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

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Something New

This is a new list-type site I stumbled upon. I guess that I like things that make you think and this does (like the Tuesday list I do). It's called Unconscious Mutterings and you're given a list and are supposed to answer with the first thing that pops into your head...a word or phrase association thing. Cool, huh? It comes out on Sunday and you can do it any day that week. Here's my first.

Contemplate :: ponder
In the house :: at home
Classical :: music
Quest :: Don Quixote
Best friend :: understands me
1991 :: living a new place
Never will :: have another baby
Fool :: trick
Unhappy :: rarely
Best man :: wedding

Things just snapped instantly into my mind as I read each one. I think I'm going to enjoy this! Hope you do, too.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Ten on Tuesday

The topic for this week is 10 Favorite Horror Movies. Now, I am not a fan at all of blood and gore horror! I've NEVER watched one of them. But, I was able to come up with a list of 10 horror movies (that I don't consider blood and gore). Yes, there are a few blood scenes, but not like chainsaw massacres or stuff like that.
1. Rosemary's Baby (Had a positively haunting effect on me when I saw it years ago as a teen!)
2. The Shining
3. The Shining remake
4. The Stand
5. Salem's Lot
6. Christine
7. Cujo
8. Pet Semetary
9. Needful Things
10. Rose Red
Now you may notice a trend here...all except the first are Stephen King! These aren't necessarily my favorite of his, but they are the first 9 to come to my mind. I watched Rose Red again a few months ago and slept for 3 nights with the light on! Don't ask me why I would subject myself to something that obviously scared me, but I did...all 6 hours (it was from tv).
My son just pointed out I left off It...which I cannot do, so
11. It.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Last Monday in October!

This was my first try on a technique that my good friend Marilyn taught me. I mentioned it in an earlier post. She is a wonderful artist (and a wonderful friend). This is a really fun and relaxing technique that I know I'll be using alot more in the future. This piece is an 8 x 10" gallery canvas. The background is extremely simple and plain because I felt it went along with the image well to do it that way. I was very happy with the way this came out. It's done with acrylics and shiva paint sticks. Thanks again, Marilyn!

The prompt this week...yes, hard to believe that this is the last Monday in to think of a Halloween memory. Halloween is a "holiday" that I really don't like, but it holds some memories nonetheless. When I really think about it, I feel a sense of love from past Halloweens. As a child my Grandmother always sewed my costumes and they were Great! A few I think of off the top of my head are angel, witch, native american, bride - and believe me these costumes were the real thing, not something thrown together. Later on as a mother I sewed or put together costumes for or with my kids...and that, too, was filled with love. Just a few - genie as in I Dream of Jeanie, tomato, pumpkin, bag of potatoes. So, anyway, take a little stroll down memory lane Halloween style and see what you come up with.

"Let us savor the fleeting delights of our most beautiful days". Alphonse de Lamartine

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Ten on Tuesday

This week's list is 10 of the best meals you've had. Here are mine.
1. Crab's legs we used to eat in Delaware when my Dad owned a weekend house there.
2. Corn chowder in a bread bowl from the D.C. Food Fest.
3. The meatballs my Grandma Holley used to make (which I wouldn't even eat now 'cause I only eat fish and not meat, but they were delicious).
4. The only time I ever remember my Grandpa making any kind of food was when he was in his 70's and cut a clipping from the newspaper of a recipe for plum tapioca. He made it and although I was very hesitant, it wasn't bad at all!
5. Not exactly a "meal", but immediately after my 3rd child was born, I was freezing and so so thirsty. They got me a heated blanket and a glass of orange juice and that oj was like heaven on earth! I remember it like yesterday even though it was 27 years ago.
6. My Dad used to make some kind of eggs where he tore pieces of cheese and tossed them in the eggs and the eggs rose up high and were delish.
7. My Mom's lasagna when I was a kid.
8. Grandma Holley's egg custard was a real comfort food for me.
9. shrimp, scallops, seafood bisque...most any seafood
10. Holiday dinners - Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, Mother's Day, 4th of July, birthdays

Monday, October 20, 2008

MONDAY is Here Again!

I'm sharing a beeswax collage here that I did a little while ago.

Friday I learned a new painting technique from a dear friend. They are called Paint-Overs and are VERY cool. When I get a chance to take a picture of mine, I'll show it to you. I just totally enjoy the technique AND the end result.

