Friday, November 7, 2014

I love Chihuly!

 I celebrated a rather large (gulp)
birthday last week.
I have been wanting so much to visit 
And as the birthday girl I got to choose what I wanted to do...
it's only fair right?
I was transported to a magical world.
I won't spoil the visuals with words.
They truly aren't needed.
Enjoy!













Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fall has finally fallen

Yes it has indeed.
The rain and wind pelt against my window as I sit here.
Cat and dog are curled up snoozing away,
Spotify plays African songs to keep me dancing,
coffee keeps me packing cards and prints to take to the gallery, 
and new creative ideas swirl in my head.

I posted this print before 
but with the new found arrival of grey outside
I thought you might like to view it again,
and just maybe he could come live with you,
and cheer up any grey that comes your way.
:)   $18
Click here to give this guy a home.



Blessings to you this season of autumn.
May you stay warm and filled with hope,
may creative ideas keep you company,
and may crows and pumpkins brighten your day....
as well as candy corn.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Week in Instagram

 Our weather has been incredible.
This view took my breath away
after a deluge of rain and a battering of hail.
 This is my last bouquet of the season...
Dahlias, the three incredibly scented roses,
basil and a sunflower.
Alas I will miss them.
The sunflowers are still out and about.
But the deer climbed into the raised vegetable bed and knocked over this guy.
And I discovered this little fellow chomping away 
at the Dahlia Bush.
He had climbed four feet off the ground to get to this tasty leaf 
so
I let him enjoy his feast.
And Salmon Days came along with more people than fish.
 We were gifted with the biggest apples I have ever seen.

But finally the rain hit,
But at least one creature is happy about it.
Hope your week has been blessed.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

iPad vs. Mixed Media -Which one creates better art?

 I love to create mixed media pieces with lots of texture
and added knick knacks.
 But I have a confession;
I also love to draw on my iPad. 
They both start off with the same sketch and main idea.
 But then they go their separate ways.
The mixed media substrate is usually slathered with joint compound or plaster.
 And then layer upon layer of paint is slowly added
in a loose form.
I usually stand at the easel and listen to music.
It is usually daytime.
Whereas the iPad piece requires painting at the pixel level
and can give my hand quite the cramp.
I usually draw while watching tv in the evenings
and I use my finger to draw 95% of the time.
But both start with the same quote, the same idea that matures in my brain 
and brings a giggle to my lips. 
In this case I found these sweet words from an old book:
"Let us measure," she said, sweetly, 
putting her back to his.
"You are not stretching your neck, are you?"
I pondered and pondered how I could put these words into an image.
And this is what I came up with.
 I imagined a girl and her dog with very short legs.  
(It just so happens that my corgi, Zoe, 
has very short legs and really would like to be just a tad taller; 
and while we are at it she would really like a tail too).
And I thought maybe they would have a contest to see who is taller.
But the girl doesn't realize that the dog has called upon her friends for help.
 So her friend the raccoon
 and the bunny 
and the birds all get into the act
and climb onto the dog's back.
 The one bird distracts the girl while the other bird does the measuring.
 And they win!
There you have the story behind 
The Measure.
Since you have stuck around this long you get to see the first video
I have ever made describing my art.
Be gentle...
I am learning.

 And here is a closeup of the iPad piece.
I put them in a cloche
because I thought the scene needed to be isolated in its own world,
and I have a current obsession with cloches or bell jars.
I used the same quote and ruler.
 and I think it would look rather spiffy anywhere.
You can purchase it for $18 right here.
The other mixed media piece is currently for sale at artEAST
in Issaquah WA and would love to come live with you too.
 I wrote up this synopsis which comes with each piece.
So I am curious...
Which medium do you think best showcases this idea?
Have you ever done the same idea in two different mediums?
I would love to know.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

sweet autumn in instagram

Loving our beautiful autumn weather and world
including the pumpkin patch with
sunflowers,
 a hop maze,
 and very funny looking beautiful pumpkins.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Story Behind the Illustration

Remember this piece from a couple of posts ago?

Well the class I am taking (see last post)
suggested we document our work.  
So here is my attempt to explain this piece.

As an artist it can be such a process to figure out why 
I do what I do.
Sometimes there are so many conflicting thoughts dancing in my head,
and sometime I just let the dream become real without much thought,
and sometimes it is more of a technical exercise than a visceral one.
I wasn't really sure why I was so attracted to bell jars or "cloches"
and this exercise made me pull that deep rooted want to draw them
and attach a "why" to it.
Now to get this piece filmed and posted on Etsy
as well as printed large and framed for the gallery
and finish another painting for the gallery.
And off to teach iPads to little fingers later too;
just love their giggles.
I need a 48 hour day!  :)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

some iPad illustration documentation

Happy almost autumn!
I just started Cory Huff's 8 week
The first step I am working on is to document how and why I do what I do.
Easier said than done.
So I finished this piece yesterday
and then took snapshots of it along the way,
put them into a collage on pic monkey
and voila...
it's a start.
Tomorrow I will show you more photos made into a collage 
with a written documentation of why I do what I do
and I will even be included -ha.
And now I will go back to making soup 
on the first of many grey days to come :(((
And yes she will guard all day.