Sunday, November 4, 2012

She's so pretty!

I'm in that stage wherein I can not stop staring at this lady.  She is soo pretty!

If she looks a little grey around the gills- its because she's supposed to.  Remember- she's a ghost.  A haunted war bride.

She's waiting, trunk packed for her serviceman to arrive.  But sadly he never does.

 I thought I'd sew her dress on.  Instead I hot glued it.  Sewing and I don't mix well.

I challenged myself to use pieces and parts of some antique ladies dress gloves and believe me- I about went bonkers trying to create a dress.  Everywhere there was a pretty detail or pattern there was a seam as well!  
I have an embroidered hanky that will be her veil but I will show you that later.  The next steps will be creating the platform that she's attached to.  What will it look like? I don't have a clue!  I do know that I will paint the dress white (some of these gloves were badly stained) and then wash over it with grey.  I have to get her a little more ghostly looking.
Well, really, I have to get prepping for tomorrow's class.  Ugh.  Obligations keeping me from the tasks I want to do!!
Take care everyone!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

I'm so excited!

Just wanted to share with very first published article!

I submitted my Sara, "The Little Princess" for the Art Doll Quarterly challenge and they very kindly asked me to do an article.  Of course, I said yes! (And then I called or texted everyone I knew that would even begin to care and shouted the whole story to them!)

I'm having a hard time keeping up on my blog.  I'm back to working full time and teaching part time.  I have another sculpture going and I can't wait to get a minute to put some paint on her- "The Haunted War Bride."

She has hair, shoes and a dress.  She needs paint to make her look ghostly.  A black steamer trunk and maybe just a few other details.  The hardest part will be making her look ghostly!  Luckily its Halloween and I should have lots of inspiration!

Hope everyone is well and busy being creative~ take care!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

She's been gone so long...

Has it really been since August 22 that I last published?  I told you all that I would be away studying for a licensing exam and that I was.  Every last waking moment has been spoken for.  I started up my fall semester of teaching as an adjunct.  I started a new job and got the girls started up in school.  In the moments left between all that (I think those moments were meant for sleeping but what ever...) I studied my proverbial butt off.  Only somehow it didn't get smaller- if anything it got larger.  So much for the exercising I did in the months of May, June, July and August.

The exam?  Brutal.  I was told it was like nothing else I had ever done and that was correct.  Two days- one of multiple choice exams that lasted three and a half hours each.  The next day was practicum.  That was two four hour sessions that were so crammed with mind boggling drafting exercises that challenged all my skills and knowledge so much that I dare not even harbor the thought of taking a break to go potty.  How did I do?  Well, I'm pretty sure that I did not pass all sections.  There were several people in the room taking it for the second and one taking it for the third.  I feel it is pretty likely that my poor time management on the first exercise led to mistakes on the following exercises that I will not recover from.  By the end of that day I was shaking with nerves and exhaustion.  But it was done and in 8 to 12 weeks I'll let you know the outcome!

So back to art.
Here is the war bride who actually did get a little attention from me over the last month and a half.  Why is she green?  I had added color to some clay that I watered down into a slip for the Matriarch.  Never one to let anything go to waste I used it on war bride.

 Both hands are done.  I fleshed her out a bit more in many places and I no longer feel that she has man hands.  Her head seems huge but some hair will help that out a bit.
 Her dress is crafted from a stash of white dress gloves.  I've been wanting to do something with them and she is just the perfect application.  Each pair of gloves are tattered and stained but have some redeeming detail that I plan to take advantage of.  I'm trying really hard to keep the style of dress realistic to the 1930's/1940's period.

She has a name and a story which I will share with you a little later.  She just gave me the full details over coffee this morning and its a long story so it will wait for now.
Mostly, I wanted to touch base with my blogger friends.  I've popped in to visit your sites from time to time.  You have all been busy and creative but mainly busy.  
Ok, I'm off to catch up on a bit of grading.  My students will expect it done and a plan of action for this week as well.  If only they knew how anti- action I am feeling at this moment!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Excuse me- could you pass me my clothes?

