Friday, February 29, 2008
felt and needle-felted monkey. I loved working on this postcard for her. I hope she likes the monkey. I mailed it today - Leap Year Day.
I also mailed another painting I did using the wax resist method. The painting was for The Latest Trend CS workshop.
I love learning new techniques and am getting better
about trying new things. Even if something doesn't turn
out the way I wanted it to I am learning to either cut it
up and use it on something else or paint over it and start
a new. How is that for letting go and having fun?
this pic I did from a Caribbean cruise my hubby and I did last Dec. My version is taken from the
island of Antigua, Shirley Heights. Here is where
Eric Clapton has a compound for a home jutting
out on a point. The island was beautiful.
I hope Annette likes my color perspective journal page. It is 6x6". This is the very first one I have ever attempted to do. I used neocolor wax pastels and felt on canvas. Then I did free motion thread work.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Well it was 20 years ago at 6:20am I gave a quick birth to my last baby. Today he is a strapping, healthy 6'3". And he is a blessing to his dad and me. I am saddened that I never
had any more after him. But I have been blessed with three wonderful sons.
and to debmck on FAT a wonderful Happy Birthday too.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
to go back, pick it up and begin to pray for a car. Boy! my son's truck is about shot, he would love a new vehicle. And my youngest wants to sell his motorcycle and buy himself a car. He has wisdom for being so young.
So my prayers will include a vehicle. What will God do through my prayers I don't know but I will begin and see how He directs and leads me to pray. Hey it may be that I am praying for someone else's car. You never know what God is going to do. But the excitment of watching God move on this crazy world is wonderful. He loves us so much bc He created us for His good pleasure. Have a Great Day!!
It is a folded ATC I made for Artist's Circle.
The month of February we concentrated
each week making different kinds of ATCs.
Week 2 we were suppose to make folded
ATCs. So I finally made one. It was named
"Odd Man Out" bc when you open it, the
center has two flower petals that do not
match the flower, and they have pulled away. Sometimes you just
feel you are marching to a different drummer and don't fit in anywhere.
Last night I was reminded again of the chapter in the Bible: 1 Corinthians 13: Love Is.....
Men see things so differently than women, but isn't that how God created us.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
It has tea bag paper fold flowers. It was a workshop challenge on The Artist's Circle.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Now I know what a group of bees feel like buzzing around all day making a bees nest!
Today my DIL-to-be had her bridal shower. I made a little flat angel doll with a daisey flower head and put her head as the center of the flower. I used daisey fabric she had picked out as the dress. But I forgot to take a pic of it in all of my hurriedness. Maybe I will get it back from her and take a pic later to post.
My hubby is busy with three projects at son's new home. Pulling out all the downstairs bathroom, painting everything and yard work. Wow we are busy!!
I did receive my mystery trade from Lori. And here is a pic.
Her crazy stitching is very beautiful. Its a gorgeous little purse. The black/white lining is just as sweet. Thank you Lori.
I can see life will never be the same. My home was filled with company today.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
Linda Cantrell begins the class.
First step, let me give you some direction.
And a few tips on glue.
My first attempt at finding the right fabric for my chair. Placing the
freezer paper just so, and oh no, that's wrong. No wonder it won't
stick. Ok backup and begin again.
But, hey, at least I was able to stay through almost the entire class. I picked the background fabric for my wall. I finished my chair, and two pieces of body parts. Did you know you can order
your body parts according to what you want to look like?
