Sunday, December 20, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Sometimes, as part of my own creative self-exploration.....I try to figure out "my style" of art. Or, I try to figure out what it is I want to say with my art. Who am I? What am I passionate about? What is it I am trying to communicate through my art? So.....tapping my foot....I think very hard..... I say to myself, "self, what are you all about?"
In my mind I start listing what turns me on creatively....not particularly in this order:
- Color and more color-bright-high saturation-orange-reds,lime greens, golden yellow-bright and cheery reds, lovely cobalt blues (high color-no pastels for me)
- Geometric lines and shapes and simple drawings always catch my eye
- Texture-I love to look at art that has texture and layers of interest.
- Ideas of a Whimsical nature- animals, funny things, play.....
- Femininity-I love how God made the female body so very beautiful and the female mind and soul so complex.
- Food-I love to eat good food. Though I can easily turn down the desert menu, I find it very hard to eat on the "light menu". Love Italian and Mexican foods. Bread, bread, bread, bring it on!!!
- Wine! Oh how I love Chardonnay, maybe too much. I love wine. I don't like red or pink or anything other than Chardonnay.
- Family Fun-I love being with my family and the older I get the more I appreciate my precious family.
- Friends-Girlfriend time in particular is very important to me now. Even today I look forward to a limousine ride with 9 0ther girlfriends to view Christmas lights Thursday night. Wine will be involved. Yay! Bling will be involved. Yay!
- Pet-my puppy, I have never been a real dog person until Sebastian came into my life. Now, I can't imagine my life without him.
So, doing exercises like this are important to help you figure out who you are. In doing this. I can think about themes and ideas for my future art. If you look at your art from the past, you will be able to see themes. I think that when we start trying to be authentic and communicate our true selves through our art.....our art will shine.....I'm just sayin'......
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Oh, and I have to share some fun pics and story about my little neighbors. Gabi and Mary are my little neighbor friends. They caught me out on my front swing sewing on a purse one night and talked me into making them one for Christmas. Well after much thought, I decided these girls needed to experience making their own purses. I wanted them to be exposed to the whole experience of painting on fabric, hand sewing, maybe even a little sewing on the old machine. So I invited them over yesterday for a few hours of messy fun. Their pieces are painted and they will come today to start the sewing process. I enjoyed the girls and their delight in creating. It was one of those "take time to smell the roses" moments. It was a "not all about me" moment and it was wonderful. Here are some pics...
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Monday, October 05, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Yes, I do believe it is time for a creative challenge. I think I have just the thing for ya! Did you know that I got married on the first day of Autumn? That is September 22 (25 years ago). We certainly did not plan it that way....it was just a convenient date at the time.
I love the fall season. I love the colors that appear in the trees and sprinkle the ground. I love the pumpkins and all things that honor the celebration of the harvest. I remember this song we used to sing in music class way back in elementary school....
Sunday, September 20, 2009
One of my loyal followers will be getting this in the mail in the next few days.
Today we went to Midland to get a new pump for our pond. We stopped at a few other places and ate at Texas Burger. YUM!
Craig started packing for Seattle which got me inspired to start packing. (Heather is already packed). We leave Tuesday. Tomorrow will be a day of getting everything ready for our trip as we leave Tuesday morning.....I'm so excited. Will keep you posted.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Saturday, September 05, 2009
Sometimes, we are trying so hard to get to a certain goal that we do not see the great things that are lying at our feet. I'm just experiencing an "ah ha moment" in my life. I am starting to figure out that I just need to live in the present and appeciate the opportunities I have now. I'm sorry if this blog seems cryptic or vague. I really just want to say to you to look at what you have now. Are you swimming upstream? Maybe you need to go with the flow.....downstream......I'm going to try to go with the flow this week.
Monday, August 31, 2009
She was said to be very smart in school. We know she was creative.....remember her poem "The Story of Bonnie and Clyde"? It was also said that she loved to take photographs. It seemed that with each failed attempt for the law to raid and capture Bonnie and Clyde, rolls of film were left behind . Tons of photos were found. These photos were all obviously posed. Bonnie and Clyde dressed to a T. The first photo in this post, she was posing to look as if she was going to shoot Clyde. This second photo she is all set up in a sexy pose.