This weekend I went to the Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck. Saturday I was there with two of my daughters and then one of them and I stayed at a hotel and went back the next day. It's alot of fun if you like sheep, llamas, alpacas, yarn, or any products to do with any of them, not to mention herding dogs, frisbee dogs, or fair-type food. On Sunday they have knitting book authors and you can get books autographed.

The prompt for this week is another of our one word prompts -- fatigue. What color would you paint to represent fatigue? What items or symbols would represent it for you? Usually we probably wouldn't feel like doing art if we're fatigued, but maybe it'd produce something really interesting. Give it a try sometime!

"Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced". Soren Kierkegaard

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

This Week's Ten on Tuesday

The topic for this week is 10 Bands/Artists That Remind You of High School. A fun topic to think about! My list follows:
1. Iron Butterfly
2. Steppenwolf
3. The Doors
4. Simon & Garfunkel
5. The Carpenters
6. Rod Stewart
7. Paul McCartney
8. Santana
9. James Taylor
10. Carole King

Monday, October 13, 2008

Just Back From a 3 Day Weekend

I hope that those of you that got a long weekend have enjoyed it. My husband couldn't get Monday, so took Friday and we went to Easton, Pa. for the weekend to visit my brother and his fiance'. I'd never been to Easton has a fantastic Farmer's Market (usually with a theme apparently) and there are some great shops and galleries. All of that plus the Crayola store (every Crayola product you can think of plus some you didn't know existed!) and Crayola Interactive Center. Just in case you are ever in the area, let me recommend 2 galleries. One is Ken Jones Jr. Fine Art (no relation to me) and the other is Connexions.

The pictures at the top are gifts I took to my brother and his fiance'. The pictures aren't very good (I just remembered to take them as we were ready to leave, so kind of threw them on black and snapped the shutter), but I think you can see the quote and all if you click on them to enlarge. The bottom one is my brother's (it is me and another brother as children). It is 8 x 10 painted and collaged on stretched canvas. I did it for a friend's swap awhile back, but we copied our work and traded that, so I was able to have this for my brother. The one for Jacquie is a 5 x 5" gallery stretched canvas and is done with the pug image (a napkin), tissue papers, mulberry paper, and beeswax. The wide sides of the canvas are all collaged, too. Jacquie has a pug named Maggie and when I saw this image I immediately thought of her.

The prompt for this week is to think of a flower that reminds you of a certain person. For example, my Grandma Goodnough had peony bushes all around her driveway. Peonies always make me think of her. Grandma Holley had glads and other flowers that worked well for cutting. Uncle Stan always grew sweet peas by his vegetable garden. Any time I see any of those, I think of that person. Choose a flower and do some art. You could paint or collage images of the flower. You could do art invoked by the feeling you have looking at the flower. Or if you are a writer, write a poem.

"I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things in life which are the real ones, after all." Laura Ingalls Wilder

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Ten Things on Tuesday for This Week

This week's list question at Ten Things on Tuesday is 10 Great/Awful Things About Television Today. Here goes and whether my opinion is great or awful:
1. Talk shows during the day seem to have gotten kind of carried away, so I vote awful.
2. Infomercials I also vote Awful...especially that colon cleanse guy! If I stumble across him again, I may just scream.
3. The Closer on TNT is my absolute favorite show, so that gets a GREAT!
4. I think the idea of some shows starting in January is Great 'cause probably by then others will be in repeat, so I can watch the new ones.
5. I'm not a fan of reality shows, so I'd have to rate them awful - I know some people love them...they're just not my cup of tea.
6. CBS Monday comedy shows - Big Bang, 2 1/2 Men, Worst Week (hilarious if you like kind of slap-stick type humor and I do -- Chevy Chase and Adam Sandler are my very favorites), so I rate all three of these great.
7. ER I have mixed feelings about. My daughter-in-law got me hooked on it a few years ago when I was laid up with a broken ankle (thanks, Amy), and at that time I managed to get caught up on all of the episodes. I've really enjoyed the show, but let's face it, it isn't what it used to be. Still...I will miss it when it's gone! So, I have to rate ER great and awful.
8. New show The Mentalist followed by old show Without a Trace great.
9. I don't have DVR, but I tape everything I watch on my VCR, so never watch commercials. Otherwise I'd probably rate commercials awful.
10. I've watched some television with my 3 1/2 year old granddaughter and there are really some great shows out there these days for little kids.

