Saturday, May 30, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
LOTS OF GOOD VIBRATIONS SITTING IN MY STUDIO THIS MORNING! Whenever I compile a stack of work, I feel like a mother gathering her babies around for a family photo! I should of jumped into the photo but I am still in my jammies and hair standing on end... since it's early morning... camera shy.. but very proud and happy and grateful that I have a nice selection to hang. taaa-daaaa!
I am truly happy that I got so much done in a timely manner. YES! Because rushing is terribly maddening for me when I am creating, though I am a fairly fast creator. Some of my artist friends take a lot of time when they do their art. If I linger too long on a piece, my mind takes over and the creative juices drain away! So allowing my playful self to "play" makes the work go quickly and smoothly. I have learned when I get into the mind trips on a piece of art, I lay the work aside and save it for another day. Experience tells me I would be wasting my time and wouldn't be happy with the outcome.
When I look at this grouping, I think my most favorite piece is the 3rd one from the left.. top row. I titled that one "SELF" and I love it most because it's such a personal statement from my soul. It is always interesting to see what will sell.. you just never, never know. And I think that's part of the fun.
And now I can jump into some more ART that I want to do for ME! Well, truly it's all for me..because it's the journey not the destination. And also time to restock my eco pond. Lot's of energy poured out, and now it's time for me to absorb some stuff for self. Back to my daily journaling, soul soaking and just being good myself. I am so often pushed to be all, do all for everyone, everything around me, and I get shoved to the back of the list. Common I think for many of us. But it's good to recognize the garden needs some tending, some extra love and care, so that more will blossom.
Sun is shining and it's a beautiful day. My power thought for the day?
I AM AT PEACE.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
With various beads gleaned from old jewelry I then added small bits of fabric and some embellished scrabble tiles. It's all very funky and colorfully jumbly. It makes you really happy when you wear these fun pieces.
I am still creating more art, mostly for the gift shop now. Have my gallery pieces done. Will have to tag and price and do my inventory sheet.
It is a lot of work. I don't think most people (unless you are an artist) realize the effort that goes into these art shows. We even hang our own work. And there is always the burden of pricing your work. The gallery takes their cut - in our case 30% so that has to be included in the pricing. But, it is so exciting when the sales happen. You feel so honored that someone loves your work and pays money for it!!!
I have always tried to price my art for the masses. Especially in our small mountain town, and even more so in today's economy. I have butted heads with some artists who price their work for a lot more than I do. They have expressed their objections to my pricing and it really steps on my toes. My belief is it is really none of their business what I price my work at. I mean this would be price fixing if all artists joined in their pricing! I would rather see my work sell and be out in the world being enjoyed than setting in my studio collecting dust with high price tags. And I have been complimented by a lot of my patrons that they really appreciate my reasonable pricing!
Thank you! I love that my art goes to thankful people. Isn't that part of the joy with ART? So I continue to do my thing and ignore some of the party poopers. It will be interesting to see if the pricing of some of these high end artists comes down with this show with the present economy pressing down on us.
I plan on making money this summer from this show. Expect it!
have a gorgeous day.. the sun is SHINING!!!!! after a week of rain. Though the garden is gleaming green and lush with all that nuturing rain.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
I will be putting these three originals in our upcoming local Wild Women Art Show but wanted to create a fun 3 card pack with these images. They are blank cards and would fit any occasion of your choice: a great selection to have on hand!
I am working on getting my art all in line for Wild Women. We also have a good little gift shop and I am planning on bringing a lot for that as well.
Art selling now is challenging but I still believe that it's possible. Plus I think it keeps us on our toes for notching up the quality. Creating better art will make it all the more desirable!
I have been pushing myself to work on painting faces. I seem to struggle with the highlights but have been dutifully working on my techniques.
It's all fun and I thoroughly love every minute of it. And I will continue to work on portraits so look for some more showing up in my work.
ta for now
Friday, May 22, 2009
This is a wonderful sketch from Sharon Tomlinson that she posted on her blog --http://allnorahsart.blogspot.com/ I discovered her in one of my art magazines, followed to her blog and have been a fan of hers for awhile now. Take the time to look at her work. She is magical and her work is evolving beautifully.
So she challenged us to be inspired by this sketch. I had a canvas sitting all poised and ready so I decided to go for it. I had used the paper coasters to prep the canvas giving it nice texture. I filled in the inner sections between the coasters to create an even center leaving some edges uneven. Then I added paint and torn paper to create an interesting texture.
