Monday, May 31, 2010

Happy Memorial Day!

Nothing fancy ~ just from the heart.

Thank you to all who serve in the armed forces.
Thank you to all of you who give so much
so that my friends, family and I can be free.
Thank you to all of the families
who stand by those who protect our freedoms.
Thank you to those who have given
the ultimate sacrifice.
You are appreciated!

Thank you!

God bless,

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Yep - I think I was 'drug up' just fine!

My pastor sent this in an email and I thought it was worth sharing!

The following letter has appeared on the internet and was viewed by many readers. Many felt it would be appropriate for the readers of Avoyelles Parish.

The other day, someone at a store in our town read that a Methamphetamine lab had been found in a old farmhouse in the adjoining county and he asked me a rhetorical question, "Why didn’t we have a drug problem when you and I were growing up?"

I replied, I had a drug problem when I was young:

I was drug to church on Sunday morning.

I was drug to church for weddings and funerals.

I was drug to family reunions and community socials no matter the weather.

I was drug by my ears when I was disrespectful to adults.

I was also drug to the woodshed when I disobeyed my parents, told a lie, brought home a bad report card, did not speak with respect, spoke ill of the teacher or the preacher, or if I didn’t put forth my best effort in everything that was asked of me.

I was drug to the kitchen sink to have my mouth washed out with soap if I uttered a profanity.

I was drug out to pull weeds in mom’s garden and flower beds and cockle burs out of dad’s fields.

I was drug to the homes of family, friends and neighbors to help out some poor soul who had no one to now the yard, repair the clothesline, or chop some firewood, and if my mother had ever known that I took a single dime as a tip for this kindness, she would have drug me back to the woodshed.

Those drugs are still in my veins and they affect my behavior in everything I do, say, or think. They are stronger than cocaine, crack, or heroin; and, if today’s children had this kind of drug problem, America would be a better place.

Yep!  I have to agree.  Here's the link if you would like to check it out ~
Train up a child in the way he should go,
and when he is old he will not depart from it.
Proverbs 22:6 

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Thursday's Thoughts... paint your passion!

One of the things that slows down our creative process is when we don't tend to create things that we are passionate about.  So, add this little note to your Creative Art Journal Adventure (or whatever you are calling your journal!).

Create what you are passionate about!

If you find you are stuck and your creative juices have dried up and gone to the desert, then take a look around for something in your home that brings back a fun memory.  Make this be the center of your next creative venture!  Here's what I am looking at ~

My next painting is going to be a meal cooking on an old fashioned stove.  Okay, well - you have to use your imagination here!  I know that there is no food cooking and this is my very modern push button gas stove, but let me take you on a tour of the main items in this still life set up.

The kettle on the left was my Grandmother Golter's.  The black coffee pot was one we took on our desert picnics when I was quite young, my daughter and I took it camping many times when she was younger, and I used it for a milk bucket with my goats.  The salt and pepper shakers are ones I bought years ago when I dreamed of having a home in the country.  The pan was Nana's and so was the spatula.

Can you read the advertisement on the handle?  It says:

Nelson-Huckins Laundry
Texarkana, Texas

Nana had to have gotten this around the time that my mom was born, because Mom was born in Texarkana.  It has a little heart cut out in it which I think is very neat.

Each of these items makes me smile and painting them is going to be a very fun project.  Now I have to decide what kind of stove I will use and what we will be cooking.  Nana talked about how she had cooked on everything - wood, coal, gas, oil...  I think I will do a little research here and see what I can find!

And now, what should we be cooking?  Hmmm...  What do you think?  Breakfast?  Lunch?  Eggs?  Fish?  What do you think should be on today's menu?

Thanks for the ideas!

PS - Creating what you are passionate about will help start your creative juices flowing no matter what your chosen creative outlet is.  Find something  special in your home and start creating your quilts, jewelry, mixed media, etc. - or grab your camera and take some fun photographs of your treasure!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Wednesday's Words - Pausing for a thank you!

