Thursday, December 24, 2009

My Muse has been busy

So I have had these backgrounds done for a couple of years. They were done in Misty Mawn's "The Journey Unfolds" class at Art and Soul, 2008. We made these great matboard substrates (sp?) and then spend three days doing backgrounds. Well, I did backgrounds, because it took me a little longer than most, to get in the groove. I did finish two pages, I think and the rest I just got the backgrounds finished.
So I've got all of these great backgrounds, and for the last couple of days I have been working on them. Some are an extension of the background, with just a few details added, and some I have changed completely. I took a few recent journal pages, and printed them on tranparancies, and then did gel medium transfers onto the matboard. After cleaning them up a bit with paint and pens, they came out a little edgy and a bit "darker" than the originals. I like them.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Beautiful Day

What an amazing day yesterday was!!! We woke up early to go snowboarding, because Brandon is down for the holiday, and he was dying to go hit the hill with us!! The weather was hideous!! It was pouring down rain, then it hailed, then it snowed!! At my house!! It has been years since that happened. We decided to go for it. We figured if it was to bad, we could always drive home, as Mt. High is only about 40 minutes from home.
We loaded up and hit the road, and when we got there, the weather was as bad as predicted. We decided to stick it out for awhile, and once we bought tickets, got Connor signed up for his first snowboarding lesson, and got over to the hill, the clouds blew by and it was a beautiful day!! Connor did so well for his first time, and he did not want to stop. The rest of us are a little sore this morning, but it was so much fun!!!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Christmas came early to my house~~

What an amazing day I had!! I started out hanging out and shopping with one of my dearest friends, Jamie. We have had a standing Christmas shopping date, every year, for over the last 12 or 13 years. If we don't see each other all year, we still make time to spend a day shopping, eating and catching up. We talked non-stop for hours and hours, it was so much fun! She is having her first baby sometime Wednesday, and I am so happy for her!!

So after a wonderful day with my friend, I come home to find an advanced copy of Somerset Art Journaling magazine on my counter. I got word a few months ago that I would be published, and was so excited. I love all of Somerset's publications, but since the first issue of Art Journaling, I have dreamed of being included among the soul inspiring work I have seen within it's pages.

I however, had no idea that so much work would be included. I knew the general theme of the story, and I wrote the article based on the theme they gave me, but I was in for a surprise. Not only is my artwork on the cover, The article is 8 pages, and another two pages included in the Gallery section. I am in shock!! I give all the glory to God who inspires in art, as well as in life!
Here is the cover, and the Gallery section. There is another 8 page article titled "With the Eyes and the Heart: Artistic, Heartfelt Journaling" inside. Should be on shelves January 1, 2010!!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Elvis Lives......well on my blog anyway

Hi all, I know, I know, such a bad blogger. I haven't seemed to be able to get anything put together for you here. Oh well. Tis the season!. I did apply and was accepted to the PVAA, Pomona Valley Art Association, so I will have a venue to show some work, so I am very excited about that. I am trying to finish up a "winter" themed set to show next weekend at Second Saturday Artwalk, but I am having some logistical issues. By this I mean that I learned the hard way: when cutting plywood to specific sizes; you have to account for the width of the saw blade. Yeah, didn't really realize this until I got 4 pieces cut to 12" x24". The first three were indeed, 12" x24". The last one, not so much. And it happened to be the last one I chose (unknowingly) for a 2 piece set. It was all good until I tried to fit the not quite 12" side into the frame. Yeah, it's too small, so I have to have hubby make some last minute adjustments. So it may or may not make it to Pomona, we'll see.

I did, however finish Elvis. I did this on suggestion from the customer that bought Lucy. We'll see if she likes it enough to buy.

Have a great weekend everybody!!