First things first. I want to thank God today for giving my son a home. And whatever do you think He is doing placing him and his new wife right beside his father and mother. I don't know, but then I won't play God. I will just say "thank you". My oldest son has adjusted in VaBeach and loves the church he attends. He is working on writing new songs and recording them. He called me yesterday after I had finished my class. And I am thankful for God directing him back to His love and guidance. My youngest has a birthday next week and he had a friend stop by yesterday that needed comforting. He is such a sweety. And hubby will transition to a new job attached with same company in March. He thought he would have until April, but the truth be known he doesn't handle change very well. God knows exactly what we have need of. Even when it looks strange and like a puzzle with missing pieces.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
I'm actually not feeling good. So we will see how far I get in class. Sometimes I get major headaches that move into my eyes. The weather is changing and it 25 degrees this morning. That may be some of my headache. No matter, when it comes I shut down. See you at the end of the day.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Sorry about the glare. I felt the need to post this pic I took from my old family Bible my mom gave to me. Once she and I were talking about what was really important in life, dying and what to do with estate. I told her the only thing I ever wanted was the family Bible. So she said, "If you want it, take it now." That has been years ago. I was looking through it the other day and I am sorry to say the binding has split down the middle. It sits by my night stand. This "Though" script is on one of the pages. I would love to recreate it in fabric. The Bible contains family birth, wedding and death dates. But it also contains one of the three pictures I have of my dad, who I never knew.
Two days ago a conversation God and I was having had to do with "If I ask you to sit on your hands what would you do?" Oh, I thought about that long and hard, and quite honestly have not stopped thinking about that question. I pondered how I would do my art and bathe and do many things I take for granted. Then I began to think of all the disabled people in the world and how they struggle to survive everyday. That reminded me of Joni and her story I read when I was younger.
I wonder what kind of art I could produce with my teeth or toes holding a brush? How frustrated would I become, would I have the strength to continue to pursue my passion OR would I let it die? I am grateful for all God has given me and the abilities He has given me.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
familiar with. Pink and purple. I gave myself
permission to use "girlie" colors. It took me back to a time I actually wore a bright pink suit
for Easter and went to Sunrise Service under the
Natural Bridge. Oh boy! Another therapeutic
moment. I am allowing myself to feel "being a girl".
Here are the three FPCs to be traded on FAT "Tea, Roses and Lace" with JanB.
Neocolor wax pastel background for bottom two.
One is very victorian, one I actually used the silk tea bag from B&N peppermint tea. One I used vintage hankie cut up.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Hailey loves monkeys. She loves to make smoothies most but she also likes to bake cakes, cookies and anything that involves chocolate. Now here is a young lady after my own heart.
She has an idea for a PC trade with monkeys. I am taking her challenge.
If anyone else would like to surprise Hailey with a monkey PC card let me know. I will make a card to send to you and she will receive a few surprises but not have to make more. Anybody up for my challenge? leave a comment on this post and I will get back to you.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
I love it when the generation transfers begin to happen. There are some great young artists out there beginning to make their mark on creating and Art. One of those is Hailey from CA. Her mom is a mixed-media artist and it seems her love for art has passed on to Hailey.
Hailey loves to cook. Her favorite color is blue. Hailey is twelve years old. Here is one of her fabric postcard creations for St. Valentine's Day.
Look at the detail, selection and placement of pieces on the card. Hailey did a fantastic job. I received her card in the mail as a special treat.
Thank you Hailey for your thoughtfulness. I love your studio too. lol, mine was my dining room table.
Friday, February 15, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
postcards. I have two more to do. I can't wait to finish
them and post the pics here. I surprised myself with the
shape. Here are two postcards I received yesterday.
The heart is from Debby - it has a beautiful red batik
background fabric and confetti hearts fill the globe. And all
the rage lately with Red Hat Society - I now have a gorgeous
red hat embellished with red flowers and feathers from Joan.
.... and when ye do ask, ye ask amiss. Oh boy!! Here is another part of that scripture.
So my desire is this:
front on the top shelf again. There were only 4 stones left and underneath 3 of them
was a stone "ASK". Wow! Ok God you are confirming to me that I have heard you
correct and I need to be on the same wavelength with You. I laughed as I asked my
hubby to buy this inspiration stone for me. Because, of course, I had to tell him my
conversation with God and what He has been impressing on me. Where am I going?