In the USA, this weekend will be filled with travelers, hot dogs, camping trips and summer fun.  Some people only think about this weekend as being three days that jump start the summer activities; however, it has a much deeper meaning. 

Chances are wherever you live, you live where someone has paid the ultimate price for your freedom.  Look across a world map - and say a 'thank you' to a veteran where you are. 

Hey - you might even invite them to your bar-b-que, too!

So what are your plans for this weekend?  If you aren't 'stateside', do you have a special day like Memorial Day?  I would love to hear about it!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, May 24, 2010

A little Monday art fun!

Check out this fun project! 

First you do a little painting with a fairly thick layer of gouach (opaque watercolor - best to use gouache from a tube for this project!).   Be sure you use a good 140 pound watercolor paper so that it can take the abuse you are going to give it!
You need to tape your little painting to a surface that can get really wet.  I have used a piece of plexiglass.  To add a little bit of interest, I tore the tape with a 'ragged' edge so that there wouldn't be a straight line around the edge.  Let your little painting sit quietly until it is completely dry.

After you have done that, start slathering on some ink!
For this little ACEO, I am using a permanent waterproof black ink.  Keep painting your ink until you have covered the entire painting.

Lovely, isn't it - hehe.  Okay, now you have to wait until the ink is completely dry.  Now, take this litte project to your sink.  Run water over the entire painting and, using a soft toothbrush, carefully 'scrub' the painting.  You will be amazed at what you see!

At this point, you may consider your little painting all finished, or you may decided to add a few touches here and there.

Check out this post for some more paintings done in a similar way ~ More Journal thoughts...

Get messy and have fun!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

A Treasure of a Treasury!

Isn't this a lovely treasury?!

Oh!  And I love the title ~

A Rainbow of Smiles ~
in honor of a friend who will be adopting soon   xox

What a lovely thing to do for someone ~ Thank you, TheSingingBird!!!
Who is her friend?  TheSingingBird made this lovely treasury in honor of my daughter, Cynthia.  As you know, Cynthia and Timothy are in the process of adopting a little girl from Ethiopia.  And I am in the process of being a patient Grammy *winks* while I wait for our little treasure to arrive. 

But, she is a special treasure and well worth waiting for ~ a treasure from God, hand delivered to us!  Having pretty things is nice, but the treasure of a grandchild or the kindness of a friend is much more precious. 

If you hurry, you can see this lovely treasury in person ~

And if you wait patiently with the rest of us, you can see our beautiful little treasure when she comes home!


But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven... 
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Matthew 6:20a and 21

Friday, May 21, 2010

Just one of those days... Funtry Friday

Don't you just hate it when you are having a bad hair day, and someone else has a camera?
And, to top it off, they catch you in the most ungraceful pose possible!

hehe - one of these days they are all going to gang up on me and eat the camera - I just know it!

Happy fun in the country Friday!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

More Journal thoughts...

Remember this little adventure in technique?

The entire process is described in my post, Taking some inspiration from my Art Journal!  Basically this is gouache and transparent watercolor which had a layer of watersoluable ink washed over the top.  After the ink is dry, then the entire painting is 'washed'.  You never know exactly what you will get when the artwork is washed!  There is a definite element of surprise when you create these paintings.

This started as a tree.  A very gnarly tree with some red apples on it.  But then it changed a bit...

When the ink was washed off, some of the gouache colors ran together.  This is one of the fun, unexpected 'happy accidents' that you get with this process.

When I looked at this little painting sitting sideways on my art table, I saw something completely different.  Now there was a lake and trees full of their Fall colors. 

It was fun to finish up my 'tree' this way!  I have another painting waiting for the ink to be washed off.  I wonder what it will turn into?

This 'process' will definitely go in my Art Journal.  I am sure I will be doing more of these because they are a great way to play between larger projects.  It's also a great way to get out of an artistic 'rut' because you don't know what it will be when it is finished.  Hope you try it out sometime - it was fun!

