Sunday, December 27, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
This week's Mixed Media Monday theme, "Hang in There," challenged us to create something that hangs. When my husband brought home a few mason jars the other day (even he is starting to collect junk - or, collectibles - for me), I decided to do a variation of some glass urns that I have done in the past.
I used an image of the Eiffel Tower backed with vintage french text and placed (with E600) on the bottom of a mason jar. I then filled the bottom with glass beads and glass glitter and addressed the inside back with several Swarovski crystals. The top was assembled using more of the vintage text, acrylic around the sides, a feather and a charcoal Swarovski button in the center. The jar hangs with wire which was wrapped around the top and then again around itself to create the handle. The details on the side are more Swarovski, this time in the form of beads. I imagine it hanging outside somewhere, sparkling it's little heart out . . .
The original urns (featuring our wedding and Kendra's first day at the beach) are below:
Thank you for your time! To see more artwork that hangs, please check out: www.MixedMediaMonday.wordpress.com.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
I am the lucky recipient of one of three Art Tags that Peggo Gatto recently gave away on her blog. If you haven't seen her work before (not likely, as she just past her 1000 post!), you can do so by going to http://www.peggysamusement.blogspot.com./
I'm a big fan of her work and spirit, which I think comes through in everything she does. I am honored that this tag has found its way to my home! BTW, part of having received this, is to also pay it forward. With that in mind, expect to see three tags up for grabs on this blog soon. . . .
Thank you Peggy!
Sunday, December 6, 2009
11 x 14 Canvas Panel
I was inspired by a decorative pillow that our daughter has in her room for this week's Mixed Media Monday prompt, "On The Wings of Love." With the hope of another adoption (constantly) on my mind, I was reminded of a letter that my Mother In-Law, a Minister, wrote to Kendra on the eve of her official adoption; almost one year to the date that she was born. Her sentiments seemed to fit perfectly with "Wings" and "Love" and the image of the Stork on Kendra's pillow:
"Today is a day to celebrate. It isn't your birthday. It is your Staying Home Party. After today, you get to stay for as long as you want with the Mommy and Daddy that you and God chose.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Here is another image from my collection of vintage post cards that I would be happy for you to use. Just download it and have fun. If you have the desire, I would love to see what you do, but no pressure, please. Use it however you'd like . . .
This week's prompt for Mixed Media Monday -- Playing Cards -- was especially fun as I just returned from a few days away in Las Vegas. We were there for a surprise wedding (a surprise to the Bride no less) and had a wonderful time being a part of such a special event.
The idea for Card "Shark" came when I saw this vintage postcard of a rather successful swine upon our return. I placed the image on the back of a playing card and used several colors of luster rub-ons (for color), rub-ons (the distressed circle and the "A"), crystals (natch), a coin and beeswax. It was finished with a bit of (yes, that one) green trim.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, the Bride happily, joyfully, tearfully said YES. . .
Thank for looking! To see more pieces on Playing Cards, please check out www.mixedmediamonday.wordpress.com.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Regusci Winery, Napa
So, so late! I thought about skipping this week's Mixed Media Monday prompt altogether, but then realised that I would be giving up a 16 week "streak" of continual postings. Not wanting to break it (kinda proud of myself) I came up with the following for I Am Woman . . .
I was inspired by a beautiful framed mirror I saw while out of town that was done on wood with words cut from magazines. The one I saw featured sayings about wine and wine making, but what could be more appropriate than a women's magazine for a piece on being a woman? Everything here was taken from this month's In Style and predominately featured quotes from Reese Witherspoon such as; "I am an open book. I'm not about intimidating women or making them feel like less than what they are." I think I love her a little bit more . . .
This collage was done on a black Gesso relief background and was layered with charcoal, white acrylic stamping, glitter, crystals and fabric. The "Chick" is in the middle of all the media-driven sentiments and her only response is a quiet, "roar."
Thanks for looking! To check out more pieces on I Am Woman, please check out www.mixedmediamonday.wordpress.com.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
The piece was done on a 16 X 20 oval canvas which was first primed with several layers of acrylic. I used a mask by Tim Holtz around the edges and again layered on more paint for an interesting backdrop (which was pretty much covered up, of course). I then projected the image onto the canvas with a Prismacolor pencil and charcoal. I decided upon wax crayons (Manley) to add color, and blended my little fingers to the bone as I added layer upon layer. The poem was written in pencil and I added some pieces of her nursery fabric for interest. It was finished with a splattering of white and tan paint to age it and a sprinkling of mica on the edges for sparkle. I added Swarovski crystals on the ring to represent my husband. Thank you to Peggy Gatto for sending along this poem. It will be so cherished by us all. To check out more pieces on Mothers & Daughters, please check out http://www.mixedmediamonday.wordpress.com/
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
This week's challenge on Mixed Media Monday was to do a piece of art that in some way incorporated maps. I usually spend the week dreaming of / mulling over / planning on what I will do for each prompt, but this week it was not happening: I don't know, for some reason my creative block was in full swing and I could not get past it. And then this morning I went to a local craft store where I found this pretty little trim on sale. I bought it in green and pink and came home with the seed of an idea: if I could in some way create a map piece that was colorful enough to support this bright trim, I may have something . . .