I'm naked and I have man hands.

Not really sure how to follow that statement- except with the evidence!

This lady is my haunted war bride in progress.  Its for the ADQ Bride challenge and I have until Dec 15???? I think??? to finish her.  Which considering all I have going on would seem impossible.  I'm starting a new job and I am very excited about it.  I'm preparing for the NCIDQ exam and am very apprehensive about it.  (That's certification for interior designers and its a humdinger of a two day exam that a lot of people don't pass on their first go round.)
But, I don't want to talk about those things right now.  I am just popping in to show you my naked lady.

See, I have to sculpt the body even though it will be covered by a gown to get the gesture correct.  By gesture, I mean the over all positioning of the figure.  What I didn't count on was how therapeutic this work would be.  There's so many things going on that I can't control that at the end of the night when my mind needs to rest but my hands want to be busy...well, this lady gets a foot or a hand or a thicker thigh.  Strange, right?

I don't think it looks as bad in this picture but that's her man hand.  In real life it looks huge!  Maybe not so much when I get the rest of her bulked up more but- right now- Man Hands.  In the last issue of ADQ there was a tutorial on how to do hands so I thought I'd try it. Actually I did do articulated hands on the Art Prize Sculpture but they were fairly easy as they were as large as mine so I had an example- right at hand, so to speak!  Ahhhhhh!  I'm so tired that I find my self even more hilarious than usual.  Please bear with me- 'tis a busy time of year.

Hey- ever wonder why I never have pictures of me?  Because this is what happens when I am not behind the lens.  This is me and the hubs at Houghton Lake, MI on our quick little vacation.  I loved Houghton Lake.  We stayed at a Comfort Inn that was right on the water so this was our view out the window.

It wasn't horribly expensive either!  Hot during the day but cool enough for jeans at night- in August!!!  That's what you get up North, though.  Come September you're wearing ski pants.  Well, Chinamommy would be.  Yeah, who is that?  She's a friend of mine that USED to blog but quit for a while.  I will keep up the good fight.  I like to have a place to post pics and talk about- MEEEEE!

I'm going to have to wrap this up- This is Kayla, daughter/niece who just turned eleven.

The Brookster- 9 1/2.

Pretending to be nice- because that's what I just screamed at them.  Yes, it was a good time!
I HAVE to go- not that I want to but there's a ton of work awaiting me!!!  Feel sorry for me- everything always happens at once in my life....I'd go on.....but....

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

I'm a little side-tracked right now, folks!  I've got some things going on and they are all good!  Can't wait to share but I need just a little more time to nail the details down.  BE RIGHT BACK!

Monday, July 30, 2012

The Matriarch and the Maiden

Well, I don't know what you guys were all worried about!
She turned out just fine.  I gave the Matriarch an underskirt and now you can see the Maiden.  There.  Simple, easy, done.
   Ok, so really it was me that was in the proverbial quandry, I admit.  Sometimes it gets near to the end of the project and you think you should have been done already but you know things aren't quite right.  And, if you are a busy person this can be a bit frustrating.  After all- I'm on to my new challenge.  Haunted Bride!  Do you know if you research these words on the internet there's really not much out there?  I thought the internet had it all but I was dissaopointed.
 I took a bazillion pictures because I'm insane that way.  Plus I wanted to try back lighting behind the fabric which the above shot shows quite clearly.  Not sneaking that one past anyone.

and I should have brightened up the picture of the back for you but I'm a little lazy.

But feast your eyes on the little Maiden!  Isn't she wonderful?  As long as she stays up on her little hook I promise to love her unconditionally.  (See what I did there- ha!)

You know how I usually have a story with the sculpture?  Well, I don't.  Just the title- The Matriarch and the Maiden.  So how's about you make one up for me.  Tell me what you think this sculpture is all about?  Why is the matriarch so still?  Who's really in charge here?  I suspect it may just be the little person.  What kind of creatures are they, anyways?  Boy, you have some work to do.

She really has a lovely face.  This is my first use of glass eyes and while I still am a big fan of the painted eye, for this project- the luminosity and depth was perfect.

