I finished my latest WIP! Summer brings many wonderful things, but studio time is not one of them. That is not necessarily a bad thing. It makes us slow down and enjoy things more. A lot of the time I have more than one project going on, and this is only in my art life, real life is a whole other story:-) This past month has been no exception. The difference is that with the kids home from school, and limited studio time, I am forced to slow it down. I have several writing projects in the works, and last week I pulled a couple of very late nights getting a couple of journals ready to send to the publishers, but I also have spent lazy afternoons at the pool with kids, doing absolutely nothing. Evenings are spent BBQ-ing, and visiting with friends and neighbors, and an occasional trip to the lake is squeezed in. Ahhh, wonderful!

All of the little extra details are done. Check out the cross-hatch detail on her hat, the little string attaching the price tag to the hat, and the little buttons on her dress. Tiny little things that add to the whole. The flowers are from napkins, inspired by Sharon Tomlinson’s amazing work. Little bits and pieces, gathered from here and there, that together, complete the picture. ‘Summer’s Gifts’ is available in my etsy shop. Wouldn’t you give 5cents for a cute hat like that? Happy summer day friends!

Peacefully painting

Finally, I am at a place where I can start another mixed media portrait. I am finding that this venue is very calming to my soul. I have a lot of things tugging at my heartstrings right now, with my oldest in Basic Training, trying to get my middle one to seriously think about what college he is most interested in, and my youngest with his 6 year old daily challenges. I have been working on the various stages of things that are being published, which is very exciting and new. I have to work on my interview questions later tonight, for the guest artist feature in Stampers’ Sampler later this summer. The editor just emailed them today and I think later this week, I will post the questions for you all to answer for yourselves. I can’t show you my answers though, you will have to wait and check them out this summer:-) Back to my newest portrait. I have been praying daily for my oldest, it is so hard not being able to talk to him. He had a 3 minute phone call and that’s it so far. When I was cleaning and organizing my collage sheets, I found the Madonna image that you see on my desk. It made me think of all of the mother’s over all the ages, praying for their children. It is with this inspiration that I am creating my piece. I am doing it on a 12x12x1 1/2 gallery wrapped canvas, and carrying the designs all the way around the edges. I am finding peace in painting this. It is from my heart and I can’t wait to see who she will be.

Metsy Team Color Challenge

I have joined a wonderful new group on etsty, called, Metsy Team. It is full of awesome artists and has a wonderfully friendly, nurturing atmosphere. I am very thankful for the invite to join! One of the first things that I am doing in this group, is entering a color challenge. We are to use purple and green in this color challenge. While these are not my normal color palette, I do love them together so I set out to use them and still retain my “look ” and “feel” in this piece. I started with an 8×10 canvas and cut a small rectangle out so that I could insert a small box. This created a small niche to put something in. I secured the box with tape and then used molding paste over the whole canvas. Here are some canvases ready to go. Next I layered washes of acrylic paints, leaving areas of underlying colors to show through. In between colors I also added stamped text, and other stamped patterns. Then it was time to stamp a lovely new stamp onto some tissue paper and then adhere it to the canvas with gel medium. I added some shading with charcoal, and an image of a lavender hatted lady to my niche. An old key with some fibers attached, three purple, vintage buttons, and a velvety green leaf, finished off my little niche. I was very satisfied, when all was said and done, that I stepped out of my color box and still retained my style in this piece. What fun! This is a scan of the piece and it doesn’t show the lady too well, for better pictures, look in my etsy store.

Ok, Blaiz dearie, here is the picture off of etsy which shows the Lavender Lady better:-) Your mouth to Cloth, Paper, Scissors ears! Thank all of you for the nice comments, you made my day!