Friday, December 20, 2013

Scenes of the Holiday

Oh Christmas Tree!

Merry Christmas!

Lights on the House

Christmas Paintings Everywhere

My favorite things. My Metal Poinsettia 

Love my Christmas Present from my Cleaning Man.
Beautiful Easel!
He knows me so well!
Thank you Patrick!

Stockings Hung by the Chimney

Studio crazy messy! Busy Busy!

My Sister's Beautiful House on Christmas Eve!
(Before the Frenzy)
Loud Beautiful Family!!

This is what it is all about!


Handmade Gifts by Heidi my sister.

 What a clever idea!

Waiting for the Ball to drop!!
 Happy New Year!!!

Also I got my copy of Somerset Studio

7 Whole Pages!! I am sooooo honored!!!! 
Don't forget to pick up your copy Jan 1st. At any AC Moore, Michaels and Barnes and Noble.
Or buy it on the Stampington website.

My Mother would be so proud. She is why I am who I am. I miss her so.  My childhood was full of art.
My Mother was always creating and she showed us how to look at things in a different ways. Family was everything.  She gave me her values. 
And now Family is everything to me.
I love my Family.
Every part of my family,  The Good.  The Bad.  The LOUD!

Here's to you and all your families!!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!
See you in 2014!!

Friday, December 13, 2013

WIP, Progression

Working on a New Painting.
Not finished yet.
But it is coming along.
Not sure how she will turn out. 
I am not liking the flowers in the back...
Hmmmm Not sure...
Any way here is some of the progression shots

Sketching on the Canvas

Painted the face and some of the flowers.
Always starts with the face.
Soul of the painting

Glued some scrapbook paper for the scarf
Adding some texture.

This is where I am so far. Still have more to go.  I believe the flowers will go and I will do something else.
There will most likely be some words written.  They haven't come yet. I have to sit with it for a while.

Also did some more work on my Big painting.
See my prior post here from prior week to see what it looked like then.
This is one of my favorite things to do.
Just make a lot of marks on the canvas.
What was there before ???
Nothing, A Blank Canvas!
I find that so interesting. 
Were does it come from?
A mark! That is how it starts, Just one little mark.
You can not worry what it is just let it fly!!

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.” 
~Martha Graham~

Friday, November 29, 2013

Ornaments! Minis! Open House! Crazy Busy!!! Big News!!!So Excited!!!

My Open House was a huge success!!!
So many people stopped by!
I was overwhelmed with gratitude!!!
I really felt loved!!!
My stars where sold before they hit the tree!

Please everyone that came out, know that I appreciate each and everyone of you!!
It means so much to me to send my art out into the universe and make people happy when they look at it. That's all I want in life. Is to spread the love!

I had been working really hard.  Trying to get as many affordable original pieces that I could.
So I decided to make Mini Canvas. (Which is really a switch for me I like to work large)

Here are a few of my Minis and Ornaments.

Still working on ornaments for this weekend . I have a show. And then I can relax for a little.
Look at the mess!!
It is all worth it!!
I love making Art!
Woooooooooo!!!!  Big News
I am in the Somerset Studio Jan/Feb issue
Featured Artist!!
I was so excited to see that I was used for the advertisement in the Dec Issues! 
What an honor!
Can you imagine when the magazine comes out?? Crazy!!
This has been a dream come true for me!!! 
I even put it on my Vision Board 2 years ago.
I just had to feel the fear and do it anyway!!!
Dreams do come true!
Skies the limit!!

Don't forget to pick up a copy!!!
(Click on the word copy and order a copy for yourself!)
Or you can pick it up at any AC Moore, Michaels and Barnes and Noble.

I am going to leave you with a little poem today
It is the true meaning of success, I am truly blessed and thankful for everyone and everything in my life
I have such Gratitude!

The Meaning of Success

To laugh often and much;
To earn the respect of intelligent people
and to win the affection of children;

To earn the appreciation of honest critics
and endure the betrayal of false friends;

To appreciate the beauty in nature and all that surrounds us;
To seek out and nurture the best in others;
To give the gift of yourself to others
without the slightest thought of return,
for it is in giving that we receive;

To have accomplished a task,
whether it be saving a lost soul,
healing a sick child,
writing a book,
or risking your life for a friend;

To have celebrated and laughed with great joy and enthusiasm
and sung with exaltation;

To have hope even in times of despair,
for as long as you have hope, you have life;

To love and be loved;
To be understood and to understand;
This is the meaning of success

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Peace and Open House

Each person has to find peace within. And peace to be real must not be unaffected by outside circumstances.
~Mahatma Gandhi~

Here is a  little progression shoot for you.

Always starts with the sketch

Add a little color

Add the Christmas Carol Music Paper.
I always use Golden Matte Gel Medium
Make sure you use the brayer to get all the bubble out from under the paper

Added the hair with some paper that I made.

Used a stencil to make the letters.
Again out of the paper I made.

Glued the Peace with Gel Medium
Also added some swirls in the background to add some glory

 "Let us forgive each other - only then will we live in peace"

~Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy~

Also I wanted to let everyone know that I will be having an open house on Dec 1 from 1 to 4...
You are all invited!
There will be lots of goodies for sale.
Also door prizes.
Good food!
Come and join us!
Don't be shy!

Also wanted to remind you that I have a 2 for $35 sale going on in my Etsy Shop right now.
Any 2 prints for $35.
Click on the below link and it will get you to my shop

Etsy Shop

Fasten your seatbelts!!!! Tis the season!!!