Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Crystals



It seems that great minds think alike! Ricë Freeman-Zachary (Voodoo Cafe
http://tinyurl.com/5jtpa7  (Hi Ricë !)
has wonderful prisms and crystals from her window so I thought I'd share mine, too. I've always hung shiney, rainbow-y stuff from my windows. Here's my current stuff. And , agreed, it's really hard to photograph inside a window looking out. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Wish for Time

Sigh,, here we are in the midst of the Christmas rush wondering what the heck to give the kids when you don't have any money to spend, and feeling a bit overwhelmed at all the decorating that should be done. Hmm I used to enjoy that so much. Maybe once I get the tree I'll somehow find my Christmas spirit. But instead I only wish I had time to myself to "art". This is a birdhouse I made last year and it's one of my favorite pieces. It's sometimes helpful to me to be reminded that I CAN make a decent piece of work when I have the time and the peace of mind. 

Friday, December 5, 2008

Ten Two Studios

Here's a wonderful site full to the brim of wonderful things. Ten Two Studios is having a giveaway in which you can receive images to use in your artwork. I love Lisa's site and always have a hard time tearing myself away! Check it out:
http://countdown.tentwostudios.com/

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Teaching!! A Giant Step!



Well, the universe is watching over me evidently and a door has opened wide. And I've decided to jump right in and see what happens. I've been given the opportunity to teach classes here in Westlake, CA, through a wonderful artist and sculptor named John Storojev at the Storojev Fine Arts Academy. I'm so excited and have planned two holiday workshops that take place December 5th and December 12th! The photos above are for the first workshop, a sweet little ornament made from an altoid tin and collage, paper folding, and 3d elements. The second will also be 3D , more of a table top or mantle decoration. 
There are some wonderful workshops planned for the Spring in collage, altered arts and mixed media so I hope, if you're reading this you will be interested in coming to class, telling your friends, getting mixed media back on the map in the valley! Email me if you have any questions or suggestions. The studio is at Storojev Fine Arts Academy home of the California Sculpture Academy 31143 Via Colinas , Westlake Village, CA 91362  (818)735-0700 
We are right across from The Four Seasons Hotel , near Costco in Westlake. Please leave a comment or email me if you're interested in these classes or any future classes. 
 

Christmas cheer


Here is my contribution to Christmas cheer! I've been teaching myself how to solder and why not do a big project at the same time? So this is one of 12 ornaments I made for a Christmas swap. I drew the goose (Six geese a-laying) and collaged all parts, added little bits here and there and voila!

29 days of giveaways---Chrysti

Art by Chrysti is having a great give-away! Not just once .... she's calling it 29 days of Giveaways! How can you resist?? Go check out her blog and maybe you'll get lucky.

http://chrysti.wordpress.com/2008/12/02/29-days-of-giveaways-for-you/


Sunday, November 23, 2008

The Holidays are on my mind...


Here is a bit of what I've been working on for the holidays. I'll post the final piece(s) after the recipients receive their pieces. The goose is my own drawing, and this also includes stamping and collage.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Cool Hawk!


This is a gorgeous photo that my son took in Santa Barbara. I think it's a Ferrugunous Hawk but please feel free to correct me if you know what it is. Maybe just a redtail, none the less- gorgeous! He said it had just been riding the air currents, just hanging in the air without soaring. Then decided to come down for a meal. 

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Amazing Nature


It just amazes me to see such humble beauty in the world! And I feel so lucky to have been able to capture it with my camera. This was taken from inside the house through a dirty glass window. I think it's a painted lady (???) And it is a very lucky lady because about 8 inches away is a preying mantis just wishing he had a butterfly for dinner! Don't worry she escaped safely!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Paper Traders Calendar

If you want a really FANTASTIC calendar for next year check out this link. 
http://www.cafepress.com/PaperTraders    This is the calendar done by the super talented artists at the yahoo group Paper Traders. I am so proud to be a part of this group and so happy to be constantly inspired by their beautiful work! Check it out, you'll love it.  

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

vote!


I voted, did you?