Monday, October 6, 2008

A Fall Monday

Not a great picture of this, but I like the quote and the photo that I took of some flowers a few years back. The papers I collaged with the photo are rice papers and paper that I stencilled and it's all collaged with beeswax (6 x 12", I think).

Our prompt for this week also involes a quote. The quote is from the movie Bull Durham - which I haven't seen - but I read the quote somewhere. The Kevin Costner character said it and it leads us to our prompt for this week.
"I don't believe in quantum physics when it comes to matters of the heart...I believe in the soul..., the small of a woman's back, the hanging curve ball, high fiber, good scotch, that the novels of Susan Sontag are self-indulgent overrated crap. I believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone, I believe there ought to be a congressional amendment outlawing astroturf and the designated hitter, ...opening your presents Christmas morning rather than Christmas Eve, and I believe in long, slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days."
Now, think about it and then write a half dozen or more "things that I believe" for yourself. Then either do a couple journal pages about it OR do a piece of art including at least a couple of them or words from at least a couple of them. Have fun with it!!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Ten Things on Tuesday Post on Friday

I subscribed to a blog that posts a list of their 10 "things" for that week and tells you the list, so that you can do it, too. They post on Tuesday, but I haven't had a chance to read it or think about it until today. This week's is "Ten Things That Scare You / Freak You Out". My list follows:
1. the thought of anything bad happening to my family members
2. remembering what my foot looked like when I broke my ankle in 3 places and dislocated it
3. claustrophobic conditions
4. having my feet off the end of the bed
5. heights over water
6. having my picture taken
7. snakes
8. ferrets
9. the economy
10. politics in general lately
If you want to try it, too, go ahead. Makes you think! Leave a comment or leave a link.

Art Journaling and a Quote

So far it is a rainy, dreary Friday, so a good time to think about some art journaling. Another idea for you today is to decorate a couple of background pages and start a list of something. In my art journal, for example, I right now have a 4 page (both sides) running list of "Things I Love" (or have loved in the past). Don't confuse this with a list of people that I my husband and kids,'s sounds, activities, memories, objects, etc. I decided to do a long list, so I'm working on 150 things! The list is in no particular order and whenever something occurs to me, I jot it down. To give you an idea of the kinds of things I mean, here are some things from my list: Museums in D.C., Wolf Kahn paintings, Jane Goodall books, Sitting with Lily, Memory of reading chapter books together with Kyle, Beeswax Collaging, Spending the day with a daughter, Learning a new art technique, Johnny-Jump-Up plants. That's just a short list of random selections to give you a brief idea of what kinds of things I mean. Rest assured that everyone I hold dear has (or will) made it on my list in some way. Give it a try! It's fun!

Have a great weekend!

"There's no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy. By being happy we sow anonymous benefits upon the world." Robert Louis Stevenson

Monday, September 29, 2008

Monday's Prompt and Some Pictures

The top picture is 5 x 7", the next 4 x 4", and the bottom, I think is 8 x 10" (don't have it right here). It's impossible from the pics to tell how big the art is, so I like to give you an idea. The top and bottom are done with photographs I took.

Well, Fall is here and so far it has been very nice. Leaves are turning color and temperatures have been pleasant. I had my very first warm cider this past weekend and it was delicious!!

Our prompt for this week is one word - the word Envision. Think about the word. What does it bring to mind? Do any colors pop into your mind's eye? What thoughts or feelings does it give you? Make a piece of art or a page with this word in mind.

Last week I talked abit about art journaling. Here are a couple quick tips for getting background color on pages. Take ink pads that are getting dried up and rub them over the page. You can use 1 color or use coordinating or contrasting colors. Another background technique is watercolor paints brushed over the page.

"The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper".
Eden Phillpotts

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

A Day Late Due to Computer Glitches!

My computer was giving me a hard time last night when I tried to post, so I finally had to give up and try again this morning. Maybe it was tired like I was!

For those of you that also read my daughter's blog, you already know that we have started an etsy shop. We are still in the process of loading stuff on it, but it is a work in progress. The name of it is LaurelAndDeer (just like that), and for the reason behind the name, see our Etsy profile.

Our prompt for this week, is a little different. The prompt is the word Journal. I read that the original meaning of the word was the journey you take in one day. Kind of cool! Now to use this for a prompt you can use the definition to do art or write from OR work in your art journal with the definition in mind OR if you don't already do an art journal, consider starting one. They are a great way to plan to do at least a little bit of art every day. BUT the really important thing (in my humble opinion) if you do start one, DON'T beat up on yourself if you don't work in it on a daily basis. Art Journals can be anything and everything you want them to be. You can use them as a type of diary, but include art OR as a place to try new techniques OR as a place to get thoughts and feelings out. More on Art Journals in future posts.

