Monday, January 12, 2009

Baby, it's Cold Outside!

Actually it's going to get worse in a couple days, but it's bad enough now. Thursday through Saturday, weather reports say we may reach 9 degrees F. I hate winter and this week... I really hate winter!

I've got to get some photos uploaded to my computer, so that I can show some pics here and spice things up a bit.

The prompt for this week is a word wanderlust. The word means the impulse to travel. It came to English from German words meaning to hike and enjoy. Think of the word and what it means to you. Do you feel it now? Have you felt it in the past? Does thinking about the word make you see a picture in your mind? Do art, journal, write prose or poetry or whatever you are inspired to do!

Alyson Stanfield had a really cool thing on her blog lately. Thought I'd share it here.

How to Have Your Best Year Ever
DECIDE to go for it. ACT on your decision. LOVE with all your heart.
STOP complaining and whining. PLAY whenever possible. SAY NO
when you need to. LEARN stuff. PRACTICE daily gratitude. MAKE
new friends. LOOK for the joy in each task. CREATE with abandon.
INSPIRE others. SEEK adventure. BE KIND to everyone. REST and
be kind to yourself. GIGGLE.

Some I'm pretty good at and some I'll work at harder!

Today's quote - "Life isn't about finding yourself; life is about creating yourself." George Bernard Shaw

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

I'm Back from my Holiday Break!!

Okay, to the 2 people that keep telling me that you're waiting for me to post - you know who you are - HERE I am!

Happy New Year everyone! I hope that everybody had a terrific Christmas or whatever other holiday you might celebrate. Our Christmas was merry and we are all hopeful that 2009 will be a good one. I had family get-togethers and family get-togethers -- all fun!

I'm not a resolution person... as I said at a gathering on New Year's Day... I see them as setting yourself up to fail (I got both laughed at and scolded for that comment). BUT I do like Christine Kane's idea (I've read her blog for a couple of years now as does my friend Kerri apparently). So, I think that my word for 2009 has to be confidence. This is something I find the past year, I've really been lacking in, so maybe if I make it a word to focus on that will help!

The Ten on Tuesday list for this week is "10 Things You Want to do in 2009". Now, I don't see these as the same thing as resolutions...these strike me as specific things you want to do, not like things you want to change about yourself or something. Anyway, mine follow in no particular order:
1. My daughter has asked me to be in the delivery room with them, so I really hope to do that in 2009 (that I'll get to the hospital in time and all)!
2. It would be nice to spend a night or 2 away with my husband somewhere (we haven't done that in awhile).
3. Spend time with my grand kids - I'll have 3 for more than half the year!
4. Spend time with my 4 grown kids and families.
5. Do artwork for shows.
6. Do artwork just for fun.
7. Do some needlework again.
8. Read more fiction than I did this past year.
9. Focus on the word confidence as stated above.
Alright, I can only come up with 9, but there they are.

As a storm is headed our way, I have to choose this as the quote for tonight:
"Always maintain a kind of summer when in the middle of winter". Thoreau

Friday, December 12, 2008

Hello, Again!

Well, it has been awhile!! I finally got over that horribly nasty cold and then have just been so busy with Christmas stuff. I decided that I was just going to say hello and then will "see" you all again after Christmas. Please have a great Christmas.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Taking a Minute out From Blowing my Nose

I haven't posted in so long because I have an absolutely miserable cold... just thought I'd let you know. Gotta go -- I need a Puffs Plus.

Monday, November 24, 2008

A Thankful Time of Year


These are a couple of pictures of parts of 2 of my collages that I had Moo cards made out of (mini business cards). They have the picture on the front and your information on the back.
For the prompt this week, of course, it has to have a Thanksgiving theme! I want you to think of something that you are thankful for, from your past or your present, and do art about that. Photos could be included in the art, if you'd like. Whatever works for what you are being thankful for.
The quote for today will be this harvest prayer that I love.
Happy Thanksgiving!
Harvest Prayer(Anonymous 17th Century Sermon)
Please be gentle with yourself and others.
We are all children of chance,
And none can say why some fields blossom
While others lay brown beneath the harvest sun.
Take hope that your season will come.
Share the joy of those whose season is at hand.
Care for those around you.
Look past your differences.
Their dreams are no less than yours,
Their choices in life no more easily made.
And give.
Give in any way you can.
Give in every way you can.
Give whatever you possess.
Give from your heart.
To give is to love.
To withhold is to wither.
Care less for the size of your harvest than for how it is shared,
And your life will have meaning
And your heart will have peace.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Ten on Tuesday

This week's Ten on Tuesday list is ten things you are thankful for this year. Here's mine:
1. my 4 children and their spouses are all doing well
2. my 2 (3 3/4 year old and 3 month old) grandchildren are healthy and happy (not to mention adorable!)
3. I have another grandchild on the way!!
4. my husband's bladder cancer check-ups have been clear
5. I recently had an mri and it showed no changes
6. my husband and I just celebrated our 33rd anniversary
7. friends!
8. art making
9. Starbucks lattes and mocha's
10. having a day to just roam art supply stores, craft stores, a bookstore, and a coffee shop

Monday, November 17, 2008

Can it Possibly be Monday Already??

