Friday, June 27, 2014

SOC 4 Week 3

Hi Everyone! Kristin has given us a beautiful color prompt to work with this week--my favorite so far...Lavender & Grey with a splash of Plum.  I created the first thing that popped into my head:
It is subtle color yet very defined.  I like it so much I plan to make two more for a little arrangement.

Thanks for coming by and have a happy, creative weekend!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

T Stands For Tuesday

Once again it is time to link up with Bluebeard and Elizabeth for another T(ea) Tuesday post.

I am so proud of myself that I remembered to photograph what I am drinking so I am showing it first....

I picked this up at the grocery store yesterday, and it is pretty tasty.  It comes in three other flavors: Orange Pineapple, Strawberry Banana, and Peach Mango. It is 100% juice with one serving each of fruit and vegetable, but unfortunately, it still has a fair amount of sugar in it.  I suppose nobody would drink it if it didn't.  Anyway, I rarely drink juice, and just wanted something different than water or iced tea in this hot weather.

The kitchen renovation has been keeping me busy so I only have art of a different nature to show you today.
This is the current state of my kitchen. The cabinet frames have been cleaned, deglossed, and two coats of color applied.  But wait you doesn't look different?  Well, that is because they were previously finished in a cherry finish, and I am using a color called Cabernet--like a deep red wine.  I love the color, and as you can see it goes nicely with the tile trim we have.  The floor is red oak Pergo that my DH and I also put down ourselves.
Some day I will be able to get our cars back in this two-car garage, but right now it is the perfect place to lay out the doors, drawers, and trim pieces that go at the top of the cabinets to paint. Same process as above--both sides of the doors, of course.  I am beginning to feel like the Karate Kid in the move---"paint the fence up and down, paint side to side--both sides"!

Next up will be the stain and then the top finishing coat.  After that the process of putting on the handles, hinges and rehanging and refilling everything!

I'll leave you with a photo of a new little visitor to our yard. Isn't he just the cutest chipmunk?  Thanks for coming by today!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Craft Barn Challenge 12 Proud and Vintage

Time to join up with the Craft Barn's latest Quotes and Lyrics challenge using this fortnight's words: proud and/or vintage.

I found a cool quote by Ronald Reagan, "I am very proud to be called a pig It stands for pride, integrity, and guts."  I did a quick sketch and colored it using watercolor paint. Added the quote with Sakura pigma pen and called this one done!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

SOC 4 Week 2

It's time for another Summer of Color prompt from Kristin.  This week's colors are teal, coral, and a splash of bright white.

Rather than let the color decide on the project, I went with an idea that was floating around in my head.  I wove the background using dark and light teal paint chips--you know, the free ones you get in the home improvement store.  Of course the color made me think of the sea. The coral is a piece of canvas painted with bright white acrylic paint with Spectrum Noir marker coral highlights, and the starfish is also a piece of canvas colored with the same coral alcohol marker.

I try to make it around to as many participants as I can, but with such a huge list, it is not always possible.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

T Stands for Thanks and PainTing

Hi everyone! This is a rambling post with little art but some projects and travels.

First, I'd like to thank everyone who commiserated with me on my "white page" freeze and who offered suggestions to help.  One of the hardest things for me to overcome is to just create without worrying if it will come out perfect. If you have been visiting here awhile, you probably know I am primarily a beaded, especially of beaded flowers, like these:
Due to the nature of creation with wire and beads, perfection comes pretty easily once you get the hang of it and consistently so.  But art on paper, mixed media, altered art, assemblage--all the things my heart wants to do, but my hands are not as willing.  I will get there, and I certainly appreciate and will try all your suggestions.

This past weekend I had the opportunity to go to a fun concert with husband & daughter.  Our daughter is the consummate concert goer, having just attended Governor's Ball Music Festival a few weeks ago. When she saw one of my all time favorites was going to be in concert nearby, she begged to go! Well, it did not take that much begging, LOL, to see Ringo Starr.

I grew up loving the music of the Beatles (still do), and in a funny way, so did our daughter.  The music is always on in our house! The concert also features some other well known singers from old days--Todd Rundgren, Richard Page (Mr. Mister),Greg Rolie (Santana & Journey), Steve Lukather (Toto) plus a few others.  It was a great show!

The other thing keeping me busy right now is a kitchen project.  So far I have painted which was the easy part! I got it in my head to refinish all the cabinets.  After that, I'm going to change out an old recessed fluorescent fixture over the sink area, but I may cheat and ask our neighbor (an electrician) for help. I can already see this is a bigger project than I thought, but it will eventually get done--and there may even be before and after photos! Bet ya can't wait!