Quote today is from a VERY strange Kyra Sedgewick movie I saw recently (but I loved the quote) "Whenever you feel scared, that means there's opportunity."

Monday, September 15, 2008

Another Monday Rolls Around!

Here's another picture from our weekend at the cabin. This is my husband standing on the dock and 2 son-in-laws and a daughter in the rowboat fishing. I'll just say that we did NOT have fish for dinner.
Two beeswax collages are next. I love beeswaxing so much that I can smell the wax and feel it on my fingers, just looking at these! The first one is done with some tissue and with papers that I handcolored plus the image. The second is napkin, tissue, 2 colors of skeleton leaves and a tin birdhouse plus the images.
If anyone out there hasn't tried working with the embossed wallpaper, you really should. It's alot of fun! It can be painted with acrylics and looks very cool (just hit the raised part with your paint and then you get the contrast). It can also be used by placing a piece of paper over it, roll a crayon sideways pressing hard, and then hit it with watery acrylic with a foam brush. The paint will resist the waxy crayon. Look at your wallpaper store or Home Depot or Lowes type store.
Prompt for the week. There have been many definitions for the term HOME ...dictionary definitions, poetic definitions, and definitions in novels. Come up with your own definition and then create artwork. If anyone wants to share their definition, I'd love to hear it!
"Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose." from the television show The Wonder Years (I've been collecting quotes a long time!)

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Trying to Catch up on Blogging

The first pic is the "Paper Lily" that my 3 year old granddaughter and I and her Mom (my DIL) made for her first day of nursery school. The teacher sent a die cut and we were to decorate it to represent her. We used felt, paper, fun foam, ribbon, rickrack, letter beads, and glitter glue. It's even cuter than this in person!

The second pic is my grandson Zachary (Lily's little brother) 3 weeks ago when he was less than 24 hours old.

The third pic is from a few weeks ago when 2 of my daughters and I went to Bennington, Vermont to Robert Frost's home. I'd been to Bennington, but not to Frost's home or the cemetery, so we did both of those. This is Dyani and Jennet standing in front of the entrance. Unfortunately, my daughter Alissa wasn't able to go with us. Dyani and Jennet complained at the time that I was taking their picture with them looking into the sun, so that's why they're probably squinting.

I haven't bought a Somerset magazine in awhile ...they are SO expensive and frankly alot of them seem to be the same thing over and over, BUT I recently did buy the Holidays and Celebrations issue. I enjoyed looking through it this weekend at the cabin and made a list of things I'm interested in trying. Alot of the things could be done for a different holiday than they suggest, so that's nice. For example, I hate Halloween, yes, I am totally a Halloween Grinch, but something they have done for Halloween could be done for Christmas or Easter with different images.

This is one of my favorite quotes and one I've used in artwork. "Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees."
Victor Hugo

Monday, September 8, 2008

"On Golden Pond"

Actually the name of this is Sunset on Pleasant Lake, but as soon as we arrived my husband said, "Doesn't this remind you of the dock and lake in On Golden Pond?". And it did! That is one of my all-time favorite movies!! Two of my daughters and husbands and my husband and I rented a cabin for the weekend. A great cabin -- bathroom, 3 bedrooms, kitchen, living room, glassed in breakfast nook, screened and glassed porch, and wrap around deck. The last 2 falls we're rented rustic cabins and that was fun, too, but electricity sure is terrific! My son and wife and the 2 grand kids surprised us by visiting one evening, so that was nice, too. My other daughter and family weren't there.
Anyway, these are two shots I took of Friday night's sunset.
My daughter said that the art show Friday Night "THREE" went well (as part of Albany's First Friday art event). There were lots of people. She said people were hoping to speak with the artists and I was really sorry to have to miss it!
Today's prompt is one word. I think it's kind of a cool sounding word... fiduciary. As an adjective it means - relating to the holding of something in trust for another. As a noun it means - someone who stands in a special relation of trust, confidence, or responsibility in certain obligations to others. Think about the word, the sound of the word (you can also look it up), and the meanings. Now make art!!
"We cannot tell what may happen to us in the strange medley of life. But we can decide what happens in us - how we take it, what we do with it - and that is what really counts in the end." Joseph Newton

Monday, September 1, 2008

a PIC and a PROMPT

This is an 8 x 10" beeswax collage that I did with a photo I took in my old (as in overgrown and unruly herb garden) and some tissue papers and papers I painted with the credit card smoosh paint ant drag it technique. Can you believe that spellcheck doesn't recognize smoosh???

