Sunday, February 28, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
The Artistic Mother
I can't wait to read Shona Cole's new book, The Artistic Mother! I have had the opportunity to "meet" her through OWOH, and have long been an admirer of her many published works in Somerset Studio. She is offering the chance to win a copy of her book by helping her spread the word. If interested, please visit her blog at http://www.shonastudio.blogspot.com/. If you can't wait, check out your local bookstore or go online to http://www.amazon.com/. I'm sure you'll love it as much as I will! xo
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
1949 Esquire Magazine
Well, although I usually have success (always walk away with something - this one was a dollar!) yesterday I hit the mother load with this vintage Esquire hardcover. It is full of ads for men's suits, hats, cigarettes and articles. My favorite is pictured below, in which the author tries to change the tradition of the man's role in childbirth.
I have included a few pictures to share with you and scanned the bottom picture of the Esquire pinup of the month so that you may use it for your art. Please feel free to use any of them, but the one on the bottom was specifically scanned so that you would have the best possible image.
I love the idea of sharing these pieces on my blog, and am starting to do more of it. As always, there is NO PRESSURE to link or show and tell, although I am completely interested in seeing what you have done if you have the desire. Until next time, have fun . . . xo
Sunday, February 21, 2010
MMM: Giggles / Laughter
I am honored to be the guest host for this week's Mixed Media Monday challenge! Participating in MMM is the very reason I started a blog last year and since that time, I am proud to say that I have not missed a prompt. Meeting and being inspired by such talented artists on a weekly basis has become such an important part of my creative life and I am forever grateful for that. Thank you for allowing me to present this week's theme: Giggles / Laughter. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did . . .
This collage was made as a Mother's day gift for my Mom who is, of course, Kendra's biggest fan. The picture was taken of baby girl in her second year, and features vintage and decorative papers including wallpaper, ledgers, nursery rhymes and characters in addition to other meaningful empheria. It was painted and "aged" with acrylic and includes over stamping and white gel pen. True to form, there is a single Swarovski crystal at the ear.
I used original vintage papers on this piece and thought it would be interesting to ask what you prefer when doing your work - originals or copies? I will take stock of your responses and let you know the results in next week's post. . .
Thank you for looking! To see all the pieces on Giggles / Laughter (I know I can't wait!), please check out http://www.mixedmediamonday.wordpress.com/.
Monday, February 15, 2010
I was overwhelmed by the amount of interest and excitement the OWOH event had to offer this year! As a relatively new blogger - not yet 6 months - I jumped at the opportunity to meet like minded artists and friends in a way that I may never have without this international blog party. I am honored to have had 42 new followers in the last three weeks, and am grateful to have been able to follow and support numerous others. This event has changed the way I will blog in the future (I am now in the habit of checking out blogs with my morning coffee!) and I am forever grateful for that . . .
With that said, out of the 541 responses, I am happy to announce the ONE winner for the blog candy above.
Congratulations Chris from Maple Ridge Vintage!
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I will contact you now and send out your "Stuff" as soon as I receive your information . . .
Sunday, February 14, 2010
MMM: Mardi Gras
Happy Valentine's Day!
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Altered Game Board
Game board cut in half and sanded
I was intrigued with the awning and scallop shapes that I played with for last week's challenge, and wanted to explore them a little further this time around. You would never know that this started out as another painted canvas - that I actually painted it more than 3 times and "perfected" the awning with acrylic, charcoal and ink - before I covered it all up again with fabric! But, alas, that is what I felt it needed to be complete. I guess the fabric poodles really set the stage for what was to be a piece created almost entirely of fabric and acrylic. Other details include a distressed background of paint and black glitter (I like how it adds an asphalt feel), fabric trim to complete the bottom and sides, a feather and of course, Swarovski crystals. The vintage text in the heart reads, "Whisper to me, 'My Darling'."