Monday, February 11, 2008
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Saturday, February 09, 2008
Betty Boop Car - Hot Pink w/ A Touch of Blue
I could not resist posting another pic of BettyBoop car. Don't you just love the fact that they tatooed her too. The pink rose on the window is a girly touch and if you could see the pink dice on the mirror they would bring you laughter too.
There's just something about this car that brings me joy. I wonder if the artist that painted her felt the joy and excitement when he was working on her?
Today I begin a study on "The Creative Life", a book I have had since 2005 that I keep going back to over and over again. It's by Alice Bass.
I wrote this inside the cover, can't remember where I read it, maybe in this book
Friday, February 08, 2008
Thursday, February 07, 2008
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
I love the illustration of the shepherd tending his flock and at the end of day he realizes one did not come into the sheepfold. He leaves the 99 and goes out to look for the one wayward sheep. I have to chuckle as I remember the wayward angel from Heather in Scotland. That little precious girl had been sitting at my neighbor's home all along. After being led to help my neighbor out with running errands, I found she had taken her in, wondering who had sent her this package. Now she resides with DebMarie in the mid-west.
Here is another series of "irises". This
group evolved through the artistic ability of Joyce, the owner of Quilting Adventures. I am thinking of my theme for this study. Several themes come to mind and two are "cars" and "bridges." Although I am not sure why these two topics have popped up. One could be fun and the other I don't think its time yet. Maybe a series will follow with the latter one after I finish the study.
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
they make the shape of a Star of David. I appliqued this
Monday, February 04, 2008
Here are examples from Kathleen working with a theme "Cat" in a series. You can see how she evolved in her artistic ability. First, there was the traditional-type quilt, second she explored a little more with angelina and adding a boa-tail. The third one is definitely her - a hand-painted face with radiating mane of beads for her cat. There is nothing wrong with either quilt but as she progressed she found her personal style.
Kathleen discussed the Visual Elements of Design:
color, line direction, line, shape, size, value and texture.
This quilt was hanging in the studio area where we were. How many visual elements do you see in this quilt?
She introduced us to Visual Principles of Design:
balance, harmony, variety, emphasis, movement,
proportion and space.
This symmetrical balanced quilt has definite rhythm and movement. Wouldn't you say so? Visual elements and visual principles are what I will be working on through the class.
Many students really began to panic when she metioned
we would be "drawing" in the class. We did contour line
drawing (drawing the outline of an object). It was about
developing the skill of observation.
Sunday, February 03, 2008
On my cruise this time I took many pics of textured items. What does this look like to you? Its a little blurry but I think I did pretty good considering the bus was moving as I flicked my camera going by this wall overstop stores. I wonder what I can create to capture the design of the columns? Chicken wire was behind the wall and I had not noticed that when I took the pic. My class begins using the Art Quilt Workbook today. Once a month we will work through a chapter in the book. Just reading the first chapter has helped me tremendously. Plus my sketchbook I bought right after Christmas is so much fun and I can find everything in one book. Hurray for me - organization! Stay tuned as I break out into a whole new arena in my artistic abilities.
More wonderful than a gift itself is the love and sacrifice behind it many times.
Can you remember when your child/ren were little and sacrificed time to make you
something that hung on your refrigerator or an art piece (the clay bowl so out of shape)
that they painstakingly produced with care and perfection to present to you?
I remember and still have some of those pieces from each one of my sons.
Those were the "Kodak moments". And unfortunately were not captured in film,
video or pictures anywhere. But I still remember.
The greatest gift I ever received was when I was 12 years old and I accepted the
greatest gift that could ever be given. Jesus' love for me and knowing He died on
the cross for me to set me free and to someday live in eternity with Him.
I can't ask for a better gift than that. He sacrificed his own life to give me eternal life.
As the years have passed by that gift has grown more sweeter every day.
Saturday, February 02, 2008
So will that be high hills or high heels?? God can use whatever, whenever to get our attention.