I'm just sayin'....get out of your normal zone and go and learn about history or something new and interesting. This might be the very thing that gets your creative juices flowing.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Really, I am enjoying myself. This is my second art purse and I have already listed it for a friend of mine. She told me today she wanted one of my art purses.....so I reserved it on etsy for her but she may not get it. She might want a different color...more like the first one with orange/reds.
I have started another Fish-a-licious purse and I have another Art Purse cut out. So, as you can see, I'm on a purse making binge. My fingers are sore for the hand-stiching.
I had an idea for a triangle shaped purse.....still in the sketch stage... will keep you posted. Have a wonderful and creative weekend.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Sunday, August 09, 2009
But, I have seen these little readers at the antique stores and I just love anything about books. My mother read to us so much when we were kids. That is probably why I love books so much these days.
At any rate, I was inspired by Dick and Jane books to create this handbag. It is totally my own design.....I know it is nothing special in the way of design (just a simple box cut) but it is my own pattern! I like to use my own patterns. When creating a pattern for a fabric piece, one has to really think about the construction in terms of function .....being a right brain dominant person, that is difficult for me. So each time I construct a pattern, it is a great exercise for the left side of my brain.
But on the other side (the right side of the brain) inspired me to make this purse be about Dick and Jane being in love. The sides of the purse have iron on patches of "LOVE" and hot lips, etc. Hope you enjoy viewing this project.
Saturday, August 08, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Today, I bought the soundtrack to Mamamia and I have enjoyed the heck out of it. I really enjoyed that movie. I have discovered that people either love it or hate it. I just think that it is so cool that Meryl Streep totally stepped out of her norm and went for the musical. She did a great job and I can't wait to see it again. It is a great girlfriends and sisters movie. I highly recommend that you go and get it and go to your girlfriends house and watch it and....oh....I don't know......LAUGH OUT LOUD! Let me know if you do and how it goes.
Monday, July 20, 2009
I can't tell you how much these two girls mean to me. I love them and I feel so blessed that God sent them to me. I am so happy to have them in my life. I just know that we cross paths with women in our lives because God means for us to. We have our mother, our sisters, and our dear friends, and our best friends......all meeting different needs in us....all part of the bigger plan that we could not even begin to imagine. Forgive me, I watched Mamamia this weekend and it touched me on the sisterhood topic.....so bare with me I am feeling mushy.
No one understands us better......no one gets us like our girlfriends. I love you Lisa and Renea....I am blessed to have you as friends! Happy Birthday Renea....see it was no big deal and you are still HOT HOT HOT! Ask Barry! I'm sure he will agree. I love you!
Oh Lisa, don't even think you are off the hook! I have the best pic ( you won't think so) of you to post if you don't stop posting butt uglee photos of me..... be careful sistah! LOL
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Saturday, July 04, 2009
I'm starting to wonder if I am the only one that sees all these single shoes on the road. This is not the first time I have addressed this isue on my blog . I see at least one single shoe every day on the highway or a street in town. I don't understand where all these shoes come from. Every time I see a shoe on the road, I wonder how it got there.?.....I wonder what story goes with the shoe. If it is a childs shoe like this one, I wonder if a mother is going crazy searching the house for this shoe? Why just one shoe and not the pair of shoes?!
I see shoes on the road all the time. They are just not always in the most convenient places for photographing. But, on occasion, these single shoes are in a location that I feel comfortable enough to stop and photograph them. The particular shoe was spotted in front of the Big Spring High School on 11th place. It was late evening in the summer so I felt very comfortable in stopping and taking a picture of it.
I want to challenge you to be on the look out for single shoes (lost soles) on the road of life. Please take pics and send them to me. This is a July challenge and is in effect until the end of July. At the end of July, I will randomly select a winner for a prize from my store. So, start keeping your camera ready and watch for the single shoe that I know you will see if you just watch for it. It is crazy how many of them are out there.
Here are is a photo collection of a group I started on Flickr on this very topic.