Crabby Amigos

So it’s friday the men are on a fishing trip at the beach so there is a little more time for getting Ready for Saturday’s big event at the Brushy Mountain Apple Festival in N. Wilkesboro, NC. Where is that you ask? Literally in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  While fall has not quite arrived here – mornings are crisp at around 64 degrees, the days are high 70s to 80s. It is a great time of year for an event like this !

I also found out yesterday that pretty soon I will need to decide on a ‘new name’ for myself – kinda like mom, mommy or mother – but a little grander…. more on that another day.

Because of all this excitement, I didn’t manage to get to bed until 11:30 – late pour moi… and so I painted these three little men.  LIke a lot of things that i do, i hated it for the first 15 minutes. What was I thinking ? Green on Orange and the shapes were way off… but this morning, I ADORE them.

I hope your weekend is as wonderful as I believe mine will be – looking forward to exhibiting.

Three crabby men.

Three crabby men.

Beach Life

I just can’t get the sea off my mind – when I was young we went to Maine a lot . Recently a couple of my college buddies did a mini tour of New England (maybe more like New England Pubs) and posted pictures of the coast in RI – I couldn’t go due to kids activities – but I did manage to squeeze in a painting – (and a couple of cocktails) so I was almost there.

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Silly Flowers

So today’s little work is just silly flowers. I read this interesting book called “Paint Lab” last night. I was expecting fun similiar to the “Drawing Lab” book, but instead found some art history and serious ‘work’ involved. It is a good book – just too serious pour moi.

You know me, happy art for happy people. 

But I was inspired by a lesson, so to remove the serious I drew these little guys – each have a different petal.  They are on drawn with black ink on a very busy background. In fact, it is so busy that you can barely see the works. Original “sketch” attached so you get the idea….

Have an art filled day !

Whimsyflower Sketch

Whimsyflower Sketch

Winsyflowers in Gelii Field

Whimsyville meets Gelli

It goes without saying that this Gelli Printing thing is addictive – in fact, if you want, you can get a badge for your blog that says you are an addict. (Um, I will not be getting the badge because that would imply that I have an ‘art issue’ and perhaps could lead to a 12 step program in which I would no longer purchase art toys… so, no.)

Anywho – in these prints I see Whimsyville Villages – so without further ado (except that they will get more layers and be reposted in the future) here are three experiments…

Bird Cage

Bird Cage

Whimsyville Garden

Whimsyville Stars in the Sky

Whimsyville Stars in the Sky

 

Back to work….

Vacation is usually a time to relax and let go. For us, it was a time to repair- and I don’t mean our bodies- I mean water pump for the well $900; sailboat bridle $55.00; porch furniture with pretty pillows $ 940 (because it was on sale and because the 3 pound kitty fell through the seat) . At any rate I continued to enjoy my art classes with Joanne Sharpe even though I had to watch them on the iPhone – and technically couldn’t see them it was comforting to listen to hear instructions.
At the end if the two weeks of work , I had managed to fit in this:

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A little marker, a little water color and some acrylic paint too. Who knew work could generate such fun results.

And now , back to the vacation laundry pile.

Memorial Fish

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Happy Memorial Day!

A few weeks ago I was watching a movie on the girlie channel about a girl living in Wally-mart who gave birth to a baby named Americus. I think this sounds more like a species of fish than a name for a child, and so in a weird-sort-of-movie-inspires-art kind of way, the “Memorial Fish” was born. There is also this boring book that was given to us by my husbands brother, the “First Fish” – not quite a presidential book, but in pursuit of spring spawning, the fish in the book (a shad) goes on a trip. Seems to be a lot of fish in politics…. just saying.

May your life and adventures inspire creativity in your life – especially during the long weekend.   Love – Ann

Whimsyville ‘debut’ at Whimsical Women

Whimsyville Canvas

Beachworks, Angelworks, Fish, birds, and cupcakes.

Booth2013 Starfish, beachworks and birds boothleft boothrightWow. Funny, but we seem tailor made for each other – and I was OVERWHELMED by the beauty, creativity and sheer fun of the other ladies works.  I am hoping to be lucky enough to exhibit this fall in Pfafftown, for Whimsical Women on November 23rd. More to come.

You can visit all the artists on Facebook at Whimsical Women

Whimsyhood- it’s construction time

Part of building a body of work is finding common ground on which to create multiple pieces. At Whimsyville it’s almost spring and that means “new” construction. Here are the first few pieces for the new neighborhood or rather, Whimsyhood! Happy PPF. Please join Paint Party Friday in its efforts to support the community of Sandy Hook – there is some great art work up for auction.

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