Saturday, May 21, 2016

Hana the wonder cat

Sweet Miss Hana, the wonder cat! I took this photo one morning as she stood on the couch facing the window - I loved how the lighted profile so I painted her - my background wasn't so good so I cut her out and she has been on my bulletin board for a while - then just this past week I thought why not do a layout - I grabbed some old paper, ribbons, and letters (I enhanced the "n" with inking) and using the layout plan from this month's The Memory Nest blog, it was easy.

Off to meet friends at my show at the Ft Pierce main library - just one more week to come by and see it. ttfn

Friday, May 20, 2016

Street LIfe as an inspiration

Still playing with watercolor and scrapping/mixed media - I was inspired by the challenge on Finnabair's blog to use a quotation as an inspiration for a layout but had a bit of trouble figuring out what to create. Then as I was cleaning the studio on Wednesday (after we had over 10 inches of rain on Tuesday afternoon and I had moved everything off the floor of my studio as I was concerned that the water might come into the house - thankfully it did not.) as I came across an old watercolor practice sheet where I had been practicing painting figures walking in the city - "Street Life" was born!

"Art is everywhere except it has to pass through a creative mind."
                               - Louise Nevelson

"Play the street life, because there's no place I can go,
Street life,
it's the only life I know.
Street life,
there's a thousand parts to play.
Street life,
Until you play your life away."
       ----Crawford and Samples

I enhanced the sheet of figures with some coffee stains applied with the bottom of my cup and then some drips. I added the photo and than searched for the right buttons and other embellishments in my stash. I painted the little motorcycle key ring bob with some Finnabair red rust paste (love it!) and inked the edges of the paper. I made a few more figures to cut out and apply on top of the photo and just played the afternoon away. What fun!

Hope you like it and now I am off to link to Finnabair's blog - check it out - she and her DT always post such fabulous stuff.

Be back tomorrow with another new layout. ttfn

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Scrapping again

I was inspired to scrap again after seeing some of the great youtube videos on National Scrapbooking Day last weekend. And there are lots of contests out there in conjunction with that. So I saw a watercolor challenge on and decided to embellish a watercolor painting I did of orchids. I used vintage Prima caravan and cancan flowers and painted them and some metal elements with Prima Finnabair red rust paste. I started to think about a title and remembered the wonderful quote by Lady Bird Johnson: "When flowers bloom, there is hope." I found a perfect brad to add. I had forgotten how much fun scrapping and mixed media are, and how much I love to do them as well as how totally inspired I feel in all areas. So I have done a couple more layouts and a card to share in the next day or two. I ordered a few new flowers and toys, and can hardly wait to receive them and play.
Go forth and create - what are you making today?

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Dogs dogs and a cat

        "I never finish a painting -- I just stop working on it for a while." -- Arshile Gorky

I have been painting lots of animals in the past month or so - getting ready for my show that is now up at the Ft Pierce Downtown Library.  I love to paint animals - so much texture and subtle color changes, and their eyes so full of emotion and life. These are all watercolors on various papers - Arches, Waterford Saunders, cold press, rough, 140#, and 300#. I enjoy the different paper textures and weights as each painting is an experiment with paint - with light and shadow - and it's fun - a grown taller way of play.  This past week I painted 2 small pieces and got about half way through a bigger piece - need to take some photos.
I also find myself getting a bit back into mixed media and scrapping so you will be seeing some new things - off to play a bit today. Have fun and enjoy your day!