Yes, she's done.  Sigh of relief and accomplishment.  I should probably clean a bathroom, or two, now.  Or find a job.  Or pay bills.  Or develop the story of the haunted bride.  She's from the 30's or 40's and was a war time bride.  She was waiting for her husband to come back from over seas and thought she'd surprise him by greeting him in her bridal gown.  Only he never got off the ship.  Knowing deep in her heart this was a bad sign she decided to wait right there on a bench on the pier.  And there she is to this day- waiting in a beautiful white gown....creepy, huh???  Well, ok, I guess the yucky bathrooms could come first.

Now- tell me what you think the story behind the Matriarch and the Maiden is!  I can hardly wait!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Remember how I said I was painting the girl's room a shade of turquoise that was so pretty I wanted to lick it?

Well, this is it.  I don't know if it shows as well in the picture- perhaps you have to be right on top of it to fully enjoy its depth and luminosity.  Maybe you do have to lick it.  Just sayin'.

Accessories are the finishing touch so I had to get rid of their old jewelry boxes and came up with something new.  By 'came up with' I mean 'wasted a whole Sunday on them'.

Thought I'd share with you- but be kind- I am not the queen of decoupage.
A couple of heart shaped paper mache' boxes and some glass drawer pulls and my stash of images and I was set to go.  For Brooke's box I had altered photo's of the queen herself.  

For Kayla's I used her drawings- the super cute blue line drawings of fashionable ladies.

This way they each had a reflection of the individual girl's personality yet they look great together. 

The last touch was glitter- which really didn't mesh with the vintage-y, paper-y feel of the project but once its on...there's no getting it off so I embraced it as well- GLITTER!  Because in the land of glitter MORE IS MORE!  

Happy Monday, Everyone!!!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

You, too, can do this....

Yes, I do believe that.  And to help you along I am going to give you instructions.  First off- you must have photshop and be able to open it.  You must already be able to open a file in photoshop.  Laugh if you want, but I had to take a class to even do that.  

Start with an image that speaks to you.  I thought this one would give some interesting contrast because of the light on the face.  Open it as a new file.

Then start messing around with those filter options.  I like to pull down the filter gallery.  In my humble opinion filters are the very best part of this program- SOOO FUN!  Now, I'd like to tell you how I made the image look like this.....but I don't remember.  Actually it went something like this....hmmm, yeah...this is ok...but let's try another option....Oh...COOOOL!  Uh, crap!  How'd that happen?  (Yeah, its that kind of tutorial- did you expect anything else from me???)  It may be 'bas relief'.  With that filter you choose a color and it it will alter the look and color of the image.  Or it may be two effects combined.  If you look down to the right while the filter gallery is up on the screen you will see that Photoshop lets you combine filters, you can turn some off or even delete the filters you don't like.  Its really sweet.

I started seeing this altered image as a sleeping maiden and went in that direction.  I wanted to eliminate the sections that screamed modern day.  The sofa, the blanket, the tank top.  So I brought in those butterflies again.  

This is a different butterfly.  I have been having a lot of fun using a site called The Graphics Fairy.  Tons of copy right free or royalty free images- vintage, mostly.   I opened this as a new file and deleted away everything but the butterfly.  This can take some time and there are several ways to do it.  I'd love to use magnetic lasso but its tricky and gets away from me.  To get the large portions out of the way quickly you can use elliptical lasso and hit delete.  I do the large areas and then zoom in and get into the really tight areas.  To clean it up I use the eraser and kinda roll it over the areas.  I know there's better ways...I just don't know what they are.  Yes, this is a stunningly professional and helpful tutorial.  Once its cleaned up I selected it with the selection tool and dragged into the maiden picture.  From there you can turn it in the direction you want by grabbing the corner boxes.  Wait for it....I mean the two headed arrow to show up that's the one that lets you turn vs. changing the size.  

I also went to the edit tab and chose "transform" which lets me distort, skew, warp, add perspective, etc.  This is one you want to use- a lot.  I twisted that butterfly all kinds of up and down and sideways and the image looked great no matter what I did to it! 

