Friday, May 20, 2016

more alphabet kids...

This week I was back to drawing and painting alphabet kids.
whatever I am working on I am obsessed with working on...
until..
I am not. 
then I move to the next all encompassing thing. 
I did these for about 5 days and have even more than I am posting here... I couldn't wait to have a spare moment here or there to draw a few more, my new sketchbook is 1/4 full.
then I moved on to the novel and that is what I am working on the last two days.



Kara is actually the result of a dream. I dreamed I was getting remarried and hadn't planned the wedding or my clothes and people were arriving so I threw on a red leather fringe skirt (which truly I do not own) and red boots and a friend who saw my crooked veil, quickly glued a ceramic house on top of it to cover the faded flowers and down the aisle I went...
I have no idea what this dream could mean?!?
But it gave me an outfit for Kara....



 
I liked Opie but did not like his owl so I started over. The replacement is even worse in my opinion so I will do it a thrid time...
I liked the second one's sneakers better but everything else I hate.
argh!


Gotta run...

Friday, May 13, 2016

Painting pouches....

Months ago I turned my mandala paintings into little meditation cards on Moo.com
I made a post of it here...
they are the size of a business card but squared with rounded corners...
then this week finally, I decided what to do with them. 
I made a little pouch out of the extra white fabric that comes with an order from Spoonflower...
then I painted a mandala on it in acrylics...
 

I added details with a black sharpie then a white gel pen....



then I put in 10 cards each...

I am healed by nature
I have all that I need and want
Share your love with someone
I am totally unique in the universe
I am at peace
Just this is enough
I am loved
My world is full of wonder
Everything is and will be alright
and
my favorite....
something wonderful will happen today 

just because if you think it long enough it becomes true!



On the back of the cards is this...


So finally I added a bright drawstring, and I have a handy little pouch of meditation cards.
 One for me and two for my etsy shop. 
I stick the cards around my work desk to remind me of things of like
 "everything is and will be alright!"...



But you could also tuck one in someone's purse 
or pocket 
or lunchbox
Or...
put one on the bathroom mirror 
or in a journal 
either glued down or as a bookmark
or...
you could just draw one out each morning as a reminder then tuck it back away for another day.
or...
if you do meditate you could use it as a focus point.
I am sure if I keep thinking there are more things you could do with these...
post on a vision board
 build a card house of them
leave one with your tip the next time you eat out at your favorite restaurant
or even
use the pouch as an end of the year teacher gift.



You could make your own set with any of your artwork at moo.com by following  this link... 
or you can get mine in my etsy shop...
Have a great week!

Friday, May 6, 2016

One part of my world

Thought I would show some progress photos of a recent custom order I did for my Mini Muses...

It was a warm day so I was working at my desk on my upstairs side porch....
(right now I don't have a permanent space for art, lots of times I work on the dinning room table, but as my son, Wade is moving out in June, that should change soon!)

First I carry out a drawer of paints, cheap bottles from Walmart for the backgrounds, which as you will see I later mix with artist grade tubes of acrylic for some stronger pigment.


 Plus some matcha tea for me, some napkins to wipe paint on, and an old paint cup....


and Pandora (Dido radio) on the Ipad...
and lots of bright sun.....


I also have a paper where I sketched a possible muse on for practice, which I did like and decided to follow. I had also first lurked. Lurking being a big part of custom muses, I think!


I sketched a quick guide on the mini canvases and started smooshing the background on with my fingers...lots of times I work straight from the bottles and tubes, doing the blending right on the canvas....
 


Going back and forth between two canvases, so parts of each could dry in between...


Starting a few details....


I had the help of one of my daughter, Brandy's, cats, that I am still cat sitting for...
Her name is 'dirty popcorn', but she calls her 'Dirts'. 
She got loose one time when she was living with Brandy in Cortland, and Brandy found her months later when she was on facebook and someone who was a friend of a friend or something like that, posted a photo of Dirts, saying this cat had been hanging around. The cat is from the Humane Society there and even has a chip implanted in her so she could be found if anyone had taken her back to the Humane Society to have it read, and yet Brandy found her through facebook instead!
Now Dirts never even tries to get out. 
I guess she has had enough of the street life.




Starting the details with a fine line sharpie, some details are also added with black paint and a liner brush...


And all done.
although I did change the shape of the lady muse's face just a touch from the way it started, not sure if you can tell. It needed to be a tad thinner...






Then they were ready to pack up...
 I took some advice and worked on how I want these to arrive, thinking how I would want to feel when I open a present to myself!
 But I don't have a photo of that yet.... 
I really did enjoy doing these and hope to do more. It is wonderful knowing a tiny piece of my art is out in the world, making someone smile!



If you want one of your own Mini Muses; I will put a listing up on Etsy for a custom one. You can choose between child and adult, hair color and style, background colors, words and even a simple symbol if there is something you really relate to...