Have a creative day!

PS  All of the directions and instructions are in my post, Taking some inspiration from my Art Journal!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Just a little horsie humor ~ Wednesday's Words

Here you go ~ here is a "Glossary of Horse Terms"

Hock: Financial condition of all horse owners.

Stall: What your rig does at rush hour in an unfamiliar city on the way to a big horse show.

A Bit: What you have left in your pocket after you've been to your favorite tack shop.

Fence: Decorative structure built to provide your horse with something to chew on.

Horse Auction: What you think of having after your horse bucks you off.

Pinto: Green coat pattern found on freshly washed light colored horses left unattended for 2 minutes.

Well Mannered: Hasn't stepped on, bitten, or kicked anyone for a week.

Rasp: Abrasive metal tool used to remove excess skin from ones knuckles.

Lunging: Popular training method in which a horse exercises their owner by spinning them in circles until dizzy.

Gallop: Customary gait a horse chooses when returning back to the barn.

Nicely Started: Lunges, but not enough health insurance to even think about riding him.

Colic: Gastrointestinal result of eating at horse fair food stands.

Colt: What your mare gives you when you want a filly.

Easy to Load: Only takes 3 hours, 4 men, a 50lb bag of oats, and a tractor with loader.

Easy to Catch: In a 10x10 stall.

Easy Rider: Rides good in a trailer; not to be confused with "ride-able".

Endurance Ride: End result when your horse spooks and runs away with you.

Hives: What you get when you receive the vet bill for your 6 horses, 3 dogs, 4 cats, and 1 donkey.

Hobbles: Walking gait of a horse owner after their foot has been stepped on by their horse.

Feed: Expensive substance used to manufacture manure.

Dog House: What you are in when you spend too much money on grooming supplies and pretty halters.

Light Cribber: We can't afford to build anymore fencing or box stalls for this buzz saw on four legs.

Three Gaited Horse: A horse that. 1) trips, 2) stumbles, 3) falls.

Submitted by Audrey, Emmitsburg, Md.

Want more horse jokes?  Check out this website!

Monday, May 17, 2010

With a little help from my friends!

It's always a good idea to spend time with friends doing what you like best.  I love to create artwork - everything from sketches to paintings...

... and Bethie likes to eat them!

We do have an understanding, though - she is only allowed to eat the lousy sketches - I get to keep the good ones *winks*

Maybe next time I will plop myself out with the horses...  although, Billie Jane does like to check out my sketch book, too *roflol*  Um...  chicken pen?  Ah, perhaps the porch would be a little bit better!

So, when the weather is gorgeous, do you go outside with your paints, yarn, or whatever?  Or is gardening your passion?  Do you have a friend who shares your fun with you? 

Happy Spring!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Saying goodbye...

This week my family said goodbye to my Uncle Bob...  although, in a way, we had said 'goodbye' to him several years ago.

Uncle Bob had Alzheimer's.  He was often in his own world where memories and reality collided and blurred his once sharp mind.

Uncle Bob had a PhD and was a noted scientist at one time.  He was the fourth person in our family to have some kind of dementia and, each time we have watched disease whittle away at their minds until they died.

Where is the hope when this happens?  Four times over, I can say that it is in the words of Jesus:

Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me.  In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?  And when I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.  And when I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.

John 14: 1-3

May the Lord fill you with comfort and bless you today and always,

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Etsy Blogger Blogger of the Month! HandmadeBySandi!

Wow - it's May already!  And here is the Etsy Blogger's featured blogger for this month.  Prepare your eyes for some great creations!  This is one busy lady =)

Look what I found in Sandi's Etsy shop!  *roflol*  I love this!
It's a pet placemat! 
That is so cute - and very practical, too!  I also found these adorable felted bowls.  I love the way that felting looks.  What a great little accent for any home!

Of course, Sandi has a blog ~ The T-Shirt Lady ~ where you can keep up with all her news.