But I needed more than one butterfly right?  Well, wish I would have thought of that a little sooner.  Like right after I brought the butterfly into the working file (that's what they call it- the original file- the maiden- good tutorial, right?) because I could have just duplicated the layer. Which I did, anyways, it was just kinda already twisted up but who cares- this is just practice.   So on the bottom right of my screen in the box where all my layers are I clicked on that layer to make sure I was in the right one (ha, Yeah, that's crucial- know which layer you're in) and right clicked to get the duplicate layer option.   From there I twisted and turned it using 'transform' in the Edit menu.

What else did I do?
There was a flower under her face.  I made a new copy of this layer. Selected that flower and deleted everything else but the flower.  Then I copied that layer two more times.  See how there is now three flowers? 

 I also messed around with the properties of the flower layers- one I brightened and one I faded out the opacity so it was not as dominant.  I added a directional source of light but am not sure it helped as my focal point is a little lost and the butterflies dominate a bit too much.  These actions were performed in the layer box- on the right side, down to the bottom.
At the top of the layer box there are drop down menus.  Opacity it to the right and all these really cool effects (not filters- effects- you won't find them in the filter menu) are located in the drop down menu to the left.
Whew.  I'm going back to bed.  Oh, don't forget to save the finished file as a jpeg so you can do your own stunning awesome tutorial someday.  By the way- there are lots of REAL tutorials on YouTube.  Nothing helps like actually seeing what's going on.  The only way to learn this program is to use it- a lot.  I recommend taking a class to start know, so you can even begin to open a file?

Monday, July 16, 2012

Pssst...I did it again...she's gonna kill me!

My girl doesn't like it when I take pictures of her when she's sleeping.  "Don't Sleep." Says woman who gave birth to her.  This time, two years later, its morning time that I caught the light on her face.  This is rare- me up before her...I'm a night owl and she, like her father is up with the birds.  Today it must be the dream of butterflies keeping her in this slumber.

Ok, so really I'm trying to learn photoshop.  Before you are too impressed this took me two hours and I haven't showered yet.  On the to do list- everything!  I just got the newest edition of ADQ- Art Doll Quarterly and the challenge is BRIDES.  Why so excited?  Because the idea of doing a haunted or forgotten bride has been hanging around the edges of my creative mind for months!  So haunted- forgotten- perhaps war time bride it is!!!!!

Then there's those paintings in process...can't sell them if they never leave the basement....
But first....have to remove the black from my hair.  uhhh, yeah, that's a story.  For two weeks I have been doing my own personal impression of Kim Kardashian.   Or Elvira would be more like it.  Or Elvis.  Either way- its gotta go.  
I took my hair to a job interview, by the way.  And I looked that woman straight in the eyes, did not back down and acted completely natural.  For a 43 year old woman with Goth hair applying for a sales position, anyways.  Hey, I can only control so much at one time.
And then there is the girls bedroom that I also spent two weeks painting.  One week of prep time, one week of painting two shades of turquoise.  Folks- if I have said it to one person, I have said it to everyone- these two colors are so yummy I could LICK them.   As a designer- with a degree- I am qualified to make statements like that.  I will post pictures as proof but I am way behind right now....must something and then shower...

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Second Commission Completed

Remember this?  I sold it.  And then commissioned one.  Yes, a man was so saddened when he had learned that he missed his chance to buy this that his darling (and she was a sweetheart) wife contracted me to create another one.

You know what's hard?  Commissioned art.  At least with a personality like mine.  Will they like it as much as the one they saw?  Its not the same.  Not exactly the same.  Will she like it as much as he did?

OMG, what if she hates it? 
What if it doesn't go with their furniture and then she hates him for it?  And every time she looks at it all she can think is 'God, how I hate that!'  What IF??????  Really, I like it when people just buy the one in front of them.  Sure, it sounds fancy to say "I've been commissioned...." But is it worth the stress? Well, farts and feathers, folks- I sweated this one.  I even drove over to the new home of the first painting and held them side by side.