I'm feeling the need to have a photography session. I haven't gone out taking photos in a few months and it's definitely about time to get out one of my film (yes, Virginia, film does still exist!) cameras and go on a photo taking spree. For the decade of the 90's, photography was my main art form and if I don't do it every so often, I really miss it!

This week's prompt --- Every night for a week write down 3 things that you are grateful for from that day. They don't have to be big things, gratitude for small things is great, too! At the end of the week, make art or write either about the gratitude or the feelings of gratitude.
♥ an aside♥ If you want to continue writing down 3 things you feel gratitude for past a week, great! It gives you a terrific perspective on life. I tried one time to do it for a year...didn't make it, but it was a valuable exercise!

Just read this quote recently. "Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today." James Dean

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Quick Post Before the Holiday Weekend

One of my blog-land friends is having a giveaway, so check out Shari's blog.

Hope you're about to have a pleasant three day weekend for Labor Day Weekend. I am. Saturday to Sunday we're cat-sitting for one of my daughter's three cats. Saturday I'm having lunch with a very good friend. Sunday we're going to my son's house for a cook-out with him and his wife and the two grand-kids (3 years and 2 weeks). I did a project with the 3 year old today (I had a black circle that I had cut "snowflake style". She glued different colors of tissue paper on the back to show through the holes in the front. It came out beautifully!). Can't wait to teach her beeswax collage and art journaling in the years to come!

"We shall never have any more time. We have, and we have always had, all the time there is." Arnold Bennett

Monday, August 25, 2008

This Week's Prompt

Three more collages. The first two are photos I took and I think the third is a Dover image. The second is a photo from the campground we go to in Wells, N.Y. (Where we were this past weekend and believe it or not.....NO RAIN!!!!!)

I have spent virtually the whole day putting hardware and labels on collages for the show next week. I am vowing right here and now not to let collages pile up again without putting that stuff on them when I do them. It would be so much easier to put it on 2 or 3 at a time than spending the whole day doing it. This is NOT the fun part of art work. Oh, well. I'm almost done.

The prompt for this week goes along with the quote for today. I read an interesting novel while camping and the quote is from there, so thought I'd pair it with a prompt. -- Think of or write down your name. Your first name. Now think of what the name says to you. What does it say about you? Do you think that you'd be the same person you are now if you had a different name? Now either do art or write about your name.

"There are cultures in which it is believed that a name contains all a person's mystical power. That a name should be known only to God and to the person who holds it and to a very few privileged others." from the novel The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Pretend it's Monday and not Tuesday A.M.

Monday got away from me and here it is Tuesday morning. My only excuse was I spent a few hours visiting my terrific grandchildren - 3 1/2 years and 3 1/2 days - and totally lost track of what day it was!
Two of these beeswax collages have real dried flowers incorporated into them. It makes for kind of a neat little touch. The third one has tiny seashells.
The prompt for this week (remember we're *pretending* it's Monday!), is as follows...
Think of something that you've had occur in your life once and only once. Now make art or write about that or from that feeling or however you want to use the memory. It could, of course, be a happy occurrence or a not so happy one.
"I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it." Picasso

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

My 50th POST!

These are some more recent collages. The top one is tiny 2 x 2 3/4". Next is 3 x 5" and then 6 x 8". The bottom one is one of my photos and one of my favorite lines of poetry (by Mary Oliver). I've been collaging alot this week, too. I want to be ready for the 3 artist show the beginning of September!

Well, my beeswax is melted again, so will just end with a quote for now.

"There is no human being who does not carry a treasure in his soul, a moment of insight, a memory of love, a dream of excellence, a call to worship." Rabbi Abraham Herchel

Monday, August 11, 2008

Rainy Days and Mondays

The first picture is one I took when we were at Lake Ontario (my trip with my daughter to the Renaissance Festival). The other three are 3 of my watercolors from the 4 week watercolor class I just finished. The colors are actually less muted than this.