And, for more fantastic creations, check out Sandi's T's ~ it's jam packed with wonderful goodies like this adorable baby quilt ~

Isn't this cute!

Well, that will keep you busy for the weekend ~ have fun visiting with Sandi!


Friday, May 14, 2010

Funrtry Friday - Fun in the Country, but...

... today, we are traveling to a few other countries.  Here's a great laugh from - You Make Me Laugh!  These are actual real serious signs from all over the world.  Enjoy!

Bucharest Hotel Lobby - "The lift is being fixed for the next day. During that time you will be unbearable."

Leipzig elevator - "Do not enter the lift backwards and only when lit up"

Belgrade elevator - "To move the cabin, push forward for wishing floor. If the cabin should enter more persons, each one should press a number for a wishing floor. Driving is then going alphabetically by national order"

Paris elevator - "Please leave your values at the front desk."

Athenian hotel - "Visitors are expected to complain at the office between the hours of....."

Moscow Hotel - "You are invited to visit the cemetery where famous Soviet composers, authors and artists are buried daily except Thursday."

Austrian ski hotel - "Do not perambulate the corridors in the hours of repose in the boots of ascension."

Swiss menu - "Our wines leave you nothing to hope for."

Polish menu - "Salad of firm's own make; limpid red beet soup with cheesy dumplings in the form of a finger; roasted duck let loose; beef rashers beaten up in the country people's fashion."

Hong Kong dress shop - "Ladies have fits upstairs."

Rhodes tailor shop - "Order your summer suit because it is big rush we will execute customers in strict rotation."

Germany's Black Forest - "It is strictly forbidden on our Black Forest camping site that people of different sex, for instance, men and women, live together in one tent unless they are married together for that reason."

Swedish furrier - "Fur coats made for ladies from their own skin."

Japanese detour sign - "Stop: Drive sideways."

Swiss mountain inn - "Special today - no ice cream."

Copenhagen airline office - "We take your bags and send them in all directions.

Budapest zoo - "Please do not feed the animals. If you have suitable food, give it to the guard on duty."

Acapulco hotel - "The manager has personally passed all the water served here."

Japanese air conditioner - "Cooles and Heates: If you want just condition of warm in your room, please control yourself."

Tokyo car rental firm - "When passenger of foot heave in sight, tootle the horn. Trumpet him melodiously at first, but if he still obstacles your passage, then tootle him with vigour."

Norwegian cocktail bar - "Ladies are requested not to have children in the bar"

*Thanks to Pastor Tim for this joke!*


Thursday, May 13, 2010

Journal thoughts swiped from writers!

Here's a little something you may have never tried with your art before.  Tuck this one in your art journal and play with it this week *winks*  It's fun and it can give you a different focus on your artwork which is especially helpful if you find that your creative juices are 'stuck'.

I know you have heard about the 5 Ws and an H, but have you ever applied them to your artistic creations?  Try it!  Ask yourself these questions ~
  • Who is this artwork for?  Put a 'face' to your buyer!  Who is this person?  What do they like to do?  What is their favorite color?  Be specific!
  • What do I want the viewer to feel about this piece of artwork?  What emotions do I want my artwork to spark within them?
  • Where is the setting for my painting?  Even if I am doing a portrait with a very loose background, the colors I choose with give the viewer an idea of 'where' the subject is.  Green = trees, blue = sky, etc.   Having a definite idea of the 'where' will give me a clearer view of what to do with the background before I start to paint.
  • When the viewer looks at my painting, will it take them back in time?  forward in time? or will it be timeless?  The 'when' that I want the viewer to feel, will help me to focus on the details within the painting.  Will I include antique items or create something from an imagined future time?
  • How will I accomplish all of these things?  By thinking about each of the 5 Ws in detail, I will have a better idea of what style, what media, and what type and size of paper or canvas I will use to create this masterpiece.
The more thinking that is done prior to a project, the less huccups you will have half way through the project.  Yes, you may quote me!  *winks*

And, by the way - you can use this idea with any type of art or craft - from painting to quilting, from jewelry to kid's crafts.  You can also use this to really 'fine tune' an item you want to make as a gift for someone.  Try it!  Like I said, it is fun and puts a new twist on an often used writer's tool.

