Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The blog candy winner is...

First off, thanks to everyone who became a follower and entered my candy! I just loved seeing you all here! 

And now, Mr. Random org has chosen......

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:
Timestamp: 2011-07-27 13:34:52 UTC

Congrats Christi! Please email me ( it is in the sidebar) with your address!


Saturday, July 23, 2011

Inspired by KRR...

I just love Kelly Rae Roberts. Her lovely paintings portraying simplified portraits of girls are dreamy and inspiring. I love how she has little messages on some of them, some soulful and some inspiring. One day I just took an old canvas that I did not like how it was going and just started to collage some papers on it, which led to a simple sketch of a girl.
Funny thing is, I got to a certain point and blah.. I hated her face. I left her hanging on my wall here in my studio. I looked at her every so often, not ready to give up as there was things I loved about her. I was puttering around working on other things and I grabbed her. Bing Bang Boom... it all started to come together. I love when that happens. I know now that I can't make it happen, I just have to wait for it. 
I am actually going to be teaching a collage class here in our community in the fall. I am getting the class prepared to advertise for it locally. Details will follow. It is going to be fun and I can't wait for it.

Just a little note, don't forget you still have a few days left to get in on my painting give away so make sure you get your name in there!

Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend. I am going to spend the evening crafting with my peeps. Can't wait!


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A bit of fun

I was fooling around with a canvas board that I decided to repurpose. I decided to start off using a collaged background. This is actually the first time I have used rubber stamps on a canvas. Not that I have never thought of it, just never actually did it. 
Here is the fun part. I am offering up this painting as blog candy.
How do you enter you ask???

1. Post a picture of my candy on your blog.
2. Leave me some comment love.... I love that!
3. You don't have to become a follower BUT I would love it if you would like to!
4. Enter your name and url into the linky!
Well, with the school year almost over and grad week done I should be able to get back to the studio. I have missed it the last few weeks. 

Happy weekend!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

A fun contest!

I belong to this women's online art group which is absolutely wonderful! It is a ning group started by an amazing artist named Millande. 

One of the members decided to host a contest and we were to use her sketch and make our own version of a painting with it. I am posting the original sketch here with a watermark across it so you can see the sketch but if you would like to join in please go and join the community (if you are a woman, sorry guys) and you can download the sketch yourself. The creator of the sketch is Kimberly Moore and here is her sketch.

What I did was throw it into photoshop, copied the arm and pasted it in again. I then flipped the "new arm" horizontally so that it looked like a left arm. I also added a flower into her hair.

I collaged some designer papers on, as well as collaged DP flowers on for the bouquet and the hair. I then painted over them with fluid acrylics and used a soft charcoal pencil for the shading and outlining. I also used a sharpie marker for some scribbly detailing and sealed it with 2 heavy coats of Krylon spray for a nice matt finish. My kids teased me because she has two different eyebrows so I said...   "The lady who does her eyebrows waxed them poorly!"

Don't forget to enter my candy AND LOOK TO THE RIGHT>>>>>>
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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Found this awesome video...

...on Millande's blog and just loved it so I am sharing it. Funny I have just entered this stage with my daughter. Gives me a new perspective.

Born to Learn from Born to Learn on Vimeo.

Hope you enjoy!