(You may have noticed I've already started decorating!)
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
1. How many TV’s do you have in your home?
2. What is on your bedside table (nightstand)?
An alarm clock, a glass of water, The History of Love by Nicole Krauss, a deck of cards, a vanilla scented candle, a remote (for one of the above-mentioned tv's), a pencil and 2 micron pens (01 & 05), an orange crayon, note paper, a couple of receipts and a handful of change.
3. How many pairs of shoes do you own?
I'm not sure of the exact number... But, I guess you could call me the Imelda Marcos of Converse sneakers. (I even wore white ones with my wedding dress!)
4. Can you change a flat tire?
Well, I suppose I probably could (with directions)... Do I ever want to? No.
5. Do you prefer sweet treats or salty treats?
I enjoy salty treats followed by sweet ones!
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Sunday, September 26, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
I am amazed at all of the support and encouragement I have received since starting my online journey. I feel truly blessed and am so grateful for all of the new friends I have made. I love reading all of your fabulous comments and with each new 'follower' I feel as if the size of my heart has increased.
So, to all of you I say:
Thank you for your encouragement
Thank you for your kindness
Thank you for your endless sources of inspiration!
You may remember me mentioning that I received an award - here it is. Thank you again to Carol the Gardener!
In the interest of sharing the blog love and "paying it forward", I would like to highlight some blogs you may or may not have heard of. I think you'll find them as fun, interesting, and inspirational as I do...
Day 16 of 365 Still Life w/ Tomatoes and Plate 14x11 oil on canvas by Kate Boone
Today's Splotchmonster: 360 by Steve Loya
...keeps creative boredom away! Every day at Steve Loya's blog, two new splotchmonsters are posted. One of the monsters has already "come to life" at the creative hand of Steve, and the other is left blank so anyone who chooses can download the image and play along. You all know how much I love silly, so I can't help but be drawn to a blog that places it front and center!
And, one final piece of blog love:
Make sure you stop by Kelly Berkey's blog - she posted the finished pieces for "Stretching to Sketch" (they're fantastic!) and the new challenge photo... Come join the fun!
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
My friend Mr. Toast requested a closer view of the hands.
While working on the mixed-media drawing, I started thinking about the loving gesture of the hands, the vulnerability of the pose, and how Kelly is revealing herself to all of us through her beautiful photos. Then I remembered that this week's Theme Thursday prompt is "reveal"... All of the thoughts I had seemed to mesh together (I love it when that happens).
On a lighter and happier note (I certainly wouldn't want to end this post with my sketchbook woes), my new friend Carol the gardener has given me an award. She likes my painting paired with my silly... Cool. Since I'm new to all of this (and have never received one before) I am shocked and flattered all at the same time. Thank you so much Carol!
Monday, September 20, 2010
While travelling through the blogosphere this morning I came across a very cool blog that hosts a quick and fun Q&A every Monday. It seems like a good way for all of you to get to know the gal behind the art, so I think I'll play along...
2. How often do you go over the speed limit?Can I plead the fifth on this one?!? While driving I like to channel my inner Mario Andretti! (Well, I used to - now that I have a son I'm much more cautious.)
Big hairy spiders. Big bald spiders. Small hairy spiders. Small bald spiders.
4. What is your favorite snack?I love potato chips (specifically Ruffles Cheddar & Sour Cream potato chips). As you can see in the photo above, they love me too! hee hee
Hmmm... this is a tough one. I do like to be pampered, so I might have to say Fluffy... But, on the other hand, how can you deny the sheer coolness of being named "Killer"... Maybe I could split the difference and be a fluffy cat named Killer?
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Sunday, September 19, 2010
If you're a regular reader of my blog, you already know that I love all things silly. What you might not know, is that I also try to regularly exercise my drawing muscles by sketching more realistically.The pages above are a couple of drawings I just started to give myself a "workout".
You didn't think you could leave my blog without seeing something silly did you?!? This is my latest worksheet for Carla Sonheim's Silly 2 Class (Connect the dots has never been so much fun!)
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Welcome to Upside-Down Land (where the sky is green & the grass is blue). For this exercise we had to draw upside-down in permanent marker - no erasing! It was actually much more difficult than I thought it would be... Lots of concentration involved.
There is still time to join in the fun!
In other news, I am having a bit of a humpty-dumpty moment in my creative space this week. After reading about all of the struggles with the paper in the moleskines for the sketchbook project, I decided to take mine apart and replace the pages with some Arches hot press watercolor paper I had lying around.
The photo above is how my sketchbook project looks right now... Which makes me wonder if I've graduated from silly to just plain crazy.I don't have all the king's horses or all the king's men, so will I be able to put my sketchbook together again?!?
Stay tuned to see if there is a method to my madness... And don't forget to check out Kirsty's blog to see what other creative folks are up to!
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
I'm so excited! I've signed up for a new class...
I have a feeling this class is going to be LOTS of fun.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
I created the following pieces with Creative Tuesday in mind. Guess what the theme is... Birthday!!! (The serendipity continues.) Balloons (in stages)A Birthday Banner And a little something I'm working on for The Sketchbook Project
cupcake line drawings for this week's "dessert" theme over at Illustration Friday. (Isn't it funny how things work out?!?)
This week I celebrated my birthday and even though I wasn't able to spend very much time in the studio, I did manage to play with color, texture & pattern in my sketchbook.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
And I'm very happy to announce that my moleskine for The Sketchbook Project 2011 has arrived!
I experienced a moment of serendipity this week. On Saturday night I was "surfing" and discovered Tiffany's (a.k.a. Rena's daughter) inspirational blog - it's a wonderful space that pays tribute to her mother and reminds us all to live our lives to the fullest.
Saturday was Tiffany's birthday & she was offering a giveaway to celebrate. (It's such a generous thing to do - but once you read her blog you'll understand that's the sort of kindhearted person she is.) It just so happens that my birthday is tomorrow, so I was very excited to find someone (especially such a nice someone) who was born the same week I was. Well, wouldn’t you know it… I won her giveaway! Not only am I the proud new owner of a gorgeous handmade scarf (and other goodies), I made a wonderful new friend.(Bonus: The photo she took to announce my win was so fabulous I printed it out and hung it up on my studio wall – it’s a fantastic reminder of how very lucky I truly am.)
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Friday, September 3, 2010
This is the last week of Louise Gale's Creative Color Challenge. I have to say, this challenge has been more fun than a barrel of monkeys...
With that in mind, I created the lavender purple mixed media monkey painting above.
Celebrate Color!, Week 3: Turquoise Blue
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
I created this "punny" little painting for the Lots to Do Challenge, "Butterflies and or Insects". I just can't seem to help myself with the wordplay!
As of this post, I have officially been blogging for one month! Starting this blog has proven, so far, to be one of the best creative decisions I have made - It's hard to believe I was so nervous to start.
Not only has this blog helped keep me on track with my art making, it has led me to an online community of artists that keep me inspired and energized. I have 'met' so many wonderful people since starting this blog, I'm actually giddy! I can't help but get a big ol' goofy grin thinking about all of the support and encouragement I have received from my new friends. Bob keeps saying to me, "You have that look again." And it's true, I can't contain the joy I feel & it's written all over my face!