Illustration, Art Journals, Photography, and anything that moves me!

Monday, August 31, 2009

More progress in my tall art journal

A little bit of painting, a little bit of journaling,, a little bit of collage.

veery tall,,,,approx 24" x 8"

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Rubber stamp designs

I've made designs for some of my rubber stamped images in the past. Here are a few of my favorite ones.

It's really fun to make a design and have it turned into a stamp. I use Rubber and have been very happy with their service.

What I like most is that you can have as little as one stamp made or as many as you like.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

What I am working on

I have a large book that I altered and am making into an art journal. It's hard to tell from the photo how big it is. It measures approx 24" x 8". I'm still not totally happy with the cover but I will still be working on it. It's called "Very Very Odd Book".

Two pages painted inside. Still more paint needs to be added. I used the design on the left for my next rug hooking project.

Here is my next hooking project. Inspired from my painting above. It is much smaller than my rug. About 12 x 10 or so. I'll be making this into a pillow after it is all hooked.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

My Pumpkin

8 x 10, gallery wrapped canvas, acrylic

I can feel the air changing,,,brisk at night, my favorite holiday is around the corner.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Finished hooked rug

Almost finished, all I have to do is the binding. I will do a simple whip stitch around it. Measures 19 x 26. I'm so glad it's done, now on to smaller hooking projects.

Sunday, August 16, 2009


For the most part yahoo horoscopes are very accurate for me. Look at what today's horoscope is for me.
You like to make butterflies out of origami paper. You like to make dioramas out of shoe boxes. You like to make sculptures that express your ideas about life and growth and beauty out of toothpicks and cola cans. Or something along those lines. Yes, you're a mighty creative person, whether you express yourself in watercolors or heartfelt emails or by building computers from component parts. Have fun!"

So,,,,,with that said, I decided to make another painting. (in my shop).


Saturday, August 15, 2009

"G" is for Gina

"G" is for Gina. Gina has a difficult time believing that her frog prince will never show up.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Close up of My Paint Brush

I am parting with a couple more of my paint brushes. I've listed them in my shop. Here is one for example.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Some more

I made a few more today. D, E, and F. I especially like "F'.

"F" is for Fran she likes dressing up a little too much!

"E" is for Ellie, she lost her pet frog.

"D" is for Debbie, she needs a vacation.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Artist Trading Cards

I have the NEED to make art every day. Sometimes I don't have the time I want to devote to making art, so I make small works of art, Artist Trading Cards.

"A" is for Annie, she overthinks EVERYTHING!

"B" is for Bonnie, she likes sunflowers.

"C" is for Charlotte, she likes squiggly spiders!

I hope to finish working on the alphabet. I am thinking of a fabric tie book to put them in. Or, I might just sell them as they are.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

An art filled weekend

On Friday I went to a get together/bridal shower for Dawn Shepherd at Teesha's house. It was really fun. We all made our favorite artful recipe for Dawn to be later added to a binder that Teesha had made. Instead of the usual wedding shower games we got to make art! Lots of exercises to get our creative juices flowing. I'm sorry, for some reason I didn't get photos of those. We also made exquisite corpses and they turned out wonderful. Here is what Wikipedia says about them.
"Exquisite corpse (also known as "exquisite cadaver" or "rotating corpse") is a method by which a collection of words or images is collectively assembled, the result being known as the exquisite corpse or cadavre exquis in French. Each collaborator adds to a composition in sequence, either by following a rule (e.g. "The adjective noun adverb verb the adjective noun") or by being allowed to see the end of what the previous person contributed. The technique was invented by Surrealists and is similar to an old parlour game called Consequences in which players write in turn on a sheet of paper, fold it to conceal part of the writing, and then pass it to the next player for a further contribution. Surrealism principal founder André Breton reported that it started in fun, but became playful and eventually enriching. Breton said the diversion started about 1925, but Pierre Reverdy wrote that it started much earlier, at least before 1918.
In a variant now known as picture consequences, instead of sentences, portions of a person were drawn.
Later the game was adapted to drawing and collage, producing a result similar to children's books in which the pages were cut into thirds, the top third pages showing the head of a person or animal, the middle third the torso, and the bottom third the legs, with children having the ability to "mix and match" by turning pages. It has also been played by mailing a drawing or collage — in progressive stages of completion — to the players, and this variation is known as "exquisite corpse by airmail", or "mail art," depending on whether the game travels by airmail or not".

On Sunday I went to our rug hooking gathering. My rug is almost finished, I just have to finish the border, and bind it. The other amazing rug is by Katie Drake. It is huge, about 4' x 4'.

I wish all my weekends were filled with great art events!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Thinking of Home

This piece is a little different from my latest pieces. Collage elements, illustration, acrylic, Pitt pens, graphite, a little bit of journaling. I especially like working with those tissue pieces. Measures 9 x 12 on 300lb watercolor paper.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Still painting on my paint brushes

Here is another one that I have finished. You can see more in a previous post. "Painting on old, grungy, brushes I have loved, and have seen me through many paintings. My life, my love,,,, my paint brush! My paint brush has taken me on many journeys, some sad, some happy, some adventurous, exploring, taking in my emotion within the grasp of solitude".
I will never throw you away.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Bill and Belinda meet for the first time

This weeks theme for Illustration Friday is "Modify".
Bill met Belinda for the first time, remembering to modify his behavior somewhat. He wanted to insure that Belinda liked him. What he didn't realize is that Belinda liked him for who he was,,,,,, his true self. He didn't need to modify his behavior at all! Stay true to yourself Bill!

As we all should....

Artfest Registration is open

I am so excited to be teaching at this wonderful event next year. Take a look at all the wonderful workshops! Hope you can join us.