Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Almost forgot!

Some of you may or may not know that I am currently at war with cancer. At the end of this month the American Cancer Society is hosting a Relay for Life at our local High School.

Would anyone out here be interested in donating art to be sold for chairity? If you would please sign my comments and leave me your email address. Or you can email me directly if you want. The items would have to be here no later than March 24th. My oncologist office signed me up and is allowing me to share their booth to sell art. I am going to try and make as much as I can between now and then and in between surgery, doctors visits ect.

I know this is short notice, and I appoligise for that but I just found out about it yesterday. I will be grateful for any and all help that comes this way.

Alone again so I waxed

Ha ha not what you thought eh? This is a wax resist watercolor painting. Never did one of these before, interesting effect. I used a regular ole white crayola for the moon, reflection of the moon and bird, and some yellow and orange crayolas for the grasses. I then watercolored at random really mixing on the paper with lots of water making a mess. When it dried I touched up here and there with a pigma pen. Not one of my greatest works but at least I did something!

My sis left yesterday. I am glad we had the time together but as always I never want it to end. I miss her all the time, silly that we live so far apart. I always feel stronger and more grounded with her around. I gave her my button fairies and the doll and some other stuff, maybe she will share with my neices if they want one. She is my strongest supporter. OXOX

Friday, February 22, 2008

Painted Tags and My Sissy is Comming 2morrow!!!

These are some tags I made. They were a technique from a yahoo group called The Artist Circle. Great group if you want to lean techniques with a really great bunch of people.

First we stained our tags with coffee, then applied color in varrious ways, dry brushed with gesso and then embellished. Some had pockets, some had collage, charms, buttons ect. I always have to be different. I love to draw and paint so for some of these I did just that. The drawings are from a book of Indian design, I freehand these from looking at the pictures. I then painted them with just black and white. Hopefully you can see what I wrote on them, also taken from the book. I love drawing the designs so you may see them again somewhere.

Next up.... my big sister is comming for the weekend! She lives in NY I live in FL. I am so excited that my Sissy is comming! Sounds silly I know considering how old I am but it is the way it is. She likes to make art too, and is very good at it but she won't admit it. Will we make art? Dunno maybe we have alot to talk about and sometimes we just hang out. I hope her flight doesn't get cancelled, tonight she told me they were having ice storms in Buffalo so I will pray to the Great Ice Goddess in the sky to stop it long enough for her plane to take off!

Go Ahead Make My Day!

Melissa from and a good artist friend of mine awarded me with the "You Make My Day Award! The rules for the “You Make My Day” award are to re-present it to 10 people whose blogs bring you happiness and inspiration and make you feel happy about blog land. Let them know through email or by posting a comment on their blog so they can pass it on. Beware you may get the award several times, and if you do, consider yourself really, really loved. So to pass it on and keep the love going ~ here are 10 of the 100's of blogs that keep me inspired and bring a smile to my face. Check them out when you have a few minutes... perhaps there are some new friends to be made! It is very hard to pick just 10! and to try and pick some that have not already been picked is almost impossible! If I didn't get you this time, it doesn't mean I don't love your blog so keep on blogging!

Here is my list of my inspriations you are all AMAZING!


Ok Ladies the ball is in your court now! Have fun!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Big Little Foot Meet My New Grandbaby!

Will ya look at the size of that clod hopper? lol this is my new grandchild who appears to be all foot. She isn't really that big but the pic makes it look like it, and I thought what fun to show.

This baby, who we think? is a girl is due to come into the world in June. The names are still up in the air. Some of the names are Allison, Alexia, Morgan, Sebata and a few more. I wish one of these times someone would pick the name Arabella. I just love that name. Well no matter whatever her name is we will love her!

I can't wait until June! I am planning on going up to NY to attend her comming into the world, you see I get to cut the cord on deliveries. This is our ritual. Hopefully I will be well enough to travel and do this, and that is what I am aiming for right now. I love NY and wish almost everyday that I was there, I miss my family that is up there, the people, the food! lol

Sunday, February 10, 2008

New Doll on the Block - Meet Bloomers!

Here's to Bloomer's saying Happy Valentine's Day ya'll!

Bloomer's is made out of mat board, and painted with arcylics, watercolors, markers and a white gel pen. She is embellished with her little heart brads and some gold foil tape. Her head is made out of air dry clay and adorned with bright orange boa. Origionally this head was to be on a button fairy but....

She is flat backed and will hang on the wall or be put in a book, shrine or whatever. Her skirt is made out of celophane and drawn on design with a gel pen. Note if you try this you must spray krylon or something to seal the gel pen as it really will not dry and stay otherwise. Her heart got a coat of crystal 3D laquer to make it stand out and be shinny. She also has (underware lace) for sleeves.

I have not decided if she should wear a crown, or if she should get her wings as of yet.
and here is a close up of her face.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Altering a Black and White

This is my brother Buddy when he was about 4 yrs old. In the Artistic Techniques group this was the MAT (monthly art technique). To take a black and white photo and colorize it. I have done this before using a transparency but this particular photo would not work for that technique.

Really all I did was make a copy on glossy paper, and use watercolor and arcylic paints to color, the blush in his cheeks are chalks, then I sprayed with krylon. After that I highlighted in white with a gel pen.

This is one of my favorite photos of my big brother, I wasn't even a glimmer in my Daddys eye when this was taken. My brother is gone now, I treasure everything that was "Bud" or "Buddy" another obsessive compulsive thing. I still find it disturbing that he was actually holding a cigarette at such a young age and Mom and Dad thought it was alright. How times have changed!