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Monday, August 23, 2010

Heart The Art Prompt 2010 Week #26 "Summer "

Although I'm a big fan of autumn , I'm just not ready to say goodbye to summer. It has gone by very quickly this year and I am disappointed at how much I failed to do! Of course my flowers are the hardest things to tuck away for winter, I would dig them all up and bring them inside if I could!
The weather was incredible this year and I spent as much time as I could down at the lake swimming, visiting with friends and family , watching the loons while the sun set,and laughing at my dog as he waded back and forth for hours chasing minnows. Why would I want this to end?
This year the end of summer brings the beginning of an exciting journey for my son Cameron. He will be leaving the nest to begin university , and although it's only 4 hours away he will not be here for me to see everyday or to talk to and it will be difficult to see him go.
So you see, I have a few very good reasons why I !don't want summer to end

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Heart The Art Prompts 2010 Week 25 "Beauty "

Week 25's prompt is Beauty. So many ideas for this one since the world is full of beautiful people and things . I could have expressed how I feel about the beauty of nature , places I want to travel to, beauty found in art or a piece of music... that would be predictable .
I decided that maybe my slight addiction to fashion and beauty magazines would suffice . I love to play with makeup ,paint my nails and get funky hair colors as much as the next girl ,but sometimes all that advice is confusing and overwhelming .
We are bombarded with ideas of what the perfect body image should be, who's style we should be copying , the latest mascaras promising colossal lashes, liposuction , wrinkle creams , fake tans, bleached teeth , waxing , pedicures , manicures, plastic surgery ...... Whew! It's exhausting work! I'm so glad that a beautiful personality and a pretty smile still counts for something ..especially when I run out of concealer!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Heart The Art Prompts 2010 Week 24 " Doubt "

Week 24!! I'm getting there ....slooowly! I experimented with my Golden Black Gesso on this page to get the "chalkboard look" then used a white Crayola crayon for my chalk . The result is pretty convincing don't you think ? When faced with this prompt so many things ran through my mind . Doubt lingers in everyone and can destroy "what could have been" if we let it. I've learned the hard way not to let it in anymore .

Monday, August 16, 2010

Heart The Art Prompts 2010 Week 23 "Hidden Thoughts "

One of my MANY hidden thoughts is my fear of time passing too quickly . There are too many things i want to experience and it worries me that I may not get a chance to do it all. My hectic life and lack of $$$$ make it seem impossible to get out in the world surround myself with other cultures and art. I'd like to be able to do all this while my mind is still somewhat sharp! Another hidden thought.....What the @#!* is up with my memory ??? Getting older...not my forte~

Friday, August 13, 2010

Penelope The Studio Bunny

Penelope hangs out in my studio and keeps me company,mostly running around or doing her cute little happy flips in the air , when I checked in on her she was sitting proud as can be on top of my desk! I thought she was pretty cute until I realized she had been snacking on my art journal ! I thought I had bunny proofed it pretty good but I guess I got myself a clever bunny with a taste for art! Good thing she's cute !

Monday, August 9, 2010

Autumn Beauties

I love mixing earth elements together in my home and garden and so it's no surprise I'd do it in my jewelry . Chunky metal and soft leather intertwine with another bearing loads of charms created from semi precious stones,handmade clay,shells,wood and glass. This beauty can't help but remind me of the gifts nature has to offer.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

See No Evil , Hear No Evi l, Speak No Evil

More whimsy ! How To ? Follow same instructions as "Love Blooms " These were painted on 8x8x2 wooden canvas so they can be hung up or go play with your papers and paint like good little artists !

Monday, August 2, 2010

Just For Fun

Felt like having some fun with my paints today ,nothing too serious just easy and whimsical . Want to make your own? Here's how!
I gessoed my 12x12 stretched canvas (not necessary but I like to give the surface more tooth ) then using a glue medium I glued down various pieces of scrap book papers . I then sketched out a simple shape with a pencil ( I chose a flower but people work well also) picked out 2 colours of paint and put equal amounts on a flat surface right beside each other . I use a piece of plexiglas. Using a brayer, add the 2 paints by rolling it through the colours then apply around the image you've penciled in wiping off areas with a wet paper towel where you want the papers to show through . I like to wait until paint is almost dry for a distressed look. Gesso in the shape to prepare the image for paint and when dry proceed . Choose 2 more contrasting paints and repeat braying step . Add words using stickers or paint and then varnish to seal. Voila ! See I knew you could do it!
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