Monday, July 27, 2009

La Tour Eiffel

I just finished this canvas of the Eiffel Tower. This is the first completed collage canvas that I have ever created! It was fun and a little challenging. I wanted to use my own art and drawings in the composition and I can see that there are some adjustments I'll need to make the next time I try this.
I am amazed at how quickly some artists seem to accomplish this style.
This took many hours.
I think it's worth it, though.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Gifts From the Heart


On Saturday morning, Jamie Ridler announced a lovely surprise gift. She and a group of friends had designed a set of 36 affirmation cards to download and print! They were so lovely, that I printed mine immediately. In addition, Amanda and Jenn at Kind Over Matter offered a pattern for a scallop box sized for the cards to fit inside.
The other members of the group include: Rachelle Mee-Chapman or Magpie Girl, Brandi Reynolds at Joy Rebel, Jamie Ridler at Starshyne Productions, and Kind Over Matter.
This liitle act of kindness gave me a lift. I appreciate the generousity of these young women.
I hope that I will find a way to pay them back.

~~~perfect to start, end, or lift the day~~~~~

I hope others will enjoy this nice gift.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Happy Birthday, Leah at CED!

Happy Birthday to Leah Piken Kolidas at Creative Every Day!
She just posted an article suggesting ways to celebrate yourself.
How perfect!
Leah suggested that we write down some things (25-50 Good Grief!) that delight us.
Well, the first one is easy:
I find that the more I find ways to express my art,
the more I enjoy creating it.
It seems like it increases by multiples
with every new attempt.
Aside from this,
I would make a list
My Delights, in no particular order, include:
Babies, color, flowers, the ocean, beaches, seashells, coffee, caramel, Tuesday,
friends, children, quilts, fabric, drawing, sewing, music,
dance, bike riding, celebrations
Harry Potter, handsome people, comedy, romantic movies, rose scents, sharing,
learning, quiet reflecion, massage, Reiki, fresh air, discovering new places, and more.

I'm off, right now, to find some new delights. I hope everyone has luck enjoying the pleasure of
a beautiful summer day.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Sunshine Blessings

This painting is a gift that
I created for my niece.
She just had a new baby and I decided produce a painting for her.
I wanted a lullabye, but she said "You Are My Sunshine" is a favorite song of hers.
She described the baby as her Sunshine and joy.
So, I used the words from that song as the inspiration for the picture.
The piece is too large to scan at home, so I took a picture of it.
The result is that it looks angled and the quality is a bit off.
I wanted to post it before I bundle it off to her.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Funfetti Cake at the Beach



On Friday my daughter asked me to help her make a birthday cake for two of her friends. She really wanted moral support and a little advice. I was thrilled to give her the help she needed.


Since the party was going to have a luau theme, she wanted the cake to be decorated to look like a beach. We bought "funfetti" cake mix and baked two layers of sweetness. She then decided she wanted figures of the girls in bikinis with their faces glued on.

I think they came out rather cute. The decorated cake looked great with the figures added to the beach.



Who knows where this will lead. She always has such fun ideas!




Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Wishes



What do you wish to nurture?
It's Wishcasting Wednesday and I have been nurturing my hopes and dreams.

My wish is to nurture my art into something new and fruitful. As I cultivate this process of drawing and painting, I keep exploring new avenues to try. There are so many things to learn in creating a personal style. Even though I have reentered this effort after years of hard work in education, my dream is to become accomplished and successful. The challenge is to stay original, not reproducing ideas. There is so much already produced and I am compelled to remain true to my own style.