Sunday, September 09, 2018

 Just thought I would quickly throw a post together. I have posted all this, as it happened, on my Facebook page, but I thought I would add it here as well. I have not had time to paint for a while and was very excited to get in some painting this summer. Finding the right kind of time to paint that coordinates with the weather has been tough. This composition was hard to get right. Horses can be hard and my reference I am using does not have a strong light source so I was making that part up. I really like it so far, but still have a ways to go.
 I got it to the photo at the top and have not got back to it. I am afraid my paint pallet has probably dried up by now. I have a day coming up that I might be able to work some more on it, but not sure. I love to watch the progression and photo my pallet from time to time. I find myself looking at the photos of the paint in the pallet and getting a sensation like hunger to get out and paint. I really believe that making art is as essential to my well being as food. I have been starving off and on for too long.

 So there was my progression for this painting so far and another pallet photo. It is so nice to hang out on my back porch and paint. It is best when I can leave the back door open and have my kitties watching and my music blaring (retro Beastie Boys lately LOL). My back porch is half full of plants and flowers that I love being surrounded by. I get the occasional buzz from a hummingbird and the sounds of a gentle breeze.  It really is bliss when I am in the middle of it.
 And these are the kitties; Shallow and Stella. Their purrs and cuddles are so nice. I do not know how I went so long without some fur babies. I am sure they will end up in a painting someday. I sketch them from time to time, they do not hold still much.
I got invited to a journal exchange with some amazing artists which has been so fun! I love all that I have seen so far. I hope I am worthy. I do not feel my work has the confident style that the others have. I hope to have my stuff together and post some links to them and show more images from the journals. This is one I did in my mom's journal. I love tricolored black birds. Their song is so beautiful.

Monday, January 08, 2018

Testing a Blog Tool

This is Shallow, she is one of two new kittens we got in December. They are the sweetest! I am testing a new blog app for my iPad. 

Saturday, September 16, 2017

It has Been too Long

 (This post was started way back in November of 2016) I cannot believe I have been delinquent on posting since May of last year! I did have life changing stuff which had left me with little time or stamina to create, photo or blog. I have a good idea on how to kickstart myself back to regular blogging. We will just have to see (that did not work obviously).
I got out my paints and revamped some old altered book journal I had. These were for the Queen of Arts show that happened in November 2016 (so behind, as I said)
 Always feels good to pick up my brushes and paint. Painting small is always a challenge for me. I started on some bigger pieces, but not much to show yet.

 These flowers from Ballard Canyon Farms were gorgeous.
Finally got to my favorite Tiki bar, Trader Sams in the Disneyland resort. I could hang out here and sketch for hours drinking fun drinks that make my head spin. Had a lot of fun on this trip in October 2016.
Always love the blue inviting, heated pools there too.
Getting my Demon Hunter on. Hanging out with my baby, having my favorite beer and dressing up for Faerifest. This was a very good day.
My daughter designed some barrettes for me to make out of felt. It was so fun making these! I want to make so much more!!
Making a huge batch of enameled red heart earrings for the last Queen of Arts show. I will really miss having this show to motivate me to create.
I finally finished some heart necklaces too.

Finished product. I am sure I have said it before...I love this color red!
Sold!! Yay!!

It was a real nice show. I hope you were there!
(writing this last bit today 9-16-17) I have been on a life journey where I discovered I had PTSD resulting from years of suffering through a terrible relationship. I have struggled and stumbled but have somehow kept my head up. I have found that I have an amazing amount of strength within me. Everyday I grow and heal. I hope to get back to making more art, more happy moments and doing all the things I love and want to do. It will take time and I am trying to have patience with myself. I hope to be able to show some progress here from time to time.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

I found some time to get into the jewelry studio back in February and March. I did not get anything completed but got many things close. I just need to buy like 10 to 15 ft of silver chain. I really enjoy working in the studio. I miss it all the time. I had hoped to make more time to get in there (which I did for a bit) but I have fallen behind. I am not giving up though. I did finally finish a big batch of earrings that are now in the Art Hus in Solvang CA.
 Here is my soldering area ready to get some pendants put together. Below is my sorting system. I was trying to prioritize my work. I have some silver trailer pendants that are almost ready to take to Imagine Gallery in Montecito  CA. They are an exclusive that I only make for them. They are very complex to make but are so fun. I am always told that they bring back many happy camping memories.

 Here is me getting some red enamel heart earrings ready for their enamel coat. There are a few left at the Art Hus, but I will be adding more soon.
 Here I am cutting out some song bird and crow silhouettes for pendants. I will need another day in the studio to get all the pieces soldered together before they are ready to put on a chain. I really like these designs and had hoped to have these done for spring, but they will have to wait until I have the time.

I love the look of this red enamel with silver. These heart necklaces are so very close to being complete. I just need that chain to come in and to set the hearts. This is a photo of me melting the enamel to the copper hearts. It is one of my favorite steps. I really miss the bracelet I had with this heart on it. I sold it off my wrist a few years back. I want to make more of those...they are on my list.

 Valentines day came and went. I made some fun valentines. All the photos I have were on my phone. I did post them to my Facebook page, but I have not loaded them to my computer so I could post here. I also made a bunch of special ones for my pen pals, but I have not sent them yet! I have had a real hard few months. Below is a quick self portrait. I used my reflection from my computer monitor. I was playing with the bright pink paint that I thought was gouache then I thought was acrylic paint, but it was actually Gouache. LOL

On a bit of a personal note: I had to end my 9 year relationship with my baby's daddy. It was the right thing to do, but a really hard and painful decision. I have not had the time or energy to keep up on my art, which is painful as well. I am an artist to the core and not doing art is like not eating. I realize that I relate to my world and environment through making art and without it I am lost. I am trying to heal and make more time for myself and my art. I am trying to move forward with my life. I did not realize how hurt and tortured I was until it all stopped and now the healing is slower than I had hoped. Bear with me as I try to rise up again and find the me that I had not realized I lost.

Draft Horse Mural

 This was my big exciting project! A custom mural for a local Air B and B. She wanted draft horses pulling an old plow from left to right in my signature style. I love when I get to paint for someone who gets my style. This was a big challenge for me due to the tackle on the horses, the photo reference was not how I wanted it so I had to alter it a bit, and there was a person in the composition. It did feel so good to be painting again. It seems I can only fit in one painting a year and the last 2 were commissioned. Here is the progression of this piece from big blank sign board to ready to hang.

 I worked on this piece in my parent's garage due to it being 4ftx7ft. It worked out real well except for the sun creeping in and making it hard to see and photograph. I had a lot of pleasure pushing the paint around on this one and it sounds like the new owner loves it too. I am making this a qick post. I meant to write this entry 2 months ago, but life has been crazy hectic and the WIFI where I am blogging today is a bit slow.

Final photo before hanging this piece up. I will post a photo Holly sent me of it hung next.