From my piece of the world to yours.....
Have a great week!

Friday, April 29, 2016

story rocks

Finally listed something I have been meaning to for months...
some story rocks...
A set of rocks with images drawn on each side in a handpainted muslin pouch....
all in white but I think the next one will have images in color, maybe on  clay "rocks" ...







First here's my bit from the etsy listing.....
"A simple pouch...
and some pretty river rocks....
some time to kill...
all add up to more than just a simple way to encourage creativity,
and pass the time you would have wasted in line,
in the drive-through
or waiting for your food in a restaurant.
They add up to making memories with someone special.

Carry this little pouch in your car or purse and pull it out when you need to entertain your children, (or yourself). Just have them pick three stones, and make up a story to go with the three chosen stones. If you are stuck for ideas, you get one "flip over", to turn a rock over to have an alternate image to use. If you think you aren't creative enough to do this you are wrong, and practice DOES make it easier. JUST TRY IT! If your kids are a bit older let them make up a story for you. Your kids might enjoy making little books to write their stories in. "





My story for you....Not an amazing story but just a simple story that came up after randomly picking out these three rocks.... you get the idea....
The CRESCENT MOON, the HOOT OWL, and the SLICE OF WATERMELON
     On the night of the CRESCENT MOON, deep in the middle of a long dark winter... a small boy with brown hair, and eyes so black they looked like midnight, sat up in bed because he thought he heard something strange. The boy was tired and lonely. He had been laying in bed wishing for a friend to talk to, someone who would really listen.
      He shivered in the dark of his room, listening for the strange sound, and suddenly he heard it again. It was a HOOT OWL. Outside his window, calling out to the young boy over and over. whooo. whoooooo. whooooooooooooo.
       The little boy was drawn to the window, and pried it open to hear the song better. A cold gust of winter air swirled in, along with some snow sparkling in the little sliver of moonlight. whooo. whooooo. whooooooooo. And, in flew the owl, who landed right on the boy's bed. It sat there, on top of the purple quilt the boy's grandmother had sewn for him as a baby, blinking it's big wide eyes at the enchanted boy.
      It was as if the boy could read the owl's mind because he felt sure the owl was asking for some food. It had been a winter of deep snow, and all the animals were struggling to find food. But the boy had no idea what an owl ate. He ran to the kitchen anyway and without turning on the kitchen light he rummaged through the open refrigerator, finding only a single SLICE OF WATERMELON his dad had cut for his breakfast the next morning. 
     The little boy grabbed the watermelon, hoping is father wouldn't mind, stumbled back up the stairs to his room, and placed the plate of watermelon on the bed in front of the owl, who immediately started eating nibbles of the pink fruit. He appeared to love watermelon. After 5 minutes of eating and eating, the owl looked back up at the boy, tilted it's head to say thank you, made a small owl noise that is impossible to spell out in a story, and flew back out the way it had came. 
     The boy and owl became friends on that night, and the owl came back often, eating nibbles of fruit and nuts from the boy's hands over time. 
     Each night they told each other stories without words.... and both of them were very good listeners.

Friday, April 22, 2016

hello spring finally

This week the snow is gone and we've had beautiful 80 degree weather...
what a difference a few days made...
there are tiny snow drops all over my overgrown flower beds... 
and the little purple flower are back in my yard, not violets yet, but something else, (I can't remember their name)...
actually I shouldn't have even mentioned them as I don't have a photo... 
But the purplish weed photographed is dead nettle. 
I do have tons of that up...
and I tried it in a salad this week as it is supposedly very good for you and completely edible. 
I didn't mind it but my family hated it.
 I did read on other websites that people often put it in smoothies instead of salads to get the nutrients without the texture.
 maybe I will try that,




as for art,
 I did a variety of things but only have one thing to show...
do you remember BigBig from last summer? 
(If not, then click here for one of many posts about our trip with Bigbig)
well, he was going to be in my alphabet book on the B page with this tiny sketch of him, but then I went back to an old idea I had for him and am off into a new/old direction!
I will let you know where it takes me later.
(I love twisted paths and divergent roads anyway...........)


Friday, April 15, 2016

hello

Another friday has come again so quickly...
I thought we were due for spring, I had some flowers up in my yard, little crocuses and then we got snow...
inches of snow...
days of snow...







But it has all melted again now 
and I have been working on a mandala (still in progress)
 

 for my e-class; 
Falling Into Mandalas 


coming out in July, 2016
You can signup at coursecraft here
 (also still in progress),

and I have been working on little alphabet children
 (I can't decide between detailing in pencil.... or pen. Goldie and Tim are pen, and Annie and Meg are pencil.)  
.





And I have been working on some fabric too, 
for Spoonflower's "Sprout" contest...
they are looking for a fabric that would work well in a Kimono style pattern. 


See you soon,