But in the end, I think the second one was better and I delivered to said client to give as a gift to her significant other and hopefully..........I may never know...Why?  Why doesn't the client call and let me off the hook???Why I ask you?

Monday, July 2, 2012


You haven't seen this one in awhile! I deviated away from my general course and just came back round to her.  I think her name is The Matriarch.  

I looked on my blogger profile and it said I hadn't posted since June 14th!  Well, all I can say is that things are not normal around here.  I am not used to being home and do not know how to structure my time.  I'm like this at the 'all you can eat' buffet.  I take a little bit of everything that looks good, in no particular order and in the end I have way too much to eat- can't get to it all.  That's my life right now.  The plate is still overly full- just with different stuff.

I thought I could organize myself to share this little bit with you.  Sometimes I am happy with her progress, sometimes not.  Its my first creature and as I really didn't follow a predetermined design concept- well, its been a wandering path to say the least.  I did not know she would be so costumed.  That kinda happened last night around midnight.  And, who knows, it may all be ripped off tonight at midnight.  

See- there's a problem.  As much as I like the gold skirts- they block the light.  Without the light its really hard to see the tiny little butterfly fairy in the belly.  Not only is that visually distressing its just plain distressing because I went through something like reverse child birth to get her in there.  

I thought and thought before I even attempted it.  How would I attach her?  She'd have to hang.  How in the hell would I get a hanger in there- in the right place, of the right length and how would it stay attached?  Then how would I get her up in there on a hanger and make her stay?  This is why you haven't seen much of her....I've been devising ways to get this delicate surgery done and done right.  

My first attempt included wiring her upside down to two chair backs (back to back, each had a back rail that I could wire to) and dripping glue down a straw.  There was way too much glue.  I had decided to try to make things simpler by attaching the hook directly to Madame Butterfly and lowering her into the glue.  Then the plan was to leave her there until everything was dry and then flip her over to a successful end.  Not so much.  I thought everything was ruined.  There was glue all over everything especially Mme. Butterfly who got soaked.  For sure she was ruined!  I WAS SO MAD!!!!!  I thought I would never get that glue out of the sculpture either.  I stomped around and cursed- a lot.  But it turns out the glue was water based and a few days of hanging around upside down between the chairs again, this time with water, was conducive to the removal of said cursed glue.  And Mme. Butterfly was just a little stiffer than before.  Oh, the angst!

When I tried it again I used E-6000 glue and separated the hanger. It dried quick and strong.  I love E-6000 and promise to never stray again.  Then I devised a contraption that would hang the butterfly and gently let go of her once hung.  SEE?  That's what's keeping me from all of you- the maniac in my brain! Why, I won't even go into how I didn't like the lack of color relationship between the yellow greens and the blue-er greens and spent hours dotting tiny daubs of color to try to make them better related only to wipe most of it off the next day.  Long story short- do you think I should do an underskirt of cream fabric so that the teeny butterfly fairy in her belly can be seen better?  And can you believe a 43 year old woman is writing a sentence about a teeny butterfly fairy in a belly?  I think I need a real job........

By the way- friend Melanie from The Positive pessimist may be the one that drove me over the proverbial edge.  She nominated me for two awards and then tagged me for an 11 things about you post!  Man, it takes time to do the bio for those...and its really maddening when the power goes out and you lose everything because you know, you just know that you never ever go back and finish what you started....the pressure is just too much!  Sorry Mel!  There is only so much cleverness in this girl and I think the storm took it.

So the Matriarch remains a work in progress but so much closer to the finish line and I remain hunched over in a dark corner wringing my hands and twisting my brains into pretzel shapes to figure her out.  I don't even care that I almost poisoned the dog with flea medication and that I bought hair coloring that was way too dark and now my hair is just as dark as Elvis's was.  I don't care.  Yep, think I need a job....

