Sweethearts…

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It’s that time of year when publicly, you exclaim your love by purchasing cards, gifts , flowers or a lovely dinner for your sweetheart.

Um No. I am fortunate – I have had the same valentine for 20 years yet it seems like just yesterday we were married. To celebrate Valentines day there is always a small piece of art. They sit on the mantle and then get stashed away with the others sometime in March or eventually become overshadowed by Senior Pictures or birthday cards. Yet there in the drawer of the armoire, are 19 pieces of my heART- a testament to the love that still feels new.

Brilliant Little Birdies – the beginning of a collection

Brilliant Birdies

Brilliant Birdies

here are my ‘morning’ sketches from this week. I was trying to NOT be symmetrical & I think I achieved that . It’s making me a little uncomfortable – but that’s the entire point – to stretch your ideas.  I find them silly – and whimsical. I am always going for whimsical and I am pretty sure no one ever was chastised for silly – they are definitely ‘raw’ at best.

Usually i will not share my sketches because they stink. But as part of the goals that I have set for myself, artistically, over the next few months I would like to try to discover some grounds for collections. Those of you who currently license work know why this is vital- I am having a problem sticking to one idea long enough to complete the collection. ADD.  This time, I am taking a different course, after the sketches, they are getting scanned an given potential placement in a series, with a name. I figure that like the children or the cat we adopted, once they have a name, we can’t give ’em up – so they will need tending too and that means COMPLETION !

I have hundreds if not thousands of ideas like this. fish, birds, raccoons, lighthouses, starfish, sea shells – you name it – it will be interesting to see if this tactic/plan works.

Hope you are having a fabulous weekend !

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

 

Flight and doodling

Doodling is many things- relaxation, art form, unconscious entertainment and for me a flight mechanism . If i want to leave the present – just for a few minutes- i let the pen take over .

seeing that Butterflies are the essence of flight , they seem to make an appropriate subject matter !

Hope your day is filled with a moment or two of flight – even if its just a martini in the backyard with your bestest buddy.

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Owl Brain

In preparation for May’s Whimsical Women show in Cary , these are some of the magnet designs. Owls surrounded me in college as part of my sorority’s identity. They used to make me nuts until I started making them whimsical… I like their new identity . Happy Paint Party Friday !

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well, it looks like christmas, it smells like christmas, so,

what’s up with the fish….? These guys have nothing to do with Christmas except perhaps to put a smile on your face. As a sketch, they later became ‘pins’ using Studio Cloth from USArtQest. Most of today was spent painting – but these were a fun ‘relief’ from the seriousness of a ‘real’ canvas. – have a very artful today. Tomorrow, the annual Merry Christmas from North Carolina piece…

Fresh FishStix Sketches

Fresh FishStix Sketches

Fish Pin

Three little FishStix to put on your bag, sweater or backpack

hanging hearts tutorial

hanging hearts

Hanging Hearts – Mixed Media Art for the masses…. You will LOVE to do this little project. Hop on over to the US Artquest Blog to get the tutorial. I put mine in a frame and wrote ‘love you’ (my words for 2012) in the corner . Send me a picture of what you do –

Hanging Hearts Mixed Media Artwork

Things happen for a reason…

Angelwork 11
Angelwork 11

There is so much going on in the background (under the paint) of this angelwork. She has many paper layers (she was once a practice collage that I despised). She was layered and stressed and sanded. She was once bright orange and dark green (yes at the same time and talk about U.G. L. Y.). Alas she has become one of my absolute favorites ! The camera picked up on the warmth and depth of her layers and automatically added the amber glow – normally I would color correct this before posting, but I can’t it is too lovely and it must have happened for a reason.

 
Happy Saturday !