Thursday, August 4, 2016

White with one magenta

I love the concept of the challenge
to pair the purity and simplicity of white with one other color
I have joined this challenge several times and
won a Guest designer spot in September for my June layout.
For August (current month)
the challenge color is magenta
it's a very difficult color to pin down
so I did the best I could
I actually used one of my oil pastels that was labeled "magenta"
for working on the painted flowers and the edge of the paper.
the other elements were things I thought were a good match
hope you like it
and just wait till you see my creation for next month
it's still in the percolating stage but I am pretty sure of where it's going
thanks for stopping by

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

he held her like a seashell

I loved the color inspiration for the July-August
challenge - see the swatch above
and the seashell story inspiration
so I went with that idea
the canvas has multiple layers of gesso and paints
the heart is canvas onto which I glued
shells, coral, and buttons
the rest is a mix of this and that of elements
that seemed to want to be part of this layout
Since I last posted
a new month has begun
and I have started working on an online
drawing and painting class with Kate Thompson
on Jeanne Oliver's website
the class is Children of the Wild
I have been practicing painting animals
and really enjoying the class
you'll be seeing more from it soon

thanks for stopping by

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Smile - More than words challenge

really was difficult for me -
to use their sketch (easy as it's a great sketch)

but having the word "smile" on the page 
took a lot of thought
I really was drawn to this photo of my son
at age 1 1/2 
we were at a holiday party and he was not sure he wanted to be there
who in the world was the big man
with the white beard and red suit?
I thought about how to meld that photo with "smile"
and after a long thought.....
it just came together
some vintage Bo Bunny paper and lots of varied embellishments
old Prima lace, some wired twine, some paint,
some buttons, some truly vintage ribbon (at the right bottom),
some buttons, a deconstructed flower, a ruler,
and various other items that just seemed to belong.
Hope you are having a wonderful weekend
in this hot hot summer
and thank you all so much for the lovely comments

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Hope -the thing with feathers

One of my favorite poems is Emily Dickinson's 
"hope - the thing with feathers"
and when I saw the Relics & Artifacts All Things Wings challenge
I knew that I wanted to build on that idea
I had found a little doll at a thrift store and
taken her apart
I made a paper mache heart for her body and added the Relics
&Artifacts heart
I added the head and appendages
but she was so heavy I was forced to adhere her to a canvas
lots of gesso - both white and gold
some acrylic paints
and other stuff for texture
I hot glued the words to wire from her hands
as I wanted them to float like feathers
What a joy this was
Hope you like it