Saturday, August 29, 2009

Floral Painting

I finished my painting and I just learned how to add a copyright mark in Photoshop. You can really learn anything from the internet. I am hoping to come back later with an ARTIST profile.
I hope your weekend is going well so far.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

New Painting

I worked on this painting last night in the colors from the last color story( see below). It is fun. Not sure about the grey or green. May adjust them. But I do like the cocoa background. It is gouache on watercolor paper.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Color Stories: Linen+ Cocoa +Lime+ Pink+ Stone+ Lemon

A new color story today. I hope your weekend was great!

Ours was great. I just got the new Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazine. Love it! I am really enjoying the articles by Melanie Testa. Could be because we both attended the same school and studied with the same professors. But her journals are lovely and I now I am thinking of starting one in the new year. So many plans!

With fall just around the corner I keep thinking about yarn. I don't knit but I think I may start an embroidery. I know it isn't yarn but it is needle work. I did one last year and it is a bit meditative. I am also trying to decide on a way to make an advent calendar for my kids. It may take me until November to decide. There are many options out there and some are a bit time consuming. I do want it to be something we will use again but I also don't have tons of time to work on it. Will decide soon.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

ARTIST: Maxine Sutton

So I just read about Maxine Sutton today on the Ink Lore blog and I was SO head over heels with her artwork that I had to post right away. Her color, texture, patterns!! Swoon. They are all wonderful. So happy to find her and her work. So inspiring. Go check out more of her work right here. I am heading back myself.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

B+W Leaves

Good Morning! I finished my B+W Leaves last night. Painting is so relaxing. I do love the boldness of the black and white but now I am thinking of color.

Here is a quote from my CREATE sketchbook: " Can you hear it? Your right brain speaks to you- and guides you- in the subtle language of impulses, feelings, hunches and intuitions. " I get my ideas," said Edison, " by listening from within." - Zane Vaughn

I hope your day is a great one!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Working on this

Worked a little on my painting. The small scrap on top is just the piece I practiced on before starting.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Color Stories: Pink + Green

This color story just came about by playing with color. Certainly it isn't anything ground breaking but I was testing out colors on one paper for another color story and actually I liked how these colors were working. I started putting my color stories into a sketch book. Either taping ones in or painting them right in the book.

Today I am cutting paper to do some paintings. I started drawing last night and will begin painting.

Tomorrow I am going to a friends baby shower and I can't wait. It is her first baby and I haven't seen her in a long time so I am excited to see her belly.

I have so many other color stories in me. I hope I can get them down in time.

Have a great weekend. And thank you to the few new followers to my blog. It is great to have you!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

This afternoon

I worked in my sketch book today and my son worked in his. He drew a sunflower and I am still obsessed with leaves. That cup held my beverage of choice, coffee and the bowl held my son's afternoon snack, applesauce and cinnamon. This sketchbook I was working is so great. Every left side page has an inspiring quote about creativity and on the right side it simply says CREATE every day. And in case you were wondering I signed up for the life in the fishbowl course. YEAH!! I can't wait. I am a bit nervous for some reason but super excited. I hope your week is going great so far. I need to get busy actually making instead of reading about it, writing about it and looking at it!

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Some things

Today my husband took my son out, my daughter took a nap for 2 hrs and I did this. Organized my paper. I have been cleaning, storing, rearranging things around here the past couple of days. It feels so good to get rid of things that are no longer right for you. I started an inspiration board as well. Clearing space for new things to arrive.
On another note. If you aren't already familiar with Marisa from Creative Thursday you need to run there right now! ( And then come back here of course :) ) She is a very talented artist who is teaching an e-course that starts this September and I REALLY want to sign up so I hope the money fairy shows up and I can. :) She has wonderful podcasts and a great blog. She is super kind and very supportive. So I may just take the plunge and sign up.
And this little quote I found on a walk through my village a few weeks back when they were having an art exhibit in some store fronts. Love it! I hope you are all having a great weekend!

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Color Stories: Indigo Leaf Grey Lemon Pink

No words today... busy with the kids. Just wanted to post a new color story. I think I need to find a new camera. these pics aren't great. will probably edit them.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

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Funky Fabric Beads!

Last fall I tried really hard to come up with a great way to make fabric beads. I wasn't very successful. I tried stitching them ( time consuming and not easy) and I tried gluing (didn't look the way I intended) but I came across this version today and I thought it was just great and easy to do. I really want to try to make one. I realize it is probably a bit funky for most people but I think it could be super cute.

Funky Fabric Beads!

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Saturday, August 01, 2009

Color Stories: Blue Charcoal Spice Sage Apple Raffia

I have a new color story today.. this one I didn't set out to working on.. I started in a different direction ( one I still will go back to) but ended here. Fall inspired for sure. Just a short month left of summer and I don't know if it is because this has been a cool summer here in NY or what but I feel a bit excited for fall to come. So I used old lace, a piece of wool, colors that were already painted, a piece of a security envelope and some embroidery floss. These are so fun to make. I love working with color. I could do it all day. The possibilities are endless and it is so exciting to see what will happen to one color when you put another color next to it. I hope you have a great weekend!