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Michigan Series

Helloooooo!  I feel like I have been away.  Away in the basement anyways.  The last couple of weeks of school are crazy- I think everyone knows this.  Field trips, field day, class parties, locker cleanout....and officially this is the first week I have been a full time parent.  The girls are still alive but was touch and go on that!  I was so mad that when we went to the gym (still HATE any kind of exercise because it takes to long and is yucky and boring- who likes to sweat, really?) I made them walk around the outdoor track twice and told them if they complained or fell behind we'd do it three times.  I think they know when I'm at the end of my rope- there was no complaining.
So back to the basement- this is the next mixed media piece I thought I'd try.  Its not finished but I wanted to share with you.  I've taken to driving around staring into the ditches for certain grasses and weeds.  FYI- the grasses are taller than they appear and you should wear pants to do this...   I've brought home quite a few extra friends with me and probably have several more in the car.  I'll do a lot for art but if I find a big hairy spider on my leg I will scream bloody murder and dance around.
I'm calling this series of work- A Long Road Home.  (By the way!!!!!  I sold the first one and have a commission to do another of the same!  Am I officially an artist yet???) 

Why this name?  Well, I've always felt I wasn't really "from Michigan" because I wasn't born here.  Don't you have to be born somewhere to be from there?  And the town I lived in growing up was very small and everyone was born there- so I imagined, anyways.  My Mom was 'from New York' where she was born.  My father was born in the area.  I was born in Minnesota but can't remember a thing about it because my father was stationed in California soon after I was born.  Yep, for a short while I was a Navy brat. 
Its silly to feel like I'm not 'from there' as I have lived in Michigan since second grade.  I know this.  And Michigan will always be 'home'.  As an adult my immediate family and I moved to a larger city and I really like it here.  I get bored easily and here I have the ability to entertain myself.  I have decided that I really never should live more than 25 miles from a book store or art supply store ever again.

In this series ("series" cuz I can tell that I am a long way from being done with these) 'home' is a state of mind.  We all see things in nature that remind us of home.  A certain kind of tree or a grouping of trees and the way they grow.  A wide open field.  A sunset dropping into the horizon.  ( I try not to look at those while driving- you can miss certain the road ending....I'm just saying...)

I also imagine that coming home can mean a return to one's authentic self.  We can get so lost in who others want us to be, tell us to be.  We can try to be someone else living a life that looks a certain way.  But sooner or later if this life doesn't fit we find ourselves in an unsatisfied, unhappy state.  I describe that feeling as 'itchy'.  Something not right about you and wishing you could jump in the shower and wash it away.  But I know for some its a deeper more profound sadness.  I, myself, have been way off course for a long time.

A journey is documented by markers.  Like this...

              I came this far and paused.  I could see the next place that I want to be on the horizon  and in just a little bit I will continue on.  But for now, I need to be here just a little longer. 

 That's what this piece feels like to me.  A place I stopped to look around and take stock of my life and surrounding.

Wow.  I'm so deep in the morning.  I should get up early more often!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Craft Tutorial Alert!

Well, its the end of the school year.  Time to thank the two ladies that influenced my children in a great direction!  I didn't want to donate to the gift card.  Why?  Because I'm not a joiner?  Because I want to stand out rather than share the spotlight?  Because I want a personalized gift that they can keep and always remember?  Because I want to impress upon them that I can't participate as a classroom volunteer because (loud children scare me) I've been so busy working and being creative?  Because I want to do both gifts for very little money but not look cheap?  Bingo.

I saw an ornament made from a puzzle piece in a magazine and it stuck with me.  'I should do something like that' I always think.  Then the idea came to me and unfortunately would not leave me- like ringworm.  I would make a mobile.

I found the very largest puzzle I could find at my local store.  Turns out the fewer the pieces- the larger they tend to be.  This 4.00 puzzle had twenty four pieces.  That's enough to do 8 of these hanging mobiles. 
I spray painted away the cutesy commercialism of this decade to a creamy white and then touched the corners with a taupe spray paint.  Cost?  0.00  because I have oodles of spray paint waiting to be used up.

