Friday, February 27, 2009

Something new

This is the result that came from the collection of fabrics and such that were selected and displayed on the previous post:
Shoes are such a passion of mine, but who can afford all they would love to own? Not me. To help me with this dreadful deprivation I make my own versions and it seems to satisfy my weakness for buying shoes I could easily do without. If you love fast cars for example, and do not need one (who does?), just paint a depiction of one and before you know it, your mind will be elsewhere.
To the left is something I did need and that was a stamp with my info on it. I got this lovely item from I've been stamping everything that doesn't move!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Voila' !!

Isn't it amazing how something catches our eye and we want to make it tangible? Artists do that as a way of life. Here's what came of that fabric I showed in the previous post:

The painting is entitled Victorian Setting and has been added to my shop by my secretary. Okay, that's a big lie, I don't have a secretary, or a shipping department.......yet. ha!

And since it was raining, I made a little pouch out of the material which I can slip the painting into for shipping. I suppose there will be other uses for the pouch the new owner will discover.

Onto the next project! While watching a Christmas episode of the Vicar of Dibley, I got an idea for a dining room setting. I searched for some swatches and whatnot, mixed them all together to create a color scheme. This is the sketched canvas which is primed and ready for painting. And I can't wait!

See that little oval box at the bottom right hand corner? It's a tiny paper mache' box which I decorated, put in a tiny surprise and will include it with this painting when I post it on Etsy.

What is in the box? Think fortune cookies.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Ice Fishing Joy

I think I'm the only person I know who still is enjoying winter. I learned this from my dad. He also helped me not to dislike the smell of skunk as well as which mushrooms were edible and which ones were not. I loved his words whenever we parted company, "be careful and don't talk to any weird-os". He was serious. I regret that at times I didn't heed his advice. I suppose this advice would be the same as "don't take any wooden nickles",hmmm..I think the so called stimulus package may have a few of these in it, unfortunately. This photo is of my dad (at right) and his brother Erv. They are incredibaly happy because they were going ice fishing.
I'm not going ice fishing. I never did learn to like that. And, he never learned to like painting pictures. Though he did do a mean Howdy Doody.
Oh, and he loved Alfred Hitchcock's profile, but then, who doesn't, right?
I was going through my scraps of material the other day and thought what a
terrible shame it is that I don't make something earth shattering lovely with them. So, I decided to pick and choose which materials/colors would go nice together in a room decor. This grouping will be used for a color base on which to work from. I sketched an interior design with pencil on the canvas, then will select certain colors to match that of the materials.
I'll come up with something by golly.

Meanwhile, it's fun to goof around with these colors on photoshop. The first one is done in a sketch mode, the second wasn't altered. I decided I prefer the warmer tones, which luckily, are the actual colors.

Soooo, got that going for me.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

It is only through the morning gate of the beautiful that you can penetrate into the realm of knowledge. That which we feel here as beauty we shall one day know as truth.