Happy creating!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Wednesday's Words - Guinea bird fun!

Okay, I have chatted about my very cool Guinea Fowl before, so you know how fond I am of them.  I thought I would share some fun hatchling 'words' with you today in honor of this little Miss Guinea who is setting on some eggs ~

What do you mean, where?  She's right there...  er... over there... oh... wait...

There - now do you see her?

Here's a little help - can you see her, now?

Okay - do you see that little dash of read - that would be the wattles on her face.  If you want to try and find her in the first photo, look to the right of the white box.  She is next to the bottom of that box - and nearly invisible!

Here's some fun facts that I have personally learned about guineas ~
  • They hatch running 90 miles an hour!  Those little buggers are FAST right out of the egg!
  • Newly hatched guineas are so small that they can fit through the space between the bars in a normal bird cage!  That's tiny!
  • Almost immediately they will start going after bugs.  There was a little moth in with some newly hatched babies I incubated and they all jumped to try to catch it!
  • Guineas can fly - and they fly very early in their lives.  When they are adults, they can fly up to the top of a roof, over fences, up into trees, and more...  I have see guineas fly about 15 - 20 feet high and travel over 100 feet. 
  • Guineas nest on the ground and they prefer tall weeds or dry brush.  This little lady is nestled inside some tumbleweeds.
  • Guineas do not go dormant at night like chickens do.   Nope.  They go spastic.  Like nothing I have ever seen before.  Catching them is...  well, challenging, to say the least!
  • When you put six full grown guineas in a large cage, they can make it go airborne in seconds.  Yeah, guess how I know this?  *roflol*  The spastic guineas that it took me forever to catch, all went in one cage to be moved to my new home.  I had to tie the cage to my truck to keep them in there.  They bounced the cage all the way to our new home! 
If you have never heard the call of a guinea, type in 'guinea fowl sound clip' and have fun listening to their, em... unique chatter!

Have a great week!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Art on the go!

Will you be traveling this summer?  Do those long road trips make you nuts?  Well, here's an idea that is both fun and productive!

Don't loose your marbles *winks* take your art journal along with you and...

  • Sketch out ideas for new paintings.
  • Do small, quick colored pencil sketches of the scenery while you drive.
  • Take along a travel watercolor set and do a quick watercolor sketch when you stop for lunch.
  • Grab a set of markers and relax in the evening by doodling about what you saw during the day.
  • Take a stack of blank ACEOs (Art Cards Editions and Originals) with you.  These little 2.5 x 3.5 inch critters are small enough to finish quickly and would make great gifts for the people you will visit along the way.
  • Make a list of the favorite things you have seen, tasted, touched, smelled, and heard while you are traveling.  Read them when you get home and I bet you will have a great idea for some artwork.
  • Stopping at the beach?  Do a painting 'en plein aire'!  (In the open air - painting outside is lots of fun - especially when you are painting a special memory.)
  • Take LOTS of reference photos for when you are back in your studio.
  • Remember to have lots of fun while you travel this summer!
Have a safe trip!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

Hope you are having a wonderful day!  Since it is Mother's Day in this neck of the woods, I thought that I would share some Mother's Day fun.  Enjoy!

Here's a cookbook I made for my mom in 1957. 
Mom kept this little treasure with her recipes.
The very fun bread box was a gift from my daughter
many years ago when she was in Junior High.
The apples are not that old!  *roflol*

Mom did this painting of her mother's pitcher.
Now I have both the painting and the pitcher.

This is a charming little painting of some grapes.
Mom did several small paintings like this.

Mom loved painting water and she did several paintings
similar to this one.  This is one of my favorite paintings.