Friday, October 31, 2008

Monday, October 27, 2008

Lucky Kitty



I can't decide if I'm the lucky one or my new cat is the lucky one! On the left is my new cat, Gypsy. She was a stray that was happily visiting my yard. When I started petting her (instead of chasing her away from my squirrels and birds) I saw that she was as skinny as a pencil! Obviously starving, probably abandoned, but sweet as could be. I immediately started feeding her, she was so grateful. But after my &*&^%^& neighbor threatened to dump her in some far off neighborhood I decided that she was comin' in ! Well, as you can see in the photo, there couldn't be a better match. After careful introductions, Gypsy is as happy as can be with my two cats (who were 'official rescues' and with my dog, Tucker. She's now spayed, has her shots and is just loving being part of our family. What a happy ending! ... or beginning?!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Everything but the kitchen sink!

Since the topic was brought up in one of my groups I thought I'd add this piece. This collage incorporates acrylic, gesso, foil, mesh, modeling paste, salt, sugar and sand!!! The photo does not show the intensity of the color nor the wonderful texture. It was so fun to do and though it would make a great background I think it looks great just like this!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

My dear sister is always trying to "get me out there" (wink) and she has asked me to send some of my photos to the National Geographic Photo Contest. And so I obediently have done so. The pic here is one of 7 that I've sent in. If you'd like to see the rest --please do! and give them high ratings!---you can go to this link:


http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/myshot/gallery/67459

and from there you can get information on the contest in case you'd like to join yourself!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Playing with my Head!




My sister is learning to sculpt with polymer clay and the other day I decided to give it a try just for fun. This guy is done all by hand and not using any molds. My first attempt at making a head. I must say, I surprised myself!! I know he looks a little evil because his eyes aren't painted but really he's just a nice dude!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Sketches


When I pick up my son from school I go very early in order to snag the only shady parking spot near the school. Especially because my dog always comes with me. So I bring my handy bag of art supplies, my sketchbook, and my faithful Dr. Pepper and draw. 

Listen


Here's a journal page. I've been trying to get myself to journal more often. I usual do a cool background and then don't want to wreck it. But I'm determined to write! hard for me. Anyway, Teesha Moore's style make it a little easier. And using all these bright colors is a fun departure. 

What a Surprise!


Wow! What a wonderful surprise!! My little composition notebook was chosen by Cloth, Paper Scissors to be in their online newsletter! This is the first time EVER that I've submitted work to anyone anywhere and of course, the first time I've ever been chosen! I am so very grateful to the people at Inspire Me Thursday http://www.inspiremethursday.com/  . It started with their weekly challenge titled "notebook". Then they sent out an email suggesting that "we" enter the Cloth Paper Scissors challenge. A week later, there's my little book!! So awesome! A small victory for moi. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Four Hands

In my efforts to do art everyday, here's a spread in my journal inspired by this great stamp. 

Friday, September 5, 2008

Powder Room Entertainment

Well, In my house, anytime you go to the bathroom this is what you will see. My cat loves to keep you entertained by playing under the door. And if there happens to be a cat toy that you can kick to him, he will kick it back and play and play! Silly cat. 

Monday, September 1, 2008

altered tiny composition book


For Inspire Me Thursday,......  the theme: "notebook"

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

My First Soldered Pieces


These are my very first attempts at soldering! I know I have a lot of learning to do but....what fun! Thanks to VolcanoArts.com for their great tutorials and supplies. 


Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Here's a really cool slideshow of my work!

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I saw a cool slide show like the one above on JoAnna Pierroti's blog .. http://www.mosshill.blogs.com/ She shows many photos of the wonderful ZNE convention which was held this past weekend. Wish I could have gone. But thanks for the pics, JoAnnA.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Beginnings


Hmmm,,, thought I'd give this blogging thing a try. I love checking out other blogs and have learned so very much from other artists so , why not?! Leave me a comment.... like "good idea" or "are you out of your mind"......  
Here's a little sketch from my journal .  Oh, and if you can tell me how to make the banner smaller I'd appreciate it!