Saturday, February 27, 2010

Still waiting for paint inspiration--but in the meantime...

So I'm still waiting to be inspired for the latest Indie Project (and also for my cold to go away!) But in the meantime, my daughter and I were having fun making these very cute bracelets (that's her cute hand in the picture!) from a website I found called, All Things Heart and Home We have had the best time making these, and if you have very basic jewelry skills, you can make them too! I love projects that make me feel victorious!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Indie Project...Swapped!

How cool is THIS? I love it just as it is (again). Okay here's the low-down on where this one started: It started with the lovely Julianna who is kind of known for snagging old doors and such. She base coated it the lovely bronze color, and added the very cool patterned paper around the frame. She described the paper to me, but I had a hard time understanding it's origin. At any rate, it has this gauzy, almost cotton texture. It's lovely. Then she swapped the painting with our dear Laurelin--who added the graphic birds. Now I find my self intimidated once again, and think I will sit and live with this little beauty for a while so we can get to know each other. Serve it tea. Chat a bit. Watch t.v. together. Then maybe something will come to me! I have a feeling I will visit the internet again for inspiration of some sort. I do this often. I Just ramble around, looking at cool sites, artwork, etc. It always seems to jump start my creativity--maybe makes me look at composition, color, texture, style in a way I hadn't thought of before.

I can tell you, I love "The Birds" type element I feel here. It will be hard not to get all "Alfred Hitchcock" on this piece. But then, maybe I will.... hmmmmm. But I have to remind myself: this doesn't end with me! Other artists will be adding.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Indie Project...

Okay, remember where I started with the Indie Project as part of my art group, The Swell Sisters ( Well as you know, mine started with the little house painting I made, then I gave it to the lovely and talented Olivia. She in turn gave me the beautiful start of the white peacock (view previous posts for reminder pictures of progress). I got lucky and managed to get a picture of what she did with mine! Isn't it cool? Remember: it isn't finished yet! More artists will add to it. Tonight is the night we will all trade and then I will have another work-in-progress to share with you! Very excited.

I will let you all know when the "Christopher" painting will be given to the owner of Christopher's Place ( She will be having her grand opening soon, and I plan to wait to give it to her then.

Thursday, February 18, 2010


So here is the finished Painting! I took a second picture so you could see the scale of it. Ahh, it's amazing what you can get done when you are stuck at home with a sick kid! Does that make me a bad parent?

Thank you everyone for checking out my blog! Your support really does inspire me to keep doing art. Keeps me accountable.

So what's next? The "Indie" art project is still alive and well--need to swap with one of my Swell Sisters-- (see: on Monday. May take a break till then because I don't have anything planned in between. But keep checking back!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Mystery Painting...started!

Okay, so it's been a while. Household busy, and held up by a terrible case of the flu. Finally back to what I love--ART! Okay, I teased you (whoever that may be...) with a "mystery painting " a while back. I've finally started it officially! Bet ya can't guess what it is??? Ha Ha. It's for a friend of mine, and my new boss--I started working at a dog grooming shop and boutique with 2 dear friends of mine! It's been fun! Her shop is named "Christopher's Place" and the painting, is of course, the late Christopher.

Oh--Indie project: No update--still need to trade with another artist. Will trade next week. Stay tuned!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Indie Project

Well, it was hard to know what to do, but here it is. I LOVE LOVE LOVE how different the peacock looks just with the change of the background color! All this beautiful shading seemed to show up in its body and feathers. It looks pinkish around the bird, but there is no pink painted there. It's just the way the photo turned out!
Again, hard to stop, but wanted to give the other artists a chance to add their own flair! What's next? It goes to the next person. Will see if I can get the other gals to take a pic of what they added, and I will keep you posted. The neatest part about putting this on a blog, is that you can see the progression. Art is ALIVE!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

I'm Back...

Okay, so I traded the little house painting to my fellow artist Olivia so she can continue with the Indie project. She in turn gave me this little beauty! I have to admit, I'm a little stumped on how I am to add to this. It is so beautiful as it is.

Will try to get at it today and/or tomorrow. We'll see how my creativity does today--my dog went diarrhe on my bedroom floor last night at 2:00 in the morning. So I was up in the wee hours of the morn sopping, gagging, scrubbing and carpet shampoo-ing! I also think I used a whole can of Febreeze. I'm bleary this morning!