Busy…Learning & Teaching !

It’s been a long time since I have posted some work… I’ve been doing the Doggie Portraits – I LOVE doing this because I get to meet some amazing fur peeps and their owners.  Since we lost Murphy in April, our puppy time has been greatly reduced.

To fill that ‘void’, I decided to challenge myself and create an online class.  The platform I used is Skillshare – they offered a $200 bonus for a ‘new’ class in the ‘craft’ category – crafts being basically anything you can make….. so I took them up on the challenge.

While working on the class, I discovered that I actually had a TON of ideas for classes, and decided that I’m going to brand them as Art for Everyone from Whimsyville Studios !…. simple, fun projects with 15-20 minute ‘how to’s’ and of course colorful and fun artwork.

I would LOVE it if you would join me – I’d love it so much, that I am offering it to you for FREE – (at least the first 30 of you that take advantage). After that you can join for 99 Cents a month..

Here’s what we will create as the class Project….. My Doodled Rooster…. hope to see you there!

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off to the festival

Its time for the Carolina Beach Arts Festival – and I’ve been working really hard and looking forward to this festival.  Lynnette Ashby and myself will be the ‘featured artists’. Joining several others near Artful Living in Carolina Beach, NC we will each be working on a 24 x 48 panel in our own style as well as overseeing a community ‘sampler’ project of the same size.   I can not wait to see all the arty goodness as well as take in the beach.

Many thanks to Josie for the beautiful article linked above and the board of ICAC for letting me participate.

surf board art

8 x 20 SurfBoard Collage and Paint… a new series of paintings for the Carolina Beach Arts Festival

Carolina Beach Arts Poster

CABF poster

Tearing paper, a mathbook and collage

I am a relatively ‘new’ artist – like ten years or so. Before that, I was a math nut. These are two really different sides of the brain… so it only makes sense that i would tear up an ancient matchbook (circa 1865) and create a Pelican. The math book was falling apart literally, but full of really great pictorial representations of how to create fractions and trigonometry and a bunch of fun word problems…. you know the ones… “If you have ten pancakes and there are 5 people to feed, how much syrup do you need…” ha.

at any rate, here is the little guy – and one of his friends….  i hope to continue more in the series this weekend for the upcoming Beach Art Festival…

pelican collage

2015 torn paper and paint 8 x 8 on birch wood panel.

torn paper and paint pink starfish collage 8 x 10 on canvas

torn paper and paint pink starfish collage 8 x 10 on canvas

i should write more, but

i talk too much during the day. when i arrive in the studio – words are sparse. the kids hate me cause i’m all quiet and stuff. How can anyone create in noise ? i need stillness and space to change my mind – noise takes up too much space. i don’t need the tv on or a bunch of musical noise. i’m weird like that. i know plenty of artists that say music inspires them – but i find that i am worried about the words in the song and listening to the sound and it just gets in my way.

So a lot of things have happened. I was selected in a juried process to participate in Arts in the Middle , middle of Virginia on the peninsula that is. this show is at a plantation and i am really excited about it. It has music – blues and some rock… it’ll be fun.

I was selected along with another artist to be featured at the Carolina Beach Arts Festival – keep an eye on their Facebook page for more details. May is going to be a little busy.

So excuse me if I am MIA over the next few weeks,( like i haven’t been before – hahaha) while I build up the body of work…

Whimsyville House 1

Whimsyville House 1

hello, long time no beach.

This is the only thing i dislike about winter – a little too chilly to walk on the beach and in NC, you never know if you are wearing shorts, jeans or arctic gear during Jan or Feb. Good news is that in about two weeks, it’ll all be gone. Stupid Groundhog….

At any rate, if you can’t be there, dream there ! So without further ado, the results of my studying online with Danielle Donaldson.

danielledonaldsonstiltbeach

The Village is pretty much a ‘copy’ of her idea. I love it, but it looks too much like her work, so , add a little me and you get pretty much ‘the beach’ – lighthouse, life guard stand and the Inter-coastal Waterway house with trees.

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Enjoy –

It’s almost Thanksgiving – or is it Christmas – I’m so confused…

At work yesterday we were talking about the ‘olden days’ – you know when the Christmas Tree and ornaments appeared in the store after Thanksgiving ? I then mentioned our lake friends the Carey’s, whose pater familius is a natural Irishman and how , when they go home to the Christmas season, it starts with Christmas and goes into the New Year for a few weeks. I’m thinking this suits me more than mushing Thanksgiving seamlessly into Christmas – thanksgiving almost disappears any more and that is one of my personal favorite holidays – next to Cinco De Mayo… (tequila always trumps hours of cooking…)

none the less, as a victim of the “Halloween marks the beginning of the Christmas season mentality”, I created a Christmas Painting this year. Notice the serious influence of winter….

Whimsical Tree - i can add your name to the snow. Uv protected to hang on the front door  .

Whimsical Tree – i can add your name to the snow. Uv protected to hang on the front door .

And then there is the ‘not winter ‘ version of the Christmas Paintings … (they are Christmas paintings only because they are intended to be purchased as Christmas Gifts)

Big Dot Garden

Big Dot Garden 24 x 36

cactus Cactus, the “un – winter” Christmas Tree.

The birth of the Whimsical Love Story Map

Really, the last time I posted was July 4th ? it’s October.

So WHAT AM I working on ? Whimsical, Romantic, Sweet little love story Maps.

Earlier in the summer, I was hired by Ben through CustomMade, to create the perfect little love-story map for his bride Rebecca as a wedding gift. Totally his idea.
He was so great to work with – you could actually feel the love for his lady, in the emails he send to me about their short life together thus far – all the things and places that they have shared to date (and I am certain which will become many, many more).

Finished Work

Off went the art piece. Earlier this fall, I heard from a wedding guest that Ben showed the framed work at their wedding. I am humbled to have been a tiny part of such a great beginning !

I want to share the amazing process with you all – for inspiration –

The couple shares space – whether it is all over the US like Ben & Rebecca or just in a single town. As long as there are things to say, places they hang out together – an apple farm, an airport, a shopping mall – it makes no difference how close or how far – it can become their romantic, original watercolor painting, their Whimsical Love Story Map !

The couple or a friend of the couple, shares their story with me. They provide a list of places and perhaps sentiments or quotes and then ideas for icons – one of Ben’s was his home town of Buffalo – so we had a Bills helmet, the falls, snowflakes and the city hall building to work with. This would have been fine if it all occurred just in New York State too – this process is easily adapted to a small area.

Ben provided little snippets of their relationship – where they met, the first ‘I love you’, the popping of the question and all the things in between that led up to the wedding. You can provide details or I can ask for feed back.

Once this list is accomplished, we begin the map. I send little sketches of the areas, you provide feedback. I adjust, we agree and they are then placed permanently on the map! The map is hand painted with Peerless Water colors , cured and sent to you matted and ready for you to frame. It really is that easy.

I hope that you consider doing this for your next wedding gift – it is a heartfelt, original way to express your love for the happy couple.

All inquiries answered promptly. Estimate depends upon number of drawings. Pricing begins at $ 75.00 it generally takes a minimum of three weeks to complete the work.

– Hope you enjoyed this brief snip-it into the art of Whimsyville.