Tuesday, May 28, 2013

poppies or lips...

maybe I shouldn't have put the thought into your head, because lips are all you'll see now! lol But when I was working on my larger wooden canvas, one looked SO much like a pair of lips, I couldn't stop looking at them. {needless to say, after a major fail on that canvas, thanks to Linda...I had to redo that first attempt.}

What we have here is a online workshop from Donna Downey, called Canvas Create, June.  Linda suggested that when we got together again, we do this...she wanted to make art for her bedroom, I think. We layered tape, used Golden's absorbent grounds, got out our watercolor crayons and watercolor pencils. We watched the video and tried to listen to our teacher, we stopped and drew poppies and then we laughed at our hot messes. Linda was the first to decide she messed her flower up and gesso'd over it all. I was right behind her when she handed me a color that was not included in our set of neocolor II crayons. I scribbled the color all around the edge and pretty much at the same time, we realized...it did NOT blend. Oh, look Linda, you purchased the right color, Payne's Grey, but it was a neocolor I. I never knew what a neocolor I was, until saturday...it's not water soluble. I wasn't keeping that, so I did a couple gesso layers and then the absorbent grounds and started over. blah, I didn't like the white layers getting rid of my background. I tore all my tape off and started over, after Linda left. It's almost done, but I thought I would share this thinner version. 

So, do you see lips, or do you see some delicate poppies?

Next up, I am working on a little project for my friends daughter. 
I came up with the idea to make a skeleton camera, and while I see a camera, I can't say anyone else does. I am beginning to think there's something wrong with me! It's a decoration to hand around a horse's neck, which is the schools symbol. Seniors can decorate this large cutout mustang, for their senior-all-night-party. Since this senior is going on to college for photography, this was my idea...lightweight and disposable.

Sunday, I painted my second bathroom. It took me a while to get it started because I needed to run ut and get new brushes. I totally forgot that the ones that I had, my favorite Purdy brand...were used on staining the deck last summer. oooops. Jim and I went to see Hangover 3, and that may have been the biggest oooops, though. Not the worst movie ever, but nothing like the first two.

I was pretty productive this weekend, and now I gotta finish that large poppy watercolor. 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

holy moley....

...i'd ask where time went, but i know where it went when i look at Story! our puppy is now a whopping 9 months old, jim finished chemo in mid march & he is all clear now!! he is dealing with some nerve damage in his hands and feet and still going back and forth with his oncologist to get some sort of help. {i can't help but think it's an annoyance that is better than having a tumor lurking}

i did my round at the doctors and also went for a colonoscopy myself. my mother scared the be-jesus outta me, telling me that my grandmother had a tumor in her colon, way back when. since my mom also had a tumor and a portion removed...i fessed up to my dr. and she said it was best for me to get things checked out, well before i turn 50. poor jordan, she will have this on both sides and have to start this early. anywho, things are fine and i don't need to return for 5 years.

besides work, dog walks and all the normal house things...i FINALLY opened an Etsy store. all crafting is at my kitchen table and i have been busy. haha, so i named the shop 'busygirlart'! it's still new and going into the second month. learning, i am still learning.

funny thing is, i had been taking pics of all the stuff i was making, for posting on here, and i just never cracked open the blog to share. {if you are friends with me on facebook or instagram...then you have seen most of my projects.}

i have spent the better part of this evening, loading some new things onto Etsy so i will share my most recent downloaded photos, with a sampling of mixed media canvases i have just finished. oh, and a few pics of Story!

I'm back!!

i did some winter girls on canvas, so i figured i should maybe try some summer girls. i am also really partial to houses, maybe from my HGTV addiction!
here's our Story...
how can i come home and ignore this face?