Monday, September 27, 2010

New Work

Hello everyone!  For those of you who have been following along, if you haven't noticed, I'm not great about posting blogs when I say I am going to.  For that I apologize.  I'm working on that.  It has been a difficult transition since school has begun.  But I will get the hang of it!  Stay tuned to find out!

But back to the important issues at hand.  I have recently (within a couple of months) entered the Sketchbook Project, as well as started my own artistic journal.  Below are examples from both.  First, the sketchbook project.  My entries are all having to do with the theme "In Flight."

Now for the the backgrounds that I have made for my artistic journal.

Please feel free to drop by and let me know what you all think!  Have a great night, and thanks for letting me share with you!  Peace to you all!


Monday, September 6, 2010

Natural Blessings

School is underway and I am getting in my groove.  Time to add in business with business!  I have worked out my schedule to get both of my fields of vision working at the same time, and perhaps together!  But that's a blog for another day.  Today I want to share my blessings of nature with you as well as some new work that I am doing.  This is the first time I have used a partial piece of work in my blog, but I definitely want to share the journey - the process.  So...good morning!  Let's get started.

I am finally getting some new things made for my etsy shop.  They are not completed, but I am working on them and hope to have them finished in the near future.  Last night I taught my new friend Cat how to make some earrings.  In the process, I also made a couple of pairs for my shop.  I do not have pictures of them to share right now, but stay tuned.  I'll let you know when they are posted on my shop.  However, at the same time, I have begun to paint my passport purses.  This is something that I started doing last year, and people seem to like them.  I love doing them because it's so relaxing.  Plus I absoultely love the idea of art you can wear.  In the future I would like to have just more than the bags.  I'd like to do shirts and jeans and all kinds of things.  Anyway, the purse I am about to show you is an imagined flower, and the top will say "Be unique", or something like that.  If you wish to drop some comments about what you think, please do.  Constructive criticism is always welcome, as is praise.  I will also show you a picture of the finished product when i get there.  These are definitely fun to do because I make up my own designs, but infuse them with positive and optimistic thoughts.

Now onto the natural part.  Last month was my birthday.  I was pretty bummed that we had not been camping all summer when we usually go often.  It's been a crazy summer.  So instead of giving me a material gift, my husband and my daughter took me to one of my favorite places on earth - Turkey Run State park!  I was so stoked to go, and even though we didn't camp (got a hotel room as a fun alternative for Ava to experience), it was such a fabulous and creatively inspiring experience.  I watched my husband and daughter as we played together, drinking in their smiles and laughter, creating a portrait in my head.  On top of that, as we hiked, canoed, played miniature golf, or went go-carting, I paid attention to my surroundings and the beauty that is nature.  This is what I use as inspiration for my art, and for my life.  Nature is a truly motivational and inspiring tool.  This is a trip that will live in my memory forever.  Check out the pictures below, and enjoy the fun!
Ava has taken to rowing, so I can sit back and enjoy the natrual beauty of my family, as well as of my surroundings.  She was so stoked to be doing the work!

Trying to go off the beaten path!  Didn't make it far, but she will!

The freedom of youth!  I pray she keeps this freedom as she grows!

My two mustached maniacs, who are always accomplices in the zany moments of life!  No one I would rather share it with!

Thanks for tuning in today guys!  Stay tuned!  There will be another blog post at the end of the week.  Happy Labor day!  ~Peace~