I taught two 45 minute workshops yesterday and had a great time. This particular art organization really values their artist teachers. They pay very well and support the artists and the arts in any way they can. I was interviewed by the local newspaper (not the big time, but it's a start) when I was done teaching and am quoted in tonight's paper (The Leader Herald).

I've been asked to teach a 6 week series of Beeswax Collage in Albany through the Women's Building on Central Avenue. If we get enough sign-ups it will be held for 6 evenings starting in September. I've done a 6 week series of classes before and it's fun!

This week's prompt - Think of a place in your life that was special. Make art about that place, with a picture of that place, or just with the feeling that thinking about the place evokes. Have fun with it!!

"...if you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life you ought to be living is the one you are living." Joseph Campbell

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

More Beeswax and Being Brave

A few more collages ranging from 2 3/4" square (hand with bird) to 6 x 8" (the girl).

You may notice a new badge along the blog right hand side "One Thing Be Brave". If you click on it it'll take you to what it's all about. It's based on Eleanor Roosevelt having said "Do one thing every day that scares you." I'm not trying for EVERY day, but just more often to try and conquer fears. I've just completed one thing that had me scared to death - my watercolor class! I was really scared of taking that 'cause I've never been a painter. Well, I actually enjoyed it and have 3 completed. I'm hoping to get some photos done tomorrow and then will post them.

I'm working on collages for the show I'm in the first Friday in September. Three local women artists showing at the women's building in Albany as part of the Albany First Friday art event. Unfortunately, I won't be there 'cause that was the weekend my oldest daughter was able to get a cabin for the weekend and we'll be there (why is everything all at once!!).

Right now my piece and Dyani's are at the Greene County Show in Windham. That will be going on until September 20th.

Today's quote HAS to be the aforementioned one - "Do one thing every day that scares you." Eleanor Roosevelt

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Oh yeah, YESTERDAY was Monday!

After a very busy weekend, I TOTALLY lost track of the day of the week, until my daughter asked me this morning where was yesterday's prompt! I guess, after spending the whole day Saturday in the Renaissance, I forgot about blogs and such! Anyway, the festival was lots of fun (professional actors in period costume that walk around the grounds performing and also have staged performances, artisans, games, man powered rides, and food galore) and Sunday was, too. Sunday we went to a State Park to see Lake Ontario...nothing short of amazing...I'd never seen one of the Great Lakes's like going to the ocean...waves and everything!! Then we visited Lake Oneida. Very pretty and very large. We had lunch at a restaurant in a place called Sylvan Beach and the restaurant was basically right on the beach. You could eat and look at the water. Just lovely!

The prompt for this week is a single word - Pandemonium. Your art/writing could be your reaction to the word OR could be a representation of the word OR you could turn it around and do the opposite of the word.

"One reason people often hold back is a fear of making mistakes. But the idea of "mistakes" is almost not valid: A mistake is an unforeseen opportunity. It is a way to generate previously unimagined ideas and to find and create new possibilities." Deborah Putnoi

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Some Mini Collages Again

Some more beeswax embellished canvases. The bird ones are 2 3/4 by 1 3/4". The girl is 3 by 5".
I have to report in on my watercolor paint class. I have really started liked it! I've discovered that I Really enjoy a wet on wet technique. Next week I'll take a photo of one and post it.
Seems like I'm always on the run this summer when I'm posting...when I even have a chance to post. Tomorrow I'm going away for the weekend again to a Renaissance Faire with my middle daughter and her family. Cool, huh? Should be interesting!
Have a good weekend!!
"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop to look around once in awhile, you could miss it." from Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Award, Camping Report, and early Prompt

As I reported in my last post, Kerri gave me an award. Looks pretty sharp, huh??
I'm supposed to 1-post a link to her blog
2-put the logo on my blog
3-nominate 7 others and post links.
Well, Kerri's would have been one of my 7, as would Marilyn's and Dyani's. But they've already been named. My daughter Alissa has a very cool knitting and occasional recipe blog, but didn't want to go through the award procedure, so I won't name her.
These are some of my other favorite blogs to visit. They are either people that I "know" from yahoo groups or just have stumbled on their blogs and now visit regularly.
Mary, Aimee, Bernie (has done miraculous things for dogs and cats), Judy, Cynthia (I used to participate in a monthly creativity book discussion via conference call with her), Shari,
and Lelainia. Enjoy visiting them!

Camping was very nice! I came home in one piece (yahoo, yahoo) and it actually didn't rain until Saturday evening. We got a tremendous thunder and lightning storm about 9 p.m. (which is a little scary when you're in the woods), but all day was beautiful. We sat in the car, figuring that was the safest place.

