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.

Friday, January 01, 2016

Happy New Year 2016!!!

What a nice December. It felt pretty long, which was good. I even got a few projects finished. I did not get to any gift making for family or friends like I like to do.

I made 5 photo albums for the Art Hus. The covers are all hand made with some beautiful fabric. I really like the way they came out. I should photo them better and get them onto my Etsy site.

They looks so fun all stacked together.

We got a nice, yet crooked tree and got it all decorated. Always nice to see it all lit up every night. I will take it down soon and will miss it's cheer. My daughter made some fun ornaments too.

I carved some stamps for my Christmas cards this year which was fun. I forgot to get photos of the finished card.

I got in a quick sketch of the tree. I used a new brush pen, and I really like it.

We decorated some more around the house which is always fun. My daughter helped me with the area around our fish. She also helped me with this year's back window art. She did a lot of the coloring and subject ideas.

We made some tamales, which are always so good. I made some pumpkin bread from the blue pumpkin from Thanksgiving. It was all so yum!

My daughter had her Christmas show at her school. I almost missed it, but was so happy I could make it in time to see her beautiful smile.

The Recovery Ranch is always a must for our little family light tour of our valley. Every year it gets better and better. It was a blast.

My sister came to visit after Christmas and we all got to go out and do our favorite thing: JOURNALING!! We really can't get enough.
It has been great for the whole family to get together. I hope we can fit in more of this this year.

Me and her got to go to Industrial Eats in Buellton. What a treat!!
My sister bought me a BB8 and I am so nuts for it. It is adorable. We all loved the movie.
So here it is the first day of the New Year. I have a few loose goals. I hope this is the year I can sort some life stuff out. That would include finding more time for art and me time. I see many posts about this being the best year. I am not quite there, but I am very hopeful to get things more figured out. I did just finish my newest journal. I will have to show you soon because my sister and I pulled out the spray paint today. Here is wishing good luck and fortune for us all in 2016!!