Wednesday, September 30, 2009

This mixed media work was created for at bloubell-alteredexpressions.blogspot. She provided a beautiful vintage photo of the young girl and we could embellish it as we chose creating our own work of art. This was about my 5th attempt! I used a gel medium to transfer the image to a 5"x 7" canvas board. Once it was dried I used watercolors to tint the picture. I added the torn vellum edges, a metal heart, the rectangle rock beads, metal rose charms (from Paper Imagery Design), and an old belt that was broken and certainly wouldn't fit around this pudgy bod! I'm very happy with how this turned out. It's been ages since I used watercolors so this was a bit of a challenge...I generally make mud when I use watercolors! Now, I just need to figure out how I'm going to frame it so the belt can hang down. Got ideas, just need to play around and see if they work!

I had a blast and learned some do's and don't's for transferring images! Made lots of messes and tossed lots in the recycle bin.

Hope you're all having a great time!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

I want to run away to the beach. The sound of the ocean waves, the smell of the salt air, it's the most relaxing place for me to be. If I could live any where, I think the coast is where I would want to be. lie to walk along the waters' edge picking up rocks, agates, and shells. Sometimes a piece of drift wood that I can bead around and add treasures to and make into a Wizard's Stick.
My Father gave me a rock tumbler so I can shine up the rocks and agates and then use in some of my art projects. Need to get more grit for the darn thing.

It's been a chaotic month of stress and frustrations. I'm ready to run away and hide. I won't but I'd sure like to!

It's a windy, rainy day. The sun peeks through the clouds every now and then. I'm cold and wrapped up in a blanket. I'm in a poopy mood today.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

I took this picture of Mt. St. Helens in the early 1970's. It was from the dock at Harry Truman's lodge. I was there for a Girl's League officer's retreat to plan out the year's events. I found some old negatives and fortunately this was in with them. I'm glad I found this one. It's one of the few photographs I took during my teen years that actually turned out! I haven't returned to see Mt. St. Helens since it blew. I did fly over it once on a trip. Sadly, my camera was packed in an overhead storage and I couldn't get it out in time to take a picture. But, it wouldn't have compared to this one anyway. I'm sure the area is returning to a beautiful place. I think I'd rather remember it with Spirit Lake and the Truman Lodge and the girl who got sick and barfed out the second story window.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

This is the Golden Man. I found the piece of wood outside my sister's gift shop. I used sculpty clay to add the face and attach the smaller stick to the main piece. The wood didn't all fit into the oven so I had to bake it with the door open. I wasn't sure if I'd set the house on fire or not. I didn't. Yippie! I still need to make a base for this and now it needs some minor repair work from having stuff stacked on top of it. I'm not happy that it now needs the repair work. But, it's my fault for not making the base years ago and placing it somewhere safe. Off to work on some swap projects!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

I haven't drawn like this in years. I have become way too critical of each line I make with the pencil. How do I return to the freedom I use to have? I'm frustrated. I'm feeling lost. I'm having a pity party and you're invited! Bring some cookies or cake and let's have some fun! Maybe that would help get me out of my funky feelings. Even if just for a little while.

Well, back to work on some art swap projects. It's not drawing but it is creative work.