We all liked this painting so well that Mom started to
paint the same subject again several times.  None of the other
paintings were ever finished.  This one is in my sister's collection
of Mom's paintings.  (hehe - you can tell by the white wall...  *winks*)

Hope you enjoyed these 'Mom Memories' today!
Blessings to you all,

For this child I prayed; and the Lord has granted
me my petition which I made to Him.
1 Samuel 1:27

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Wow! Do I ever feel pampered and blessed!

...and, I learned a valuable lesson *roflol*  Don't assume that the package that arrived contains the boring old vitamins that you ordered =p  It might contain an exciting surprise!  Um....  something like this ~

With a precious note that says something like this ~ This gift is purchased from someone who loves and prays for you!

This lovely gift came from a "Secret Someone" who purchased if for me from Diane at Lucious Lather on Etsy.  And believe me, her shop is aptly named!  Both of these lovely products are very cool!  so......

Here's a big (((((hug))))) and a thank you to my Secret Someone!  and a Thank You to Diane for such great products!

Goodnight from the totally pampered me!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Funtry Friday - Country Mamas

Hey, Mother's Day is Sunday so I thought that I would have a little mama fun on Funtry Friday.  Here is some fun in the country to celebrate the joys and the *ahem* other *joys* of motherhood *winks*

Ahhhh - a little bovine bliss!

Nothing like a watchful mother to guide your way!

There's no place like home!  "I wish Mom would
just sit down so I could get out of this wind..."

Yep.  Picture says it all, doesn't it?!

And one last special photograph.  This one has my Nana (my mother's mom) at the table with my Dad in uniform (Navy) and my Granddaddy. 

The Etsy Blogger's Carnival for Mother's Day is to share a special memory about your mother or grandmother.  I will share something special about Mom on Mother's Day - so I decided to share something special about Nana today.

Nana loved animals and she was always nursing some critter that my uncle would bring to her house.  She had a ton of parakeets at one time.  Apparently a pet store had a bit of an accident and they got loose.  He chased them in his trees and caught them all for her.  Another time, she bottle fed one of my uncle's lambs until he could turn it out with the other lambs.  As a child, it was fun for me when she had a new critter at her house.   Oh, yeah - she was a 'farm girl' when she was young, but she did all of this in her home in downtown Phoenix, AZ!

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Taking some inspiration from my art journal!

It's time for Thursday's Thoughts - the day when I pause and recharge my creative side by browsing through my art journal.  I have taken all kinds of notes on projects I want to do and new techniques I want to explore.  So today - it's all about the process!

Now, most of the time, I am not a 'process person'.  If the process to get the end product requires a whole lot of steps, then I probably am not going to dive into it.  This process sounded interesting, though - so I am giving it a try.

I had enough fun with these little ACEOs that I will do this again.  Of course, they aren't done yet *lol* but most of the "waiting time" is done.

So what am I doing?  I saw this idea in two different books and the directions were just a little bit different.   So, naturally, I did my own thing =p

Here's the "process" ~
  • Tape your paper to a surface that can get wet.  Very wet!  Use watercolor paper for the best results.
  • Using gouache, paint your design with rather thick paint.  You can use one color or several colors.
  • Allow the gouache to completely dry.  No shortcuts here - if it isn't dry, it won't work.
  • Using water soluable ink, drip large drops of ink on the paper.  Use a brush to carefully smooth the ink over the surface.  One description said to use watercolor to do this part.  I found that the gouache lifted much more with the watercolor than it did with the ink.  I'm not dissatisfied with the result of the watercolor (so far) but the ink was definitely easier to handle in this part of the process.
  • Wait for the ink to completely dry.  No shortcuts here either!
  • Now that you have patiently waited for the ink to dry, go to your sink and run some warm water over the painting.  The ink will lift off of where the gouache is and will stain the rest of the paper.  Use a sponge to carefully lift the ink off.
  • Now.  Leave it alone and let it completely dry!

