Friday, March 28, 2008

One more for the day

One more for the day. I could not resist this. I wanted to take advantage of the daisy before it wilted! And then I caught my little photographer with his newly given camera.

Pink Lady

Here is another TTV. I decided to incorporate into a mixed media project. The original photo is on the far right. The other two are photos of a 4" by 4" gallery wrapped canvas. I made a gel transfer of the flower image onto it. I then painted the sides black to match the black border that is always on the TTV photos. The transfer not only softens up the pic but also adds character with the white spots. As with most transfer processes you never get a completely perfect image. I guess if you did why do it at all. I will be doing more of these. Love them. I just have to round up some more canvas.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Yellow and Pink

Playing around again today. I just love this technique. The way it is a little blurry and dirty.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Exploring Photography

I have recently discovered that I have an interest in photography. I think that it might be a natural progression for someone who uses photos in their artwork to eventually be interested in using their own photos. This is a really cool technique called Through the Viewfinder. This is one of my very first tries and I can see that I have a lot of improving but I am having a blast trying. This is of a bloom on a neighbors tree. It has been so windy lately that I have not gotten out too much to take any more.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Back into a schedule

It is always so hard to get back into a regular schedule after going on a vacation. We had such a good time at Sea World. It always seems to go by so fast. The kiddos are already wanting to talk about when we are going back. But for now, we are getting into the routine of school and soccer games. I was hoping to have time to do the MMM challenge but don't think I will be able to jump in until next week. I gotta unpack the RV and do laundry like a mad woman in order to catch up.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Off to Sea World

We are off to Sea World tomorrow morning so things will be pretty quiet around here this week. I am hoping to be all charged up and ready to jump back in next week. Hope everyone has a great Spring Break!

Friday, March 14, 2008

My baby loves to take pics!

So just recently Bailey (my soon to be 7 year old ) has asked for a camera. And I gotta tell ya, he takes the best pictures. I don't know if it is because he just randomly takes them or because he has a natural nack. This picture is more of the silly random ones but I thought it was pretty cute. I am thinking that maybe I should go ahead and give the little guy a "real" camera and let him go for it.


Surprise, another angel. I know....not a big shocker! I am trying to find a good crackle medium and don't seem to be having much luck. This is that Tim Holtz stuff. I don't know if it was intended for this or not. I think it is too shiny and raised. But, I still like the piece. It is a 9" by 9" gallery wrapped canvas that is 1 1/2" deep.

Probably won't be on much in the next few days. Next week is Spring Break and, we are gearing up for Sea World. The kids ask every day ( few times a day ) if it is time to go because they want to feed the dolphins. If you have ever been there they have this huge tank and if you buy a little tray of fish you can actually feed the dolphins. They get super close too. It is amazing. I am usually a nervous wreck. Trying to keep the kids from falling in. I don't know if that has ever happened to anyone.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Mixing it up

I decided to mix it up a little today and pull out my fabric stash. This is one of my favorite techniques to do using an embellishing machine and punching the little fabric squares down. Then stitch over the top using a decorative stitch. I then added fibers to the side. I thought it would be fun to make it a hanging quiltie. I have listed it in my store.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Mixed Media Mondays - Purple and Gold

It was a crazy weekend. I have barely had a minute to sit down to do anything let alone make anything. I was happy to steal some time today.
The theme for MMM is gold and purple. I thought it would be tough for me but it actually was not. I started with some metallic paper and added some soft purple paint, water and then some walnut ink crystals. Oh, and it is on one of those wood canvases. LOVE THEM!!!!!! It is 6" by 6".

Friday, March 7, 2008

It happened again!

It snowed again yesterday! We did not get alot but, the kids were sooooo happy. As soon as we got enought to start throwing snowballs, making snow angels and making a snowman, we headed outside. So Alexis did finally get to make her snowman after all. And even if he was kinda pathetic looking, they were both so proud. You can tell that they are Texas kids. They got pretty cold pretty fast. So as soon as all the fun stuff was over they were in the bath warming up. It was great fun. And look in the background.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Theme Thursday Challenge - Paris

I have enjoyed MMM so much that I have decided to jump in and participate with Theme Thursday. The theme this week is Paris which is always a good one to work with. This is a 5" by 7" gallery wrapped canvas that I have collaged onto, added a gold leaf and then made a transfer over the top. I will be listing this on my site later. I was anxious to get it up and it is not quite dry yet. And I am getting ready to run out the door to collect both kids at their different schools. Good ole Texas weather again has decided to bring us an ice storm. Maybe we will get enough snow for my baby girl to finally get to make her snowman.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Big Trip Coming

I think that I have totally fallen in love with the 5" by 5" canvases. This is another little one that I finished today. I absolutely Love this picture. Sweet!

Well, it is now official and I can't back out. My hubby and are are going to go to Venice and Vienna for our 10 year anniversary. I figure we will probably never go again. I am looking forward to it now but, it took me some time to warm up to the idea. About seven years ago I swore to myself that I would never leave the country again. This was only after a trip to the Bahamas where I unfortunately had a very bad miscarriage. And believe me, you don't want to visit the hospital there. At least not on the island that we were on.

But it is a new day. And I think that it would be an incredible situation at this point in my life when I can look through eyes of an artist.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

We had snow last night!!!!

I can't believe it. We actually had snow last night. I let the kids stay up a little late because they were predicting snow. I was not really sure it would happen. I mean, I have not seen snow in a few years. So, we were reading and I decided to look out the back door. Low and behold, it was coming down fast and furious. I have never heard the kids giggle so much about the weather. We opened up the door and gathered some up to make little balls to throw. And after a little time and very cold hands, I put them to bed. Unfortunately, I woke up this morning to absolutely NO SNOW. It melted that fast. Crazy. It was super sad was Alexis jumped outta bed and to the back door only to begin crying. When I asked her what was wrong she said that she wanted to build a snowman. Adorable. Bailey only asked if school was canceled.
This is a piece that I just finished. I am enjoying layering up on canvases and canvas board. Kinda like a frame. This is a transfer of a great statue. I also added some paper flourishes to the base canvas board

Monday, March 3, 2008

Mixed Media Mondays - Music

I did this little wooden window for the challenge on Mixed Media Mondays. These cute little windows were found on the isle at the craft store with all of the doll houses. I think that is an art form that seems to have died down some. It is a shame since I am sure it was costly and very time consuming but well worth it all.
I stained the wood, added a background with papers and sheet music, stamped and added the photo and other embellishments. I love the way the girl looks like she is looking out the window. The quote says "She sings the song in her heart".