Then I took an altered photo of Brooke and placed it on a background of script.  I have a low level photo shop type program that did this task quite well.  Then I played around with other images- the bird you see in the middle piece is drawn by Brooke and I use it a lot.  I keep a lot of the girl's drawings because they have such a mix of innocence, whimsy and fun.  (Like what I am trying to recreate as a personal style but in my bitter and dried up adulthood can not quite seem to do.)   Some texts were more pleasing than others.  I mixed up the fonts a bit and while I just went along with my final result- I was not entirely happy.  Better next time, I tell myself.

The quote is "Touch the life of a child and change the world." I do not know who the author is or I would include that.  After I glued the images on the puzzle pieces with decoupage glue I let them dry for several hours and then sanded the edges with an emery board.  I glittered the back and edges.  For this one I used green and gold glitter mixed with some flowery glitter I've been wanting to use up.  This is a third grade teacher and I feel like this approach reflects Brooke's personality.

The inspiration puzzle piece ornament had a wire hanger and was wrapped in a fine wire with a few beads randomly placed here and there.  Loved it!  Had to do it!  I used those plastic letter beads to spell out thank you.  On Brooke's I tried to spray paint them a little.  The paint did not stick well and the black from the letters ran into the spray paint.  Eventually I decided I liked the grubby look of it and called it 'vintage' at least, vintage enough for this project!

I wasn't in love with the embellishments.  Next time I would stick to perhaps just one or two.  Next time.  I left it alone because I am trying to escape my perfectionist tendencies.  Perfectionism to one extent can drive you to create better work.  Take it too far and you never get anything done.

This one is for Kayla's fourth grade teacher.  Kayla is a wonder child when it comes to art.  The detail and story telling in each of her drawings blows me away. 

I went a different route with the color scheme- again reflecting the personality of the child.  Kayla's drawings are so cool when I alter the line weight in my program to something more like an ink stamp.  Its really all they need besides some cleaning up.

This girl with the big head is walking a teeny tiny cat.  On each mobile I left an open space for the child to sign- Love, Brooke.  I used the glue to draw a heart and when I added glue to the back all that was left unglittered was the heart shaped area that they wrote in.  Cute, if I do say so myself. 
Anyhow- I'm going to make more for my Etsy shop that I keep threatening to open.  You know, the one that Chinamommy is going to help me with.  If she ever stops running....I keep asking her...'Just what the hell is chasing you?  Take a car!'
Have a great week!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

A Departure.

This is a bit of a departure from my usual work. 

The project came about because I had a departure from work.

Last week was my official first week of being laid off from my job of seven years.  Now, this is where I have to break into song- in particular- "Don't cry for me, Argentina~~~"

This is a good thing, this lay off.  At least in terms of making a break and taking a different direction.  I will have to tighten the purse strings a bit- thank goodness I have tons of art supplies in my cupboards already!!!  The coffee shop called to see if I was ok.   Hobby Lobby and Michaels were concerned that I needed only a basket rather than my usual cart.   

A relative asked if I had found any leads yet to which I answered with a resounding "NO."  Crimeny, its been like two minutes!

Oh, the artwork.....Well, that's what I have been busy (obsessed) with!  I have some things in a consignment shop, including the painting I just shared with you.  These new babies are hopefully going to sell quickly.  They are images I created using  real vintage ephemera that I had or found locally and altered in my print shop program.  Then I glued them to some sample cabinet doors that I've been holding onto.  I antiqued them.  Or- at least attempted to antique them.  God forbid I actually research a technique before jumping right into all kinds of mistakes!

This is me- looking through the help wanted ads and finding nothing.  

Oh, OK already!  It came with a frame from an antique shop.  I am keeping that frame because I just started collecting vintage frames that look like they were made from bamboo canes.  So I cleaned it up a bit and added a layer of gesso.  She's going in the consignment shop where I know someone is going to fall in love with this cheeky damsel.  If not- then I will have to adopt her as a member of the family- my Mother's second cousin's aunt by marriage.  Don't you wonder what her backstory is?  Or her name?  Was she a Jeanette or a Wanda?  Hmmm.

Well, that's it for now.  Let me know what you think of the wall art and if you think it will sell!  Have a great week!