Okay - I am in the final drying process, and I am still thinking this was fun.  I used a 'trashed' piece of plexiglass as the support for this project.    I think that this little one has some definite possibilities - but, I will listen to my own advice and let it dry until morning *winks* and then we'll see what happens to it!

One really cool thing about this process is that you can lift as little or as much of the gouache as you want.  You can leave enough gouache to color the paper, or remove it all until you only have a very light ghost image.  After the paper is dry, you can go back and add paint, ink, or whatever you want - or leave it just as it is.  One thing that you need to remember is that the colors will be soft and more subtle after you wash the ink off.

This is a fun project!  If you don't have time to try it right now - go make a note about it in your art journal *winks* and start looking for a day to play *big smile*

Happy creating!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Wednesday's Words - Art Splash on Etsy!

First Thursday Art Splash on Etsy is the inspiration of Elizabeth from WindandHoney on Etsy.  She came up with the idea to have one day a month (the first Thursday of each month) to focus on the wonderful fine art that is available on Etsy.  Check out the Art Splash on Etsy blog for more details - and to see great interviews with the participating artists.

All of the Art Splash artists have an Etsy shop, so stop by Etsy and do a search for our items.  In the search menu, choose 'all items' and then type in 'artsplash' (all one word).  Prepare to be amazed!  Many people do not realize the amount of fine art that is sold on Etsy.

Eye candy time!  Have fun =)


PS If you sell fine art on Etsy and would like to join us, check out the Art Splash on Etsy blog for details.

Monday, May 3, 2010

A little something new from me...

Little, literally, since these are ACEOs!  I had some 'computer fun' and came up with some altered art versions of some of my paintings =)

Best Friend

Windy Day


I Want to Play

It was fun to 'play' with these in PhotoShop and come up with a new look for some old favorites.  I have listed "Best Friend" in my Etsy shop, and I am thinking about listing the others, too.  For me, the creative process was doubly fun - first I got to paint and then I got to play on the computer *winks*

So, what do you think of my little altered art creations?  Thumbs up?  Thumbs down?

Happy creating!

PS - ACEO stands for Art Cards Editions and Originals and they are small works of art that are 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches (6.4 cm x 8.9 cm), roughly the size of a standard playing card. They are an affordable and fun way to collect wonderful works of art by your favorite artists, including me *grins*

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Oh, Whine day! It is cold and windy out there!!!!

Windy - cloudy - cold - and I have lost count of how many times I looked out back and couldn't see past the porch for all the dust blowing around there.  If you are in California - I just sent you some dirt.  And tumbleweeds.  hehe - you're welcome *winks*

I don't want to do anything...  whine... whine... whiiiiiiiineeeeee...

Stop that!  Stop that right now, Kathleen!  Stop all that whining and go grab your art journal and get inspired! 

Well, now - that does sound like a much better idea.  Let's see....

  • I could clean up my palette and reorganized all my paint.

  • Make a color chart!  That would be lots of fun =)

  • Wow - my 'personal vision' isn't finished...  hmmm....  I could add to that...

  • Oh, wow - look at all these painting ideas:  monochromatic painting, textures samples, gouache and ink, collage, playing with new mediums...  Oh, turpentine and watercolor.... 

  • Clouds, horses, photos, mixed media, fabric, wood... surprise backgrounds for common subjects...
New styles...  new paints... new textures!
Wow - I had forgotten how many great ideas I had in here! 

Hey - have you been jotting down notes for some great projects?  Are you keeping all those little gems together in one place?  Having one place with lots of inspiration and ideas really helps me to stop whining and start painting =)

Hope you are getting inspired to create today, too!

Oh, yeah - one of the main reminders in my art journal is to remember to 'look up'.  There is nothing like prayer to inspire me and fill me with tons of new ideas - and to help me keep my perspective and stop whining!

Rejoice always, pray constantly,
give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will
of God in Christ Jesus for you.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

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