I'm joining Elizabeth for who I hope will forgive me for forgetting to take a photo of the water I will be drinking all day in this heat and humidity!

Friday, June 13, 2014

SOC 4 Week One

I decided to give another art prompt challenge a try! This one is a summer color challenge run by Twinkle, Twinkle.  You can read more about it here, but basically you can create any think you want as long as you use the color prompts for the current week. This is my first time participating but from what I gather from her post she has added a little fun twist of not only using the two color prompts, but a smudge, splash, or pop of another color. Should be fun!

This weeks colors are aqua blue and yellow with a pop of hot pink.

So the first thing I discovered is that this is not as easy (for me) as it sounds, and one week is a pretty fast turnaround (for me).  Once I had the idea I moved along pretty quickly until I got to the detail and found the aqua dimensional paint I had was too thick and dried up to use. Ugh! So on to plan B....

Mr. Hedgehog's aqua body was down with spectrum noir marker, his face and paws with watercolor, and his hot pink nose with dimensional fabric paint. Outline and ?quills/hair are Sakura pigma pen.  Phew, just made it in time!

Thanks for stopping by and have a happy, creative weekend!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

A Sally Field Oscar Moment

Today I am joining Seth Apter's 6th Annual Buried Treasure party! It is time to dig through old blog post and bring a favorite to the top.  Here is mine, first posted June 18, 2009.

"You like me, you really like me!" Sally, I know just how you feel! I just now completed the custom order depicted in this post and sent the final photos to the customer. There is always that moment, for me at least, when just for a second I wonder if they will like what I designed and created. Here's a little background.

I was asked to create a floral arrangement as a baby gift. The customer provided a vase that she bought on Ebay & had sent to me. She gave me the color scheme of pinks with a little red & white and that she wanted substantial flowers.

I created a ruby red rose as a the focal point, since the baby's name is Ruby and the rose is her birth month flower (June). The other flowers include: daffodil, narcissus, morning glory, iris, lily, rose of sharon, anemone, orchid, and tulip.

Not only did my customer call it "AMAZING!" but she said it gave her chills. If you sell your art then perhaps you know this feeling, too...the high you get from knowing that someone really likes what you made!

Thank you, Seth, for organizing this and letting me relive a little "fame".  If you get a chance, stop in at Seth's blog, The Altered Page, and see more favorite posts!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Tea Stands For Tuesday

Hi everyone! It is Tuesday again and time to join up with Elizabeth and the rest of the T Tuesday posters! Stop by and visit Elizabeth and Bleubeard here and see what she and everyone else are up to today.

I'm sharing a page in my next altered book.  I really suffer from the crafter's affliction of white page or blank page.  It takes me so long to get started that I often don't start if that makes any sense.  I have decided to throw that feeling out the window and get going on a project.
That said, I am not sure what this book will be about yet.  Quotes? I love them! Just making  art without worry? That would be really good for me! Or perhaps, just things I love and enjoy.  We shall see. Here is my first page, especially for T Tuesday....
This is a Chinese proverb. "Water is the mother of tea, a teapot its father, and fire the teacher. ( I have to remember to go back and take out that apostrophe in its!)
I'm not sure if you can see that the teapot is pouring the waterfall, and the bright leaves in the tree symbolize fire under the pot.

Happy T Day and thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Craft Barn Challenge #11 Mountain and Mistake

Time again for another Quotes and Lyrics Challenge from The Craft Barn.  This one is number 11 and the words are mountain and/or mistake.  I am usually a very upbeat, positive person.  Even so, I chose "mistake" since I found a quote with a positive take on it.  Here is the quote from Peter Max, an American illustrator and graphic artist, born in Germany, and well known for using lots of colors and psychedelic shapes. "Don't worry about mistakes. Making things out of mistakes, that's creativity.  And here is my ATC, also inspired by the art of Peter Max:
Can you find any of the "mistakes" I made? 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

My Latest Sun Catcher

Hi everyone!  Well, I completely forgot about T on Tuesday this week since I have been busy painting my kitchen.  I always manage to squeeze in a little beading no matter what and thought I'd share a little poem and my latest sun catcher.
Never hurt a ladybug
We need them in the garden
Ladybugs help flowers grow
So we must give them pardon!
~Author Unknown

Have a lovely day!