Thursday, February 26, 2009

Great find today

After my doctor's appointment today ( shots in my knees for arthritis) I decided to do a bit of shop browsing before going home. Stopped in a TJ Maxx, just to look at the home products and found this wonderful item. How adorable!
I wanted to hang her in my studio, but decided to hang her in my office instead, since there isn't really any more wall space in there. I know, I'm a girly girl.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Today's art

I haven't done much artwork in the past week, so since I had a free day, I decided to paint a while. I started two backgrounds, one on my favorite art board and one on canvas. I like the colors of the background on canvas, so I used that one. I was inspired from the latest issue of Somerset Studio in which there are a LOT of paper dolls. It reminded me of how much I loved them as a young girl. I really like the way this piece turned out. What do you think? As you can see I am still anxiously wainting for spring...

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Spring anyone?

I have caught the digital art bug. I have for the past week, been searching the web for online classes and free tutorials. I have found some great sites and tutorials. While searching my photos in Photoshop for photos I could use in a digital piece, I came across this photo of Verbena's from a hanging pot on our deck last summer. It really made me smile and dream of the warm days to come. I didn't do much art out on the deck last summer, but this winter's cabin fever has made me determined to spend some afternoons out there painting, drawing, or soldering. Anyone else out there with cabin fever?

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Down but not out

Today I am moving a bit slowly, because I have a sinus infection. I've had it for about a week, and hope the worst is over. When I am not feeling well or feeling down, I always go back to an activity that soothes me. It is quilting, and believe it or not, it is traditional quilting. I love the log cabin block and have made quilts with different variations of this block for years. I must say that although I love mixed media, it doesn't come as easily to me a sewing or quilting does. Perhaps that is because I have sewn since I was a teenager, and although sewing is not mindless for me, it is comforting. My quilts are very lively, because I LOVE bright fabrics. The blocks for this quilt are scraps from other quilts I have made. I never throw my scraps away until they are too small to do anything with. Needless to say a have a large scrap basket. I am making a king size quilt, so I have a LOT of blocks to make. Hopefully when I feel better I won't abandon the quilt to get back to my paintings, and journal.

Well, I'm off to take a nap.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Final week 5- Shading

I've just downloaded the instructions for the shading. Looks interesting. Since I have been sick with a sinus infection for the past few days, I have only added color to new pages, but haven't worked on the previous pages. Hopefully I can do some work in them tomorrow. This was a wonderful class and if any one gets a chance to take a class from Pam, jump on it. Thanks to everyone for your comments.

I have still been busy meeting new people and joining groups on Facebook. I am having such fun...who knew!!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Week 4 Visual Journaling Class

Okay in this week of the class, we are to add journaling to the pages. I decided not to add any journaling to my pages. We had been encouraged to fill our pages with art, so there is little or no room for journaling. I love the art and can do without seeing my handwriting messing up the page. So I am being a bad girl and ignoring the assignment for this week. I must say that I really love the watercolor field journal I was introduced to in this class, it is great for acrylics and all the mediums we mixed media artists like to use. I have started on more pages, some only have a color background so far, but others are further in the process. Here are a few of the recent ones...