This week's prompt a touch early 'cause I'll be out of town tomorrow. What would you tell your younger self? If you could go back to an earlier age that you were and tell yourself one thing, what would it be?? Write about it or make art about it.

"Every second is of infinite value." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Thursday, July 24, 2008

YAY!! I won an award!

Don't have time to really post as we're going tent camping* this weekend and I still have stuff to do, but.....My friend Kerri has given me the Brillante Weblog Award!! Talk about excitement!! Talk about honor!! I will do the linking and all when we get back, but I just couldn't wait to at least announce it. Thanks, Kerri!

*Of course, the weather forecast is rain the whole weekend! Nothing like tent camping in the rain...believe me, I know from experience...lots of experience. Everyone that is familiar with our track record of weather for camping trips always says "Don't plan any outdoor activities for this weekend - Laura's going camping". This is also our first camping trip since I fell coming out of our tent (had gone in to get my art supplies 'cause it had stopped raining for awhile) and dislocated my ankle and broke it in 3 places totally shattering 1 bone. Well, 2 surgeries later, plus a metal plate and screws and pins that were in and then started coming out so were removed (deep breath), I'm ready to go camping again. Hope for at least a little sunshine!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Collages, a Prompt, & Magic Erasers

These are three more small collages that I've done recently. Today I got quite abit done, so now have more photos to take!

I can't believe that it's Monday again already! Time just goes so fast and summer really flies by!

When I explained doing gel medium transfers, I mentioned that I had heard that Mr. Clean Magic Erasers worked well for helping get the white fuzzies off. Can't remember if I ever reported back that I had tried it or not. Well, I did and it worked very well! I got most of it off and then dampened the Magic Eraser and did some more and it really cleaned it up nicely.
This week's prompt - This is fun! I did it in a journal once and came out with a very cool page. Cut out the letters in your first name - each letter from a different color paper. Cut each letter into 3 pieces. Now glue down on a piece of black paper in an interesting scattered way.
"Any fool can marvel at the bizarre. Only the wise can marvel at the ordinary." unknown

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Gorgeous Greene County!

This is the piece that I made and that was accepted for the Beautiful Greene show. It's a 4 x 12 x 1 3/8" canvas and is collage embellished when done with melted beeswax. The location is the photograph is shot from the Catskill Point Flagpole in Catskill, NY. It's a lovely little park on the Hudson River and you'd never guess from this shot that only a stone's throw away are gigantic oil tanks!
I'm taking a 4 week twice a week class in watercolors. After the second class, I have actually completed a simple 5 x 7" landscape, but I don't really think I am a painter. I just hope to get a little knowledge of how the paints work and using the brush and all and probably won't use it for much except my art journal. I am totally outside my comfort zone and, I guess, it's never a bad thing to venture there.
My Moo cards arrived and are in the mail to the swap coordinator. They are very cool and I'm anxious to get the return cards and see what they're like!
I can't believe it's Friday already! This summer is just speeding by...but then don't they all!!
Have a good weekend and "see" you next week.
"You're never too old to do goofy stuff." Ward Cleaver on Leave it to Beaver

Monday, July 14, 2008

Prompt Day and More

The first photo is a 5 x 7" collage (beeswax embellished) I did recently. The other two photos are Artist Trading Cards. I talked last week about doing art with junk mail. These weren't exactly junk mail, but they were postcards from art exhibits that I added bits and pieces to and made ATCs.
I had a fun weekend. Saturday a friend and I went to Sharon Springs. She had danced there professionally as a teenager in the 1970's as a summer job. She showed me the old resort she had danced in (no longer in operation) and showed me alot of other parts of the village. We walked down to see a mineral spring (very smelly) and went to a very neat shop. From my friend and from the shopkeeper, I heard alot of stories about concentration camp survivors coming there for the mineral spring treatments. It was really fascinating!
Sunday I got together with some art friends for an art project. That was alot of fun!
The prompt for this week is to think of a label that has been applied to you at some point during your life. For example, maybe you were always considered the sensitive one in your family. Whatever the label write or do art from that point of view or with that label in mind.
"Oh, nobody understands anything. We're all just here, blinking in the light like kittens. The older I get, the more I see that nothing makes sense but to try to learn true compassion."
Elizabeth Berg the novel The Year of Pleasures