.
Peace with GOD
The above tag was made using an old post it note I doodled upon and  thought could be  used for a future piece of art inspiration. IT WAS!!! Than I just added the bottom to bring continuity to this piece.


You are Loved
I made these stitches on my sewing machine, I love that it has some fancy buttons! I used an old piece of dyed silk someone had sent to me in swaps for the top tag and for the bottom tag I simply used a cut out piece of canvas and embroidered all around its edges! The 'You' and "Seamless" are magazine cut outs and the "ly" for the word seamlessly was from a separate word I stuck on at the end to make my own word.

Christmas prayer angel

I sometimes cut out old pictures from Christmas cards and save them for future use, as is the case with the front of my prayer tag. I painted over her though making it my own version and giving her wings and a halo. For the back of the prayer tag I used scripture from my great aunts bible and used an old collage sheet that was pre drawn. However I also painted over her image and added arms and hands she's now unique and not plagiarism.

This one was also a post it note doodle and says a scripture from the bible;"God knew me from the beginning I was knit into my mothers womb, I am fearfully and wonderfully made. The bottom word came from a pair of jean looking fancy paper it was the leather sewn on pretend tag.
Back of Alive

Share The head on this "SHARE" tag was also a doodle on a post it note I painted a top of, ten for the bottom half of the tag I made the body arm and hand with the "Share" word. I love how this one came out!
The miracle tag was made using a copy of one of my older artist trading cards, and I repainted it to make it appear and actually be original. I added scrap papers and paint colors and a feather I had just   floating  constantly around me in my studio. The words and letters are simply magazine cut outs. All of my tags are the manilla types with both front and back sewed together. I intend to make copies and sell them as packs with the tops being an original in each packet.

This was an old scraped mermaid I had originally felted for a journal for a friend but I hated how long her arms were so I never used her in the journal. She took time though(and I kind of liked her as an individual) so I decided to keep her for later. Well later came and here she is, the letters were from a magazine but I cut them and fitted them best to look relaxed. I sewed all across the front of the tag and so after adding the letters I simply took a caran d'ACHE and colored over the stitching outdents to make it  appear like flowing water! I love her and she is even better in person!
another back with great aunts scriptures,an inspiration for the tag receiver but easy to script a love note over,or word of encouragement

Believe and Hope

back of believe and hope

This is a merman I tried hard to make beautiful but well it never really did, it's kind of an ugly guy. So he won't be going into the packet. Anyone want him,? If you do leave a comment and I may give him to you, if more than one person answers I will do a random drawing. Sometimes things I think are uggo other happen to love? Go figure!
ugly merman
back of merman

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