Memories

Even though the meaning behind this piece is deeper than this, it so goes with how today makes me feel. I have been busy at the computer for most of the day, while the sun shines in from the window, warming me up and filling my studio with bright light. Memories of summer danced around while I was finishing this earlier today. It is a whopping 70 degrees today! We have such crazy weather, tonight they are calling for thunderstorms and a drop in the temperature. You just never know. I’m itching for spring, and summer,and sun.

~available in my etsy shop

Somerset Apprentice Coming Soon

For today’s art, I actually worked on my new banner. It needed something, so I was able to figure out how to cut some bits from recent artwork and add them in. This is where my huge learning curve comes in, I’m learning though!
March is on the way and with it comes a new publication from Somerset. I am very excited to be part of the inaugural issue of Somerset Apprentice! This will hit the new stands March 1, 2009. You can order your own copy here.

Day 9, Shades of Grey, Collage Portrait

Day 9, Yeah! I’m caught up-woo-hoo! Today we are supposed to do a collaged self portrait. I used images of things that have meaning to me as a mother, a house, a nest, an egg, wings, a clock halo as time is always a precious commodity, and her dress is actually a cathedral window so you can see into her soul. Her little face is cut out from a print of my work. I’ve assembled her into an angel and the journaling radiates from her halo. I am not an angel, but I feel their presence as I tackle life and all that it brings. I’m already loving this little journal. It is a small but thoughtfilled representation of my life right now.

Also a little plug, my Visual Journalism 101 Workshop will be starting Monday so if you are interested in getting started on your own Art Journal you can sign up through the button on the right.

Mind Wide Open Challenge December

Well, Gail went and did it again! I really was going to give this months Mind Wide Open challenge a pass due to a very busy schedule. But I just had to sneak over and see what the image was and I ended up staying up into the wee hours last night to do this piece.

I am calling it ‘Capture The Moment’, which I have represented with the little caged butterfly. The word prompt at MWO is ‘Beginnings’ and I have included the beginnings of wings, sprouting from her back. These represent her first attempts to soar on her own. The beginning of the journey to find her true self. Remember when your child first starts to venture out on their own? It can be frustrating and make you proud, all in the same moment.

Using a 10×10 canvas, I applied the image first and then added molding paste around it, stamping into it for even more texture. Acrylic paints, water soluble crayon, stamping, drawing, and some charcoal combine to give it a wintry feel. A little butterfly also hangs from a string

a true ‘captured moment’. Voting starts on

December 8th.
This piece is available in my etsy shop and remember, I am offering free shipping the entire first week in December, on all original works.

Mind Wide Open September Challenge

Here is my piece for the September Mind Wide Open Challenge. If you have not been over to check out this site, it is just awesome! The voting will begin on the 7th and I can promise you mind boggling artwork. I love participating in this challenge, because it is that, a challenge!
I used the lovely image that Gail provided and collaged some additional elements to pull it into my current Poe theme. I used an 8×10 canvas that has been turned over using inspiration from my friend Glenda of Twocooltexans. I have covered the whole thing with molding paste and pressed stamps into it to give it texture and a design. It looks like tooled leather. Layers of paint and inks were applied and then I added some extra elements, mica, wire, key, hinges and nails. The back is completely done, making it perfect for displaying on an easel. Our word prompt is ‘Boo’, and though I did not use the actual word on my piece, I can think of nothing as spooky as some of Poe’s writings. So my ‘Boo’ is implied here, just listen to the beat of your Tell-Tale heart. These words are from Poe’s work, Eleonora and read, “She whom I loved in youth and of whom I now pen calmly and distinctly these remembrances. The loveliness of Eleonora was that of the Seraphim. Hand in hand about this valley, for fifteen years, roamed I with Eleonra before love entered within our hearts. Eleonora was the name of my cousin.” I have titled it simply, ‘Eleonora’.