Monday, March 30, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Yes, the sky is definitely looking brighter now (not really...butwhocares...we have cookies in the house.) If you're looking out at umbrella weather, may I strongly suggest some cookie therapy. It works for us.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
An illustration about subtracting was the perfect opportunity to finally use the vintage flashcards I picked up a few months ago...decluttering the art related stockpile is another story by the way. It was the last day of this retreat, when instructor Michael deMeng announced to us eager students that we should look through and take anything we wanted from the shared mixed media goody pile. I spyed boxes of vintage flash cards and admittedly geeked out. I shoved them into my already overflowing supply bag while holding the art created in class plus my 50lb+ art bin. Well the cards spilled. Everywhere. Michael joked, "you're losing your flashcards." Which was really funny...since it was true literally and figuratively. I laughed, blushed a little and reasoned that he understood (artists and our cool junk) as I hurried to gather up the ever multiplying cards.
As I was finishing up the piece above, another idea came to me. While I was on my flashcard kick with numbers and signs floating around I went for it. More flashcard inspired art currently drying. I'll be sure to add that piece later this week.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Ed Emberley a.k.a. the master of children's how-to-draw books provided major inspiration for "Frankensteins Fury" or "Fury" for short. Brendan painted his car monster green and rendered Frankenstein the Ed Emberley way.
Race day was a complete S*H*O*C*K to me. Unfortunately my husband couldn't attend, so with three kids, Frankenstein and numero uno cup of coffee we headed off for the race track. I left the pot on as I was expecting we'd be home from the festivities in a half hour...45 minutes at the most...really...how long could this last? I slowly began to get the gist that I may have underestimated things just a little when we walked in and saw the metal track running the length of the cafeteria. PLUS the electronic finishing system, the computerized standings board on a big screen and an eager Dad announcing that lunch would be served at 11:45 over the loud speaker. Definitely not in Kansas anymore Dorothy. Welcome to the Indianapolis Speedway. Even without my beloved second cup of coffee, I'll admit that it was a thoroughly entertaining and exciting morning. As far as the standings, my little guy managed to finish sixth for speed overall (after 6 rounds of racing) and captured an honorable mention medal for best design. Not too bad for a rookie. Next year we'll really be ready. And I'll be bringing my second cup along.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
She practiced her new fingers today. All ready for someone to ask how old she is. Four fingers is much easier to hold up than three...go figure. Happy birthday sweetie. Enjoy your fourth year in which the best things are always pink.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
I took a trip across my studio into the craft supply closet to pull out a few tricks for this one. I reasoned that old latchhook canvas would be perfect for coop walls, as would raffia for nesting. Then I chose a funky paper for the hen. Yes, everything you see above was attached to canvas with some big dollops of matte medium. My paint brush took over from there. This silly hen print can be found over in my etsy shop. I'm thinking it's a nice reminder to have hanging around for the rooster (and peeps if you have them.) Everybody knows there's nothing worse than a grouchy hen.
Monday, March 9, 2009
The only new material I had to buy was an assortment of felt balls. Pretty little things aren't they?
Thursday, March 5, 2009
These are 18" x 18" paintings on gallery wood paneled canvases. I used a mixture of xerox copies, acrylic paints, matte medium and charcoal. The paintings have lots of earthy texture.
Monday, March 2, 2009
With my sewing machine on fire, I also took the time to whip up some funky flowers. These are sewn from muslin with a wooden dowel stuck in for the stem. Then I poured out the brightest, happiest paint palette I could and went to work. No more winter doldrums here. Have a bright Monday!