Yes, I guess it can. I didn't post much last week because I had a cold all week. I didn't feel horrible (thankfully), but just kind of lousy.

I did manage to get my second piece done for the art show with the shrine theme. (I showed you my first piece last week - a shrine to my Grandmother) The second was a large canvas done about the Mona Lisa. I've always loved the Mona Lisa. I find looking at her very soothing. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get a picture taken before handing it in, so will post a picture after I get it back in December.

The prompt for this week is to think of a painting or style of painting that evokes a memory for you. A memory that comes to mind for me is sitting in a doctor's office with my son when he was 10 or 11. He asked "why would they have an awful painting like that on the wall?". When I looked it was a print of a Grandma Moses. I tried to explain that she was very famous and very highly thought of, but he wasn't accepting that.
So, with the prompt, take the memory and do art from that or do something in the style of the technique of the painting.

"Argue for your limitations and sure enough, they're yours". Richard Bach

Monday, November 10, 2008

New Art and a Prompt





This is a piece that I finished for a show. It had to be a shrine of some sort to someone or something meaningful in your life. This is an 8 x 10" canvas with a photo of my Grandmother that has been "painted over" (a technique taught to me by my very good friend Marilyn), the canvas is painted and has 2 small canvases attached (one is a photo of me with Grandma and the other is my four kids with Grandma). Along the edges I attached etched wood strips. No beeswax on this one! I'm working on one more for the same show that is beeswax.
Unconscious Mutterings for last week
I say ... and you think ... ?
In love :: with my husband
Be my guest :: for lunch
Number one :: numero uno
Swallowed whole :: grape
50 percent :: half
Made in :: America
Supplement :: vitamin
Right for :: all of us
Endless :: infinity
Ceramic :: tile
and for this week
I say ... and you think ... ?
Coverage :: clothing
Cynical :: my husband
Gust :: wind
Improvised :: made do
V :: Roman numeral
Guests :: party
Brutal :: war
Grant :: scholarship
Pull :: wagon
Streaming :: absolutely nothing pops into my head for this! even when I think about it
This week's prompt - Think of a favorite line from a song. Do a piece of art or write a poem and incorporate at least a few words from that line in the art.
Here's a quote that I really like. "Everything I do and say with anyone makes a difference."
Gita Bellin

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

10 Things You Love to Talk About

That's the topic for this week's Ten on Tuesday list. Here's mine:
1. My grandchildren Lily and Zachary
2. My 4 children and their spouses
3. Art in general
4. Beeswax Collage
5. New Art Techniques that I haven't tried yet
6. Books
7. Pregnancy and childbirth
8. ER (with my daughter-in-law)
9. Restaurants
10. Movies

Monday, November 3, 2008

First November Prompt!

This is a beeswax collage from awhile back.

Yes, it's the first Monday in November! Hard to believe that there are only 2 months left in 2008.
My Halloween was better than any in a long time! The day before, I got to go to my granddaughter's nursery school and see the Halloween parade. Lily was a penguin and was absolutely adorable! On Halloween she and Zach both came over and he was sooo cute as a puppy.
The prompt for this week is to take the 2 words "I am" and finish the statement with something that fits for you. There are tons of different directions you could go with this. Come up with an I am statement and then make a piece of art with the statement in.
I haven't talked about journaling in awhile. A fun technique to use in journals is tape transfers. Tape transfers can be made from newspapers, magazines, or photocopies. You lay package tape face down on whatever you want to transfer. Smooth it down well by burnishing with a bone folder (or spoon or Popsicle stick). Then soak in water a few minutes. Next rub the paper off with the pad of your thumb or other finger (like you do for gel medium transfers). That's all there is to it. Sometimes it is sticky enough to stick down like that and other times you'll need to stick it down with gel medium.
"The moment when you first wake up in the morning is the most wonderful of the 24 hours. No matter how weary or dreary you may feel, you possess the certainty that, during the day that lies before you, absolutely anything may happen. And the fact that it practically always doesn't, matters not a jot. The possibility is always there." Monica Baldwin