Sunday, July 30, 2006

Sun Moon and Stars


I received this little vintage lunch pail from a friend of mine and I just had to do something with it. I painted it with the Lumiere Paints and stamped it. I covered it with canvas on both sides painted with the same. I wanted it to have a bit of a cloth feel to it and it does on the front and back anyway. Then I added these little polymere clay figures I made a few weeks ago with some new molds I bought. So it became the Sun, Moon and Stars lunch pail.

I used to wear a cologne called Sun Moon and Stars I believe. Oh, it smelled so good. It was in a beautiful blue bottle with a gold top. I need to hunt for that on ebay! But wouldn't that be a cute gift for someone who is into astrology and all that? Or someone who is into dreams?

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Mermaid and Cat


New Pic for today.
Lesley

Saturday, July 22, 2006

mis pequeños pájaros

mis pequeños pájaros
That means "My Little Birds" in Spanish. I had to find that on an English to Spanish translator on the web. I am still working on my Mexican Folk Art Series. I have been looking at a lot of Latin, Hispanic Culture art. Seems like there is a lot of Relgious type things with crosses, Our Lady of Guadalupe, etc. Here is my most recent work. I sold the last two on ebay and I was excited about that. One lady who bought a piece was named "Sharon Stone". I thought that was funny. What if it really was Sharon Stone-the movie star!? Oh, I have arrived! Heehee

This was created with my ever so used Prisma Color pencils and water soluable oil pastels (back ground). I did this on watercolor paper (140lb) which I like much better than the smooth paper I used last week for this type of art.

I am a busy lady. Here are the other things I am working on. I have several purses and one case in progress. I have decided to make a quilt called "Women of the World" and I have started on that. We will see if that actually gets done. I am working on a Mary Kay Challenge to sell at least 30 of the Peach Satin Hands gift sets by the end of July. Shew!!! I think I must be crazy sometimes but it seems the busier I am, the happier I am. Have a happy weekend. Please comment. I love your comments!

Sunday, July 16, 2006

More Altered Train Cases


Altered Train Cases
Today, I finally finished one train case and the other is well on the way to being completed. The first one, was done for a lady that ordered it. She likes vintage and victorian. She gave me some information about her favorite colors too. So, this is what I came up with for her. I hope she likes it. I am going to call her later and either email her these pics or make an appointment for her to come and pick it up some time next week. I like for it to cure for about 2 weeks before it is used.

I put some fresh lavendar inside the case to help eliminate that musty smell that comes with these vintage cases.

The second case, not quite done...is a case I did for my Aunt Wanda. She wanted one sort of like one I made for my mother for Christmas. She wanted pictures of all her grandkids on this. I hope she likes pink. I am thinking about putting some black checks around the edges to give it some spunk. I am also considering giving it a wash with a pearl white to give it a bit more of an antique look and perhaps mute the pink some. As soon as I get it done and it is thoroughly dried, it will be on it's happy way to my sweet Aunt Wanda (Jeanie)! I am going to put some fresh lavendar in this one along with her original photos of her grandkids. I was careful not to mess up those treasures.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Altered Purse Frenzy



I'm on an altered purse making frenzy. You know, I don't know what gets into me but I get on something and I can't stop! Then, before I can master the process....off to something else. Probably Attention Deficit Disorder. But, it is fun! If I can just tell myself that there does not have to be a point to this, then I am o.k.

I was inspired by the purses by Teesha Moore in the Sommerset Studio "Haute Handbags" on page 76 and 77. I love all the fabric art and fiber art that is prevailant now. I want to explore these techniques. Anyway, hence the fabric purse I'm working on. As you can see, it is a work in progress. It is not quite done but I wanted to share it anyway. I was also inspired by the purse by Anne Robinson on page 133 in the same publication. I can never follow one set of directions. I have to go off and do my own thing. I imagine there will be much more stiching and color on this by the time I am through.

The next purse is a purse I purchased at a store at the mall that had all this earthy/imports and stuff. This purse was purchased for 6.50. I only transferred a gypsy photo on one side and embroidered on it. Then I put some little bead chain on the zipper. I did not do the other side.

I have about 7 purses to do with no particular destination in mind. Well, a couple of them are commission work. The rest, I am totally free to do what I want!

Alebrijes




Alebrijes:
These very popular figurines are carved from wood by hand and have a very nice history. The name Alebrijes was given by a Mexican Indian of the State of Oaxaca that once had a dream in which he saw strange animals made up of parts of one animal mixed with others, and those animals were making strange sounds that he could not understand. The one and only word that he could understand was Alebrije.

Without knowing the meaning of that word he adopted it as their name. When he awoke, he took a piece of Copal Wood (which is native to Oaxaca) and started carving the animals that he saw in his dream. His animals are very similar of the ones we are presenting here.
Creatively carved by the artists hand, no two pieces will ever be exactly alike. Each one a unique piece of art.

I have been looking at different Mexican Folk Art on the internet and I keep running into these little wood carved figures. Of course I love them because of their color and whimsey! Here is a link to a great site with lots of wonderful pictures. Click on the title Alebrijes above to go and see some!

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Chicken in the House!



Here is a picture I came up with from that phrase "chicken no make good house pet". I did this with pencils and water soluble pastels. I'm stuck on those again. But this one also had a foundation of acrylic paints layered/textured some. I always do up several ofand let them dry. I put them away and later pull them out to create art on.

O.K. so it is a Rooster. Don't be such a rigid Annie. A rooster is a boy chicken right? Just go with it!

Monday, July 10, 2006

Mexican Folk Art


I really enjoy Mexican folk art. The colors are wonderful and whimsical. I was looking at a craft book, I believe it is the Cloth, Paper and Scissors book and I saw this phrase, "chicken no make good house pet". This cracked me up! That inspired me to do a series of Mexican Folk Art paintings and works. Who knows what I will come up with. But, I have to do something with a crazy chicken in the house too. Here is a piece I did today. Does she look Hispanic? That is the look I was going for. The Mexican culture is so interesting to me. Maybe that is why I like Frida? The whole Day of the Dead thing is interesting too. So let us see what I come up with while studying this fine culture and ethnic group.


This piece was done with pencils and water soluable oil pastels on a very smooth paper meant for pencil art actually but it came out okay. I prefer the water color paper for these pastels but sometimes when the mood strikes the supplies are not there so we make do.