Friday, November 25, 2011

neverending story.....

Here's my part of the neverending story taking place at Amy's... go here to read the first parts or even join in and sign up to be part of this story...

Our heroine and her trusty Pegasus flew over the dark ocean under the full moon, so glad to be together again and out of that cavern.

"GO home?", she questioned, "NO way, I want to see the world, the ocean, the sky, the stars!" and off they flew, low enough to feel the spray from the whales blowholes. The beautiful red haired lady blew a kiss to the closest whale as he slapped his tail down on the water and sent a whole wave up towards Pegasus. The whales moved off in their pod, little calves swimming along next to their mothers.

Out red haired lady flew up and up and up with Pegasus, his mane whipping in the wind. They flew along with a gaggle of geese, flying in their tight V going south for the winter.

The noise from all their honking was way too loud in Peg's ears so up higher they flew. Climbing higher and getting warmer as day dawned bright, clear and blue. They spotted a world in front of them on a pink cloud. Each cloud ahead of them seemed to hold a whole town of little houses, but they headed to the closest one and landed softly.

 It smelled of cotton candy and reminded our lovely lady of small town carnivals she'd been to as a child. They strolled down the lane of pink and blue and peach houses with giant mushrooms in the yards, when they reached the end of Cotton Lane they stopped before a house with a couple out front. They were sitting on their mushrooms and roasting marshmallows over a bonfire. They introduced themselves as Mr. And Mrs. Panda and Poppy Goldwater. They were just back from a trip across their cloud world and kept their guests entertained all morning with stories of their travels. They'd brought back baklava and origami paper cranes and souvenir spoons and shirts with big paintings of crabs on them as that was the style on the cloud number 9.  Peg and the red haired lady told their stories as well and the four of them became the best of friends within hours.

They needed a nap and were invited inside where everything was cuter than even outside. It all looked edible like a gingerbread house and they both slept better than either had in weeks. They felt so safe and protected, with out a worry at all in this cloud world. When they woke the Goldwaters invited them to stay awhile as they hadn't had guests in years. Peg was inclined to stay anyway. .. but when the Goldwaters said they felt strongly that if the pair were to leave soon they'd run into serious danger, they were both convinced to stay a bit. Panda had a touch of the vision and said he saw danger, sea turtles, mermaids and cups of sweet tea in their near future, and he advised they avoid all of the above. "Have another marshmallow", he said and Peg and the red haired day gladly complied.

 They laughed and settled in for a long visit, totally unaware at all that the very near future would be amazingly close to the vision of Panda Goldwater. And yet, our red haired lady couldn't shake an unsettled feeling...

Friday, November 18, 2011


I woke up this morning singing a Keith Partridge song:
 " I woke up in love this morning,
went to bed with you on my mind!"

Anyone else old enough to have watched the Partridge family too!!!???!

I also woke up to snow all over the ground this pretty!

I even walked thru it to take these pics for you...(so now you owe me).... when I think of what I want I'll let you know!

And it's a big birthday week here, one of my sons, one of my daughters and I all have birthdays within a week or so. I've got  a few more years before the big 50 so all's good!!!!!!

I've been working in my little fat goddess altered book that I posted the cover to a few days ago.... and I did a page following Amy's technique....

I layered scrap papers down and I used a quick dry white glue that was a bit messy but it did dry very quick,, scotch brand I think for scrapbookers, then I painted over it with acrylics, then I sketched this lady on top, painted over my sketch with acrylics and added colored pencil on top, I don't like her neck and will have to go back and cover it up a bit but I like the rest alright.

Not my most perfect piece of art but it was fun and isn't that the point!

It's a relaxing technique... to see more of it check out Amy and Natasha's altered book, free class over at Flutterbye. You'll be glad you did...

And I'm linking to paint party friday! Can't wait to see what everyone else did this week, and also to Inspiration Avenue because for once I did something that fits their theme!

And don't forget you have till the 20th or so, (I may get lazy and wait a few more days), before I do the drawing for my pendant, art and ACEO giveaways. Just click on the tiny little linky at the top to see my interview(the first one) and cut and paste it to your blog and answer the questions yourself, then link back to the linky or leave a comment on a post here, which is what some people have done. Either way as long  as I find it you're entered! See ya!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

my fat little goddess

I have been watching the videos over on Amy's Flutterbye (see sidebar) that she and Natasha are teaching on book altering. All the classes are FREE! and inspiring!

I love the reasoning behind offering it free... and I'm not sure if these are partially her words from somewhere on her site or mine (!?):

there's enough for everyone,

there's no need for all the artistic competitiveness

so share what you know...

so far they've worked through picking your book, thinning pages, preping, playing, painting the cover and putting in a zipper.... I'm still afraid of the zipper even after watching that one, plus my book is VERY old so the strings may not be able to handle the stress of the zipper. I'm still working on a portrait on one of the pages I collaged on, but here's the cover...

I may not be done, After seeing it here I think it needs some black words stamped in the background or something. Putting her on the cover does sort of make the book about a theme now, but that's OK, I want it to be full of powerful,
 and maybe stories of goddesses or such.

She sort of reminds me of the Venus of Willendorf or one of the other old ones, I could see it made of a tiny piece of clay on some long ago altar (minus the bright colors). and... just because I love them....

here's a few goddesses, some are based on real artifacts and some aren't.

Oh, I'm linking this up to the butterfly effect as their theme this week is also goddesses!

Saturday, November 12, 2011


She's thinking........

I'm linking this little mini canvas to IF and to Creative everyday and to Artists in Blogland

Friday, November 4, 2011


 I finished my spread in the sisterhood sketchbook challenge for October and got it mailed out today. I love october for it's cool weather, falling leaves, crisp air, indian summer, crunching through dried leaves, and the anticipation of  Halloween for dressing up and all, even though I didn't dress up this year. So that's what I did my page on and I had to throw in a falling lady since I started with putting them in almost every book so far...

I also worked on some art from Carla Sonheim's workshop that was in  Rice Freeman-Zachery's book: Destination Creativity that I won, (that I keep mentioning every week because it's been Fun to read). It was a cool project where you started with a photo of a lion... here's mine from a fountain...

then you do some one-lines of it, pick your favorite and she walks you through a painting her way...  and I ended up with this lion...

So...  then to try to make this technique more of something of my own and not just be copying Carla Sonheim I did this piece of my son using her technique still but alittle more of me in it......

I 'm wanting  to try knew techniques lately but I want them to look like something I made and not something the person I'm learning from would's a fine line between feeling like a thief and feeling like an artist. Next week I'll show you the art I created using the workshop from Jesse Reno in the book...
And if you didn't hear about Amy's project; go check out our Animal Farm blog...
 where we're posting sketches we did in our sketchbook exchange. It's going to be a quick turnaround and so far I'm enjoying it, but I won't post my sketches..., you'll have to go to the blog to check them out...

And also, To enter my giveaway go to the linky at the top of my blog and cut and paste the interview I have posted in the first spot there,, answer the questions in a post of your own and link up. You could win a pendant, an ACEO or a falling lady print! You have until late Novwember....Better do it now before you forget. I really want to see what people have to say ....

See ya! Happy Paint party friday and artists in blogland saturday