Isn't it magical? Not the art, but the idea that we can create something out of nothing, if not an idea? That we can take bits and pieces and come up with a cohesive narrative? And in this case, all from a fabulous prompt and a piece of acid green trim. . .
"Somewhere" represents the hope that another baby is out there waiting for us. It was created using Gesso, fiber paste, acrylic, a transparency by Karen Russell (Narratives), fabric, ink, vintage children's illustration, a vintage spoon, a (tiny little pretend) compass, candle wax dripped onto the edges, a single Swarovski stone and of course, that green trim.
For more work with Maps, please check out www.MixedMediaMonday.Wordpress.com.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Four already!? We took a picture of Kendra in her nursery rocker every month of her first year and every birthday thereafter. I have the, "just home from the hospital" picture, the "baby slumping into the corner of the chair" picture, the "toddler who refuses to show her face to the camera" picture, the 2 year old, "too busy to stay in one place" and "look! Here's my bottom" pictures and last year's, "I don't care if it's my birthday, I'm not gonna smile for you" picture and now this: the "my day is finally here and I am A BIG GIRL now" picture. It is a cliche to say that it all goes so fast, but . . . but . . . sigh . . .
This week's Mixed Media Monday challenge was to create a piece of art inspired by a song. My "baby" is four today (Happy Birthday My Love!) and I can't help but hope that she will be joined by a sibling soon. As you may know, our beautiful girl came to us by way of adoption and now that she is old enough to understand some of what that means, she asks almost daily for another baby. The song that kept playing over and over in my head was "Someone To Watch Over Me" as I can just picture her loving and protecting any baby brother or sister that may come along.
This piece was created using a 5 X 7 canvas panel that was covered in sewing pattern tissue paper, fabric and a vintage piece of music before being topped with an ATC of Gesso relief, acrylic, vintage ledgers, vintage wallpaper and vintage children's illustrations (and of course a single Swarovski crystal). It is meant to represent Kendra watching over "her (future) baby."
Thank you for looking! To see all of the wonderful work on Music/Songs, check out www.MixedMediaMonday.Wordpress.com.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
This week's Mixed Media Monday prompt, "Metal / Metallics" proved to be a real challenge for me. My first instinct was to create something using metallic paint on canvas. But really, that would have been a crutch. I love metallic paint and use it so often that I decided this time, I would force myself to try something new. So, with no idea in mind, I headed to Home Depot for inspiration. After searching isle after isle (copper piping, duct work, drywall repair patches and tiny screws were cool) I finally decided upon a long link of chain and a two bags of nuts and washers. I left with the idea of creating a chandelier for Kendra's room, but I had absolutely no clue how I would make it happen.
Friday, September 11, 2009
The first thing that came to mind when challenged to do a piece in the Round was a color wheel. I love the way it spins, revealing new color combinations as it turns. Since Halloween is around the corner and the pieces I have done for Mixed Media Monday have thus far been bright and cheerful, I felt that it was time to change it up. So I played around (sorry, had to do it) until I came up with this, "The Orphanage."
The idea behind the piece is a view into the world of a haunted house of sorts, where the children within the walls (and behind the windows) are seemingly "normal" until you see them from a different angle. By turning the wheel just slightly, you can catch a glimpse of something a little off: a spider web creeping into the background, a wandering bat and even a witches hat on one of the little occupants. When viewed in it's entirety, "The Orphanage" is not what it first appears to be. . .
The piece above was made from two circles of heavy weight water color paper, one large and one small. The smaller of the two was covered in tissue paper, gel medium and fiber paste before being painted black and splashed with glitter. The "windows" are embellished transparencies and the "children" are taken from vintage post cards accented with crackle medium and stickers. I also used decorative papers, a ton of acrylic and secured it in the center with a brad that allows it to spin completely around. Thank you for looking! To see more pieces in the Round, please log on to www.MixedMediaMonday.wordpress.com.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Kendra (helping Daddy) make a frame for Mommy
As you can see, this week's Mixed Media Monday challenge was a real family affair. I was happy with the finished canvas, but felt that it still needed a little something to make the colors really pop. So, I searched the house for something I could use to create a frame. When I discovered this piece of molding in the corner of our garage, I knew I had found it. Now all I had to do was convince Dave to cut it for me. Since I did buy him that fancy miter saw a while back, he was happy enough to oblige. The added bonus was the extra help I received from my tiny carpenter. How cute is that?