After sketching my take on the idea, I began to work on the painting. I am not certain if it is done, so will sit with it for awhile. The coasters turned into the perfect base for the girl's top and she then told me she had just come from swimming in the pond and discovered this magical place in the woods.
thank you Sharon for the inspiration. I hope to see more of her readers take her challenge.
And yes... very fun.ta
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
AH-HA's by Linda Drake
Today I woke up feeling so much more invigorated. I have been dragging butt for a few days. Not sure what was up.. bug of some sorts
or maybe allergies? I have never had allergies but it is pollen season. But today!!!!! I am back to my perky self. So I have lots to tackle today.. orders & some new art for Lunar I need to work on. But this morning, I did make time for my own art. My music playing, my birds singing, the sunshine pouring in, Marley chewing on something he shouldn't, it's all so delicious to be in my studio doing my art. Makes for a lovely soul enriching way to start my day. I think we have to have some butt draggin' days. It makes for more appreciation for the up days, don't you think?
here's to perky tata
Thursday, May 14, 2009
I missed peaches when I lived in Hawaii years ago. I had the mangoes and papayas of course, but those wonderful Colorado local peaches, I would just drool for. You could buy peaches, but they were just pitiful compared to the really fresh local kind.
I love summer most of all. The fresh produce, the abundance of flowers, the lovely warm weather; it's all heavenly. We are sleeping with our windows wide open which I love. All the wonderful fresh air.
So here's to Stephanie... sorry I can't post the wonderful sweet smell along with the picture.
Best I can do for you.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
she has learned to stand tall and ride out the
high surf. In time, the waves settle down and she comes out into the sunshine feeling empowered.
I so admire strong women. We all know them, they seem to take life in stride, and no matter what happens, they walk with strength. Every forward, ever hopeful.
This assemblage started with a flatten can I found with circles printed in the perfect place for a woman's breasts. So I knew this would be an art piece about a strong woman, run over in life, but still persevering. I decided she would be in the ocean because I think of the ocean as a giver of life; a symbol of our journey through life. The buttons create her path along the beach and the waves are crashing around her. But she stands firm and determined. Her eye fixed on the path ahead. Hard to see in the photo, but I used a whale's eye under the glass- the all knowing and all seeing eye of wisdom. The words say: "With every wave, she became stronger".
I love this piece, and I love the message. I wish I could empower all women to remain strong no matter what life blasts them.
Monday, May 11, 2009
stepping in to remind me she is patiently waiting for me and the warm rocky mountain weather to descend on us. We get so itchy to plant this time of year, but experience tells us to wait till the end of May. It's really tough because it's so warm and lovely out and the threat of a hard frost seems so remote. But just when you test this, your tender new plants will get zapped. So patience is called for.
Her wings are terra cotta shards from a broken flower pot and the old water faucet handle with an old door handle plaque makes the angel complete with her whimsical glass slippers. The stems of the flowers are cut strips from an old rusty measuring tape.
It is always such FUN doing assemblage in mixed media. Re-purposing found objects has always been a real source of joy for me. It's magic when you slip into some creative playtime. I have done this kind of art before, but usually the old rusty finds are incorporated with earth tone colors. This time I used old with colorful colors and I like the results. Bright colors are so cheery and cheery is good now.
This will go into the line up for our local show for Wild Women.
Friday, May 8, 2009
My daughter Stephanie posted this sweet video of Emalie painting. She LOVES to paint!!! There is nothing sweeter than watching a child create. This is my sweet little granddaughter Emalie painting outside in Hawaii.. what a lucky kid to live in paradise. Her little paint station out in the sweet tropical air and she is truly in PARADISE! Stephanie really encourages Emalie to do art whenever she wants. Always wonderful to see parents supporting creative energy in children. Yeah Stephanie!!! And look, Emalie even has some pink in her hair.. what you want to bet, Emalie got pink paint in her hair, so Stephanie swept up her hair in a quick do to get her hair out of range (hopefully) from the paint? She is just like her grandmother... I always end up with paint on my face and in my hair when I am painting monsters.
As adult artists, we strive to evolve past the "proper adult thinking" and allow our playful child to come into our art. Learning how to play again, allows us to truly let our creative muse come out uninhibited. That why it's so wonderful to have opportunities to play with our grandchildren. How blessed we are to share time with them. For those of you who have your grandchildren living close, count your blessings, because ours live too far away. sniff.