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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the worlds lamest blogger

so i keep forgetting that i own a blog – how responsible right? are there blog police? surely. am I going down in bad artist history? probably. I just want to make art and try to sell more of it. spend time at the beach and really – just get in a few witty comments on other peoples pages. I’m here for smiles, cocktails , random haiku and just to leave “it” a little better than I found it – whatever ‘it’ is.

Happy Tuesday – it’s not friday, but it’s def. not Monday.

murphy. may you enjoy the stars. We miss you.

murphy. may you enjoy the stars. We miss you.

Murphy's Haiku

Murphy’s Haiku

it’s almost sweetie time

love is more importantGelli printing and hand lettering – a match made for me.  While these are both digital versions – hand lettering done first, and rendered in Photoshop and the gelli is a scan – I can now do the ‘real’ thing with confidence. I really love this print and with #gellis you can never get the same result twice. I did also try in in the center and it didn’t do anything for me…so scan and audition – and then decide.  Hope you have a wonderful sweetie day.love is more important2

Sunday Fun-Days

beablankredflower

I’ve been teaching myself to digitize my artwork. This is a combination of my hand lettering and an abstract Watercolor flower.  I decided that it might be fun to create a new way to share artwork…. so….

Introducing a new art game – kinda like Cards Against Humanity except you pick the answers from your life instead of a pile of cards (and you decide whether or not it’s humane…)

To play, simply put your choice of fill in the blanks in the comment section or print the piece, add your words and share (#whimsyvillefun) or post on Whimsyville’s Facebook  Page under today’s post (Jan. 24, 2016) . Best original answer wins a ‘digital’ version to print out …. tell me what you are thinking, good or bad….

Have a great week – Love, Ann

 

schuw – summers over.

Sample Coloring Page: the Hipster

Sample Coloring Page: the Hipster

Sometimes it is sad, sometimes it is happy. This one was a little warm for me personally but it was filled with such abundance and fortune – at least in my mind. Nothing ‘huge’ happened, a little 21 person family fun, a quick trip to the lake house and a lot of ‘fresh’ ideas for some artwork.

Now, we get down to business – more art.

So I am experimenting with some ideas, based on my last post – from JUNE (holy cow). Good ideas take time.

Here is the blank if you’d like to color one too and the question is…. If you were to purchase
a coloring book of my work, would you prefer that I add the doodles and
you just color or would you prefer to add them yourself?
(You would be provided with some tiny bit of guidance and some samples 🙂 ).

I would LOVE to hear your thoughts.

Thanks.

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

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

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.

Where the H#$% have you been?

Um working. Working on Art, Working at home, Working at driving to and from RRHS for Soccer Girl and Lax Man; Running a soccer tournament…I really could not tell you, it was all a whirl wind as this time of year often is.  Now, I am resting and thinking about what I will dive into next …

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Left Chihuahua

As I write this blog post, somewhere in the ‘art studio renovation’ there is an entire box of these things – they are mostly magnets at this point and every single one is different. This is a pair of chihuahua earrings made for a special mom for Mothers Day. They are my sanity –

Below are some more. When I finished these, in-between all of the other activities noted above, I was amazed by the quantity that I had completed and the fact that I did not remember doing most of them! Not sure what will happen next with them – but they will definitely appear at Whimsical Women in November.

 

So that is where I have been.  now if I could only remember where I put the car keys. ha. ha. ha.